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VirtuItaly brings the art gallery experience to your home @ CES 2021



VirtuItaly virtual art galleryThe past year has stolen a lot from us, but one of the biggest losses has been the ability to travel and experience new places and cultures. Traveling is big part of life for many people of varying backgrounds. The experiences of going to parks, restaurants, and galleries is hard to give up. However, thanks to ArtCentrica, we can experience the art of Italy through VirtuItaly.

While VirtuItaly is designed to be an immersive platform that allows for in-person and remote experiences, the last year has certainly placed a focus on one part of the business. That aspect is a fantastic virtual platform that can help bring the experience of a classic art gallery to you, wherever you are. Through the platform, you can explore a large collection of paintings in a whole new way.

While normally, you must view the paintings from a distance, with VirtuItaly you can get up close and personal. In fact, you can use the platform to get so close you can see the individual imperfections in the paint. In our demo, we get to zoom into a painting to the point where you can see brush strokes and canvas cracks. The detail is absolutely stunning, and gives you the ability to experience the art in new ways.

One of the other things that sets the platform apart is the way they work to digitally restore the artwork. The art restorers research the materials that were available and popular for tinting paint in the time the work was created, and use that to determine what the colors would have been originally. This means that the vividness of the colors are likely closer to the original work than the reality is today.

VirtuItaly is available now, with a free trial to see what it is all about. To learn more or try it out, check out the VirtuItaly website.

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central.

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Nomadplug makes traveling a breeze for your devices @ CES 2021



nomadplug foreign travel adapterA hardware startup is not an easy thing to accomplish. There are numerous obstacles out there just waiting to slow you down, such as currency fluctuations, your certifications, selecting your manufacturer, or even a global lockdown! Now there is a great product called Nomadplug, created by Ryan Silberman. Nomadplug is an international travel adapter that has been in development for 3 years. It’s sleek and small, making it very lightweight to travel with. Speaking of travel, it functions in all of the 195 countries!

Nomadplug is a slick new product for many reasons and these are what sets it apart from other travel adapters. Unlike most travel adapters that have an individual piece for each plug type, Nomadplug does it with one interlocking connection. You simply disconnect the stack at the location you need and plug it into the wall. It also uses a rare earth magnet for keeping all the interlocking modules together.

On the backside is a universal plug so you can use almost any device from any country in any outlet in any country. The only limitation is that the device must support the voltage of that particular country. This makes traveling with modern phones, tablets, or computers easy. The plug features an easy to use hinge that prevents it from falling out of sockets.

In addition to the adapter, there will be three USB-C chargers that can also be used for your laptop and mobile phone. That means no more traveling with extra power bricks! The model that is available now provides 18W and a single USB port. Future models will be available with 30W and 65W, both offering more than one USB port. You can currently purchase the current model in a variety of colors for $76.44. For more information go to the company’s website.

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central.

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Pelican Pro-Gear Backpacks Protect Your Mobile Gear



PelicanPelican began in the 1970s making equipment for the scuba market. They quickly expanded into making equipment cases for police, fire, rescue and the military. Pelican has recently gone into the consumer market. Their newest product line is the Pro-Gear Urban and Sports backpacks. These backpacks each have a copolymer blend plastic compartment that will hold up to a 17 inch Macbook. There is also one on the front for a tablet. The front compartment also has plenty of room for accessories. Both compartment have an O ring seal and are well padded and crush proof. There is also normal backpack compartments for your cloths and necessities.

The Pro-Gear Urban Backpack start at $250.00 and come in green, orange and black. They are well ventilated and the straps have extra padding on them for comfort. They weight about 6–7 lb. empty. If you travel a lot and are looking for a backpack that can take the abuse then you may want to take the look at the Pro-Gear Urban Backpack line at Pelican

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central for the TechPodcast Network, and by Don Baine, the Gadget Professor.

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The Cloud Connected Car – Viper’s Smart-Start



ViperLogoJust in time for the winter season, Viper’s new Smart-Start brings smartphone power to the rescue ! Remote car starting systems are now tied in with an iPhone app, allowing you to have that car warm and toasty (or air conditioned as needed). Of course, being cloud based, it can control vehicles that are located anywhere within GSM wireless range. Dual systems can provide control of different makes of automobiles, from the same app and account. You can also monitor driving habits of teen drivers, interacting with the GPS system in the unit or clearly show the location of the vehicle if it is stolen. You can program ‘hot spots’ that report if your teenager leaves town or goes into a zone that parents have on their list of concerns. If you return from a flight to a snow covered vehicle, you can start remotely and get vectored directly to the vehicle Fees are $3 per month per vehicle for the basic plan, with units beginning at $300.  TPN Interview by Andy McCaskey, SDRNews and Daniel J. Lewis, The Audacity To Podcast.

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Aviiq: Portable Laptop Stand and Accessories



Light and Compact

A closeup look at just the sort of accessories that a road warrior needs to keep his computing on track and his bag light. Aviiq On The Go presents a group of clever ideas to minimize bulk and weight, yet provide needed capabilities on the road. The folding laptop stand is warranted for three years, and in testing has exceeded 50,000 folding cycles.

The Portable Charging Station reduces the clutter of long cables in the bag, and enables you to maintain the full range of devices while mobile.

Interview by Andy McCaskey and Courtney Wallin of SDRNews for the TechPodcast Network.

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Roamz: Unexpected Pleasant Surprises



Personal Tour Guide

The joy of discovering interesting things around you is the secret appeal of this free iOS app. It’s all a benefit of geographic awareness built into smartphones – and leverages the power of other social media channels that are active in the immediate area. You don’t have to be following people or try to filter the madness of 200 million tweets per day. Roamz offers suggestions about what everyone nearby is buzzing about, as it monitors Foursquare, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for traffic nearby.

 

Interview by Courtney Wallin of SDRNews for the TechPodcast Network.

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