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Viodi View – 01/05/19

A new year, a new CES. Artificial intelligence and its integration into everything will be a common thread of #CES2019. AI and its impact was the topic of an excellent FCC webinar, late last year. Too much good insight for a paragraph, but one of the speakers suggested, “We are in the “black and white Internet and in the future, maybe 10 years from now, we will be in the color Internet, thanks to AI.” Speaking of webinars, Steve Pastorkovich reports on an American Cable Association webinar that featured a speaker and topic that could forever change the retransmission consent conversation.

Copyright Act Exemption Might Finally Disrupt Retransmission Consent Regime by Steve Pastorkovich

A picture of scissors literally cutting a coaxial cable.
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For years, multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) of all sizes have seen retransmission consent fees render the subscription video market into a break-even prospect or money-losing business. As fees push up rates, consumers increasingly shave or cut the cord, relying more on over-the-top (OTT) video options…..In the past year, a non-profit called Locast has emerged, offering a new (and, it claims, legal) way for consumers to obtain broadcast signals via broadband.

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The One-Minute Smart Home

A one minute smart home shown at CES2018.
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Retrofitting a home to become smart without the use of tools and with minimal effort and time is the goal of Switchmate. Switchmate CEO Dean Finnigan demonstrates several of their SimplySmartHome products, including smart light switches, doorbell sensors, and wireless (i.e. no power wires) high-definition surveillance cameras at Showstoppers at CES2018. Finnigan was also the founder of Pandigital, a brand that became synonymous with digital picture frames back in their heyday.

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Software Defining Cars #CES2018

Denso showing software defined vehicles at CES2018.
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As cars shift to electric-power and autonomy becomes a priority, software for the various subsystems becomes the common element. The approach that Denso demonstrated at CES 2018 is consistent with the idea that various software subsystems need to be separate so that an upgrade of one subsystem doesn’t impact another subsystem, allowing always-on, secure and reliable performance.

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Hidden Sensors, Smart Driving

NAL - Lighting and more for autonomous vehicles
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To paraphrase Author C. Clarke, when the smart sensors that will make autonomous driving possible slip into the background, mobility will become magic. The concepts that North American Lighting (NAL), a Koito Group Company, displayed at CES2018, suggest that by the early to mid-2020s, driving will be magic.

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A Concrete Plan for Wireless Charging

Magnetizing concrete could be part of the circular economy.
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The concept of wireless charging sounds great until literally, the rubber hits the road. It is one thing to make the technology work in a lab but creating a wireless charging system that easily integrates into an existing street and withstands the stress and pounding of heavy vehicle traffic is an entirely different challenge. Magment mixes low-cost, recycled ferrite material into concrete (or asphalt, as indicated on their website), providing mechanical reinforcement while magnetizing cured concrete.

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The Pocket Digestive Analyzer

Breath Test at CES2018 to determine food allergies.
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Understanding the impact of diet on health is challenging as it is difficult to easily and regularly quantify the interaction of foods within the digestive system. FoodMarble hopes to change that with its innovative device that detects and analyzes the composition of one’s breath to help individuals and their doctors understand and diagnose issues people have digesting food.

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The Korner – The Emotional Computer – The Shape of Things to Come

Jade, the sentient virtual actress from Emoshape.
Jade, the sentient virtual actress from Emoshape.

When computers begin to perceive or feel things the way a human would they could be described as sentient. In a way, it may not matter what the computer feels if the human feels like they are connecting with something that is sentient; much like the storyline of the 2013 movie, Her.  Patrick Levy Rosenthal, Founder & CEO of Emoshape, Inc. demonstrates their “emotional engine”, which he explains senses 64 million possible emotional states every 1/10 of a second. Emoshape’s direction is to create virtual assistants that change the human-machine relationship.

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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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