Jason Yang leads a multi-state violin lesson over a high-speed video connection. Photo by Chris Jennewein
Jason Yang leads a multi-state violin lesson over a high-speed video connection. Photo by Chris Jennewein

Cox Communications used a penthouse apartment on the 45th floor of San Diego’s tallest residential tower Tuesday to demonstrate the services made possible by new gigabit Internet.

The 1,850-square-foot apartment atop the Pinnacle on The Park was packed with media, developers and Cox partners, who sampled different technologies in each room.

In the living room, an exercise therapy class was underway via high-speed video. In a bedroom, a doctor was demonstrating a remote patient conference. On the deck, a violin teacher was holding a class with students in Los Angeles, Texas and Colorado.

An elementary school student attends a class via virtual reality goggles. Photo by Chris Jennewein

In the den, a high-speed, interactive computer game was being played. And in another bedroom, a child was attending a class via virtual reality goggles.

“The products are here and they all need connectivity,” said Sam Attisha, senior vice president and region manager for the cable company. “That’s what we do.”

Cox is in the process of upgrading its network to gigabit speeds — 100 times faster than average. The Pinnacle is one of the new developments already wired for the new Gigablast Internet service.

The services demonstrated on Tuesday aren’t possible at the 10 megabit speed of typical Internet connections, but work smoothly at the gigabit level.

Dr. Edward Greene of Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group in Otay Mesa was demonstrating a video patient conference, explaining that its much more convenient for many patients than an office visit.

“This is probably the future of medicine. I do quite a few of these daily,” he said over the flawless video link.

The Pinnacle on The Park in downtown’s East Village. Photo by Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.