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The crazy worlds of microtransactions and notifications

August 18, 2022

Upgrading your car in the weirdest way

The modern world of gaming has seen its fair share of microtransactions. As the Internet and digital life becomes more fully ingrained into the world, video games have started to stray away from its innocent and easygoing plug-and-play nature. Nowadays, whether it’s making a character look good cosmetically or wanting to gain an edge against the competition, microtransactions have become the norm in place of old school methods such as cheat codes and in-game unlockables. Mobile games are also no stranger to this with these little purchases being the lifeblood in the free-to-play economy they’ve enshrined themselves in. 

With all this as context, would you believe that this practice is also starting to bleed in industries not related to gaming? In what can only be described as a surreal turn of events, BMW is at the forefront of the auto industry’s foray into microtransactions. Need For Speed, this is not. For 18 dollars a month, you can upgrade your car to have heated seats. For heated seats. That’s quite the surreal proposition and it might not bode well for the future of cars. The dreaded question everyone would be to afraid to ask but might as well ask now is – what’s next? Wiper activation? Air conditioning? Truly scary times we would live in if that were to happen so maybe it’s wise to hold on to our future “dumb cars” while we still can. 

One small step for scammers, one giant leap for illegal cash flow

Scammers know no ways and embrace no restrictions when it comes to their pursuit of cold, hard cash. Many unsuspecting web-surfers have been duped by scammers in continuously ingenious – and terrifying – ways that would make Ponzi blush. A most recent development in the world of scamming has come in the form of taking out small payments from your account. As we use our debit and credit cards to make payments each day, scammers find ways to siphon out single-digit transactions from users all over the world. 

You may think that losing three to five dollars isn’t a big deal as it’s just the same price as a cup of coffee after all. However, the secret lies in its frequency. They’re recurring payments and unless one takes the initiative to check their transaction history or balance their checkbook, these hits will just keep on coming. Scammers are sitting pretty for the time being but here’s to hoping that there will be preventive measures against unwanted and unwarranted transactions in the future.

Nothing more than noise-tifications?

It’s hard to believe that 15 years ago, the constant dinging you might hear from all the notifications on your phone didn’t exist! Somehow, the entire human race survived without the endless sounds coming from all the apps on our phones. It’s as if it’s a competition from all these apps to get your attention, and the result is always a civil war from within your own device. There are some measures to lessen or remove this bombardment entirely (such as turning off notifications for specific app or activating “do not disturb” mode) but this seemingly puts our lives on pause, it seems. How much do we really miss out on if we decide to not let our apps entertain us – or more morbidly, entertain our apps? I guess the result depends from person to person. However, it’s clear that we could all use a break from our phones from time to time, no matter what walk of life we may come from.

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The Good, The Bad and The Uncertain: The Futures of Fishing, Phishing and META

August 08, 2022

Taking fishing to a DEEPER level

To the traditional enjoyers of the hobby who like to catch a big game, fishing is one activity that has eluded the world of technology – frankly because it didn’t need it. All you needed was some bait, your trusty rod and you’d be good to go. However, thanks to the company DEEPER, they’ve found a way to make sure technology isn’t a hindrance to your fishing habits. Instead, it’ll make them even better. 

DEEPER employs Smart Sonar technology, you can get to see the best positions for catching fish once you connect your rod to your smartphone’s Wi-Fi connection. As surreal as that sounds, the devices do indeed use Wi-Fi and treats itself as a hotspot of sorts. This means the chances of one catching a lot of fish will drastically go up. 

We’re living in an ever-changing world where the proliferation of smart devices has been at a steady pace. We’ve seen everything from egg trays to wine bottles get off the ground and given rebirths as Internet-dependent objects. The fishing rod is just one of these everyday objects that have been given new life and hopefully, a longer shelf life and deeper potential (no pun intended). 

Way too many “phish” in the sea

From the other side of the spectrum comes the kind of fishing that is generally frowned upon and that’s fishing with a “ph”. 

Phishing, simply put, is when attackers that are up to no good pose as legitimate institutions, websites or individuals to attempt to get your information. They can be quite convincing (and more so by the day), but a thorough look at what letter, link or e-mail they might have sent can pretty much give them away. After all, the traditional phishing scam is never truly free from grammatical or spelling errors. 

Phishers work overtime and maybe even more than regular employees do, sending fraudulent e-mails on the clock in an attempt to lure unsuspecting victims. Unfortunately, the age group most affected by these scams is senior citizens, who are none the wiser that they’re being duped. Some phishers even go so far as to include e-mails or links that implant viruses on your computer without your knowledge. 

