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

Entries in gadgets (18)

Friday
Jan082016

WGST's "The Sully Show" for 1/8/15 - Rick and CES

Rick has been out in Las Vegas all week at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES)

He's fresh off the plane and back home with some recaps and observations.

Rick arrived on Sunday. Monday started with the Storage Visions Conference, a 2-day conference on digital and data storage. Monday night was the CES Unveiled Show, a press only event where some of the new gadgets debut. Tuesday is "Press Day" and it's wall-to-wall press conferences with all the big tech companies. Tuesday night is the Pepcom media event and the actual show begins Wednesday.

Have a listen to Rick and Sully



1. This Show is Massive

CES takes up most of the Las Vegas Strip.  Last year there  were 176,000 people. This year they say around 160,000.  This is one of the largest trade shows in the world and many of the new products shown here won't debut until later in 2016.
 
 

2.  Press Events are Important

The show is so large, it would be impossible to see everything. Therefore the press (1000s of them) come in days before for press events and briefings.

Rick attended the Fitbit press conference at 7:30 am on Tues to hear about Fitbits new products which were shown off by former Falcon great, Tony Gonzalez, or attend a breakfast put on by Under Armour to see what new offerings they have.
 

3.  A "Smart Everything"


Smart watches, smart cars, smart beds, a smart refrigerator an even the debut of a smart spoon this week in Vegas.
New for 2016, Slow Control has a "smart spoon." Of course they do, but the thought here is noble in that a toy makes kids want to try and eat vegetables. It's said this spoon will come out in the first quarter of 2016.

Who would've thought that a spoon could be smart?
 

4.  Older Brands Trying to Become New Again

Remember RCA, Panasonic, Pioneer, Casio and more...'
These iconic brands all have a big presence at CES and are reinventing themselves in different ways.
***RCA is introducing some new TVs and accessories, working on info for the others...

5.  One of Rick's favorite finds.... a company called Steam CC and their Ripples machine and app

Steam CC, the inventive company aimed at transforming a simple cup of coffee, debuted their latest innovation, the Coffee Ripples App, at CES this week, which connects users to Ripple-enabled coffee establishments. With the Coffee Ripples App, java aficionados can print any picture or message, let's call it a “Ripple” onto a foam-topped latte or cappuccino.

Rick brought the logo of the Green Bay Packers and they transformed it onto the coffee.
 

CES wraps up this weekend and Rick is glad to be home.

Friday
Dec112015

WGST's "The Sully Show" for 12/11/15 - Laptops for the Holidays

Laptop Shopping tips for the holidays

Rick and Sully discuss...

 

 

*  A look at some new laptops

1.   Toshiba Satellite Radius 12

Intel® Core™ i7-6500U Processor
 Windows 10 Home
 8GB LPDDR3 1600MHz (not user upgradeable)
 Intel® Integrated Graphics
 256GB M.2 solid state drive (SSD)

Retails for around $1,399

 
2.   HP Spectre x360

The new HP Spectre x360 limited edition is based on the latest version of the award winning HP Spectre x360, delivering an x360 with unparalleled sound and design.

·         The beautiful 13.3 inch diagonal Ash Silver with Copper accented HP Spectre x360 celebrates Bang & Olufsen’s 90th anniversary.
·         Weighing 3.17 pounds and 15.9 millimeters thin makes this notebook ultra-portable.
●      The CNC aluminum chassis precisely fits a large battery for power and quality in a thin and light design.  
●      Four different modes to enjoy your content: use the notebook mode to get things done, the tent mode for games or presentations, tablet mode to read the news, and stand mode for watching movies.
Hardware
●      13.3” FHD or QHD Display with 72% color gamut.
●      Choice of sixth generation Intel® Core™ i5 and i7 processors for horsepower.
●      A lightning fast SSD up to 512GB for responsiveness to get things done fast.
●      Up to 12 hours of battery life so you can leave your power cord at home.
●      4GB/8GB RAM.
●      Support for a full-size HDMI and mini-DisplayPort 1.2 allowing access to content across multiple screens.
●      Three USB 3.0 ports all with HP USB Sleep and Charge.
 
