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Each week, Rick joins his buddy Sully to talk tech on the Limpert Tech "SullyCast on Radio 105.7, formerly TalkRadio 640 WGST

Saturday
Jul012017

Limpert Tech "SullyCast" on Radio 105.7 and iHeartRadio - New Bicycling Tech

Atlanta and cycling.

Although Atlanta has historically been a city defined by the automobile, its increasingly compact urban form and mild climate are encouraging residents to cycle to work, shopping, and recreational destination.

Stats:

Miles of bike lanes in the city of Atlanta: 45.2
Miles of bike lanes proposed under the city's official transportation plan: 226

In 2013, Mayor Kasim Reed announced plans for Atlanta to become a top-10 cycling city—a goal that seemed a tad ambitious when he gave it a timeline of three years. But now that the 2016 deadline is here, the wheels are finally in motion: The Atlanta Regional Commission has approved a $1 billion plan to make the area safer for cyclists and pedestrians.

This will be the first time the city has developed a comprehensive trail plan that seeks to connect communities and the big multi-use paths—like the Silver Comet trail to Alabama, and the 22-mile Beltline around the city's core.
 

- Have a listen to Rick and Sully

1. City Bikes are back like... the Linus Pronto

Linus Pronto

The brand is already well-known for its collection of classy, vintage-inspired town bikes.  The Pronto is a range-expander bike—it’s meant as a graduation from occasional rides into more frequent, longer trips. The frame is aluminum, and the entire bike is eight pounds lighter than the brand’s Roadster. Positioning is a little more aggressive for nimble handling than the other models in the brand, and the 1x8 drivetrain provides range for climbing. The bike retails for $669; fenders come stock.
 

2. Lightweight disc brakes come to Bikes

 
Are disc breaks going from our cars to our bikes?

Disc brakes are becoming more and more popular. Bike companies are even beginning to release wholly re-designed bikes, purposely built to accommodate the additional braking power.

Now, with the recent proclamation by the UCI that they’ll give the brakes a second go in the WorldTour we reckon we’re about to see plenty of race bikes released with some lightweight stoppers.
 
3. Wind Blox

www.wind-blox.com

Improves safety for cyclists
 #1 Most Effective Wind Noise Blocker: Stops up to 80% of Wind Noise
Made of Technical Materials Cyclists Require
Easy Installation and Care
Reduce Windchill on Ears
Wind Noise Reduction for Bicycling

The quick bi-directional Velcro closure takes seconds to mount to either side of your helmet. You don't have to disassemble your helmet straps to install. They are durable, easy wash and dry, they don't come unglued, fray or matt.
 

4. Pedego Electric Bikes

www.pedegoelectricbikes.com

Pedego Electric Bikes make riding more fun. An electric bike is just like a regular bicycle - only better. You can pedal normally (or not), and get power when you want it. You have the freedom to go farther and faster, without getting too sweaty. You're empowered to conquer hills and headwinds with ease. There are plenty of reasons to ride an electric bike, and the best reason is simple - it's fun. And who doesn't like to have fun?
Pedego is the market leader. Prices start around $2,000
 

5. Linka Smartlock

-No ordinary bike lock
This is no run of the mill chain - it’s essentially a SWAT team for your bike. It’ll send you push notifications if it senses someone attempting to hack it off, deafening them with a 100 dB alarm. In the case of a thief succeeding in cycling off, the lock has a geolocator to help you catch up with them

Have a great 4th of July weekend!

Saturday
Jun242017

Limpert Tech "SullyCast" on Radio 105.7 and iHeartRadio - Miami Tech

Rick has been in Miami this week - always looking at the latest tech and for tech stories in and out of the world of sports

Rick and Sully talk Miami and a lot more...

