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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

Friday
Nov112016

Limpert Tech "SullyCast" on Radio 105.7 - Surviving that Middle Seat or Flight From Hell

It's the holiday season and that not only means "Merry Christmas" and Mistletoe, it means the dreaded holiday travel season and that means delayed and packed flight and everything involved with flying testing your patience.

You might even have to deal with an oversold flight or a middle seat on a 737.  

Rick and Sully talk a little travel this week...

What to do if you find yourself in 18B, which is probably a middle seat? Let's take a look and listen...

 

1. Sleep and that Neck Pillow

Sleeping upright can be a possibility—even in the middle seat. Make sure you have the right neck or travel pillow for your body, whether that's a standard neck pillow, a shoulder-wrapping Travelrest Pillow, or even a jacket that converts into a pillow. Though they may not be as cuddly as their foam-filled counterparts, consider blow-up travel pillows for their space-saving qualities. For more convenience, there are now blow up travel pillows.
 

 
2. Noise-Canceling Headphones

Ask any road warrior what to look for in a pair of headphones, and they will say noise-canceling. For just a few hours, a pair of good headphones can be a middle-seat passenger's best friend. The right set tuned to a good movie or music can take your mind off the otherwise muscle-contorting rigors of the middle seat.

Samples: Bose, Beats by Dre BiGR.
 
3. Airline Apps

Make sure you have the app of the airline you are flying downloaded on your phone or tablet. If you get delayed or if there are weather problems, sometimes you can get info and make changes easier on your app, rather than dealing with a gate agent.
 

4. The Airhook

Give your airline seat, especially a middle seat a comfort upgrade. The Airhook is a legroom-saving airline travel accessory that holds your beverage and electronic device. Available here for $22.45.
 

5.  Best "In Air" apps

Tripit published some suggestions here: https://www.tripit.com/blog/2015/02/best-apps-for-inflight-entertainment.html

Conde Nast published some Flight Tracker apps which help pass the time: http://www.cntraveler.com/stories/2013-10-16/best-apps-for-tracking-flights

Friday
Nov042016

Limpert Tech "SullyCast" on Radio 105.7 - Home Safety Tech

Keeping things safe around the home is of paramount importance.

Have a listen:




1. Logitech Home Security Camera

$149 on sale

Watch over home from anywhere with Circle’s innovative security features. Enjoy unlimited 1080p HD video with night vision, advanced motion filtering with smart alerts, and multi-camera connectivity. Plus, with free 24-hour and subscription cloud storage solutions, you can access surveillance footage wherever you are.
Engage in live two-way conversations and download fun and memorable moments directly from the app. Circle is portable too, so you can follow the fun wherever it goes.

 


2.  Winix Wi-Fi Air Purifier


The WINIX HR1000 Air Purifier combines advanced air cleaning technologies with user centric elegant design, to create an elite member of the Winix family; best used in any area of the home. Sporting a 5-Stage air purification system with Washable Pre-Filter, Coated Deodorization (CD) Carbon Filter, Anti-microbial True HEPA Filter and WINIX PlasmaWave Technology.The HR1000 is one of our premier Wi-Fi enabled products; compatible with the WINIX SMART app.
Features 5-stage filtration:

    Washable pre-filter - removes large particles
    Carbon filter - removes odors and gases
    HEPA filter - removes microscopic airborne particles
    Anti-microbial HEPA coating - prevent mold and bacteria growth
    Winix PlasmaWave Technology - reduces odors, gases and chemicals

Easy-to-use digital controls
Child lock prevents tampering
Built-in handles for easy transport
An air quality indicator informs you about the current quality of your indoor air with 3 color readings. Quality levels include good (blue), fair (amber), and poor (red).
An Auto Mode automatically adjusted based on indoor air quality readings
There are four fan speeds
Sleep Mode runs the fan on its lowest speed and disables the air quality light for easy nighttime sleeping
A timer allow operation of 1 hour, 4 hours, or 8 hours
 

3. Roqos Router

$19.99 and then a monthly subscription
Roqos, the first-ever cloud-based Wi-Fi router service that provides enterprise-grade cybersecurity and parental control features has some tips for anyone who uses a home Wi-Fi router, especially some parental technology support.

