Category: CES

Dell XPS 13 inch 2-in-1 with Thunderbolt 3 USB-C

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThe Dell XPS laptop series continues to impress. Dell keeps innovating and learning what the customer wants, then puts out a laptop that can deliver. The XPS 13 2-in-1 laptop they debuted at CES 2017 is no different. About the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 Laptop “We made the product a little thinner, a little bit more mobile”, said Randall Heaton, Product manager for XPS notebooks at Dell. “We also changed our ports on the product a little bit”. The XPS 13 inch 2-in-1 convertible has a 7th generation Intel Core i5 (upgrade to i7), Windows 10, 4GB RAM and 128 GB SSD drive (upgrade to 16 GB RAM and 256 GB SSD). The “edge to edge” 13 inch screen is touch enabled and comes with Windows 10. USB-C Thunderbolt 3 Inside The Dell XPS also has 2 USB-C ports – one...

Roli Blocks Makes Modular Music in Multiple Ways ???

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSLast year Roli came out with a keyboard that disrupted the musical instrument. This year, Roli doesn’t disappoint with Roli Blocks, a modular pad system that allows you to create beats, play loops, or even solo on songs. It’s an easy way to make music on your iOS device. Downloading the Roli App Noise is the first step in this system. The app is free and you can start working the pads right on the screen. Adding the modular pads will bring more functionality, turning the iPhone or iPad into another screen for multi-touch use. You can also connect the pads up to your favorite software for more functionality. At CES Unveiled, they were playing saxophone solos right from the pads. Roli Blocks main pad starts at $179, and additional blocks start at $79. You can get Blocks at your local Apple...

Toyota Concept I Autonomous Car with Yui is a Thing of Beauty

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSToyota showed off a concept car at CES 2017 using the Yui artificial intelligence software. This auto will be tested in Japan in the next year as the innovations will be moved to other Toyota vehicles. The car, which looks like R2D2 and C3P0 had an offspring, is meant to learn to your needs and habits. Ultimately making this a better driving experience.

PicoBrew Homebrew Beer Appliance

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSMaking beer like you would coffee? Yes, please. The PicoBrew beer appliance allows you to make your own beer within 5-7 days. Perfect for home brewing enthusiasts. The PicoBrew system uses PicoPak to hold the ingredients for your brew. Simply add the ingredients into the brewer, and then put it into the fermentation keg. Within the week, you’ll have a great beer to enjoy. Picobrew has over 150 partner beers that let you create their favorite brews. The Picobrew starts at $799 and is available now.

Sony Updates the 4K Handycam in FDR-AX53

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI am an avid user of the Sony Handcam cameras. Last year Sony came out with their first 4K Handycam and they improved on it this year with the FDR-AX53 4K Handycam. I got to talk with Christine while I was at CES 2016 about the features to this new model. The AX53 Handycam added some new features from last year, including the newest in Carl Zeiss technology and a new Exmor R CMOS sensor. The ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T lens has a 26.8 mm wide angle with a focal length of 24-70 mm and an aperture range of f/2.8 – f/22. One of my favorite features is the Intelligent Active mode. A 5-axis stabilizer that reduces camera shake even while running. They had several cameras set up on shaking platforms and a stable shot on screen. The internal wireless feature allows...

Philips Fidelio E6 Wireless Surround 5.1 Speakers

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSEnjoy your movies and music the way you want with the Philips Fidelio E6 Wireless speakers. The next generation in the Fidelio line with Surround on Demand (SOD) : A set of speakers with subwoofer that contain 2 extra wireless speakers which can be put behind you for 5.1 surround without running wires. When done, simply replace on the main speakers to charge for the next movie. “The consumer enjoys 2 movies, maximum 5-6 hours a week. But you always have two speakers sitting in the back of the living room” as Ken Chan from Philips explains. The Fidelio wireless speakers also can be used as independent Bluetooth speakers, connecting to any device you need. When connecting Google Cast or Spotify Connect, you can conveniently listen to your music without turning on the TV. The main speakers also feature the center...

