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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

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Saturday
Feb022019

Limpert Tech on ALT 105.7 and iHeartRadio 2/2/19 - Rick's Big Game Tech

It's the Rams and the Patriots!
The Super Bowl is in Atlanta at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, but it's such a big event, it takes over the whole downtown area.
A big event likes this means new gadgets, new tech and tech news!
 
What's going on with Tech at the Super Bowl?
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Rick and Sully discuss:
1.   NFL's 1st and Future Competition
The National Football League (NFL) has teamed up with Arrow Electronics and Georgia Institute of Technology for the 4th annual 1st and Future competition. The event is the NFL’s annual Super Bowl competition designed to spur innovation in player health, safety and performance. Two competitive categories were featured for this year’s event with the “NFL Punt Analytics Competition” and “Innovations to Advance Athlete Health and Safety Competition”. 
It's a Shark Tank like competition.
 
2. How to Stream the Super Bowl from Anywhere
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If you are watching the Super Bowl on CBS in the United States, fans can access the game for free over the air or through cable TV with a subscription. The game will be available online at CBSSports.com and on the CBS Sports app, and through the CBS All Access subscription service.
Other ways:
YouTube TV: $40/mont (There’s a 14-day free trial available)
To watch:  Go to YouTube TV and sign up. Then sign up for ExpressVPN and connect to a U.S. server location.
DirecTV Now: $40/month (There’s a 7-day free trial available)
To watch: Go to DirecTV and sign up. Then sign up for ExpressVPN and connect to a U.S. server location.
Hulu: $40/month (There’s a 7-day free trial available.)
To watch: Go to Hulu and select a plan. Then sign up for ExpressVPN and connect to a U.S. server location.
PlayStation Vue: $45/month (There’s a 7-day free trial available)
To watch: PlayStation Vue bundles and select your plan. Then sign up for ExpressVPN and connect to a U.S. server location.
NFL Game Pass International (not US Version): $115/year for all games (There’s a 7-day free trial available)
To watch: Go to https://gamepass.nfl.com/ and sign up for Season Plus (for all games). Then sign up for ExpressVPN and connect to a non-U.S. location where all games are available.
3. Hyundai Shopper Assurance
Hyundai Shopper Assurance has transformed the car buying process, providing customers with a frictionless, efficient and transparent experience. Roughly one year after the program was rolled out to Hyundai dealers nationwide, and after receiving positive feedback from customers and dealers, Hyundai is starting national advertising for the program.
Hyundai's 60-second first-quarter Super Bowl ad will star Jason Bateman and show how much better car buying can be with Shopper Assurance. Jason Bateman, the award-winning actor, director and producer, will bring his comedic savvy to the ad in a way only he can.
Shopper Assurance consists of four elements that make the process of purchasing a car easier, faster and worry-free. Since the start of its national availability in February 2018, 632 of Hyundai's dealers now offer the voluntary program, representing more than 77 percent of Hyundai's sales volume. Customers who have purchased a Hyundai vehicle through the program have responded very favorably.:
 
4. HyperX Brings Videogaming to the Super Bowl
The HyperX truck is onsite
HyperX, the gaming division of Kingston Technology Company, Inc. and brand leader in gaming and esports, today announced that the HyperX Esports Truck – North America’s first mobile competitive gaming arena – will host four days of free football gaming competition at the Super Tailgate Party located just one block from Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The HyperX Esports Truck is owned and operated by Allied Esports, a global esports entertainment company. Proceeds from the sale of food and beverages will support the NFL Retired Players Association.
Bigger than four full-sized food trucks, the two-level HyperX Esports Truck will bring a unique esports experience to Atlanta. The state-of-the-art, 18-wheel, 35-ton semi-trailer unfolds with a push of a button revealing a self-contained mobile esports arena.
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Fans are invited to join the free gaming experience to compete against other football fans and local gamers on HyperX’s pro gaming stage. Attendees will have the chance to test their gaming skills using the latest HyperX gaming gear as they battle fellow gamers for the chance to win HyperX award-winning gaming gear including gaming headsets, keyboards, mice, and mousepads. Raffles are planned during competition hours. All attendees are encouraged to share photos using #HyperXTailgate online for a chance to win HyperX gaming accessories and prizes.
 
