SXSW: What’s going on with Lady Gaga ImageThink and Mark Cuban

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Sadly, we’re not at SXSW this year but that doesn’t mean we can’t help you navigate the news to know from beautiful Austin, TX.

SXSW Interactive is ripe with amazing panel discussions including chats with Mark Cuban , Neil deGrasse Tyson (get into the new Cosmos!), Lady Gaga keynote address), and Li’l Wayne (the man knows music). To document these events, a unique agency was brought in (again) to give those who love pretty pictures vs. flowery speech some insight on the discussions. In the same way I love video (well not quite the same), I’m loving ImageThink, the official illustrated recorder of the panel discussion at SXSW. Do they draw while the panel discussion is in progress? Yes. Do they generally get the gist of the discussions? Pretty much. Wouldn’t it be cool to have them help you explain, “where the file went” and how to get it back to you 65 year-old, techno-phobic aunt? Definitely. Check out their work below. Continue reading

CES 2014: Virtual Reality glasses gallery

On my way to Eureka Park in the Venetian, I had to stop an admire the evolution of the Virtual Reality Glasses and wearable tech. Take a look at the images below and see how far we’ve come from the block of black that covers your face to the rather elegant and stylish Wayfarer style glasses meant to replace your obsession with first-adopter-status-shouting Google Glass. Really, I think Continue reading

CES Press Day: LG’s Smart home, Safe home, Connected home

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Whew! What a day for new(ish) technology. We all knew connected home would be an even bigger deal this year, but LG started off press day with a rather interesting take on the Connected Home, calling it the Smart Home.

Beyond just being connected to your every iPhone or Android command, the Smart Home is a living, learning, responding and reacting environment. It notices you as you walk by. It knows you by name and recommends programming, sets lighting, tells you if you need more eggs. We saw a little of this technology Continue reading

CES: Innovation does not take a backseat

ImageEgad! There’s sooooo much to see, but Eureka Park, the innovation section of CES is looking really promising. Here’s a list of some of the top innovations that will be showcased:

CES is 2 days away. Are you ready?

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Consumer Electronics Show
runs January 6-10, 2014

Holy mackerel. I’m definitely not ready. But ready or not CES 2014 is about to launch with a flurry, nay, a blizzard of new technology, new gadgets, and new inspiration. Some may say that this electronics trade show is too close to the holidays and we should all be ashamed with ourselves for what could be seen as a continual push to sell more stuff. But we here at Geeks+Gadgets see CES as a refreshing look towards to the future and hope for narrowing the gap between where we are today with HDTVs, streaming devices, and tablet PC in a large portion of our homes (sometimes even two of each) and where I personally thought we would be. Ahem, jet pack please.

Here’s a quick run down of the top trends we’re expecting and hoping to see at CES 2014:

1. Gesture control – Leap Motion already did a great job introducing this technology to the world and our friends at Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo have done a superb job at making gesture control a part of our holiday (and beyond) home activities. Continue reading

SXSW: South By SouthWest

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Perhaps one of the most influential events when it comes to new “independent” music, new start-ups, and new independent film, South By SouthWest (SXSW) kicks off today.

Get ready for a seemingly endless flow of great music, intriguing technology, and coming-soon-to-a-small theater (but soon to be big in Japan) films.

Beyond the updates on what’s hot this week in Austin, TX, the Geeks+Gadgets blog will look at the ways new technology will help you save a penny or two.

If you happen to be one of the lucky few hundred thousand visitors that are in Austin for the next week, here is a short list of must-see panel discussions pulled from the SXSW PanelPicker:

It’s Reddit’s Web. We Just Live In It
Adrian Chen, Farhad Manjoo, Rebecca Watson
Friday March 8, 5-6 p.m.

Beyond Work/Life: Changing the Debate and Making Change
Anne-Marie Slaughter and Jessica Coen
Saturday March 9, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Hilton Austin, Salon JK

Make Me Care: Digital Storytelling to Affect Change
David Modigliani, Michele Norris, Susan Feeney
Saturday March 9, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Austin Convention Center, Room 5ABC

Global News After the Twitter Revolutions
Andy Carvin, Ayman Mohyeldin, Jim Frederick, Meredith Artley
Austin Convention Center, Room 12AB
Sunday March 10, 5-6 p.m.

Digital Drama: Growing Up in the Age of Facebook
Bill Keller, Clifford Nass, Danah Boyd, Emily Bazelon
Monday March 11, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Sheraton Austin, Capitol EFGH

Edison vs. Tesla & the Myth of the Lone Inventor
Matt Novak
Monday March 11, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Omni Downtown, Capital Ballroom

Time to Re-Boot: What’s Next for Podcasting
Colin Anderson, Helen Zaltzman, Jesse Thorn, Roman Mars
Monday March 11, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Austin Convention Center, Room 12AB

Why go to a panel discussion you say? If you don’t go to at least one, how can you really call it a business trip? Oh those? Who doesn’t have a trash bin full of business cards?!

TTFN

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CES 2013 Day 3 Review: the round up

Took a trip MommyTech and Kids@Play sections today to get a look at a few electronics that might be classed as toys and a few do-hickeys and thingamajigs that might make you go, “Brilliant!”