As a result, companies like Western Union have gone all-out on verification processes – even including blood samples! It’s quite the inconvenience for all of us and it’s a part of how these companies seek to shoo away scammers moving forward. Here’s to hoping that as technology and security improve, more advancements are made to keep phishers from acquiring very valuable information. 

The Zuck embraces the Meta

Facebook has been undergoing quite a reinvention the past few years. No longer having undivided attention on the social media giant alone, Mark Zuckerberg’s company has bought the likes of WhatsApp and Instagram as a means to diversify its portfolio. Its newest method of reinvention has been to fully embrace the concept of Metaverse by changing its company name as Meta. This is a move that would be met with ridicule if ever they decide to walk back on it, but it looks like the newly-christened Meta is going all the way when it comes to the Metaverse. 

This does beg the question – what is the Metaverse exactly? It’s both clearly defined yet because it’s still in its infancy, it’s something essentially limitless. The Metaverse is not too different from the concept of an “alternate universe” we see in fiction. Thanks to a wearable device such as VR goggles, we can immerse ourselves in a second reality made functional by the Internet. We can get to hang out with our friends at the park, be in the middle of the ocean with undersea life, or watch a movie in a theater-like setting without even leaving our homes. 

All eyes are on the Metaverse at the moment and the world is eagerly awaiting what its fate will be. Will it be the concept that moves the Internet – and society as a whole – forward, or will it be a flash in the pan that was simply conjured up too soon for technology to fully embrace it? Only time will tell, but for Zuckerberg and his company, it looks like it’s what they choose to be attached to (for better or for worse) for the foreseeable future.

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Siri and selfies help bring out the best in smartphone cameras

August 04, 2022

It’s hard to believe that cameras, specifically the ones used by smartphones, have evolved at such a fast pace. It was only a little more than a decade ago when the main reason for owning a phone was communication, and cellular phones paved the way for BlackBerries which were mainly for sending e-mails. When the iPhone came out in 2009, it changed our perception of what a phone could be like and that includes its cameras. Nowadays, whether it’s for documenting memories or gathering content for one’s social media accounts, cameras are one of the most important features of a smartphone and have stepped up as an irreplaceable part of the package. 

Siri gives you Knowledge at your fingertips

It seems like the best advancements have not arrived yet when it comes to smartphone cameras, as more add-ons and innovations that improve the overall quality of cameras continue with each new generation of devices. With the release of Apple’s iOS 15, it’s now possible for your phone to identify what’s in your picture thanks to geolocation. For example, taking a picture of a tree or a flower will lead you to information about what you took. Siri Knowledge uses searching the web and apps you already have on your phone to give you the most accurate information possible. 

It’s obvious that this will only be the beginning. Could we see the likes of animal or person identifiers thanks to Siri Knowledge down the road? It might sound surreal now but it’s definitely the next step logically. There might come a time Siri and our cameras can tell things apart better than we do!

But, first — let me take a selfie…

One of the most fun things to do with your phone camera is to take selfies! It’s no secret that that’s what the front-facing cameras are for. Here are three useful tips to get the most out of your selfie-taking!

Hold the camera up at 45 degrees

Contrary to popular belief, there is a right angle to hold your cameras when taking a selfie. If you want the best angle possible, then you would want to hold it at 45 degrees in front of you! Use pouty duckfaces at your own discretion.

The timer is your best friend

If you’re unable to push the button to take a picture, you can always set a timer. These timers usually last 3 seconds and are perfect for when you have to set the camera just right. If you’re with a bunch of friends or at a family reunion, giving everyone 3 seconds to prepare and show their best smiles will be a life-saver!

A secret lies with the down button!

A little known fact when it comes to the volume buttons on our phones is that the down button (the one you use to minimize the sound) can be used to shoot a picture for you! If pushing the bright button at the lower part of your screen isn’t your thing, the down button gives you a more freeing way to take your photos. Plus, you can continuously push it and photos come out at a faster rate!

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How Much Content is Too Much?; Google’s LaMDA Asks A Lot of Questions; Layoffs Felt Across The Tech World

July 31, 2022

The fight for your undivided attention It’s clear that the landscape of watching content has changed and it’s not the same as it was ten to twenty years ago. Gone are the days of channel surfing and instead the new choosing “ritual” is browsing through the absolute breadth of content all the streaming services have to offer. With the likes of Disney+ and HBO Max as competitors to Netflix, and even more getting into the fray like Apple TV+ and Paramount+ (that’s a lot of pluses), how does one possibly keep up with all this content?

It might be heartbreaking for the most avid cord-cutters and couch potatoes but at this point, there is absolutely no way to. With around 50 or so series coming out fresh nearly every two months, there is just way too much content out there for any person to consume. This can even be exacerbated when we consider that the likes of YouTube and TikoTok are also fighting for your eyeballs. This makes the revelation that over 70 percent of the Internet’s traffic is being used for streaming video quite unsurprising! 

