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Petting the Aibo Robot Dog at Sony Wow SXSW, Xperia Hello, Air Hockey

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSOnce again, Sony Wow pop-up shop at SXSW gave us a look into the future of entertainment, functionality, and AI with some inventive products. I also got a chance to spend some time with Aibo – the robot dog – to see how it interacts. Sony Xperia Hello Robot Coming into the WoW Experience, I saw a fun little group of robots dancing to song. This is the Xperia Hello. It’s a smart speaker that can respond to your voice, gesture, and facial expressions. It’s more than just a speaker, as it can take photos or video, play photos or video, check weather and traffic, news, and many other functions through the add-on apps. The Hello is a little pricey at $1,300, and isn’t out in the U.S. right now. Virtual Air Hockey I am pretty good at air hockey. This...

SXSW 2018: Waymo on self-driving cars and safety

At SXSW last week, optimism abounded for the rise of autonomous vehicles. Tesla’s Elon Musk announced self-driving will encompass all modes of driving by the end of next year, saying it will make it 100-200% safer than a person driving. Waymo CEO John Krafcik added, “It’s here now. It’s on public roads now” and announced that eventhough we can’t yet buy true self-driving cars where the driver doesn’t have to pay attention, “we are deploying it as a ridesharing service.” Waymo was founded in 2009 as the Google Self-Driving Car Project and is currently a subsidiary of Google’s parent company, Alphabet. Krafcik defined Waymo as a technology company working on building the world’s most experienced driver, and installing that driver into cars and trucks to make the roads safer and save lives. “1.25 million people die every year in car accidents around the world. It’s like 140 people...

Cabot: I Play with the Cajon Robot Drummer

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSCabot is making a MIDI device you can attach to your Cajon drum. The result – a robotic drummer for your solo gigs. A device that is fun to watch, along with fun to play with. I know – I played along with it at SXSW. How Cabot Works The Robot drummer is controlled via app on your iOS device or via PC using your favorite MIDI software. You can create the rhythms through the app, then send to the device to play. A pedalboard is available to start, stop, and transition the drummer for your need. Cabot is Crowdfunding Soon The prototypes are now set, Cabot will be launching their crowdfund very soon. To get on the list, simply Go to Cajon-Robot.com and choose “News” and “Subscribe”.

Westworld Experience at SXSW: Walk Through Sweetwater With Me

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhen I’m at a major conference, I try not to take on anything that consumes 4-5 hours of my time. Of course, I make exceptions – which you have to do from time to time at SXSW. Long lines for movie premieres or major events are a common thing. When I found that Westworld was going to have an experience at SXSW, I knew I couldn’t pass this up – no matter how long it took. The end result was an event I will never forget. How HBO Built Westworld at SXSW About 30 miles northwest of Austin sits the J. Lorraine TX Ghost Town. A theme park open year round and host to many different events. Therefore, it would make sense that HBO and Westworld would use this to set up the town of Sweetwater – the main town in...

HAL 9000 Replica With Amazon Alexa

I don’t know about you, but 2001: A Space Odyssey is one of my favorite sci-fi films of all time. It’s a shame that Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke couldn’t make more movies together. As you know, the HAL 900 AI computer was the highlight of the film. Well, if you’ve ever wanted to have your very own HAL 900, this is as close as you are likely to get in this lifetime. This prop replica from Master Replicas Group includes a real AI. While we don’t have any pricing info yet, we do know that this replica will have working displays, functional voice recognition, and Amazon Alexa integration. That’s right, a real HAL 9000 that you can actually talk to and control with your voice. It can control things in your home, order you a pizza, potentially even refuse to open the pod bay doors. Hopefully,...

SXSW 2018 Interview: CTA’s Gary Shapiro on The Road Ahead for Self-Driving Cars

Gary Shapiro, CEO and President of the Consumer Technology Association, producers of CES, was in town at SXSW for CTA Innovation Policy Day, sharing insights from his New York Times bestseller, Ninja Innovation: The Ten Killer Strategies of the World’s Most Successful Businesses. Geekazine had a chance to talk with Shapiro on the future of mobility and the timelines provided by Tesla’s Elon Musk and Waymo’s John Krafcik at the show, in which Musk said 18 months from now self-driving will encompass all modes and will be up to 200% safer than a person driving, and Krafcik said “It’s here now. It’s on public roads now,” as he showed off video of the first rides with no driver at the wheel in the Waymo Phoenix Early Rider Program. Krafcik also announced the program will be rolling out to other cities soon, including those in the Bay Area, and predicted that...