Turn Your Light Into a Computer with Beam Labs

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSYou might think “Why would I want to turn my light into a computer?” I was thinking that, too, until I saw what the folks at Beam Labs are up to. This is a ingenious bulb that has a full Android OS inside. Simply screw in the Edison bulb, turn it on and use the lamp as a projector. The first application I thought of was for a restaurant. You could  easily have a menu project onto a table. When you don’t want to see the menu anymore, flip the switch and it’s a regular light bulb. With the app, you could also turn that menu-light into an Internet Connected game system or video watching system. While the family waits for breakfast, they could be watching the latest news projected on the table from the overhead lamp. Most portable lamps could be...

Get Hydrated with H2OPal

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSMany of us don’t drink enough water. We are fatigued and sore. But raising our water levels can help. That is where H2OPal comes in – they track how much you drink. The bottle comes with a special disc that affixes to the bottom. It is Bluetooth enabled and talks with your smartphone to let you know how much water you drank. You can get notifications, see your progress and more. The system works with most phone health tracking systems to give you a better idea of how healthy you’ve become. H2OPal works on a watch battery and the app can also adjust your numbers in case you drink from another glass. The system is only $99 and available now. More information at H2OPal.com

Blocks Modular Smartwatch with Smart Band

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSSmart watches have one major downside – they’re tough to upgrade. Maybe your favorite watch doesn’t have GPS or Wifi. That is where Blocks comes in. It’s a modular smart watch that uses the watch band to add what you need. From extra battery life, gesture control, and sim card modules to extra sensors, haptic modules, programmable buttons and more, Blocks can adjust to your need. The band links are interchangeable so you can add or remove what works for you. The watch itself is a Snapdragon 400 quad-core ARM Cortex processor with 512 MB of RAM and 4 GB storage. It also has a 400 mAh battery, WiFi, BLE Bluetooth, a microphone and runs Cyanogen Android for Smart watches. The modules are hot swappable and are designed to be waterproof and keep dirt out of the electronics. Blocks was a...

New Energy in the Fitbit Blaze with FitStar

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSAt CES I got to check out the Fitbit Blaze smartwatch / fitness tracker. This is the first device by Fitbit to be more of a fashion statement over a health wearable. This takes Fitbit into new realms of possibilites. Similar looks to the Fitbit Surge or even an Apple Watch, the Blaze is a square device with modular bands to swap out at a moments notice. Including the FitStar software – a company acquisition Fitbit made back in March 2015 – the device can now craft custom exercise programs based on user’s body data. This turns the blaze into a more tuned personal trainer. The watch itself is a 1.66 inch 240×180 color touchscreen with Gorrila Glass 3 on the face. The watch works on iOS, Android and Windows 10 mobile devices. To change out the band, simply detach the...

Create Ultimate Split Screen Video with Skreens Streaming Box

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSAs a video content creator, I am always looking for new ways to create screens that hold the most content for the viewer. Skreens is a successful crowdfund product that can give you split screen options to bring people together into one conversation online. Gamers can add their screens to one large monitor and see the face of their opponent as they take them out. While at CES 2016, I talked with the folks at Skreens to find out more about this product. After all – it’s contained in a box that is the size of an HDMI splitter. Inside is a powerful FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) chip that can take whatever video signals are coming in and allow you to mix and match them to the screen. Using an IOS device (Android coming soon), you can order your video inputs...

Empower Yourself to Quit Smoking this year with Quitbit Lighter

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI quit smoking over 6 years ago and it was a long, hard process. That is why I really liked what I saw in Quitbit. It’s a lighter that helps you quit smoking. The Quitbit is an electric lighter with bluetooth connection to your smartphone. Every time you light up a cigarette, it will log your light. Once you know when and where you light up, you can start reducing the times you smoke in a day until you are down to zero. You can use it to light other people’s cigarettes, simply go to the app when done and tell it so. The lighter also will not count if you have too short of a light or have to re-light a cigarette within a certain time period. The lighter itself can be recharged via USB cable. The connected lighter also can...

