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Adding Gravity to Data Sharing Environments

May 5, 2020
New technology enhances the way devices share data.

Fasetto recently announced the release of three innovative software engines focused on revolutionizing the way the device users connect and share content. Known as Gravity, Fasetto’s offering includes: Zodiac, which enhances the capabilities of smartphones to share files and media between devices - without an internet connection; Aquarius, which allows users to stream, record, edit and share videos from multiple devices simultaneously; and Gemini, which creates a fast, simple way to share videos between devices.

All three engines are powered by the company’s proprietary Gravity architecture, a fully-realized device ecosystem that enhances existing protocols to remove limitations and create new ways to connect multiple devices, share and stream content—all without the internet, a local network or disturbing device native functions.

“We have redesigned the architecture of communication between devices,” Fasetto CEO Coy Christmas tells IndustryWeek. Although the company’s initial focus is on pushing this technology out to the consumer market, it has a keen eye on a broad number of applications within the ever-evolving connected car market as well as a number of potential use cases within IoT rich manufacturing environments.

Consider, for instance, a device in the plant needs to monitor ambient air temperature to control equipment utilization. In the current environment, if that sensor went out device, it would halt production on that machine and create an error code. “With gravity, it would not eliminate the error code, but the device could engage with nearby devices to obtain a reading on ambient air attention, perhaps still enabling the machine to run, even though it’s sensor is down,” he says. “Likewise, since it’s local communication, Gravity can create a secure path for edge computing rather than forcing data to leave the facility.”

At this point, manufacturers could use Gravity as a patch to enable its functionality. However, by the end of the year Christmas plans to have an SIP available to facilitate its utilization across a broad range of data sharing applications. “Manufacturers can start thinking bigger, can start doing more and while strategically removing the cloud as a necessity. Gravity complements the cloud by enabling more compute on the local level – making interactions quicker, more secure, while taking bandwidth off the internet.”

How is Gravity different?

According to Christmas, Gravity is not a new protocol. Instead it improves each layer of existing protocols, enabling users to do more. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi were conceived and built as communication channels to simply send data from one point to another, and were only required to either connect to the internet or connect to one other device at a time. Airdrop and Airplay only allows users to stream and share between devices in a one-to-one relationship and limited access to additional device resources. Now, when enhanced by Gravity, these legacy protocols can work in their current limited ways, but also offer new capabilities that provide smartphone users with completely enhanced experiences. 

Unlike Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Direct, which are limited to being singular transport layers, Gravity adds functions that auto-recognize devices, share device resources (such as cameras, microphones displays, and more), decrease lag and transfer time, and most importantly, create a secure and self-contained ecosystem that ensures reliability, cybersecurity, and safety.

Bluetooth, which has long been the standard for connectivity, is not only limited to a single host connection with no Quality of Service (QOS) capabilities, but offers moderate security and low bandwidth. Gravity, which allows devices to operate as both hosts or clients, can perform functions like file sharing, streaming and resource sharing capabilities. For example, when listening to music through Bluetooth, people are limited to connecting their phone to one Bluetooth speaker at a time. The music also becomes interrupted any time the phone receives a call. With an Android or Windows device using Gravity users can connect to many different speakers, play many different songs and also send a video to a TV—all at the same time. If a user wants to record their friends dancing, the user’s phone can record without interrupting any music or videos playing on the other devices.

Unlike AirDrop, which is limited to sharing files with one device at a time, the Zodiac engine facilitates seamless, local sharing of files between multiple devices and enables users to keep the channels open. Gravity is superior to screen mirroring because it allows multiple streams without depending on the internet or a local network and can group the streams as: 1) one to many; 2) many to many; 3) many to groups.

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