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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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DTNS 3132 Live – I Make Videos on the Internet

While Tom is away in Europe, Justin Robert Young hosts episode 3132 of the Daily Tech News Show with guests Jeff Cannata, Darren Kitchen, and Allison Sheridan. The group explores how Podcasting has evolved over the past decade and where it’s going. This episode was held live at the Los Angeles Podcast Festival at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown LA.

If you’ve already seen the official DTNS video, jump right to the outtakes for some fun:

Pre-show outtake at 46:08
Particularly funny moment at 49:30

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One Minute Time-Lapse of 2017 Solar Eclipse

I’ve included one last video of the 2017 solar eclipse (can you tell I can’t get enough of this?). This one is just the close up of the eclipse as it passes through totality. I’ve added some music for effect and have not included shots of the landscape and audience. Except for entry into and exit from totality, the video is time-compressed 10 to 1 to keep it one minute in length. A solar filter was removed just before totality began and reattached shortly after totality concluded. The music is “Mystic Spirit” by Digital Juice.

You can find how we recorded the eclipse while still enjoying the experience here: How Do You Capture a Total Eclipse … and Still Experience It?

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Eclipse 2017 from Madras, Oregon – 3 Minute Video

Jean MacDonald, Allison and I had the indescribable pleasure of viewing the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse in central Oregon near Madras. We arrived at 5 am at the one of the Round Butte Park overlooks in Cove Palisades State Park and met several people who joined us at our viewing location. Other than Jean, we didn’t know any of these people before the event but we made friends with all of them while sharing an awe inspiring experience.

You’ll hear us talk on the video about a couple solar flares we thought we saw: one on the right side and the other on the upper right quadrant of the sun’s corona. After the eclipse I checked high resolution NASA eclipse photos and confirmed there were indeed two solar flares just where we thought we saw them. Cool!

December 2017 Update: I was very pleased to see Google used a portion of my video in their “Google – Year in Search 2017” video which you can find here: Google – Year in Search 2017. It’s only a one-second clip that starts around 1 minute into their video. Look for where the guy in the lower right points upward toward the eclipse (they flipped my video horizontally). My 15 minutes of fame lasted only a second, but maybe I have another 14 minutes and 59 seconds coming?

To read about how I captured this and enjoyed the experience, read this post: How Do You Capture a Total Eclipse … and Still Experience It?

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PowerBeats3 vs Jabra Sport Headphones Comparison

Hi Allison, this is Steve back with a product review … well actually more of a product comparison. In my endless quest for the perfect sports headphones, I’ll compare the PowerBeats3 Wireless headphones that you recently got me for Father’s Day (thank you very much!) against the previous pair of headphones I used, the older model Jabra Sport Wireless+. As another comparison point, you can check out Allister Jenks’ excellent review of the BeatsX bluetooth headphones back in March.

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PowerBeats3 Wireless Headphones

Both the PowerBeats and Jabra Sport are Bluetooth headphones designed for use on the go or while involved with physical activity. Both headphones are wireless and connect to a Bluetooth enabled device, such as an iPhone. Both have external controls for volume, pause, skip ahead/back and call answering. You may have heard me talk about how almost all regular earbuds do not fit in my ears at all. For example, I haven’t been able to find a pair that will stay in my ears while running. So I depend on headphones that have hooks that attach the earbuds to my ears. Both the PowerBeats and Jabra Sport have these ear hooks to keep the earbuds in place while I’m active.

Bottom line is that I like the new PowerBeats3 headphones but there are still some situations where I prefer the Jabra Sport headphones, so I use both now, but each in different situations.

Now I’ve talked about these headphones’ similarities, so let me talk about where they differ.

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NAB 2017: Yi 4K+ Action Camera

Allison interviews Michael Rubin from Yi Technologies about their new 4K+ Action Camera. The Yi 4K+ records 4K video at 60 fps and can take photos in RAW format, both rare features on an action camera. The 4K+ will support live streaming with an “upcoming” firmware update and it has electronic image stabilization when shooting at 30 fps. The 4K+’s USB Type-C connector supports charging, connectivity to your computer, AV output, and an external mic and the camera comes equipped with a waterproof case. Learn more at https://yitechnology.com/yi-4k-plus-action-camera.

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NAB 2017: Ricoh’s New Generation Theta Camera

Allison interviews Kazunobu Saiki from Ricoh about their new generation Theta spherical camera which is a follow-on to the Theta S. This camera will provide 4K 30fps video with spatial audio to enhance the immersion experience. The new generation Theta will also support 4K live streaming and will come with an Android-based OS. It will support an open API so that developers can provide their own applications to run on the camera. The new gen Theta will be released “later this year.” Learn more at http://www.ricoh-imaging.co.jp/english/products/theta_series/

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