5. Breaking Data Usage Records in Atlanta
The newest, most state-of-the-art NFL stadium is ready to host the matchup on Super Bowl Sunday, and the expectation is that fans will once again break data usage records.
Every year the data usage numbers go up, and the same is expected at Super Bowl 53. Last year's Super Bowl 52 game between the Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles was the fifth year in a row that data usage broke records. Fans consumed 16.31 terabytes of data over Wi-Fi that year, and cell usage increased, too. There were 18.8 TB of data going over the Verizon network inside the stadium on game day last year, and AT&T reported 7.2 TB of data going over its network inside the stadium. Sprint combined numbers from both inside and immediately around the stadium, for a total of 9.7 TB on its networks during Super Bowl 52.
 
6. Comcast/Xfinity Offering Free Wi-Fi at Spots Downtown
Comcast is offering free public Wi-Fi during the week of January 27 at eight MARTA transit stations, parts of the downtown Atlanta entertainment district - which includes Centennial Olympic Park - and at State Farm Arena, SunTrust Park and The Battery Atlanta. With tens of thousands of football fans preparing to visit Atlanta, Comcast is opening more than 5,300 Xfinity WiFi hotspots at the following locations: 
State Farm Arena: Jan. 31 - Feb. 3
Downtown Entertainment District: Jan. 26 - Feb. 2
Coca-Cola Roxy: Feb. 1
SunTrust Park and The Battery Atlanta: Feb 1 – 3
Eight MARTA stations: Five Points, Garnett, North Avenue, Dome, Arts Center, Civic Center, Midtown, Peachtree Center: Jan. 26 – Feb. 2

 

*Enjoy the game!

Monday
Jan072019

Limpert Tech on ALT 105.7 and iHeartRadio 1/5/19 - CES 2019 Preview

The Consumer Electronics Show, CES is the largest tradeshow and convention in the world.
It all happens this coming week in Las Vegas.
CES is the world's gathering place for all those who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for 50 years — the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace.
Owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), it attracts the world's business leaders and pioneering thinkers.
 
Rick is here to give a preview of what may be hot at CES 2019, so have a listen:
1.  CES by the numbers... the numbers are staggering

 
2.  Tech for the Aging Population
Health gadgets aren’t just for the young. The elderly population is a growing business opportunity, and the category of “aging tech” now includes everything from smart hearing aids to connected toolkits for relatives with dementia. It’s an important area with plenty of problems to solve, but some of the biggest problems with caretaking are social, and the highest-tech gadget won’t do a thing if your grandmother refuses to use it.
Everyone grows old, but Americans are growing older more quickly. The number of Americans over 65 will double by 2060, according to a 2016 report by the Population Research Bureau, and the elderly are living longer, too. According to the Society of Actuaries, if a woman on a pension plan lives past 65, she will, on average, live to be 87.6 years; for men, that number is 85.6 years. “There are already risk managers and insurance people telling people out there to plan to live to 95,” says Laurie Orlov, the founder of Aging in Place Technology Watch. There is a place for technology here, though perhaps some of these companies haven’t thought through their concepts quite enough.
There will alert products at CES. Products also to prevent falls, medical issues, taking medication and more.

3. 8K TVs
4K and HDR tech are pretty much standard. Smart TVs, always a hot topic at CES, are still a mess of irrelevance since the TV is always secondary to the sticks, dongles, and boxes we connect to them, and creating smarts where it counts. One thing that consumers will always understand, though, is more pixels.
And that's why we're going to hear a lot about 8K at CES 2019. Let's be real: A TV with 7,680 x 4,320 resolution is a visual absurdity — there's no way you'd come close to seeing individual pixels at anything resembling a normal viewing distance.
4. Tech for Improving your Health 
This may be the CES to attend to stay healthy.
Sleep technology, for example, encompasses everything from mattresses to white noise devices to dedicated sleep wearables. Air purifiers are embracing smart tech and new form factors to convince more people to make them part of their lives. Technology for improving your health is changing from specialized medical devices for specific conditions to consumer lifestyle products everyone can benefit from, one category at a time.
5.  5G
5G is already here (Verizon and AT&T both have — extremely limited — active networks), but we're still weeks if not months away from smartphones that can take advantage of them. And even when those phones arrive, the transition isn't as simple as turning on a 5G modem.
Nonetheless, 2019 is poised to become the Year of 5G, and they hype train begins at CES, at least as far as consumers are concerned. If all goes well, CES 2019 will show the world what 5G will do for us besides just giving us faster smartphones. More secure smart-home devices, battery-operated remote sensors, and reliable tele-health apps.
6. Non traditional companies at CES
Insurance companies like Allstate
The Girl Scouts
Robots
Automotive companies
Apparel companies
Adult oriented companies

