Orb: Getting Your Media Where You Want it

Orb

Tom Newman and Jeffery Powers interviewed Joe Costello CEO of Orb. The problem that Orb is attempting to solve is how to get your digital content to your TV and your stereo system. Mr. Costello talked about three solutions that Orb has developed. The first is the Orb music, you connect the Orb device to your receiver or speakers. Run the Orb Caster on your PC or Mac and stream your music collection from your music library to the your stereo. The second is Orb TV, which attaches to your TV and captures any media from your network.

Finally the newest solution Orb BR which uses a disc you put in a media live enabled blue-ray player that is connected to the same network where your media is. All Orb devices can be controlled through a smart phone The Orb Music player is available now for $69.00 the Orb TV is $99.00, the Orb BR should ship sometime in February for $20.00. All these devices not only stream the media on your network but also online media.

Interview by Jeffrey Powers of The Geekazine Podcast. and Tom Newman of The Fogview Podcast.

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DataLocker Protecting Your Data

the DLS3 by DatalockerTodd Cochrane and Tom Newman spoke to Peter Whitman Director of Operations for DataLocker, about the importance of encrypting your data, especially when traveling. Peter Whitman talked about DataLocker newest product the DLS3. The DLS3 is an encrypted portable hard drive. It connects to your computer by USB 3.0 technology (it will work on USB 2.0) It use military grade 256 bit AES XTA mode encryption.

The DLS3 drive uses two factors of authentication a RFD card and a pass code. If someone tries to guess the code and enters the wrong code nine times the system will wipe the data. There is rapid secure wipe. It also uses keypad randomization so you can not figure out the code by lifting the fingerprints. It is platform independent so you can use with a Mac or PC. You can use is as a bootable drive and even partition it. It should be shipping in March.

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central. and Tom Newman of The Fogview Podcast.

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Icron: USB 2.0 and 3.0 Extensions

nullEsbjorn Larsen and Jeffrey Powers interviewed Robert Haefling President & CEO of Icron of USB extensions. He talked about how normal USB 2 cable can only run up to 5 with the use of Icon technology they can be extended up to 500 meters over Cat5 and 10 kilometers over fiber. He also spoke about their partnership with Intersil a company that specializes in extending USB 3.0.

Together they created a technology that will extend a combination USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 up to 20 meters over copper. He also spoke briefly about how they have successfully combined Display port technology with USB 2.0. Allowing a computer monitor to be used as a full feature docking station. You can then attach a keyboard, mouse or any other USB device directly to the monitor, while putting the computer in another room. It will be interesting to see where this technology goes.

Interview by Jeffrey Powers of The Geekazine Podcast. and Esbjorn Larsen of MrNetCast.com.

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GammaTech DuraBook Rugged Notebook

Paul Kim, VP of Marketing for GammTech demonstrates his rugged laptop to Esby and Jeffrey by giving it some abuse – you’ll have to watch the video to see what he does.

The new D12C is a 12″ convertible, being able to switch between a tablet and notebook configuration. It’s A10F-spec graded withstanding a 3ft drop and spill-resistant – it even has drainplug so that liquid can be let out of the bottom. The exterior of the case is a magnesium alloy.

GammaTech sells plenty of these to the military and the emergency services but they’re also available to consumers via BestBuy and other major stores.

Interview by Jeffrey Powers of The Geekazine Podcast and Esbjorn Larsen of MrNetCast.com.

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PureSound Technology and ClarityOne Earbuds

Todd and Tom tune into Patrick and Dean from PureSound Technology, Inc, who talk about their patented PureSound processor that will shortly be launched within their ClarityOne earbuds. Because of the processor, the earbuds can use 8 ohm impedance rather than the more usual 16 or 32 ohms, giving greater clarity and less distortion.

The range will be extended later in the year with over the ear models for professional studio use.

Available late February /early March for $140 with a 15% pre-registration discount and iTunes gift card for the first 500 orders.

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central and Tom Newman of The Fogview Podcast.

