Computer science students from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology want you to be able to connect with your social networking friends, play games and share photos and other files even while you are offline.
There are two parts to their solution. The first is called WiPeer and it enables direct computer to computer, peer to peer WiFi communication without the need for a router at distances of up to several hundred metres (900 ft.). As long as your computer has a network card or wireless card you are sweet. Currently the software only works with Windows XP, but the guys are working hard at bringing out Mac and iPhone versions.
The second thing you’ll need if you are planning on connecting on Facebook is their app, Peersonalizer. They plan on rolling this out on MySpace and other OpenSocial sites in due course. Here’s their app blurb:
Bringing the personal effect to social networks.
WiPeer’s Peersonalizer lets you know when your facebook friends, or potential friends, are nearby you. Once you discover each other, you can chat, share files, play multiplayer games, and best of all, talk to each other in person.