Ford SYNC 3 at CES

Ford LogoIn the good old days, cars had heaters and radios. if you were lucky it might have had a cassette player. Getting directions involved winding down the window and asking a local. Today’s vehicles have zoned environmental controls, multi-source AV, GPS with maps and drive train telemetry to three decimal places. All this is fantastic but while you’re figuring out the way to San Jose, you don’t have your eyes on the road.

Ford wants its drivers and passengers to have a great journey but to get to their destination safely, and in an unprecedented move, Ford invited customers to their advanced car simulator in Dearborn to help design the next iteration of their infotainment system. With over 20,000 pieces of feedback, Ford developed SYNC 3 with safety and ease of use at the fore. Big touchpoints keep hands on the steering wheel longer and voice commands now produce what the driver wants rather than purely what is said.

Todd chats with Gary from Ford about the company’s approach to the latest iteration of Ford SYNC, which will be available on 2016 model cars.

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central for the TechPodcast Network

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Thank you for your generosity on the last show details in the podcast. Tonight I focus on Windows 10 and the travesty that is happening over at HealthCare.gov and the spying that is taking place. Do not miss the show. Links as always are in the show notes below.

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4K Streaming Is a Reality With MGO at CES

Mgo logoIt seems like only yesterday we were going crazy aver our new high-definition TV’s. “We’ll never need anything better than this!” we proclaimed in pure satisfaction. But time moves on and so does technology.

No doubt TPN and GNC followers are well aware of the arrival of 4K video. Marlo had a chat with Christophe Louvion, COO of MGO, a premium video-streaming service that specializes in 4k presentations. Louvion tells the story of how MGO was hoping to launch its 4K service at last year’s CES, but they weren’t quite ready to go live. They did manage a successful launch later in the year, however, and MGO’s streaming capabilities have only gotten better since.

Christophe also explains how MGO rebuilt the service after that failed launch, starting with the TV set and working all the way back to the content provider.

Interview by Marlo Anderson from The Tech Ranch.

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Perfect Your Swing With Babolat Play

Babolat PlayTo improve at any skill or game, it’s often practice, practice, practice but today’s technology can help point out the areas to work on. Babolat‘s rackets are world famous and used by some of the top tennis professionals and for tennis fans, Babolat have developed a connected tennis racket based on their AeroPro Drive to help them hone their game. Eva shows Todd the new racket, Babolat Play.

The Babolat Play racket looks like an ordinary racket on the outside but with sensors integrated into the handle, players now have access to a pile of information – power level, impact position on the racket head, type and number of strokes (forehand, backhand, serve, overhead smash), top spin or back spin, all provided through a smartphone app for both Apple and Android. The racket can be taken on court for six hours between charges and over 150 hours of performance information can be recorded between downloads, which can be either via USB or Bluetooth.

The Babolat Play racket will be on sale in March for $349.

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central for the TechPodcast Network.

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Unleash the AirDog (at CES)

AirDogWith the advances in drone technology, it’s easy to fly most drones these days. To fly a drone well and record video at the same time still takes a great deal of skill. It’s especially difficult if you are the pilot, cinematographer and star all at the same time. If this is your problem, then the AirDog is the solution. Todd cries, “Havoc” and lets slip the AirDogs of war.

The AirDog drone has two unique selling points. First, it folds up to fit into a backpack and second, it can follow its owner from the air, filming the action. The owner wears a wristband somewhat reminiscent of Jack Harkness which lets the drone track the owner’s position. Various parameters can be set to adjust how the AirDog positions itself relative to the owner, such as height and distance. Seriously cool.

The AirDog will be available later in the year for $1,500 but pre-orders are open for a little under $1,300. You’ll also need to get yourself a GoPro camera.

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central for the TechPodcast Network.

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Kodak IM5 Smartphone Demo at CES

Kodak logoNew technology can be great but sometimes, it’s filled with so many options that it can also be difficult to really understand how it works. That’s the problem Kodak is hoping to solve with its new IM5 smartphone.

Todd talked to Lindsay Higgins from Kodak about the IM5. Lindsay explained that the device was designed with Baby Boomers in mind. She described the IM5 as an affordable camera phone that’s easy to operate, with simple features for browsing and sharing photos.

The IM5 runs Android 4.42 and it uses a 13 megapixel back camera and a 5 megapixel front camera. The base model includes 8 gigabytes of storage, with models that go up to 32 gigabytes. The IM5 also allows for dual SIM cards, so it’ll easily travel between different countries.

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Whoosh All-Natural Screen Cleaner Demo at CES

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Smartphones, tablets. We use these devices constantly. But rarely do we stop and take a moment to give them a good cleaning. Ever wonder just how much bacteria and other gross stuff collects on the screen of your favorite touchscreens? Yeah, you probably don’t want to know. But the makers of Whoosh, an all-natural, chemical-free cleaning product are here to tell you.

Ryan Mack of Whoosh tested Todd’s phone to see just how much bad stuff was living on its screen. And the results (as you might expect) aren’t good!

Whoosh is available at most national retailers, including Target and the Apple Store. It’s also available online at Amazon or direct from the Whoosh website.

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central for the TechPodcast Network.

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Robot Underpants: 01.21.15 (185) “This Week in Space”

Baron Mat “Langley” Luschek, “Starman” Michael Gaines and Kathy Hopkins bring you the only things you’ll ever need to know.. from the past week, including: Star Wars news, Star Trek news, Space news, and more!

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Atmel Brings IoT and Innovative Car Products to CES

Atmel logoAtmel is a Silicon Valley company that specializes in semiconductors, specifically microcontroller, touch, wireless, security and automotive products . Atmel brought many of its new concepts to CES 2015.

Marlo talks to Atmel Senior Vice President and General Manager of Automotive, Aerospace and Memory Business Units Rob Valiton about the company and what they were showcasing at the show.

  • The “Powered by Atmel” zone showcased the company’s core products including semiconductors and microcontrollers. This zone gave convention goers a chance to see how Atmel’s products are being used by its customers.
  • The smart living/IoT zone was all about connected devices.
  • The automotive zone showed off Atmel’s offerings for the car, including its AvantCar system. AvantCar features a curved touchscreen that give drivers and passengers individual access to apps.
  • Atmel’s maker zone demonstrated ways to use Atmel’s products within your own designs.

As consumers we often forget that great companies out there provide many of the internal components that allow incredible innovation by the OEM’s

Interview by Marlo Anderson from The Tech Ranch.

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IC Real Tech Allie Camera at CES

IC Real Tech logoWeb and IP cams are ten a penny these days, but the IC Real Tech Allie takes expectations to a whole new level with a near 720 degree field of view and the ability to stop time. Todd gets a demo from Matt on how the Allie Pro can see everything.

The Allie Pro is an IP cam with two lenses, one on the front and one on the back, that have overlapping fields of view. As result, when viewed in real-time on a tablet or smartphone, the image can be panned round in nearly 720 degrees; left-to-right, up-and-down with no blindspots. The complementary apps on both iOS and Android can either use touch or the motion sensors to move round the image. Live video is fed through but if something catches the eye, the video can be paused and the frozen image explored in more detail.

There are three models in the range, Allie Play, Home and Pro, with increasing levels of video resolution and prices to match at $399, $599 and approx $1100 for the Pro. All available in late Q1.

These cameras are awesome and I can see tremendous potential for pseudo-telepresence, perhaps combined with a simple VR setup like Google Cardboard. Turn your head, turn the view. And think of a head-mounted action cam version! Watch the video – you’ll be impressed.

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central for the TechPodcast Network.

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