While you enjoy fast Internet access through Roqos Core Wi-Fi router, your home will be safe from inappropriate content, malware, viruses and attacks.
Roqos Core Wi-Fi router is available in three attractive colors.
 


4.  Fireplace Safety Screen

Fireplaces and other hearth products are beautiful, functional additions to any home, but they can pose a risk when not used and attended to with proper vigilance.

Ensure that a safety screen is securely in place when your hearth is in operation to reduce the risk of potential burns, especially when children are present.
 

5.  Carbon Monoxide Monitor

* Home Alert makes one for $44

Carbon monoxide detectors are a lot like smoke detectors, but instead of looking for signs of fire, they detect levels of carbon monoxide. Depending on the brand, detectors operate in one of three ways: with a biomimetic sensor, metal oxide semiconductor, or electrochemical sensor.
Biometric sensors use gels that change color after absorbing a certain amount of carbon monoxide. Metal oxide semiconductors have silica chips that send electrical signals to trigger an alarm. Electrochemical sensors are considered to be the best in the industry. They use chemical solutions and electrodes that release currents to sound an alarm.

You'll want to install carbon monoxide detectors like smoke detectors—on every level of your home. For areas with more carbon monoxide producing appliances, like your kitchen, garage, and basement, you should install multiple detectors.
 

6.  Screentime App

www.screentimelabs.com

The Screen Time app—built for parents by parents and born out of one father’s struggle witnessing his eldest son develop an unhealthy attachment to technology—is designed to help people manage their kids’ screen time to ensure they are enjoying the benefits of tech in balance with offline socialization, activities and adventures.
Yet many parents have not considered what impact the new devices will have on their children’s lifestyle balance. While technology has benefits—from developing language skills to learning enhancements—too much of it can have adverse effects on kids, contributing to behavioral issues, obesity, sleep irregularity and more.
American Academy of Pediatrics Screen Time Recommendations: only video-chatting for children under 18 months; only high-quality programming for toddlers 18-24 months with parental co-viewing; no more than one hour of supervised screen time per day for kids ages 2 to 5; and consistent limits for youth over age 6—and yet many children are logging up to seven hours of screen time per day, including TV, tablets, smart phones, computers and other devices (read more here and here).

Friday
Oct282016

Limpert Tech "SullyCast" on Radio 105.7 - Halloween Tech Safety Tips

While Halloween is an exciting time for kids, it can be a nerve-racking time for parents, with safety being their top priority. Gone are the days of turning your children loose in the neighborhood to go door-to-door without a safety plan in place.

Some tech safety tips for Halloween

Have a listen:

 

1.  Don't Let Kids Go Alone and Carry Flashlights

Children under the age of 12 should never be turned loose to go door-to-door without adult supervision.  It’s always best to go out in groups and stay in the neighborhoods you are most familiar with using the sidewalk and remaining on well lit streets as you navigate the neighborhood.
Kids should carry flashlights with fresh batteries or glow sticks so they are visible to cars and motorcycles.  Include reflector tape on the bottoms of shoes for added protection.
 

2.  RedPanicButton.com

Are you in distress? Do you feel threatened? Don’t panic!
Just push THE RED PANIC BUTTON!

The app will immediately send an SMS and an E-MAIL containing your GPS coordinates in a Google Maps link to all your emergency contacts! Get out of trouble, find your child or help others with only ONE button push on your phone screensaver!

 



3.  If You Need to Check Out Your Neighbors

Make sure you know the neighborhood and who lives there. You can do a quick search on BeenVerified.com to see if your new neighbors have any skeletons in their closet.

The most popular times to trick-or-treat are 5:30-9:30pm. There is safety in numbers, so it is best to stick to these times when canvasing the neighborhood.



4.  Be Mindful of Dogs and Carry Dog Treats to Make 4-legged Friends

- Dogs don't like Halloween and Halloween Costumes.

Beware of dogs you don’t know and advise kids not to pet dogs you meet along the trick-or-treat route. Dogs can be nervous around little kids, especially ones dressed like ghouls and goblins. Have someone in your group carry dog treats to make friends.
 

5.  Dcorate your Kids’ Costumes and Candy Bags with Reflective Tape

One type is

3M Scotchlite Reflective Tape, Silver, 1-Inch by 36-Inch
 
You should decorate your kids’ costumes and candy bags with reflective tape to make them more visible on the dark streets.

