By B.N. Frank
All wireless “Smart” devices have the ability to collect data often without users knowledge or consent. They also emit harmful electromagnetic radiation which can cause undesirable symptoms and illness in people and animals (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9) AS WELL AS increase their cancer risk (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6).
For those who aren’t concerned about the radiation from these devices and wearables (see 1, 2,), privacy and security experts have been warning that these devices can be hacked and even set on fire. Of course, the data can be used in hurtful and creepy ways too (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9).
Despite warnings and consequences, unnecessary and dangerous technology continues to be introduced anyway. Despite its potential for being hacked, Alexa has been installed in cars so drivers can get gas using voice command. Because drivers weren’t able to gas before Alexa???
Now Amazon wants to expand its “Smart Home” capabilities so the company can collect data on you and perhaps your neighbors as well. After all, it wouldn’t be the first time Amazon did that.
Amazon Sidewalk is coming to your neighborhood. Here’s what you should know
Coming soon to Echo speakers and all sorts of other devices, Amazon’s low-bandwidth IoT network wants your smart home to stretch beyond your Wi-Fi network.
Amazon has had its sights set on the smart home — but now the online mega-retailer is thinking bigger, and envisioning entire smart neighborhoods. First announced , the effort is called , and it uses a small fraction of your home’s Wi-Fi bandwidth to pass wireless low-energy Bluetooth and 900MHz radio signals between compatible devices across far greater distances than Wi-Fi is capable of on its own — in some cases, as far as half a mile, Amazon says.
You’ll share that bandwidth with your neighbors, creating a sort of network of networks that any Sidewalk-compatible device can take advantage of. Along with making sure things like outdoor smart lights and smart garage door openers stay connected when your Wi-Fi can’t quite reach them, that’ll help things likestay in touch if you drop your wallet while you’re out on a walk, or if your dog hops the fence.
Maybe most noteworthy of all is that, for a lot of us, Amazon Sidewalk won’t require any new hardware. Instead, it’ll arrive as a free software update to the Echo speakers and Ring cameras people already have in their homes. That means that the infrastructure is already in place for Sidewalk to be a robust, large-scale network right at launch — and it also means that you’ll soon see it pop up as a new feature in your Alexa app (and yes, you’ll be able to turn it off).
Amazon didn’t have a whole lot to say about Sidewalk at, but it’s likely that we’ll hear a lot more about it in the weeks ahead, as Amazon draws closer to a launch. For now, here’s everything we know about it.
How exactly does Sidewalk work?
Of course, there will be people who won’t be concerned about privacy or cybersecurity. But what about the increased levels of biologically and environmentally harmful radiation being emitted by these devices?
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