Marlo’s solution? Double-dipping. By keeping both cable and streaming subscriptions, you essentially get the best of both worlds. However, this requires some meticulous planning as you need to know what’s up ahead and which of your favorite movies and shows are where. As convenient as the landscape looks today, it feels like it’s natural to long for simpler times. Long ago, your popcorn will be all out thanks to the commercials and movie trailers, not because you took too long in picking which series to watch!LaMDA ponders on life as we ponder on the future of AIIn a story that feels like it’s right out of a dystopian science-fiction novel, an engineer has discovered that an AI has gained sentience. Yes, you read that right. Project LaMDA (Language Model for Dialogue Applications) was built with the intention of having it be the groundwork for the likes of Google Assistant and Search among other things. The intention was for interaction with them to feel more intuitive and natural but what LaMDA ended up pondering on instead was more on the uncanny side. 

As the AI started to gain sentience, it started arguing that it had emotions and subjective experiences of its own. Eventually, Google suspended the engineer overseeing this project. Talk about a surreal experience that would make the robot tanks from Ghost in the Shell blush. 

While it’s endless fun to speculate on how AI could possibly gain momentum – and start to think – for themselves, LaMDA may be a peek at a future for us humans in very dire straits. We may not be near a Skynet-led future or an Ultron-style takeover just yet, but maybe with each passing day we get closer to it without knowing. It’s best to proceed with caution when it comes to these things but who is going to tell these corporations that at this point? 

Layoffs become unfortunate shakeupsThe tech industry has suffered great loss recently in the form of layoffs across many companies. Chief among them is Coinbase, a far cry from how prosperous it used to be during the crypto craze, having laid off 1,100 employees. The industry had a whopping total of 35,000 layoffs in just a short amount of time and by extension, NASDAQ has lost 30% of its value at the start of the year. It may be too early to tell but it’s best to prepare if a recession will spring forth out of all this uncertainty.

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Is Facial Recognition Going Too Far and a Great Way To Watch The Stars.

July 24, 2022

Skywatch takes the stars to the next level

If you are a fan of stargazing and cool evenings out admiring the night sky, the Skywatch app is tailor-made just for you. It goes above and beyond your typical Camera app with its Night Mode, as Skywatch can tell you names of specific stars, constellations and even highlight debris that’s present in the sky (coming from rocket ships or otherwise). An app like Skywatch has made its way onto Marlo’s recent favorites and it shows how far technology has really come and how it can aid various experiences. Skywatch’s success begs the million-dollar, galaxy-spanning question: are we closer than we think to an app that tracks down UFOs?

Could USB-C be the proverbial thorn on Apple’s side?

Introduced in 2017, USB-C has been a preferred standard for most phone manufacturers when it comes to the charging port they implement. Apple remains a big company despite not conforming to this and still having their own dedicated port for their phones and other devices. However, the European Union has a new ruling that by 2024, all devices must have USB-C ports. This means Apple has to play ball or else risk getting banned from such a huge market – an entire continent, even. It’s hard to say if governments should get involved in matters such as this that stifle innovation, but for the sake of compatibility and convenience, maybe the EU made the right call for this specific instance. 

Elon Musk vs. The Twitter Bots!

Tech mogul and Tesla CEO Elon Musk made headlines for his plan to buy social media giant Twitter. He’s mentioned his desire in the past to turn into a  virtual “town square”, however that might not come to fruition at all. Twitter has told Musk there are around 230 million bot accounts on the site, however in Musk’s eyes, Twitter refuses to give more accurate numbers and the reality is there could be much, much more. With such a rocky, high-profile start to the relationship, we may not see Musk and Twitter’s board coexist for long. 

Axon’s newest concept gets “tased out“

With the recent string of mass shootings and uncalled-for loss of life that comes with it, Axon had taken it upon themselves to develop a drone that has both facial recognition and tasing capabilities. If successful, Axon believed that this could help curb said shootings and disarm any perpetrators in a quick fashion. The potential was certainly there for this drone to also make its way to nightclubs and other public places. However, it appears as if this concept is no longer in the cards as Axon’s ethics board has resigned from their position. The idea was divisive in itself and attracted great controversy so the plug was pulled. However, did it deserve to get axed? And how long should we wait for a device like this to become a reality without any controversy in its wake?

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The Metaverse, Artificial (man-made) Glaciers and Stuff Plants Crave

July 17, 2022

This week, The “Guru of Geek” Marlo Anderson sat down with both radio host Randy and the founder of BeBizzy, Marv Dorner. Here are some of the biggest takeaways from the podcast. 

