small screen to big screen!

Screen sharing is an interesting thing today.  First of all, what it means and second what and how you can share your screen. Apple now includes Airplay, Carplay and other applications in the iOS solution. Those allow you to operate portable projectors and automobile screens as extensions of your iPhone. I won’t argue the reality of cell phones. What you will be carrying with you tomorrow is most likely only a cell phone. All those years I traveled, first with a 12 pound and slowly a lighter and lighter laptop is going way. So the ability to plug your phone into a projector and have it mirror the screen is critical. Let’s dive a little into the overall concept, expanding a post I made more than four years ago now, The Screen as a Service.

Chromecast plugs into an open HDMI slot on your computer and allows you to share your phone, tablet, or computer screen on the device that has the Chromecast plugged in. Prijector is a device that also plugs into HDMI ports and allows you to quickly share your computer screen, iPhone, Android, or another device right on the drive Prijector is plugged into. Another device in this screen sharing world is AirTame. AirTame again uses an open HDMI port on your TV and allows any device on the same network to broadcast anything on your receiving device. I have one in my office television. I can stream live TV, recorded TV, Netflix, Hulu, and any other service to your Television. The last device to consider is the FireTV system from Amazon or the AppleTV system from Apple. Both allow you to mirror your mobile screen on your TV.

But all of this doesn’t help anyone without why. One of the things you can do with Chromecast or AirTame, or for that matter connected projectors and Prijector turns a TV or projector into an advertising wall. Or if you are entertaining friends you can turn your wall into a picture display! It also allows you to create a two-monitor system quickly for your phone, tablet or computer.  The last thing is that many of these devices are continuing to drop in price. You can get a Chromecast for around 40 US right now.  I enjoy using these systems in some ways. AppleTV lets you program what you are going to watch on your TV from your device. AirTame and Prijector let you put anything you are looking at on the larger screen.

I do understand this is probably something most of you aren’t interested in. This is more of an art of the possible post, in case you ever have the need!


Chasing Dory – review

Chasing Dory is a cute name for an ROV. ROVs or remotely operated vehicles focused on exploring underwater. Drones are also a form of ROV, but drones are normally associated with flying above you in the air. Or next to you in the case of a selfie drone. ROV”s as the market defines them today work underwater. Many include a handset to operate them, and some use your tablet or cell phone.

Chasing Dory is much smaller (just over 3 pounds) and comes in a brilliant yellow. The base system includes a 150-foot teether and a buoy. What that means is you can go down 150 feet if the body of water is that deep!

  1. Wifi doesn’t work through the water. It works above the water, but once you start moving below the water level, wifi signals dissipate quickly. So with a drone in the air, you can use WIFI because WIFI works up to 10000 feet away from the receiver. With an ROV underwater, the device has to be tethered. Chasing Dory is a new system that has a tether, but the tether connects to the wifi-enabled buoy.
  2. These ROVs can go easily as deep as 1000 feet. However, the recommended depth is around 300 feet. Remember that water pressure is quickly greater than air pressure.

Chasing Dory has a set of headlights that allows the camera to see below water level. It takes a couple of times using an underwater ROV to get the orientation. Where Drones are a little less control specific, you have up, down, and side to side. With the ROV you have the same up, down, side to side, but the reality is you can’t physically see the ROV underwater. So what you see is what you are responding to with an ROV.

We haven’t had a chance to put Dory in the water yet. That will come after the end of winter! It is hard to operate controls when you have to wear gloves!

Chasing Dory has a nice software package, for either Android of IoS devices. The system can operate around 200 feet away from your phone. What that means is that the buoy, with Dory can be placed in the water, and then you can move your boat away from the area. You will get to see more without the shadow of a boat overhead!

I won’t do a rating for this ROV until I get it in the water and see what they video and still, pictures look like.

So, for now, it is an introduction review!


The new Virily

As promised yesterday I sent the data to the admin team. I will add a couple of poll questions to the listing today and will forward those tomorrow.

