Allison interviews Gary Boss from Audio-Technica about their wide range of microphones and headphones. Gary describes the Audio-Technica System 10 digital wireless system made up of a compact receiver you can mount on a cold shoe combined with a handheld mic/transmitter or a lavalier mic hooked to a body pack transmitter. System 10 is easy to use, produces high-quality audio, and avoids interference normally encountered in a dense electromagnetic environment. This the same audio system used to record the audio for NosillaCast interviews (including this one). Gary also describes the AT 2020 USBi mic, perfect for podcasting and recording on the go. It supports digital audio recording to devices with a USB port or to iOS devices with a Lightning port. Gary then moves on to Audio-Technica’s suite of professional headphones ranging in price from $49 to $349. These headphones have a flat audio response, removable ear-pads, and detachable cables. The setting is NAB Show floor in the Las Vegas Convention Center. Learn more at https://audio-technica.com/
Allison interviews Terry LoBianco from Backblaze about their B2 cloud storage services. B2 Cloud Storage is similar to Amazon S3, Microsoft Azure storage, and Google Cloud Storage. This service is Backblaze’s latest product offering, with the lowest price enterprise cloud storage service on the market. B2 Cloud Storage, referred to as Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) or object storage, enables programmers, developers, IT professionals, and others to easily store mass volumes of data in the cloud. You can quickly scale up and down while paying for your actual usage – no locked fees. The setting is NAB Show floor in the Las Vegas Convention Center. Learn more at https://backblaze.com/
Allison interviews Oliver Breidenbach from Boinx about their mimoLive video software for the Mac. mimoLive allows the user to produce, edit, and stream video content with remarkable ease. Typical use cases for mimoLive are live streaming, news-style shows, panel discussions, presentations, and events. The tool is very affordable while giving the video producer tools that rival big broadcasters. It supports real-time injection and switching of multiple video cameras and other sources while streaming to multiple outputs such as YouTube Live, YouTube Gaming, Twitch and Facebook Live. mimoLive features a logical and intuitive workflow that can be mastered by anyone. In fact, mimoLive is the tool used to stream the NosillaCast Live show every Sunday night at 5 pm Pacific at https://podfeet.com/live. The setting is NAB Show floor in the Las Vegas Convention Center. Learn more at https://boinx.com/mimolive/
Allison interviews Manny Hernandez from Monprice about their new SlimRun cables for internet and video applications. SlimRun Cat6 ethernet cables are much thinner and lighter than standard Cat6 cables, making them much easier to install/uninstall and requiring less space than conventional 23 or 24 AWG Cat6 cables. The SlimRun AV HDR cable is also much thinner than the standard HDMI cable. It achieves a small diameter by employing a hybrid optical fiber rather than copper with optical fiber transceivers to convert electrical signals to optical signals (and back) at the connectors. Monoprice has also developed a new detachable HDMI connector that leaves a micro-HDMI connector once removed. This makes it much easier to route the HDMI cable through a wall or conduit. The setting is NAB Show floor in the Las Vegas Convention Center. Learn more at https://monoprice.com/
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/
Allison interviews Dr. Chris Gibbons from Smartbox about their Grid 3 software and Grid Pad hardware to help people who can’t speak to communicate. Grid 3 is a complete Augmentative and Alternative Communication software package designed to help users communicate and connect with their world using symbols, text or a combination of both. With a simple and intuitive layout, Grid 3 allows users to edit a cell or create whole new grid sets with only a few taps. Changes on the go are made easy using the touch-friendly interface. Grid Pad hardware devices come in three flavors. Grid Pad Go is a small, thin and lightweight solution for people using touch or switch access on a portable device. Grid Pad Pro is a powerful device packed full of features including high-quality audio, multiple access options, and Smartbox’s Servus environment control. Grid Pad Eye includes all the features of the Pro model but with integrated eye gaze access. Grid Pad Eye is available with a wide range of cameras to suit individual needs. The setting is CSUN Assistive Technologies Conference in San Diego, CA. Learn more at https://thinksmartbox.com/
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/
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.