Viodi View – 11/23/11

If Innovation is the driver of economic growth, then what is necessary to spark innovation?  Is there a recipe that a society can use to create a culture of innovation?  Do apps count as innovation or is innovation associated with breakthroughs in basic research?  Silicon Valley has been a center of innovation for decades and so it is interesting to read the opinions of folks who have lived through the cycles and the evolution of this valley and their comments on these questions.

The reaction to Alan Weissberger’s recent coverage of the MIT president’s comments on innovation and a recent WCA panel are as thought provoking as what the speakers had to say.  Read on to find the links to those articles and the associated comments.


MIT President on How to Improve America’s Innovation Economy
by Alan Weissberger

Susan Hockfield, President of MIT, spoke to a sold out crowd at the November 9, 2011 Commonwealth Club meeting in Santa Clara, CA. The topic discussed is very dear to this author: “Revving Up America’s Innovation Engine.” Ms. Hockfield is a noted neuroscientist whose research has focused on the development of the brain. She is the first life scientist to lead MIT and holds a faculty appointment as professor of neuroscience in the institute’s Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences.  Click here to read Weissberger’s complete article and the extensive commentary that follows.


WCA Panel: Mobile Gaming, Payments & Location Are In; Wireless Infrastructure Is Out! by Alan Weissberger

WCA (Wireless Communications Alliance) held their 12th annual “What’s Hot (and What’s Not) in Mobility 2011? event on November 16th in Santa Clara, CA. A panel of venture capitalists shared their opinions and offered predictions on a wide range of topics and issues decided by the moderator.  The emphasis was clearly on the consumer market for mobility services and applications.  There was very little discussion of the mobile enterprise, industrial wireless markets (like M2M or smart grid) or the actual wireless network -both access and backhaul- that enables all the new services, apps and business models.  Click here to read the rest of the article.


Learning Communities within a High School

Designed around five small learning interests, Colleton County High School in Walterboro, South Carolina is a different kind of high school.  Cliff Warren, Colleton County High School’s principal, talks about the unique design of this campus, as well as its academic approach of preparing students for career and college.  With five schools within a school, it has the feel of a college, while, at the same time, it provides a more family like atmosphere than the normal campus of 1,600 students.  Their approach allows for much more of a customized learning plan than traditional high schools.  Warren discusses the role of broadband and its ability to extend school to the home.  Click here to view the video interview.


Media Innovations Summit & New Tech Youth Symposium – Next Week

November 30th to December 2, Santa Clara, CA

Major players from the ranks of Hollywood studios, programming networks and producers, MSOs, telcos, Madison Avenue, CE manufacturers, app developers and technology suppliers will convene to compare notes on the tech trends, monetization opportunities and market forces that are shaping their plans for the year ahead.

Click here for a special Viodi promotional registration code.


Broadband and a Hot Lunch

In anticipation of next week’s MIS Summit and the associated New Tech Youth Symposium, Viodi has been curating articles relevant to the topic of youth and technology.  One topic that was in the news last week, but deserved a closer look was the efforts by the FCC and many cable operators to bring affordable broadband and associated devices to those who are part of hot lunch programs offered by schools.

To read more, click here

To watch our video interview with One Economy, a significant player in this effort, click here.


Some Tweets and Short Thoughts

  • Minecraft, a sort of building block virtual world, is extended into the education realm thru the work of MinecraftEdu.
  • An open source way to control and own one’s social media data – like this Tweet that will drift into the ether.
  • A 100% FTTH service area – with FTTH, the performance is same – whether 1 or 40 km away – with lower operational costs.
  • Engaging and empowering young people in rural Kansas- a movement rural telecoms should study for their regions.
  • Ironic- a day after deciding not to use the Apture search plug-in on Viodi, Google acquires them for its Chrome effort.
  • The Generation Gap Question – when I learned what “newstream” means.

The Korner – A Cost Effective Way to Use 3DTV as a Teaching Tool

Innovation sometimes happens when it is least expected.  For instance, the external benefits of commercializing inventions from the space program for other applications are well known.  This video interview with Elixer XES 3D reinforces the idea that innovation in a given field can come from unexpected places; in this case, using a technology that most people associate with consumer entertainment.

Look closely at the background of this video and you will see an autostereoscopic 3D display. The cool thing about this type of display is that one doesn’t need glasses to view the 3D images. As explained by Rob Koplin of Elixir XES 3D, the first application for the displays was in the medical industry (think 3D surgeries). They then extended it to the movie industry (trailers) and casinos.

Along the way, they discovered that 3D techology can be the foundation for new teaching tools for children with dyslexia and autism. Koplin shared the findings of a white paper, created in conjunction with the Gemstone Foundation, as to the benefits of this technology for kids with special needs. Watch this exclusive video interview to learn about the unique model Elixir XES 3D has for bringing this to schools with minimal to no investment by the schools.  Click here to view.

Happy Thanksgiving to the Viodi View’s U.S. readers.

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