1.  Miami as a "Tech Hub"

Miami is now the second most entrepreneurial city in the U.S., with the highest startup density in the country at 247.6 startups per 100,000 people, according to the Kauffman Index. Its privileged proximity to both New York and Silicon Valley will allow this emerging ecosystem to consolidate its position as an entrepreneurial hub with the arrival of accelerators and VC funds.

Rather than trying to be the next Silicon Valley, Miami is following the lead of emerging tech hubs like Austin and Boulder, and is focusing on its strengths.

Miami is a city of many traits. Historically recognized for the sun, beach and tourists of South Beach, it has now become much more than that. With one of the most diverse populations in the country, Miami is the strategic capital of the Americas, binding Brazil and Spanish-speaking Latin America (LatAm) to the U.S. market.

2. A New Miami Tech Scene Came About Seven Years Ago

(Much like the current Atlanta tech scene, it involves people working together...
When “some of today’s most relevant players started forming and getting together,” as The Miami Herald’s Nancy Dhalberg put it. Florida International University hosted its first Americas Venture Capital Conference (2010), Susan Amat co-founded The Launch Pad at University of Miami (2008) and soon after she started Venture Hive, Miami’s most iconic incubator.

But is was in 2012 when, inspired by Dave McClure’s Geeks on a Plane stop in the city, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation decided Miami had a great shot at becoming a startup capital. Since then, the foundation started accelerating and funding different local initiatives, bringing new players to the scene and becoming instrumental in Endeavor, Venture for America, LaunchCode, Emerge, IME, The Idea Center, The LAB and 500 Startups, among others, landing in the city.
 

3. Marlins Park Retractable Roof  - Keeps fans cool and comfortable on hot and humid days


    Three panels elevated over the playing field and ballpark canopy.
    560 foot span, track to track - just short of two football fields in length.
    338,000 square feet of roof surface areas, or 7.76 acres.
    13-minute operation time from fully closed to fully open position.
    Roof panels can be operated independently to produce micro shading effects.
    Fifth retractable roof built over a ballpark in the U.S.

The retractable roof consists of three metal decked operable panels: one upper panel and two lower panels. The East and West panels are at a lower elevation over the stands and the center panel is at the highest elevation with 200 feet clear over second base to allow for "pop-flies". The retractable roof mechanization system is supported by two horizontal concrete track beams approximately 548 feet apart and 750 feet long.

When open, the Center Panel retracts to the west main entrance plaza and the East and West panels will retract underneath the Center panel.

The challenge is to move a combined 19 million pounds within 13 minutes, traveling at a speed of 39 feet per minute.



4. Everything Points to Miami's hosting of the MLB All Star Game in a few weeks

- No city does a sports party like Miami.
Improvements being made all over the city as it hosts the 2017 MLB All Star Game
New ridesharing pickup point at Marlins Park

The game and related activities, being produced by Major League Baseball and the Miami Marlins, are expected to generate about $70 million in economic impact and attract thousands of visitors, including television and radio crews from 57 countries. The event is broadcast to 100 million homes worldwide.

The downtown authority allocated $50,000 earlier this year to help support several events. Among them is Play Ball Park, a program that provides sports and educational activities for youth baseball and softball players and their families. Held at Bayfront Park, Play Ball Park will be open July 7 through 10 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, as well as July 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and July 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free.
The Electric Run, being billed as the “Major League Baseball All Star 5K,” is also partially funded by the authority. On July 8 at 8 p.m., participants will cross the PortMiami bridge to reach Bayfront Park.

On Sunday, July 9, the authority will be a sponsor of All-Star Zumba in Bayfront Park at 9:30 a.m. and the All-Star Gala at the Pérez Art Museum Miami from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. It is also a sponsor of the Red Carpet Show and Parade on July 11 at 12:30 p.m. The parade will kick off at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel and continue to the AmericanAirlines Arena.

By July 1, the authority expects to have furnished to 18 host hotels, 15 of which are downtown, brochures to guide visitors to restaurants, shopping, museums and other attractions. They are to be placed in each guest room and at the concierge counter.

