Vidyo “Inside” the future of telehealth & telemedicine solutions

The traditional healthcare delivery model is undergoing a major transition, shaped by the increasing integration of technology we use daily within our personal and professional lives. From mobile applications to medical consultations via video, new telehealth practices and technologies are allowing patients healthcare access anytime, anywhere and on any device.

Because of our feature-rich APIs, Vidyo is leading the charge in the way telemedicine is being delivered around the world. Our technology allows video to be integrated into various telehealth platforms, networks and devices, at an easy-to-use, low price point unmatched by other video conferencing providers without sacrificing key features. A shining example of this is Mercy’s SafeWatch system, powered by Vidyo.

Mercy’s SafeWatch is the largest single-hub TeleICU in the country. Spanning across four states, 15 hospitals and monitoring close to 500 Philips TelelCU beds, this new telehealth service enables specialists to continually monitor critical patients and data, and interact via Vidyo with bedside medical teams, ICU patients and their families from one central command center. Deployed across a geographical region traditionally known to be difficult for patients to receive quick, acute healthcare and medical consultations due to its rural nature, Vidyo’s integration into Mercy’s SafeWatch system helps to provide timely, personalized care regardless of physical distance.

Check out more pictures below of Vidyo’s telemedicine solutions powering Mercy’s SafeWatch. We believe this state-of-the-art integrated system is central to the future of medicine, the expansion and delivery of patient care in the U.S., and one that will serve as a new model for healthcare systems across the world.

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Vidyo’s visual communications technology for telehealth is integrated into Mercy’s central TeleICU command center in Chesterfield. Healthcare practitioners are now able to rely on secure, encrypted remote doctor-patient and doctor-doctor interactions that are as close to face-to-face consultations as you can get.

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According to Wendy Deibert (pictured), vice president of Telehealth Services at Mercy, the health system expects to expand the use of Vidyo to even more beds and applications. “With Vidyo we are able to do many things a bedside physician can do, except physically touch a patient. We can see the entire room, from the drips to the ventilator panel, to how the patient looks. We can talk to the family, patient or nurses in the room.”

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As critical patient information and data must be communicated with medical practitioners quickly wherever they may be, Vidyo’s complete end-to-end solution allows for HD video communications and images to be accessed from virtually any device.

Please read our press release on how Mercy is using Vidyo, and our analyst report on Vidyo in Healthcare.

forbes_logo_main-180x45  Vidyo Gets The Jump on Next Generation Telemedicine

WSJ-Logo-170x601  Where Does It Hurt? Log On. The Doctor Is In (Vidyo Customer – American Well)

 

Vidyo Patent Portfolio: The Keys to Affordable, Scalable, HD Video Conferencing

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Today, we announced that Vidyo has crossed the 50 patents mark, having recently received its 56th patent with 65 patent families in various stages of the patent process. Yesterday, we shared that Vidyo had been named to a list of the Top 10 Innovators along with Tesla, SpaceX, NEST, Google, Amazon, Aereo, Square, Corning and IBM. Patents and innovation go hand-in-hand and Vidyo is driving industry-changing innovation.

Since it first began developing technology and products, Vidyo has actively cultivated an extensive patent portfolio covering its inventions including the VidyoRouter™ architecture, which eliminates the need for a transcoding MCU and QoS-enabled networks.  The VidyoRouter – Vidyo’s core server architecture – and several key Vidyo technologies relating to or extending the H.264, H.265 HEVC and WebRTC standards, as well as numerous other innovations in video communications are responsible for making high quality video communications more natural, scalable, affordable, accessible and robust.

According to Andrew W. Davis, Sr. Partner and co-founder of Wainhouse Research, “Vidyo has continually driven game-changing innovation in the video conferencing industry and the patented VidyoRouter architecture will continue to drive visual communications and human interactions into the next generation of workflow and Internet-connected appliances. The number of patents issued to a company is typically considered a testament to its drive for innovation and proof of its success in exploring the frontiers of what will be possible with today’s and tomorrow’s technology. The Vidyo team has continually been on the cutting edge, and proven to be an effective industry leader in this respect.”

