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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...

Auto-Tune Pro: Anteres Updates Auto Tune with Key Detection

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSAnteres introduced Auto-tune twenty years ago. It has been a versitile tool in making music sound it’s best. It also started a new sound in music. Now it’s time to up the game to make the music production easier and faster with Auto-Tune Pro What’s New in Anteres Auto-Tune Pro The biggest new features are pitch and time correction. This allows you to automatically find the key, the note being sung, and it’s duration. With that, you can make sure it’s exactly where you need it to be, how long you need it to be, and in the right frequencies. Bring in any track – a rap, a background vocal, and even an instrument – add the plugin (to any VST3 compatible DAW), and start tweaking the sound. Anteres also includes Audio Random Access (ARA) support to give you the classic...

Ring Security Systems: Now More Than a Doorbell

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSRing made a name for themselves with a doorbell system that allowed you to capture who was at your front door. Of course, thieves will try to find other ways into your home. When I had a break-in last year, they came through the back. So Ring has been working on more security, including acquiring a light company to give you more peace of mind. New to Ring Coming spring this year will be the Ring Alarm – a central hub that sends instant mobile alerts if door and window sensors are tripped. It can put your cameras on instant record, turn all lights on, so you can contact police quicker and easier. A updated Ring Video Doorbell 2 is available, along with a series of outdoor security cameras that are either wired, or on battery/solar power. Sensors for Smoke, CO,...

DPA Core Microphone Technology Minimizes Distortion Wherever the Mic is

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhen you are micing up a orchestra, musical, or simply a public speaker, vocal dynamics can cause distortion because the mic is not in a direct placement to the mouth, and the sound engineer has to control volume. DPA core technology solves this with a new idea for their miniature microphones. I talked with them at NAMM 2018 to find out more. What is DPA Core Technology This is a system that expands dynamic range up to 14 db. The inside of the microphone will boost the dynamics so you can hear a whisper, but also takes into account that sound could change to a scream at any time. When you boost a signal, you have to account for distortion if someone raises their voice. The Core technology is ready to take any signal, and keep it from clipping, so all...

Kryo Smartphone Programmable Guitar Stomp Box to Whatever Pedal You Need

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSMost iOS or Android app guitar pedals have to run on the mobile device. Kryo stomp pedals changed that idea as the pedal gets programmed, then you can turn off and put away that phone or tablet. The pedal takes the information to turn it into a distortion, reverb, phase, delay, gate, or other types of custom created stomp pedals. About Kryo The name itself was a late night think-tank decision. They made a play on the idea of making your guitar “cry”. The pedal is designed to go into your pedalboard without an issue. You connect via Bluetooth, and with the app, you bring the programmed tones into the pedal. You can even create a pedalboard with many Kryo devices, and change the tones as your playing. The pedal is a black aluminum die cast enclosure. Kryo is a 3PDT...

Roland R-07 High Resolution Audio Recorder for Music, Podcasting, School

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhether you need a recorder for your classes, personal notes for a song or presentation, getting audio for your podcast, recording your show, or other, the Roland R-07 is coming to help you with these jobs. This Personal Audio Recorder is ready for recording. It gets away from the Smartphone recording, but still uses the phone or watch to help you record. About the Roland R-07 The R-07 records in 16 or 24 bit MP3, and a sampling rate of 44.1, 48, or 96 kHz at bit rates from 64 kbps to 320 kbps. Use the stereo microphone included, or plug in an external microphone through the mic/aux in for a more focused record. The R-07 also has Bluetooth capabilities for headphones, and connecting with a iPhone and watch to start recording, add marks for key audio points, and stream audio...

Bose S1 with Rechargeable Battery for All Your Gigs

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Bose has come out with a lightweight speaker that you can use in many ways. The Bose S1 is perfect for the solo artist, and then the speaker can be used as a wedge for your band. About the Bose S1 The S1 is a three channel mixer, with two channels for microphone and instrument. It also has a 3-band EQ, and ability to chain via the Line Out option. Built-in Bluetooth also allows for playing music from your mobile device. With 4 transducers, and 3- 2 1/4″ drivers mounted inside, your music will be heard. Bose has also put in an accelerometer, so the speaker will correct it’s EQ when turned, placed on the floor, or even on a pole – a micro switch will detect. This speaker amplifies 103 db continuous, 109 db peak. The unit also has...

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...

