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How Disruptive Will Bluetooth Mesh Be?

Even though Bluetooth has been around for less than 20 years, it is only in the last half dozen or so that its adoption has ballooned. Bluetooth’s accelerated adoption rate is attributable largely to the explosion in Bluetooth speakers and headphones, and especially to the growing cornucopia of products and product categories using smartphone-connected Bluetooth […]

Wireless Video: Demand vs. Capacity

The forecast for internet video use from Cisco’s annual Visual Network Index continues to astonish. It estimates that, by 2021, 82% of all internet traffic will be video—up from an estimated 73% in 2016. That’s all internet traffic, both wired and wireless. Predictions for wireless video traffic are no less impressive: 78% in 2021 over […]

Capped America

Failed presidential candidate John Edwards once spoke of “two Americas.” While Edwards was making an economic pitch, his message, with a little temporal updating, could just as easily apply to the market for data. In one America—that of residential broadband—most users enjoyed unlimited data and zero restrictions. In another America, mobile broadband users faced tight […]

Video Streaming Over Mobile: A Win-Win-Win

Everyone wants to get in on video distribution explosion, and wireless service providers are no exception. But when consumers are watching video on their mobile devices, the high data charges push them to watch over Wi-Fi, avoiding using their cellular service. However, new services from wireless providers, such as T-Mobile’s Binge On launched late last […]

The Hybrid TV Vision: Is Common Sense Advancing?

You’ve been invited to a party. The invitation promises a horn of plenty filled with all your favorites (including the premium stuff) and also the individual favorites of your friends, family, neighbors and fellow citizens. In fact, everyone gets anything they want, at any time they want it, from this horn of plenty. Sound too […]

The Next Cord Cutting Wave Is Not What You Think

In 2011, AT&T and Cisco trumpeted a new set-top box (STB) solution aimed at cord cutters. No, not the cord cutters keeping cable TV execs up nights pacing the halls and rending their garments. Instead, it was a product targeting consumers who were looking to bring AT&T’s U-verse service to additional TVs in their home without punching […]

I’ve Seen Cloud Storage from Both Sides Now

Monday November 22, 2010 – Stewart Wolpin Joni Mitchell is going to have amend her lyrics for “Both Sides Now”, adding a positive digital spin to her cynical description of clouds as mere sun blockers, indiscriminant precipitation sources and activity inhibitors. Prior to Apple’s announcement last week of The Beatles invading iTunes, most initial speculation […]

Wireless HDMI: Bigger than 3D

Monday January 4, 2010 – Stewart Wolpin While CES will be replete with gaudy 3D HDTV and 3D Blu-ray demonstrations, likely complete with Avatar and Up! clips, a far more consequential innovation will be purposefully well-hidden – wireless HDMI. Losing the annoying trailing HDMI cable connecting a consumer’s A/V stack to their wall-mounted HDTV is […]

The Ethernet Dilemma

Monday April 6, 2009 – Stewart Wolpin It is rare that the major consumer electronics companies are so – well, to avoid being completely insulting, let’s say short-sighted. Over the last few months, there have been many new HDTVs that include specialized Web surfing capabilities such as Sony’s Bravia Link, Panasonic’s Viera Cast, and the […]