Author: Conner Flynn

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

The Selfie Stick Gets An Upgrade

Just when you thought that the selfie stick was as annoying as it could get, this insipid tool of vanity gets a major upgrade. Because who needs a plain old selfie stick, when you can ten more feet on it? It’s totally necessary for all of those huge group selfies that you take on a regular basis. Well, maybe not you and I, but some people do make a habit of group selfies and for those people, this is the final frontier of selfies. Or so we hope. But it will likely get another upgrade at some point, because people. The Panoramic Selfie Stick is designed for those oversized group shots and so you can capture the moment without having to leave anyone out of the picture. It has a compact design, I mean it is still a stick after all, but this one will extend to 10...

Keyboard Fidget Spinners

I’ll be honest, I find the whole fidget spinner thing to be stupid. Do you really need a toy to fidget with? Are you nervous? Can you not just practice some self control? Anyway, just when you thought that the fidget spinner craze was over, they pull you back in. Notice I said you, not me. Meet the latest in fidgeting technology. keyboard fidget spinners. A company called Hammer has unveiled a series of replaceable fidget spinner key caps for your keyboard. So feel free to fidget the day away as your type and get your work done. Just replace your keycaps with these little helicopters and go to town my friends. These will not be good for those who practice the hunt and peck method of typing since these replacement keys don’t come labeled in any way. However, the rest of you can type, spin your little...

E-Ink Digital Sticky Note System

Omylis has created the Missmo digital sticky note display, which is unique because it offers a connected way of keeping families and work associates informed of important dates or updates. This can be done without the usual mass emails or messages. Let’s say that you put it on the fridge. It allows notifications to be seen by multiple people as they pass by the fridge, keeping everyone up to date with what is going on. The device works by incorporating an e-ink display that will display a short amount of text that it receives via a connected device. This can include information from SMS messages, notifications and more. You can place it on the fridge, wall, a table,almost anywhere. This keeps everyone informed about updates in a streamlined and casual way. Put it in high traffic areas. https://ksr-video.imgix.net/projects/3143301/video-825953-h264_high.mp4 This is a unique and somewhat more personal way of...

Lynx Video-Enabled Robot With Amazon Alexa

One day robots may well wipe us humans off the face of the Earth, but until then, we can enjoy being the masters. One of the latest slaves that we can make dance on our whim is UBTECH Robotics’ Lynx, a video-enabled humanoid robot that can be activated by carrying out a conversation with none other than Amazon Alexa. This voice-activated robotic companion uses both Amazon Alexa’s skills and UBTECH’s robotics to enrich your life. Features include a smartphone-connected Surveillance Mode, Avatar Mode, it can also dictate, listen to and send emails for you, place video calls over Wi-Fi, manage your calendar, give you alerts and much more. All while being cute and acting like your best buddy. The Surveillance Mode in the app will take a 30 second video if the PIR sensor on the chest is activated. This little robot is a great companion to have...

Jim Beam’s Smart Decanter Offers Shots On Demand

Despite our technological advancements, mankind still has to pour his own shots and to be honest, that’s a bit disappointing. Well, those days of manual shot pouring are over and guess who we have to thank for that? Jim Beam of course. Was there any doubt that it would have been anyone else? The all-new smart decanter from Jim Beam is called JIM, naturally. It makes it possible for drinkers of a legal drinking age to simply say “Hey Jim” to get a shot. A shot of bourbon is instantly poured on command. It’s like Alexa’s much cooler Uncle. This smart voice-activated bourbon decanter has a built-in compartment for bourbon storage and features the voice of Jim Beam’s seventh generation master distiller Fred Noe. The limited-edition JIM will cost you just under $35, which is not bad at all. This isn’t some astronomically priced gadget just for the...

The Magbulb Magnetic Light Bulb Socket Makes Bulb Changing Easy

Changing a lightbulb isn’t the hardest thing we have to do. In fact, it’s pretty damn easy. And these days we can even make this task much easier. The Magbulb magnetic light bulb socket is designed to help simplify even this already easy process. Replacing bulbs is now as easy as it could possibly ever be. It doesn’t get easier than this. This lightbulb system is super simple. It works by outfitting your traditional socket with a magnetic base that allows bulbs to be swapped out in mere seconds. No more unscrewing that bulb at odd angles while your arm gets tired and fatigued. You wimp. This first world problem has been solved. You can switch a light bulb in no time at all. The whole simple process is much quicker and simpler. I know, I know. You had no idea that you needed this in your life...