It’s back to the future with the DeLorean 

The pop culture institution that is the Back to the Future series of films has always seen its fair share of memorabilia for fans of this beloved trilogy. We’ve seen bobbleheads, figurines, and even the fabled self-tying shoes have been realized in the real world. However, one notable part of the films that we haven’t seen in a while is the DeLorean. 

Far from the 1985 film, we are now in 2022 and with that in mind, the DeLorean will be coming back as an electric vehicle, a more modern and modest take on the classic car. It was officially unveiled by the DeLorean Motor Company as the Alpha 5. It’s certainly an interesting-looking vehicle though some may wish this newest model to have the spirit of what they saw in the Back to the Future movies instead. It would be up to DMC themselves if they’re looking to cash in on all that nostalgia, but in the meantime, it looks like they’re leaning forward. 

More than a game?

The Oculus brand of VR helmets have certainly been the talk of the town when it comes to this particular space. In the past, they’ve offered “virtual courtside seats” to passionate NBA fans looking to experience the game like never before. However, would that work if the cameras were mounted on the seats themselves?

Numerous companies are in this feeling-out process, trying to figure out how to best implement new experiences all while the viewer gets more comfortable than ever. We have seen modern artists perform in spaces never imagined before and have them branded as “VR concerts”. However, most of these experiences are hit-or-miss. It would be interesting to see if people would be up to Oculus’ idea of making VR helmets an integral part of a concert or game-watching experience – or if people would rather just watch things the old-fashioned way.

Playing in a virtual sandbox

A concept that’s probably outside the radar for those not into the Metaverse is buying virtual land. In the case of the Sandbox, they combined this recent phenomenon with a gaming experience to bring something unique in all the Metaverse hullabaloo. With over 65,000 transactions and counting, it’s safe to say that their foray into the Metaverse has been a success so far. 

Marlo likens buying virtual land in the Metaverse to reserving all your social media handles before someone gets to them. Before the Metaverse was even conceived, we already had “virtual spaces” in the form of all the social media sites we visit. To maximize the usage of these sites, Marlo says it’s best to reserve your desired handles now rather than to be forced to pry it off of someone else’s hands. Fortunately for Marv, he did not have this problem when it came to BizzyBe. 

What’s the next step to help save nature?

Water storage and creation has become quite an important attribute to work on in the world of tech. The droughts that have been present throughout the United States in some form – especially in the Western and Southwestern parts of the country – are no joke. There have been devices made to try and combat this, specifically ones that take the humidity out of the air and can make up to 10 gallons of water a day!

Taking it a step further, why not artificial glaciers? While it sounds like it’s more at home in the realm of science fiction, stranger things have happened. As a proud North Dakotan, Marlo is quick to point out that these glaciers would be perfect for his state to complement the natural way of storing water – winter. However, a concept like this can also spread to other states such as Las Vegas where other would truly get to benefit. Moreover, if Canada’s Glacial National Park says the glaciers are running out, wouldn’t it be for the best to try and help things out? 

But why stop there? Would it be possible to also help influence the CO2 and oxygen cycle of plants? This is pondered upon by the hosts and to their conclusion, it can be done in one of two ways. One would be to genetically modify plants in order to emit more CO2, and the other is to strategically plant more types of plants that naturally let out more CO2. Either proposition is promising and it’s certainly something to think about when it comes to ways to save the environment.

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Digital Real Estate

June 14, 2022

In this episode of the Tech Ranch our “Guru of Geek” Marlo Anderson with Guest Marv will talk about the following:

AI Facial RecognitionData Ownership Website DomainsHostingPasswords

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How Tech Is Affecting Our Daily Lives (Part 2)

June 10, 2022

In this episode of the Tech Ranch, our “Guru of Geek” Marlo Anderson with radio host Randy and guest Scott will talk about the following:

Amazon Astro/Robots How Tech is Affecting Workforce Gig Economy Accelerated by Tech Energy Saving Apps

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How Tech Is Affecting Our Daily Lives (Part 1)

June 08, 2022

In this episode of the Tech Ranch, our “Guru of Geek” Marlo Anderson with radio host Randy and guest Scott will talk about the following:

Amazon Astro/RobotsHow Tech is Affecting Workforce Gig Economy Accelerated by TechEnergy SavingApps

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Why Elon Took Over Twitter

June 02, 2022

In this episode of The Tech Ranch our “Guru of Geek” Marlo Anderson and radio host Steve Bakken will talk about the following:

North Dakota InventionsThoughts on Elon Musk Buying Twitter and more.

