Allison interviews Beau Paschall from OtterBox about their new mobile phone cases. The OtterBox Symmetry line includes phone cases that are both rugged and stylish. OtterBox has also partnered with Disney to produce a line of Star Wars, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and Disney Park themed phone cases. The setting is the CES show floor and the Las Vegas Convention Center. Learn more at https://www.otterbox.com/
It’s another action-packed episode this week. I’ll start by telling you about the August Smart Lock Pro and how Steve and I got prepared psychologically for such a scary idea. Then we’ll hear a CES interview about the LIZN Wireless Hearpieces, Bluetooth headphones that could improve your hearing. Then we’ll head back to CES to hear about the Wagz Smart Pet Collar. If you’ve ever wanted to sit with someone but watch something completely different from them on TV, you’ll be interested in our CES interview about the MirraViz Multiview Displays. Everything has to be smart these days, and GE tells us how their Connected Lighting products fulfill that dream. As if that wasn’t enough goodness, we have Bart back with another great Security Bits segment.
Allison interviews Alicia Gauer from GE about their new connected lighting products. Alicia describes their voice-controlled ceiling fixture that integrates Alexa and Google Home into an overhead light. She also describes the innovative GE Sol: the first table lamp to integrate Amazon Alexa voice services. The Sol includes a warm-colored light selection designed to help you get to sleep and a built-in voice-activated timer that indicates countdown by radially changing lights on a ring. Finally, Alicia mentions that GE smart lighting will have compatibility with Apple HomeKit by the end of first quarter 2018. The setting is Pepcom at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas. Learn more at https://www.cbyge.com/
Allison interviews David Jiang from MirraViz about their new multi-view display. This innovative display uses DirectedPhoton technology to direct photons from the screen to a specific viewing location. Using two projectors, the MirraViz screen can display two separate, simultaneous images/video to viewers who are located at different viewing angles. Photon utilization is increased by a factor of 100-400 fold compared to traditional displays. Use cases for this display include business display/signage, office and schools, home gaming and entertainment, glasses-free AR/VR, and personalized advertising. The setting is CES Unveiled at the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas. Learn more at https://www.mirraviz.com/
Allison interviews Jenna Rider from Wagz about their connected home for pets. At the center of the connected home is the Wagz Smart Collar with a cell connection and GPS. Using the app that accompanies the Wagz collar, you can track your pet and monitor his speed and activity. The collar also opens and closes a connected pet door, enables automated food dispensing and serves as an invisible leash using gentle vibrations and ultrasonic sensors. The Wagz collar even provides live HD video streaming that you can remotely enable or set it to turn on automatically with bark detection to check in with your dog. The setting is Pepcom at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas. Learn more at https://www.wagz.com/
Allison interviews Mads Rugholm from LIZN about their new wireless “hearpieces”. LIZN earphones make it easier to hear in a noisy environment by amplifying sound in the direction the wearer is pointed and by enhancing consonants in speech. These devices are not aimed at those who are hearing impaired but rather those who struggle to understand speech when there is a lot of ambient noise. LIZN hearpieces offer a Bluetooth connection to your mobile device so they also can be used to listen to music, make phone calls and access digital assistants. They are small, simplistic, easy to use, and relatively inexpensive at $199. The setting is CES Unveiled at the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas. Learn more at https://www.lizn.biz/
The show isn’t too long this week, but it’s action packed. We’ll start with a conversation about what surprised Steve and me about HomePod. Then we’ve got Steve in front of the microphone (and camera) with an interview from CES with Fortem about their Drone Killing radar. I’ve got an interview with OWC at CES about their wicked fast Thunderbolt 3 Storage and their docks. Then I’ll tell you about how we finally broke down and installed a smart lock – the August Smart Lock Pro + Connect. Back to CES and we’ll talk to Guardzilla with their 360 security camera. We’ll wind up the show with a review of the Belkin Valet Power Pack that charges both your iPhone and your Apple Watch with a built-in Apple Watch charger puck.
Allison interviews Jan Greenspan from Nite Ize about a couple of their new products: the Cordcollar and the Steelie Mount System. The Cordcollar is a durable cover to reinforce cable ends where they bend the most to help prevent fraying while providing color coding to help distinguish similar cords and cables. The Steelie Ecosystem is a family of products that make it easy to mount and view your mobile device just about anywhere. Featuring magnetic mounting technology, this two-part ball and socket system creates a hands-free viewing platform with continuously adjustable viewing angles in your car, at home, and on the go. The setting is Pepcom at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas. Learn more at https://www.niteize.com/
Allison interviews Greg Siwak from Guardzilla about their new 360-deg security cameras. Guardzilla’s family of security cameras deliver live HD video, inside and outside of the home, up to 360-degree views, automatic arming, night vision, two-way audio, instant motion alerts, and cloud video recording. Guardzilla also offers an accompanying easy-to-use app to control and monitor their cameras. The setting is Pepcom at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas. Learn more at https://www.guardzilla.com/
Allison interviews Andrew Gerth and Larry O’Connor from OWC about their Thunderbolt 3 storage and docks. The OWC ThunderBlade V4 SSD RAID supports capacities from 1 to 8 TB for Macs and PCs and offers screaming data transfer speeds up to 2800 MB/s over Thunderbolt 3. It is rugged, portable and comes in a custom-fit ballistic hard-shell case. OWC’s new Thunderbolt 3 Dock is similar to their previous TB3 dock except it now supports Windows as well as Macs and the Firewire port has been removed. The setting is CES Unveiled at the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas. Learn more at https://www.owcdigital.com/