Live from CES 2012

The following is a guest post from Kevin McGuire, vice president of wireless operations for Enhanced Telecommunications Corp., in Sunman, Indiana.

Another year, another CES is upon us. My sense is that it is much larger than last year’s event. The first day on the show floor I was unable to have a conversation with a vendor because so many people were there. Like in years past, I wanted to write a guest post to offer some insight into items I feel might be of importance to the rural telecom industry. Of course the show is so big that it is impossible to get to everything, so apologies if I missed something. Read more

Live From CES 2011

The following is a guest post from Kevin McGuire, vice president of wireless operations for Enhanced Telecommunications Corporation, in Sunman, Indiana.

As I roamed through the miles of aisles here at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), I thought I would take a moment to reflect on some of the highlights as I see them. Granted, it was impossible to make it through every booth, but I did quite a bit of exploring.  If you are here, please leave comments about your thoughts of the show.

Tablets are here to stay. From Google’s new Honeycomb (Android 3.0- designed entirely for tablets) to Blackberry’s new Playbook, it is clear that tablets are an emphasis for manufacturers in the coming years. As I waited two minutes for my laptop to boot up, and thinking back to lugging the thing around in the airport, I can see why. When I travel I do only pretty basic things online — checking email, browsing the Web, reading/basic editing of documents and watching videos. Do I really need the power of a laptop to do these things? Likely I can do everything I need to do to keep up with work in a more convenient tablet form factor. Could I do it on a smartphone?  Yes, many things — but many things would be much easier to do on a larger screen. And sure, tablets won’t work for everyone, but I suspect that unlike netbooks we’ll see tablets here to stay. Read more

GE, Intel to Form Joint Venture Focused on Telehealth

GE & Intel Form Telehealth Joint VentureGE and Intel announced a joint venture today that will help utilize “… technology to bring more effective healthcare into the home, and to improve the lives of seniors and people with chronic conditions.”  Specifically, they are going to focus on three key areas:

Chronic disease management - technologies to help patients and their caregivers manage common conditions including congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, hypertension and diabetes
Independent living – wireless passive-behavioral monitoring technologies to help elderly people live independently for longer, or more safely and comfortably in assisted living communities
Assistive technologies – products to enable people with learning disabilities or visual impairments   Read more

Windows Phone 7 Preview

While I would love to say we have a review of the developer’s version of Windows Phone 7 , unfortunately we do not.  However, we have found several reviews out there if you are interested:

Overall it is getting pretty decent reviews.  While most bloggers have suggestions for improvements, it’s not likely it will come out before the fourth quarter, so they still have time to polish it up.  I just wonder if MSFT is too late in the game to get any traction.

Nokia Siemens Networks to Acquire Certain Wireless Assets of Motorola

Nokia Siemens Networks today announced a $1.2B deal in which they will acquire “the majority of Motorola’s wireless network infrastructure assets.”  As with acquisitions of this size, it is subject to closing conditions and regulatory approval, but they expect the deal to be done by the end of 2010.

So what does a majority of assets mean?   Read more

Goodbye Nexus One

Google’s Nexus One has been one roller coaster of a ride.  You’ll remember from the initial announcement, confirmed earlier this year, that Google had intended to sell the N1 directly to consumers, bypassing the pesky issue of dealing with carriers.  Then in April, Google announced that the N1 won’t be coming to Verizon.  Now we can say goodbye to the N1 saga, at least here in the U.S.  Here’s what Google had to say:

Earlier this year, we announced that we will be closing the Nexus One web store. This week we received our last shipment of Nexus One phones. Once we sell these devices, the Nexus One will no longer be available online from Google. Customer support will still be available for current Nexus One customers. And Nexus One will continue to be sold by partners including Vodafone in Europe, KT in Korea, and possibly others based on local market conditions.

So there you have it.  I suspect the next announcement will be the complete end to the N1, in all countries.  Methinks that Google will focus on their core competencies and abandon hardware altogether.  Given the success of the iPad, I’d be shocked if they didn’t devote more resources to their Chrome OS product.

Location-Based Thermostat Management

There’s been quite a bit of buzz about the Smart Grid recently (look for a New Edge series on Smart Grid coming in a few weeks), but I’ve often wondered how consumers will benefit.  Allure Energy has finally opened my eyes to what is possible with a smart home system.

Imagine this: once you leave your house in the morning, your smartphone sends location information back to your thermostat allowing the temperature to increase.  As you are on your way home, the closer you get, the closer to normal your thermostat is set — thereby ensuring you have a nice, cool home when you arrive.  Sounds like science fiction, right?  Wrong…   Read more

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