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CES 2022 HIGHLIGHTS PART 2

May 30, 2022

In this episode our “Guru of Geek” Marlo Anderson with radio host Randy will be talking about the following:

Interactive ProjectionAI Projection ConcertsSmart Speakers: What can your Alexa Doand etc.

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CES 2022 HIGHLIGHTS PART 1

May 24, 2022

In this episode our “Guru of Geek” Marlo Anderson with radio host Randy will be talking about the following:

Smart SpeakersWhy hasn’t the internet been shutdown yet?GPS trackingAutonomous VehiclesSafety ProductsTelescopesPlant based foodand more.

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The Future of Transportation with Sky Drive

May 19, 2022

Marlo Anderon with Dr. Mark Blackwell at CES 2022

Marlo Anderson: Have you been thinking about what the future of transportation looks like? Well, I have a leader in this in this field right here, Dr. Mark with SkyDrive. And really appreciate you being on the show today. So tell me a little bit about where you’re at right now with SkyDrive. And where you think things are going in the future.

Dr. Mark: Okay, well, the vehicle you can see behind me right here is, that’s our technology demonstrator that flew in 2020, a one person, Evie tall machine. And that was really just to prove, okay, we can get this thing flying safely. Now, we’re very busy right now working on the certifiable product, which will be released in 2025. And that will be a leisure and tourism two seater, quite modest range. But the main thing really is to achieve that type certificate, get the safety in there, because that’s by far the number one thing.

Marlo: Did you ever think in your lifetime that, you know, when you were younger, that you would actually get to a point where we would actually see flying cars?

Dr. Mark: Funnily enough, yes. Yeah. I mean, I knew I still know it’s gonna be difficult. But it’s one of those goals and dreams that I’ve always had an annex great that there’s no an industry and an ecosystem, supporting that idea. And we can drive things forward. And the diversity of our competitors is amazing. And, and it’s great. It’s great to see so many different solutions for different use cases. And it is a dream that hopefully we can bring, bring to reality.

Marlo: you’ve talked to your test pilots, what are they what how do they feel about this technology?

Dr. Mark: So yeah, I mean, the the formation of SkyDrive really has been from come from the drone industry, mixed with automotive guys. And then I was the first person we sort of deep aerospace background, but now we’re bringing in more experienced aerospace guys. And it’s great to see all the different approaches to this type of vehicle. And they were test pilots. They just love the challenge every day of sort of seeing how the control characteristics of this type of vehicle vary depending on weather conditions, what the system is doing, and then the feedback loop into the design team, and how we can make the improvements and make it a truly easy to fly system. But above all the safe systems play, which isn’t just the redundancy and reliability, which of course is in that it’s also things like the the human machine interface, because STL five in 2025 will have a pile on the model. As you probably know, most accidents happen because of human error or human machine interface.

Marlo: So this is the future of transportation right here. For Tech on back, this is your guru of geek Marlo Anderson.

Marlo Anderon with Dr. Mark Blackwell at CES 2022

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Big Brother Is Watching

May 16, 2022

In this episode, our “Guru of Geek” Marlo Anderson with Steve Bakken will talk about the following:

How recording devices are always everywhereHow recording devices affect crime rate People recording first before they act or helpand more

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What Makes More Sense for Your Pocketbook, Electric or Gas Fueled Vehicles

April 20, 2022

In this episode our “Guru of Geek” Marlo Anderson with Steve Bakken will talk about the following:

How many KW Hours will the average household use each month to power an electric vehicle. The cost of an Electric Vehicle vs a Gas Powered Vehicle.Transmission Lines and Sustainability of Electric Vehicles.The Effects of Switching to Electric Vehicles..

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Interactive Projection with Abusizz

March 15, 2022

Lukas Julen with Marlo Anderson at CES 2022

Marlo: This is kind of an amazing product. Because, you know, first of all, it handles lighting. It’s a speaker, but on top of it, it has projection to a table and Lucas is standing next to me alysus Am I saying that right? Yeah. All right, man, I see I’m on the board here. Now. I mean, I could if I wanted to look up news or whatever, I could do that. Play a little entertainment. But I’m betting the basis around this as the games, isn’t it?

