Category: SXSW

HiMirror Smart Mirror Helps Keep Skin Happy and Healthy

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhen you go to an event like SXSW, you can be sleep deprived, along with tons of movement in a possibly dry environment, all can attribute to your skin becoming dry and unhealthy. HiMirror launched this last year to help you understand the problem areas and how you can fix it. What is HiMirror HiMirror is a camera and mirror system that collects facial information and comes back with help on problem areas, and make-up tips. A virtual beauty and fitness consultant for you. The mirror is fog-free, so if you step out of the shower, you can go straight to the mirror and get assessments and tips. HiMirror also works with your whole body – the additional Smart Body Scale allows for understanding your body indexes – Body mass, body water, bone mass, and basal metabolic rate. Finally, the HiSkin...

Sony FutureLab Program N Prototype Unboxing

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhile at SXSW, I stopped by Sony’s Wow Experience, where I got to see the Program N headset at it’s next phase. Sony was looking for testers of this prototype (along with future items), and I was all too eager to join. For that, I got the product right on site. What is FutureLab Program Sony FutureLab is an R&D division to gain real-use feedback. Instead of having the programmers and employees use the prototypes, they put them out in the wild to see what the population thinks. Currently, there are two prototypes out there. N – the headset I have, and T – an interactive table. What is Program N I am guessing N stands for Nigel – the assistant that comes through this wearable device. The case completely protects conceals the wearable really well. This device comes with two...

Next Generation Technology Concepts at Panasonic House

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | 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...

Walmart Goes VR with Capital Factory

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | 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...

Vint Cerf Talks People Centered Internet

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | 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...

Dragoon with New Expansion Packs on Kickstarter

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | 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: Apple Podcasts | 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: Apple Podcasts | 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...

Silicon Cowboys: Documentary on the Rise of Compaq Computers

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | 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...

Prototypes at Sony Future Lab

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | 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...

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

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | 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...

Lume Cube is complete with 1,500 Lumens for Well Lit Photos, Video

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI am starting to use my mobile devices to get more exclusive video. Along with some simple hardware, I can shoot expo floor interviews at 60 fps without having a big camera at my side. But one problem has always been lighting. That is going to change as well with the Lume Cube app controlled light. Lume Cube is a waterproof light that can be mounted to a camera, or set to the side for the right type of lighting of your photo or video. You can add it to a DSLR Camera or GoPro and get better video in low light environments. The cube is only 1 1/2 inches in size so you can throw it into any bag. The device puts out 1,500 Lumens – at least 15x stronger than the flash from an iPhone. It can also strobe...

Tip Your Favorite Band any Time with TipCow

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSAs a band member, I know how hard it is to not only get what you are worth, but also promote with a tip jar. Even as a patron, I never get to the front of stage to throw a couple dollars in to support the music. Now, with TipCow, I can do it all from my phone and don’t even need to be at the show. Sitting down with Chris Bush (CEO of TipCow) at SXSW I found how they are different than any crowdfunding project out there. They vet and curate the artists on TipCow. That way someone else doesn’t claim to be your band and take money from your pocket. You must also be able to prove who you are or else they will not add you to the service. Tips can be outright, or parts of specials....

Tech Set Comcast Social Media Lounge for SXSW 2016

Best Resource of SXSW Interactive: Comcast Tech Set Social Media Lounge

I have been going to SXSW Interactive for the last 5 years. It continues to be a great resource for people like me who don’t live in San Francisco or Austin for tech. Every year I have felt welcomed by one area in the convention center. The TechSet Social Media Lounge. This year, it was nothing but awesome! Nestled on 4th floor, the TechSet Social Media Lounge has everything I need to keep sane during the week. This year, Comcast sponsored the lounge to a large group of weary social media people and artists that don’t have access to press lounges like I do. In fact, I choose this lounge over the press one because of what TechSet and Comcast have to offer. Run by Stephanie Agresta and Brian Solis, this media lounge had everything you would need to refresh, recharge, and go. Heck, there were times you...

