Allison interviews Sierra Coughlin from iDevices about their range of new home automation products. Sierra focuses on the Instant Switch which is a bluetooth remote light switch. The Instant Switch wirelessly controls any existing iDevices switched product and is HomeKit compatible. The setting is the CES Unveiled show floor.
Allison interviews Christopher Neal from Elgato about their Eve series of wireless indoor and outdoor sensors and controllers. These devices include window/door sensing, motion sensing, indoor and outdoor environmental sensing/control and irrigation sensing/control. All Eve devices can be monitored and controlled though the iOS Eve app. Elgato Eve devices are HomeKit enabled and they interoperate with hubs and products from other companies. The setting is the CES Conference show floor.
Allison interviews Alan Jacobson from Satechi about a range of products all matched to the colors and finishes of Apple’s MacBook, MacBook Pro and iPhone. Alan described a power strip, dock, headphones, headphone stand, Apple Watch charging stand, numeric keypad, mousepad, laptop stand, USB-C disk enclosure, magnetic phone mount and bluetooth presenter, all offered in aluminum, space gray, gold and rose gold colors. The setting is the CES Conference show floor.
Allison interviews Brad Kaminski from Synology about their new Disk Station network attached storage systems. Synology offers a various Disk Station hardware solutions with increasing levels of storage. Synology’s Disk Storage Manager controls the hardware, is browser based and runs on any operating system. Synology’s software is not proprietary and supports disks of all sizes in a single enclosure to maximize use of your available hard drives. Synology’s support is valid through the lifetime of the product at no cost to the user. The setting is the CES Conference show floor.
Allison interviews Daniel Peck from Luma about their new WiFi mesh router. Luma routers are controlled from the Luma iOS or Android app and use BlueTooth LE for easy set-up. A set of three Luma routers is generally sufficient to provide high speed WiFi throughout a normal home. The setting is the Pepcom Digital Experience show floor.
Allison interviews Jen Warren from Belkin about their new Thunderbolt 3 dock and other products. This dock supports speeds up to 40 Gbps and provides up to 85 Watts of power to your computer while also providing connectivity to other monitors and peripheral devices. The setting is the CES Unveiled show floor.
Allison interviews Ashton Good from Kwikset about their new Premis line of smart locks for home use. Premis smart locks have a capacitive touchscreen and allow you to control and monitor lock status from anywhere using the Premis iOS app and an Apple TV. Premis locks are HomeKit compatible and use Apple’s approved end-to-end encryption to ensure security. The setting is the CES Conference show floor.
Allison interviews Myriam Marcetteau from Acoustic Arts about their highly directional speakers. This specialized speaker is designed to direct sound with a very narrow beam so that only the person at which the speaker is directed hears the audio. This device has applications where individuals in public settings (such as waiting rooms, transportation, museums and commercial centers) would like listen to audio without distracting others. The setting is the CES Unveiled show floor.
Greetings fellow NosillaCastaways. Allister here from New Zealand with a little bit of fun for those of you who have already upgraded your devices to iOS 10.
If you've been watching the recent announcements and coverage, you'll probably know that Apple have put quite a bit of time and effort into enhancing the Messages app, for use on the iMessage service. You can use apps in Messages to send money to a friend, collaborate on a to-do list, or exchange rich content like restaurant or movie details.
But far more importantly you can now use neat effects like lasers and slams to spice up your basic conversations and, of course, add stickers! Of all the new features, stickers seem to be burgeoning the most, and the simple reason for this is that they're really easy for developers to make.
If you're already an Apple developer, making a sticker pack is as simple as creating a new sticker pack project in Xcode and providing the images for the stickers, along with various sizes of icon to represent your sticker "app." That's pretty much it.
Now, if you're not a registered developer, you could download Xcode, make your sticker pack and load it on your own device for no outlay, but, well, Xcode is on the same list of applications with iTunes when it comes to users loving it, so I don't recommend it unless you're prepared to geek out a bit.
But what if you have some serious need for sticker goodness and you're also a died-in-the-wool NosillaCastaway? Well, I'm pleased to tell you that I have, with Allison's blessing, created a NosillaCastaway Podfeet sticker pack which contains stickers for each of Allison's podcasts, plus the infamous podfeet logo and Bart’s Programming By Stealth ninja. We're planning on adding some more stickers soon.
If you're on iOS 10, simply head to the App Store and search for "NosillaCast" to find the sticker pack, look for the podfeet, or there's a link in the show notes. They're free to download.