Today’s announcement can be accessed here.

Tesla, SpaceX, Google, Amazon, Aereo, NEST, IBM, Corning, Square and Vidyo

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What a thrill for Vidyo to be included last week on this list of innovators with companies  like Tesla SpaceX, Google, Corning, Amazon, Square, Aereo, IBM and NEST- truly disruptors in their respective industries.

“Few companies have the creative genius to come up with a breakthrough technology, and even fewer have the genius to keep delivering innovative products over the long term,” according to Don Reisinger of eWeek who goes on to say:

“Vidyo is one of the smaller companies in this roundup, but it doesn’t make the firm any less innovative. The startup has invented a way to heavily compress video transmitted over wireless networks, allowing users to hold video-conferencing with just about any device they desire without quality-of-service issues. Vidyo is being used heavily across the enterprise for video conferencing and has become a real sore spot for Cisco’s telepresence initiatives.”

This is not the first time that Vidyo or the VidyoWorks platform have been recognized for innovation that transcends an industry, but we don’t take any of the accolades for granted.  Vidyo CEO Ofer Shapiro was recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Tech Pioneer, the company received the WSJ Innovation Award for all of Networking, Broadband and the Internet among all public and private companies, and was cited on the MIT Technology Review’s “50 Most Disruptive Companies”.

Ongoing innovation is part of our DNA at Vidyo and we look forward to tomorrow’s next opportunity.

Video Conferencing for Government and Local Businesses in Vietnam

We recently announced that FPT Telecom, a leading telecommunications provider in Vietnam, is deploying Vidyo’s services and solutions to various local businesses and government agencies across the country. By utilizing Vidyo’s video conferencing, FPT Telecom customers will be able to reduce time and costs associated with business travel, while increasing overall workplace productivity through simple and affordable HD-quality video solutions.

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(Guests viewed VidyoPanorama 600, HD40, HD230, mobile and desktop solutions in action.)

To celebrate this deployment, Vidyo and FPT held two events last week in Vietnam where they demonstrated the various solutions currently available to customers. Below are some pictures from the celebration, complete with hostesses wearing traditional Vietnamese attire welcoming the 160 guests from local enterprises, government, banks and multinational companies.

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(The Vidyo and FPT Telecom teams celebrating the events.)

Welcome Eran Westman!

Eran Westman Chief Revenue Officer VidyoI want to introduce you to a new face on the Vidyo management team. Please join me in welcoming Eran Westman, Chief Revenue Officer who will lead Vidyo’s global sales and support organization as the company accelerates its growth. Eran has more than 20 years of sales leadership experience and a proven track record of leading sales organizations to the next level of growth. He has lived and built organizations in Europe, Asia, Latin American, Africa and North Americas. He has an extensive network of partners and tier 1 service providers around the world, and has partnered with customers in telecom, healthcare, government, education, mining and utilities to support them through transitions to disruptive technologies.

Prior to joining Vidyo, Eran served as EVP of Global Business at Ceragon Networks (NASDAQ: CRTN), the largest independent supplier of wireless backhaul systems. Eran joined Ceragon as one of the first 15 employees when the company was pre-revenue and served in a variety of executive sales positions over his tenure.  He built and led a global organization of over 800 people in over 50 offices to deliver $360M in annual revenue as a publicly traded company.  Eran served as President of Asia Pacific and built the organization from a single satellite office to a market leader with an organization of over 200 people including many deep, multi-year customer relationships and led sales for all of EMEA earlier in his career.

Eran brings a diverse background to Vidyo and will be instrumental in the next phase of Vidyo’s growth.  He lives in NYC with his wife and 3 children and will be making the 10 minute drive from the George Washington bridge to Vidyo’s office in Hackensack, NJ.  Eran enjoys golfing, skiing, and running.  If you haven’t met him yet I’m sure you will soon.

