CES 2017: Acoustic Arts Highly Directional Speakers

Allison interviews Myriam Marcetteau from Acoustic Arts about their highly directional speakers. This specialized speaker is designed to direct sound with a very narrow beam so that only the person at which the speaker is directed hears the audio. This device has applications where individuals in public settings (such as waiting rooms, transportation, museums and commercial centers) would like listen to audio without distracting others. The setting is the CES Unveiled show floor.

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The Night Before Christmas

Since it’s less than a week before Christmas Eve is upon us, I thought now would be a good time to resurrect the poem that has become a holiday tradition on the NosillaCast. So grab a hot beverage and some cookies, sit back, relax and enjoy a slightly modified version of The Night Before Christmas.

The Night Before Christmas
with an EVER So Slight Macintosh Bias

(with credit and apologies to Clement Clarke Moore or Henry Livingston)

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a . . . track pad; (ok, work with me here)
The ear-buds were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that
all things iMaker soon would be there;
The NosillaCastaways were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of
iPads danced in their heads;
And podfeet in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cravat,
Had just settled down for a long winter’s Skype chat,
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the
keyboard to see what was the matter.
Away to the windoze . . . I flew like a flash drive,
Tore open the shutters and nearly did a nosedive.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of
brushed aluminum to objects below,
When, what to my eyes seemed very bizarre,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny cars,
With a little old driver, with whom elves hobnob,
I knew in a moment it must be Honda Bob.
More rapid than 4G his vehicles they came,
And he
tweeted, and shouted, and called them by name;
“Now, Accord! now, Civic! now, Fit and CR-V!
On, Element! on Ridgeline! on, Pilot and Odyssey!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
drive away! drive away! drive away all!”
As dry leaves that before the reality distortion field endowed,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the cloud,
So up to the house-top the vehicles they flew,
With the sleigh full of
Apple products, and Honda Bob too.
And then, in a twinkling, I heard with a squeal
The skidding and sliding of each little wheel.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney
Bob came with a bound.
He was dressed in coveralls, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with
oil and soot;
A bundle of SSDs he had flung in his Scott-EVest,
And he looked like a geek who was extremely obsessed.
A wink of his eye and a look not too pious,
Soon gave me to know he had a Macintosh bias;
He spoke not a word, but texted his concern,
And filled all the stockings; then hit return,
And laying his finger aside his levitation app,
A command to his iPad, up the chimney, ASAP!;
He sprang to his sleigh, and his autos, did they bristle,
And away they all flew as if shot from a missile.
But I heard him exclaim, as the poem prescribed,

“Happy Christmas to all, and please stay subscribed.”

PhotoCon LA 2016: Zoom Portable Audio Recorders

Allison interviews Ross Hornbuckle from Zoom about their new portable audio recorders. The H5 and H6 field recorders are both designed for handheld use or attachment to DSLR and video recorders. They’re ideal for live recording, live broadcasting and professional film/video work. The H5 provides four tracks of simultaneous recording while the H6 provides six tracks. Both recorders support interchangeable microphones as well as mic- and line-level audio inputs. The H5 is powered by 2 AA batteries providing up to 15 hours of continuous recording while the H6 uses 4 AA batteries and provides up to 20 hours of operation. The setting is the PhotoCon LA show floor at The Reef in downtown Los Angeles.

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PhotoCon LA 2016: SLIK Monopod & AquaTech Camera Housings

Allison interviews Michael Turnham from Kenko-Tokina about a few of the photography related products they sell. The first is the Pro 382CFL carbon fiber monopod made by SLIK. This monopod is as sturdy as aluminum yet weighs less than 16 oz., extends to 64 inches and folds down to less than 20 inches in length. Michael also shows several underwater camera housings made by AquaTech. These housings are designed to fit several brands and models of professional DSLRs and provide full control of the camera while underwater. They are designed for depths of 1 atm. so are best suited for photography near the water surface and not appropriate for deep diving. The setting is the PhotoCon LA show floor at The Reef in downtown Los Angeles.

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PhotoCon LA 2016: Olympus PEN-F Camera and 300mm Prime Lens

Allison interviews Ray Acevedo from Olympus about two of their new products: the PEN-F camera and the M.Zuiko 300mm lens. The PEN-F is a mirrorless, range-finder style camera with the same internals as other Olympus OM-D cameras. It has a vintage design and is well suited for street photography. The M.Zuiko 300mm fixed focal length F4.0 lens is part of Olympus’ PRO line designed for micro 4/3 cameras. It provides the equivalent zoom of a 600mm standard DSLR lens at a significantly reduced price, size and weight. This lens offers the highest resolution of any lens Olympus has ever made. The setting is The Reef in downtown Las Angeles.

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NAB 2016: Audio-Technica AT2020USBi Microphone

Allison interviews Gary Boss from Audio-Technica about their new AT2020USBi cardioid condenser USB microphone. This mic is perfect for home studio recording, field recording, podcasting and voiceover use. It works with both USB and Lightning cables (included), so you can use it straight from the box to digitally capture audio on a PC, Mac or lightning equipped iOS device. The setting is the NAB 2016 show floor in the Las Vegas Convention Center.

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NAB 2016: ikan Smartphone Gimbal Stabilizers

Allison interviews Michael Webb from ikan about their handheld gimbals designed to stabilize smartphones. The FLY-X3-PLUS allows users to create smooth, stable handheld videos. The FLY-X3-Plus includes 3-axis active stabilization, a gesture control system, and it accepts large and small size smartphones including the iPhone 6 Plus and Samsung Galaxy Series. It also supports GoPro Hero 3 and 4 cameras using adapter mounts. The setting is the NAB 2016 show floor in the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Learn more at http://ikancorp.com

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NAB 2016: FoxFury Lighting Solutions

Allison interviews Thomas (Ozzie) Osborne from FoxFury about their new high end lighting solutions for consumer and industrial use. Ozzie demonstrated three lighting systems for different applications. The Command 20 Fire is a helmet mounted head lamp that uses AA batteries and provides up to 72 lumens for up to 12 hours. The Nomad NOW is a rechargeable portable area-spot light that swivels and provides up to 2,500 lumens for up to 24 hours. Finally the Nomad Prime is a rechargeable portable area-spot light that extends vertically to 8 ft and provides up 4,000 lumens for up to 24 hours. The setting is the ShowStoppers show floor in the Wynn Hotel.

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NAB 2016: Remote File Access with myDrobo and DroboAccess

Allison interviews Drobo CTO Rod Harrison about their new feature that lets users access files stored on their Drobo remotely. Using the myDrobo and DroboAccess services for the Drobo 5N and Drobo B810n, users can securely access their files through a customer chosen mydrobo.com address. Remote file access can be done via a web browser or via the DorobAccess iOS andAndroid mobile apps. The setting is the CPUG Las Vegas SuperMeet show floor in the Rio Hotel.

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CES 2016: PRC Augmentative & Alternative Communication Devices

Allison interviews Cynthia Heryanto from PRC about their devices that help people with speech impairment communicate. PRC’s AAC solutions offer advanced functionality and user-friendly features, making communication fast and easy. PRC provides four Accent tablet devices that are ideal for users of all ages. Accent devices are compatible with all PRC language systems and can accommodate multiple access methods. The setting is the International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference show floor.

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