Speaker, microphone, camera…check. RF-ID??? – AI Speakers with advanced capabilities explored

Where are my keys???


Amazon’s Echo and Google’s Home have infiltrated the home. Next generation models hope to bring visionĀ into the picture with various tactics to introduce a need for a camera. Will the public agree? This has yet to be determined, but if all else fails, there’s always RF-ID! Say you want to know if little Jimmy has gotten home ok, a simple RF-ID tag could give a future release of AI speakers a clue. RF-ID has so much potential, and it’s about time it enters the home. Being able to locate items around the home could be the new way of doing things sans-camera. There’s more intriguing technology coming down the path with a sonar-style WiFi powered 3D image rendering cameras that might be an alternative if plain-jane cameras fail. Being able to see through walls using WiFi can be a really cool concept when trying to locate an RF-ID tag, being able to give you an exact location in a building. You can even blow up the scale to an office building capable of locating personnel around the building. The possibilities are really exciting! Check out business insider if you don’t believe it’s possible. It’s here. Let’s explore it!!!

Snap content acquisition by a cloud provider?

Waste of talent…

With Snap being hosted entirely on cloud systems and not in-house servers, one must ask why hosts don’t negotiate for rights to content that are uploaded? The content shared by users could be a treasure-trove to the right company. Fresh talent and content for media starved companies could be useful to add to catalogs for users to search through. Amazon could negotiate for rights to content in exchange for free usage of AWS. Such content would give them an opportunity to compete against sites like YouTube. Why not get something out of a deal? Microsoft could stand to do the same. With people uploading videos daily, why not use the content to create a whole new media-share ecosystem where stars could be created daily? The content owner could pick and choose artists to sign exclusively and beat out labels. Homegrown talent ripe for the picking, and snap currently has all rights to pick. Makes you wonder why snap hasn’t tried to become a media provider with all that content…

The Echo based emergency response system

Real solutions to real problems

With AI based devices showing up in almost every room in houses, I have began to wonder why makers don’t offer a tie in to emergency services. Say someone breaks into your home. You could simply give Alexa a pin that allows for a direct call to emergency services. If not calls, at least equip it with a panic alarm. There is so much potential just in Echo and Google Home. It’s about time we start looking beyond simple music and news to more solution based roles. Lives could be saved with an addition of a simple skill to the Echo profile. Let’s go developers!!!

The “Connection-less” Media Stick

contact me for more info!

This is probably one of my best ideas to date. Involves media devices such as FireTV, Chromecast, Roku, and others. This idea has the potential to change the current landscape of media broadcasting and home entertainment. This idea is not going to be free, because the idea is just that good. If you are interested in hearing more about the idea, feel free to contact me at contacttimshere@gmail.com

The $40 Computer

Easy solution for start-ups

This is one of my older ideas. Thought I’d offer it out there since the company I told it to didn’t seem to care. It’s a simple enough concept. Take a Roku, FireTV, or Chromecast and build in an app that can access a cloud-based computer (virtual machines) via internet. Advantages of such an app would be the possibility of having a “new computer” through a device costing around $40 by simply opening the app and using a bluetooth keyboard/mouse. The actual virtual machine, hosted by AWS or other competitors, would never need upgrading or maintenance. You could simply plug the device into a monitor as a thin client that displays the cloud hosted computer and relays the commands. Cloning virtual machines would be easy, and you could have a whole business up and running at minimal cost. Of course the VM’s hosted would be usage based, but with $40 per machine start-up, I can’t imagine a cheaper solution for start-ups…

Check in with Echo – Amazon idea

Did little Jimmy make it home?

I hinted towards this idea in a previous post, but I’m here now to show what can really be accomplished with a simple add-on to devices such as Echo and Google Home. Let’s set the scene… I get home to my larger home, and I want to know if the kids got home from school ok… so I ask my echo, “Alexa, did Josh and Kasey get home ok?” and she gives me a reply such as, “Josh arrived at 3:45 and Kasey arrived at 5:25. There is a recording from Kasey, should I play it?” I say yes, and she goes on to play the message from Kasey saying, “Dad, I went to McDonald’s, I’ll be back in around 6.” This could be a simple conversation with a feature such as Check-in and Messages that could and, in my mind, should be added to newer updates. Skills programmers, get at it!