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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

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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
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

Saturday
May132017

Limpert Tech "SullyCast" on Radio 105.7 and iHeartRadio - Digital Inclusion Week

-  Note:  Don't forget Mother's Day!

But this week has also been Digital Inclusion Week

Digital Inclusion Week runs from May 8 to May 13, the week is meant to raise awareness that all individuals and communities, including the most disadvantaged, must have access to technologies that can improve their quality of life.

Despite the growing importance of the internet in American life, 28 percent of Americans do not use the Internet at all.
 

Rick and Sully discuss:



1.   Good work being done by "Connected Nation"

www.connectednation.org

Connected Nation (CN), means ensuring that no family, individual or business is left without access to the Internet no matter the economic or geographic constraints that currently limits their access, adoption or use of technology. Connected Nation is a leading technology organization committed to bringing affordable high-speed Internet and broadband-enabled resources to all Americans so no one is left on the wrong side of the “Digital Divide.” They work with public and private partners to help communities, institutions and individuals realize the benefits of today's technology.

2.  Why Internet for All is Important

“The benefits of having high-speed broadband Internet are enormous, and those who don’t have access to it are at an enormous disadvantage,” said Eric Frederick, Vice President of Community Affairs for CN. Frederick leads the Connected Community Engagement Program, which works to identify where there is a lack of broadband and provides solutions to connecting the community with its community-specific Technology Action Plans. The engagement program staff works directly with local community leaders to help businesses, families, farmers, urban and rural schools and libraries, and others find ways to connect to broadband and improve their communities.

“It’s incredible how beneficial the Internet is to families and businesses. The opportunities are limitless. To leave people out, to leave them without the broadband access that can improve their quality of life or help them improve their education or financial standing is simply wrong,” Frederick said.

3. Training People How to Use Digital Resources

- Many people still don't know how to best utilize a "digital world"

“We have classes across the United States where people are trained in how to use digital resources or, if they already have a basic understanding, we train them for employer-related needs such as customer service,” Heather Delany, Director of Digital Works, said. “Work-at-home jobs are one the fastest-growing segments of the workforce, and for rural areas, they also can be vital for saving the economy and small communities.”

4. Starting at the State and Local Levels

Connected Nation also works with state governments to provide more accurate data-mapping of where there is a lack of broadband services and gives businesses and community organizations a platform to meet their online training needs through their Drive program. The nonprofit also has a long history of working within states, including most recently Alaska and Utah, to provide technology assessments of school districts by identifying opportunities and challenges for students, parents, and educators.
 


5. Shocking stats about Digital Inclusion

One area where Atlanta is "included":
Atlanta 404 continued its ongoing streak as the most robocalled area code in America, with 49.7 million calls received in April. Atlanta 678 and 770 also made the list of the 20 Most Robocalled Area Codes with 34.7 million and 22.0 million calls, respectively.  (Mabe this is high because of the Handel/Ossoff election)

Cities where the "Tech Gap" is noted as "serious"
Tech gaps are underway in New Orleans, Portland and Boston, among many, many other urban spaces.

For a tech center like Austin, TX:
Fifty-five thousand Austinites do not have internet access; for public housing families in Austin, fewer than 30 percent of households own a computer, and only 15 percent have an internet connection.

Even in countries like New Zealand... Internet Inclusion is a big issue    
The big cities in New Zealand are fine with widespread Broadband, but the rural areas are hurting and it's costing the country money. To the tune of each Kiwi household $1,000 a year.


 

Sunday
Apr232017

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

Better sleep.  

We all want and need it.

Some shocking sleep statistics:
    50-70 million US adults have a sleep disorder.
    48.0% report snoring.
    37.9% reported unintentionally falling asleep during the day at least once in the preceding month.
    4.7% reported nodding off or falling asleep while driving at least once in the preceding month.

Have a listen:

 

Rick and Sully talk sleep tech this week.

