Tagged: gadget

GLAS Thermostat Is Powered By Cortana

Most thermostats aren’t much to look at, but Johnson Controls and Microsoft have teamed up to build a beautiful smart thermostat called GLAS. This one will look great in your home. The device features a translucent touchscreen display. It was unveiled last year, but now it is ready for prime time. In fact, Microsoft has started taking pre-orders for GLAS. The translucent OLED touchscreen display controls the thermostat’s functions. It will change the temperature, monitor indoor and outdoor air quality, track energy savings, and more. It tracks and monitors several aspects of air quality to make sure that you are always comfortable,including volatile organic compounds and equivalent carbon dioxide inside your home. When connected to the internet, it will monitor tree, grass, and ragweed pollen count, air quality index, and ultraviolet index. So this will be great for allergy sufferers. That is a pretty impressive range of features...

The Selfie Stick Gets An Upgrade

Just when you thought that the selfie stick was as annoying as it could get, this insipid tool of vanity gets a major upgrade. Because who needs a plain old selfie stick, when you can ten more feet on it? It’s totally necessary for all of those huge group selfies that you take on a regular basis. Well, maybe not you and I, but some people do make a habit of group selfies and for those people, this is the final frontier of selfies. Or so we hope. But it will likely get another upgrade at some point, because people. The Panoramic Selfie Stick is designed for those oversized group shots and so you can capture the moment without having to leave anyone out of the picture. It has a compact design, I mean it is still a stick after all, but this one will extend to 10...

The Hang-Up Light Illuminates Your Closet

Closets are dark scary places, which is probably why some of us prefer them closed while we sleep because it’s a well known fact that ghosts and monsters use them as portals to enter our world. But even aside from the creepy aspect of a dark closet, you really should add some light. You can install some lighting of course, but that requires either rewiring your home or installing one of those battery operated lights that really stink. Or you can go another way. Use some hangers that provide the light. I think that’s a much better idea. The Hang-Up Light is designed to offer you the ability to see everything without a traditional light. It is just like a regular hanger, except this one has LEDs that will shine brightly into your closet, letting you view your wardrobe collection. This way you won’t have to turn on...

TNP USB-C Hub Adds 4K HDMI, Ethernet, USB-A, and USB-C for Charging

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThe TNP USB-C Hub is a dongle you can add to your Mac or PC. It adds 4K HDMI, Ethernet, USB-A, and USB-C for Charging or using another USB-C device. I’ve been using with my HP Elite X2 laptop for when I need a Ethernet connection, 2nd monitor, or extra USB device. Ethernet is a 1 Gigabit and transfers data very well within my network. Sometimes I need the wired connection for video and screen-sharing. Ethernet connections have a lower latency, and less chance of getting bumped off the network if too many wireless devices are connected. In connecting to my Vizio M50 4K TV, I had no problem getting the 2160p signal the monitor can produce. I can then use my x2 to present, or watch a video online or one I created. The Elite X2 also has one USB-C...

Prynt Pocket Helps Print Out iPhone Photos with Augmented Reality

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSDigital photos are easy to store and care for, but not as easy to display. A printed photo can be put into a scrapbook, on a wall, or just given to friends. That is where Prynt comes in. With a thermal-based printer you can attach to your phone, you are able to take photos right away, with an added Augmented Reality bonus. The Prynt Pocket This is an adjustable iOS device that allows your iPhone 5 and better to connect and print out any photo on your phone. You can also import photos from other devices to have printed onto the Pocket. The Prynt Pocket adjusts to the phone so you can dock in. A small cartridge filled with the ink-free paper will create photos in Black and White and Color. Within 30 seconds, a print will be ready for you!...

GripGear Motorized Slider with 360 Attachment for Small Cameras

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSSliders are great ways to get more motion out of your camera without having someone physically sit there moving the camera. Most sliders are pretty expensive – especially ones that are remote controlled. But GripGear is working to make a slider affordable for everyone. Best part – the device can do more than just slide across a rail. GripGear as a Slider The GripGear Motorized slider is a single aluminium rail with teeth. The until will work it’s way down the track until it hits the end, then starts it’s way back. You can adjust the speed and direction through a pad on the unit, or through a simple remote. GripGear as 360 Video Unit Remove the gear box from the slider and add the top attachment. Now your device will do 360 shots. A GoPro and universal phone mount is included....