 

Saturday
Dec222018

LimpertTech with Sully on ALT 105.7 and iHeartRadio - Last Minute Gadget and Tech Ideas

You are among the millions of Americans that have waited until the last minute to either start or finish your holiday shopping!
If you've waiting and are stick, Rick and Sully are here to help. Have a listen:
 
Last Minute Gadget Gift Ideas
1.  Cases for your devices
Catalyst makes great cases for all of your devices like smartphones, tablets, etc.
Catalyst, the award-winning manufacturer of protective waterproof cases, announced the 100% waterproof case for the iPhone Xs and Xs Max are available today, in time for the Holidays.  Waterproof cases for iPhone XR are available for and will be ready to ship after the New Year. The case offers the same industry-leading waterproof rating as the Catalyst case for the iPhone X, which boasts up to 33ft (10m) waterproof protection and 6.6ft (2m) drop protection.
They are also making cases for your AirPods.
 
2. Notebooks like Rocketbooks or Blu Notebooks
Reusable notebooks from Rocketbook
Blu Notebooks - notebooks that have a unique look of Blueprints
 
3. Wearables
Pick up a wearable deivice for that hard to buy for person on their list and let them have some fun with it. There are wearables from Fitbit, Misfit, Nike etc.
Also good for those looking to improve their fitness in the new year.
 
4. Chargers -  Solpro Helios Smart Solar Charger - it’s 40% off, only $35
HELIOS SMART™ - Meet the solar powered smart charger that goes wherever you go. The Helios Smart can charge up your smartphone after just 90 minutes soaking up the sun’s rays. It’s all possible thanks to the tri-fold solar panel array and three high-efficiency solar panels.
Plus, with two USB outputs and one USB input, it can take a charge from your laptop, desktop, or wall outlet. Get Helios Smart and get off the grid. All this lightweight booster needs to keep your devices charged is a quick suntan.
Fast Facts
In direct sunlight, Helios Smart collects enough solar energy for a 3X charge in 5 to 6 hours.
The dual USB ports let you charge two devices at once.
Maximum Power Point Tracking Technology (MPPT) boosts charging performance even in less-than-ideal conditions.
Charges: Smartphones, Tablets, Music Players, Handheld Video Game Systems, Cameras
 
5.  For Smartphone Camera Photographers - LitraTorch  $79

Tiny. Powerful. Rechargeable. Waterproof. Bright as a coastal lighthouse at full power. The LITRA LitraTorch Photo and Video light packs 800 lumens of light—that is 4x more light than my super-bright cycling headlight—in a tiny little package that can slip directly from your holiday stocking into your camera bag and easily satisfy dozens of artificial-illumination needs.
 
6. Coffee or Coffeeshop Gift Cards
There may be no more appreciated gift by those that love coffee, than coffee itself or a coffeeshop gift card... think Starbucks, Scooter's or your local coffee haven.
Maybe it's individual coffees like Grass Fed Coffee
 
Or Coffee companies that give back, like Fire Dept. Coffee
If there’s one thing we learned during our years in the military and fire service, it’s that a good cup of coffee and a well-timed jolt of caffeine are essential for long nights and high-octane lifestyles.
We also discovered that we had a true passion for roasting high-quality coffee beans, so we made it our mission to make great-tasting, easy-drinking coffee for hard working people everywhere.
It’s received the stamp of approval from firehouses, job sites, and offices all across the country.
We guarantee quality, so every batch of Fire Department Coffee is fresh roasted. You order. 
We roast. We deliver. It’s that simple.
** 10% of proceeds from every order goes towards supporting ill or injured firefighters and first responders. It’s great coffee for a great cause. Together, we’re helping take care of our nation’s heroes, one cup at a time.
Saturday
Sep012018

Limpert Tech "SullyCast" on ALT 105.7 and iHeartRadio - Labor Day Weekend and Football Watching

They say that baseball is our National Pastime, but really it's watching all sports that has become the most popular thing to do in this country.

This is the first big weekend of college football, chances are that you will be watching some on TV.

Rick and Sully discuss some new tech that enhances our watching of football.