SPINX – The World’s First Toilet Cleaning Robot

There are few chores in life as nasty as cleaning the toilet. Even a clean looking toilet is nasty and teaming with all kinds of germs and bacteria. This is not a chore that anyone wants to be doing. Even if you wear gloves, the mere act of cleaning your toilet just leaves you feeling dirty. That’s why janitors are heroes. Anyway, now you can say goodbye to that old toilet brush. You will never have to clean the bowl or the seat again thanks to SPINX, the world’s first toilet cleaning robot. It works simple. A robotic arm with a rotating brush reaches down and cleans the toilet bowl, then SPINX’s water jets wash the seat and dry it with compressed air. The lid will hold up to 330 pounds and is gently closing. No matter how hard you try to force it, it closes gently and...

The Unijem Wall Light Security Camera

These days our need for security is more important than ever. There are a lot of crazy people out there, as well as thieves, vandals and other miscreants. So you have to have some eyeson your home while you are away. The Unijem Wall Light Security Camera is a good solution. It has a four-in-one design that consumers will love. The unit starts recording the instant motion is detected then sends an alert directly to you on your smartphone so you can check things out. Hopefully it was just a stray cat, but if it turns out to be a robber, well, that guy is not going to have a good night down at the police station. You can access the 180-degree video feed day or night thanks to the built-in night vision capabilities.You will always have eyes on your home. It also features a built-in alarm to...

The Hang-Up Light Illuminates Your Closet

Closets are dark scary places, which is probably why some of us prefer them closed while we sleep because it’s a well known fact that ghosts and monsters use them as portals to enter our world. But even aside from the creepy aspect of a dark closet, you really should add some light. You can install some lighting of course, but that requires either rewiring your home or installing one of those battery operated lights that really stink. Or you can go another way. Use some hangers that provide the light. I think that’s a much better idea. The Hang-Up Light is designed to offer you the ability to see everything without a traditional light. It is just like a regular hanger, except this one has LEDs that will shine brightly into your closet, letting you view your wardrobe collection. This way you won’t have to turn on...

The Pepper Bot Now Works At The Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas

You wouldn’t be aware if you live in the United States, but robots really and truly are taking all of our jobs. The Japanese know it. Over there robots can be found everywhere interacting with people. This is lowly becoming the case in America too. For instance, the newest staff member at the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas is a humanoid robot named Pepper. Pepper is now the hotel’s new Technical Ambassador. This job stealer stands four feet tall and greets guests in the Sky Lobby on the 23rd floor. He will do things like guess a guest’s gender, age and mood and even give them personalized interactions by picking up on facial cues, as well as body and voice cues. Basically, he is showing folks a good time and getting them comfortable with robots for when his siblings take over the world one day soon. Pepper will even...

Smart Capture Binoculars

Binoculars are great for getting an upclose view of the action if you are far away, whether it’s a sporting event or if you are just bird watching. But one thing that they have never been able to do is record that action so you can check it out at your convenience later. Well, luckily we are living in the 21st century and has access to the ‘eyeQ‘ smart capture binoculars. They are have been designed to offer users the ability to get an up close view of an event just like standard binoculars, while also allowing you to record and share it with friends using your smartphone. The ‘eyeQ’ binoculars will capture both images and video with up to 16x zoom using the wireless touch control on the top of the device. Now that we have binoculars that can record video, I think maybe we have connected...

Sony’s Aibo Robot Dog Learns Some New Tricks

Sony isn’t new to the world of robot dogs, but it has been awhile since they updated the Aibo with the latest technology. Robot dogs are great because it gives users the ability to have a pet without having to actually feed or take care of it. No walks, no cleaning up poop, no buying expensive food and taking it to the vet. There are lots of great reasons to want a robot pet, especially as technology makes them more authentic. We still have a way to go to make them like real dogs, but we are slowly getting there. Sony’s latest Aibo has OLED eyes along with AI technology that will allow the pooch to become more familiar with its owner than ever before. So this is getting in the realm of a true companion for your home. Interestingly, this time around, Sony’s Aibo robot dog loves...

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