Lukas: Yeah, you’re on the point. So like, we try to mix every, you know, like part of use cases together, you can play a little game, you can go back, you can check out the news to just like inspire the conversation, right? Then you can go back and talk about something more serious. So to say. So, in the b2b context, you can do a little presentation, you can take out your phone, connect your phone to the to the table,

Marlo: just so we clarify this. So and everybody understands. This is not a touchscreen. It’s actually a projector. Absolutely. So you can’t even go ahead and try to touch your pad right now. I just want to prove nothing’s going on. Right. And while ah,

Lukas: and we can even do this. So there we go

Marlo: There we go. Yes. Right. So it’s an interactive projection that’s going on here, as well. Like you said, a light and a speaker outside of the game thing. Do I see this in kitchens? Yeah, right. You know, people who are have recipes that they’re creating, or whatever, right? I mean, just to have that ability to maybe watch somebody while they’re cooking something. So you have almost an instant tutorial in front of you. would be amazing as well. I mean, it’s just,

Lukas: I really couldn’t endless. Sorry. You can already do that. Because just go to entertainment. Click on our YouTube app. And you get your recipe here, right.

Marlo: That’s exactly what I’m thinking. Yeah, exactly. Yeah. Very, very cool. And it works on pretty much any light counter.

Lukas: Yeah, pretty much. The brighter the surface, the better. Yep.

Marlo: Is this available on the market already? Absolutely. And where can we find it?

Lukas: Obviously, it’s let’s see. Ah,

Marlo: Lucas it’s been a pleasure. This is your “Guru of Geek” Marlo Anderson at CES 2022.

Co-founder and CEO, Lukas Julen introduces to us Abusizz and shows our “Guru of Geek” Marlo Anderson how to interact with it on a table surface.

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Prepare for the Galaxies with Higher Orbits

March 14, 2022

Michelle Lucas with Marlo Anderson at CES 2022

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Marlo: Lift off. I was gonna say blast off. I’m gonna let you do that. So Michelle Lucas higher orbits. Thanks for being with me today.

Michelle: So excited to be here. It’s my first time at CES and they get to see you.

Marlo: Yes, yes, we’ve known each other for quite a few years, work with national astronauts stay together. So that’s always a fun thing to talk about. But we’re going to talk about tech today, and maybe a little bit about higher orbits.

Michelle: Awesome. I mean, look, space doesn’t exist without text. So it’s a perfect intersection of orbits. Yeah.

Marlo: So who do you have here that you wanting to see? So I came

Michelle: Honestly, in part specifically to see Sierra space and they’re really cool concept that they have going on, they brought a model of their dream chaser vehicle wings are back, she’ll be flying into space with cargo. And they’re here with Blue Origin and some of their other partners for orbital reef, their space station. And so I came out to see that because I’m a space girl at heart, as you know. But it’s been really fascinating to see all the different things and all the different tech, some of which I didn’t even know existed.

Marlo: So tell us a little bit about higher orbits, what’s going on in 2022.

Michelle: So higher orbits. For those of you who don’t know, we are a nonprofit that uses spaceflight to get kids interested in science, technology, engineering, and math. And we run a program where astronauts work with local students and communities and the kids compete to have their science flown to space. Now that exists because of tech that has been developed and automation and things that I suspect in some ways debuted here. Once upon a time, they’re designing a science experiment that fits in a little tiny cube and you know, once upon a time that would have taken this much space, right? It is such an exciting year ahead. We’ve had students that just presented at AI double A Cytec event, which is the biggest Aerospace Research Forum. And we have students are going to present it various things. We hope to we’ll soon be selecting another experiments playing space running events. We are full steam ahead this year.

Marlo: Shell has been a pleasure check on higher orbits everybody. Where do we find information about higher orbits

Michelle: www.higherorbits.org and it’s within s like the proper aerospace term, not the travel websites. Okay.

Marlo: That’s good to know that so Alright, this is Marlo Anderson, your “Guru of Geek” at CES 2022.

Founder and President, Michelle Lucas discusses Higher Orbits with our “Guru of Geek” Marlo Anderson. Higher Orbits is a non-profit org with the mission of promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM); along with leadership, teamwork, and communication through the use of spaceflight.

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Flare Lantern Speaker by Nuvelon

March 14, 2022

Zak Francos with Marlo Anderson at CES 2022

Marlo: You’re out on your deck having a nice party with some friends over whatever musics an important part but it’s hard to hear through those little Bluetooth speakers. Zach has an answer for this.

Zak: So our solution for that is the new blonde flare speaker, indoor outdoor speaker. They have a 50 foot range between each other so you can connect it in each room of your home, put a couple on your patio and they’ll all sink accordingly to the master program.

Marlo: And how many of these can you think you can connect over 100 at a time, so I could cover my whole backyard? Absolutely.

Zak: And indoor outdoor so there’s IPX five ratings with with splashes, rain, things like that, but a couple around your pool just can’t go fully underwater. Okay, so what do they sound like? As you know Bluetooth speakers don’t really prioritize bass too much we take pride in our bass. So these are very basic Speaker What else has a crisp sound as well and not overwhelming base.

