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 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 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/
Allison interviews Raja Jasti from Ziro about their new robotics kit designed for kids. The purpose is to make robotics simple and fun while allowing kids to be creative. The kit comes with a smart glove, wireless motors and a mobile app. The app allows kids to visually program their robot and control it with the smart glove. Ziro will be available via on-line retail “soon” and in physical retail stores by the holiday season of 2017. The setting is the ShowStoppers show floor.