You may know Jason Hope as one of the most successful internet entrepreneurs in United States history. As a founder of Jawa, one of the first premium content streaming services in the United States, Hope had early success, which he parlayed into a long career of starting a company after company and building highly successful businesses.Today, Hope spends much of his time writing and blogging on the internet about topics pertaining to technology. Hope is extremely optimistic about the new technologies that will be encompassed in the category termed the Internet of Things. These will be technologies that will radically transform people’s everyday lives, says Hope. Devices that were once dumb, such as cars, thermostats and even doors and windows, will be wired into central computing resources, enabling a level of efficiency that has never been seen before.
Jason Hope says that many of the technologies that are included in the Internet of Things are already being deployed today in the aviation industry. In fact, Hope says that many of these technologies have their roots in the aviation industry itself. Hope believes that, without the long history of U.S. aviation, most modern technology simply would not exist at all.Hope sites some of the earliest inventions for airplanes to navigate, such as VOR, a system that allowed early aviators to navigate between cities and even across oceans through all kinds of weather, even in visibility that was effectively zero.
VOR stands for Very High Frequency Omindirectional Range and was an early application of sophisticated radio beacon technology that allowed aircraft to stay connected to ground resources while flying in ways that were never before possible.Prior to this invention, pilots use visual navigation techniques to fly long distances between large cities. Ox enabled radically expanded routes to quickly become feasible. Suddenly, aircraft could travel extremely long distances with pinpoint accuracy, in all types of weather, including heavy clouds and even moderate storms.