Kids’ tablets

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Of course, education (and distraction) of small children is the primary concern of any reputable mommy-focused event, focus-group, blog, or consortium. And the MommyTech at CES was no different. From the popular Leap Pad 2 created by youth educational pioneers, Leap Frog to the equally ambitious Android-based Vinci tablet that pushes the lower limits of the category to include children as young as 1 ½ years old. When asked what such a young child might do with a tablet, the Vinci rep proceeded to show me a few of the apps that mainly involved beating virtual drums and identifying shapes. As with the Nabi tablet and the forthcoming XO3 tablet from OLPC, parents are able to track their child’s progress using an included password-protected dashboard. One advantage of the Vinci is that it can be used as an Android device with the same ability to download apps. So who’s “toy” is it now?

R/C Robots: Death by robot chicken

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Okay, not robot chicken but Combat Creatures are more closely related to spiders… with an intimidating robot head and array of futuristic weaponry. From flying foam discs and rockets to Ping-Pong balls, the object of the match between these modular robots is to knock your opponents’ armor off. Seemingly easy… not so much. The best play is in a group and in an area where you can retrieve your ammunition easily as they fly quite far if the intended target is missed.

Notable: 3D Printers

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Get your crafting skills sharpened as 3D printers may be coming to store near you. Definitely more affordable, this 3D printer from Cube featured easy to use software that created toys, statues, shoes, and a bass guitar (okay, it made the parts and the booth team put it together.

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CES 2013 Day 2 review: the quick round up

 

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Apple iPad Mini with 3G/4G connectivity. So badly needed and couldn’t come soon enough. So many consumers thought that the proliferation of WiFi would be so great by now but oh, how wrong we were. Consumers are demanding uninterrupted access to content that often includes online content, especially with so many cloud-based applications. 3G and/or 4G connectivity will definitely raise the bar for the iPad mini to must-have status. See the news over at CNET.

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Connected cameras – Manufacturers like Canon and Nikon are reviving the point-and-shoot / novice market with low and mid-level cameras that are Wi-Fi enabled, have an Android OS and apps built in, but some can also can sync with your smartphone via Bluetooth in case you’re nowhere near a Wi-Fi connection, which is almost every time you are taking pictures.

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Hisense TVs - transparent 3D

Clear OLED TV – Hisense (Chinese TV Mfg.) showed off a transparent, no glasses-3D TV. More for in-store displays and design firms but very cool. Also showed off an array of connected home products see future post on the connected-home and Z-wave technology.

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Parlor games connect the family

Take a look at Sifteo and their game Chroma Splash. It looks novel but the game is fun, and addictive in that Angry Birds, Temple Run kind of way. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is their claim to mainstream notoriety but the other games are way more during “family time”. Play with a group. College drinking game in the making.

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Images courtesy of CNET.com

 Beautiful, paper thin TVs

Both Sony and Panasonic announce OLED 4K TVs. See Panasonic’s announcement about a 56” OLED 4K TV creating using a printing technique. And Sony’s unveiling here

Paper thin prototypes and a forecast of good things to come. No current pricing, but the consensus is if you have to ask…

More to come…

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CES 2013 Day 2 review: celebrities

Guess who we ran into when we trying to squeeze by the crowd at the Monster (audio) booth on Tuesday?

Tyson Beckford.

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I totally forgot to ask him about what it’s like to work with the great Ben Stiller and the always amusing, Owen Wilson.

As with every celebrity at the show, it’s all about getting those business cards in a fish bowl. Holla!

Evidently Nick Cannon, Shiela E, and a host of others. Guess I missed out.

50 Cent for SMS

Oh, you know who else says, “hello!”? That’s right. Dear ole 50 Cent and his crew from SMS Audioappeared on Wednesday in their booth. Signed a few autographs, shook some hands, even smiled a little for the pictures. He’s usually so solemn and stern so it was nice to see Mr. Cent smile. Tata for now.

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CES 2013 Day 1 review: One Laptop Per Child premiere XO Learning and XO Tablet

Quick update for your child’s future. More than a few us allow our children to play with our precious iPad or similar tablet PC. Manufacturers have recognized this and are putting out innovative products like the Nabi, the InnoTab, and the Fun Tab kids’ tablets with age-appropriate content that lets children learn as they play. So another player with a much broader scope is jumping into the fray. One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) is most famous for its promise to deliver an education through technology to underprivileged children around the world. Here are a few pics and a portion of the press release for both the OLPC xo-3 tablet and the learning system software that will help deliver on their promise on education for every child.

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Every child has dreams and XO Learning directs the child’s passion, creativity and energy for these dreams into a new user interface that has 12 dreams. Such dreams include “I want to be” an artist, a musician and a scientist. Each dream features a rich learning experience and applications, books, games and videos that allow children ages 3 to 12 to naturally explore their dreams and learn at the same time. Content within a dream has three levels, so as the child advances in his/her learning, there is no need to pay for additional apps or content. Every dream features a “hero”, a real person who personifies the dream.

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“The challenge in computing and education is to use the technology to develop new ways for children to learn. The rich content of the dreams allows the child’s natural passion to be directed into learning experiences,” said Giulia D’Amico, the lead designer of XO Learning.

OLPC teamed with the legendary designer Yves Behar of Fuse Project and his team to create the XO Learning user interface and cover.All of the content in XO Learning has been curated and selected for appropriateness and educational value by both OLPC and Common Sense Media, the leading non-profit reviewer of age appropriate computer-based content in the U.S. XO Learning also offers a full range of parental controls and user IDs for up to three children, a dashboard where the child or the parent can review usage, types of content and the skills the child is developing.

Read the full press release here.

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