It wasn't that long ago that "download" for just one photo meant you had enough time to go refill your coffee cup. OK, maybe that was AOL on a dial-up modem, but you probably know what I mean.
Now with cable modems and 4G smartphone connections, it's pretty easy to take for granted just how quickly we get our data these days. Just recently, I heard my inner voice complain that my Smart TV Wi-Fi connection was too slow as it was taking at least an extra 30 seconds to download my Netflix movie. I know, poor me.
Luckily, Samsung says that's all about to change. (Looks like we'll have to find something else to complain about.) Why? Because on Sunday, Samsung announced it is developing a new Wi-Fi technology, called 802.11ad, that will turbocharge network speeds by five times.
Stop for a minute. You really need to soak this in. If we were talking about planes, it would be like flying just under the speed of sound one day, and then, with just a minor tweak - flying almost 5 times the speed of sound, basically overnight.
And as far as how you would experience this faster Wi-Fi at home, Samsung says, a 1GB movie file can transfer from one device to another in 3 seconds. It works by leaving behind the crowded 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless channels used by today's routers and jumping to the 60GHz band. What's interesting is the idea to do this is not a new one. It's just that before, there was something standing in its way - literally.