  • Polls: today, you can now create polls without having to create (add picture) and refresh before continuing. That is good! The bad news the yes/yes/no issue remains. The issue where you type a question, and it doesn’t appear in the list, also remains. So one bug fixed two remaining.
  • Site Navigation: The submission and moving between features of the site are slower than before. For example, if you move from notifications to the new posts from other authors it moves quickly. But if you go from a post to your notifications things move slow.
  • Notifications: The views and notification screen has been fixed. We no longer get the other notifications, although in checking this morning we do still get virils as before that the notifications informed us of.
  • The posts off of your profile appear to have a bug. It does not list the posts you have submitted over the last two weeks in chronological order. You can go back to the older post listings by selecting the more tab in your profile and from there selecting posts. You get the older, smaller thumbnail view, which shows more than the last two days post.
  • The rate to 100 and 200 views has slowed, but that is expected people are working through the new site.
  • The Doc bug – I know I am probably the only person that does this but just in case. I read posts and then leave comments. I don’t, however, submit the comments right away. So I have 5, 6, or posts with comments written, but I haven’t clicked the button yet. I then tend to post a comment and close that author’s post — the time allotted for commenting as decreased (the timeout used to be about 15 seconds between comments on posts it is now closer to about 5 seconds). I got the (you are making that too fast error) four times today. Again I am probably the only one that will see this bug.

At this point, those are the only things I know for sure. I continue to look for and use the site. I will continue to send information to the admin team. I know a number of you have reached to me, and others via private messaging, don’t worry, things will stabilize. The good news is, there is much we can do today that we couldn’t do before.

Hopefully, we all have a better day.


The Virily Changes

Good morning all, and welcome to the new Virily. Last summer, as a community we put together a new FAQ, and some functionality asks for the admin team. I captured all of those thoughts and sent them along to the admin team. The top two community requests from the author team when we did that was the ability to edit old posts and the ability to edit comments. The good news is we can now edit posts! The other top requests are out there still so maybe over time we will see the ability to block users, permanently remove comments, and the ability to edit comments. The good news is the admin team listened to some of our suggestions (at least we can hope they did since they implemented them!)

The poll issue (start a poll, add a picture, refresh, then do the rest of your work) appears to have been resolved. As the timeout issue also appears to have been fixed (start a post, then get distracted, and when you get back to the post you’ve been logged out (which you don’t find out until you try to do something on the new post or refreshed). In both cases please note, I had only tried this once. Let’s see where we are in a couple of days to determine if the site is now working.

The look and feel of the site are a little different that is interesting. At this point, the look and feel are more like the Facebook, Twitter, MeWe style of presenting the information. The functionality has changed just the visual way the data is presented (in the IT world we call that a view). The other thing that we asked for ages ago now was a cleaner notifications page. That was done; you no longer see a notification for graphic submission, comments you’ve made, and opening another user’s post.  The notifications are more applicable now, in the sense that they only represent the notifications that are good to know (upvotes) and ones that require action by you (another author comments on your post).

The posted total in the profiles page (of your posts) is wrong. There are missing posts though. I suspect this will change.

I will always ask some poll questions and will share those with the admin team. Overall I am still wondering the site and using it, and I will update the team if I find anything.

I want to thank everyone that participated during the summer in the polls that we sent to the Admins. I don’t know if those emails were something that the admin team responded to, but at least one of our big asks was completed!

I hope everyone has a great Friday!


what is the tipping point for AR/VR?

2020 is a year with a lot of upcoming new and interesting technologies. One of the things that have exploded in the past year is the 360 camera. There are some such cameras on the market, and they continue to improve both in ease of use, but also capabilities. 360-degree cameras are not really for everyone today, and that market remains smaller overall. The other area of recent improvement is the personal video camera. Or more a product that replicates the functionality of a police officer body cam. The Body Cam detects motion and beings recording video. The same is true for the personal version as they detect you moving and start recording video.

