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Viodi View – 04/30/22

Viodi finally has liftoff with the purchase of a drone and associated time investment into FAA Part 107 certification. Part 107 certification is necessary for the commercial use (which can include non-revenue work) of the amazing videos this autonomous flying camera captures. It may feel odd to see things (especially oneself – YouTube) from a new perspective, but sometimes a different view opens up new horizons, such as seen in the Korner, below.

The Fungible Cell Tower – #CES2022

If a portable cellular tower on wheels is called a COW, then what does one call a drone with a tether for power and communications? Whatever the acronym, Minnesota-based Spooky Action is bringing a new approach to creating ad-hoc communications networks and more.

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Circular Shower = Less Water and a Better Environment #CES2022

With drought seemingly everywhere (at least in the western half of the United States), solutions for squeezing every last drop of our water supply will be increasingly important. A Kelowna, British Columbia wife and husband team have turned their passion for the environment into a better shower. Rainstick Shower indicates their solution provides an 80% reduction in water use and up to 80% energy savings while offering a better quality shower.

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A College Job and Its Impact on the Direction of Ethernet

It is a given that Ethernet is a fundamental building block of today’s Internet. From local area networks in the 1980s to cable modems in the 1990s to today’s fiber to the home and WiFi networks, Ethernet is a common thread in the evolution of broadband. But would that thread even have been possible if not for the insight of someone who had a college job installing MATV (Master Antenna Television) networks for schools in Michigan?

In this interview, Dr. David Liddle recounts his time at Xerox PARC and how his early work experience with a system that used a flying broadcast antenna informed his work at Silicon Valley’s most influential research firm.

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Some Tweets and Short Thoughts

The Korner – Welcome Kids of All Ages to the 3D Universe

Just like the world isn’t flat, neither is space. But how to convey that to humans who can’t see the depth of objects that are millions of miles away? The authors of the new #1 book, Welcome to the Universe in 3D: A Visual Tour, came up with a clever way for humans to see the three-dimensional space without the need for high technology gizmos.

This book could be considered upgradable, as the built-in 3D viewer is able to view images projected from a smartphone or tablet, as demonstrated in the above interview by Princeton Professor and co-author, Robert J. Vanderbei. By creating tools like this book Vanderbei is making science and math interesting for people of all ages and abilities.

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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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