1.  NOMAD 3 meter Cable
www.hellonomad.com

It's "no worries" as you now have a 3 meter charging cable to work with.  Sleep well, knowing your devices will be charged up as you sleep. With 3 meters, you caneven reach those "hard to get to" outlets. - One of Rick's Pet Peeves
- Built with military-grade materials like Kevlar and ballyistic nylon.
 


2.  The ILLUMY Sleep and Wake Mask

- Beat Jet Lag Blues With ILLUMY Sleep and Wake Mask

A comfortable sleep mask that uses gently dimming light to help you fall asleep and a soft, brightening light to slowly wake you up naturally, the enhanced technology of this dependable device lulls you to sleep while preparing your mind for a productive day each morning.
If you’re traveling between time zones, pack the ILLUMY Sleep and Wake Mask’s included travel case to keep your mask in perfect condition and never lose your accessories while up in the sky. As an added bonus, the mobile programming app allows you to set your mask to your destination’s local time zone, so you’ll be on your way to getting acclimated for your adventure!
- Get the Perfect Sleep Cycle: Blocking out all light, this mask helps you obtain that much needed eight hours every night. With gentle pulsing light, it slows down your fast-paced mind so you can get the rest you deserve.
- Sleep Mode: Control ILLUMY with a simple touch of a button on your phone. Download the app for free.
 
Don’t let jet lag wreak havoc on your sleeping patterns – make traveling hassle-free with the ILLUMY Sleep and Wake Mask by Sound Oasis.

Retail price is $149.99. Indiegogo special offer of $99.99. Following Indiegogo launch, it will be available from SharperImage.com, Amazon.com and www.soundoasis.com.


 

3.  iClever: 2-in-1 Bluetooth Transmitter and Receiver

Powerful device enables users to add Bluetooth technology to non-Bluetooth enabled legacy devices
·         Equipped with the latest Bluetooth 4.1 technology for greater range up to 30 feet
·         Convert non-Bluetooth devices such as TV, PC, CD players and iPods into wireless Bluetooth devices
·         Features the ability to privately listen to late night TV shows, movies and play games without disturbing anyone around you
·         Equipped with built-in battery and can also be charged via built-in MicroUSB charging port
·         12 month warranty included
Available at: amazon.com
Price: $29.99
 

4. Adaptive Sound Technologies Inc.: ‘LectroFan Micro

2-in-one pocket-sized white noise/fan sound machine with powerful wireless Bluetooth® speaker
·                     10 unique digital sounds (5 fan sounds, 4 white noises and 1 ocean sound) to accommodate for any environment
·                     Louder than any competing machine of the same size and price for the ultimate sound barrier
·                     Wireless Bluetooth® speaker system for connecting smartphones for audio playback
·                     Small, sleek and stylish functional design
·                     USB rechargeable battery lasts up to 16 hours in sleep-sound mode or up to six hours in Bluetooth® mode
·                     Compact swivel design allows for multi-directional audio
Available at: soundofsleep.com
Price: $34.95
Website: soundofsleep.com  
 

5. DockATot Baby Lounger

The DockATot Baby Lounger gives parents a safe, snug, soothing spot for little ones to comfortably relax, play, and get in tummy time and sleep with a unique shape and design. DockATot is totally portable whether you're a jet-setting family or you just want to move the docking pod from room to room, it reduces risk of flat head syndrome (a result of a baby lying on one side of the head more than the other) and it makes tummy time more easy and way more fun by giving baby an ideal spot to prop them up and develop neck strength. As your baby grows older and is transitioning from a crib to a bed, the air-permeable bumpers act as bed rails and give little ones a snug sense of security in their big kid bed.

To learn more about DockATot, visit their website at https://dockatot.com. You can also follow DockATot on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.  $200 +

Sunday
Mar192017

Limpert Tech "SullyCast" on Radio 105.7 - St. Patrick's Day Weekend So 'Go Green'

It's St. Patrick's Day weekend so everyone is wearing green but maybe it's also time to "Go Green" with some unique green iniativies involving tech.