Roli Blocks Makes Modular Music in Multiple Ways ???

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSLast year Roli came out with a keyboard that disrupted the musical instrument. This year, Roli doesn’t disappoint with Roli Blocks, a modular pad system that allows you to create beats, play loops, or even solo on songs. It’s an easy way to make music on your iOS device. Downloading the Roli App Noise is the first step in this system. The app is free and you can start working the pads right on the screen. Adding the modular pads will bring more functionality, turning the iPhone or iPad into another screen for multi-touch use. You can also connect the pads up to your favorite software for more functionality. At CES Unveiled, they were playing saxophone solos right from the pads. Roli Blocks main pad starts at $179, and additional blocks start at $79. You can get Blocks at your local Apple...

360fly Review Right From the 360 Video Camera

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI’ve been having an awesome time with figuring out 360 video. That is why I decided to create this review in 360 video view. Now if you are watching this from my podcast channels, you might be seeing this crunched down. To view it in the intended version, you either will have to download 360 viewing software or go to Youtube.com/geekazine and watch it there. The hardware I am using is 360fly. This is a 360 half-spherical camera. What does that mean? Well even though you get a 360 degree view in the middle, either the top or the bottom does not get recorded because there is no optics on one side. The top or bottom recording is all dependant on how you set up the camera. I have the 360 fly set up to point down. This makes it a...

Why Apple, Google Bested Coca-Cola as Top Global Brand

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Was proud of iPad365 – not only on “New and Noteworthy”, but also on “What’s Hot” in Technology. I broke down and joined Empire Avenue. My stock jumped to $58.51 in the first two days. Does that mean I’m rich?  Spent the weekend relaxing – on Sunday we did Tandem Kayaking on Lake Monona. Not an easy task at times. Last night’s TWIGG we talked on XE10 and the upcoming GDK for Google Glass. I also tried Google Hangouts with Q&A. While I liked how it worked, in the end the quality wasn’t there. Not sure if the problem wasn’t as much Google as it was my Macbook Pro. I really need to find a way to upgrade my computer so that doesn’t happen again. CES planning is underway. This year – we’re doing a Crowdfund! Expect it to start Oct...

Neat Digital Filing System: Digitize Your Paper Documents – CES 2013

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS The Neat electronic filing system assists you arrange your invoices and files. It is a complete system including both software and an equipment scanner. There are a lot of means you can easily receive the information into the Neat system. You may scan the information in. You may email digital invoices using your Neat e-mail address. You could make use of the Neat app on your iPhone or android phone and take a picture of the slip and upload it to the Neat Cloud. If you want you can send out a box of slips to Neat and they will certainly procedure them for you. The Neat system enables you to sort and arrange the info for tax functions. It is completely searchable and with lengthy search it will certainly additionally search such apps as Evernote and Dropbox. You may...

Zensorium Tinké: Vitals Monitoring – CES 2013

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSTinké by Zensorium measures heart and breathing rate, blood oxygen values and heart rate variability. It assembles the heart price, respiratory fee and blood air level info in to a rating called the Vita Index. The Zen index makes use of the heart rate irregularity to quantify your stress degree. It is a small tool, 1.65 long inches by 1.26 wide by.0275 deep which matches effortlessly in to a pocket or purse. It functions by plugging it in to the apple iphone and then placing your thumb on the gadget for 30 seconds. The apple iphone powers Tinké – therefore theres no need for batteries. The gadget is $119 and can be found in a selection of colors. Tinké is offered through the Zensorium web site. They are trying to find circulation partners. The application is cost-free and offered in the iTunes outlet. You...

Noitavonne EGO Series Joystick: Remote Control, Joystick and Hotspot – CES 2013

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSAll in one devices are getting better and better. For instance, take this joystick from Noitavonne. Noitavonne focuses on all types of mobile devices and the technologies that surround. The EGO Series joystick that features a 64 GB drive. Connect via bluetooth to the phone then use it as a remote for tablet or Windows 8 device with voice functions. Connect it with your TV and when a call comes up you can answer right from the remote. Noitavonne Joystick even has a small flip-up 1080p screen to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard and dedicated Facebook button. Noitavonne Joystick is expected to be released in the spring of this year with a price point of “between $249 and $349”. Interview by Don Baine, the Gadget Professor.

