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Next Generation Technology Concepts at Panasonic House

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSOne thing SXSW Interactive brings out is some great concepts and prototypes. I seem to get to try more here than any other conference. Panasonic was there to show off some great concepts for food, clothes, and even a way to become a better presenter. There were several products in the house. I focused on four of them. In the Video We look at Bento, A.M.P, MonStyle and a Social Coaching Device. All but the coaching device is ready for the public. Bento @ YourOffice Imagine you forgot your lunch or it got crushed in the great subway accident of 2017. No worries! Simply pull out your smartphone and order via Bento. At lunch time, you simply scan your QR code on the phone to a refrigerator that contains your purchase. No waiting for delivery drivers that are overwhelmed with other orders....

Walmart Goes VR with Capital Factory

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSIs Virtual Reality more than just gaming? Yes. It’s about experiences. I found that out at Capital Factory in Austin during SXSW. Madeline Feldman talks about what we’re seeing while in Austin and what Walmart is showing off on the 16th floor. About Capital Factory A place to work, a place to learn. That is what Madeline told me. Located on the 16th floor of downtown Austin, Capital Factory houses many different companies that just need a space to work. The incubator is open to the public at times to also see and learn. Simply check out their website at CapitalFactory.com. Walmart and VR Picture yourself shopping a local store without leaving the home. That is what Walmart showed off in the VIP lounge. In all reality, VR shopping could happen today, with items shipping to your door within minutes. But this...

Vint Cerf Talks People Centered Internet

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSYou may or may not like your Internet speed right now, but in some areas, Internet is non-existant. We’re not talking 3rd World countries, either. There are many areas in the U.S. that also go with little to no signal for children trying to learn and grow. That is why Vint Cerf helped create the People Centered Internet. I got to sit and talk with Vint at the IEEE Tech for Humanity Series at SXSW in Austin, TX about where we are in this initiative. Who is Vint Cerf? Recognized as a founding father of the Internet, Vinton Gray Cerf was best known as co-inventor of the TCP/IP with his team at DARPA. Cerf then moved to MCI to help launch the first commercial email system – called MCI Mail. Vinton continued on, helping develop ICANN. He currently sits on multiple technology boards...

Dragoon with New Expansion Packs on Kickstarter

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSDragoon by Lay Waste Games was at SXSW Gaming with their board game, as well as letting people know about the expansion packs now available on Kickstarter. Dragoon is an action strategy board game in which you are a dragon living peacefully until humans decide to show up. You don’t like the humans, but do like the gold they bring. Within the game, you much claim villages and cities. You can choose to let them pay you tribute for gold, or simply take and destroy. Challenge others to dragon-to-dragon combat or just sneak in their caves and steal their gold. This 2-4 player board game is for all gaming levels. Check out the Dragoon Kickstarter with Rogue and Barbarian expansion packs.  

Walking Down 6th Street in Austin for SXSW

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSSo this small walk is not a full representation of what Austin is for SXSW, but it’s a small piece of it. 6th street is blocked off every year as bands play the many bars on this stretch of road. I take you on a 4 block journey to the historic Driskill hotel and give you a small taste of the festival during the early afternoon.

Amazon Resistance Radio Headquarters

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSAmazon Prime Video is a great service for cord cutters because they offer not only movies and TV shows to watch, they also create their own award-winning content. Shows like “The Man in the High Castle” or “American Playboy”. Amazon Prime Video is also creating documentaries like “Long Strange Trip” as well as bringing back favorite shows such as “Twin Peaks”. The Resistance Radio took over the Market & Tap room in Downtown Austin, TX during SXSW Interactive. With it’s own secrets, the Market & Tap room is the perfect place to hold challenges to get into the secret room. 5 different levels for different tasks. When you registered and got your wristband, you could enter and start the challenges – starting with a phone booth task. But don’t worry. The tasks were not difficult to do (e.g. who was the leader...

Bob Heil Celebrates 50 Years, Talks the New PR-781 Dynamic Microphone

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSWhile at NAMM, I caught up with Bob Heil of Heil Sound to talk about new microphones. They were showing off the newest version of the Heil PR-781. They are also celebrating 50 years at Heil Sound and they are excited with the next 50 years. Of course, many great artists have been using some of Heil Sound Microphones over the last couple years. the PR-40 is the microphone of the podcaster, while their fin microphone being used by ZZ Top, and can be seen in the Hunger Games and Last Man Standing. About the PR-781 This microphone comes in black or gold mesh on a black body. The XLR based Dynamic micrphone can be used on it’s own, or attached to a shock mount. Frequency response is 50Hz to 16 kHz and has a Cardiod Polar pattern. At 14 oz, it will...

