GNC #1007 Comcast Ghost Writers

I am beyond blown away by the Comcast Ghost Writers scandal.. They are pretty bold and it is obvious a lot of politicians are bought and paid for by Comcast. I go off on the Ghost writing practice and a pile of other tech and science news.

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Quell Treats Chronic Pain Without Side Effects at CES

Quell logoChronic pain is a major health issue for many people. Often, the only treatment available is prescription drugs and usually, these drugs are expensive, hard to get, and they may cause bad side effects. Quell is a new product from Neurometrix that promises to help with the treatment of chronic pain by using an electric band that fits over a patient’s calf muscle.

Jamie met with Dr. Shai Gozani, CEO of Neurometrix. The two covered many of the challenges faced by chronic pain patients and how Dr. Gozani believes Quell will be able to help.

Quell is expected to hit the market in the spring and will retail for around $250. Quell users will also need to purchase disposable liners that fit between the Quell band and the leg. These liners will cost an additional $30 per month.

Interview by Jamie Davis of Health Tech Weekly for the TechPodcast Network.

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Have All of Your Devices On Hand with TechSling at CES

Techslinger logoIt’s a dilemma. What do you do when you’re on the go and you need to bring a laptop, tablet, phone and other devices with you? Or worse, what do you do if you need to put one down in a public place? These worries become things of the past with TechSling.

Jamie visited with Tresha Davis, General Manager of TechSlinger, the makers of TechSling. Tresha explained that TechSling is used by people in many industries. Specifically, she explained how restaurant servers use the TechSling Side Order product to work with tablets as table side POS units.

There are many variations of the TechSling, and they’re all affordably priced, ranging from $35 to $69.95, depending on the model. TechSling is available for purchase directly from the manufacturer’s website.

Interview by Jamie Davis of Health Tech Weekly for the TechPodcast Network.

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Vigilant Has Award-Winning Healthcare Products at CES

Vigilant logoPersonal healthcare technology has evolved a lot in recent years. But most of that technology is still limited to tracking things like calories and exercise. For some users, that may be enough. But for others, especially those dealing with chronic illnesses, the need is greater.

Jamie stopped by the Vigilant booth and talked to the company’s CEO, Richard Binier. There, Richard and Jamie discussed Vigilant’s award-winning Bee, a Bluetooth-enabled product that works as an add-on to a patient’s existing diabetes pen. Bee automatically sends insulin readings and other data directly to the patient’s smartphone where it can be tracked in an electronic log.

Vigilant also had its new VigiPen on display. VigiPen is an all-in-one diabetes pen and Bluetooth tracker. While Bee is currently available for purchase, VigiPen is still undergoing testing with the FDA.

Interview by Jamie Davis of Health Tech Weekly for the TechPodcast Network.

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Zolt Charger Plus Is Ready For Your Power-Hungry Devices at CES

Zolt logoRemember a time when all you needed to worry about was keeping the battery in your laptop charged? Now, there’s the laptop battery, smartphone, Bluetooth headset, camera… the list goes on. What to do when you’re on the go and all of these devices start giving the low-battery warning? Plug those power-hungry monsters into the new Charger Plus from Zolt.

Chris had a chance to speak with Steve Gibson from Zolt. Steve explained how Charger Plus can be used to charge a laptop computer, using a special USB cable plugged into the top USB port of the charger, leaving the second port free to charge another device. Charger Plus will ship with adapters that work with most of the popular laptops on the market. (A special adapter for MacBooks will be sold separately.)

Charger Plus is available for preorder now at $79.99. It will have a full retail release early summer at $99.99.

Interview by Chris Davis for the TechPodcast Network.

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Kodak PixPro SP360 Brings The Complete Image to CES

Kodak logoWe humans have been capturing the events of our lives thru the camera lens for nearly two centuries. But there’s always been one problem: How can we record the action around us and still be photographed as part of that action? The folks at JK Imaging may have a solution. Marlo talked to Paul Meyhoefer, Vice President of JK Imaging, as Paul showed off the new Kodak PixPro SP360 camera.

The SP360 gives its big selling point away right there in the name, as the camera records a 360-degree view around itself. No more will it be necessary for a camera operator to stand behind a viewfinder and thus, be left out of the action.

The PixPro SP360 works with both Android and iOS, and the photos/videos captured by SP360 can also be exported to a computer for further manipulation. There’s also a range of mounting kits for the SP360 so the camera can be used in rugged outdoor environments or even underwater.

Interview by Marlo Anderson from The Tech Ranch.

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Roku TV is Just $299 for a Limited Time

ROKU LogoThose of you who have been considering buying the Roku TV might want to purchase it soon. It is currently being sold for $299.99 on Amazon.com The Amazon details note that you will save $50.00 off the original price. The lower price is being offered “for a limited time”.