GoPro Hero 3: Smaller Camera with 4k sensor – CES 2013

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSGoPro, the popular mobile camera that has been used to capture video of everything from spectacular mountain bike crashes to shark encounters under the sea, was at the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. GoPro showed off the Hero 3 Black edition, which is 30 percent smaller and 20 percent lighter than the previous model. The new Black Edition has a 12 MP sensor and can shoot 4k at 15 FPS. While shooting video users will also be able to tap a button on the camera to grab a quick still image. There are also dual mics and a photo-burst mode. The new version will retail for $399 and include a WiFi remote. The camera is available for purchase now. Interview by Don Baine, the Gadget Professor


BodyMedia: Smaller Wearable Body Monitors – CES 2013 Live

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSBody Media is back with a new multi-sensor technology. This makes the armband smaller and more comfortable. With a patented technology the Bodymedia pack can store data for up to 10 days. The BodyMedia unit has an accelerometer, galvanic response skin conductivity monitor, skin temp and heat flow. The BodyMedia monitors can download via bluetooth to your mobile device. It can report weight loss, activity and more. In conjunction with IBM, Body Media is initiating recommendations based on the data to help subscribers become more active. There are commercially oriented applications as well. TPN Interview by Andy McCaskey, SDRNews and Don Baine, The Gadget Professor.

Kirk H&J: Wireless Smartphone Charging – CES 2013 Live

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Kirk H&J offers an entire range of Inpofi devices and models that enable wireless charging using a proprietary transfer system called “Electric Transfer” to charge devices by placing them on the charging surface. For the Samsung S3 – you remove the back to install the system.  For the iPhone there are a variety of cases , currently for the iPhone 4 – with the iPhone 5 due in the first quarter of 2013.  Charging times are similar to wired systems, and offer over 90% efficiency. You can mix and match iPhone and Galaxy devices. The units are available presently at OhmTopia.com , and should soon be found in regular big box stores. Estimated price points are $50-$70. TPN Interview by Andy McCaskey, SDRNews and Don Baine, The Gadget Professor.

One Laptop Per Child

OLPC: One Laptop Per Child – The Next Generation – CES 2013 Live

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS One Laptop Per Child was an amazing idea a few years ago. The foundation has been pushing forward ever since – bringing new ideas to the OLPC table. OLPC has come up with a new UI which has parental controls, age appropriate profiles and ease of use. OLPC has added a built-in camera for games and creativity. Prices have not been set. Walmart will be the first US retailer to carry the 5th generation OLPC. (XOLearning.org and Laptop.org) TPN Interview by Andy McCaskey, SDRNews and Don Baine, The Gadget Professor.


RokForm: Solid Mount for iDevices – CES 2013 Live

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS RokForm is a sturdy mounting system for off-road vehicles. If you need to set your mobile device in a dock and not have it fly around when you are trailblazing, then RokForm Rokbed mounts will help you keep the device static. RokForm’s integrated mounting systems can be put in your Hummer, Raptor or other vehichle. The anti-slip backing keeps it on track when not mounted. (www.rokform.com) TPN Interview by Andy McCaskey, SDRNews and Don Baine, The Gadget Professor.

vTech Phones

vTech: Optimized Phones for Assisted Living

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Staying in touch with loved ones is important. vTech understands that and wants to help. They offer a wide range of phones for people in assisted living arrangements. All phones have large buttons and picture buttons for one-touch calling. vTech phones are hearing-aid compliant and come with volume boost so you can hear the call. vTech also has a line of pendants so your loved ones can contact you if they cannot get to the phone. (VTech website) TPN Interview by Andy McCaskey, SDRNews and Don Baine, The Gadget Professor.


zBoost Wi-Ex Increases Signal Reliability with LTE Devices

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Our friends at Wi-Ex are continuing to grow the femtocell and WiFi repeater. They have introduced their newest model – which will repeat LTE signals so your house or business is covered and your phone gets a signal. The zBoost by Wi-Ex comes in different versions of LTE – one for Verizon and one for AT&T. Therefore, you will need the specific WiEX for your carrier. The Wi-EX plugs into a wall and extends an antenna to a high point (mainly on the roof). TPN Interview by Andy McCaskey, SDRNews and Don Baine, The Gadget Professor.