Experience

●      The HP Spectre x360 is an ultra-thin PC with the versatility to take advantage of Continuum in Windows 10 for fluid transitions from notebook mode for work, stand mode for viewing entertainment, tent mode for a great presentation tool or for touchscreen entertainment, or tablet mode for on the go.
●      Full sized backlit keyboard with 1.5mm travel for a great typing experience and has extra-wide touchpad.
●      Audio by Bang & Olufsen for bold and crisp audio experiences.
 
HP Spectre x360 in Ash Silver and Copper accents is available at www.hp.com/go/spectrex360 and Best Buy  starting at $1,299.99.

 

3. Lenovo Yoga 900 Laptop

Retails for about $1,199

Different from the competition, the Yoga 900 is unbelievably thin and elegant. From the 360° watchband hinge to the eye catching color options, this 2-in-1 will turn heads. Packed with the latest Intel processing power and customizable features of Windows 10.
Drown out distractions with JBL speakers that deliver rich stereo sound and premium Dolby® Home Theater® for an immersive audio experience.
Starting at a mere 2.8 lbs and just 0.59" thick, the Yoga 900 is ultraportable — it's perfect for doers on the go, and is the world’s thinnest Intel® Core™ i convertible.* Bend it, flip it, or fold it to experience your apps in a way you never have before.

Friday
Dec042015

WGST's "The Sully Show" for 12/4/15 - Sports Tech for the Holidays

Rick's specialty is sports tech and sports gadgets, so we look at some holiday gifts for the athlete or active person on your list.

Rick hasn't been that active this week as he's been down with back spasms.  But he's on his way to Milwaukee this weekend for a special project.  He's covering 7 sporting events in a 36-hour period.  So hopefully the back holds up!

Have a listen to Rick and Sully:




1.   Smart Rope (Smart Jump Rope)

Smart Rope - the next generation of jump rope, equipped with fitness tracking and real-time display capabilities.

 Beautifully designed and (most importantly) portable, Smart Rope is the perfect gift for the fitness junkie in your life.

Smart Rope displays your fitness data mid-air, while you jump, through 23 high-quality embedded LED lights and pairs with your smartphone, via the Smart Gym app, for easy tracking and sharing of your jump count and calories burned.

Smart Rope retails for $89.99 and is currently available online at http://store.tangramfactory.com.
 

2. Harman Kardon JBL speaker line in partnerships with NBA

JBL and the NBA partnered to elevate the NBA basketball experience for fans around the world wherever they enjoy the sounds of the game - at the arena, in their homes, in their cars, or on the go.

This is a partnership that will make the company the official headphone, speaker, and audio partner of the NBA, Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), NBA Development League (NBA D-League), and USA Basketball. This unprecedented partnership is the NBA’s first-ever marketing partner in these categories and HARMAN’s first partnership with a professional sports league.

Products include the Flip 2  NBA, the Clip NBA and S300 NBA
 
 



3. Under Armour - Eyewear with Game Day Lenses

All for a price of around $100

Under Armour's partnership with golfer, Jordan Spieth received much press in 2015 with his play on the course and visibility off the course. Basketball star, Stephen Curry is another brand ambassador for Under Armour and he was in the spotlight as he and his teammates march to an NBA Championship. Now with a full line of eyewear, Under Armour has all the bases covered.

Enter their Game Day Lenses with a special color enhancer that comes in handy on the course. What you get is a better look at moving objects, quick and accurate recognition and processing, along with sharper on-field contrast. This makes reading greens and the contours of a course easier and it could help speed up those five-hour rounds you seem to get caught up in each time you pull your golf bag out of your trunk. Any of the frames with Game Day Lenses will work with ball sports.

The Under Armour Igniter 2.0 is a durable and comfortable frame with a titanium base. Unparalleled strength and frame flexibility that last and perform. When you combine the Game Day lens with the frames, users get 20% more peripheral vision and a lens coating that guards against scratches, smears and smudges. Yes, these frames will last more that six months. Remember, these lenses block 100% of UVA, UVB and UVC rays you encounter in life. Quite simply, the blues are bluer, the greens are very green and the ball is whiter than ever so you can follow the ball flight to the ground.