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  Updated Tue, 09 Feb 2016 21:38:22 +0000
Description Geek News: Latest Technology, Product Reviews, Gadgets and Tech Podcast News for Geeks
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Spün’s Smart Spoon Counts Calories at CES - Geek News Central
Category ces, health, Interview, Special Media, video, CES2016, diet, food, Health, nutrition
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Description: It seems like everyone’s counting calories these days but much of the time it’s not convenient or accurate. My calorie book says that banana has 102 calories but what size banana is that? Anyway, to help with this first world problem is Spün Utensils – that’s Spün as in “spoon” – and Scott finds out more from […]  more...

SpunIt seems like everyone’s counting calories these days but much of the time it’s not convenient or accurate. My calorie book says that banana has 102 calories but what size banana is that? Anyway, to help with this first world problem is Spün Utensils – that’s Spün as in “spoon” – and Scott finds out more from founder, Umar Bakhsh.

Spün uses a combination of technologies to count those calories. First, you take a picture of your plate loaded with food with the Spün app. The app identifies the individual portions of food – ham, eggs, potatoes – and gets you to confirm that it’s got it right. You then use the Spün smart utensil and as you eat from the plate, it works out the calories consumed. After so many mouthfuls, the app will let you know how many calories you’ve chomped, along with a breakdown of the food types.

The utensil itself is stylishly designed with interchangeable heads – there’s a fork and two sizes of spoon. No knife as everyone knows you don’t eat from knives!

Expected price is US$75 with general availability in June 2016. Pre-orders are being taken on the web site here, though at the moment it looks like it’s only registering interest.

Scott Ertz is a software developer and video producer at F5 Live: Refreshing Technology.

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Somabar Robotic Bartender mixes it up at CES - Geek News Central
Category ces, Home Automation, Interview, Special Media, video, beverage, CES2016, kitchen
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Description: The Somabar is robotic personal bartender that makes over 300 different drinks and listens to your drunken maudlin without complaining. Originally a Kickstarter project, the Somabar mixes spirits and infuse bitters to make the perfect cocktail in seconds. Scott drinks it all in with Dylan Purcell-Lowe, CEO of Somabar. Neatly designed for the stylish home, the Somabar has […]  more...

Somabar

The Somabar is robotic personal bartender that makes over 300 different drinks and listens to your drunken maudlin without complaining. Originally a Kickstarter project, the Somabar mixes spirits and infuse bitters to make the perfect cocktail in seconds. Scott drinks it all in with Dylan Purcell-Lowe, CEO of Somabar.

Neatly designed for the stylish home, the Somabar has six owner-refillable Soma Pods which hold liquid ingredients of choice, whether spirits, bitters or fruit juices. A connected smartphone app is used to call up the cocktail of choice which is then thoroughly mixed and dispensed by the Somabar. If there’s a particular recipe that you enjoy, it can be programmed into the app and the Somabar for your own custom drink.

The Somabar is currently in pre-order for US$429 with an expected delivery in July.

Of course, GNC always recommends responsible drinking and following alcohol consumption guidance as set by the relevant health body in your country.

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Kwikset’s Z-Wave Protocol Locks Provide Peace of Mind - Geek News Central
Category ces, Security, Kwikset
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Description: Everyone wants to keep their homes safe and secure. Kwikset is the largest lock manufacturer in the world. They make a whole series of products that can replace the door locks in your home with an updated, IoT version. Todd and Marlo spoke with Director of North American Sales and Business Development for Kwikset, Larry […]  more...

Kwikset logoEveryone wants to keep their homes safe and secure. Kwikset is the largest lock manufacturer in the world. They make a whole series of products that can replace the door locks in your home with an updated, IoT version.

Todd and Marlo spoke with Director of North American Sales and Business Development for Kwikset, Larry Goldman, at CES 2016. He discussed Kwikset’s new line of door locks that operate in the Z-Wave protocol. Z-Wave is a wireless technology that is similar to Bluetooth. The difference is that Z-Wave has been designed specifically for security and is part of the IoT platform.

Kwikset offers a series of products that replace the door locks in your home. It ranges from a simple keypad door lock to a touch screen door lock. These door locks operate wirelessly and run on 4 AA batteries (which can easily last for a year). You can connect these door locks to an app on your phone that will let you see which doors are locked or unlocked, to lock the door remotely, or to let someone in while you are not at home. This technology brings homeowners peace of mind.

Marlo Anderson is rounding up the latest technology news at The Tech Ranch.

