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Kodak Orbit 360 VR Camera and other concept VR cameras from PixPro

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSKodak is getting into the VR space in a big way their new Kodak Orbit 360 VR 4K Camera. This camera takes Kodak’s existing technology for making VR images and the camera itself puts it all together for you. You won’t have to get on the computer and do it yourself if you don’t want to. It is capable of doing it automatically right out of the box. This makes it even easier to share these images across social media. And you know you want to share all of those cool images with your friends. About Kodak PixPro Orbit The camera has two modes. You can get a square image and have it do all of the internal stitching, or you can get a circular image and use external software to stitch it up yourself. So no matter which way you...

Netgear Arlo Pro 2 and Smart HD Baby Monitors at CES 2018

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI’m a big fan of Arlo cameras. Last year, it gave police a good view of the 2 people that broke into my house. A single camera can add a feeling of comfort. 2 or 3 in key places can really add to your families’ safety. That is where Arlo comes in. About the Netgear Arlo Pro 2 The Netgear Arlo Pro 2 is all about keeping your home safe. It will let you see everything that goes on at your home in 1080p HD. If you ever do encounter an intruder when using the Arlo 2, you are going to have no trouble identifying them. This home surveillance device is all about flexibility and can go wire-free thanks a rechargeable battery, or you can stay plugged in. It fits whatever your needs are and as your needs shift, the design...

Check Out Omnicharge With USB-C Charging, and A Powerful Power Bank for Coffee Shops, Universities

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSStartup Omnicharge was at CES to show off the Omni 20 USB-C. This portable power USB-C bank can output up to 100 watts of power for charging all of your larger devices. This version keeps all of the good hardware from the original Omnicharge and adds the USB-C ports. It has four ports, two USB-C and two USB-A, and a powerful 20,100 mAh battery cell that you will find handy for for charging up laptops, smartphones, drones, digital cameras and basically anything else you carry with you. About Omnicharge with USB-C Power Bank This new device is geared toward the future and perfect for devices like the new MacBook Pro for instance. Everyone is switching to USB-C, so with Omnicharge, you are good to go and ready for these new gadgets. The Omni 20 USB-C doesn’t have the wattage limitation of...

CES 2018: Year of the Super Cute Bots

If the 51st Consumer Electronics Show proved anything, it’s that cuteness goes along way when you’re a bot competing for attention on a crowded show floor. Of course, functionality and price matter too. In the area of cuddle bots, Somnox, the sensor-filled pillow that claims to give affection to help you wake rested and happy, got a lot of attention at the show, perhaps because there was a rumor that they were giving away tee shirts that read: “I slept with a robot.” I had a chance to go hands on with this very heavy $550 4.5 pound pillow and found it completely non-responsive to my hugs. Me with USA Today’s Rob Pegoraro debating the merits of Somnox That said, sleeper hit, Qoobo, the super light $99 sensor-filled pillow, completely stole my heart as it continuously wagged its tail during my interview with its creator, Yukai Engineering’s Shunsuke Aoki:...

Meet Qoobo: A Headless Robotic Pillow Pet that Wags its Tail When you Cuddle it

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSDo you live alone in a place that doesn’t allow pets? Maybe you grew up with a cat or dog that cuddled up on your lap, wagged it’s tail, and fell asleep – and you miss that interaction. Well fear not, because Qoobo will help you with that. What is Qoobo Qoobo is an animatronic pillow that wags it’s tail when you give it attention. Whether from stroking or patting, Qoobo will react to your movement with it’s own. As Martine Paris talked with Shunsuke Aoki about this pet, we learned it was from Yukai Engineering – the same team that gave people “cat ears” that reacted to brain waves. This is a part in a long line of robotic dolls, hangers that interact, and other unique devices. How to Get Qoobo This is currently a project that you can pre-order...

New Kenmore Connected Washer/Dryer and Dishwashers

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSKenmore wants to connect the appliances in our homes and to that end, they have unveiled some new smart appliances. The Kenmore smart washer and dryer will be available in February of this year. A smart app will allow you to remotely monitor your washer and dryer. This allows you to put your laundry in and run the actual load anytime you want. Kenmore Smart Washer/Dryer If you do a load of wash when you leave for work in the morning, you are going to come home to your clothes having a mildew smell, but with this system, you can run your load just before you get home from work and then put it in the dryer at that time with no hassle at all. You can even download customized cycles so you can do your laundry the way you like....