The Downtown Ambassadors will also be on the streets daily to help provide directions and answer any questions visitors may have, an authority spokesperson said.
 

5. Miami Science Barge

http://www.miamisciencebarge.org/

The Science Barge is a floating marine laboratory and public environmental education center by the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science that catalyzes the local effort to build a sustainable Miami. It was conceived and designed by Ted Caplow and Nathalie Manzano as a floating environmental innovation lab, and opened to the  public in 2016. The Science Barge became part of Frost Science a year later to continue the mission  of science education and sustainability. Located on Biscayne Bay, in Downtown Miami’s Museum Park, the barge hosts a variety of living systems and marine experiments that display cutting-edge science and engage the public with their environment.

On board there are hydroponic systems, solar panels and more. The platform is designed to be a major focal point for STEM education and sustainability initiatives in Miami by showcasing Miami’s unique ecology and providing the forum to discuss the city’s future.

The Barge has passenger capacity up to 140 people.

Sunday
Jun182017

Limpert Tech "SullyCast" on Radio 105.7 and iHeartRadio - New Home Tech and Gadgets

Time to spruce up your home with the latest tchnology?

Take your home to the next level with any of these gadgets, and pretty good price points, too.
 


Rick and Sully discuss:



1.  Rachio - The most connected smart sprinkler controller
http://www.rachio.com/

Rachio Becomes First Smart Home Company to Earn Prestigious "B Corp" Certification for its Commitment to Sustainability

Rachio surpassed a major milestone: it has helped homeowners save three billion gallons of water in the last three years: that’s two years of drinking water for everyone in NYC!

Rachio is also the first smart home company to earn the prestigious B Corporation certification. B Corp honors companies that use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems, and meet the highest standards of social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability.

Rachio is World’s First Smart Sprinkler Controller to Deliver Full Integration with the Google Assistant

Rachio is now compatible with the Google Assistant and SmartThings, in addition to leading platforms like Amazon Alexa, Nest, Xfinity, Control4, Crestron, IFTTT, Nexia and Wink, making Rachio the most connected smart sprinkler on the market.
 

2. Notifi - Video Doorbell Stsyem
https://www.heath-zenith.com/notifi

Heath Zenith's notifi video doorbell system. It's similar to Ring, but two unique features include: it's cordless -- the energy source is the lightbulb, and it's camera is designed so it inconspicuously attaches to your existing light fixture. The Notifi system provides a live-stream of video from the Notifi camera to your mobile device that is viewable at any time.

You can also record and save the video. About $70 on Amazon.
 

3. Chamberlain MyQ Smart Garage Door  - now for $129 and about $30 for extra controllers

Open and close your garage door, even when you aren't at home. Plus, get alerts on your smartphone whenever someone opens or closes the garage door, or simply check to see whether you left it open.
Includes Wi-Fi hub with mounting bracket and 1 door sensor
Wi-Fi hub can be mounted on the included bracket, and the door sensor easily attaches to your garage door.

Also includes power cord, user manual and instructions for free app download.


4. Hisense 35 pint small Home Dehumidifier
www.hisense-usa.com

$149

Control humidity in your home and keep it fresh and dry with the Hisense DH35K1W ENERGY STAR 35-Pint 2-Speed Dehumidifier. It quietly collects water into the slide-out internal bucket or discharges the water if you connect a garden hose (not included) through the side of the cabinet. Reliable and eco-friendly, this dehumidifier can operate at temperatures as low as 38-degrees Fahrenheit. Three operating modes (manual set, continuous and auto dry) and the very low sound level make this a great choice to protect and remain comfortable in your home.

Additional features include a programmable 24-hour on/off timer, adjustable humidistat, and full-tank alert/shutoff.


