It’s Sunday morning and I am pottering around my house, cleaning up, listening to my favourite radio show, Adam and Joe. Nothing too surprising about that, except the epiphany I just had when I sat back with a cup of coffee and considered how I’m doing this.
- The show is broadcast on Saturday morning, digitally only - via digital radio or streaming over the internet.
- It is then rebroadcast for a week via BBC iPlayer.
- I can stream this via QuickTime my iPhone.
- My iPhone is hooked up to my wireless network, which is hooked up to a modem connected to a 10Mb fibreoptic line.
- My iPhone is plugged into a Gear4 FollowMe.
- The FollowMe is powered from my laptop via USB, and is also charging my iPhone.
- This device has scanned the FM frequencies in use near me and found the gaps. It’s broadcasting the show to my house on 90.1FM.
- I have tuned my Tivoli iPal to the FollowMe, and I can take it from room to room with me…
- …but at the moment it is plugged into my Bose speakers, and the sound is crystal-clear, and filling the entire room.
I am not an early-adopter technology geek, in that I like technology for what it can do, rather than on its own merits, but damn, this setup is awesome, like it’s from the future, and I only just realised it. Even five years ago, the above setup would have been pretty cutting edge, and it would blow the mind of someone ten years ago. Yet today it’s just, like, whatever.
Anyone else had a similar realisation?