Exclusive First Look at MyKronoz ZeRound Smartwatch

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSMyKronoz is a swiss company that not only makes smartwatches using their own hardware and software, they also make some great quartz timepieces. In March MyKronoz will debut the ZeRound – the newest product in their smartwatch portfolio. This new watch in their line connects to any iOS or Android device via Bluetooth 4.0, notifies you of calls and other messages, selfies from your wrist through a camera remote, find my phone features and of course monitors your steps, distance and calories burned. More information on the watch will be out at Mobile World Congress next month. It will have a price of $99 US when released in March. More information at MyKronoz.com

Powerful LG-V10 Smartphone Video Review

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFirst I have to say I am not a fan of the larger smartphone. However, the LG V10 is a phone I saw myself using. It does have some downfalls that make it tougher to recommend. Verizon Wireless gave me the phone to test out while I was in Vegas for CES 2016. LG V-10 Specs This is a removable battery and memory expandable smartphone. The LG V10 contains a Quad-core Snapdragon 808 chip for a nice crisp screen in day or night. This phone is also called a two-screen phone; the 5.7 inch IPS Quantum display with Quad HD resolution and a separate strip at the top of the phone to access time, basic apps (like flashlight and camera), weather and more. You can even customize the message on top. The main camera is 16 MP, and the front facing...

Gain Space with a Wall Mounted Ergotron Home Hub27 Desk

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSSometimes we live in tiny spaces from New York city apartments to households of 2 or more kids. You might not have space for a full desk. While some efficiencies have murphy beds, Ergotron Home helps with making the work desk the same. The Hub27 is an adjustable height work unit that you attach to a wall. The table flips up to bring a small footprint into your living space. It can also store your electronics, stationary, pens, paperclips and other items you may need for everyday office work. It can also be put into any room to give you an extra surface to work with. In the kitchen it could hold the iPad full of recipes. In the garage you can have Youtube videos pulled up on fixing your car. Even the bedroom for a midnight work surge. The Hub27...

Triby: A Unique Assistant Delivered with Amazon Alexa

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSLast year Amazon Echo brought personal assistance to the home. Inside is Alexa, the voice behind this technology. Amazon is working with other companies to bring Alexa Voice Service into their products. Invoxia is one of those companies with their latest device called “Triby”. This is a family-friendly device that can be set on counters or magnetically placed to the fridge or other metallic area. The device is not only a hands-free speaker for music, cell calls and VoIP calls, but is also a way for the family to communicate when they are not at home. Connected to Wifi, family members can connect and send messages via their tablet or phone. They don’t even need a cell signal if they are away from the house. Simply connect to a Wifi service and send a pre-programmed message. You can even write simple...

Checking out Tascam DR-701D with Timecode Sync for Great Video

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhen I have to record one-on-one videos on the road, I go to my Tascam Video camera recorder. The newest version in the DR-701D adds video time-code so I can sync up audio better. I sit down with Jeff Laity at CES 2016 to learn more about this audio product. Whether using a DSLR, Prosumer camera, smartphone or other recording device, audio can become the single most important part. If you are recording multiple sources, separate tracks can be the difference if you have to fix any audio anomalies. When I first saw the DR-701D from Tascam, I was excited to see they added HDMI pass-through and time-code options. Add to it up to 6 audio sources in a multi-track recorder (4 tracks plus stereo mix). In talking with Jeff Laity, I learned Tascam improved not only the functionality of this device,...

Popular Keurig Kold Makes Coke, Sodas, Tea and Mixers

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhile at CES 2016, I got to try out the new Keurig Kold, the cold drink version of the popular Keurig coffee system. While it doesn’t make coffee, it does make some great cold drinks, such as craft sodas, Coke products, tea, sparkling water and even mixers – just add the alcohol or drink it as-is. The Keurig Kold makes a drink in a couple minutes. The pods are different than a standard K-cup. Inside contains compartments to the soda and the carbonation; a series of beads that react to the water. You can watch as your drink is created through the 1-2 minute process. Just like with the coffee system, you simply have to add water and your favorite flavor cup to the system. Then sit back and enjoy a nice tea, sparkling water and more. No coffee drinks yet,...

