Switch Lighting LED Lamps

Switch Lighting Co.LED lamps are undoubtedly one of the most energy efficient ways of producing light, but even then the conversion from household AC to low voltage DC creates extra heat that needs to be dissipated. Switch Lighting Co have developed a technique that not only keeps the lamps cool but provides are more natural diffuse light. Todd and Don are illuminated by Gary Rosenfield from Switch Lighting.

Switch’s Infinia lamps are filled with a liquid silicone solution that distributes waste heat throughout the bulb, letting heat leave from a larger surface area. The warm white (2700 K) light is diffused over 300 degrees as well and the lamps can directly replace traditional 40W and 60W bulbs with equivalent Infinia bulbs of only 10W and 6W. The lamps are on-sale now with the 60W bulb available for around US$15 from good retailers nationwide.

Interview by Don Baine, the Gadget Professor and Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central for the TechPodcast Network.

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Vivitar Camelio Tablets

Vivitar LogoJill Larson from Vivitar shows off their family-friendly 7″ Android tablet to Don and Todd, explaining what makes Vivitar’s offering compelling in an otherwise crowded market.

The 7″ Android tablet has been a massive success with almost every tech company getting in on the action. Vivitar’s Camelio is aimed squarely at families and its unique selling point is “personality packs” which are based on cartoon characters and other favourites, such as Hello Kitty, Monster High, Hot Wheels and WWE. The pack includes a themed bumper case as well as customised wallpapers, widgets and lock screens. Spec-wise, the 2014 Camelio seems to be middle of the road with Kit-Kat, dual-core processor and 8 GB RAM. As the MSRP is only $99.99, much of this is forgiven. An even smaller screened version is on its way as well, the Camelio Mini, with a 4.3″ screen and it will interesting to see how well that succeeds. Both versions are expected in July: keep your eye on www.cameliotablet.com.

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iSmartAlarm at CES

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Don Bain and Todd Cochrane inteviewed Zac Sutton of iSmartAlarm about their home security system, called CubeOne, at the broadcast booth for CES 2014.

The iSmartAlarm system plugs into your router and all of the remote sensors communicate with the CubeOne box which syncs with the cloud and an iOS (or Android) app to give you a security system that is infinitely customizable.  Sensors and controls that can be hooked to the system include Remote Switches, Streaming Cameras, Door and Window Sensors, and motion sensors.  The system can be controlled by a web interface, App or a remote control.

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The iSmartAlarm system is available now for $349 for the Premium Package and $199 for the Prefered Package.  For more information or to buy, see iSmartAlarm.com

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central for the TechPodcast Network and Don Baine, the Gadget Professor.

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Brookstone wants to help make your mixed drinks

brookstoneTodd stopped by the Brookstone booth to show off Perfect Drink App-Controlled Smart Bartending, a product he actually uses himself. With that disclaimer out of the way, here’s what it is.

Essentially, this is a food scale with a 1/8-inch jack that plugs into an iPad. It then utilises an app that allows the user to begin mixing ingredients from the many recipes available to make a mixed drink exactly right. You can even enter in the contents of your cabinet and the app will offer suggestions of drinks that you’re able to make based on that data. It’s available now and retails for $69. Find out more at Brookstone.

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

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QisDesign Designer Lighting from BenQ

QisDesignBenQ aren’t really known for their designer lighting but this is what Bob Wudeck brought along to Don and Todd at CES. BenQ has a range of about forty different lights and lamps sold under the QisDesign brand, and on show is a beautiful flexible table LED lamp. Inspired by the human spine, the Hatha LED table lamp won a series of design awards, including a Red Dot Design Award in 2012. It’s definitely designer lighting with a ticket of price of $450 and this is one of the cheaper ones!

BenQMore ordinarily for CES, Bob also brought along a BenQ GP20 projector. This 700 lumen HD projector is designed for cord-cutters and watching video rather than execs and Powerpoint slides. The HDMI input is ideal for connecting up a Roku for Netflix viewing and it’s quite portable at only 22 x 62 x 18 cm. Bob says in the video that it’s only 720p, but the specs at BenQ say 1080p; worth clarifying before shelling out around $700. It’s a nice little unit.

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Velodyne Lidar for Driverless Cars (and other things) at CES

HDL_pageheaderTodd and Don interviewed David Oroshnik from Velodyne about their lidar systems.

The lidar system David demonstrated has 32 infrared beams that can see 360 degrees from the spinning sensor and 10 degrees up and 30 degrees down for a 40 degree field of view.  These sensors are used in self-driving cars and mapping applications.

Velodyne Lidar sensors are not available to the public and, as David said, would cost as much as the car does right now. Look for Velodyne Lidar sensors to become part of future consumer products.

For more information see VelodyneLidar.com

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Singing Machine Bluetooth Speaker and Karaoke Machine

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Todd interviewed Kristen from The Singing Machine Company about their new Bluetooth Speaker and Karaoke Machine at Digital Experience during CES 2014.

The Singing Machine turns your Laptop, iOS device and TV into a Karaoke system that has Access to over 8000 HD Karaoke videos that can be streamed to your TV on demand.  It also acts as a standard bluetooth speaker for times you just want to listen to music.  The wireless remote also acts as the microphone.

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The singing machine is available now at Costco.com, Walmart.com and Bestbuy.com for $299.  For more information see: https://home.singingmachine.com/

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YourKarma Wifi Hotspot at CES

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Todd interviewed Robert from YourKarma about their Karma Wifi hotspot device at CES.  The Karma device is a pay as you go wifi device that lets you buy and use your data as you need it.  It costs $14 per 1 gb of data with no other fees.  Use it when you want and it never expires.  You can even earn more data when a new person uses your Karma Wifi.  Earn 100mb of free data for sharing each time.

This device would be real handy for someone that only uses it once in a while and doesn’t want a monthly fee.  It is also priced so that the heavy user can use it and not blow the budget.

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The Karma Wifi hotspot is available for $99 at yourkarma.com

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Tracking Point Smart Rifle AR-15’s at CES Showstoppers

TPLogoTodd Cochrane interviewed Oren from Tracking point about their new AR-15 based smart rifle.

TrackingPoint™, creator of the world’s first  Precision Guided Firearm (PGF) system, announced the debut of the TrackingPoint 500 Series ARs for the modern sporting rifle market.

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The three PGF rifles are offered in 7.62, .300 BLK and 5.56 calibers, incorporate the company’s Tag Track Xact technology, accurately locking onto and hitting moving targets at distances up to 500 yards.

TP AR Networked TrackingScope Specs

  • Max Target Velocity – 10 mph
  • Magnification – 2-12x
  • Objective lens – 25mm
  • Laser Range Finder – 750 yards
  • WIFi – 802.11g
  • Display – 800×600 LCD
  • Image Sensor – 14.6 Mpixel CMOS
  • TTX Range – 500 yards
  • Operating Temperature Range –  -20C to 50C
  • Barrel Reference System Laser – 650 nm
  • Microphone Sensitivity – Whisper
  • Battery Type –  Li Ion

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Introductory pricing of the 500 Series models begin at $9,950. Orders are currently being taken for TrackingPoint AR products, with delivery starting in October, 2014.   You can apply to purchase the new product at tracking-point.com/apply-now

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