SXSW: Elon Musk Dates Mission to Mars, Early 2019

SXSW: Elon Musk Dates Mission to Mars, Early 2019

Elon Musk has been making quite a splash at SXSW this year, crashing yesterday’s Westworld panel, dropping in on the Westworld theme park with his kids, and partying late night with Snoop Dogg. The visionary billionaire has five companies, six sons, and just shot his Tesla Roadster into outer space. He’s got a lot to say and  surprised fans by taking the stage this morning with his long time friend, Westworld’s Jonathan Nolan. “We are building the first Mars, or interplanetary ship, and will be making short trips the first half of next year,” he announced. “The goal is a base on the moon and a city on Mars.” He described creating a space colony that has essentials like a propellant power station and iron foundries, but also includes fun places to hangout like pizza joints and nightclubs. “We need great bars on Mars. Mars Bars!” Musk joked. He...

I Sat in the Justice League Batmobile at SXSW DC Popup

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThis is a once in a lifetime opportunity as I was at the DC press event at SXSW. Even top artist Jim Lee was excited to do this. But I got to say, It’s not easy getting into a Batmobile… DC Panel at SXSW The press was invited to sit with top DC names to learn about 80 Years of Superman, along with the new TV show, Krypton on Syfy. Moderated by IGN Executive Editor Laura Prudom, we heard from Dan Jurgens, Jim Lee, Frank Miller, Brian Michael Bendis, Cameron Welsh, Nadria Tucker, and Lina Patel. About Krypton: The Making of a Legend Nadria and Lina are working on the show Krypton. The show focuses on Superman’s grandfather, Seg-El, who has to fight for his family’s honor as the House of El was shamed over false claims with Superman’s great-great grandfather. About the 80th...

Fan Tone Ceiling Fan Cleans And Cools The Air

These days, people are spending the majority of their time indoors, so that means there are more bad things in our air that we need to get out. There’s already an assortment of products to help clean the air in our homes, but they are usually stand-alone devices that look out of place no matter where we put them. The Fan Tone concept design combines air cleaning with something you already have: A ceiling fan. It will save you some space and keep your air clean at the same time. A ceiling fan with a built-in air purifier seems like a great idea since all of the air passes through your fan already. It will keep you feeling cooler, while also passing air through its HEPA filter system. This will make sure that your home is as healthy as possible, without the need for standalone purifiers that likely...

Samsung S9+ Unboxing and First Look Exclusive

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThis morning I unboxed the Samsung S9+ phone, which I got from Verizon (a returnable press review model, but all opinions are of Geekazine). I had the phone for the last 24 hours, and I will be taking it to SXSW with me to record video, create social posts, and more. This is a first look of the device. About the Samsung Galaxy S9+ This phone is all about the camera and it’s features, but it also has a powerful phone behind it. Some settings vary between the S9 and S9+, so check the specs page (and the slideshow) for more information. The camera is only 12 MP rear, 8 MP front, which is no different than the S8. Samsung did add super slow mode (960 fps) in 720p. They also added live focus and Bokeh features (overlays and Augmented Reality...

Relish Swiss Modular Guitars

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhile at NAMM, I talked with Sylvan at Relish Guitars about their modular options. The Mary, Jane, and Mary Aluminum guitars are a different way to think of building and repairing guitars. What is Relish Modular Guitars The guitars can be opened simply through a magnetic back. Inside, you can easily change out the pickups, change batteries, or add new hardware, then snap on the back and continue to play. The guitars are built using moulded wood veneer in a “Sandwich” construction. The fingerboard is made of Bamboo, with a Maple neck. The pickup touchpad works just like a toggle switch to move back and forth. Some models will have the touchpad, others with the toggle. All guitars are produced in Lucerne, Switzerland, and held high in Swiss craftmanship standards. Guitars will start at $2,500 and will be available in May....

SXSW 2018 Twitter Guide: Who To Follow

SXSW is one of those shows where you can be at the hot party and still miss that it’s Elijiah Wood DJing the set. There are so many things happening all at once that the only real way to guard against severe FOMO is to sketch out a general plan, respect yourself for being human, and let serendipity be your guide. A quick read of my SXSW 2018 Guide: Top Panels, Parties, Performances will give you a sense of the exciting things to do while in Austin, March 8 though 18. After that, you’ll want to start following the 500+ key influencers who will be at the show. Here is my SXSW 2018 Twitter Who To Follow Guide which you can subscribe to on Twitter @contentnow, and below are their individual handles. Tweet adds to me @contentnow. Enjoy! Brad Abrams, Google Assistant, @brada Dan Ackerman, CNET, @danackerman Byron Acohido, Third Certainty, @byronacohido Sandra Adair, Boyhood/Dazed and...