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Atlas Wearables Fitness Tracker Watch – SXSW 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhile I was heading to another interview, I ran into Peter from Atlas Wearables – a device that will track and identify your activities at the gym. More than steps and more than sleep. The Atlas wearables system will identify if you are doing a pushup, a pullup, a butterfly or other item, and keep reps going for you. It will even help you keep track of strokes in the pool. By keeping track of your reps, they can calculate true calories burned. It also can track your activity on multiple levels so you can see, analyze, and improve your progress in the gym. The wearable will also be waterproof 50-100 meters (30 minutes), which is one of the first devices with a waterproof micro-USB connection. To learn more, or to pre-order ($179), check out AtlasWearables.com

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Sleep Pods to Promote FX new TV Show “The Strain” – SXSW 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWalking the streets of Austin for SXSW does two things – it destroys your shoes and it tires you out. That is why I stopped into this building, which promoted rejuvination and relaxation through sleep. I ended up getting to know more about this area and the new FX TV show called “The Strain” (coming in July). In this video, I talk with Raimy of FX Networks, talking about “the Strain Transformation Station”. About the Sleep Pods Within the quiet area were pods which you could crawl into for 30 minute power naps. Within the pod, you could watch part of the new TV show “The Strain”, you could have listened to a couple chapters in the book “The Strain” by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan. or you could just sleep. When done, you are treated to their branded energy...

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Contour Roller Mouse Red for Ergonomic Environment – SXSW 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThe mouse has been a part of our computers for years. Even though its been replaced by touchscreens and pads, there are still many professions that really need a mouse over a touch device. Creating video or music – for example – or even just doing some blogging and more. Contour has been around since 1995 making a mouse that helps elevate the issues.  From the standard mouse design to this Roller Mouse Red, Contour has continually strives to make the most comfortable mouse out there. Roller Mouse Red is a sliding scroll bar rather than a conventional mouse. Your hands stay static as your fingers move the bar left and right while rolling up and down. James notes this mouse is used in a lot of different medical professions, along with Oil rig companies. Check out the Contour Mouse Red...

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Sony Cybershot DSC QX10 Smartphone Add-On Camera – SXSW 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhile at SXSW, I got to try the Sony Cybershot DSC QX10 camera. This is the camera that wirelessly connects to the smartphone and takes over the camera. The 18 megapixel camera can bring higher quality photos into your camera. The add-on lens is one of 2 in the Sony line (QX100 being the higher-end version). The advantages of this camera are you can use your smartphone to capture, then upload photos using the 3G/4G service. You can also disconnect the lens to hold up high while you watch the viewfinder to take the pictures. Finally, the optical zoom of 10x lets you get close-up shots of about 20 feet away. The disadvantages are this lens needs to be charged to use, although you can switch out battery packs for continued photos. The other downfall is how the lens weighs down...

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Roku Streaming Stick, WWE Network at SXSW 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI caught up with Roku in their streaming lounge where WWE Hall of Famer Sgt. Slaughter was going to be there later in the day. The hall was decked out with WWE merchandise and videos of classic matches on each of the Roku machines. I got to talk with Kristin about Roku’s newest device – the streaming media stick. This is an HDMI stick which allows you to watch your favorite channels without having a box under the TV. The stick is similar to the Roku 1 – no gaming and no headphone jack – but the stick will have Youtube and the ability to cast videos from your mobile device to your Roku. Also, the smaller size connects and only needs a USB or wall jack to power the device. Roku Streaming Stick will be available soon, pre-orders are happening...

