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CSUN Assistive Tech Conference 2018: Second Sight

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.

The setting is CSUN Assistive Technologies Conference in San Diego, CA. Learn more at http://secondsight.com/

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CES 2018: Wonder Workshop Educational Robots for Kids

Allison interviews Bryan Miller from Wonder Workshop about their robots and apps that help kids learn. Bryan describes the educational robots Dash and Cue. Dash teaches children from kindergarten up to 5 to 6 years old how to code to control a small robot using block programming. Wonder Workshop’s latest robot, Cue, takes kids from block programming to JavaScript programming. Cue comes with sensors, motors, accelerometers, gyros and a free iOS or Android app for programming and control. The setting is Pepcom at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas. Learn more at https://education.makewonder.com/

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NC #670 Paintcode, Apple Watch Health Tracking, Stretch Timer, We.Stream, Bellus 3D, Cyber Essentials, Rings

Allister Jenks stands in for a vacationing Allison Sheridan. We have a review of Paintcode, a story of using the Apple Watch to track health in ways other than the Activity app, Allister’s own health app Stretch Timer, two interviews from CES with We.Stream and Bellus3D, some security tips with Cyber Essentials, and a fun casual iOS game, Rings.

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CES 2018: Bellus3D Face Scanning

Allison interviews Helen Tahn from Bellus3D about their new 3D face scanning technology. The Bellus3D Face Camera Pro is an easy-to-use, high-quality, and affordable 3D camera designed for self-scanning using selected Android and Windows OS 10 devices. To capture your face, you attach the Face Camera Pro to a smartphone or tablet, turn your head from left to right, and the camera starts creating a realistic 3D face model in a few seconds. You can share your virtual self with others, be a star in your favorite games, or get an accurate 3D print of your head. The setting is CES Unveiled at the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas. Learn more at http://www.bellus3d.com/

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CES 2018: We.Stream Secure Mobile WiFi Hotspot

Allison interviews Joachim de Wild from We.Stream about their new mobile hotspot device and service. We.Stream provides secure streaming from a mobile device with embedded cloud SIM technology to enable unlimited data in over 100 countries. The We.Stream service does not require a contract but instead has a fixed yearly price to provide up to 2 GB of high-speed data each month and a capped speed for data usage over 2 GB in a month. Security is provided through a cloud VPN with an option for a direct pier-to-pier VPN tunnel. The setting is the ShowStoppers floor at the Wynn Hotel. Learn more at https://we.stream/us/

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CES 2018: PLEX Live TV and DVR

Allison interviews Scott Hancock from PLEX about their new Live TV and DVR service. PLEX provides the software and services that allow you to create your own home media server. Using PLEX’s media server, you can access your movies, music and other media through your home network or remotely over the internet. PLEX’s new Live TV and DVR lets you watch and record your favorite free HDTV digital broadcast channels, including local news and sports, and then view them on any device, anywhere you have internet connectivity. PLEX software runs on iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Roku, Apple TV, Nvidia Shield, Android TV, and Xbox One. The setting is CES Unveiled at the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas. Learn more at https://www.plex.tv/

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CES 2018: New OtterBox Phone Cases

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/

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CES 2018: GE Connected Lighting

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/

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CES 2018: MirraViz Multiview Displays

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/

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CES 2018: Wagz Smart Pet Collar

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/

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