Robot Underpants: 02.25.15 (190) “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”

Baron Mat “Langley” Luschek, “Starman” Michael Gaines, Kathy Hopkins and “Karaoke” Bob bring you this week’s latest and greatest, including: Cleveland Comic Con review, Lou Ferrigno interview, Aquaman news, Alien news, Power Rangers short film, Oscars, new Duck Tales, new Pee Wee Herman movie, and more!

Interview with Lou Ferrigno
Karen Gillan Clip
Bruce Campbell Clip
Corey Feldman Clip
Billy Boyd and Graham McTavish Clip

Cleveland Comic Con

Power/Rangers
Aquaman
E Kiss
Alien Movie News
Jeb Bush’s Frank Zappa Wedding Photos

Voiceboard Brings Interactive Presentations to CES

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Technology is changing the way we live, communicate, and work. Innovations in smart technology are making collaboration with coworkers easier and more effective than ever, and Voiceboard is great example of how technology is changing the world for the better.

Scott talked with Nigel Sharp from Lionsharp, Inc. about their latest product, an interactive presentation technology called Voiceboard. With both voice and gesture control, Voiceboard’s innovative application enhances your office presentations and allows you to manage slideshows, display web pages, play videos, and much more.

Voiceboard is available for purchase at www.voiceboard.info for $599, or search for “Voiceboard” on Kickstarter.

Interview by Scott Ertz of F5 Live.

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Stay Hydrated with H2OPal at CES

h2opal logoStaying hydrated is key for maintaining a good baseline of personal health. But do we really know how much water we’re taking in every day? Sure, many fitness-tracking apps will let us log how much water we’ve had, but they rely on manual input, and it’s not always easy to remember just how many trips we’ve taken to the water cooler on any given day.

Jamie met up with Matej Marjanovic, cofounder of H2oPal, a device that attaches to any water bottle and tracks water consumption. H2oPal then automatically sends that information to a smartphone app so there’s no guesswork as to just how much water has been consumed throughout the day.

H2oPal is currently available for preorder, with an expected retail price of between $80 and $100. Matej said that customers who order early will likely be offered a discount.

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

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Robot Underpants: 01.27.15 (186) “Who Ya Gonna Call?”

Baron Mat “Langley” Luschek, “Starman” Michael Gaines, and Kathy Hopkins have everything you need to know about everything that possibly happened (of interest) this week, including: Ghostbusters news, Indiana Jones news, Apple news, Fantastic Four news, Super Bowl news, Stormageddon and more!

* Female Ghostbusters
* Indiana Jones
* Apple Earnings
* Seattle Seahawks

Robot Underpants: 01.14.15 (184) “Escape From CES”

Baron Mat “Langley” Luschek, “Starman” Michael Gaines and Kathy Hopkins bring you the latest in this week’s mind-blowing geek news, including: Kathy’s CES recap, Escape from NY news, Star Wars news, and more!

* CES Stuff
* Avatar news
* Star Wars Comic #1
* ‘Community’ to return to Yahoo Screen
* ’28 Months Later’
* Escape From NY reboot

Modern Retro

plastic seat coversHaving been born in 1955 I grew up through the plastic craze of the 1960’s. Plastic was new and fascinating. Plastic designer products of the 1960’s helped us believe that we were living in the future.

And so that brings us to products such as the Fingerhut plastic seat covers as well as plastic furniture covers. At the height of the plastic craze, it was popular to cover car seats with mail ordered plastic seat covers. They were constructed of clear plastic, and came in two designs – flat or a sort of raised diamond plate bubble design. For whatever reason, the diamond plate bubble design seemed to be the most popular, and that is what my parents had.

sofa-plastic-coverWhen my younger brothers and I would sleep while riding in the car with our faces lying against the seat, we would wake up, with the imprint of the diamond plate pattern on the sides of our faces. The plastic seat covers grew very hot and pliable in the summer and cold and stiff in the winter. Inevitably the plastic would become brittle, crack and tear at certain stress points, often remaining partially intact.

At the very height of the plastic craze some people also covered living room furniture with form fitting clear plastic covers. Somehow some people were convinced that the plastic cover would prevent the new furniture from becoming worn out, despite the fact that the plastic was cold and uninviting.

plastic1It’s a wonder that this plastic craze didn’t result in plastic cosmetics to help “protect” skin. I can imagine children with shining plastic covered faces.

Plastic is certainly still around, though the craze has long since dissipated. Plastic has faded into the background of our consumer lives, quietly weaved into the majority of products around us.

Fortunately the plastic seat cover idea went away. However, like a reconstituted T-2 Terminator the plastic cover is back and lives on department store shelves near you.

plastic screen protectorThe modern idea of plastic covers lurks in the 21st century in the form of useless plastic screen protectors for mobile devices. Screen protectors are a 1960’s fantastic plastic product just waiting to be applied to the screens of beloved mobile devices. And just like those plastic seat covers of the 1960’s, plastic screen protectors are of dubious value.

32 Panel Photovoltaic Installation

In Hawaii we pay the some of the highest electricity costs in the nation. My average electricity bill for the past 4 years has been around $400 a month at .36 cents per Kilowatt with a monthly usage of about 1100 Kilowatts.

Today we had 32 photovoltaic panels installed that will zero my electricity bill minus a $19.95 monthly connections fee. The Electrician comes Monday to finish it but I thought I would share what it looks like to have the equivalent of a brand new car on your roof. My total install cost was $32,387 my tax credit Federal/State will equal to $19,851.

My net investment after “tax credit” will be $12,986 with a system payback of around 32 months. If I do not factor in the tax credit my payback would be 6 years 8 months.. Considering that the system is warranted to last 25 years. My minimum 25 year savings will be $120,000 if power prices do not go up a penny.

With Federal Tax credits expiring at the end of 2016 you need to move now if you are considering solar. I really got tired of being robbed by the local utility each month.

I will follow up with some pictures after the electrician finishes and show you the meter running backwards.

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Anglepoise Type 75 Mini Desk Lamp

Anglepoise LogoThere are many products and brands that claim to be iconic but there aren’t that many with the design credentials to back up the claim. The British lighting design company Anglepoise easily falls into the iconic category with the smooth multi-angle balance mechanism from the 1930s embodied in the 1227. I’ve always wanted an Anglepoise lamp and when a Type 75 mini desk lamp appeared in Amazon’s Black Friday deals, I clicked on “Buy”. Here’s the unboxing.

Anglepoise Type 75 Box

Anglepoise Type 75 Top Box

Contrary to what the label says, there was a bulb in the box – it’s in the bubble wrap at the top right.

Type 75 Open Box

Type 75 Unassembled

Assembly is easy – pop the spigot into the base and secure with a grub screw, then hook the springs over the bars.

Type 75 Assembled

I guess these are the money shots – the balance mechanism.

Type 75 Mechanism

Anglepoise mechanism with base

Overall, I’m delighted and loving it on my desk at work. So much so, I’ve put a 1228 with a mid green shade on my wishlist but Santa will need to be especially generous this year.