Allison interviews Raja Jasti from Ziro about their new robotics kit designed for kids. The purpose is to make robotics simple and fun while allowing kids to be creative. The kit comes with a smart glove, wireless motors and a mobile app. The app allows kids to visually program their robot and control it with the smart glove. Ziro will be available via on-line retail “soon” and in physical retail stores by the holiday season of 2017. The setting is the ShowStoppers show floor.
Allison interviews Colleen Hattler and Julia Maher from Fisher-Price about their new Smart Cycle for kids. The Smart Cycle is designed to help kids learn while being active. It’s a stationary bike, a learning center, and an arcade game system all rolled into one. Smart Cycle plugs into your TV, ready to take kids on learning adventures. As they pedal, favorite character friends guide them through learning discoveries, games, and even exciting races. The Smart Cycle will begin appearing in stores in June/July of 2017. The setting is the Pepcom Digital Experience show floor.
This weeks’ show features interviews from CES with Oticon about their connected hearing aid, ShadeCraft and their Sunflower autonomous robotic shade, Ring (the makers of the video doorbell) about their Floodlight Cam and their Stickup Cam, and Whoosh!, an anti-microbial screen treatment system. I’ll also tell you the tale of how Steve and I didn’t believe Chris Ashley and Dave Hamilton when they said buying all new TiVos would actually save us money.
Do you ever have a friend tell you about something and you just nod politely and not check it out? Then another friend of yours tells you the same thing, but you don’t listen to them either? Finally you check it out and you realize they were right and it is as AMAZING as they said?
“You should try a password manager!” “Offsite backups are easy now!” “You should try a Mac!”
You heard all of these things and ignored them until you finally listened and gave them a try. Well my example is about the new crop of TiVos. Chris Ashley on the SMR Podcast talked over a year ago about how he saved a bundle of money by upgrading his TiVos. Then Dave Hamilton of the Mac Geek Gab said the same thing. In my head I thought, “oh sure, this is too good to be true.” But it turns out they were right. I’ll explain more as I walk through the problem Steve and I were trying to solve and how we finally “got” what they were trying to tell us. Continue reading “TiVo + MoCA Can’t Possibly Work, Can It?”
Allison interviews Dr. W. Curtis White from Whoosh! about their tech hygiene products for screens. Whoosh! provides a screen cleaning product that disinfects a device’s screen and makes it resistant to future fingerprints. They also provide an antimicrobial treatment that preserves the cleaned surface for 24 hours. Finally Whoosh! offers a treatment that makes screen protectors more resilient to impact, reducing nicks and scratches. Whoosh! products are safe to the machine, the environment and people. The setting is the CES Conference show floor.
Allison interviews Jamie Siminoff, CEO of Ring, about their new Floodlight and Stick Up cameras. The Floodlight Cam replaces the traditional motion detection floodlight but adds a security camera and two-way talk capability. The Stick Up Cam lets you hear and speak with anyone on your property and is battery powered with an optional solar panel. The Stick Up Cam is available now and the Floodlight Cam begins shipping in April 2017. The setting is the Pepcom Digital Experience show floor.
Steve and I had the great pleasure of meeting Joe Dugandzic in the Home Automation pavilion at CES and I was lucky enough to get him on as a guest for Chit Chat Across the Pond. Joe runs the website and YouTube channel Smarter Home Life at smarterhomelife.com and youtube.com/smarterhomelife, We talked about the complexities of Home Automation today, predictions about who the winners might be as the industry consolidates, and some of the coolest Home Automation ideas he saw at CES. Joe is definitely our people – he’s enthusiastic, loves tech, and has a gift for simplifying tech for average consumers. His videos are amazing so go check them out (when you’re done listening to Chit Chat Across the Pond of course!)
Allison interviews Armen Gharabegian from Shadecraft about their new autonomous robotic shade called the Sunflower. This novel shade tracks the sun to keep a desired spot shaded throughout the day. The Sunflower connects you to the IoT and the smart home ecosystem from the outdoors. The Sunflower is solar powered and includes an integrated camera for security and image capturing, controlled lighting, speaker system, and charging capability. The setting is the CES Unveiled show floor.
Allison interviews Michael Porsbo from Oticon about their new line of hearing aids. Opn hearing aids are connected to the internet for ease of use and higher levels of automation and notification. Additional functionality is provided by the If This Then That (IFTTT) service to integrate with Oticon and other services. The setting is the CES Conference show floor.
It’s an action-packed show this week. I recommend listening to the latest SMR Podcast, not just because I’m on but because it’s a fantastic episode. We’ve got interviews with Willow about their wearable breast pump, Whistle’s pet tracker and activity monitor, CrazyBaby’s levitating speaker called Mars, Cobra’s wireless backup camera on a license plate frame, and we’ve got a Dumb Question Corner from Uncle Bob about VPNs and secure messaging services. Bart brings us up to date with another segment of Security Bits.