Viodi View – 05/28/13

A New Use for an Old iPhone

An old iPhoneand iPad being used as a security camera with an app from People Power.

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What to do with the some 50 million iPhones that were replaced last year; put them in a drawer, junk them, resell them? People Power provides an interesting approach to reusing these functionally good devices through its recently released People Power Presence. The above video overview with People Power’s CTO and co-founder, David Moss, explains their app which turns the iPhone’s camera into a WiFi connected security camera, adding a layer of home security to their energy efficiency software. Adding credibility to People Power’s approach is its award from the recent TiEcon (read more about TiEcon by clicking here). Click here to view.


Highlights of 2013 TiEcon- Part I: Opening Keynotes

An image of the 2013 TiEcon.

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TiEcon is the largest global conference for entrepreneurs.  It is organized by TIE (The Indus Entrepreneurs), Silicon Valley chapter each year in Santa Clara, CA. This article covers the opening keynotes of TiEcon,which featured insight from Venk Shukla, President of TiE-Silicon Valley, Satya Nadella, President, Server and Tools Business for Microsoft and Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn. Weiner provides interesting insight on what makes the LinkedIn culture successful as well as guidance to entrepreneurs to what it takes to be leaders. Click here to read more.


2013 TiECon- Part 2: Software Defined Infrastructure Presentations

A diagram depicting software based infrastructure.

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Software Defined Infrastructure (SDI) applies to compute, storage and the network within a data center and in the cloud.  This market segment is experiencing tremendous growth and innovation.  It is facilitating increased agility, flexibility and operational cost savings for enterprises and service providers.  The first step in SDI was compute server virtualization and that’s now mainstream.  Network and Storage virtualization are the current target areas. Click here to read more.


Proactively Promoting “Greenlining”

Aaron Deacon of KC Drive explains how his organization is helping to bring Google Fiber to all neighborhoods.

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Those with concerns about the potential for redlining as Google builds its fiber networks, should listen to this interview with KC Digital Drive’s Managing Director, Aaron Deacon. KC Digital Drive is public-private partnership that was a vision of the respective mayors of Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri. The intent of the organization is to drive usage of broadband and improve the local economic base, particularly in those areas where some of the population might not have the money, ability or desire to participate as in the digital world. Click here to view.


Driving Efficiency With a Price Insensitive Customer

Jarrett Simon of Centerpoint Energy explains the challenges of getting price insensitive customers to adopt energy efficiency.techniques.

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Jarrett Simon of Centerpoint Energy talks about the challenge of driving efficiency when customers are somewhat price insensitive. He talks about the importance of being able to use the data from the Smart Meters and providing the consumer with specific actions that will help them with their energy consumption. Click here to view.


The Personal Cloud Is About Functionality

Brett Sappington of Parks Associates discusses the concept of the personal cloud.

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“Today we are really looking more at the functional side of the personal cloud, rather than just the storage,” said Brett Sappington of Parks Associates. In this interview, filmed at CONNECTIONS , Sappington was referring to the idea that features beyond storage are driving customers to adopt the use of cloud for doing things that would have remained on a device in years past. Sappington talks about the customer’s view of privacy, the definition of data ownership and how applications are becoming integral to the personal cloud. Click here to view.


Some Tweets and Short Thoughts:

  • It has been reported by a Viodi View reader that the Brandywine patent infringement letters continue – spreading to Texas operators.
  • I wonder if Santa Clause will start using the network of Xbox One’s to know when we are sleeping and know when we are awake. From the Xbox One website, “An all-new active IR camera enables it to see in the dark….Advanced noise isolation lets Kinect know who to listen to, even in a crowded room.”

The Korner – Reinventing the Telephone & Reinventing the Process of Product Development

Pictured is a pre-production version of UrbanHello's reinvention of the telephone.

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Don’t tell the founders of Urban Hello that you can’t teach an old phone new tricks. At CES 2013, Urban Hello demonstrated a working prototype of their high-definition voice, high-fashion telephone.  This video was filmed two days after Urban Hello’s launch of a Kickstarter campaign. Although they didn’t make their campaign goal, they are to the point where they are taking pre-orders for this reinvention of the telephone.

The initial production run will be for the European market, but it is designed to serve the worldwide market. It works with existing DECT-GAP base station or with the CAT-iq advanced gateways. It’s beauty is its simplicity. They have interest in working with operators as a channel to get their devices to the consumers.

The way it is coming to market is as interesting as the design of this cordless and unique looking high-quality speaker phone. Designed by a pair of experienced engineers with relatively little upfront cash, the development of this product didn’t require a massive investment or layers of overhead like it would have, say, 20 years ago. Click here to view.

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