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Viodi View – 04/18/16

Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang demonstrates larger than life virtual reality by taking a virtual tour through their soon-to-be constructed headquarters.
Larger than Life VR

Thanks to the combination of sensors and deep learning (i.e. artificial intelligence) we have entered the era of the super-human. That was a key takeaway from Nvidia’s GPU-Tech Conference. Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang termed 2015 as “a defining year for AI, the computer industry and likely for all of humanity.” Hopefully, 2015 won’t be viewed as a milestone along a path to a new Tower of Babel where bots replace people, but that is a thought for a future article and video. In the meantime, people still do business with people….

More Than IP – People Do Business With People

Achieving the IP Vision Panel
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“People do business with People” was the common sense wisdom that Nancy White provided at the 2016 IP Vision Conference and Expo. In this single sentence, White, who is president CEO of rural TN broadband provider North Central Telephone Cooperative (NCTC), summed up one of the major threads of this multi-day event. That is, collaboration is important in developing new lines of business and revenue.

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More Efficient Healthcare in the Midwest

Roger Musick discusses AveraNow ; a successful telehealth organization.
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For decades, telemedicine has been a hoped for solution to help make healthcare delivery more efficient and cost-effective. In the above interview, Innovative Systems’ CEO, Roger Musick, talks about his experience as a board member of a local hospital that embarked on what became a statewide and, eventually, a multi-state telehealth effort several years ago. Musick discusses how the initial grant was turned into a self-sustaining operation within five years.

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Impact of Sarbanes-Oxley on Small Rural Telecom

The welcome sign to Luck, WI is depicted in this photo.
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As if an ever-changing communications regulatory environment isn’t enough, some small, private telecommunications companies are also having to deal with regulations spawned from the 2002 Sarbanes-Oxley Act. As background and according to the SEC website, Sarbanes-Oxley, “mandated a number of reforms to enhance corporate responsibility, enhance financial disclosures and combat corporate and accounting fraud, and created the “Public Company Accounting Oversight Board,” also known as the PCAOB, to oversee the activities of the auditing profession.” The intent was to prevent the sort of financial shenanigans that brought the downfall of Enron and Worldcom.

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Some Tweets and Short Thoughts:

The Korner – Hands Free Smart Phone Gaming #CES2016

Although it looks like I am punching at an imaginary person, it looks real to me.
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A depth finding device, like the Microsoft Kinect, that allows one to interact with content without need for a controller is the promise of the hardware and software solution from VicoVR. What is different about this is that it allows one to control content on an inexpensive android device without touching the device. This allows for full body virtual reality experiences with a very low-cost and portable device. The above video features clips of this author immersed in 3DiVi’s boxing application that is one of more than 20 applications that will be available when this device, that according to the VicoVR website, begins shipping developer kits later this month.

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Author Ken Pyle, Managing Editor

By Ken Pyle, Managing Editor

Ken Pyle is Marketing Director for the Broadband Forum. The mission of this 25+-year-old non-profit “is to unlock the potential for new markets and profitable revenue growth by leveraging new technologies and standards in the home, intelligent small business, and multi-user infrastructure of the broadband network.”

He is also co-founder of Viodi, LLC and Managing Editor of the Viodi View, a publication focused on the rural broadband ecosystem, autonomous vehicles, and electric aviation. He has edited and produced numerous multimedia projects for NTCA, US Telecom and Viodi. Pyle is the producer of Viodi’s Local Content Workshop, the Video Production Crash Course at NAB, as well as ViodiTV. He has been intimately involved in Viodi’s consulting projects and has created processes for clients to use for their PPV and VOD operations, as well authored reports on the independent telco market.

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