Author: Conner Flynn

Skully AR Helmets Makes it Right Again With New Ownership

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS It’s been a bit of a wild ride for Skully. If you have been following the troubled saga, you know that they failed to deliver on IndieGoGo crowdfunding promises. There were delays, missed shipping deadlines and hurt backers. For a while many thought that the company was dead. Well, things have been happening behind the scenes and it looks like the company has plenty of life left in it. What Happened at Skully The company has some new owners who are determined to steer things right. Now known as Skully Technologies, the assets of Skully, Inc. have been acquired by Ivan Contreras and Rafael Contreras, who are successful businessmen known for reinvigorating technology companies. This all means that development of its AI-guided, AR-enabled motorcycle helmets resumed. They plan to ship by this summer in fact. It has been a roller...

Netgear Nighthawk XR500 Pro Gaming Routers and XS10 Switch with DumaOS

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSNetgear has a new router and LAN switch aimed at gamers, along with software to keep you from buffering. Jeffrey Powers talks with Netgear at CES about all the cool new products, including the XR500 gaming router and XS10 Gaming switch. Why a Nighthawk Gaming Router? Because when you are in the middle of a heated battle, you don’t want any connection problems. The Nighthawk Pro Gaming XR500 router and the Nighthawk SX10 10G/Multi-Gig LAN Switch help optimize network connections, stabilize ping, reduce lag, and generally make sure that you are ‘always-on’ both on wired and wireless connections while playing online games. Otherwise you may find yourself in a fit of rage when bad things happen just as you are beating that boss monster.  Nighthawk Gaming with Net DumaOS Netgear has partnered up with NetDuma for the DumaOS – software that...

Honor View10 AI Smartphone Introduced At CES 2018

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIt was back in December when Huawei’s sub-brand Honor debuted the View10 in Europe and the world got its first look. Now the company has introduced the smartphone in the U.S. at CES 2018. What makes this phone unique? It’s all about the power of AI. The AI features just steal the show. We will likely see it in the U.S. in Q1. About the Honor View10 The View10 has a 5.8-inch IPS LCD display, 18:9 aspect ratio and Full HD+ resolution. It is powered by the Kirin 970 chip with a dedicated AI chip that has a neural processor. This allows the smartphone to recognize 13 different photo scenes like pets, text, nature etc. It scans 33 times per second. It also offers real-time translation through the Microsoft Translator app and can unlock the phone with your face. If that...

Monster Clarity Bluetooth Headphones and Earbuds

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSMonster unveiled some really amazing headphones at this years CES show. Jeffrey talked with Stephen at CES 2018 about not only the new Headphones and Earbuds, but also about the Joe Perry Sound of Rock Blaster. Monster Clarity HDX Headphones, Earbuds Monster’s Clarity HDX headphones are a breath of fresh air. They are packed with cool features. Let’s start with the Tile tracker circuitry that’s built in. This uses the same technology as the popular keychain finder tags, and you know what that means. It means that if you lose your headphones, you can find them using a smartphone app. How many times have you lost your headphones or earbuds? This is a great feature. Right now that technology is in their headphones and will shortly make its way to the earbuds. They also feature Google Assistant for voice-command features. These...

The Petwalk Pet Door Is A Smart Door For Your Pets and More

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSCES isn’t just about innovation for humans. Sometimes your pets benefit from the technology on display as well. Petwalk is showing off the world’s first fully connected pet door at CES 2018. This pet door can be controlled via remote, mobile devices and web browsers, or through the ID chip on your pet. With one tap, you can open or close the door. It can also open via a transponder implanted under your pet’s skin. Petwalk Secure Pet Door It’s a pet door for the modern age. Maybe it’s raining outside and you want Fido to stay in. You can keep the door closed. The door looks a lot like a vault and it is insulated door and airtight. This keeps your home secure from burglars and also keeps noise and bad weather out. The door connects to your alarm system...

Pilot Era 360 8K VR Camera from Pisofttech

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS4K  in 360-degree video it can still feel like it’s not so much. So Pisofttech is showing off one of the first 360 camera that can stitch 8K videos in the camera itself. The Pilot Era is a four-lens camera capable of shooting 8K 360 videos at 26 frames per second or 4K at 60 fps. About Pisofttech Since 2012, Pisofttech has been working in panoramic algorithms. They are the only Panoramic + AI algorithm team in China invested by ARM . About Pilot Era 8K Camera The Pilot Era’s four lenses and sensors work together to record and stitch 8K spherical video automatically. You can still choose to use third party software to do the stitching if you want, but why would you when this device does it all for you? The four f/2.2 fisheye lenses are on each side of...

Alienware Gaming from Dell Updates Includes AMD, VR, and new Command Center

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSDell, as usual, has a lot of updates for CES, especially when it comes to Alienware. Joel Olmsted sits with Jeffrey Powers at CES 2018 to break it all down. Alienware Command Center Gives You More Customization Let’s start with their brand new version of their Command Center Software. It will be in every new system that the company is launching this year. Basically it tunes your machine to the game you are playing. If your game needs better GPU performance for instance, this ups it. It eliminates the processes you don’t need and ups the ones that you do, streamlining any game that you play. Adding AI Lighting to Alienware Computers They’ve also added more colors to the lighting on their machines. One cool example from the video is that your keyboard could go from green to red as your...

Monster adds Joe Perry Sound of Rock Blaster Classic Rock Edition and Firecracker

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSJoe Perry and Monster Audio have combined their forces at this years CES. The Monster Blaster JP1000 Classic Rock Edition has a Classic Rock mode designed and hand-tuned by rock legend Joe Perry himself. This boombox brings all your music to life. It is a boombox for the modern age, with a modern design and wireless technology built in. This baby is going to enhance your classic rock to the max. Because older music doesn’t always sound great with the newer technology. About the Monster Blaster Joe Perry Sound of Rock It has 7 speakers, 2 drivers on each side, 2 passive radiators and a power subwoofer. The V shape of this full Bluetooth device means that the sound will come to you, unlike older boomboxes, where you had to tilt the unit to move the sound direction toward you. It...

PogoCam Lightweight Eyewear Wearable Camera

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSPogoCam is the world’s smallest and lightest attachable eyewear camera you can buy, priced at $149. The device attaches magnetically to most glasses that are on the market, allowing you to keep your own signature style. They are very unobtrusive and natural looking compared to other options. You won’t feel awkward using it and you won’t look awkward either, which is a big plus. PogoCam is small, lightweight, and easily removable. It allows you to capture the world from your point of view and share 5 megapixel photos and HD videos with others. The PogoCam Smart Case When used with the PogoTec smart case, images are easy to transfer. Just connect it to the smart case using a standard USB-C connector. The smart case will hold 16,000 photos or up to 90 minutes of video. The smart case is compact, so...

Wonder Workshop Cue Robot Teaches Kids To Code

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS The new Cue robots from Wonder Workshop are designed to teach kids as young as kindergarten to code, but aside from the learning aspect, they are also quite entertaining. Connect these little robots to your smartphone or tablet, then use the free app to interact with the robot. You can choose from 4 avatars to customize these bots. Each avatar has a unique personality. They boast new Emotive AI systems, more memory, improved sensors, upgraded processors, and advanced Bluetooth capabilities making them very clever. Features of Cue Some of their other features include: 3 Proximity Sensors, Real-time Bluetooth, IR Robot Interaction, 3 Processors & Sensor Fusion, Dual Motors and Potentiometers, 3 Microphones and a Speaker, Programmable LED & Buttons and 2 Powered Wheels and Encoders. Kids can learn about coding and javascript by interacting with these bots. Chat with it,...

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...

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