 

Ofer Shapiro, Vidyo co-founder and CEO, has been an innovative force at the heart of major architectural transformations in the videoconferencing industry since 1996. He was integrally involved in the development of the H.323 specification and the first IP based multi-point control unit architecture and gatekeepers, developed the use of H.264 Scalable Video Coding (SVC) for video conferencing, and led the development of a new media relay based architecture- the VidyoRouter. Ofer is a named inventor on 40 issued and 28 pending patent families. He was named a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer, and received the Wall Street Journal Innovation Award for Disruption in the category of Internet, Networking and Broadband. 

 

 

VidyoH2O for Google+ Hangouts is a WebRTC Product

In August of 2013, Vidyo announced that we were developing a Scalable Video Coding (SVC) extension for VP9 and WebRTC. Today we are announcing a software-based interoperability solution called VidyoH2O™ for Google+ Hangouts that connects existing business voice and video solutions to Google+ Hangout sessions. This is the first of an expected series of innovative solutions resulting from the collaboration with Google.

VidyoH2O for Google+ Hangouts will extend usability for Google+ Hangouts users by allowing connectivity with H.323/SIP video conferencing and IP PBX systems from Avaya, Cisco, Lifesize, Polycom and Vidyo, and will be offered on a subscription basis both on-prem and as a cloud-hosted offering. “H2O” is short for “Hangouts 2 Others” and enables Hangouts interoperability with installed enterprise solutions.

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Let me explain how VidyoH2O for Google+ Hangouts fits into our strategy:

Vidyo’s patented VidyoRouterleverages Scalable Video Coding (SVC), which is recognized by most industry players as the way to deliver a great video conferencing experience over the Internet. The VidyoRouter enables better error resilience and allows an optimized experience for multi-user video calls. WebRTC provides the ability to participate in video calls without a separate client or plug-in installation. With a scalable extension WebRTC will give Web developers who are using the VidyoRouter access to even better video quality coupled with the no-install advantage.

As Alex, our chief scientist, wrote in an earlier blog post, an inherent benefit of the WebRTC architecture and our collaboration with Google, is that developers will be able to use the scalable coding extensions of VP9 without significant changes to their client code and, additionally, benefit from the power of the VidyoRouter to drive high quality novel applications at large enterprise and service provider scale.  Chrome is expected to be the first browser to support the scalable version of WebRTC.

WebRTC Collaboration with Google_CROP

For many years the quality of video communications was not in line with user expectations and the high cost to deploy and manage these solutions resulted in limited deployments and form factors, low usage and highly structured interactions. The VidyoRouter architecture changed this paradigm with its ability to deliver easy to use, reservation-less, HD multiparty video calls over the Internet with the collaboration features of Web conferencing, all for the price of a phone call.

The VidyoWorks platform has become the platform of choice for organizations that want to achieve scale, quality, and custom/integrated solutions.  WebRTC adds a lot of great connectivity options in these environments.  VidyoH2O for Google+ Hangouts is the first in a line of products that will enable the inclusion of WebRTC in the Vidyo environment.

Imagine the applications that can be developed to offer an affordable, high-quality human interaction in a world in which the “Internet of Things” is central to all of our lives.

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Many of the products and features described herein remain in varying stages of development and will be offered on a when-and-if available basis. The product plans, pricing, specifications, and descriptions are provided for information only and are subject to change without notice, and are provided without warranty of any kind, express or implied. Vidyo reserves the right to modify future product plans at any time.

 

 

Ofer Shapiro, Vidyo co-founder and CEO, has been an innovative force at the heart of major architectural transformations in the videoconferencing industry since 1996. He was integrally involved in the development of the H.323 specification and the first IP based multi-point control unit architecture and gatekeepers, developed the use of H.264 Scalable Video Coding (SVC) for video conferencing, and led the development of a new media relay based architecture- the VidyoRouter. Ofer is a named inventor on 40 issued and 28 pending patent families. He was named a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer, and received the Wall Street Journal Innovation Award for Disruption in the category of Internet, Networking and Broadband. 

 

 

 

Vidyo: Making a Difference in the World

As those of us in the U.S. take a pause to give thanks this week, we thought it would be a good time to share a series of stories that show how connecting people through Vidyo is making a difference.