New Features from Avid Pro Tools

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI got to talk with Avid at NAMM about Pro Tools updates. I also sat in on a very interesting demo on MIDI drums. I talked with Adam Lebowski about those new features. What is in Pro Tools HD 2018 Seven new feature sets to help creators make music. Retrospective MIDI record allows you to add a MIDI performance into your timeline so your not distracted. Track Presets allow you to build sessions on the fly. You can create a chain of Effects that you may use on a regular basis. A vocal chain with light compression, and EQ for male or female vocals, a drum chain, a guitar chain, and even an overall chain. Improved MIDI editing with keyboard commands. Nudge a note left, right, trim, and transpose with a keystroke. Of course, Avid is also improving session data with...

aFrame Drum from ATV

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSElectronic Hand Drums can add a lot of new sounds and feels to music while keeping their roots in hand drumming. ATV has come out with a fun drum in the aFrame – a $1,599 device that matches that of a frame drum. About the aFrame Frame Drum To begin with, this drum is diamond shaped. This makes it easier to not only hold and position when you put on the drum strap, but also get different tones by where you strike the drum. The frame is Bamboo, with a polycarbonate surface. On the back is the drum module, with multiple buttons, USB, and microSD card support. The aFrame can be placed on a snare stand when you want to sit. The strap also can hold a battery if you want to be as portable as possible. Simply plug in a...

Playing the Yamaha Clavinova CVP-709 with Piano Room

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhile at NAMM2018, I was able to try out the Clavinova CVP-709 digital piano. A fun piano that has many options including the Piano Room – giving you options for sounds and backline for practicing. About the CVP-709 A wood key keyboard gives this digital keyboard a realistic touch response. Being a digital piano, you can choose from many voices on the keyboard. Piano Room This is a dedicated area where a player can go in to play. The new features include 2 world-class CFX and Bösendorfer Imperial grand pianos, along with many vintage electric pianos. You can also enter into “jam” mode to play with a virtual band. The band allows you to perform and practice with 40 different musical styles. The Yamaha Clavinova CVP-709 starts at $14,499 and is available now. Check out Yamaha for a retailer.

UVify OOri Smart Micro Racing Drone

Remember when the future was full of cool stuff like hover cars everywhere, robots in every home and even robots competing against each other in sports? Well, we may not have hover cars, but robots are slowly entering our homes and guess what? Robots are actually competing against each other in sports like drone racing. I guess some of the future we were promised is coming true. Drone racing has actually become a popular hobby for many users and that means more and more cool drones are being released for the hobby, like the UVify OOri micro racing drone. This drone is capable of reaching speeds of up to 60mph and features a compact palm-sized design. It will perform well against both larger and small competitors. This agile drone is easy to use and will deliver up to six minutes of flying time per charge of its internal...

DDJ-1000 by Pioneer DJ for Rekordbox DJ Controller

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhile at NAMM 2018, I got to check out the Pioneer DJ DDJ-1000 4 deck DJ controller. This is a device that works with Pioneer DJ’s rekordbox music management software. About the DDJ-1000 This is a two digital turntable DJ controller, with mixer. The jog wheel has undergone some updates, including moving several options to the LCD display in the middle of the wheel. You can check playback time, beats per minute, waveform, playback postition, loop points, and hot cue. You can also adjust the jog wheel so it can be as loose or tight as you need. 16 pad page buttons are available on the unit to add any sound. Add in effects, with some new ones including Mobius SAW. The DDJ-1000 can be configured to any DJ. You can even add 2 turntables for some old skool vinyl sound....

OMB Guitars Gives You a Band Behind Your Music

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhile at NAMM, I got to try out the new OMB Guitars system that turns your solo acoustic practice or performance into something with backing tracks. The device will tell the computer how to work the Bass and drums around your playing. Change chords, and the device will react to it. Play a rock song, get a rock beat. Play a reggae song, geta reggae beat. OMB also turns your guitar into a multi-tone instrument. Switch to Solo mode and your guitar becomes a piano, accordion, violin, or many other MIDI sounds. All controlled through the app. OMBGuitars was successfully funded while at NAMM. You can get the device to mount on your acoustic or electric guitar, or you can buy a guitar with it already installed. OMB just finalized crowdfunding and will be available soon. Check out OMBGuitars.com for more...

Darbee DVP 5000S Adds Depth and Clarity to HDMI Video

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSEach TV has it’s own color palette which they work off to create the video you see on your screen. You have the ability to adjust, but might not get the desired results. Maybe with a game or movie, you want to see more detail. That is where DarbeeVision 5000S comes in. To enhance depth and clarity. DarbeeVision is an HDR Mode for Your TV By adjusting settings, DarbeeVision allows for detail to come out, similar to HDR photo mode. With the DVP-5000S, you can adjust how much depth you would like to see. The remote gives you three modes which you can choose from. The DVP-5000S works best in up to 1080p 60fps TVs, but I was getting detail on my Vizio Smartcast M50 4k TV using the Roku Ultra. DVP-5000S for Camera Recording I’ve also seen some live stream and...

