Watching My Home TV from 38,000 Feet

I continue to be amazed by the technology that is at our fingertips today – sharing video with family members by phone or video-conferencing meetings from miles apart. I’m amazed with the tools that have allowed agvocates in rural America to connect with consumers on a daily basis, using mobile Twitter while they care for their livestock or combine their crops.

And some of these tools, well, they’re also just plain fun! Yesterday I decided to test the capabilities of one such new technological device, the Vulkano, during a four-hour flight to an American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) board meeting. The Vulkano allows you to watch your home TV from anywhere in the world as long as you have Internet service.

The Vulkano device is hooked to your cable or satellite box, which then connects to the Internet through a wireless or wired hookup. The neat thing about it is that it gives you a remote control on your computer, so you can change the channels just as you would if you were sitting in front of the television.

So, on my flight, I simply opened my computer and tuned into our home television while I was 38,000 feet in the air and hundreds of miles away from home. Talk about impressive!

There was a downside, however. I couldn’t get the remote to work on my laptop. Since our kids had been watching Disney Channel’s “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody,” that was the only channel I could watch.  Although that particular show wouldn’t have been my first choice, the whole concept of watching my home TV still amazed me.

I’m amazed at what technology and gadgets the Vulkano allow us to do both in business and in our personal lives. Do you have a story of a cool new gadget you’ve tried out you would like to share?