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CES 2018: NASA SLS Orion Capsule and Parachute System

I interview Jared Daum from Johnson Space Center about NASA’s Orion Crew Capsule and its associated parachute system. The Orion capsule sits atop the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket that will take astronauts to the moon as well as Mars. Orion has a diameter of 16.5 feet and supports a crew of up to 4 astronauts. Orion’s parachute system is multi-staged with the last three main parachutes each having an area of 11,000 sq-ft. Learn more at https://www.nasa.gov/exploration/systems/orion/index.html

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CES 2018: Magik AR Toothbrush for Kids

Allison interviews Holly Hasegawa from Kolibree about their Magik AR toothbrush. Magik is the first interactive toothbrush that uses Augmented Reality to motivate and educate kids to better brush their teeth. Magik uses computer vision to estimate the toothbrush position in the mouth as well as the movement the user is choosing. It comes with a mobile app that lets you know how well they brushed. Learn more at https://www.kolibree.com/en/

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CES 2018: Oledcomm LiFi Connectivity

Allison interviews Benjamin Azoulay from Oledcomm about their Infrared LiFi wireless solution. Oledcomm uses a Li-Fi-enabled lightbulb to transmit data at speeds as fast as 50 megabits per second. LiFi is secure and private since the LiFi signal does not cross walls. The setting is CES Unveiled at the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas. Learn more at http://www.oledcomm.com/

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CES 2018: Eargo Hearing Aids

Allison interviews Raphael Michel from Eargo about their unique hearing aid design. Eargo hearing aids fit discreetly inside the ear canal so they’re nearly hidden when in use. The device is designed with innovative and comfortable Flexi Fibers that hold Eargo in place and help them float in your ear. Eargos are rechargeable and come with a compact charging case. The setting is Pepcom at the Mirage hotel in Las Vegas. Learn more at https://www.eargo.com/

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NC #616 udoq, CodeRunner, Olly, CrashPlan, Wynd

Megan Morrone and Jason Howell from TWiT join me this week on Chit Chat Across the Pond to talk about their swap of iOS and Android. Our last three interviews from CES include the udoq Mobile Docking Station, Olly’s Robotic Personal Assistant, and the Wind Smart Air Purifier. I’ll tell you about my hunt for the perfect code editor and why I chose CodeRunner. A surprising turn of events as CrashPlan actually succeeds at getting my offsite backups to work. It’s a really interesting story of what caused the problem and how they fixed it. It even highlights a shortcoming of Backblaze.


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NC #615 PAI, IPv6 and MAC Addresses, CMRA, Nag Companies About Security, Security Bits

I got to be on Clockwise again with Jason Snell, Dan Moren and Mikah Sargent. At CES, we interview Jessica Lane as she tells us about PAI Technologies interactive clay toys for kids and talk to CMRA about their camera band for the Apple Watch. I have a special Public Service Announcement urging everyone to nag companies if you see them doing things not as securely as you would hope. It features my father-in-law, who is my hero at pushing companies. Bart Busschots joins us for another scary episode of Security Bits.


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CES 2017: Wynd Smart Air Purifier

Allison interviews Raymond Wu from Wynd about their new smart air purifier. Wynd creates a bubble of clean air around you by removing dust, allergens, smoke, and pollution from your personal space. It filters harmful particles out of the air around you to help you stay healthy. Wynd also provides an air quality tracker mobile app that continuously monitors the air around you and alerts you when it becomes unhealthy. The Wind air purifier will be available in April 2017. The setting is the Pepcom Digital Experience show floor.

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CES 2017: Olly Robotic Personal Assistant

Allison interviews Hongbin Zhuang from Emotech about their Olly digital personal assistant. Olly is a fast and efficient learner capable of proactive assistance. As a result, Olly’s personality evolves depending on your interaction patterns. Emotech is planning to start a limited Olly production run for testing in the third quarter of 2017. The setting is the CES Unveiled show floor where Olly earned four CES Innovation awards.

Learn more at http://heyolly.com

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CES 2017: udoq Mobile Docking Station

Allison interviews Marcus Kuchler from udoq about their novel docking station for mobile devices. udoq can accommodate several mobiles devices at once and is completely adaptable to any connector type, from Lightning to micro USB to USB-C. udoq can easily be reconfigured as your collection of mobile devices changes. It comes in four sizes: 250mm, 400mm, 550mm, and 700mm and will be available in the U.S. in March 2017. The setting is the ShowStoppers show floor.

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CES 2017: CMRA Band for Apple Watch

Allison interviews Roi Ginat from CMRA about their new camera band for the Apple Watch. CMRA has two HD cameras embedded in the band, one outward-facing 8MP and the other self-facing 2MP. It also captures HD video and has a battery that lasts a full day with normal use. CMRA seamlessly integrates with Apple Watch and iPhone and it syncs photos/videos with your photo gallery. The CMRA band is available for pre-order and will be shipping in the Spring of 2017. The setting is the ShowStoppers show floor.

*** Update August 2017: This product has not yet been released and the getcmra.com site still shows it is in pre-order status a couple months after the advertised release date of “Spring 2017”. We are concerned whether it ever will be released. ***

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