Play Keyboard in a Different Way with Roli Seaboard Rise

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIf you are a keyboard player, you’re going to love this. A 2 1/2 octave keyboard that does a lot more than you’re old stand up piano ever did. The Roli Seaboard keyboard allows you to bend, vibrato and even change instrument by how you touch the keys. The tactile unit can connect to iOS, Mac, Windows through an app. The keyboard reacts by how you touch the keys. Start Leggero then crescendo to Maestoso. You can even Glissando to a new note by sliding the finger across the board. The Roli Seaboard is more than just the physical keyboard. The free app on iOS allows you to do the same things on the go. If you have an iPhone 6s (Plus) you can utilize the touch sensitivity to match what you would do on the unit. Roli Seaboard Rise is available for...

Cook on Patio Anytime with GoSun Solar Cooker

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSCheck out the GoSun – a solar cooker that you can use indoors or out. The solar panels can get this cooker up to 500 degrees on a sunny day. All you need is sun to make food. Even cook on cloudy days with the battery charge unit. The GoSun works using a thermal tube. The food is put in one of two trays while the drip pan holds grease. You can cook anything from vegetables to burgers in 20 minutes. GoSun is debuting a charging unit for those cloudy days where the battery is not charged. Multiple versions of the GoSun are available. Prices start at $249. Get the GoSun Solar Here

How the NFL is Using Microsoft Surface for Games – CES 2015

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSYou might have seen the lot of tablets on the sidelines. Microsoft Surfaces in not only coaches but also players hands. That is how the teams are reviewing plays – getting away from the printouts. I talked with Beth at CES Unveiled about how Microsoft Surface was being used. They have created a cart system that allows the surface devices to be stored and charged along with kept cool or warm in extreme temperatures. The cases are built to be waterproof and can take a beating if a Quarterback or coach didn’t like the plays on the screen. A hand strap is on the bottom for ease of use and when returned to the cart, they connect to the charger to stay at 100%. The system takes two stills – before the play and after – to show what happened and...

Gibson 2014 Lineup – 120th Anniversary Guitars at CES 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSAljon and I go way back when it comes to CES. It was great to see what he and Gibson are up to for 2014. Of course its the 120th anniversary of Gibson, so we get treated to a special line of guitars with a lot of great tech that’s been added! Gibson’s tent at CES was not only filled with great guitars, but all the Gibson staff were dressed up in Sci-fi attire. Aljon was dressed as Dr. Evil. Earlier in the week they parked the Delorean in the front of the tent and Doc Brown jumped out yelling “Great Scott!” Which brings up the question: Did Marty McFly Play a Gibson in Back to the Future: According to Aljon: YES! Michael J. Fox played a 1958 Gibson ES 345 custom. He went back to 58 to get the guitar...

Chevy Turns the Car into a Full Wifi Hotspot, Adds App Shop

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhile at CES, I stopped by the Chevy booth where I found the Hotspot car. This is a Chevy vehicle using the OnStar system to turn your car into a full hotspot. Your car even has its own phone number! Chevy also showed off their app shop — an app enabled store where you can get automobile-centric apps like Pandora, Glympse and even Priceline.com (if you need to find a hotel). Chevy has 12 apps right now with more coming. Chevy also has an open API for developers to program with. Chevy will include these features in all 2015 vehicles. [cessponsor]

Vuzix M100 Smart Glass for Industrial, Medical, Personal Use

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSObviously, I own Google Glass. Vuzix has their very own wearable modern technology in the Vuzix M100 Smart Glass. I had to see exactly what their glass was different from mine. Vuzix has been around for years with wearable technology. Their M720 is a headset you can use to watch video and not disturb people around you. So when they got into the Glass market, it was a perfect fit. Tailored toward commercial or business usage, the M100 snaps into a pair of security eye protections so you could use them and remain safeguarded. The M100 is an Android based wearable that can track occasions, check product, take photos and video, manage calendars, and much more. The M100 also works for personal use. Attach to a pair of glasses and you can use it like any bluetooth headset, adding photo and...

Geekazine at CES 2014 in Pictures #throughglass Part 1

From setup to teardown, I was at CES 2014 snapping everything I was looking at with my Google Glass. New technology, great events, a look at Las Vegas and some of the celebrities that I saw and met. I took over 500 pictures #throughglass, so here are some of the best photos I snapped. (a 3 part blog post)

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