This would be my last blog on this project. Throughout this project, I have learned many things about the topic which I chose which was: "To what extent can we provide streaming services to rural areas?" I decided that I wanted to create a podcast. I had made a few designs of my satellite, the one below is the one that I believe would be my product
‘Abstract’. What did you do and why was it important to you? What were your main findings from the project?
My project was about Streaming services and how to be able to spread it around the world. This idea was important because I feel like technology had become advanced enough to be able to support people. Streaming Services provides great entertainment as well as great education. Service such as Youtube and Netflix are ways I use to have fun and be knowledgeable at the same time. I wanted to understand if people from all around the world have the same privileges as us and if not, how could we provide it to rural places.
Throughout my research on streaming services, I realized that to be able to have access to decent quality services you need to 2 important factors. Number one is the access to technology and number two is the access to the internet. I have discovered that technology has been decreasing in price over the years. This is because of the market filling up with similar technological advances making companies reduce the price of their product. Not only that, technology has also been more compact as well. Using the graph below, we can see that audio and computer equipment has been steadily decreasing in price. This means that even people with not a lot of money could be able to use streaming services.
But you can see that the cost for satellites and radio services have been increasing steadily. This lead to our second problem, the internet. This is a harder problem to solve. The main reason for this is to have access to a stable internet connection in rural areas, you need to have a lot of money. This is because cable and fiber would need more money to be able to extend the connection. Not only that, with the cable extension, you would have to introduce more lag as you are further away from the sources. So is there a way to be able to have a cheap connection and to be able to connect to rural areas. Yes, using satellite internet. That is the bases for my entire project. Satellite internet works by having a satellite in space about 30000 km away from the earth surface. They transmit signals using radio wave. Because of the distance, you would have a terrible internet connection. My product is able to have a satellite that is able to be closer to the earth. This means that the time that it takes to transfer radio waves from around the world would be shorter.
What were the main challenges for you doing this project? What were your strengths and what were your weaknesses?
One of the most difficult things for me to accomplish during this project was the that my question was too easily answered. Throughout my research, I released the technology problem is easily solved, but the internet connection problem isn't. My project had to be able to provide the internet needed to rural areas. Creating a solution to the internet problem was really hard for me. I had to understand what internet was and how it worked before tackling the problem. But overall, I believe that my product was really well made and interesting.
My strength was that I followed my schedule and changed it as necessary. This allowed me to finish my script way ahead of time (even though I did make a lot of edits) and filmed my podcast really quickly as well. This left me with one whole week of just refining and editing my podcast. I thought that my podcast turned out great with a lot of usage of humor and comedy. Because of this, I feel that the lack of visual representation doesn't really matter.
My weaknesses during this project were my scripts writing skills. Before I started writing my script, I had compiled all the information I needed. After finishing my first version of the script and when I reread it, I wasn't feeling satisfied with the script. This leads to about 5 scripts until I was satisfied with the results. Not only that but when I recorded my voice. It would take me forever to read the script into fluent words. It was extremely difficult for me to record my podcast without the usage of "um" and 'Uhh". Overall, I still felt that my podcast was decently made.
Throughout this project, I have learned many different things about technology and especially the internet. I learned that it takes hard work to main a sustainable internet connection and not that but the connection rate is dependant on the distance as well. I guess now I have to move closer to the internet station for better a better internet connection. Overall, This project allowed me to improve my researching and script writing abilities. It also allowed me to practice my video editing and audio skills.