Category Archives: CES 2014

Beam introduces video chat robot

beamVideo chat has become common in today’s world, especially in the workplace. Robotics, though, still has a tendency to sound a bit futuristic. Beam, however, has found a way to combine the two, with a robot that sports a video display, allowing for both face-to-face chat and mobility.

All of this functionality is controlled by the person seen on the screen, who controls the robot from a desktop or laptop computer. This is done by an app the company provides to the buyer for installation on any computer. The Beam, which comes from Suitable Technologies, is available right now. It’s geared towards corporate use, as the price comes in at $16,000, but that includes setup and support.

Interview by Don Baine, the Gadget Professor


YurBuds introduces Inspire Limited Edition Wireless earbuds

yurbudsEarbuds have become commonplace in today’s world — we have grown accustomed to seeing people on the street and on public transit using them. But they can also be a major nuisance. How many times have you moved only to have them ripped out of your ears by the ridiculously long cords which tend to catch on everything?

Wireless is the obvious answer and YurBuds recently showed off its latest model. These are actually meant for exercise, but they will work just fine in your home as well. The design is such that the earbuds stay in, regardless of activity — even a gymnast could use them, the company claims. YurBuds also claims the Bluetooth connectivity is good to up to 100 feet, and that water and sweat repulsion is no problem. Retail is $169.95 and they device is available now.

Interview by Don Baine, the Gadget Professor


iRing the First Motion Control Device for iOs

ir2iRing is the first motion control device that works with the iPhone and iPad. It will work with various music apps including The Groovemaker and VocalLive and more. The iRing FX/Control app runs in the background and talks to the other app, meanwhile the iOs camera picks up and follows the motion. The ring has controls on both sides. Instead of moving your fingers back and forth on the apps. You control the beat by moving the ring back and forth over the apps and the pitch by moving it closer and farther away from the app that you are using.

The iRing can be used by someone who knows very little about music but also by an experience musician. Although right now the ring just works with music apps that IK Multimedia has created, but according to IK Multimedia there is no reason it shouldn’t work with other types of apps. They are offering an SDK and licensing to app developers in hopes that more apps will be built that use the iRing. The iRing will be available starting the 1st quarter of 2014. It will cost $25.00 for two rings and the utility app.

Interview by Don Baine, the Gadget Professor.


Isonea shows off new medical technology for asthma sufferers


Jerry Korten, CEO of Isonea stopped by to visit the CES in Las Vegas, where he talked about the company’s latest product. It’s some amazing new medical technology utilized to help those who suffer from asthma.

The technology works with modern smartphones and utilizes a sensor that monitor breathing and upload the data to the cloud for quick analyzation, then send the information back to the user. The data is all stored within the app, making it easy for users to share it with their doctors. It can even generate reminders about medication. It also monitors the weather based on GPS location to try and pinpoint causes, such as changes in the weather or pollen levels. All of this information can then be crowd-sourced to make recommendations, such as “bring your inhaler with you today because there is a large amount of asthma in your area”.

The device isn’t part of your phone, but is separate small product that communicates with the smartphone. The device is already available in Australia, and is expected in the US within six months. No price was given.

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central for the TechPodcast Network and Anne Montera


Dexcom shows simple glucose monitoring


Diabetes is a major health risk on today’s world and easy monitoring of it is essential to the well-being of everyone who suffers. The company produces a tiny handheld electronic sensor to help with this.

The little device can easily monitor blood-sugar levels and even sound alerts if it detects a problem. Users can also set thresholds to generate customized warnings. It goes further, allowing the customer to set up remote monitoring for family so that others can monitor your health, for example — keeping an eye on your child while he or she is i school. Dexcom also talks a bit about plans for the future of this technology. The device is available now.

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central for the TechPodcast Network and Chris Montera of


GeoNaute shows off 360-degree action camera

geonauteWe’re all familiar with the wearable cameras on the market today, most notably the GoPro. We even see them being using on TV to capture action during mountain bike and skiing events. But one thing none of those do is capture the entire 360-degrees around the wearer.

GeoNaute is changing that with its new 360-degree Camera Pack. The device contains three lenses place around it, so can capture action in all directions. The device automatically stitches these images together, so there is no need for post-production when you get home. The camera is set to retail for $499 and will be available in the coming months. You can pre-order now.

Interview by Jamie Davies of Health Tech Weekly and Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central for the TechPodcast Network


Lenmar shows off the Chug Plug for your MacBook


Jenny Simpson of Lenmar stopped by TPN in Las Vegas recently to talk about the company’s new battery pack for your MacBook computer.

The new Chug Plug can provide up to four hours of additional batter life and connects via the computers existing cable. It is Apple specific, so don’t expect to get one for your Windows PC. It has built-in smart technology that can detect how much power your Macbook needs and push extra if necessary. The Chug Plug will be available for $159 starting in March. You can check it out over at Lenmar.

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central for the TechPodcast Network and Chris Davis of Health Tech Weekly


Suitable Tech shows off Beam — remote telepresence device


SuitableTech came by during CES in Las Vegas to show off its Beam. The name may be a bit vague in describing what the product is, but it s rather cool technology.

In a nutshell, this is a remote telepresence device, though many would likely simply refer to it as a robot. The device is mounted on wheels and has a display screen on the top. It can then move around to various people and allow for face to face communications with someone in a remote location. The device promises an eight-hour battery life. Beam is not really for home use, as you’re looking at a $20,000 install, but it will be handy in many business situations. You can find out more by visiting SuitableTech.

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central for the TechPodcast Network


Whiteclouds displays its 3D printing

whitecloudsFor those who can’t afford a 3D printer, which with current pricing, likely includes the vast majority of us, Whiteclouds will handle that part for you.

The company stopped by to visit with Todd and Jeffrey during CES 2014 in Las Vegas. The rep explained exactly what Whiteclouds can do for you, which includes using your rough sketches, or even getting a description right over the phone. In the video below you’ll get a look at exactly what is possible, as some items the company created with its 3D printers are shown off. Depending on what you want printed, the price can vary. For instance, an architect looking for a model of a home plan should expect to pay somewhere in the $600-$2,000 range, depending on size. Find out more by visiting WhiteClouds.

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central for the TechPodcast Network and Jeffrey Powers of Geekazine


Griffin shows off Powermate Bluetooth


Griffin Technology stops by to visit and show off its latest product — the Powermate Bluetooth. It’s tough to describe what this does, so I’ll allow the company to explain.

“PowerMate Bluetooth is the wireless programmable controller that replaces extra keystrokes with a simple twist or a click. It scrolls. It scrubs. It clicks like a mouse. And it’s user-configurable, so it can control practically any Mac application out there”.

The product will be available starting this summer, and will retail for $59.99. You can find out more by visiting Griffin Technology on the web.

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central for the TechPodcast Network and Daniel J. Lewis