Cubase Pro 9 DAW Brings Customer Enhancements

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSCubase music software has been around since 1989 by German musical software company Steinberg. The idea was to help with recording and arranging music. I remember using early versions of Cubase when I was even studying music in the early 90’s. Thee ability to create scores and record thoughts took me to a whole new level with my music. If it wasn’t for Steinberg Cubase, we wouldn’t have many features for recording, including the Virtual Studio Technology (VST). Fast forward to 2017 and Cubase is continuing strong with Cubase Pro 9 series. More gearing toward the laptop with touchscreen capabilities, this ninth symphony of software geared toward incorporating enhancements the customers needed to make the software work for them. Greg Ondo shows me the features at winter NAMM 2017. New Features in Cubase Pro 9 Zoning – The first new feature is...

McPherson Carbon Series Guitars Bring Strength, Quality Sound

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSHigh end Acoustic guitars have been made of wood to get the body and brilliance. While carbon fiber isn’t the best sounding material in it’s rough state, the folks at McPherson knew they could eventually mold it into something that does not only have the sound quality, but also the strength for any touring musician. About the McPherson Carbon Series Guitar Created in Sparta, Wisconsin. McPherson Guitars builds the Carbon Fiber alongside their other custom wood guitars. The carbon fiber shell is pressed using a special mold and a special proprietary blend is used on the back of the guitar to control sound and give it the mellow tones, resonance, and sustain. The carbon fiber body makes this guitar more resistant to heat, humidity, and the accidental drop. The neck is made with a 57 million modulus truss rod in the neck (steel...

VOX NBX150H Amp with NuTube Technology and Starstream Guitar

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSIn the last year, VOX has been coming out with great amplifiers with their new NuTube technology. Tubes that take up less space and power while adding great functionality to your sound. While at NAMM 2017, I got to check out the newest prototypes of amp head in the NBX150H. Vox NBX150H The NBX150H is a Prototype amp head that can go all the way down to 5 Watts. The head gives you a high gain amplifier that also gives you the sounds you might need. Inside is the NuTube technology – a flat tube that takes up 30% of a standard tube. It gives you the same drive at 2% power. This design came from the Noritake Company who manufactures high-end televisions. Vox acquired the technology to improve the amp. Vox Starstream Guitar The Starstream provides a wide range of guitar sounds from...

Tascam Track Factory is an All in One Box System

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSIf you are not tech savvy and still need to set up a small recording studio, then Tascam has a solution for you. Track Factory is an all-in-one solution for you to start recording your songs and more. Jeff Laity of Tascam talks more about it. About Tascam Track Factory Track Factory contains an Intel NUC core i5 computer with Windows 10 and their Cakewalk SONAR professional DAW software. The NUC contains 8 GB RAM, 3 GB cache, a 256 GB SSD, USB 3.0 ports for keyboard, mouse, and other devices, Mini Display 1.2 port, Mini HDMI 1.4a port and both Ethernet and Wifi inside. This is a system in a box from @tascampro including computer for $1299 #audiorecording #namm #geekout pic.twitter.com/n77kBfQqDy — geekazine (@geekazine) January 19, 2017 The box is rounded up with Bluetooth 4.2, although it’s probably not best to edit...

HPE Tech Day Live Stream: The Future of IT Infrastructure 10-11-2016

Geekazine will be streaming LIVE at the HPE Tech Day in Anaheim, CA. The topic: Future of IT Infrastructure. All Times PST 9 AM: Building Up a Hyperconverged Stack – From Infrastructure to Management to Cloud – Said Syed 11 AM: Economics of All-Flash in the Data Center (3PAR) – Phill Gilbert 12:45 PM: Composable Data Fabric for Hyper Converged & Composable Infrastructure – Patrick Osborne,Wayland Jeong 1:45 PM: How Can My Data Center be as Efficient as a Cloud Giant – Gary Thome, Paul Durzan 3:30 PM: Where HPE is Taking Software-defined & Cloud – Ric Lewis 4:30 PM: A Snapshot Into the Future on where the Data Center is Heading – Paul Durzan

HPE Discover 2016 Blogger Coffee Talks – 4K 360 Video

This year at HPE Discover, I decided to put my Kodak PixPro SP360 to some major use. The task was to record the Blogger Coffee talks at the event. Each one is filled with lots of great content and I wanted to not only capture the speakers, but also the people asking the questions. Architect of future IT infrastructure with vish, Gary, Milan, Gary & Patrick #hpediscover #geekout #coffeetalk A photo posted by Jeffrey Powers (@geekazine) on Jun 8, 2016 at 3:40pm PDT Paul Muller on Digital Disruption VP of HPE Strategic Marketing Paul Muller has a style all his own. He disrupts corporate look and feel. So he works very well in Strategic Marketing and Disruption. He answered bloggers questions and how HPE is looking at “how to build a better mouse trap”. After all, HPE is focusing on “The Machine“, which is expected out next year....