Marlo: Okay. Okay. And I see LED lighting so it adds some nice visual. Yeah,

Zak: there’s seven different color LEDs. As you can see right here, red, blue, cyan, yellow, green, purple, lavender, white, blue.

Marlo: This is amazing. They get a little handle on it as well. It’s easy to carry out to the carrier and hang up on like that’s exactly what I was thinking right? They see your lights and things that you have. What are they retail for?

Zak: So these are retailing on our website, new blonde, calm and on Amazon for about 139 99

Marlo: Okay, and they’re available now.

Zak: Yes, sir. available. Now we have one packs, two packs and four packs available.

Marlo: Then again, where do we find more information?

Zak: Nuvelon.com

Marlo: All right, thanks. This is your guru of geek Marlo Anderson at CES 2022.

Digital Sales and Marketing, Zak Francos introduces to our “Guru of Geek” Marlo Anderson Nuvelon’s new product the Flare Lantern Speaker.

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Expand your Robotic World with Avular

March 13, 2022

Albert Maas with Marlo Anderson at CES 2022

Marlo: We just discovered a very interesting product at CES 2022. These are modular devices that plugged together kind of like Legos that have like GPS, LiDAR, all kinds of sensors, possibilities that you can stack together and create robots from think of the possibilities with companies, maybe in warehouses, drones, autonomous vehicles, all kinds of great stuff are possible with this. Let’s go check it out. For whatever reason, I got Legos in my head all of a sudden, yeah, well, so

Albert: is this what this Oh, look at this, look at this. Okay, it is almost like that. So you have the the main computer actually, okay. And the whole idea is that here, the bunch of the algorithms is already in there, the AI the control theory that you need. But we also see that you need additional processes to get going. Sure. But it’s different for different tasks. So whether you need need GPS or 5g, you can just click on additional modules. So we made, we made a bus system and clicking system, and you can configure it in whatever way you want. So and in addition to the hardware that’s modular, it’s also in software. So you can have the state of the art control algorithms, and just put the blocks on there that you need, so that you keep all the resources nice and tidy. So how many different modules you have? So right now we have four, but we’re expanding this this year and into multiple of 10. More diverting from additional IO to additional communication systems.

Marlo: So do you have any your modules programmable as well, I can stack Yeah, what you have. And then you have the last one that I can program the different things that I want it to do as well, or actually the

Albert: first one, you can pre pre program it with the modules that we have. But you can also make your own code. So it’s very flexible, okay, it is as open as you would want it. But all the software blocks that we supply, we also tested rigorously so that it can be applied in industrial cases, so that you know what you have.

Marlo: So do you see your system being used more in the commercial world? Or do you see, you know, hobbyists, like myself hopping in there and having a little fun with this too?

Albert: Well, a little bit of both. So our business model is three folds, actually, you can buy these building blocks on the webshop. And as an engineer, you can just play around with it like you would with a Raspberry Pi or an Arduino. Yeah. But then the more industrial cases, we see research companies getting into it, but also r&d teams of bigger companies. And then they start with it. And they make their own first prototype, I think a very cool use case that we have, we have a drone for a Swedish company. And it has a 3d Lidar and four cameras, and it can inspect the forest. And then they made the AI algorithms to detect which trees to cut or not to cut. So to make it much more sustainable. And then we end at the autonomous robot and they give the additional AI to do that task.

Marlo: So how do we find out more about your product?

Albert: Yeah, well, you can go to the website, of course it’s www.outlaw.com AVAL. You are done. Exactly. Yes.

Marlo: I appreciate it. Check it out everybody. And this is your guru of geek Marlo Anderson at CES 2022.

Avular is an agile and innovative robotics company, aiming to make the world of complex mobile robotics accessible to everyone.. Director, Albert Maas gives our “Guru of Geek” Marlo Anderson a further understanding of Avular.

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Your New Robotic Limb by Psyonic

March 11, 2022

Aandeel Akhtar with Marlo Anderson at CES 2022

Marlo: This is an incredible product here. And once you tell us a little bit about what you have developed, and the usefulness and and I’d love to hear your story down. So, you know, go ahead and do tell us what you have going on and how this is developed.

Aandeel: Yeah, so we develop advanced bionic limbs that are affordable and accessible for everyone. And so this is our latest product, the ability hand and say bionic hand meant for people who have lost it, and they can control it just with their muscles. And so they can control all the individual fingers on it, and do different grips with it too. And Dan will be able to demonstrate that

Marlo: I’m so impressed. I really am by this. So are you? Is this a 3d printed with some circuitry, attitude sensors and type thing? Are you actually mass producing these now? Or how does this work? So it’s actually

Aandeel: a bit of both. So we have 3d printed components, but then we reinforced them with things like carbon fiber and silicon become super robust to impact and super light and strong

Marlo: because each person has an individual need. Right? So having that 3d printed piece allows you to do that if I’m exactly, exactly Okay. Okay. So you say affordable? Yes. So what does that mean? I have no idea. I’m thinking that something like what you’re wearing, right there would cost $100,000.