The TCL 40FS4610R 40-inch 1080p-Smart LED TV (or “Roku TV) has a native refresh rate of 60Hz and an effective Clear Motion Rate of 120. Its inputs include 3 HDMI, 1 USB, composite, headphone jack, and optical audio out. The Roku TV comes with a remote (that has batteries in it) and a detachable power cord. The product dimensions are 36.5 x 7 x 23 inches and it weights 22 pounds.

Roku is also having a contest called “Roku Resolutions Sweepstakes New Year, new You!” To enter the contest, you must visit Roku’s Facebook page.

Choose one of the prizes that is being offered. They include: Roku Streaming Stick (HDMI Version), 1 year membership of CosmoBody and 1 hour virtual training session, FOX prize pack (includes a Fitbit Flex,American Idol tumbler, t-shirts with logos of FOX shows on them), Nat Geo TV prize pack (GoProHero, Eddie Bauer Weather Jacket), a one year membership of DailyBurn Video Workouts (and 1 on 1 coaching), a 60-day membership of DailyBurn Video Workouts (and 1 on 1 coaching) or a one year subscription to Gaiam TV (and a yoga mat). Pick your prize before February 6, 2015. A total of 21 Grand Prize winners will be randomly selected. More details can be found in the Official Rules.

Those of you who are fans of FOX NOW have another reason to check out Roku. As of January 13, 2015, DirecTV customers can add FOX NOW to their Roku player or Roku TV. In other words, Roku is providing an option for people who were annoyed by the Fox/DirecTV contract dispute.

Velodyne LiDAR at CES

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Lidar is a version of radar that uses laser light rather than radio waves to measure distance and although it may seem like a new technology, it’s been around since the 60s. It’s come to greater prominence recently as it’s been used as one of the sensing technologies both for 3D mapping and driverless vehicles. Jamie and Todd find out more about lidar from Wolfgang Juchmann, Director of Sales and Marketing at Velodyne LiDAR.

Velodyne LiDAR has been one of the leading companies developing lidar technology, bringing down both the size and price of the lidar units over the past ten years. What previously was the size of a dustbin, costing $80,000, is now the size of a large food tin and costs $8,000. As sizes and prices fall, the cost and practicality of autonomous vehicles becomes more feasible, with lidar building high resolution 3D maps of the world around the car. The on-board computer can use the 3D information to tell the difference between cyclists and buildings, and drive the car on the road avoiding other road users.

Interview by Jamie Davies of Health Tech Weekly and Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central for the TechPodcast Network.

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ShotTracker Basketball Performance at CES

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Sports such as running and cycling have been well supplied for several years with monitoring and tracking devices to record and improve performance. At this year’s CES, several other sports have become connected, including tennis with the Babolat Play racket and here basketball with the ShotTracker. Jamie and Todd chat to Davyeon Ross, Co-Founder of ShotTracker.

ShotTracker is made of 3 components: a wrist sensor, a net sensor and the ShotTracker App. The wrist sensor and net sensor work together to track shots: when a player shoots, the wrist sensor sends a signal that a shot was attempted and the net sensor sends a signal indicating if the ball made it into the basket. Both signals are sent to the mobile device via Bluetooth where the ShotTracker app keeps track of the player’s shooting stats. The wrist sensor fits into sweat band or sleeve to go on the player and the net sensor clips onto the net.

The app shows statistics (shots, makes and misses), gives workouts and helps identify on-court weaknesses. Data from multiple ShotTrackers can be aggregated into a coaching version of the ShotTracker app, giving a team view. The app is available for both iOS and Android.

The ShotTracker starter kit is on sale now for $149 from the store.

Interview by Jamie Davies of Health Tech Weekly andTodd Cochrane of Geek News Central for the TechPodcast Network.

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Upp Fuel Cell at CES

Beupp LogoWhile USB battery packs are ubiquitous, they’re only any good if there’s somewhere to charge the battery pack in the first place. If there’s no electrical supply, options can be limited but with Intelligent Energy‘s new hydrogen fuel cell, Upp, there’s one more option available. Todd and Jamie get enthused with Julian Hughes of Intelligent Energy.

The Upp fuel call consists of a hydrogen micro generator and reusable fuel cartridge. One fuel cartridge gives approximately five full smartphone charges and is approved for carriage in aircraft. Each cartridge has a shelf-life of nine years, making it perfect for storage for emergencies. As it’s a fuel cell, not a battery, it doesn’t need charged from the electricity. Once turned on, the Upp with power devices at 1A via a full size USB port.

When spent the fuel cartridges can be recharged with hydrogen and extra cartridges can prolong time off grid. It’s perfect for those on long hiking trips or for those involved in emergency disaster relief.

The Upp is available in the UK for £149 including one cartridge. Additional cartridges are £49 and recharges costs £5.95. The Upp is expected to come to the US later in the year.

Interview by Jamie Davies of Health Tech Weekly and Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central for the TechPodcast Network.

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