The Hive View Indoor Camera For Your Smart Home

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSHive is the UK’s largest smart home provider, and they launched in the states last year. Their latest offering is the Hive View, which lets you keep on eye on all of the goings on in your home. This is not only a stylish indoor camera, but it also comes packed with some very cool features like HD live streaming and person detection. You can also set it to ignore your pets, making it all the more handy. It will live stream to your Hive app in 1080p HD, or playback videos from the last 24 hours if you need to review something. About Hive View The Hive View starts recording when it detects motion or sound, and sends a notification to your smartphone so you can check it out. Was it just a family member coming home unexpectedly or do...

D-Link’s LTE Camera, McAfee Smart Home Router, and Covr Wi-Fi System

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSD-Link is showing off their latest wares at CES 2018 and has announced several new networking and connected home solutions, including a new router in partnership with McAfee that automatically protects connected devices on your home network. The D-Link AC2600 Wi-Fi Router is an all-in-one solution that includes D-Link’s high-performance dual-band 802.11ac router with MU-MIMO technology. This enhances network capacity and efficiency for users, while McAfee Secure Home Platform protects your devices connected to the network. On board is Intel’s Home Wi-Fi Chipset WAV500 Series, which will deliver amazing Wi-Fi connectivity to many devices at the same time, running a range of high-bandwidth applications. This router will protect you whether you are using it at home or for business and it will keep you safe. The company also announced two new wireless indoor/outdoor camera kits for home surveillance. The LTE Full...

LG Ultrafine Monitors with Nano IPS Technology

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThis year, CES may have had a blackout, but they couldn’t keep the monitor technology down. At LG, we got to see some of the best screens yet. From the “LG Cavern” – a room with curved monitors showing different scenes, making it look like you were walking through a cave, forrest, and more – to their flattest TV yet – the Signature OLED W8 TV. ? I talked with Matthew on this new technology, and got to see the TV’s and monitors myself. With a large viewing angle, 600 nits of light, and DCI-P3 technology, these monitors were crisp, and showed so much detail that I will start to notice from older monitor technology. The 32UK950 monitor is also a Thunderbolt 3 connected device, so you can daisy chain multiple monitors for a bigger and better view. It’s hardware calibration...

Meet Kevin: Your Noisy New Roommate

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS? Sometimes you come across a good idea and a young entrepreneur that is thinking outside the box. Step in Julius from Mitipi, and his roommate, Kevin. What is Kevin? Kevin is a theft deterrent. Most thieves don’t want to bother a home if they think someone is inside. Kevin allows you to simulate that with a simple device that sits on your table. You control Kevin with your smartphone to simulate lights, a TV running, and more. Add in sounds like people talking in the kitchen, doors closing, footsteps, and more to the speaker making it sound like people are home. This crowdfund will start soon. For more information, check out Mitipi.com

Nexia Introduces RoomIQ and Trane XL724 To Make Your Smart Home More Comfortable

Nexia has introduced a few new products at CES this year that will help keep your smarthome nice and comfy: RoomIQ and Trane XL724. Nexia is a smart home system that offers those with active lifestyles a better way to do everything in the home. Let’s face it, we have better things to do and a smarthome can take care of itself. RoomIQ will use the system’s Nexia-enabled thermostat and Nexia smart home triggers to customize your heating and cooling. This is not just scheduling, it also adapts the comfort control to the occupied rooms of the home. Maybe you are all gathered in the living room watching a movie. It gives you the perfect comfort levels by taking cues from the Nexia system: motion detection, flip of light switches or any other trigger that you determine when a room is occupied, then makes sure the comfort in...

Kohler Konnect Smart Mirror with Alexa to Control Your Smart Home

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI guess we will have a magic mirror in our homes soon. The bathroom mirror is a central point during your day. It only makes sense that it should also become your personal assistant. Kohler is adding Alexa to the mirror so you can get your day started the right way. ?? I talked with Kohler at CES Unveiled about this new smart mirror. The Kohler Konnect is a series of smart devices in the bathroom and kitchen. Use Alexa, or use your phone app to start the shower, turn on the lights, and even start the coffeemaker. All from the one place you start at during the day – your bathroom mirror. The app also shows you stats so you are not wasting water. The app will be connected on the Kohler Cloud, which is powered by Microsoft Azure. The...

Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt Now Works With Google Assistant

Schlage is a name that people associate with door hardware. Rightly so, since they have been making door hardware for over 95 years. Today they made an announcement at CES that adds some high tech functionality to your door. The Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt works with Google Assistant and will be available in early Q1. With Google Assistant on Google Home, you can lock your door or check if the door is locked with only your voice. Just say, “OK Google, lock my door” or “OK Google, is my door locked?” No need to pause that movie you are watching and lock your door, or get up and check, only to find out it was already locked. This takes care of one of life’s minor little annoyances. It also works on your iOS or Android smartphone. You will need the Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter when using the Schlage...