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Velodyne LiDar Leads the Way for Autonomous Vehicles - Geek News Central
Category ces, autonomous vehicle, Velodyne LiDar
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Description: Google cars are autonomous vehicles that drive themselves. If you look at the top of a Google car, you will see technology from Velodyne LiDar. Those little devices use LiDar technology (which is a 3D viewing mechanism). They are key sensors for autonomous driving. Daniel spoke with President of New Business Development for Velodyne LiDar, […]  more...

Velodyne LiDAR logoGoogle cars are autonomous vehicles that drive themselves. If you look at the top of a Google car, you will see technology from Velodyne LiDar. Those little devices use LiDar technology (which is a 3D viewing mechanism). They are key sensors for autonomous driving.

Daniel spoke with President of New Business Development for Velodyne LiDar, Marta Hall, at CES 2016. Marta talked about the new generation of LiDar technology. The devices are a key sensor for not only autonomous driving but also for autonomous intelligence. Marta Hall explained that if you want to be very safe in an autonomous moving vehicle you need a system of safety that has autonomous intelligence. This technology can save lives.

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GNC #1094 Security and your Banking - Geek News Central
Category Podcast
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Description: I dig deep into some of the banking fraud that is happening and implore upon you to watch your statements closely. I also talk about a few things happening at RawVoice / Blubrry with some announcements and upcoming opportunities. Download the Audio Show File Show Links: Digital Bank Robbery. Superbowl Ads Sucked. AdBlock selling out? […]  more...

I dig deep into some of the banking fraud that is happening and implore upon you to watch your statements closely. I also talk about a few things happening at RawVoice / Blubrry with some announcements and upcoming opportunities.

Download the Audio Show File

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Show Links:
Digital Bank Robbery.
Superbowl Ads Sucked.
AdBlock selling out?
Lets send a message to Aliens.
Edgar Mitchell RIP.
Smart City Challenge.
Fighters need Airplane Bomb Trucks.
CISA is Law.
Verizon – Net Neutrality Violator?
Section 230.
Yelp Review cost Reviewers 350k.
AlienSpy Rat Malware.
Inside Tesla Nevada Deal.
White House WiFi Sucks.
AT&T to do 5G test.
Soda PDF.
Twitter Stream.
NASA Retro posters.
Pirate Bay Torrent Browser.
Android VR.
No Free Internet.
Wired to block the Blockers.
DHS Hacked.
SpaceX Launch 2-24.
Drunk Uber Driver.
Trane Thermostat hacked!
Google CEO hits Jackpot!

CentraLite Smart Switch Talks to Smart LED Bulbs - Geek News Central
Category ces, CentraLite, IoT
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Description: The Internet of Things is made up of several smart devices and appliances. The trick is to figure out what to do with this technology to make it work best for you in your home. CentraLite is “the man behind the curtain” that makes the IoT devices for a lot of companies that you have […]  more...

CentraLite LogoThe Internet of Things is made up of several smart devices and appliances. The trick is to figure out what to do with this technology to make it work best for you in your home. CentraLite is “the man behind the curtain” that makes the IoT devices for a lot of companies that you have heard of.

Daniel spoke with Director of Marketing for CentraLite, Jason Whatley at CES 2016. CentraLite is an IoT device manufacturer. They make things like smart sensors, thermostats, in-wall switches, and more for companies you’ve heard of like Samsung’s SmartThings and Lowe’s Iris system. CentraLite has been making IoT devices since before there was an “internet of things”.

One of the devices CentraLite makes is a Smart Switch. It solves two problems that home owners who use Smart LED bulbs have. One problem is that turning off the Smart LED bulbs kills the power to those bulbs. The other problem is that there isn’t a convenient way to turn a Smart LED bulb on or off without pulling out your smartphone. The Smart Switch is a device that goes over an existing light switch in your home. It locks out the switch and provides dimming buttons that talk to the LED Smart bulbs.

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AMPY is the World’s First Wearable Motion-Charger - Geek News Central
Category ces, AMPY, motion-charger
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Description: People use their smartphones all day long. This is especially true when a person attends a large conference and needs to conduct interviews, live tweet, or otherwise send along information. One of the problems that people run into is the possibility of running out of “juice” to power their devices. AMPY solves this problem with […]  more...

AMPY logoPeople use their smartphones all day long. This is especially true when a person attends a large conference and needs to conduct interviews, live tweet, or otherwise send along information. One of the problems that people run into is the possibility of running out of “juice” to power their devices. AMPY solves this problem with the world’s first wearable motion-charger.