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Andrea Electronics Quality Headsets and Audio Drivers

Super Beam HeadphonesBoth Todd Cochrane and Tom Newman had fun trying out the product being shown by Roland Nutter of Andrea Electronics Andrea Electronics has been in the speech recognition market for 15 years, they make quality headsets and audio drivers. He showed off the new line of Andrea Super Beam headsets. The headsets come in two models one with earbuds and the second over the ear kind.

The idea was to eliminate the need for a microphone to be out in front of a person’s mouth. They did this by putting the microphone in the earbuds. In one mode the microphone collects only audio that is created right in front of a person mouth. The background noise is cancelled out. In this mode there are two filters. A light filter that would be useful in a coffee shop environment where there is some background noise but its not very loud. In a more noisy environment like a concert or ballgame you could use the more aggressive filter. The software you use to record, is going to be easy to use for the beginner, but highly customizable for the expert. You can use it conjunction with Skype and remove constant background noise coming in from the caller, such as the noise coming from an air conditioner.

The software works on both Macs and Windows. As you can see in the video, Tom tried the headphones out and seemed quite impressed by them. The earbuds will be $129.00 and the over the ears will be $149.00 and should be available in June.

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central. and Tom Newman of The Fogview Podcast.

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ViewSonic Shows off Its Tablets and 3D Cameras

Todd Cochrane spoke to Adam Hanin, VP Marketing Viewsonic Corp. He talked about a couple of products that ViewSonic is introducing this year. The first was the Viewpad 7 which is a 7 inch Android 2.2 Tablet. It has both a front facing and rear facing camera. The rear facing camera is in the middle. It is a wifi device, but it does have a sim card slot and if you have a sim card from a certain phone company, it can act as a phone. He also showed off the Viewpad 4 which is a 4.1 inch Android phone device. It has a Qualcom dual core processor and is very fast. It has a 5 megapixel camera and 2G of memory. it is coming in June and should be around $400.

He also showed off the Viewfun 3DSnap camera. It has dual 5-megapixel lens which permits shooting in 3D. It supports a camera resolution up to 12-megapixels in regular 2D. It has an auto-stereo screen, which allows you to take 3D pictures with out wearing the 3D glasses. The included software will convert the picture to red blue which with the included glasses allows you to view the pictures in 3D on any device. It uses a standard SD card. it will be available in Q1 2011 for around $149.99. He also quickly mentioned the Viewfun 3D Pocket which does video and stills. Which is available now for around $179.99. Finally the Viewfun 3D Pocket HD, which does 60 frames a second, 1080p, 3D video and will be available in early Q2 for around $199.99.

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central.

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Vivitek: 3D Pico Projector

Todd Cochrane spoke to Christopher Yang from Vivitek about their newest product the Qumi that uses the Pico Projector. The system can project 3D, which you can watch with active 3D glasses, or 2D up to 720P. It uses the Texas Instrument DLP processor with an HD chip set. A full projector with an LED bulb will give off from 800-1000 lumens.

This projector gives off 300 lumens and has a 2500:1 contrast ratio. It is not meant to replace a full projector, it is a great travel projector. It has a VGA, HDMI Connections, USB port, micro SD Card Input and audio-out. You can connect it to a camera, smart phone or laptop. It should be available in April or May time frame for about $499.00

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central.

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Horizon Portable Fuel Cell

Tom interviews Kyle from Horizon Fuel Cell Technology which is introducing the world’s first consumer hydrogen fuel cell to the market. It’s been a long time coming and I think we’ll see more of these over the next few years.

Marketed as a USB charger for portable electronics, the hydrogen-filled HydroStik plugs into the MiniPak (the fuel cell) and generates electricity by combining with oxygen from the environment within the fuel cell. There’s a complementary home hydrogen generator, the HydroFill, that will re-fill the HydroStiks.  The MiniPak is hand-sized and each HydroStik will be able to re-charge a smartphone a couple of times.

The system will be priced at $99 for the MiniPak and two charged HydroStiks. The ‘Stiks alone are $9.99 and the HydroFill charger is expected to be in the $150-$200 range. Available towards the end of 2011.

Interview by Tom Newman of The Fogview Podcast.

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