Computer scientist John Chapin on software radios

Sep 5, 2006

John Chapin thinks that cell phones should be as versatile as PCs: plug in a new piece of software, and work in Paris, France, or Paris, Texas; connect to a WiFi network at your local coffee shop; or help locate a stranded rescue worker. The secret: software-defined radio. As chief technology officer of Vanu, Inc., Chapin helped design the first “software radio” approved by the FCC. He recently talked with us about how this technology is making its way into daily life right now.

Chapin will talk more about the benefits of software-defined radio (SDR) in an upcoming vlog, as well as at this year’s Emerging Technologies Conference at MIT.