Scott spoke with Co-Founder of AMPY, Alex Smith, at CES 2016. AMPY is a device that captures the kinetic energy from your motion throughout the day and turns it into power for your phone. The motion you make while walking around or exercising charges up the 1800mAH battery in AMPY. It is a portable charger that charges itself!

It is also possible to charge AMPY from a wall outlet with the use of a micro USB. AMPY can charge whatever devices you want it to (via a USB). One hour of exercise will give you up to 5 hours of extra phone battery life. The device has a form fitting shape. There is an accessory kit that you can use to strap the AMPY device to your arm.

AMPY is priced at $100 and is available through the AMPY website.

Scott Ertz is a software developer and video producer at F5 Live: Refreshing Technology.

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iRig Pro DUO for Recording on the Road - Geek News Central
Category audio, ces, Interview, Special Media, video, CES2016, portable
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Description: The iRig Pro DUO is the first portable dual channel mixer for recording to smartphones or laptops. Palm-sized, this is perfect for travelling and recording an impromptu jam on the road. Daniel hears more from IK Multimedia‘s Starr. Powered by AA batteries, USB or DC jack, the iRig Pro DUO has dual XLR / 1/4″ […]  more...

IK MultimediaThe iRig Pro DUO is the first portable dual channel mixer for recording to smartphones or laptops. Palm-sized, this is perfect for travelling and recording an impromptu jam on the road. Daniel hears more from IK Multimedia‘s Starr.

Powered by AA batteries, USB or DC jack, the iRig Pro DUO has dual XLR / 1/4″ combo  inputs, along with a MIDI interface. Output is through two 1/4″ TRS jacks or digitally to smartphone, laptop or PC, whether iOS, Android, Mac or Windows. The DUO includes a plethora of cables, including Lightning and USB cables.

The iRig Pro DUO is available now for around US$200.

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iKlip A/V Smartphone Mount - Geek News Central
Category camera, Interview, microphone, smartphone, Special Media, video, ces, CES2016
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Description: You’re covering an event and travelling light with a smartphone for video. For audio, you’ve got your radio mic but where’s the receiver to go? IK Multimedia have got it covered with the iKlip A/V smartphone mount for broadcast professionals. Daniel gets a demo from Starr. The iKlip A/V is the first portable mount with […]  more...

IK MultimediaYou’re covering an event and travelling light with a smartphone for video. For audio, you’ve got your radio mic but where’s the receiver to go? IK Multimedia have got it covered with the iKlip A/V smartphone mount for broadcast professionals. Daniel gets a demo from Starr.

The iKlip A/V is the first portable mount with a built-in pre-amp, allowing HD video from the smartphone to be matched with high quality audio from a radio mic. The mount can hold most standard-sized smartphones, and on the other side, there’s a XLR connection for the receiver. Output from the amp is a TRRS 3.5mm jack which is plugged into the smartphone to give great sound quality.

The iKlip A/V is expected to go on sale in Q2 2016 for around US$179.

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Olloclip Adds Lenses to Your Smartphone - Geek News Central
Category ces, Olloclip
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Description: Taking photos with your smartphone is quick and easy. Unfortunately, there are limitations to what the lens of a smartphone can do all by itself. The Olloclip was designed to improve the photos that you take with your smartphone. Daniel visited the Olloclip booth at CES 2016 to find out about what Olloclip can offer […]  more...

Olloclip LogoTaking photos with your smartphone is quick and easy. Unfortunately, there are limitations to what the lens of a smartphone can do all by itself. The Olloclip was designed to improve the photos that you take with your smartphone.

Daniel visited the Olloclip booth at CES 2016 to find out about what Olloclip can offer photographers. They have a range of photographic lenses and accessories for mobile phones. Most of their lenses are for iPhone, and some are also available for Android phones. These lenses are great for people who are traveling, for photo journalists, for media, and also for people who love taking photos.

The Olloclip Active Lens is composed of two different lenses. The Ultra-Wide lens expands the photographer’s field of view. It works on the front facing camera and the back facing camera. The Ultra-Wide lens is great for taking group selfies – because you can fit in a lot more people than you could with a typical smartphone lens.

The same device includes a Telephoto lens. It is a 2x telephoto lens. Line it up with the lens on your smartphone and it will sit snugly. This lens is great for taking photos that require a wider or closer view than what a smartphone lens can do. It is easy to switch between the two lenses as needed.

The OlloClip Active Lens is priced at $99.99 and is available through the OlloClip website.

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