Tagged: environment

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...

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...


Brio Home Safety Plugs Keep Children Safe – CES 2015

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSSticking a knife in a plug socket is a fear every parent has to deal with. Thousands of children go to the hospital for this simple curiosity. This is something Brio wants to end. The Brio Home Safety Smart Outlet Plug is the worlds safest power outlet. It can identify what is being plugged in and stop electricity from entering into a knife, wire, or other non-plug item. Roger from Brio also plugged in a light socket, then put his finger in the socket to show the real levels of protection. The plug has a LED alert system and a host of sensors inside that will alert you to any issue.  The sensors are placed around the house individualy. They also can detect smoke, C02, fire and more. The sensors then communicate information to the app so you can take proper...


Sustainability Blues: Drinking Water Issues Around the World – Further with Ford

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIf you live outside the US, you might be very aware of the drinking water issues. Inside the US – you might not know this but in the next 10-20 years you will be faced with a drinking water shortage. While at the Further with Ford conference in Dearborn, MI I learned about how the world deals with getting clean drinking water. The Sustainability Blues also opened my eyes in the fact this resource is getting taxed. There are 7 billion in the world with expectations of hitting 10 billion people in the next decade. We all need water to survive. This panel features Sheryl Connelly or Ford, Christoph Gorder of CharityWater.org, George McGraw of DigDeep.org, Rob Frederick of Brown Forman, and Todd Walton of Ford as they talk about the environment and the concerns of the water issue.


SunOyster Systems brings Concentrated Solar Power – Disrupt 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThe biggest issue with solar power is those large panels you have to place on the house to get enough power to be worth it. Concentrated solar could help and SunOyster Systems is working on doubling the power in less time. Using a reflexive surface the light concentrates to efficiently consume the cell. The setup of the system looks a lot different than a solar panel. Curved reflective surfaces point to the cell in a way it doesn’t reflect back (like to a pilot passing overhead) and can capture as much as possible. The device we saw at the show was a scale model. Dr. Carsten Corino informs me the system could be only a few meters in size and – even in winter – power the house for the day. The solar tracking system keeps in-line with the sun for...


The Mobile Payment: Is It Safer than the Credit Card?

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Hope you had an awesome Easter weekend. The temperatures took a swift kick and spring all of a sudden was here. Bought a firepit to enjoy in the backyard – along with some new found bicycling trails around the area here. Catching up on everything – the NAB videos are starting to wrap as I have some new products to review. TWIGG was a laid back show last night as we talked news of Google Glass.   Hotline – 608-205-4378 – geekazine (at) gmail.com Download the audio version Subscribe to the podcast via: iTunes – Stitcher – YouTube You can catch me on Twitter @geekazine – Facebook Group – About.Me Other shows: Day in Tech History – Geekazine Special Media Feed – iPad365 – This Week in Google Glass Geek Smack: The Mobile Payment. Is it Safer Than a Credit Card? In the...


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...


The Satellite Has Changed: Interview with Peter Platzer – NanoSatisfi

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIf I was to ask you to draw a picture of a satellite, would you draw a big bulky device with solar wings? If I was to ask you how much a satellite costs, would you say billions of dollars? Now let me tell you that is all about to change… I got the opportunity to talk with Peter Platzer of NanoSatisfi.com. They are making satellites a little larger than the size of a Rubik cube. Hundreds of these satellites get launched into space and hover over earth without being seen by the naked eye. Best part – they will be able to cover the planet a lot easier than that billion dollar dish. These Satellites are already in space. They keep their orbit, transmitting data back and forth. When they die, the device simply falls back to earth and disintegrated...


Netflix courts Cable. Roku, Apple TV Should do the Same?

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Monday was a long but productive day. At Midnight, we launched the TPN at CES crowdfund – a crowdfund project for our trip out to CES. I talk about why we need it. Last night on TWIGG.TV we talked with Kathi Browne about Google Glass and Healthcare. It was a great hour worth of content about what the medical profession is planning for Glass. I’m also in the hunt for a new computer. Its time to get a newer processor so video can be processed faster. Hotline – 608-205-4378 – geekazine (at) gmail.com Download the audio version Subscribe to the podcast via: iTunes – TechPodcasts – Stitcher You can catch me on Twitter @geekazine – Facebook Group – About.Me Other shows: Day in Tech History – Geekazine Special Media Feed – iPad365 Geek Smack! episode 279 Tech News:

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Booting Knoppix: A Short Photo Tour

In my post on Tasting Linux, I mentioned Live CDs as a way of sticking your toe in the Linux pool to see whether it might be fun to dive in. I thought it would be fun to show some pictures of what a Knoppix Live CD boot looks like. This is just an intro, not a detailed HOWTO.

Geekazine and Friends 2009 Predictions 0

Geekazine and Friends 2009 Predictions

If you like this article, please DIGG it. Thanks! In Part 1, we looked at last years predictions. The numbers weren’t too shabby. This year, we’ve expanded the list to anyone that wanted to contribute. And Contributions I did get. 250 of them. I spent most of Friday night and subsequent morning filtering the list to a couple pages worth of information. We have CEO’s, CTO’s, Marketers, Podcasters and even a Psychic helping us with this years list. Of course at the end of the list I will be adding my 2 cents worth for 2009 on Page 2.  So without any further ado, let’s get started.

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Did the Geekazine 2008 Predictions Come True?

Wow. It was about a year ago I asked for people to send in thoughts as to what to expect in 2008. I also made some Technology predictions. But the real question was – How far off was I? This is actually part 1 of a 2-part story. This first part reviews the predictions I made last year and how far off I was. Part 2 will have this years predictions, including predictions from CEO’s CTO’s TechPodcasters and even a Psychic. So without any further ado, let’s pick apart my idiocy from last year: OLPC will have some growing pains. The first part of OLPC will be the easiest. Maintaining the machines will be the trick. Microsoft coming onboard will muddy the water, but they might be able to do things like offer a better support network to third world countries.

Week in Tech History – 12-01-08 – QuickTime Launches 0

Week in Tech History – 12-01-08 – QuickTime Launches

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSBrought to you by Gotomeeting. Go to Gotomeeting.com/techpodcasts for an Unlimited free trial. It was Dec. 2nd 1991 and Apple had thoughts of pushing video content on machines as they launched the Quicktime Application. Since then it’s gone through regular updates, including Quicktime 4, where it was introduced into the Windows environment. The newest version of Quicktime X (or Quicktime ten) will be coming out first quarter of 2009. Other events that happened this week – the applications for ability to bid on the 700 mHz spectrum ended. AMD was told they could not use Intel’s 486 microcode in their systems. Apple enhanced their line of G4’s with ATI Rage 128 video cards. Finally, AT&T announced they will begin to pull payphones until the end of 2008, where they will completely be out of the Pay phone market.