CES 2018: Year of the Super Cute Bots

If the 51st Consumer Electronics Show proved anything, it’s that cuteness goes along way when you’re a bot competing for attention on a crowded show floor. Of course, functionality and price matter too. In the area of cuddle bots, Somnox, the sensor-filled pillow that claims to give affection to help you wake rested and happy, got a lot of attention at the show, perhaps because there was a rumor that they were giving away tee shirts that read: “I slept with a robot.” I had a chance to go hands on with this very heavy $550 4.5 pound pillow and found it completely non-responsive to my hugs. Me with USA Today’s Rob Pegoraro debating the merits of Somnox That said, sleeper hit, Qoobo, the super light $99 sensor-filled pillow, completely stole my heart as it continuously wagged its tail during my interview with its creator, Yukai Engineering’s Shunsuke Aoki:...

Meet Qoobo: A Headless Robotic Pillow Pet that Wags its Tail When you Cuddle it

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSDo you live alone in a place that doesn’t allow pets? Maybe you grew up with a cat or dog that cuddled up on your lap, wagged it’s tail, and fell asleep – and you miss that interaction. Well fear not, because Qoobo will help you with that. What is Qoobo Qoobo is an animatronic pillow that wags it’s tail when you give it attention. Whether from stroking or patting, Qoobo will react to your movement with it’s own. As Martine Paris talked with Shunsuke Aoki about this pet, we learned it was from Yukai Engineering – the same team that gave people “cat ears” that reacted to brain waves. This is a part in a long line of robotic dolls, hangers that interact, and other unique devices. How to Get Qoobo This is currently a project that you can pre-order...

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...

LG Ultrafine Monitors with Nano IPS Technology

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThis year, CES may have had a blackout, but they couldn’t keep the monitor technology down. At LG, we got to see some of the best screens yet. From the “LG Cavern” – a room with curved monitors showing different scenes, making it look like you were walking through a cave, forrest, and more – to their flattest TV yet – the Signature OLED W8 TV. ? I talked with Matthew on this new technology, and got to see the TV’s and monitors myself. With a large viewing angle, 600 nits of light, and DCI-P3 technology, these monitors were crisp, and showed so much detail that I will start to notice from older monitor technology. The 32UK950 monitor is also a Thunderbolt 3 connected device, so you can daisy chain multiple monitors for a bigger and better view. It’s hardware calibration...

Meet Kevin: Your Noisy New Roommate

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS? Sometimes you come across a good idea and a young entrepreneur that is thinking outside the box. Step in Julius from Mitipi, and his roommate, Kevin. What is Kevin? Kevin is a theft deterrent. Most thieves don’t want to bother a home if they think someone is inside. Kevin allows you to simulate that with a simple device that sits on your table. You control Kevin with your smartphone to simulate lights, a TV running, and more. Add in sounds like people talking in the kitchen, doors closing, footsteps, and more to the speaker making it sound like people are home. This crowdfund will start soon. For more information, check out Mitipi.com

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...

Kohler Konnect Smart Mirror with Alexa to Control Your Smart Home

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI guess we will have a magic mirror in our homes soon. The bathroom mirror is a central point during your day. It only makes sense that it should also become your personal assistant. Kohler is adding Alexa to the mirror so you can get your day started the right way. ?? I talked with Kohler at CES Unveiled about this new smart mirror. The Kohler Konnect is a series of smart devices in the bathroom and kitchen. Use Alexa, or use your phone app to start the shower, turn on the lights, and even start the coffeemaker. All from the one place you start at during the day – your bathroom mirror. The app also shows you stats so you are not wasting water. The app will be connected on the Kohler Cloud, which is powered by Microsoft Azure. The...

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...

CES 2018 Show Guide

CES 2018 Show Guide

The Consumer Electronics Show 2018 begins tomorrow Sunday, January 7 for the press, and on Tuesday, January 9 for the trade, and this year it will be a daunting task to navigate the more than 2.7 million square feet of exhibit space sprawling across the Las Vegas Strip as it is the largest show floor ever in CES history. Simply put, you’re going to need a guide. To plan your visit, try to focus on just one venue per day. There are three main areas: Tech East, Tech West and Tech South. To help get oriented, here is a map overview and here is the floor plan where you can map your show. Below is a preview of what you will find in each area. If you find yourself needing to head to another venue, do it in style! Head to the LVCC Gold Lot for a self-driving robo-taxi from Aptiv/Lyft. Free autonomous...

Geekazine Gear Roundup for Covering CES, NAMM 2018

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSAt my first CES, I had a small budget, but needed to try and get as much interview content as possible. As the years progressed, I worked on better cameras, microphones, lights, and more. Nine years later, I have the most powerful video system that I’ve ever taken with me. I can’t wait to start recording some of the events for you – this year going full 4k. Here is the gear I am using. You can find it all at Geekazine.com/ces18gear Sony AX700 4K Camera I have been going back and forth between Prosumer and DSLR cameras. While I was happy with last year’s videos, I needed something that could work with less effort than a DSLR. Therefore I went back to the Sony brand of video cameras. The Handycam FDR-AX700 is the latest 4k video camera. It has a...

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