CES 2018 Show Guide

CES 2018 Show Guide

The Consumer Electronics Show 2018 begins tomorrow Sunday, January 7 for the press, and on Tuesday, January 9 for the trade, and this year it will be a daunting task to navigate the more than 2.7 million square feet of exhibit space sprawling across the Las Vegas Strip as it is the largest show floor ever in CES history. Simply put, you’re going to need a guide. To plan your visit, try to focus on just one venue per day. There are three main areas: Tech East, Tech West and Tech South. To help get oriented, here is a map overview and here is the floor plan where you can map your show. Below is a preview of what you will find in each area. If you find yourself needing to head to another venue, do it in style! Head to the LVCC Gold Lot for a self-driving robo-taxi from Aptiv/Lyft. Free autonomous...

Geekazine Gear Roundup for Covering CES, NAMM 2018

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSAt my first CES, I had a small budget, but needed to try and get as much interview content as possible. As the years progressed, I worked on better cameras, microphones, lights, and more. Nine years later, I have the most powerful video system that I’ve ever taken with me. I can’t wait to start recording some of the events for you – this year going full 4k. Here is the gear I am using. You can find it all at Geekazine.com/ces18gear Sony AX700 4K Camera I have been going back and forth between Prosumer and DSLR cameras. While I was happy with last year’s videos, I needed something that could work with less effort than a DSLR. Therefore I went back to the Sony brand of video cameras. The Handycam FDR-AX700 is the latest 4k video camera. It has a...

PrivateLine Brings You the Power of Mobile Privacy with No Crowdsourcing

There are over 240 million smartphone users in North America. According to a recent post from YouMail, an estimated 2.74 billion robocalls occurred in November, 2017 alone (a 10% increase from the year before). Private Line hopes to change that for personal, or business use. And with most of us having a SMB, we can have separate phone numbers with filters acting like a personal assistant – finding out who is calling and why even before you take the call. What is Private Line PrivateLine is a personal call screener app for your mobile device. The service is brought to you by Shuffle Ventures – who launched Shuffle in 2015. Instead of just seeing a number, you will get informed of what line they are calling on, who the caller is (if available), and what they are calling about. You can then take the call, send to voicemail,...

GLAS Thermostat Is Powered By Cortana

Most thermostats aren’t much to look at, but Johnson Controls and Microsoft have teamed up to build a beautiful smart thermostat called GLAS. This one will look great in your home. The device features a translucent touchscreen display. It was unveiled last year, but now it is ready for prime time. In fact, Microsoft has started taking pre-orders for GLAS. The translucent OLED touchscreen display controls the thermostat’s functions. It will change the temperature, monitor indoor and outdoor air quality, track energy savings, and more. It tracks and monitors several aspects of air quality to make sure that you are always comfortable,including volatile organic compounds and equivalent carbon dioxide inside your home. When connected to the internet, it will monitor tree, grass, and ragweed pollen count, air quality index, and ultraviolet index. So this will be great for allergy sufferers. That is a pretty impressive range of features...

Netflix, Amazon Prime, or Hulu with Live TV? the Comparison Throwdown 2018

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSOne of my top ten videos that still gets watched several times a day, the throwdown of Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon is still the most popular of my videos. What’s more amazing is that people still ask “Which one should I get”? Lots of changes since I first did this review, so I thought it was time to update it and see what these services have to offer!   What Platforms Can Access Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime? Before we go forward, let’s get this out of the way – All three services can be used on laptop, desktop, Roku, XBox One, PS4, Fire TV, and finally, Apple TV. You can get all three services on certain Smart TV systems, but keep in mind, this can change at any time depending on contractual agreements. The Good and Bad of Netflix Since...

MantaDroid Is A More Graceful Underwater Drone

We’ve all seen those underwater drones that are used for a variety of purposes. They all tend to look like nothing more than bullets. They do what they do and they don’t have to look pretty. Still, it wouldn’t hurt to put SOME thought into the design. Well, researchers from the National University of Singapore have created an underwater robot that actually looks neat. Even graceful in the water. It is designed to move and look like a manta ray, which helps it to blend in with its surroundings. The MantaDroid is designed for underwater surveillance and marine biodiversity studies. This drone won’t be as disturbing to the natives as it goes about its research.And that means that researchers get to see a more authentic picture of what goes on below the surface of the water. It measures 35 centimetres long by 63 centimetres wide and weighs just...

