Allison interviews Amit Rele from Netgear about their new outdoor version of the Orbi mesh WiFi system. The family of Orbi tri-band WiFi systems is designed for a broad range of home environments. The Orbi Outdoor Satellite (RBS50Y) extends high-performance WiFi coverage outdoors by up to an extra 2,500 sq. ft. with a weather-resistant, wall-mountable, add-on unit. The Outdoor Orbi is rated at IP55 and can operate over a temperature range of -20°C to +50°C. The setting is Pepcom at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas. Learn more at https://www.netgear.com/orbi/
Allison interviews Marv Su from Analogix about their SlimPort adapters. Marv explains the intricacies of the varying types of signals that USB-C cables and connectors can carry. He demonstrates how USB-C can transmit power, data and HD video if it’s connected to a supported device/port. Using the USB-C alt mode, SlimPort adapters allow the user to connect a mobile device with a USB-C port to the HDMI port of a display or TV to play up to 4K UHD video. The setting is the CES show floor and the Las Vegas Convention Center. Learn more at http://www.analogix.com/en/slimport-adapters-overview
Allison interviews Gaidar Magdanurov from Acronis about their multi-platform backup solutions. Acronis offers a single solution for backup, disaster recovery and file sync & share services. Using Acronis’s personal backup software, you can safeguard PCs, Macs, iOS and Android devices as well as your social media accounts. Acronis will also actively defend your data against ransomware attacks with backup that detects, stops and reverses unauthorized encryption. The setting is Pepcom at the Mirage hotel. Learn more at https://www.acronis.com/en-us/
Allison interviews Dr. Guive Balooch from L’Oréal about their UV Sense sun safety technology. Dr. Balooch described two new wearable products at CES: a special edition version of My UV Patch and a brand new sensor called UV Sense. My UV Patch is a stretchable skin sensor designed to monitor UV exposure. UV Sense is a thin, 9-mm-diameter electronic sensor designed to be worn on the thumbnail. The sensor transmits UV exposure data to a mobile device using near-field technology and an app. Both products provide an indication of UV radiation the consumer receives over long periods to a mobile app without the use of a battery. Studies have shown the data these wearables encourage positive sun safety behaviors by users. The setting is CES Unveiled at the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas. Learn more at https://www.laroche-posay.us/wearable-tech.html
I interview Jared Daum from Johnson Space Center about NASA’s Orion Crew Capsule and its associated parachute system. The Orion capsule sits atop the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket that will take astronauts to the moon as well as Mars. Orion has a diameter of 16.5 feet and supports a crew of up to 4 astronauts. Orion’s parachute system is multi-staged with the last three main parachutes each having an area of 11,000 sq-ft. Learn more at https://www.nasa.gov/exploration/systems/orion/index.html
Allison interviews Holly Hasegawa from Kolibree about their Magik AR toothbrush. Magik is the first interactive toothbrush that uses Augmented Reality to motivate and educate kids to better brush their teeth. Magik uses computer vision to estimate the toothbrush position in the mouth as well as the movement the user is choosing. It comes with a mobile app that lets you know how well they brushed. Learn more at https://www.kolibree.com/en/
Allison interviews Benjamin Azoulay from Oledcomm about their Infrared LiFi wireless solution. Oledcomm uses a Li-Fi-enabled lightbulb to transmit data at speeds as fast as 50 megabits per second. LiFi is secure and private since the LiFi signal does not cross walls. The setting is CES Unveiled at the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas. Learn more at http://www.oledcomm.com/
Allison interviews Raphael Michel from Eargo about their unique hearing aid design. Eargo hearing aids fit discreetly inside the ear canal so they’re nearly hidden when in use. The device is designed with innovative and comfortable Flexi Fibers that hold Eargo in place and help them float in your ear. Eargos are rechargeable and come with a compact charging case. The setting is Pepcom at the Mirage hotel in Las Vegas. Learn more at https://www.eargo.com/
Since it’s only a week until Christmas Eve, 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 Apple 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!
Now 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 an Apple 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.”
While Tom is away in Europe, Justin Robert Young hosts episode 3132 of the Daily Tech News Show with guests Jeff Cannata, Darren Kitchen, and Allison Sheridan. The group explores how Podcasting has evolved over the past decade and where it’s going. This episode was held live at the Los Angeles Podcast Festival at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown LA.
If you’ve already seen the official DTNS video, jump right to the outtakes for some fun:
Pre-show outtake at 46:08
Particularly funny moment at 49:30