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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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Sunday
Jul092017

Limpert Tech "SullyCast" on Radio 105.7 and iHeartRadio - Hotel Technology, The Jefferson

Rick and Sully this week, talk about Rick's fantastic visit to The Jefferson in Richmond, VA and see how they are keeping the traditional feel of the historic hotel and blending it with the technology we all want and use.

Have a listen to Rick and Sully:

Think of all the hotels you've ever stayed in. Some good, some bad, some meh.  The hotel and motel industry has become very competitive. It had to with the advent of AirB&B and the resurgemce of Bed & Breakfasts.

This has forced many old and historic properties to add and introduce new technology and up the ante when it comes to satisfying the current breed of traveler, especially business travelers.

Rick recently had the opportunity to stay at one of the old historic hotels in the country, The Jefferson in Richmond, VA. Also one of the most luxurious and now modern hotels you will find anywhere.
Built in 1895, The Jefferson Hotel is located in the heart of downtown Richmond and is within minutes of the city’s most popular attractions, restaurants and shopping.  It is a member of Preferred Hotels and Resort’s Legend Collection and a charter member of Historic Hotels of America.  Guests of The Jefferson enjoy complimentary downtown transportation, fitness center and indoor pool access, high-speed internet access and evening turndown service.  The Jefferson is also home to Lemaire Restaurant, TJ’s Restaurant, Afternoon Tea at The Jefferson and Richmond’s most famous Sunday Champagne Brunch.  For more information about The Jefferson Hotel, visit www.jeffersonhotel.com.  

Here's what The Jefferson in undergoing and some of their tech
 

1.  The Reconstruction

In March 2013 The Jefferson Hotel began a 3-phase reconstruction project.  The hotel's 262 guest rooms have been quietly rebuilt into 181 spacious new rooms, including 15 suites.  The enlarged floorplans feature entry foyers, dressing areas and luxurious new marbled baths including soaking tubs, walk-in showers and television screens in the vanity mirrors. 
 

2.  Making it New, but Keping the "Old Feel"

Each of the hotel’s magnificent public spaces has received a refresh, including new furnishings in the Rotunda and Palm Court lobbies that convey the residential feel of the guest rooms.  The century-old Rotunda ceiling has been fully restored to preserve it for generations to come.  

“The hotel has long been known for its breathtaking public spaces, exceptional service and beautiful décor.  This project has allowed us to elevate an already  unique travel experience to the next level of luxury,” says Joseph Longo, Managing Director.       

 
3. Ballrooms Get a Tech Upgrade

- Made more suitable for business meetings, events and gatherings
Ballrooms have been redecorated with fresh, new color palates and draperies along with new LED lighting and carpeting. 
* LED light bulbs lasts longer and uses less energy than other types of lighting


4.  Amenities like...

- Nespresso coffee maker and complimentary supplies
- Complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access and local telephone calls

5. Electronic Doorbell with Digital "Do Not Disturb"

- Inside the room there is a digital pad where you can set your "Do Not Disturb" sign instead of those pesky hanging signs.


 
6. Ginter Suites

- Get a Ginter Suite!
The Ginter Suites are each over 1,000-square feet and named in honor of The Jefferson’s founder, Major Lewis Ginter. A welcoming foyer, with a half bath, leads into the spacious living room with comfortable seating, a large flat screen television, a table for dining and a beautiful kitchenette with mini refrigerator, wine racks, sink and coffee maker. The bedroom features a king bed, comfortable seating and a second flat screen television. A dressing area, providing plenty of storage, is located between the bath and the bedroom area. A connecting room or suite is available for some of the Ginter Suites at an additional charge.  

*Bonus - A Little about Maj. Ginter...

