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TV Providers Give Away Thin Client Tablets, with Video Streaming Only

It’s an interesting concept, where your television or video provider, when you sign up with them, gives you light weight, thin client tablets that are capable of few commands, e.g. such as changing channels.  The hardware for these tablets have minimum CPU and RAM requirements, just enough to perform quality video stream, but little multitasking or app execution.  In essence your television provider throws in very inexpensive, limited capability televisions, i.e tablets, so the whole family can watch whatever they want via WiFi through their own or on the go, vastly distributed, hot spots around your state, and their WiFi, Hot Spot domain.   Everyone can watch their own channel, and as in other articles I’ve mentioned, they could watch their own perspective of the same show, such as we have seem in the media where European Soccer will have multiple channels of views to cover the same event, i.e. they will have multiple video cameras filming and broadcasting showing a different view of ‘the game’.  So if a group of people are hanging around on a couch watching the game, the main view could be on the big television, while each person in the room has a thin client tablet watching their own view of the game.

It may be not far off in the distant future, that hot spot providers charge a lease fee to other providers, just like we had leased cell towers to cover the gaps, almost a roaming type situation, but for hot spots, before we go to a wide area coverage, such as N. America.

 

Raspberry Pi Streaming Verses Amazon Instant Video, Apple / Google TV, and Netflix

I still can’t get over the fact that for 45 USD, you can take a Raspberry Pi board, and an RCA or HDMI cable, you can create a video streaming device and retrofit your existing Television.  Wow, amazing.  So, in short, does the value add of the graphical user interface, and the physical hardware of a device such as a streaming branded device, such as Apple, or Google TV, or web streaming only product, such as Amazon Instant Video, also offered on the Amazon Fire, outweigh the cost effective mechanism.  It’s all economics, and opportunity cost for you, i.e., a personal decision.  The only factors I would add into the mix, is you have both the web only and hardware specific devices in one cost effective device, which theoretically, someone could overly an inexpensive User Interface to access all four.  The Amazon Fire also offers the benefits of a Tablet.

The interfaces and devices are slick, so it’s a very tough decision.

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Android Powerful VoIP Phones Giving Cellular a Raspberry Very Soon

I was reading the article by CNET, Samsung: Galaxy S4 for U.S. has four cores, not eight, and said, well that’s just not nice.  I would have also said fair, but hey, life isn’t that fair, is it?  Then I remembered about a few guys at my last few companies who build their own PCs.  Then I thought of this recent craze called, Raspberry Pi, you might have heard of this inexpensive computer.  The wheels started turning and I though, well, I want 8 cores, and maybe 32 megabytes of RAM, then I thought, hey why not more?

Now, I pulled back the reigns.  How can I build a phone?  What are the barriers?  For one, what are the mechanics that I can’t handle?  Well, there’s this whole concept of carriers, bands, and regulated waves.  Solved, in limited form.   I put together a phone that uses Voice over IP (VoIP).  There are tons of hot spots all over, and every day the number grows and grows.  The operating system, is that a problem, probably not.  The article  I saw the other day from CNET, Android originally designed as smart-camera system, also was another piece to the puzzle.  The Android mobile OS is Open Source, and I thought amazing, it’s Open Source.  Open-source software (OSS) is computer software with its source code made available and licensed with an open-source license in which the copyright holder provides the rights to study, change and distribute the software for free to anyone and for any purpose.  Many of the other challenges, screen, and other components, are relatively not too bad of a challenge.  So what I might end up with as a prototype is a VoIP phone from the 1980s, a brick phone.  Well, not that impressive.  Several companies, such as Avaya, and Cisco have been doing this a long time.  Then I thought, if the Raspberry Pi Foundation can make a small computer inexpensively, anyone  would be able to make a small VoIP phone as powerful as they want.  Coming soon from a Geek near you.

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