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Wearable computers are becoming increasingly popular as new features emerge and device portability improves-making them suitable for accessing multimedia services on the move. Wireless LANs are compatible with Ethernet and asynchronous-transfer-mode-based fiber-optic networks, providing high mobility to user nodes while integrated and connected to high-speed networks wired with broadband. With a range covering several kilometers, WLANs are advantageous for providing multimedia services to wearable computers. Various factors influence the operation of wirelessly connected wearable computers, but we emphasize the rainfall influence.
Date of Publication: April-June 2003