Friday
Oct212016

Limpert Tech "SullyCast" on Radio 105.7 - The 'Eyes' Have It

Saving and protecting our eyes. Rick and Sully talk new types of glasses and eyewear at great price points.  Sully wears glasses, let's see what he thinks...

Have a listen and the show notes are below:

 

1.  Dharma Co. Eyewear: The Majestic Glasses That Just Stepped on the Scene

Dharma Co., inspired by world travelers, visionaries, and citizens of the world, Dharma Co. features high-quality, ethically-crafted products that radiate easy, cool and subtle sophistication. The company aims to make a positive impact on both the eyewear industry and the world using glasses: the accessory that never goes out of style!

The mission of Dharma Co. is to create eclectic, high-quality, ethically-crafted products that uphold the company's "Dharma" - their duty - to make a positive impact on both the eyewear industry and society. Dharma Co. hopes to inspire their customers to explore new perspectives, to live more sustainably, and to care for their fellow human beings.

Driven by this passion to humanize the industry's landscape founder of Dharma Co., Dhruv Jagasia, was practically raised in the eyewear industry. After years of observing certain patterns of sameness - overpriced, poorly-made products, purely profit-driven brand philosophies and a total lack of transparency - he decided in 2014 that he needed to shake things up. Dhruv set out to build a community of people who loved exploring and sharing, and whose insatiable curiosity led them to discoveries about both the world and their inner selves.
For Fall 2016, the Introductory Collections Include:

·      METAL: These sleek and sophisticated metal frames, crafted from ion-plated metal and high-grade acetate, are both smart and sexy.

·      OPTICAL CLASSICS: Built on decades of influential style, the Optical Classics are timeless and universally-attering.
No more $600 frames now they are $149
 



2. Popticals Sunglasses

Popticals are high-performance sports sunglasses that extend from a portable size for the active outdoor lifestyle. Popticals are a line of compact, ultra-convenient sports sunglasses that pop-out from a small size, offering portability and performance for the active outdoor lifestyle.

You will be interested to learn about the Popticals patented design: they extend from a compact, portable size to a pair of high-quality wrap-around sunglasses in one easy movement. Popticals are made in Italy and feature polarized ZEISS lenses that provide 100% UV protection as well as shatter and scratch resistance. They were designed with portability and performance in mind and are perfect for on and off the green.  Popticals™ Wrap-Around Sports Sunglasses Feature Patented Frame Technology that Transforms to Fit in the Palm of Your Hand.

The Popticals Introductory line will be available in 5 styles and 25 SKUs, with an MSRP starting at $169. Retail packaging includes a compact hard storage case, lens cleaning cloth, and case carabiner.
Popticals will make their debut on retailer shelves in 2016.
 
 

3. Peltor Sport shooting glasses

Anti-fog
Low-profile, flexible temples are ideal for use with hearing protection. Contemporary, lightweight and wraparound lens design provides excellent coverage and good field of vision. Provides 99.9% UV protection. The lens is constructed of a polycarbonate, gray lens with anti-fog coating. Meets ANSI Z87.1-2010
$10-15
 


4. Nectar

Armed to take on the screen and save your eyes Nectar has launched strain reducing computer glasses you're addicted to your devices according to science. Sporting 4 styles - the Hibro, Round, Vegas and Wayfarer.

Digital eye strain is the physical discomfort felt after two or more hours in front of a digital screen and is associated with the close to mid-range distance of digital screens, including desktop and laptop computers, tablets, e-readers and smartphones.

Prolonged periods of use appear to exacerbate symptoms of eye strain as 96 percent of Americans who experience digital eye strain spend two or more hours each day using devices. A combination of factors foster the onset of digital eye strain, including the proximity of the screen, the frequency and duration of use and the degree of exposure to high-energy visible (HEV) or blue light emitted by video screens.

• BLUE FILTER = MORE SLEEP - Strain Cutters reflect blue light that strains your eyes and disturbs your sleep cycle.
• IMPROVE YOUR WORLDLY VISION - Our Strain Cutters improve color contrast between objects to make your world more vibrant.
• PROTECTIVE COATINGS PROTECT YOUR SHADES - Anti-glare, anti-scratch coating, and 100% UV protection.