In 1873, Ginter joined John F. Allen to form Allen & Ginter, a partnership selling foreign made tobacco. Shortly after, Ginter thought of manufacturing Virginia made cigarettes to compete with foreign products, and Allen & Ginter released their first line of domestic cigarettes as the "Richmond Gems" in 1875. Early production began in a factory with twenty young ladies who hand-rolled the cigarettes. The domestic cigarettes enjoyed phenomenal success, and Ginter began designs for more brands. Allen & Ginter soon released "Perfection," "Napoleon," "Virginia Pets," and "Old Dominion."

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
Apr092017

Limpert Tech "SullyCast" on Radio 105.7 and iHeartRadio - Orlando and St. Augustine

Rick has been on the road all week in Florida- Orlando and St. Augustine.

It's been "travel and tech" all week for Rick.

What did he see? Have a listen:




1. SeaWorld Orlando will introduce Kraken Virtual Reality Roller Coaster this summer

Central Florida's first virtual-reality roller coaster next summer, retrofitting Kraken with headsets to give riders the sensation of traveling through the sea amid mythical and prehistoric creatures.

Riders on Kraken will have the option to don virtual-reality headsets attached to the roller coaster, covering their eyes and ears. They will hear music composed for the ride as they embark on a deep-sea mission alongside the fictional Kraken and other animals. SeaWorld won’t say yet whether the images will be 3-D.


2. Universal Studios and their new Volcano Bay water park

Supposed to open May 25

Water is Life. Life is Joy. That's the philosophy celebrated at Universal's Volcano Bay™ water theme park. It's the carefree attitude the fabled Waturi islanders have embraced on their Pacific isle for centuries. Now you can live the Waturi way at this all-new park where thrills and relaxation flow in perfect harmony.

With the power of the TapuTapu™ wearable, there’s no standing in long lines, carrying rafts around the park, nothing between you and a full day of fun. It’s an all-new kind of paradise, just steps away from everything Universal Orlando Resort™ has to offer.

With 18 incredible attractions, you'll be able to experience daring water adventures and moments of peaceful relaxation—all without having to worry about waiting in line or carrying around rafts. You'll be granted the powers of the TapuTapu™ wearable. With just a wave of your wrist you can hold your place in the ride lines and reveal wondrous surprises throughout the park. Which means more time to careen down slides, brave whitewater torrents, drift down a winding river or relax in your own waterside cabana.
 

3. Orlando Eye

Similar to Atlanta's Eye, but bigger.
⦁    The Coca-Cola Orlando Eye is the tallest observational wheel on the United States East Coast
⦁    The Coca-Cola Orlando Eye weighs approximately three million pounds, that is 1,500 tons or equivalent to 300 school buses
⦁    All 30 passenger capsules feature Bose audio systems for music/narration, air-conditioning and interactive tablets to provide information on the Eye’s 360-degree views
⦁    Four of the capsules offer an added VIP experience with red and white décor, a bottle cap seat, a featured music playlist, selfie sticks to capture great memories and refreshments inside Coca-Cola coolers
⦁    Each of the 30 capsules weigh 6,600 pounds, or the average weight of an Indian elephant
⦁    At more than 80,000 pounds, the wheel hub weighs more than a Boeing 737

 

4. Florida's Everglades - Rick and his wife took an airboat ride to the Everglades

www.wildfloridaairboats.com

- Florida facts  1.5 million alligators
- The Everglades are actually shrinking. They used to cover an area twice as big as they do today.
A driving damaging factor has been the rising levels of phosphorus in the water. Cattail is a wetland native but under higher levels it overtakes other plants, degrading the Everglades habitat. Lou Toth, an ecologist working with South Florida’s Water Management District (SFWMD) to tackle the problem, explains: “We’re treating the water primarily with submerged aquatic vegetation cells to bring the phosphorous levels down to approximately 13 parts per billion before they’re discharged into the Glades,” said Toth. “That’s the level that is needed to restore the Everglades.”
 

5. For a more relaxing side of Florida, Rick also hit St. Augustine.

St. Augustine lays claim to being the oldest city in the U.S., and is known for its Spanish colonial architecture as well as Atlantic Ocean beaches like sandy St. Augustine Beach and tranquil Crescent Beach. Anastasia State Park is a protected wildlife sanctuary. The Castillo de San Marcos is a 17th-century Spanish stone fortress with views of the St. Augustine Inlet.

