Category: SXSW

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...

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 Even though its been replaced by touchscreens and pads, there are still many professions that really need a mouse over a touch device.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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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)....

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.

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...

Ray Ferrer Art at the X-Acto Tent – SXSW 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI stopped by the X-Acto tent at SXSW to see some of the art of Ray Ferrer. Ray uses stencils to create airbrush on canvases. Caricatures to design art and more, Ray can pretty much make anything. Of course X-Acto and art work hand-in-hand. I have a plethora of blades which I use for art, computer modding or many other uses. He was getting ready to create a Willie Nelson canvas when I stopped by. I looked at the stencil and noticed how many cuts it took to just to make the beard come alive. Other canvas paintings included Jimmy Kimmel (for his show will be live from SXSW this year), abstract items such as a compass and guitar neck, and more. Check out Ray at ArtistRay.com and X-Acto.com

Nest Smoke Alarm Demonstration – SXSW 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI stopped by the Nest tent at SXSW to see the nest thermostat and smoke alarm in action. Nest makes home automation devices which can be controlled via smarphone or by hand. The Nest thermostat can help you adjust your heat or air, while the smoke alarm can detect smoke or carbon dioxide. The Nest fire truck was on hand to give the smoke demonstration. Notice how unnoticeable the smoke is when the alarm goes off. I have done this many times – I cook something which trips the alarm. When I move out of the kitchen, I finally notice the smoke that is actually in the room. The demonstration also showed me how to test the batteries and make sure the smoke alarm is functioning without having to get on a step-stool to do it. The batteries can keep your...

Phil Easter from American Airlines on the Travel Hackathon

American Airlines & AT&T Travel Hackathon: Making the Flight Experience Better – SXSW 2013

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSDuring SXSW I stopped by the AT&T / American Airlines Travel Hackathon. American Airlines opened up their API to the groups for 24 hours to see what they would come up with to improve the travel experience. This is a road show that will be headed to London, then back in the US for similar hackathons. What is a Hackathon? A Hackathon is where people join teams and build software and hardware using Application Programming Interfaces (API) that are open and available to them. Were up here at the Hilton and up on the 4th floor for the AT&T Hackathon for here with phil easter tell me what’s what’s going on with the hackathon? This is the first ever travel hackathon it’s sponsored by AT&T and american airlines so i’m with american airlines and i represent the mobile application team. This is the...

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YappEm at MashBash SXSW 2013 Giving Away $150,000

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThey gave away $150,000 at MashBash and another $250,000 after the event. YappEm is a app that lets you earn coins that turn into gift cards. You can get cards from any of the major brands. To find out more go to Yappem.com I also walk around MashBash – Mashable’s yearly SXSW event. This year it was at Speakeasy. 3 levels of bands, DJ’s and other events. A fun time talking to people and enjoying the evening.

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Ghastley Crud Zombies Book: From Kickstarter to Reality – SXSW 2013

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhile I was at Buffalo Billards for a SXSW event, I ran into Martin Whitmore – which was easy to do because he was the only one with a kilt on at the event (Sorry Ewan, but you were not there). I found out that Martin is an illustrator and ran a successful Kickstarter program for a book – The Ghastley Crud Zombies. Now if you are a fan of Edward Gorey then you will like this book. Whitmore used the similar style to put together a simple coffee table reader on 26 children who had to deal with Zombies. While probably not something to read to the children at bedtime (Whitmore states: You’ll laugh, your children will have nightmares), it is a fun book to page through. I talked with Martin about the book, we had a small reading of...

Dyn: DNS for Consumers, SMB and Enterprise – SXSW 2013

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhile at SXSW I stopped by the DYN party. They had an extensive line-up of Americana, folk and roots rock bands, headed up by feature artist: The Dawes. While at the event, I got to speak with Matt Toy – VP of client services. He works with all customers, from free to Enterprise customers. For the last couple months I have been talking about Dyn for Enterprise, but with the home users version, you can do simple consumer items. For example, if you want to connect your DVR or a webcam to your DNS so you can log on and watch, you can do it. Twitter started on Dyn’s $30 service. They grew from there. Small mom and pop shops can also utilize Dyn’s lower-priced features to get their business running on the internet. You can find out more by going to...