 

1.  SlingTV and College Football - cord cutters can still enjoy college football
www.sling.com

With a Sling Orange subscription for only $25 per month, customers can get access to ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3 and ACC Network Extra. By adding Sports Extra to Sling Orange for an extra $5 per month, customers can also watch games on SEC Network, SEC Network+, ESPNU, ESPNEWS, ESPN Goal Line and Stadium. And, Sling Orange’s Sports Extra offers all six Pac-12 Networks, making Sling the most affordable option for Pac-12 fans to watch every single conference game.

Sling TV + OTA: By pairing Sling TV with an OTA antenna, customers can access football games on local ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX stations in HD at no cost. For more information on special antenna offers from Sling TV, visit our OTA blog.

Sling Orange + Sling Blue: For even more football, customers who subscribe to both Sling Orange and Sling Blue services for $40 per month (a $10 discount), can watch Big 12, Pac-12 and more conference games on FS1, FS2, FOX (select markets) and NBC (select markets), plus NFL games.

Visit “Sports on Sling This Week”
Want to see the full schedule of football on Sling TV this week? Visit Sports on Sling This Week on the Sling TV blog to see a full schedule of games, including date, time, channel and necessary Sling TV subscriptions.
 

2. Pace of Play said to improve

So don't spend too much time in the kitchen or bathroom
 
The college rules committee continues to try to reduce the overall length of games by gaining efficiency during "dead" times. This year, the rules have changed to shorten the time between the touchdown and the extra point, and between the kickoff return and the first play from scrimmage. In both cases, the 40-second play clock will start as soon as the ball is dead. Instead of pausing for one minute between the touchdown and the extra point, the 40-second play clock will begin counting down as soon as the touchdown is scored. Similarly, when the ball becomes dead after the kickoff the 40-second play clock will start. This should have a significant impact on the amount of time it takes to "manage" a touchdown and the ensuing kickoff
 

3. More "Virtual Advertising"

This is a technology that virtually substitutes the advertising on perimeter boards around the edge of the field or stadium.  For the first time, the technology is available on LED perimeter boards.

While the technology makes no difference to what fans see in the stadium, virtual advertising images digitally inserted on pitchside advertising boards will be unique to their city or region.  
This allows teams to change advertising that is most relevant to the respective TV audience, whether they are watching from their armchair in Los Angeles, Beijing, Sydney or any other market.
 

4. The Wait for 5G - maybe in 2019...

5G networks are expected to be commercially available in 2019, delivering faster speeds, greater capacity and ultra-low latency. This will mean better connectivity for fans in a soccer stadium in the future as well as new experiences.
 

5. Terra Kids Binoculars
Give the kids a Bird’s Eye View!


$19.99 at  http://www.habausa.com/terra-kids-binoculars-with-bag/
Seats a little, well, up there? Terra Kids Binoculars with Bag from HABA for the win! The binoculars are an essential piece to any exploration adventure or sporting event! The plastic casing is sturdily designed to withstand outdoor play, and the shoulder strap with security fastener will keep them close by your young sports fan. The neoprene shoulder bag has snap fasteners and an aluminum carabiner. Includes knowledge cards for even further learning! Magnify x4 with these cool binoculars. Recommended for ages 6 years and up. Materials: Binoculars made of ABS (hard plastic), polyester-elastomeric (soft plastic) and polymethyl acrylate (lenses).
 
Rick's Tip: 6.  Stay up late for the Hawaii Game

Whatever happens, Saturday usually doesn’t end until Hawaii’s done.
The team that’s indirectly responsible for weird green uniforms is also directly responsible for keeping college football fans across the country on their couches for about 15 straight hours.
Thank you, Rainbow Warriors.
 

Saturday
Jun022018

Limpert Tech "SullyCast" on ALT 105.7 and iHeartRadio - Tech for Improving the Fan Experience

Fan Experience...  it's a term we've been hearing a lot of recently.

As fans and patrons pay more for tickets to concerts, sporting events and other activities, they want to get the best value possible.

So teams, venues and organizations are looking to optimize the Fan Experience in different ways.

Rick and Sully discuss..

1.   Improving Wi-Fi in Stadiums and Arenas
https://www.extremenetworks.com/

Rick had the opportunity to talk with Glenn Johnson, the Carolina Hurricanes’ vice president of information technology, and Kevin Wittnebert, Extreme Networks associate director of sports and entertainment, about what fans want in arenas and stadiums- fast Wi-fi.

Today’s consumers expect to be able to text, post to Instagram, send a Snapchat, stream a video, check their sports apps and browse the internet without any delay or lag.

