Allison interviews Dave Marsh from Cobra about their new automobile backup camera. Corbra’s backup cam is integrated into a license plate frame that you can easily install yourself with no wires. The camera sends rear facing video directly to your Apple or Android smartphone when the accompanying Cobra app is installed. The backup camera video is quickly activated on your smartphone by pressing a button on a remote provided by Cobra. The Cobra backup camera will be available in April 2017. The setting is the CES Unveiled show floor.
Allison interviews James Packer from CrazyBaby about their new Mars bluetooth speaker. The Mars speaker is comprised of a bass unit (Mars Base) and is topped off with a levitating tweeter (Mars Craft). The Mars Base includes a 3-3/4 inch low frequency driver and the Mars Craft sports a 1-3/4 inch driver for mid and high frequencies. The Mars speaker uses CSR aptX loss-free transmission to produce high quality audio. It can be controlled through voice with a mic on the unit or through the crazy baby app available on iOS and Android. The setting is the CES Unveiled show floor.
Allison interviews Heather Wajer from Whistle about their new GPS pet tracker and activity monitor device. Whistle is a small device that fits on your pet’s collar and is both GPS and cell enabled. Using the device coupled with the Whistle mobile app, you can track your pet’s location and monitor their activity from any location. You can also set up a Whistle zone by choosing your home or other safe area and receive an alert whenever your pet leaves that area so you can begin tracking them on the Whistle map. The setting is the Pepcom Digital Experience show floor in Las Vegas.
Allison interviews Kristy Burns from Willow about their innovative breast pump. Willow is the only wearable breast pump that fits in your bra, moves with you, and is easy to take with you. Willow tucks inside your bra and works quietly while you go about your day, allowing you to pump without the need for a private place. The pump’s smart design is augmented by Willow’s milk-tracking app. The Willow breast pump will be available in the spring of 2017. The setting is the Pepcom Digital Experience show floor.
It’s a fun-filled episode this week with interviews from CES with Synology, Satechi, Elgato and iDevices. Sprinkled in between I’ve got a review of an app for Apple Watch called Workouts++, and an app called Cascable that will let you do more to control your WiFi-enabled camera.
If you’ve got a relatively recent DSLR or Micro Four Thirds camera, you’ve probably got built-in WiFi. This feature is pretty cool. It allows you to connect your phone to the camera’s WiFi and then download the images. Maybe your manufacturer even lets you remotely control the camera. I’ve got the Olympus E-M10 and this feature has allowed me to capture better images and yet also post the pictures to social media nearly as quickly as those posting from their phones’ cameras.
As cool as this feature is, there are a couple of downsides. Most cameras (possibly all) will not let you view or transfer RAW photos. You either have to shoot RAW + JPG or you have to convert the images in-camera to JPG before getting to play with them. Some manufacturer’s software will let you view and download RAW images, but what you don’t realize is that it’s actually converting them to JPG before it does that. A recent update to the Olympus Share software now lets me view RAW images but I tested the download and it was a JPG upon arrival.
My E-M10 has a dedicated app and the remote control capabilities are pretty cool. I can change white balance, exposure and more. But there are a few things that I can’t do with it, notably have fine control over bracketed shooting, doing time-lapse photography and more.
Now that I’ve set the stage (or perhaps we could call it “the problem to be solved”), I’d like to tell you about an app called Cascable from cascable.se that might be a one-stop shopping app to download RAW photos, provide more advanced remote control of your camera and a lot more.
Allison and I got an up-close view of Faraday’s FF91 through one of the engineers who helped designed the car. The FF91 was unveiled at CES 2017 in Las Vegas. Here’s a short video of some exterior views of the FF91 and below are some of the car’s specs:
Allison interviews Sierra Coughlin from iDevices about their range of new home automation products. Sierra focuses on the Instant Switch which is a bluetooth remote light switch. The Instant Switch wirelessly controls any existing iDevices switched product and is HomeKit compatible. The setting is the CES Unveiled show floor.
Allison interviews Christopher Neal from Elgato about their Eve series of wireless indoor and outdoor sensors and controllers. These devices include window/door sensing, motion sensing, indoor and outdoor environmental sensing/control and irrigation sensing/control. All Eve devices can be monitored and controlled though the iOS Eve app. Elgato Eve devices are HomeKit enabled and they interoperate with hubs and products from other companies. The setting is the CES Conference show floor.
Allison interviews Alan Jacobson from Satechi about a range of products all matched to the colors and finishes of Apple’s MacBook, MacBook Pro and iPhone. Alan described a power strip, dock, headphones, headphone stand, Apple Watch charging stand, numeric keypad, mousepad, laptop stand, USB-C disk enclosure, magnetic phone mount and bluetooth presenter, all offered in aluminum, space gray, gold and rose gold colors. The setting is the CES Conference show floor.