GoPro and other devices also do that and fit into the newer category of Action Cameras. Finally, there are some other types of cameras appearing that continue to create interesting new possibilities. For example, there are now AR cameras or cameras designed to help measure space and create a virtual version of an actual space. This can be expanded so that the user can create completely virtual spaces. Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality allow for interesting new photography opportunities.  360-degree cameras can be converted to Augmented Reality cameras quickly. By the way, the interesting fact in this space is that you can also get 360-degree cameras that can be added to your cell phone.

At what point does AR/VR technology take off? Malcolm Gladwell wrote a great book called “The Tipping point” talking about when a market reaches the point where it will be to move rapidly. It is a slow build-up to the point where everyone what’s to be involved in the technology. Flat-screen TV’s are a great example when they cost 14000 dollars, not many homes had one. The larger projection-type screens (the big screen in a box) were 2000 and much more popular. When flat-screen tech got to the point where the screen could be gotten for 500 dollars (all re US dollars sorry) the flat screen exploded. When or what will be the driver for AR/VR to take off. It is a question I keep asking myself.


of headsets and earbuds…

Over the ear versus in the ear? I know what a weird question to ask. It has to do with the reality of earbuds. There are two types, wireless and wired. There are also two distinctions over the ear and in the ear. I have two sets of in the ear and two sets of over the ear headsets that I use for my cell phone. I will say the following about each type:

If I want to listen to music, I use the in-the-ear buds

If I need to talk on the phone, I use the over the ear headset.

In part, that is because, with the over the ear headset,s, you move the microphone away from your mouth, and you are on mute. With the earbuds, I have to mute the phone. When you are on a call, being able to mute and unmute by moving the microphone is a huge value for me. The other value and issue with the over the ear headsets is the time of year. In the winter, the over the ear headsets provide extra protection for my ears. In the summer, they get sweaty. So in the summer if I am outside while talking on a conference call, I use them in the earbuds.

There are many of both on the Market. I use Poly and Jabra headsets. My in the ear are only Polycom, and my over the ear headsets are from both. I did a review of the Polycom Voyager over the ear headsets, and I use them quite often.

I know not a lot of folks on Virily use headsets with their phones. I do use them every day. One of the risks you need to be aware of is not to allow the volume to go to high. You can damage your ears, putting a high noise source that closes to your eardrums.

Makes sure if you do decide to buy headsets to consider three things:

  • Wired or wireless, both are good. But what works for you?
  • Over the ear or in the ear, both are good, what works for you?
  • This one for all headsets and earbuds, make sure the headset you get or the earbuds you get support ANC (automatic noise canceling).


connected medical devices

First of all, I wanted to thank every single person that read, upvoted and comments on my post yesterday about connected medical devices. One of the things that I got from the comments is the trade-off. I wanted to talk about the concept of trade-off. First of all, medical devices are designed to help someone with a specific issue. The easy answer I used was Pacemakers. These devices are designed to help regulate and control the heartbeat of a patient. They help keep the person alive. The ability to have that pacemaker connect to a cellular phone via Bluetooth, and then send information about personal health directly to the doctor is a critical step forward. IT is something you can have today.

But there are other medical use devices that you not even think about helping you. Afib or Atrial fibrillation happens to be a huge portended provider of a warning that you are potentially about to or are having a heart attack. Doctors and medical professionals (if interested I am happy to provide the links to this information and these studies) and evaluated two distinct health issues. Strokes and Heart Attacks, what they found is that the faster the person is treated, the greater the ability of the medical profession and the human body to heal. Get there fast, early and the impact of the Stork or the Heart Attack is lessened overall. How fast is fast, that depends?

One of the technology tools that you can use if you have Afib is an Apple watch. Doctors and medical professionals studied the Afib warning presented on an apple watch and found that 85% of the time, the watch caught the early changes in the Heart from Afib. That means a single device (Apple Watch) can save your life. The value of the watch increased based on that! But there are other wearable educational devices, including the new non-stick generation of diabetes blood sugar monitors. Simply putting the connected device (Gex) on your skin allows it to connect to your phone and let you know what your blood sugar is without you having to poke your finger.

It is about the value of the device. No technology (well other than for me, but I am a geek) is worth getting just because it exists. When technology provides you with value, then it is worth it!