Allison interviews Joe Dugandzic from Lynky about their new Home Intelligence Hub. Lynky is a new smart home hub with an elegant control panel for your wall or kitchen counter. If provides one simple interface to control your entire home and has a voice-activated smart speaker with Google Assistant. With Lynky, you can command all of your smart devices via touchscreen, voice or mobile app. You can create scenes and automations easily with a drag and drop builder and use the full capabilities of Google Assistant. The setting is Eureka Park at the Sands in Las Vegas. Learn more at http://lynky.com/
Allison interviews Thomas Calichiama from Spartan about their innovative radiation-blocking boxer shorts. Spartan boxers shield the wearer’s reproductive organs from wireless radiation while providing comfort. Spartan WaveTech is the same technology used in space suites, incorporating pure silver fibers within the cotton of the fabric to act as a Faraday Cage. They are anti-bacterial, machine washable, and they don’t set off security screening sensors. The setting is CES Unveiled at the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas. Learn more at https://spartanunderwear.com/en/home/
Allison interviews Cara Morgan from Mira about their at-home ovulation monitoring system. The Mira method of analyzing samples gives the user-specific numerical data, rather than the traditional ‘smiley face’ approach of current testing systems. This provides more definitive results, giving the user a better sense of their cycle, increased accuracy, and cycle prediction that improves over time. The Mira system includes a test wand, an Analyzer module into which the wand is inserted, and a mobile app to which the Analyzer sends its data. The Mira Fertility testing platform uses machine learning AI to learn the user’s changing hormone patterns, which provides personalized and accurate ovulation prediction and fertility advice specific to the user. The setting is CES Unveiled at the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas. Learn more at https://www.miracare.com/
It’s another big big show, with four CES interviews with Analogix SlimPort video connectors, Netgear about their outdoor Orbi, Acronis backup solution, and L’Oréal’s UV Sense product. We’ve also got a photography tip by Rally about digital zoom vs cropping (followed by some fun experiments by me) and a review of the free iOS app Klok by Helma. Bart brings us up to speed with the latest on Security Bits.
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
CES was a complete blast this year. We got to hang out with Dave Hamilton, John F. Braun, and Jeff Gamet. Oh, and Chuck Joiner was there too. We stayed at the same hotel, and traveled to the special press events together but then we pretty much scattered to do our own thing. We also got to hang out with Joe Dugandzic from Smarter Home Life. We dragged him along (kicking and screaming) to a DTNS meetup where we met a bunch of fun people. You’ve already heard Joe on Chit Chat Across the Pond from this week where we talked about his journey from Youtuber to full-time employee at Lynky, a smart home device company.
Then NosillaCastaway Joe LaGreca came out on Wednesday and we did the actual Convention Center walk. Steve and I did 28 interviews, 25 of which were at press events, and only 3 of which were at the Convention Center halls. The press events are 1-200 vendors, while the actual Convention Center is so darn huge it’s overwhelming. Plus by that time we’ve been there for three days and we’re kind of burned out!