What is HPE Labs “The Machine” at HPE Discover

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSIf someone was to ask you to draw a computer, you would probably draw an opaque box with a monitor, keyboard and mouse. In the last few years, the vision changed ever so slightly with some possibly drawing a laptop or tablet. But a computer is so much more and it’s starting to lose it’s physical body. Just like with the “Star Trek” theme we saw all that week at HPE Discover. I got to talk with Martina Trucco about what Hewlett Packard Enterprise Labs (HPE) saw as “The Machine”. They created an interactive sculpture where you could go inside and see the interactions from the items we use everyday (and might not even know it). From the cell phone in our pockets, to the towers that replicate and push out those signals, and finally, the destination of your communications – whether...

Duplicator 4K Makes 25 SD Card Copies at Once

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSImagine being at a conference or wedding with camera crews capturing the event. As you get ready to leave the event, you are given an SD card with the festivities inside for you to consume again and again. That is what the Blackmagic Design Duplicator 4K does. While at NAB I talked with Kendall with Blackmagic Designs on the Duplicator 4K. You can copy up to 25 cards per rack mount at a time. You can also daisy-chain the units together to record more for larger events. Each unit can take a SD card and fill it with the event you recorded in multiple formats up to Ultra HD at 2160p 60fps. Each video is encoded in H.265 for smaller file sizes but also 4K resolution. Weddings, sporting events, live concerts, conferences and more can benefit from the Duplicator 4K. It can also...

Sennheiser MK4 and USB Handheld Microphones

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSSennheiser has been teaming up with Apogee to deliver microphones for your mobile and desktop devices. USB microphones for the podcaster or on the go reporter. In this video we take a look at two of the new microphones in the Sennheiser line. Handheld USB to iOS Dynamic Microphone With a versatile USB turning iPhones and iPads into full video recording devices, Sennheiser has created a dynamic handheld microphone that allows you to become the mobile reporter. This microphone will connect via Lightning cable or USB for PC and Mac computers and allow you to get the interview without too much background noise. We tested out the microphone, which you can hear in the video. This handheld device will be available Summer 2016. No price is set. Sennheiser MK 4 Digital Sennheiser MK 4 Digital is based on the standard MK 4. This is...

Sony URXP03D Easily Connects Wired and Wireless Microphones

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSIf you wanted to mic up a guest to an interview such as this one, you would need two wireless receivers to do it. Sony is now helping fix that with the UWP-D series wireless mics. The URXP03D is a receiver that not only can connect two wireless sources but also allows for two more inputs for many different operations. While at NAB 2016, I talked with Andy and learned about all the types of wireless they offer. The UWP-D series includes in-camera adapters and external adapters such as the URXP03D. This receiver is a 4-input, 2 output device. This means you can connect 2 wireless microphones – lavaliere or handheld – and either one or two microphones through the Mic Input (stereo connection). This will give you ability to mic the room and the speakers, then adjust for maximum performance. The two...

NewTek Open Source NDI Standard for Video Production

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSIn a video production environment, spreading out tasks between computers can help in many different ways. From producing the video for public consumption to creating archive and even monitoring systems. Network Device Interface (NDI) is a standard that can bridge devices together – and you don’t even have to own a Tricaster. While at NAB, I talked with Phillip Nelson of NewTek about this open standard. NDI was announced back in 2015 to communicate with devices over Gigabit Ethernet. A standard that almost all corporate and video production buildings (even home studios) have. The idea is to have one computer send video or other items over to the production machine without having to convert or render. The end result is a reduction in production workflow. Many different programs have already adopted NDI into their systems. You don’t even need NewTek products to...

Saramonic Camera Audio Mixers and Microphones

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSA couple months ago I purchased the Saramonic Smart Mixer for my phone and have been happy with the results for covering live shows. While at NAB I stopped by the Saramonic booth to find out what other great products they have for my video and audio production on the go. Turns out Saramonic has a lot of great audio solutions – wired and wireless. I started with the SmartMixer 2 channel Audio Mixer Kit for iOS or Android. As I was recording via the device, you can hear how this cuts out background noise to get the interview. I looked at a very interesting microphone for GoPro cameras for $35. They also have lavaliere microphones if you do vlogging or simple on-camera spots. I then went over the large array of DSLR Camera Microphone Pre-Amps, such as the SR-AX101. You can attach...

