Viodi View – 01/25/12

Springactive's Exoskeleton at CES 2012
Springactive's Exoskeleton at CES 2012

If the crowds of CES 2012 correlate to economic activity, then the economy is definitely on the upswing.  At times, it felt like the record-breaking crowd of 153k+ attendees and 3.1k exhibitors filled every inch of the crowded shuttles which ferried attendees between the convention center and the various hotels where there were additional exhibits and private demonstration rooms.  It is definitely a show where having a clone would be useful for one who is trying to cover the event in any sort of depth.


The Augmented Life or the $6M Man Becomes the $6K Man

Steve Austin was a hero for those of us in the 1970s who wished to be, “Better than than he was before.  Better, stronger, faster.”  The $6 Million Dollar Man was science fiction but without weird space alien creatures.  Kids on the playground could relate, as the main character was a regular person, but his super-human powers (e.g. superior vision, amazing strength, could communicate wirelessly with his commander, etc.) derived from the weaving of advanced electronics along with “bionics”; an integration of the mechanical with the body to enhance Austin’s body parts.  Click here to read why this is relevant to telecom providers.  Click here to read more.


I Can See for Inches and Miles

Augmented Vision

Innovega demonstrated at CES 2012 nanotechnology designed into contact lenses that, when combined with a special set of glasses, allows one to focus close to read a heads-up display projected on the glasses, while seeing far. They can also be used for delivering full-field 3D or for 360 degree gaming experience. In this video, Randall Sprague, CTO of Innovega, explains how this device works and potential applications.  Click here to view.


Wind Power for Off Grid Telecom Applications & More

Urban Energy

Electricity generation via wind power is often associated with modern-day version of windmills spread through the hillsides and plains of the country side.  Urban Green Energy aims to change that with a product line of relatively low-cost wind turbines.   Designed to make little noise and to run at low revolutions per minute, such that birds and bees and see their outline, these spinning wings may be installed anywhere; in a dense urban area to a remote, off-grid, rural area.  Click here to view.


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Powering Telecom Progress

Images near Pine Grove, CA - Volcano's HQ

Wind power may be the only tool that Volcano Communications is not using in its quest to provide reliable communications. Reliable power be even more critical in rural areas, compared to urban areas, as the economics of a rural build don’t support multiple last mile networks and the physics of a rural area often don’t allow wireless communications. Nowhere is this more evident than at Volcano Communications, which has a service territory that ranges from the foothills made famous by the California gold rush to the spine of the Sierra Nevada.  Click here to watch an exclusive interview with John Lundgren of Volcano Communications.


Some Tweets and Short Thoughts


The Korner – Some More Eye Catchers at CES 2012

The booth with the best sign - Click to see images ranging from 3D Printing to Mobile DTV
My favorite booth for some reason. Click to see images ranging from 3D Printing to Mobile DTV

CES reminds me of the S&H Green Stamps catalog my mom would get when I was a kid.  We called it a wish book for all the potential things we could get with our bounty of Green Stamps.  I don’t remember actually getting anything from those catalogs and, if we did, the newness probably wore off very quickly, but it was fun to look and dream at how cool those things would be.

CES is similar in that it is sort of like a real-life catalog of things that seem very cool on the surface.  Some will prove practical and make it in the real-world, while others will be ahead of the market or missing a critical element that prevents it from reaching any sort of mass market.  With that, here is an update of some photos of some of the booths that caught my attention as I wandered the massive floors of the event known as CES.  Click here to view.

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