Sony C-100 Microphone is a Low Cost, Hi-Res, Dual-Element Condenser

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSStepping up your game in recording, podcasting, or whatever you do can be easy if you have this microphone in your bag. This large Diaphragm condenser mic has a lot of features that can help you mic up any instrument – from Tuba to Piccolo. All with a price that doesn’t bring down the house. About the C-100 Condenser Microphone This is an alternative to the Sony C-800G microphone. Inside the cage is a dual-capsule that can cover the spectrum. The 25mm capsule covers 20 Hz to 25 kHz, while the 17mm capsule covers 25-50 kHz ranges. You can select it to be a cardiod, omnidirectional, or figure-8 polar pattern. A low-cut filter and -10db pad are also available options. Other microphones in the High-Resolution series include The EMC-100N (Omni-Directional) and the EMC-100U (Cardioid). The Sony C-100 starts at $1399 and...

Death of The Crunchies

Death of The Crunchies

At the TechCrunch Winter Party that took place in San Francisco last week, there was a pinata bashing that signified the death of the much maligned awards show, The Crunchies, which after a decade of highs and lows has finally been shuttered by Verizon, TechCrunch’s new parent company. Launched in 2007 by legendary TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington, the show’s mission was to showcase the best in tech, but it soon became mired in controversy for becoming an over-the-top, glitzy, star-studded affair that repeatedly celebrated the same industry heavyweights: Twitter’s Jack Dorsey, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Google/Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer, Uber’s Travis Kalanick, Salesforce’s Marc Benioff, Snapchat’s Evan Spiegel. Broad, overreaching categories like Best App, Best Startup, Best Founder seemed to exclude many who were toiling away, revolutionizing the industry. “They had an award for ‘Best VC’ which pretty much says it all right there,” recalled BitTorrent Founder Bram Cohen. BitTorrent’s...

Dell Latitude CES Updates 5285 and 7490 series Notebooks

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSDell has a few surprises in store at this years CES and that includes their latitude line, focusing the 5000 and 7000 series. Jeffrey sat down with Dell to find out the new Latitude products available at CES 2018. Latitude Gets a Touchscreen One thing Dell announced for the 7000 series is the embedded touchscreen which will help to take away that annoying glare and also help reduce waste, since only one pane of glass is needed instead of 2. It will also help from a battery power standpoint as well as making things thinner. You’ll see that on the 12, 13 and 14 inch models. These models also incorporate carbon fiber as well, which is a nice touch. Their new laptops will also have Intels 8th generation processors on board. New WiFi Antenna in Dell Computers There’s also a new...

SXSW 2018 Guide: Top Parties, Panels, Performances

SXSW 2018 Guide: Top Parties, Panels, Performances

Me with Stephanie Agresta, co-host of the Comcast TechSet Lounge located in Austin Convention Center 19AB, don’t miss! SXSW is just around the corner and that means it’s time to plan your epic adventure. Go ahead, live without limits, this year’s activations will blow your mind and include the Ready Player One Vive VR Experience, WB DC Comics Superhero Popup, ABC’s Roseanne Experience, Google Assistant Fun House, Anheuser-Busch Escape Room, and HBO’s Westworld Theme Park, and GoGa, that’s goat yoga! Free workouts and breakfasts every morning, free lunch and talks midday, and of course free BBQ, beats and drinks from happy hour to dawn. Speaker list is packed with thoughts leaders from tech, entertainment, gaming, fashion and more: – Bernie Sanders, Arnold Schwarzeneggar – Esther Perel, Whitney Wolfe Herd, Lena Dunham, Daryl Hannah, Ricki Lake – Mandy Moore, Dakota Fanning, Priscilla Presley – Mark Hamill, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Ethan Hawke, Nick...

Sony’s New Wireless Noise Cancelling Earbuds

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSSONY has unveiled its latest wares at CES 2018, including the world’s first truly wireless Noise Cancelling headphones with a splash-proof design. Since more smartphone makers are ditching the headphone jack, it’s a good time to go wireless. The WF-SP700N are the world’s first truly wireless Noise Cancelling headphones with splash-proof and sweat-proof design. These headphones are made for an active lifestyle. Sony tested them extensively with people doing actual workouts, so rest assured that these headphones will stay in your ear while jogging or working out at the gym. They come in a wide variety of colors and not only will they shut out background sound, but they can also withstand rain as well as a sweaty workout. They have an IPX4 rating so they will stand up to your daily grind. If that isn’t enough, Sony says that the...

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