Nokia Ozo Camera Broadcasts Live 360 Video

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSCapturing 360 video got a whole lot powerful with the Nokia Ozo 360 spherical video and 360×360 surround sound. Everything from creating movies to live broadcasts can now be captured and streamed for all to see instantly. I got a chance to talk with Guido Voltolina, Head of Presence Capture at Nokia to learn more about this powerful camera. While it looks like some alien pod getting ready to decend on the earth, the Ozo is a 360 camera that can be attached to a stand, drone, or other device to stream and record events. During NAB, Ozo was live streaming in 3 different spots around the convention center. Not only will the Ozo capture 360 video, the system contains “spatial audio mixing”. Tags are placed on the musicians so as they move, you can hear it in binaural audio. This brings...

DJI Osmo with Z-Axis Gimbal at NAB

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSDJI added to their new Osmo 4k stabilization gimbal with the Z-axis attachment. For an additional $129, you can get this for your Osmo. It adds the ability to reduce vertical shaking for a more stable video. I took the Osmo with Z-Axis for a run and the iPhone video was very solid. Using the joystick to move the camera around, the new Z-axis can keep you moving. It also allows for re-positioning so you can run the camera across the ground or way up high. Get the Osmo here. Z-Axis is $129.  

NAB Show

Geekazine Partners with Full Compass for NAB Coverage

This year I am really excited as I will be partnering with Full Compass to get some great NAB action. Full Compass is your one-stop place for music, camera production, lighting, and more. Full Compass has been around in the Madison, WI area for over 40 years. They offer over 700 top equipment brands for professional musicians, sound engineers, broadcast stations and more. Led by Johnathon and Susan Lipp, Full Compass has a powerful online ordering system and a personal staff for your ordering needs. Mine rep is Joel and I have worked with him in many occasions. Recently, I purchased a Yamaha DTX 502 Drum Module for my electronic kit. Six months ago he got me a great deal on a BlackMagic ATEM. I will be creating videos with Full Compass for Panasonic, Sennheiser, Canon and Sound Devices. You can follow along at http://fcsys.co/NABFeature

Silicon Cowboys: Documentary on the Rise of Compaq Computers

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSWhile at SXSW I was invited to see the documentary: Silicon Cowboys. This is the story of the rise of Compaq computers in a time where IBM ruled the land. It’s important to understand that if it wasn’t for Compaq and their battle against the giant in the 80’s, we might not have the technology advances of today. Tech Geeks will get a rise out of all the adverts within the documentary. Some will even relive the 80’s and 90’s when Compaq was at it’s prime. For me, I remember back to the day my uncle walked in with a Compaq portable computer, set it up on the table and turned it on. That is really the day I knew how hooked I was on computers. This David-vs-Goliath documentary shows how Compaq built their own personal computer without stealing any secrets from...

Prototypes at Sony Future Lab

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSWhile at SXSW I got to check out the Sony FutureLab and several products that connect us more into the Internet of Things (IoT). From headsets with new earbud designs to interactive tables, and even new ways to game or interact with things. In this video, we look at two items. First is the touch interactive table where you can set down items to pull information right from the page. An overhead projector and sensor recognition with a poliphany of 8 points can move items around, pull text, or simply identify the item placed on the table. Story books can come alive, card games can become more interactive, and the imagination can bring limitless ideas. Best part is any table can become an augmented reality device. Another great IoT prototype was a simple alien shooting game they displayed. The projector is connected...

The Inspiration that is Del Close: The Story of the Del Close Marathon

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSI have to admit: I didn’t know who Del Close was. On the same token, you don’t know who many of my inspirations or teachers were. But they shaped my growth in life. That is what Del Close did. He shaped people such as Harrold Ramis, Bill Murray, Tina Fey, Bob Odenkirk, John Candy and many more. While he died in 1999, many have still worked to preserve his name and ideals, which is why the documentary “Thank You Del: The Story of the Del Close Marathon” was created. While at SXSW, I got to sit down with director Todd Bieber and Executive Producers Matt Besser (Upright Citizens Brigade) and Matt Walsh (UCB, Veep) on the making of this documentary. In it, we find out how Del started in various improv troupes, but made more of a name as a teacher to...

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