- "Wrecked" exhibit at St. Augustine Maritime Museum.  Discover St. Augustine's ties to the American Revolutionary War in this new, interactive exhibition! See artifacts from a 1782 British loyalist shipwreck found right here in St. Augustine and learn how underwater archaeologists locate historic shipwrecks on the ocean floor.

This is a brand new exhibition at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum. Come by and dive into this unknown part of American history on your next visit. All of the artifacts inside really show you what life was like for people in 1782. Plus, it also shows you how cool technology is used to find shipwrecks.  http://www.staugustinelighthouse.org/Exhibits/wrecked

- Lightner Museum in St. Augustine displays a collection of 36 authentic Victorian-era costumes and accessories from the acclaimed PBS drama Downton Abbey from Oct. 4, 2017 to Jan. 7, 2018

 

Friday
Jan132017

Limpert Tech "SullyCast" on iHeartRadio Radio 105.7 - CES 2017

Happy New Year and as 2017 begins, Rick was at CES in Las Vegas along with 200,000 other people looking at the latest in gadgets tech and getting a glimpse at what's coming in the future. Here, he and Sully have fun talking about Rick's adventures at CES.

Have a listen:

1.  New Phones

LG, Samsung, Burnerphone,  other smaller brands that fit a need.


2. LG's Levitating Speaker

LG plans to mesmerize visitors to the next CES with its new futuristic PJ9 bluetooth speaker, whose levitation is achieved through the use of electromagnets. The PJ9 combines its original design with high-quality sound that can be delivered indoors and outdoors.

The speaker has a battery life of about ten hours and when it is running low on power, it automatically descends onto its "levitation station" where it will recharge wirelessly without any intervention from the listener. As an added bonus, it also complies with the IPX7 norm, meaning that it will not be damaged by dust or immersion in water at depths of less than a meter, which makes it useful both indoors and outdoors.

LG has yet to communicate either the availability or the price tag for this surprising product.


 
3.  Sleep Number 360 smart bed

The bed that learns and reacts

Sleep Number’s 360 smart bed will forever transform the way people sleep. The new integrated design includes a proprietary algorithm (powered by SleepIQ technology) and machine learning to intuitively sense and automatically adjust all night for an effortless and optimized sleep experience.

 https://www.sleepnumber.com/



4.  ShadeCraft's Sunflower Smart Patio Umbrella

 Shadecraft, the pioneer of intelligent, autonomous outdoor living solutions, launches its premiere product, SUNFLOWER, the world’s first artificial intelligence-controlled, solar-powered, robotic patio shade.

SUNFLOWER uses artificial intelligence (AI) and internet of things (IoT) connectivity to track and tap the sun for optimal shade and energy collection. SUNFLOWER’s integrated security cameras provide consumers with added protection outside their homes through an autonomous robot. The robotic shade’s sensors provide real-time weather data, including UV radiation levels, humidity, air quality, and temperature, and detect wind and obstructions to ensure consumer safety.


5. Showerheads

- Moen - Moen’s new shower system lets you pre-heat the water from your smartphone. U by Moen is a controller that's installed in the shower to deliver more personalization (and hopefully save some time in the morning).
The device allows users to create preset settings for water temperature, so the shower can automatically warm up to the ideal temperature, and allows multiple users to program their own specific settings.

- Hydrao  - The new HYDRAO Loop and First smart showerheads and HYDRAO Drop smart shower light bring innovation, color, enjoyment – and now French design chic – to the bathroom. They are designed to increase awareness of water usage and encourage reduced water and energy consumption.
HYDRAO First will be the first product to become available internationally – starting tomorrow.
The designs of HYDRAO Loop and Drop have already won two new CES Innovation Awards:
HYDRAO Loop in the Smart Home category and HYDRAO Drop in Tech for a Better World.