"Going green" means to pursue knowledge and practices that can lead to more environmentally friendly and ecologically responsible decisions and lifestyles, which can help protect the environment and sustain its natural resources for current and future generations.

Want to make the world a better place? Implementing green practices into your home or office can help reduce waste, conserve natural resources, improve both air and water quality, and protect ecosystems and biodiversity.
 
Have a listen:



1. NHL Promoting "Go Green Week"

https://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-teams-green-week-initiatives/c-287608716

The NHL's second annual Green Week is here, and teams are doing their part to promote environmentally conscious initiatives.
The Washington Capitals will auction player-worn green jerseys from their warmup before their game against the Nashville Predators on Thursday. All proceeds will go to the Bladensburg, Maryland-based Anacostia Watershed Society, which seeks to protect and restore the Anacostia River, an eight-mile body of water that runs from Washington D.C. through southwestern Maryland.

The auctions will begin online starting Tuesday and will run through the second intermission of the Capitals-Predators game at Verizon Center.

The Capitals will also host Go Green Night during their home game against the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday; there will be green-themed activities to teach fans how to better take care of the environment.
The New York Rangers are running a hockey-equipment drive from March 14-16 at three New York-area Pure Hockey stores. Members of Rangers alumni will be at each store to help promote the drive, and all donated gear will go to Ice Hockey in Harlem.
 


2.  The Blossom 8 Smart Watering Controller

www.myblossom.com

Spring is just days away – so it’s time to think about post-winter lawn care! The Blossom 8 smart watering controller, which is targeted to mainstream consumers and designed to be very affordable and simple to use.
Why should this interest me?

·         The Blossom 8 Smart Watering Controller is a solution that makes the smart yard affordable.

·         In fact, Blossom 8 won’t cost much more than a conventional 8-station sprinkler controller and is priced lower than any other smart controller available today.

·         Tapping into the power of cloud computing, Blossom 8 self-programs existing sprinklers based on local forecast and daily data from thousands of weather stations and satellites – combined with user feedback – to create the ideal watering schedule.
 

3.  Photocopier and Printer Settings

- May seem simple, but worth a mention
Ensure the photocopier and printer defaults back to single copies after somebody has used it. You may also want to set them to print double-sided by default. Use the draft printing mode whenever possible (which is more than you think), and avoid color printing.

4. Use Compact Fluorescent Bulbs

Compact fluorescent bulbs use 75 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs, and they last about 10 times longer. So you'll save on energy costs, replacement bulb costs, and reduce waste by using them. They come in all sizes and wattages, and offer soft sheens that aren't as garishly fluorescent as their previous counterparts. No conversion of equipment is necessary; any light that uses an incandescent bulb can immediately take a compact fluorescent bulb.


5.  Home Depot cuts trucking costs via 'green' network

The Home Depot knows do-it-yourself projects. When the third-largest US importer of containerized goods decided it had to cut carbon emissions from its supply chain, it used the tools it had at hand, including a dedicated truck fleet and a network of specialized distribution centers, to design and build more efficient and greener ways of getting goods to customers.

That includes what amounts to an in-house less-than-truckload shipping network that helped The Home Depot cut the equivalent of 4,000 inbound truckloads in 2015, an accomplishment the home improvement retailer hopes to exceed in coming years. A more efficient shipping network not only cuts emissions, it saves the company millions of dollars annually.
 

*App to mention  -  The March Madness Live app

Rick's piece link: http://www.wirelesswednesday.live/single-post/2017/03/12/March-Madness-Live-released-for-2017

Now that the brackets have been released, it's time to download the updated March Madness Live app.

New for 2017:
- Enhanced live video and on-demand streaming
- Real-time video highlights
- Customization of all alerts
- Live blogging brings you exclusive content and more ways to follow every game
- New commissioner tools make setting up your own group and brackets easier than ever when you play NCAA March Madness Bracket Challenge.