Allison interviews Peter Roffe from Vitec Imaging Solutions about their Manfrotto gear tailored for the mobile videographer. Peter describes the Manfrotto TwistGrip, a portable, handheld device that supports a mobile phone, microphone, and LED light panel, all mounted on an accessory bar attached to an ergonomic handle. The handle can be detached from the accessory bar for more compact carry and storage. Vitec also provides a padded carrying case custom made for the handle, bar, and LED light. The setting is NAB Show floor in the Las Vegas Convention Center. Learn more at https://vitecgroup.com/
Allison interviews Preben Friis and Chris Mottes from Hindenburg Systems about their Journalist digital audio workstation software. Hindenburg Journalist is a multitrack audio editor designed for podcasters, audio producers, and radio journalists. Journalist’s design and features are tailored for spoken-word productions and its focus is on storytelling. Journalist is an end-to-end digital audio workstation that allows the creator to 1) record voice & interview, 2) add sound & music, 3) organize the material, 4) edit the audio, and 5) publish the content. The setting is NAB Show floor in the Las Vegas Convention Center. Learn more at https://hindenburg.com/
While Steve and I were in France on vacation, we took a day trip over to Belgium to meet up with friends. It all started when Helma from the Netherlands pointed out that it was only an hour and a half drive from her to get to Brussels and the same time for us to take a bullet train from Paris.
I’ve been trying to get Helma together with our crazy friend Knightwise and his lovely wife Nyana from Belgium so this looked like a great excuse. Well, we couldn’t go to Brussels and not see good friend of the show Peter Boodts.
When we got to Brussels, it was 27F outside and some of us (particularly Knightwise) were not adequately clothed for the weather, so we kept stopping in coffee shops and restaurants every time we got chilly. Steve and I actually ate 7 times that day.
Anyway, while in one of the restaurants, Peter said he had a product review for us. He showed us the Polaroid ZIP Mobile Printer. I recorded his review on my iPhone and shortly after Peter and I started to talk, Knightwise decided to record it on video. The full interview is a bit longer in audio where you’ll hear the voices of Knightwise, Nyana, Helma, and Steve introduce themselves and we do a bit of silliness. That full-length audio interview will play in the audio podcast.
Allison interviews Manshul Belani from AssisTech Labs about their new SmartCane device for those who are blind or visually impaired. SmartCane is an electronic travel aid which fits on the top fold of the white cane. It serves as an enhancement to the white cane and overcomes its limitations by detecting knee-above and hanging obstacles such as the railings, tree branches, inclined ladders, etc. These obstacles do not have significant footprint on the ground and thus can result in injury to the head or upper body parts. For safe mobility, it is important that they are detected early. The cane has other uses as a spatial awareness device as it can detect presence or absence of objects in the surroundings. The setting is CSUN Assistive Technologies Conference in San Diego, CA. Learn more at http://smartcane.saksham.org.
Allison interviews Bryan Wolynski from OrCam about their new MyEye 2.0 artificial vision device for those who are blind or visually impaired. MyEye 2.0 is comprised of a 13 Mpixel camera that takes a photograph and speaks back to the wearer a description of the image contents, whether it be text, facial recognition or product recognition. The device also recognizes simple hand gestures, reads colors, identifies money notes, and tells the date and time with a turn of the wrist. The MyEye 2.0 device, about the size of a finger, magnetically attaches to the stem of your glasses. In addition to the camera, the device includes a processor and speaker which transmits the audio to the wearer’s ear. MyEye 2.0 is ideal for use at work or at school, at home or on the go. The setting is CSUN Assistive Technologies Conference in San Diego, CA. Learn more at https://orcam.com/en/myeye2/
Back in January I told you guys about a really slick tool called Monosnap. I explained that it’s so much more than a screen capture tool. Anyway, I am so enchanted with Monosnap that I decided to do a video tutorial for Don McAllister’s ScreenCasts Online. I had a blast making this video because the more I dug into Monosnap the more I realized it could do.
Here’s a teaser video for you. If you like what you see, you can go to screencastsonline.com/… and sign up for a free 10 day trial and watch the entire video. I warn you though, ScreenCasts Online is addictive!
On Tuesday I had the pleasure of being on the Daily Tech News Show again with Tom Merritt and Sarah Lane and Roger Chang. The main discussion topic was the announcements from Apple as we tried to answer the question of whether Apple can break back into the top spot for schools.
Allison interviews Duane Tsutsui from Second Sight about their implants that help some blind people “see”. The first device, called Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System, provides electrical stimulation to a retinal implant to induce visual perception to blind individuals with severe to profound Retinitis Pigmentosa. The Argus II System is comprised of a miniature video camera housed in the patient’s glasses that captures a scene. The video is sent to a small patient-worn video processing unit where it is processed and transformed into instructions that are sent back to the glasses via a cable. These instructions are transmitted wirelessly to an antenna in the retinal implant. The signals are then sent to the electrode array, which emits small pulses of electricity to the retina. Patients learn to interpret these visual patterns with their retinal implant. Argus II is being used by over 300 patients and is receiving Medicare approval across several states across the U.S.
The second system called Orion Cortical Prosthesis is intended for individuals who do not have functioning eyes or optic nerves but who have had functional vision at some time earlier in life. The Orion System is similar to Argus II except that it bypasses the eye and optic nerve altogether. Instead, it sends electrical pulses to an array implanted directly on the surface of the visual cortex of the brain. Patients learn to interpret these visual patterns with their cortical implant. The Orion System has begun clinical trials with the first cortical implant performed in January 2018.
Allison interviews Helen Tahn from Bellus3D about their new 3D face scanning technology. The Bellus3D Face Camera Pro is an easy-to-use, high-quality, and affordable 3D camera designed for self-scanning using selected Android and Windows OS 10 devices. To capture your face, you attach the Face Camera Pro to a smartphone or tablet, turn your head from left to right, and the camera starts creating a realistic 3D face model in a few seconds. You can share your virtual self with others, be a star in your favorite games, or get an accurate 3D print of your head. The setting is CES Unveiled at the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas. Learn more at http://www.bellus3d.com/