It’s always gratifying to know that your work, in some way, contributes to supporting and aiding humankind. And at Vidyo, we can’t help but feel good, knowing that our products and Vidyo-based applications and services are genuinely helping people all over the world. It’s not an overstatement to say that Vidyo is making a huge difference in people’s lives. It’s a fact.

Because Vidyo communications can reach people located almost anywhere — even those in some of the most remote areas on earth — without the need for any kind of special networks or equipment … and because Vidyo’s software-based technology can be easily integrated into so many critical, even potentially life-saving applications, we’re seeing an amazing number of organizations and institutions altering outcomes by leveraging Vidyo communications. From remote locations above the Arctic Circle in Alaska, to earthquake-ravaged villages in Haiti, to disaster-torn regions of third-world countries, to a small schoolhouse in India, Vidyo is assisting medical practitioners, educators, disaster relief personnel, and so many more, the world over in locations where other video conferencing solutions are not able to reach.

Vidyo for Humanitarian Aid: Concern Worldwide leverages Vidyo to link aid workers in 24 countries

The Thinking Schools Academy at the Auxilium Nava Jyothi School in India uses Vidyo as a way of enabling its teachers to receive face-to-face support and training by educators in the United States, over 10,000 miles away.

Supporting healthcare by connecting doctors and patients in rural Alaska: Vidyo connects over 250 sites and 700,000 people spread out over 660,000 square miles of rugged terrain.

Vidyo provides virtual classrooms for medical students in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake.

We are so proud of the great work being done by people who are using Vidyo to heal and save lives, educate those who would not otherwise be able to access education, and ensure rapid, efficient humanitarian assistance to those in desperate need. Follow our hashtag #bestofvidyo to hear about the stories that make us feel good about Vidyo.

Vidyo Sets Benchmarks: Leads Video Conferencing Market Trends and Industry Follows Suit

From the time we unveiled our first product in 2008, Vidyo has been noted as an innovation leader in video communications and collaboration. We have continued to advance the industry and repeatedly deliver on our promise to provide superior video conferencing solutions for our customers and partners. Again and again, we demonstrate new and innovative ways to bring video conferencing to the masses through our patented technology, based on scalable video coding (SVC).

Today it is clear that the new paradigm introduced by Vidyo years ago ultimately caused a shift in the video communications market. More and more large-scale Vidyo deployments are being realized — such as CERN’s, hosting thousands of Vidyo meetings a month or Google Hangouts, servicing tens of millions of users. Market leaders and opinion makers who may have once been skeptical are now acknowledging that Vidyo really HAS changed the game. Vidyo set the bar in video communications and the value proposition that we articulated so many years ago has now become the precedent for those looking to invest in a future-proof, scalable video conferencing solution.

Recognized market analyst firms like Gartner and Forrester have been following this industry for years, even before Vidyo came on the scene. It is their mission to collect both qualitative and quantitative data about industry innovation and new market developments; these organizations have been long-trusted for providing astute, comprehensive information for those interested in the market. Recently, two reports, in particular, are of note. Why? Because, we believe both the Gartner, IT Market Clock for Enterprise Video, 2013 and the Forrester Wave™: Desktop Videoconferencing, Q3 2013 validate Vidyo’s long-standing vision for the entire market. Vidyo believes the Forrester Wave Desktop Videoconferencing, Q3 2013 report supports key trends that are core to its value proposition:

• The shift from hardware room systems to software endpoints
• The importance of a strong mobile solution
• The proliferation of WebRTC
• Scalable video coding (SVC) based architecture that Vidyo pioneered allowing the best video quality among all participants

We believe these are trends and market directions that Vidyo has pioneered and cultivated, some for over five years! Diving deeper into the analysis, we believe the “,” found below, indicates that these types of innovations may make the difference and are “the advantages” in a changing video conferencing market.

In addition, our collaboration with Google to bring Vidyo’s SVC technology to WebRTC, and our work in standardizing H.265 SVC, are further evidence that our unique architecture is both standards-agnostic and future-proof. Vidyo continually hones its time-tested arsenal of vision, technology leadership and knowledge to continue to lead the market in innovation.

