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CES 2018: Velco Connected Handlebars

Allison interviews Johnny Smith from Velco about their new smart Wink handlebars. Wink Bar is the world’s first connected handlebar that you can control from your smartphone. It can be set on any bike to improve your daily rides. It features GPS-assisted navigation, geolocation of your bike in case of theft or loss and integrated headlights. Wink Bar’s embedded LED lights also indicate turns in the direction of your travel. Wink Bar won the Pepcom Launchit award for new products in 2018. The setting is Pepcom at the Mirage hotel. Learn more at https://velco.bike/wink-bar-en/

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CES 2018: Jabra Wireless Headphones

Allison interviews Claus Fonnesbech from Jabra about their wireless sports headphones. Claus discusses three earbud style wireless headphones: the Elite 65t, Elite Active 65t, and Elite Sport. The Elite 65t headphones are engineered for high-quality music listening and wireless calls while the Elite Active 65t add the environmental protections required for sports activities. The Elite Sport headphones add the ability to monitor heart rate when coupled with the Jabra Sport Life mobile app. All of these headphones fit snugly in the ear canal, aided by customizable fitting options. The Elite 65t and Elite Active 65t headphones come with a 2-year warranty while the Elite Sport come with a 3-year warranty. The setting is CES Unveiled at the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas. Learn more at https://www.jabra.com/sports-headphones/

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CES 2018: August Smart Locks

Allison interviews Lisa Auslen from August about some of their new smart locks. Lisa demonstrates how the August Smart Lock Pro can lock and unlock your door remotely, instantly track who’s coming and going, and inform you if your door is closed and locked. This intelligent lock automatically locks your door when you leave and unlocks when you arrive. It provides keyless entry for family and friends and it works with Amazon Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant. Best of all, you can keep your existing deadbolt lock and keys. The setting is Pepcom at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas. Learn more at https://august.com/keyless-entry

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NC #664 Nite Ize Taglit, Mira Ovulation, Spartan Boxers, D-Link and KRACK, Lynky Smart Home Hub, WyzeCam, TRAE Lamps

Nite Ize Taglit might save my life, CES interviews with Mira ovulation monitoring system, Spartan radiation-blocking boxer shorts, Lynky Smart Home Hub and TRAE lamps made by geeks. I also talk about my disappointment with D-Link security on the Omna Webcam and tell you about an awesome new webcam called WyzeCam that’s only $20.

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$20 WyzeCam Beats $150 D-Link Omna Webcam

Wyzecam in my hand with infrared lights lit upWhen Steve and I were at CES, we had the opportunity to hang out with fellow NosillaCastaway Joe LaGreca. While we were talking about the disappointment of the security model for D-Link and their $150 Omna webcam, he mentioned that he uses a little camera called the WyzeCam.

We were intrigued because Joe said the WyzeCam is only $20 plus $5 shipping. But how good could this camera be? Joe showed us a live erityideo feed of his kids’ playroom – and it was pretty darn good. For $20, it was amazing.

Joe cares as much about security as we do (if not more) but since a $150 HomeKit-compatible webcam from a big-name networking company doesn’t guarantee us great security, I have changed my expectations.

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CES 2018: TRAE Lamps Made by Geeks

Allison interviews Chadi Ghanem from TRAE about the new innovative lamps. Chadi describes how the TRAE team is composed of friendly design and engineering geeks with serious addictions to cool toys and new technology. TRAE has begun designing and producing unique products, starting with lamps. TRAE lamps designs are creative, simple, functional and eye-catching. An example is the cool-looking Luni LED desk lamp that is flexible like a snake and includes both a high-current USB charging port and a Qi-enabled wireless charging platform on its base. The setting is Pepcom at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas. Learn more at http://traeproducts.com/

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CES 2018: Lynky Smart Home Hub

Allison interviews Joe Dugandzic from Lynky about their new Home Intelligence Hub. Lynky is a new smart home hub with an elegant control panel for your wall or kitchen counter. If provides one simple interface to control your entire home and has a voice-activated smart speaker with Google Assistant. With Lynky, you can command all of your smart devices via touchscreen, voice or mobile app. You can create scenes and automations easily with a drag and drop builder and use the full capabilities of Google Assistant. The setting is Eureka Park at the Sands in Las Vegas. Learn more at http://lynky.com/

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D-Link’s Attention to the KRACK Vulnerability Gives Me Pause

omna webcam in my handOne of our goals in Home Automation has been to buy HomeKit-compatible devices whenever possible for security reasons. I’ve even created an elaborate network setup to isolate non-HomeKit (and Windows) devices from the rest of my gear.

Last year we bought the first HomeKit-compatible webcam, the Omna 180 Cam HD from D-Link. At $150 it wasn’t cheap but buying from a reputable company like D-Link who clearly have been in the business of network gear for ages gave us peace of mind.

The camera hasn’t been a huge success for us for a few reasons. The video isn’t as sharp as we’d expected. It was supposed to be 1080p but it’s pretty fuzzy. It doesn’t store information anywhere but on its own SD card, which might be a plus for some people but for us it limits the usefulness. It gets pretty hot which concerns us, and it is simply offline sometimes and we have to unplug it and plug it in to get it running again.

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CCATP #520 – Tom Merritt on How Social Media Makes Us Feel

Tom Merritt, host of the Daily Tech News Show along with many other fine podcasts, joins me to talk about how social media makes us feel. We talk about how we feel about pictures of food, how we curate Twitter, who in our family takes the photos, whether Instagram is a happy place, how we have real-life friends we only know online, how communities are awesome and how sometimes even Facebook is a place to share a deeply personal story. You can find links to all of Tom’s podcasts and his books at tommerritt.com and the Daily Tech News Show at dailytechnewsshow.com.

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CES 2018: Spartan Radiation-Blocking Boxer Shorts

Allison interviews Thomas Calichiama from Spartan about their innovative radiation-blocking boxer shorts. Spartan boxers shield the wearer’s reproductive organs from wireless radiation while providing comfort. Spartan WaveTech is the same technology used in space suites, incorporating pure silver fibers within the cotton of the fabric to act as a Faraday Cage. They are anti-bacterial, machine washable, and they don’t set off security screening sensors. The setting is CES Unveiled at the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas. Learn more at https://spartanunderwear.com/en/home/

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