The Automotive Future by Valeo

Valeo LogoFew outside of the automotive industry will have heard of Valeo but the company is one of the world’s leading suppliers to car manufacturers, with over 78,000 employees in 29 countries and nearly $14 billion in sales. Customers include Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Nissan, Hyundai and Aston Martin, to name but a few. Jamie chats with Guillaume Devauchelle, VP Valeo, to understand the automotive industry’s direction of travel.

While autonomous cars are stealing the headlines on nearly a daily basis, the reality is that a self-driving car isn’t going to be bought off the dealer forecourt overnight. It’s going to be a gradual introduction of technology over time, each taking a step towards the final goal. Cruise control has been standard for years, and adaptive cruise control with lane departure warning is available on high-end vehicles now. Imagine the next step will be autonomous driving on freeways to prove the technology. Then the self-drive will work with two way traffic, pedestrians and cyclists, and in a final leap, driverless cars will be permitted.

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

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Gymwatch Measures Strength And Motion At CES

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Exercise is great, but knowing the specifics about your workout performance and progress can make your fitness regime even more successful.

Don got to talk with Fabian Walke, CEO of Gymwatch, about his company’s product. The Gymwatch is a fitness tracking wristband that monitors your workout performance, tracks your progress over time, and much more.

Gymwatch connects via Bluetooth to your smartphone or tablet so you can monitor your progress on the companion app. One of the coolest features of the Gymwatch is that it senses when you’re doing an exercise wrong and shows you via the app how to do it correctly. With over 900 weight-lifting and strength-training exercises and weekly software updates, Gymwatch will help you achieve your fitness goals in no time.

Gymwatch is available now on the Gymwatch website or Amazon for $199.

Interview by Don Baine, the Gadget Professor.

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Child Angel Brings Peace of Mind to CES

ChildAngel thumbIt’s every parent’s nightmare scenario. You turn away from your child in a public place only to turn back and see your child is gone. That’s exactly what happened to Andrew Purcell, CEO of Child Angel. Fortunately for Andrew, his child was found quickly and without incident. But the experience gave him the inspiration to create Child Angel, a GPS-enabled tracking bracelet for children (or any loved one you might want to keep track of).

Scott talked to Andrew at the Child Angel booth. Andrew explained that Child Angel is a bracelet designed to be comfortably worn by children of all ages. Child Angel uses GPS to track the location of its wearer and it can transmit data over either Wi-Fi or GSM. Child Angel bracelets themselves can be customized to change the look, making them more appealing to children as an everyday wearable. Also, Child Angel will send a notification to a parent’s smartphone anytime the bracelet strap is undone. If a child is lost or feels endangered, this system could easily be used to send a signal back to the parent.

Interview by Scott of F5 Live: Refreshing Technology for the TechPodcast Network.

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Never Lose Your Bike Again with Connected Cycle at CES

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We hear a lot about connected cars at CES. But what about other modes of transportation? Many people still use bicycles every day, either as a main mode of travel or as a supplement to driving or public transit. And while the car has seemingly become smarter over the years, the bicycle has stayed virtually the same. All of that will change with the new Connected Cycle.

Scott caught up with Christian at the Connected Cycle booth. Christian explained how Connected Cycle uses a “smart pedal” design that can be attached to any bicycle. Connected Cycle can track the usual statistics of a bike ride; speed, distance traveled, calories burned. But it can also send notifications to a user’s smartphone if their bike has been moved while the bike owner is away. Connected Cycle has its own onboard Internet connection, so it’s not reliant on a user’s smartphone to send these types of alerts. Also, Connected Cycle is fully autonomous. It recharges itself using the motion of the bicycle. There’s no need to worry about recharging a Connected Cycle pedal.

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Crosley is Bringing Vinyl back to CES

Crosley logoCrosley is an original consumer-electronics brand. Founded in the 1920’s, Crosley was the first company to bring mass-market radios into the living room. While much has changed over the years, Crosley is staying true to its roots by offering vintage-style electronics with a contemporary twist.

Nick spoke to Ty from Crosley. Ty explained how Crosley is updating the vinyl record player to meet the demands of modern users. In the old days, if you wanted to play vinyl albums, you needed a component turntable with a fancy sound system. But that kind of setup doesn’t really fit with current consumer trends. That’s where Crosley’s Cruiser line of record players comes in. The Cruiser is an all-in-one design, with built-in speakers, that make listening to records as simple as plugging an electrical cord into the wall.

Interview by Nick DiMeo of F5 Live: Refreshing Technology for the TechPodcast Network.