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GDGT Party Pt 2 – SXSW 2013

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSCheck out Part 1 of the GDGT Party In part 2 of the GDGT party at SXSW, we take a look at: Sonos Playbar Western Digital My Net 900 Simple banking card Lenovo – Thinkpad X1 carbon, Thinkpad Helix and Thinkpad Yoga Directions with the 3D iPhone case. GDGT Party Pt 1 – SXSW 2013 j.mp/10tHosK @geekazine — geekazine (@geekazine) March 22, 2013

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GDGT Party Part 1 – SXSW 2013

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIn part 1 of this two part video, I talk with: TYLT: cable and accessory maker The COPIA: social e-reading app Texas Instruments: DLP technology Carbon Audio: a Kickstarter called Zooka Connected Data and the Transporter,OBEX Sedio protective cases and covers Logitech: G600 gaming mouse and keyboard, T650 wireless touchpad and the ultra-thin keyboard cover for iPad and iPad mini

Instructables.com Carbon Fiber Acoustic Guitar – SXSW 2013

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIts not going to be a Taylor, Martin, Atkins, or Guild acoustic guitar but it is your own. Instructables.com is a website to learn how to do things like upscale an old hard drive into a USB flashdrive or make furniture out of old road signs. Today we found out about an effort to make a guitar. The class was held where people spent 5 nights – 6 hours a night to create their own version of an acoustic guitar. We see the frame, fiberglass backing and his finished creation. I tried to play it – unfortunately it needs some more work. But the concept looks pretty solid.

Joline from Meeting Maximizer, Nadia from Eyewitness News – SXSW 2013

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSOn the first day I got to do two quick interviews. the first one is with Jolene, whom I met last year at SXSW. She is promoting ways to use your phone as the reporter in the Meeting Maximizer. Jolene was showing off a new program called the Conference reporter. I also got to talk with Nadia – a reporter for Eyewitness news in South Africa. She also writes for other publications. We got to talk about what to expect at SXSW for 2013.

PBS, PBS Kids Now on Roku 3 – SXSW 2013

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSNot only did I get to see and play with the Roku 3 at SXSW, I also found out about PBS and PBS Kids coming to the Roku! With over 750 channels, Roku is definitely the best set top box for Internet television. About Roku 3 Roku 3 is the newest version of the Roku player. It replaces the Roku 2 XS, which was the $99 set top box. Roku 3 has some new features including a new interface with integrated channel store and settings. Roku 3 also features a new remote with privacy feature. Plug in your headphones to listen to your show and not bother others in the room. Roku 3 is available for purchase. Please support Geekazine by purchasing the Roku 3 through us! About PBS and PBS Kids Apps I talked with Eric on the PBS apps...

AMD Shows the Case Mod Still is Alive With Ben Heck Creations – SXSW 2013

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSDuring the first night of SXSW I was able to catch the AMD party. Upstairs on Congress avenue we were treated to an old idea reborn. The computer case mod. Modding a computer was something I thought was extinct but AMD showed us otherwise. They had about 10 case mods – mostly from Madison native Ben Heckendorn. We started with Chris Hook from AMD. He showed me an old gas pump turned into an Android controlled MP3 station. The player had screens on both sides of the Texico Fire Chief pump. Complete with the lighted bulb sign on the top. It wasn’t SXSW without some musical instruments. A bass drum and a guitar both were fixed up with AMD computers inside. The guitar was even playable (once the strings were put back on). It was pretty amazing the AMD boards inside...

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Shaq on Twitter, Beam Personal Assistant – SXSW 2013

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIt’s the last day of my SXSW coverage. I started the day with breakfast tacos 16 floors above Austin. We learned about an analytics took that included Tumblr. From there I stopped by the blogger lounge where I found my friend Calvin won a Samsung camera. What was really funny was the fact he took a few pictures with it, someone from Samsung saw it and awarded him a Galaxy Tab 2. Congrats, Calvin! I stopped in another session – this one asking if Podcasting needed a reboot. The show had Colin Anderson, Roman Mars, Jesse Thorn and Helen Zaltzman. The group talked monitization, if Listeners are plateauing, Challenges and opportunities and What a podcast reboot looks like. Then it was back to the Blogger lounge as Shaquille O’Neil stopped by. He talked about how he got on Twitter and how he remembers when SXSW was music only....

Rare Gibson “Lucy” Les Paul in Austin – SXSW 2013

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI was told this guitar was the only one available in the US and that not even Gibson employee have not seen it yet. I am talking about the recreation of the famous Lucy Les Paul Guitar. A guitar that has a history just as ragged as any rock star out there. I am joined by Jon Accarrino of Red Touch Media to show off this beautiful guitar. The History of the Gibson “Lucy” This guitar started out as a Les Paul 57-58 Goldtop – a pretty rare guitar to start with. John Sebastian of the Lovin Spoonful eventually was the first notable name to hold and use this guitar in 1965. Sebastian didn’t have it for long as he traded it to Rick Derringer for a new amplifier. Derringer – who was with the McCoys at the time – liked...

AllHat V, MashBash Parties – SXSW 2013

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIt was a great Sunday at SXSW as I started at one of my favorite places in Guero’s and AllHat V. It once again was sponsored by Chevy. One thing you need when going to this event is a cowboy hat. My band hat for some reason did not make the trip, so I used the next best thing – the Horse head. I got to talk with some great people and make new connections. It was a fun time. I also learned about Horse Boy – a group that uses horses for children with Autism. They were letting people sit on top of the horses as the trainer got them on their hind legs. No – I didn’t get on a horse. From there I stopped by the Fast Company Grill to find out what was going on. They had...

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