Gartner, IT Market Clock for Enterprise Video, 2013
This IT Market Clock illustrates the relative market maturity and commoditization levels for the leading enterprise video asset classes (see “Introducing the Gartner IT Market Clock”).

 

What makes the above Gartner, IT Market Clock for Video Enterprise, 2013 analysis especially interesting is that, we believe it strongly validates Vidyo’s strengths and initiatives. It’s a clear illustration of the individual
components that comprise Vidyo’s unique value proposition and future-proof product line for IT and business leaders and confirms what we have been stating for many years.

Below are a few key findings from the report:

  • Video conferencing endpoints are shifting from a mix of purpose-built room appliances to a broader base of endpoints that now include unified communications (UC) solutions, dedicated softclients, browser based endpoints and mobile apps.
  • Video infrastructure associated with multipoint bridging and hosted conferencing is transitioning from high performance hardware platforms to more scalable software implementations to support a larger population of endpoints and to reach a growing base of ad hoc demand users.
  • Video codec innovation presents more integration challenges for enterprises that do not have sufficient governance of their video endpoints and infrastructure.
  • Enterprises are demonstrating the desire to leverage video for broadcasting, narrowcasting, virtual
    presence and a range of other applications outside of traditional telephony and conferencing.
    Many of these use cases place additional emphasis on the storage and search of video content.
  • Cloud implementations of video-as-a-service are moving beyond existing exchange and federation models to facilitate the mixing of consumer, enterprise and extra-enterprise video systems for ad hoc calls.

The report underscores a significant shift in the market, towards personal and mobile endpoints. We believe this is reshaping the landscape for group video collaboration.

The Forrester Wave™: Desktop Videoconferencing, Q3 2013
In another recent market analysis, Vidyo received top ranking for its technology partners in the Forrester Wave™: Desktop Videoconferencing, Q3 2013. Forrester cited Vidyo as a “strong performer” and as having “best overall video quality and performance” of all the 10 vendors that participated in its September 2013 analysis.

According to the report, “Vidyo’s routing architecture shifts the heavy media-processing power from bridges to the endpoints, significantly reducing the cost per port to deploy video conferencing.” Additionally, “In our demo, Vidyo clearly delivered the best overall video quality, even with a large number of participants. Vidyo is foremost a provider of desktop video conferencing but also sells room systems based on the same software and routing architecture. Its ability to deliver solutions from the desktop to the conference room put it more squarely in competition with room-based vendors…” The report also states, “In contrast to our 2012 evaluation of Vidyo, during the 2013 Forrester Wave, it provided impressive enterprise customer references, each using its technology on a large scale.”

For all of these years, Vidyo’s overarching message has been that video conferencing must be simple, natural and universal. We’ve repeatedly stated that video conferencing needs to work on any device, be available on any type of Internet connection, and be accessible to everyone at an affordable price. This is why we’re especially pleased to receive such acknowledgement and affirmation from these two market reports.

The transition in the Enterprise from “minimal adoption” to “main stream adoption” of video conferencing has been exciting to watch and be a part of. Vidyo has made a significant contribution to this shift in the market, which is evidenced by the findings of the Gartner and Forrester reports. We urge you to connect the dots …. REALLY consider what these analyses indicate. Download the full Gartner, IT Market Clock for Enterprise Video, 2013 report here.

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*Gartner, IT Market Clock for Enterprise Video, 2013, Robert F. Mason | Whit Andrews, 12 September 2013

Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

Many of the products and features described herein remain in varying stages of development and will be offered on a when-and-if available basis. The product plans, specifications, and descriptions are provided for information only and are subject to change without notice, and are provided without warranty of any kind, express or implied. Vidyo reserves the right to modify future product plans at any time.