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BeWell Brings Smart Thermometers And More To CES

bewell When you’re under the weather, it can be a pain to get up and go to the doctor’s office. Wouldn’t it be great if you could do a basic check-up from the comfort of your own home? BeWell Connect, a division of Visiomed, is a brand that’s dedicated to helping you do just that.

Jamie talked to Dr. Francois Teboul, Medical Director at Visiomed, about one of several new products his company debuted at CES this year– the ThermoFlash thermometer. The ThermoFlash thermometer allows you to take someone’s temperature without having to touch them and risk catching their illness yourself. Just place the thermometer over your temple and it will read your temperature and compare it with the temperature of the atmosphere around you to give an accurate reading.

The $100 connected ThermoFlash device can connect to your smartphone to give you more information and advice with the accompanying app. A non-connected version is also available for $60-70. The ThermoFlash and many other healthcare devices can be found at BeWell’s website.

Interview by Jamie Davis of Health Tech Weekly.

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K-Board Portable Keyboard at CES

Keith McMillen Music LogoAlthough my musical talent at the piano only extends to a fumble-fingered Frère Jacques, on-the-go creative types will be interested in the K-Board from Keith McMillen Instruments. Jamie Davis tinkles the metaphorical ivories with Jon Short, VP of Sales.

The K-Board is a portable keyboard for composers and artists who typically work with Garageband or other software for musical composition, connecting to the tablet via USB. Unlike many other mini piano keyboards, the K-Board has soft silicone pressure-sensitive pads for keys and buttons, allowing greater feeling to be expressed by the musician. The K-Board is very robust as well – watch the YouTube videos – and can be thrown into backpacks without a second thought.

The K-Board is available now with an RRP of $99 but it can be found cheaper online.

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

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Rotimatic Robot Roti Maker at CES

Rotimatic LogoFlatbreads are a staple in diets the world over – Italian foccacias, Greek pittas, Mexican tortillas. From India comes rotis, sometimes known as chapatis, which are traditionally made fresh, often taking an hour every day. If you haven’t guessed from the name, the Rotimatic automates the making and baking of rotis. Jamie Davis chats with Aman Pratap  from Zimplistic on this labour-saving device.

The Rotimatic makes fresh rotis and wraps from ingredients loaded into the top of the machine. It mixes the ingredients to a recipe and then cooks them, producing one roti a minute and 20 rotis from one load of ingredients. Roti thickness and browning level can be set on the machine itself, with recipes adjusted to personal preferences and downloaded to the Rotimatic.

The first set of pre-orders is sold out at $599, though you can sign up at their website to be notified when the next batch is released.

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

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Denon Brings Innovative new Professional-Grade Gear to CES

Denon logoNo doubt there’s a big focus on consumer-focused products at CES. But there’s still much to be found at the show that’s specifically aimed towards professionals. Denon is a great example of one company that’s not here to sell wearables or kids’ toys.

Nick caught up with Eric from Denon. Eric demonstrated several of Denon’s new products that are specifically designed for use by audio-video integrators. The first is the Solutions series bluetooth-enabled receiver. It’s a box that transmits audio via bluetooth and can easily be integrated into a pro-grade sound system.

Next up is the Denon Envoy, a 360-watt chargeable PA speaker that comes loaded with different input options. Envoy can stream audio from a bluetooth-connected smartphone, it can play media from a built-in SD card slot or it can be connected to a standard external mixer. Envoy’s battery will run for up to 12 hours on one charge.

The last piece of gear in the demonstration is the DN300Z rack-mountable media player. This device is designed to play any type of media a user might have on hand. It’ll play CD’s, bluetooth streams, files from SD cards or USB sticks, even AM/FM radio. This unit would work great in situations where it’s necessary to play back multiple media formats in a hurry.

Interview by Nick DiMeo of F5 Live: Refreshing Technology for the TechPodcast Network.

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Immersis Takes Gaming to Another Level at CES

Immersis logoVideo games have come a long way since the days of blocky bits bouncing ’round on a TV set. The unrealized dream of gaming has always been to transport the player to worlds otherwise unreachable in reality. And while gaming sound and graphics have improved dramatically, those improvements are still stuck on a flat, two-dimensional screen. French developers Immersis are working on a new projector system that brings gaming environments out of that two-dimensional state and into an entire room.

Scott spoke with Daniel from Immersis. Daniel showed off a miniature mockup of the full-sized Immersis projector and he explained that the Immersis system will consist of the full-sized version of their special HD protector that’ll work with either a console gaming system or PC to project the gaming environment onto all of the walls surrounding a player, putting that player right in the center of the action.

Immersis is launching the product thru Kickstarter and the company has already reached its goal of raising $100,000 thru the crowdfunding platform. Daniel believes that Immersis will be able to bring the projector to market by November of this year and that the retail price will be $2500.00.

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