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Viodi View – 10/25/18

Brainwaves being read by an Interaxon headband
Brainwave Reading via Muse

As with most hyped technologies, color me skeptical, but does it really matter if the U.S. is first in 5G, particularly with reports indicating that 56% of households (maybe more) can already get a gigabit via wired/fiber networks? It is terrific that the White House sees spectrum as a priority and that the FCC is proposing (see their NPRM (PDF)) to open various forms of unlicensed spectrum in the 6-7+ GHz range, as these are the types of efforts that will unleash unforeseen innovation.

Still, one long-term question I don’t see policymakers pondering is what happens as wireless becomes a part of us? See the Korner, below, for commentary on what seemed like a crazy idea a decade ago (see Roger Bindl’s distorted History of the Phone video from 2005), but could be a reality very soon.

The Smart Grid Needs a Robust End-to-End Network (Facebook)

The Bandera Electric Fiber Network
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Bandera Electric demonstrates how telecom and energy production, distribution and efficiency intersect in this video. A robust fiber and in-home WiFi network help them understand electricity demands as well manage distributed battery storage. This is part of a larger trend of integrating electric vehicles of all kinds into the grid such as the relatively low-cost, multi-purpose electric utility vehicles shown by Austin Electric Vehicles that debuted at CES2018. Note, this video was filmed at the 2017 Calix ConneXions; looking forward to producing many more videos like this one at next week’s ConneXions.

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A Mobile Electric Platform for Multiple Heavy Duty Work Applications

Dannar's MPS demonstrated at ProspectSV.
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Is it a forklift, a tractor, a trencher or a mobile power plant, ideal for off-grid and emergency electricity back-up applications? Gary Dannar, CEO and Founder of Indiana-based Dannar, would answer yes to all those use-cases, as it is possible to outfit the Dannar MPS with over 250 CAT®, Bobcat® and John Deere® attachments. This allows the MPS to be, say, a street sweeper in the morning, a forklift during the day and, perhaps, a power source for a weekend festival. Because of its unique capabilities, it can serve unusual applications, such as off-grid, well-pumping in the middle of a Texas ranch or clearing debris on flooded streets (the MPS is submersible to four-feet).

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Low-Cost Electric Vehicles – The Scooter Share of 2019? #

Perhaps the next mobility revolution will be in the personal vehicle space; truly personal as we are talking about electric vehicles that have room for only a driver and sometimes a passenger, reducing weight, cost, and complexity, compared to a traditional car. Because of their design and efficiency, the examples below could be ideal for low-cost vehicle sharing that fits between a scooter and a car. With their distinctive look and relatively low upfront and operational costs, these could also serve as branded vehicles for local sales and some service people. Regardless of the application, the next four videos offer evidence that 2019 might be the year for low-cost electric vehicles in the U.S.

 A Solo Electric Commute & More Autocycle

Electra Meccanica solo on display at Showstoppers at CES2018
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The features of a car but roughly the size of a motorcycle describes the vehicle classification known as an autocycle. Electra Meccanica Vehicles’ Solo is the quintessential autocycle with the features of an automobile (e.g. enclosed, heat/cooling, radios, a backup camera, etc.) built on a compact frame that features three-wheels.

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Putting Fun in the Utility Vehicle

Mark Frohnmayer, the president of Arcimoto, sits in an FUV.
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Mark Frohnmayer wants to make ‘fun” part of the daily commute with the introduction of the Arcimoto FUV (Fun Utility Vehicle). This vehicle offers 7.5-second acceleration from 0-60 MPH, 70-mile range (optional 130-mile range) and achieves the equivalent of 230 miles per gallon while using standard electric charging infrastructure. It carries a passenger and driver in either an open or enclosed (optional) unibody chassis/body and proves its utility value with “bolt-on accessories to carry your bike, surfboard, golf bag, or other bulky items.”

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The 48 Volt Electric Car

Ken Pyle interviews Daniel Benchetrite in a Z10 electric vehicle that uses Valeo's 48 Volt powertrain.
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Daniel Benchetrite, North American Powertrain New Mobility Director for Valeo, describes a new electric powertrain based on 48 volts DC that they have designed for a new, sub $10k car.  Initially intended for the Chinese market, but with aspirations for the U.S., it is not lacking in features

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Amped Up for a New Way to Commute

Ampere Motors and its flagship vehicle at CES2018.
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Moving up the mobility food-chain from electric scooters and motorized luggage, Ampere Motors plans to launch its $9,900 electric vehicle around Christmas 2018. With its 100-mile range (upgradable to 150-mile), 3.5 hour charging time and low-cost, it could be viewed as a practical commuter vehicle. It’s design (convertible with pushrod double wishbone suspension) and zip (0-60 in about 7 to 8 seconds) will allow it to double as a vehicle for fun weekend excursions.

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The Hybrid OTT/Local News Channel #TIS18

Cheddar CEO Jon Steinberg at#TIS18
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We have probably all seen them; the short, informative and entertaining gadget videos produced by Cheddar that regularly appear on social media sites. What may not be so well-known is that Cheddar also offers two different, live news, channels that broadband providers operators can provide, at no cost, to their subscribers. Speaking at the 2018 Independent Show, Cheddar Founder and CEO, Jon Steinberg describes their news channels as a metaphorical movable feast of interviews, political coverage, e-sports, and the gadget videos.

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Some Tweets and Short Thoughts

The Korner – Wireless as an Extension of a Fundamental Right (LinkedIn)

Will this be what the human-machine interface looks like?
Will this be what the human-machine interface looks like?

Freedom of expression (speech) is among the most precious of the rights protected by the U.S. Constitution. When it was written, people could only convey their thoughts and ideas through pen and voice. Fast forward 200+ years and the transmission of the written and spoken word has grown from mail carrier and town square to include broadband and the internet.

And the means to express thoughts and ideas continue to grow, as wireless communications capability is becoming a given in wearable and implantable products. These devices are becoming an extension of an individual’s being, as they allow the transmission of one’s voice, vital signs and, perhaps, even thoughts or intentions through the public airspace.

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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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