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Viodi View – 01/02/23

Although the official launch of CES is on Thursday, the pre-show fun begins tomorrow. CES Unveiled, and Pepcom, are two of the pre-show events that are like speed-dating for learning about new products and ideas. Read on to see links to some of the highlights from last year’s event that are still relevant today.

Restoring a Sense of Freedom via … a Personal Care Robot

There is an English proverb suggesting that necessity is the mother of invention. In the case of Mike Dooley, it was his mother’s necessity that drove his team’s invention. Dooley, CEO/Co-Founder of Labrador Systems, Inc., talks about the indoor robot that was inspired by his aging mom’s desire to not rely on others for everyday tasks.

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The personal care robot from Labrador Systems, Inc. can improve care for those in need whether in an institution or at home.

The Modern-Day Carhop

Is the solution to long-drive thru lines a robotic carhop? That is just one of the many potential use cases for Ottonomy’s delivery robots. Ottonomy’s robot-as-a-service model helps retailers and restaurants deliver within buildings, to the curbside, via the last mile.

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Ottonomy's delivery vehicles offers the potential to deliver goods and advertisements.

Ambient Health Monitoring and More

One problem with aging is that it tends to be gradual. To date, the slow decay brought by time has been difficult to measure on a day-to-day basis. The approach that Somalytics is taking with its prototype mat may change the immeasurable part of the decline without requiring a person to change their daily routine.

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A person is standing on a Somalytics prototype mat while the analytics of that person is displayed on a computer.


Viodi CES Videos on YouTube

Here are some additional videos from CES2022 onViodi’s YouTube channel.


A New Spin On Rideshare and Carshare -#SDC2022

As 2022 ends, autonomous technology which lowers the costs of and improves the quality of mobility is still just a promise. Fundamentally, technology must serve the needs of those who will use a given mobility solution. By starting with humans at the center of its efforts, Carolina RIDES+ is providing a foundation for understanding how to automate in the future while beginning to serve its goal of “providing transportation to those in need…”

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Two Furman University students describe the rideshare and carshare project pilots that will help people with mobility needs in the Greenville, South Carolina area.


The Korner – Fungible Urban Green Canopies

Pop-up urban canopies from France can bring the beauty of foliage to the concrete jungle, without the expense and schedule challenges associated with infrastructure construction. Urban Canopee’s solution is a self-contained pot with a unique expandable scaffolding that allows various climbing plants to grow anywhere.

Its onboard reservoir automatically waters the plants. When a water refill is necessary, the unit sends a text message to the maintenance team. And like a tree planted in the ground, it uses the rays of the sun via its solar panel to power its onboard electronics.

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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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