Nikon D5200, Wireless Adapters WU-1a, WU-1b Connect to Smartphone

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Nikon introduced 2 new adapters that allow a camera to connect to a smartphone via wireless. The adaptors – WU–1a and WU–1b – can be used with new models of Nikon cameras. Nikon D5200 Nikon’s newest line of camera is the Nikon D5200; a 24.1 megapixel single lens reflex digital camera with 14 bit RAW, JPEG at 1:4, 1:8 or 1:16 compression. ISO sensitivity range is 100 to 6400. The D5200 interchangable lenses can find you the right shot anytime. Nikon starts at $796 – body only. If you are getting into photography then Nikon 1 S1 ($499) mirrorless camera and Nikon J3 ($599) mirrorless might be your style. Interview by Don Baine, the Gadget Professor.

Perch: Never Forget Charger – CES 2012

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS  Perch developed a product that will help solve the multi-charger programs. Perch Alarm is a device where you plug the charger into the Perch Alarm and then both into the outlet. Connect your device and you are charging as normal. When you are ready to leave if you try to disconnect the device and leave the charger behind, you will hear a chirping sound reminding you to take the charger with you. There is a home mode so you can turn the alarm off. Perch was a semifinalist of the Last Gadget Standing Award at CES 2012. They hope to release the product within 60 days and will be $9.95 one-third the cost of a replacement charger which cost around $29.95.

Kidzvuz: Child Safe Social Media Site – CES 2012

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSRebecca Levey from KidzVuz joined the TPN CES Live show to talk about Kidzvuz. This is a safe environment for eight to ten year olds. Rebecca was a mommy blogger. As she reviewed, she thought – why am I reviewing the product? My kids should be doing that. However, young kids shouldn’t be on Facebook or YouTube like that. Therefore, she helped create KidzVuz. This is a completely moderated site where parents have control over what is sent across the network. Kids can then comment and make videos, just like adults do. KidzVuz also can teach parents about how they are sending their kids digital footprint across the internet. With KidzVuz, there is no identifyable information. They worked with Badgeville to put a competitive edge to the site. Kids that love to collect or build get excited about this site. LEGO and other building blocks....

TPN Live CES Coverage: Solarmio, CTX Technologies, Gazelle

TPN Live CES Coverage: Solarmio, CTX Technologies, Gazelle

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSTodd Cochrane and Steve Lee continue Day 2 Hour 5 Coverage of TPN CES Live 2012. In this episode, we talk to: Nyxio Gazelle Gadget Professor CTX Technologies PrivacyStar Solarmio

Contour ROAM, Contour GPS, Contour Plus to Record, Stream Your Live Action – CES 2012

Contour ROAM, Contour GPS, Contour Plus to Record, Stream Your Live Action – CES 2012

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThe folks at Contour came by the TPN CES Live show to show off the Contour Roam, Contour GPS and Contour Plus.  This was a follow up to Andy’s video on the Contour ROAM. One great point to note, you can live stream your adventures directly to Ustream using the Cerevo Live Shell. Control the camera on the Contour GPS and Contour Plus thru the Mobile App on iPhone or Android. Contour GPS and Contour Plus are available for $299 and $499 respectively. Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central and Don Baine The Gadget Professor of Geek News Central

Yurbuds Ironman: Headphone Lock Into Your Ear – CES 2012

Yurbuds Ironman: Headphone Lock Into Your Ear – CES 2012

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI remember Yurbuds from CES 2010. They had an app for the iPhone that took the size of your ear to give you a piece of rubber that would enhance the sound from your earbuds. I know, crazy. Alas, I still have that 1st generation set of Yurbuds and use them all the time. They lock into your ear, and do improve the sound. Fast forward to 2012. Yurbuds has gone stylish. Todd and Don talk to Seth Burgett,President and CEO of Yurbuds. Seth shows off the newest product in the Yurbuds Ironman Series. These are specifically designed for the athlete. Get Yurbuds Ironman at Amazon With twist-lock technology, you can hold the buds in the ear. Medical-grade Silicon is being used to make Yurbuds. The headset itself has a button on the headphone cable at the mic to forward music, pause or...