 

Ofer Shapiro, Vidyo co-founder and CEO, has been an innovative force at the heart of major architectural transformations in the videoconferencing industry since 1996. He was integrally involved in the development of the H.323 specification and the first IP based multi-point control unit architecture and gatekeepers, developed the use of H.264 Scalable Video Coding (SVC) for video conferencing, and led the development of a new media relay based architecture- the VidyoRouter. Ofer is a named inventor on 40 issued and 28 pending patent families. He was named a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer, and received the Wall Street Journal Innovation Award for Disruption in the category of Internet, Networking and Broadband. 

 

 

 

And the winner is… everyone

Last week at the AV Magazine gala, I was proud to accept the “Collaborative Communication Project of the Year” award on behalf of Vidyo, Inc. It is indeed an honor that Vidyo was co-named as a recipient of this award with global humanitarian organization, Concern Worldwide. Concern services over 25 underprivileged countries, delivering programs that benefit 8.5 million people annually. From tackling health, education and livelihood challenges of the world, the 2,200 Concern Worldwide personnel also face the challenge of visually communicating and collaborating, reliably, clearly and affordably to get the job done. It is humbling and extremely gratifying that Vidyo’s innovative technology has been recognized in helping Concern Worldwide meet this challenge.

According to Vincent Richardson, CIO, Concern Worldwide, “Vidyo makes it possible to conference to the most obscure, underdeveloped locations on the planet … and that’s deeply powerful. What Vidyo offers us is a video conferencing platform that we can use broadly anywhere.” Read the full case study, here.

Often times we think of video conferencing as something only used in the boardroom. Today, with Vidyo’s technology, innovators around the world are leveraging Vidyo’s unique, flexible, architecture in various applications to improve lives and support significant economic and social initiatives such as the Thinking Schools Academy in India or the Haiti Medical Education Project. Vidyo’s technology is making a huge difference, advancing innovative global communications for our partners, our customers and for everyone who has experienced the amazing benefits of the Vidyo-based communications and collaboration tools that are driving these critical humanitarian and philanthropic efforts.

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For the past six years as Vidyo’s Director of Sales, Fraser has been responsible for many aspects of Vidyo’s business. Fraser’s team manages Vidyo’s network work of Distributors & Resellers and spends a large proportion of time working closely with end users. For the past 17 years Fraser has worked within the Videoconferencing industry and during this time worked for VideoServer, Polycom and RADVision in similar positions; responsible for bringing new technologies to market and building incremental revenue. Prior to venturing into the videoconferencing industry Fraser held technical positions in the datacoms industry with leading manufactures such as Chipcom and 3Com. Fraser is married with three children, lives in Dorset is a keen horseman and runs marathons to keep fit.

 

 

Vidyo for Education 2013

Adoption of Vidyo technology in education has come a long way over the past few years, but our influence and adoption continues to grow–inspiring new ways of teaching and learning from boardrooms to classrooms across the world.  In 2011, we released VidyoReplay™, a recording and webcasting component of the Vidyo infrastructure, making it easier than ever before to connect students and teachers from disparate endpoints and capture content and educational lectures for future off-line viewing, anytime and anyplace. We have subsequently announced how Vidyo transforms mediated classrooms at Arizona State University into real time, research and learning environments with the Smithsonian—and shared how our technology links healthcare experts, physicians and instructors with medical students in Haiti via a virtual classroom. Earlier this year, Vidyo again made headlines that focused on our partnership with Internet2, and the resulting news that VidyoConferencing™ will be included in the services available to all Internet2 higher education members and thousands of K-12 public schools Topping off this exciting list of accomplishments in the realm of education, today, Vidyo announced that the number of education
institutions across the globe
that are currently using VidyoConferencing to raise the bar in interactive education through video communications and collaboration continues to increase.

From connecting students and parents from anywhere with school counselors, specialists and faculty to the classroom with virtual fieldtrips that supplement K-12 curriculum with real world interactions, video conferencing adoption
in education is on the rise. To put things in context about video conferencing in education, we created this infographic to understand the usage of video conferencing this academic year (click on the image for a large version):

 

If you’re an educator, a CIO or IT leader from the education community and haven’t yet experienced Vidyo, we can’t wait for you to try it out and let us know what you think.