Control Your Kwikset Door Locks With Your Mobile Phone

Allison interviews Michael Magnani from Kwikset about their new electronic locks. Kwikset’s new Kēvo lock connects to your mobile phone and is controlled with the Kēvo app for iOS and Android. Kēvo also connects to your Nest thermostat to better control your home’s environmental settings based on whether you are home or away. The setting is CES Unveiled at the Mandalay Bay Hotel.

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A Better Way to Reduce File Size in Preview

preview_1MB_default_resize_unacceptableIt’s that time of year again, time to make the annual family calendar using iPhoto. Every year I learn something new about the best way to do this. I couldn’t have been more pleased when Apple decided to let us use the same database for both Aperture and iPhoto so I don’t have to copy photos from one to the other to make my calendar. My process is to keyword photos with calendar_2015 as I scroll through all photos from 2014 in Aperture and then make a smart album for that keyword. That makes it easy to open up iPhoto, navigate to the smart album and create my calendar from there.

After I spend a few hours arranging them all, I print the whole thing to PDF and send it off to Steve and my kids to see if they have any objections or would like to add in any different photos. Here’s where this year’s learning came in. The calendar when printed to PDF is over 200MB! Even with Apple’s new Mail Drop service that lets you email giant files that end up as links, that seemed just a tad overboard for my needs.

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Inexpensive and Low Energy Smart Home Devices from BeeWi

Allison interviews Thierry Dechatre from BeeWi about their smart home solutions. BeeWi announced a new set of connected switches, lights, sensors and controllers that communicate using Bluetooth Low Energy. BeeWi offers lower cost products as well as apps that control all of their products for iOS, Android and Windows Phone. The setting is CES Unveiled at the Mandalay Bay Hotel.

Learn more at http://www.bee-wi.com/fr.cfm


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Escort Radar Detectors Give You More Information Than Ever Before

Allison interviews Ron Given from Escort about their new radar detectors and social network. The new Passport Max2 radar detector works across all radar bands and significantly reduces false alarms with digital signal processing. The Escort Live Social Network connects all participating Escort radar detectors and shares radar information amongst them with an iPhone or Android app. The setting is CES Unveiled at the Mandalay Bay Hotel.

Learn more at http://escortinc.com


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Kurio Motion 2.0 Game for Android Will Get Your Kids Off the Couch

Allison interviews Michael Calhoun from Kurio about their new Motion 2.0 action game for Android. The game uses a tablet’s camera to capture the user’s body motion and incorporates the motion into the game without the need for controllers. The game is designed to get kids up off the couch and help to keep them active. The setting is CES 2015 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

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Can Tome’s Software Combined with Humanscale’s Desks Make You Healthier?

Allison interviews Jake Sigal from Tome about their partnership with Humanscale. Tome’s software combined with Humanscale’s OfficeIQ sit/stand office furniture creates a connected, intelligent workstation to get people out of their seats and moving more during the work day. The setting is CES Unveiled at the Mandalay Bay Hotel.

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Polar’s A300 Heart Rate Monitor & Polar Loop Activity Tracker

Allison interviews Chris Zoller from Polar about their heart rate monitors and activity trackers. The A300 Heart Rate Monitor was announced at CES and has a smart watch appearance. It includes Polar’s Smart Coaching features and also comes with 24/7 activity tracking and vibrating activity alerts. The Polar Loop is a flexible band worn on the wrist that tracks the user’s their activity 24/7 and provides guidance to reach activity goals. The setting is CES Unveiled at the Mandalay Bay Hotel.

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AmpStrip Heart Sensor Uses an Adhesive Bandage for 7 Day Wear

Allison interviews Steve Schwartz from FitLinxx about their new AmpStrip heart sensor. AmpStrip attaches to the torso like a band-aid and measures heart rate, skin temperature and posture 24/7. The user wears AmpStrip for up to 7 days before replacing the adhesive strip. AmpStrip is available for pre-order on IndieGoGo. The setting is CES Unveiled at the Mandalay Bay Hotel.

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Linx Impact Assessment Records Head Impacts for Youth Sports

Brain injuries in contact sports are a significant concern for parents. With BlackBox Biometrics’ Linx Impact Assessment device, parents and coaches can get real time and cumulative data on head impacts.

Allison interviews Jessica Sica-Lieber from BlackBox Biometrics about their Linx Impact Assessment System (IAS). Linx IAS measures impacts to the athlete equipped with a small device worn on the head. Real-time impact data is sent via BlueTooth to a mobile app as well as securely to the cloud. Cumulative data on impacts is also viewable. Linx IAS will launch at the end of Q1 2015. The setting is CES Unveiled at the Mandalay Bay Hotel.

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