These Japanese Robots Can Exercise And Even Sweat

It’s not every day that you see robots doing sit-ups, nevermind doing sit-ups to the point where they actually break a sweat. What manner of hell are these scientists unleashing on us? Do they expect robots to train in robo-gyms and get buff before chasing us all down with these muscles and taking over the world? It sure seems like it, but these scientists claim this is important to aid in research for better crash test dummies and in other fields. These robots have anatomically correct musculoskeletal structures like spinal joints and their body mass and proportions resemble that of a human’s. These two robots specifically are named Kenshiro, modeled on a 13-year-boy, and Kengoro, a newer robot that is slightly heavier. These robots do actual workouts and Kengoro even sweats like a human. The sweating feature is designed to cool the bot. Watch as these bots perform...

CES 2018 Conference Guide

With the abundance of thrills and chills to experience across the Consumer Electronics Show show floor, it’s easy to forget that there will be over 1200 speakers taking the stage January 8 through January 12 to explore key themes of smart cities, autonomous vehicles, connected home, robotics, healthtech, wearables, digital assistants, cryptocurrency, blockchain, AI, AR, VR, OTT, IoT and 5G. Eventhough the most controversial speaker, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has cancelled, there will be an abundance of rock legends and other celebrity appearances including Jack Antonoff, Neil Patrick Harris, Usain Bolt, Iggy Azalea, Aersomith’s Joe Perry, Styx with Tommy Shaw, Slash, Shaquille O’Neal, Akon, Lzzy Hale, Vivian Campbell, Jared James Nichols, Dr. Oz, The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus, MLB Pitcher Trevor May, and the Prince of The Netherlands. Top brands dominate the stellar speaker lineup including: Facebook, Amazon, Google, Airbnb, Spotify, Hyperloop, Postmates, Lyft, Twitch, EA, AMC Networks, Defy Media,...

CES 2018 Party Guide

The Consumer Electronics Show 2018 is right around the corner and over 184,000 people are expected to descend on Las Vegas January 9 through January 12 in pursuit of the hottest tech products coming to market. Along with the show’s 4000 exhibitors and 1200 speakers is the valuable afterhours networking that takes place across an epic party scene. Below is just a small sample of what’s been announced thus far and we’ll be adding more all the way through the show. Heading to CES? Check out the GEEKAZINE CES 2018 SHOW GUIDE & GEEKAZINE CES 2018 CONFERENCE GUIDE to ensure you have the best CES ever! Geekazine will be on the ground covering the show floor, pressers, keynotes, panels and all the late night shenanigans. Follow the action @geekazine @contentnow for pics, tweets, interviews, demos and streams. Enjoy! SUNDAY, JANUARY 7 EVENT: CES UNVEILED TIME: Sunday, January 7, 5-8:30pm PLACE: Mandalay Bay,...

Magic Leap One Augmented Reality Goggles

The new reality is augmented reality and Magic Leap has been working on their own augmented reality device for a few years. The fruits of their labor have paid off and they have unveiled the “creator edition” of the Magic Leap One. This augmented reality system includes the AR goggles paired with a small external computer called the Lightpack. You also get a handheld controller. I have to say, the goggles themselves look pretty fantastic compared to the ugly offerings we normally associate with AR and VR goggles. They have a small form factor that some feared would lead to a performance loss, but by all accounts, that’s not the case. The Magic Leap One has several input modes like voice, gesture, eye tracking, and head pose. One of the cooler abilities is that it can map persistent objects onto the environment, so if you place an object...

Contour Unimouse WL Ergonomic Mouse Review

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI still use a desktop, so I need a mouse. I also use a laptop and sometimes could use a mouse over the trackpad. The Contour Unimouse is an Ergonomic mouse that I can use wired or wireless, so I can move between computers without issue. About the Contour Unimouse WL This is an ergonomic mouse that can adjust to your hand for more comfort. 6 programmable buttons allow for whatever you need – gaming, video editing, or something else. The 2.4 GHz wireless mouse has a battery life of 3 months (although I haven’t had it that long to test), but does recharge within 2 hours. The Pros of the Unimouse WL Not only is it comfortable, it adjusts quickly for your need. It’s got a smooth movement to it, and it works well with more than one computer. I...

Wireless Blink Video Doorbell

I’ve been meaning to upgrade my doorbell, but I want something that installs effortlessly with very little hassle. Something that will give me some modern features without having to rewire anything in my home. Well, this Wireless Blink Video Doorbell looks like just the ticket. The Blink doorbell is designed to be easy while giving you a doorbell for the smart home. One of the things that is enticing to me about the Blink is the design. It requires no complicated installation or wiring at all. That;s a big feature. I’m pretty handy around the house, but wiring is something that I just don’t want to mess with. This 21st century doorbell has motion detection capabilities that work both day and night, just in case there are any unwanted visitors or intruders. This means they will always be seen. It will record footage and send it to the...

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