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OWC CEO Larry O’Connor on New Office in Austin – SXSW 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhile at SXSW, I got a chance to talk with Other World Computing (OWC). They added a second office in Austin to try and tap the startup potential of the area. CEO Larry O’Connor talked with me about the move, the direction of the Solid State Drive (SSD) and customer support, among other topics. OWC Moves to Austin, TX Larry assured me this is a second office – their main facility in Woodstock, IL will remain and work in tandem with Austin. “Every location has very talented individuals that are part of the team.” stated O’Connor. “Every region has talents of their base. This is definitely a team effort and with technology today we’re really not as far apart as the distance might otherwise imply.” OWC added solar to the new building to reduce their footprint and even give back to...

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SXSW 2014 in Pictures

This was my SXSW. I had a lot of fun this year meeting new people and creating new interviews. Of course, this was the year of the selfie for me – Since selfies are suppose to be therapeutic. I got a lot of them with some great superstars My Celebrity SXSW Watch It all started at the Roku streaming lounge when I met one of my all-time favorite wrestlers Sgt. Slaughter. He was getting ready to talk about how the WWE was proud to be on Roku, and was gracious to be a part of the photo as I had to run to another interview. While at the Samsung lounge, I was able to get a picture with Dan Harmon (Community). He was singing phallic songs the crew had created. That night, I ran into Ron Pearlman (13 Sins) at an undisclosed location. We met in the bathroom, but I got...

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Charles Yim: Breathometer Talks how Indiegogo Lead to Shark Tank – SXSW 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSCharles Michael Yim is an entrepreneur. He had that fully validated when he did something no other had – closed a Series Seed funding round on the hit TV show Shark Tank with all 5 sharks. Now, Yim is going for Class A funding. All because of a crowdfund he started for the Breathometer. The Breathometer is a unit you plug into you smartphone. When someone blows into the opening, the device will read their blood alcohol level. But Yim has other plans than just an alcohol detector. “Our focus is mainstream breathalyzers,” Yim states, “but ultimately be able to diversify the technology so it can focus more than just alcohol. So essentially we see ourselves as the first breath diagnostic platform for your breath print.” How to Get the Breathometer – Only $49 Medical breathalyzers can already detect blood sugar...

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Mi World Portable Computing System Will Soon Run Linux Steam OS – SXSW 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI sat down with Jim Luke of Myth Innovations to talk about their brand new crowdfund in the Mi World Portable Computing System (PCS). They launched the item on Indiegogo to raise funds to develop and market this item. What is the Mi World PCS? This is a secure and portable supercomputer which can do anything from media server, hot spot, personal cloud, to media streaming solution or even portable computer. You will be able to carry, connect, and share your content from the system you connect to – or even the internet. Mi World is a 2.4 GHz quad-core computer. It will have 2 GB of DDR3 memory, USB 3.0, Multiple SD card input and 802.11ac wireless. The first version will be running Android, but within a few months they will be transitioning to a full Linux OS (most likely Steam OS)....

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I Play the 3D Printed Steampunk Guitar – SXSW 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSa few weeks ago I saw this 3d printed steampunk guitar. I thought “man that would be cool to play…” Well, I got my wish. As I was passing by the 3D printing tent, I saw the steampunk beauty sitting I the stand. It was designed by Olaf Diegel of odd?org.nz. He has made a few guitars using 3D printing technology. The guitar featured Seymour Duncan pickups and a Warmoth Pro telecaster neck. I wasn’t able to play it long because the tent didn’t have a music permit, but I was able to create a short song and play it on the guitar.

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ChefJet – 3D Print Candy, Chocolate – SXSW 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIt seems to be the geekiest thing to want to own a 3d printer. Not just any old printer, but one that you can really make useful things with. Like chocolate… While at a SXSW I checked out the ChefJet – a 3D printer that could make chocolate or sugar candies. I talked with Kyle on what it takes to create some 3D confections. The ChefJet can be loaded with two types of cartridges – a sugar/water combination and a chocolate cartridge. Once you find the design you are looking for, simply plot it in the printer and set it to go. Candies can be printed out relatively fast, depending on the complexity of the shape. But who wouldn’t want a chocolate shaped to their name or a candy bride/groom for their cake? The best part is the price of the...

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