Product Link: https://www.nectarsunglasses.com/collections/computer-glasses
 
There is also a model called "The Sully"
 

5. Julbo Eyewear

For skiers
The Aerospace goggle is your one-lensed solution to clarity on the hill. Whether riding the chairlift or carving a groomer, this goggle’s newly developed SuperFlow system allows the NXT lens to be pulled away from the rider’s face, ensuring maximum ventilation and zero fog.

The Vermont glasses are quintessential Julbo collector’s item, featuring a Spectron 4 Polycarbonate lens, leather nose piece, and side shields to keep the brightest sunshine away from your eyes. Made for the rockstar, the mountaineer, and everyone in between, these sunnies embody timeless design with modern capabilities.
 



Thursday
Oct132016

Limpert Tech "SullyCast" on Radio 105.7 - New Sports Apps

Rick and Sully talk new sports apps this week.

Sports are the breeding ground for what hits the mainstream in this country and around the world.

Have a listen

1.  New NHL app

For hockey fans...

In one of the first major new product launches since MLB Advanced Media took control of the NHL's digital assets, the league next week is expected to roll out a new mobile app called Arena that is modeled after the Ballpark app that MLBAM introduced in 2012, according to sources close to the leagues. Think or either a "second screen" mode or  way to heep up with what is happening on each trip up and down the ice.
 
2.  BioMech

The sports biomechanical company is on the verge of something huge for the golf industry when it comes to putting. A new sensor that gets attached to your putter along with am app it set to debut.
Get immediate feedback either right on the sensor or through the app. Not only on 8-foot straight putts, but putts of any distance with breaks.

Rick has been in the great state of Connecticut this week looking at the media debut of the app and sensor and it works. More golf and sports apps and products to come from BioMech
 


3. Parkmobile

Parkmobile could help solve the problem of parking at sporting events
Parkmobile is an innovative app that is working across nationwide to help user find parking spots in real-time and pay using their smartphones.  People will no longer need to fumble with cash, coins, or even cards at machines.  

Parkmobile provides a new and better way to pay for parking on your smartphone and is available for different devices iPhone, Android phones, Windows phones, and any tablet.  Registration for Parkmobile can also be done through the website at http://us.parkmobile.com/ or via the QR code found at Parkmobile signs.  After you have downloaded the app and registered you will link payment to either your MasterPass, Visa Checkout, or Paypal account.
 

4. The new and updated Twitter App

Twitter is making a play for people’s living rooms, unveiling an app in Sept. for Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Microsoft’s Xbox One that will showcase its bet on live content.
Twitter’s new free app includes live streams of 10 National Football League Thursday night games, and all live videos from MLB Advanced Media, the National Basketball Association, Pac-12 Networks, Campus Insiders, Bloomberg News and the business news start-up Cheddar. This spring, Twitter beat Facebook and other technology companies to win the rights to live stream the N.F.L. games on Thursday nights. Twitter agreed to pay the league around $1 million a game and to let the N.F.L. handle some of the ad sales. Mr. Noto once was the N.F.L.’s chief financial officer.
 

5. Fox Sports VR mobile app

Live VR of college football on Fox.
By hooking their phones up to a Samsung Gear VR or Google Cardboard, viewers be able to watch the game in its full, immersive glory. Those who don’t have a headset will still be able to interact and watch in a 360-degree video setting. It’s the first of three or four college football games the company plans to broadcast in VR — in addition to its regular telecast — this season.
 

6.   Arccos Golf announcing the launch of its second-generation system, Arccos 360

Boasting low-profile sensors that are more than 50% smaller and lighter than the original Arccos system, Arccos 360 ($249.99) also showcases a powerful new shot detection algorithm that increases accuracy and virtually eliminates the need for editing. Additional features include:
Features:

    Battery Guarantee – Certified for a minimum of two years without charging
    Power Saving – Allows users to play rounds in airplane mode, dramatically reducing phone battery drain and eliminating data roaming during international travel
    GPS 2.0 – Hands-free shot mapping combined with rangefinder distances in yards or meters to any point on more than 40,000 courses  
Arccos 360 consists of 14 ultralight sensors that easily attach to the club grip and communicate with a free app for iOS and Android devices. The system seamlessly records every shot a golfer makes, analyzes the data in real time and reveals strengths and weaknesses to enhance on-course decision-making. Unlike competing products, it requires no tagging, tapping or other annoying disruptions to a player’s routine.