 

5. Dripo - the cool Coffee Brewer that fits anywhere

www.getdripo.com
$34.95
Meet the simple coffee brewer. Dripo is a 2-in-1 iced-drip coffee device that works as your cold-brew coffee maker and as a portable tumbler, so you can enjoy your fresh cold brew on the go. It's perfect for use at home or on-the-go with its simple design and incredible ease of use. Cold brew has become a popular coffee beverage, but who can afford to spend a fortune at a coffee shop or grocery store? Ready-to-drink cold brew is typically prepared on your own at home at least 24 hours in advance. Making cold brew used to be a messy and frustrating process. Now, you can make single serve cold brew in the same cup you drink it out of with Dripo. Great for anyone that is a coffee drinker.


Sunday
Jun112017

Limpert Tech "SullyCast" on Radio 105.7 and iHeartRadio - Dad's Day Gift Ideas

It's time to reward and honor Dad.  June 18 is Father's Day and it's the perfect time to introduce some new tech and gadgets into Dad's life.


He may say he doesn't really want or need anything, but he really does.

Have a listen:

Bass Pro Shops Free Kids' Fishing Weekends - Rick was out at Bass Pro Shops this week for their big announcements
June 10,11  June 17,18
 

Rick and Sully discuss some Dad's Day Tech



1.  Columbia Golf and Sportswear

Golfers want to fish; anglers want to play a round of golf. Why not do both in Columbia Sportswear? The PFG collections allows one to go from golf course to fishing boat with the Tamiami II or Bahama II shirts. These shirts "breathe" and are designed to shield the sun, while being cool and comfortable. Also check out Columbia shorts, rainwear, 1/4 zips and vests at www.columbia.com
 

2. Beltology - versatile belts

www.beltology.com

Beltology is a digitally native belt brand that designs and manufactures modern, expressive belts interwoven with flex, allowing for maximum comfort and flexibility, whether you’re at work or playing golf. Beltology styles are researched and tested; they meld style and science, giving serious players the perfect stretch for the perfect backswing. They also don’t have set holes, allowing adjustability after the 19th hole as well.
In recent years, golfers and non-golfers alike have flocked to Beltology for its versatile styles, all-day comfort and modern materials. We even have some PGA Tour players who wear the belt on and off the golf course.
Each belt features premium (and often unexpected) materials and thoughtful details: a classic woven strap, leather trimming, and a custom buckle — all meticulously hatched with function in mind. The Litmus -- a stretch full-leather belt in a range of neutrals -- encapsulates Beltology meticulous attention to detail, craftsmanship and premium materials. By melding unmatched performance and unparalleled style, Beltology presents a superior golf belt. &60-$85
 

3. Orbit Wallet

Orbit Wallet (MSRP $109.99), is the world’s most high-tech wallet.  The Orbit Wallet offers RFID blocking for credit card security, has a built-in Orbit device for locating when lost. Orbit Wallet owners will never be left without power, with its built-in 2500mAh battery, allowing at least one full recharge, and a micro-USB and lightning adapter for compatibility with a wide range of smartphones.
 

4. Samsung Galaxy S8 - Android Phone - AT&T

- Getting 5-star reviews across the board
The Samsung Galaxy S8. It unlocks with a look, communicates with you, connects to your home, can handle a splash(11), and can pretty much take you anywherStream DIRECTV1 data-free on the world's first Infinity Screen.
The Galaxy S8 is an HDR certified smartphone, so you can watch shows and films the way they were meant to be seen. The big screen has room for multiple windows, so you can watch a video and text at the same time.e with Gear VR. And meet Bixby, the assistant that learns from you to help you do more.
- Samsung's best camera, now even smarter
- Facial recognition or iris scanner features. Unlock your phone and its contents with a glance from you.
- Better Battery
- Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835
This phone does it all.
 