So what happens when an arena that can hold up to 20,000 people lacks a speedy network for attendees to connect to? The IT team at PNC Arena – home to the Carolina Hurricanes and NC State’s men’s basketball team – asked themselves this exact question when they started receiving poor feedback on the arena’s Wi-Fi experience. As the go-to venue for more than 150 annual events, and challenged with an IT team of only four people with 770,000 square feet to cover, they looked to Extreme Networks to partner and deploy its end-to-end Wi-Fi solution.

Together, the Carolina Hurricanes and Extreme Networks overhauled the Wi-Fi network ahead of the 2017 season. As a result of the deployment, the venue has seen a significant uptick in fan usage of the Wi-Fi network – posting to social, streaming videos and interacting with team centric content – in the 2017 season.

Here are a few highlights:
    Average unique Wi-Fi users grew from 18% in 2016 to 29% in 2017 to 35% so far in 2018.
    Concurrent Wi-Fi users on the network grew from 22% in 2016 to 28% in 2017 to 30% so far in 2018.
    Peak data transferred in 2016 averaged 587 GBs. That number grew to over 2 TB of data in 2017.
 

2. USGA Launches Immersive Digital Experience to Bring 117 Years of U.S. Open Championship Golf History to Life

For golf fans...

Building on a track record of innovative “firsts” in the digital presentation of its most renowned championship golf property, the USGA, in association with Rolex, has launched the U.S. Open History Experience, a fully immersive timeline that brings 117 years of U.S. Open Championships to life on usopen.com.
The timeline allows fans to engage digitally with one of the sports world’s most storied championships while celebrating the U.S. Open’s legendary champions, signature moments and iconic venues. Unlike any other digital property in sports, the experience features a user-driven journey through time by immersing fans in carefully curated videos, photos, articles, championship scoring and player statistics.

To create the U.S. Open History Experience, USGA researchers tapped the archives of the USGA Golf Museum, including publications, periodicals, magazines, daily newspapers and personal correspondence from as far back as the first championship in 1895. The result is a one-of-a-kind digital timeline that will be of interest to golf fans, sports fans and researchers alike.


 
3. NHL Smart Puck


With the Stanley Cup Finals being so exciting...

The NHL has already announced that the Smart Puck era is quickly approaching, which is exciting news for hockey fans all over the globe.

The league is planning on having this added technology at their disposal for the start of the 2019-20 season, but there’s a chance that we could get a preview of it at the start of next year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The technology will allow the league to track the puck’s movement on the ice at a rate of 200 times per second. That means that coaches will be able to get more information when it comes to possession, shot placement, shot distance and probably speed. If the coaches are getting their hands on that information, it means that they’ll be able to provide their players with even more specific data.
 

4. Wait Time
www.thewaittimes.com

WaitTime’s innovative artificial intelligence delivers real-time data to you and your fans to help you make smart decisions.

This is all about Crowd Intelligence
WaitTime’s technology is all encompassing, sensors are installed inside venue concourses, data is then released and interpreted using artificial intelligence to determine the length of lines. The results are shown on real-time dashboards, both on digital signs inside the venue and on a smartphone app.
The goal is to reduce lines, remove bottlenecks and get people served quicker so they can get back to watching the action.

 
5. Sports Business Awards has a "Best in Mobile Fan" Experience catagory

The Sports Business Awards were just held a week ago and the app, 15 Seconds of Fame won the "Best in Mobile Fan" catagory

The 15SOF team will process more than 5,000 MLB telecast feeds each season and will use a groundbreaking proprietary technology to deliver personalized video directly to fans after the game. In addition, the agreement provides 15SOF the ability to capture and deliver fan footage from special jewel events such as the All-Star Game presented by MasterCard and postseason games.
"This is what fans want and now they can get it," said Joshpe, CEO of 15SOF. "Moments like that foul ball are what we're tapping into. MLBAM has really been a pioneer in the digital space and really appreciates the value of these kinds of moments for fans. We're very excited about it."
The partnership also gives 15SOF access to scoreboard video moments from participating MLB ballparks, where teams will be able to integrate 15SOF through the free MLB.com Ballpark app. This is especially a big deal in the national pastime, where fans are more part of the action than in any other sport.
 

6. Golden State Warriors shoot to augment fan experience with digital tech


Not only are the Golden State Warriors leading the way in reaching the NBA Finals, but also in Fan Experience.
The NBA's defending champions are using chatbots, augmented and virtual reality to bolster fan engagement. Now they're sifting through fan data to better target them with merchandise, tickets and other offers.