Amir from North Carolina, USA! His idea was Personal digital butler, a virtual”Worthington” if you will, orchestrating your house and its appliances to more efficiently service your needs. Here how Amir described it:
I would like my home (heating/cooling, lights, doors, TV, stereo, computers, phones, game consoles, alarms, et al.) to be integrated via a Cisco router/ command center (wired, via blue tooth, and/or WIFI). I’d like my cell phone and car to connect to this command console. I’d like my house/appliances to text me info and allow me to send text instructions. The Cisco command center would learn my habits, preferences/needs and suggest settings. All settings as well as all my music, pictures, videos and files will be stored on a central file and accessible via a secure Internet connection.
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Michael Powell, former chairman of the FCC and current Cisco board member, visited our product development leadership offsite earlier this week. He spoke about the broad impact of computer and communications technology on society, often illustrating with examples from his two sons. Adopting the tone of an amazed and amused scientist, he described them as members of a new species, homo digiteus, whose life-long experience with technology creates expectations of connection, personalization and interactivity. For example, his son Bryan explains he doesn’t like television because “it doesn’t DO anything,” so instead he surfs the Internet, plays a digital game, or text-messages friends. Read More »
The connected home is closer than we think. Believe it or not, it’s not a technology issue, in my opinion. I think that the bigger issue in terms of deploying home networking and connected home-type systems is the business model for service providers. You know the story. You can go out and buy a whole bunch of home networking gear from retail stores and install it in your home. Its point-to-point type technology, does some very handy, straightforward things, and it works very well at a good priceWhen you try to connect your home network to a trusted, secure network, like the ones where you find our digital set-tops, who’s going to handle the set-up, connections and management for all these additional devices? If a service provider does it and you can’t print your daughter’s term paper because the printer in the basement doesn’t work, and the service provider has to then send a truck, well there go all the profits for a year. Read More »
There is no doubt that service providers will play a key role in reaching rural villages in India where approximately 70% of the population is located. Work has been underway for sometime to use broadband-based kiosks for farmers in conveying crop information; or establishing e-education centers to boost literacy and so on. I was in India in 2004 the day the country launched its broadband policy and I witnessed the corresponding excitement around the hope of the technology to connect a nation and beyond. There are a plethora of projects that target broadband penetration in India’s rural villages, some of which are described on Frost & Sullivan’s web site . Read More »