Gent's Golf and Fashionable Hats

Don't just buy a golf hat, but a hat that will last and make a statement from Gent's. Gent's Golf and Sports Performance caps are made with lightweight material that features moisture wicking, quick-dry performance fabric and adjustable strap-backs that complement an active lifestyle. Gent's caps are perfect for your morning run, multiple rounds of golf, and walk on a beach against a picturesque sunset. See at: www.gentsco.com
 BB&T Atlanta Open Tickets:

Makes a great Father's Day gift. Sully asked me for an update. It's time to get your tickets now at www.bbtatlantaopen.com.

Saturday
Jun032017

Limpert Tech "SullyCast" on Radio 105.7 and iHeartRadio - SVG College Sports Summit

Thursday and Friday, the SVG College Sports Summit was in town at the OMNI CNN Center and Rick is an attendee every year. The Summit focuses on everything tech-related that colleges around the country use to broadcast their athletic events.

See more at www.svgcollege.com

And here is what he saw:



1. Storytelling

Branding and telling your story is the job of these college broadcast teams when it comes to sports teams. Fans want more, sponsors want exposure and the teams want to win.
 

2. Social Streamng and a The Facebook Video Boot Camp

Facebook has completely changed the game for sports video production and distribution and its only at the SVG College Sports Summit where you can sit down with Facebook minds and industry colleagues to take your work on this exciting platform to new heights.
 

3. The Largest Technology Showcase In the Summit’s History
- and the theme here is the tech is becoming more affordable.

A chance to check out some of the coolest sports-production technology bult just for your needs? You will want to make sure to spend some time among the 48 tabletop exhibits that will feature all kinds of goodies for all parts of the sports video production ecosystem.

This year’s exhibitors are AJT Systems, AT&T, Avid, Blackmagic Design, BlueFrame Technology, Calrec/DiGiCo, Canon, ChyronHego, Clear-Com, Comrex, Convergent Design, Creative Dimersions, Digicaster/Digital Comm Link, Evertz, EVS, FX Design Group, Globecomm, Grass Vallet, Harman, Ikegami, Imagine Communications, Integrated Microwave Technologies, Joseph Electronics, JVCKENWOOD, LiveU, LTN Global Communications, Markertek, Multidyne, Neutrik, NewTek, Niles Media Group, Panasonic, Quantum, Riedel Communications, Ross Video, SimplyLive, Sony, SportZcast, Telescope, Telos Alliance, Teradek, TV Graphics, TVU Networks, Vizrt, Wave Central/CP Communications, and Wesco.


4. Camera and Lens Technology

4k cameras are becoming more the norm, while sometimes lenses are kept for years and years.

5. Videoboards.... not Scoreboards

The new age of digital may be shaking up the college sports media world but the one area that has remained strong and constant for collegiate sports video production professionals over the years is fan engagement in venue. At the SVG College Sports Summit, attendees will be treated to a panel conversation and a special workshop track dedicated to everything in-venue video and the marketing goals behind it.

Boards and I mean, multiple displays around the stadium or arena are doing a lot more than showing the score.


*** Don't forget!  Hurricane Season Started this Week

June 1 marks the official start of the Atlantic Hurricane Season, which continues through November 30. In an average season, based on data from 1981 to 2010, 12 named tropical cyclones should be expected, with 6 of these reaching hurricane intensity, and 3 developing into major hurricanes.

“This outlook is a general guide to the expected overall activity during the upcoming hurricane season,” the National Weather Service (NWS) Climate Prediction Center says. “It is not a seasonal hurricane landfall forecast, and it does not predict levels of activity for any particular location.”

The official NOAA 2017 Atlantic hurricane season outlook indicates a 45% probability of an above-normal season, a 35% probability of a near-normal season, and a 20% probability of a below-normal season. This outlook calls for between 11 and 17 named storms. This already includes the pre-season Tropical Storm Arlene, which occurred in April. Of these named storms, between five and nine of them could reach hurricane intensity, with between two and four of these becoming major hurricanes — Category 3 or above.
Download the FEMA App - iOS or Android, also in Spanish
https://www.fema.gov/mobile-app

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