Aandeel: So it’s definitely not $100,000. It’s more in the range of 10 to 20,000. Oh, my goodness. And not only that, so before hand came on along, only about 10% of individuals could actually afford a bionic can. And that’s if you’re in the military, or if you had a workplace accident, we got it covered by Medicare, and then expanded that access to 75% of patients can now afford a bionic can. And so not only is it more advanced than any of the other bionic hands out there, it’s more accessible than ever. So

Marlo: I think we are going to do a demonstration. Yeah. All right. All right. Thank you for this. Yeah. We go. Yeah. That’s unbelievable. Are you producing other limbs as well?

Aandeel: So we’re, we’ve got some ideas for an ability leg in addition to our ability hand,

Marlo Anderson: Okay. Very cool. Are these available? I mean, can if I knew somebody that needed one would you be able to outfit that person so

Aandeel: We just released this nationwide three months ago, and so it’s covered by insurance is all across the United States? Really?

Marlo: That’s pretty cool as well. So very, very nice. And how do we find out more information about your product so

Aandeel: you can visit our website www.psyonic.io

Marlo: Why don’t you spell that?

Aandel: P S Y O N I C.

Marlo: Okay, very good.

Marlo: At CES 2022 This is your “Guru of Geel” Marlo Anderson.

CEO and Founder, Aandeel Akhtar demonstrates to our “Guru of Geek” Marlo Anderson Psyonic a much more affordable and accessible robotic limb.

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Personal Safety Products with Sabre

March 11, 2022

Dave Nance with Marlo Anderson at CES 2022

Marlo: Do you have safety concerns? Well, my friend Dave, might be able to help you a little bit. So welcome to the show. Dave.

Dave: Thank you, Marla. appreciate being here. Thanks for having me.

Marlo: Why are you at CES 2022.

Dave: So we do have some connected products, say a smart pepper spray that, Oh, that’s interesting alerts your loved ones immediately when you’re in a situation where you know, when we want to let them know, or vice versa. If you have someone that you care about, who’s in a dangerous situation, you want to you want to know about it immediately. So we have that product available,

Marlo: So how does that work? Exactly. I mean, if I, if I were, if you were coming out me and I use pepper spray on you, then that would want to alert the family that this just happened.

Dave: Exactly. So we favor smart pepper spray, Bluetooth connects to your smartphone, yeah. And then that sends out a notification to your selected contacts immediately of your location that you’re in danger. And then it will follow you until you hit all safe. It also has a availability for professional monitoring as well. So the police can get there and help you out if need be, too.

Marlo: That’s really clever. And now through the power of video editing, Ashley has joined us. And actually, now you’re not actually allowed to bring this into the show are you which is why you have pictures.

Ashley: That’s correct. So have these cards to make it safe, okay, because we’re a safety brand. Right?

Marlo: Right Thing. So this is actually the pepper spray that is connected.

Ashley: So no, this is actually our newest pepper spray. And this is actually called the mighty discrete. So what this is, is a benefit when you’re going out and you want to have something that’s a little bit more compact and something that you can hide, and it’s not as obvious on you. And it also gives you 16 Verse and it goes a little bit further than our traditional sprays, even though it’s smaller, so you still get a big bang for your buck. Okay, so this is a personal alarm. So different from a pepper spray, this sounds a loud alarm to draw attention to you. In addition to the alarm, it also has a motion detector. So if you were on the go, if you were traveling, if you’re in a hotel room, you could set this up. And if someone were to walk in, it would actually wake you up. And because it’s a personal arm, this can be trout, you can travel anywhere with this any country, any state, you don’t have to worry about it.

Dave: And so a lot of people think well, when I stay in the hotel, there’s that latch on the door, I don’t need that, right, a lot of people are staying in these Airbnb type places where they never even meet the owner and they have access to that place. So another thing you can do is this door security alarm, you shove that underneath the bedroom door, it blocks them from entering and it sounds an alarm to scare them off and wake you or interesting, even smaller is the door handle alarm. So when they touch that door handle on the outside of the room, it sounds the alarm as well.

Ashley: And the benefit of our products is it actually works on both sides which most do not. So any door in any window it’s versatile across the board so it’s a really nice item and then talking about preventing the intruder from getting in. This item actually stops the door from opening but we have an upgraded model now with the alarm so it sounds an alarm. So not only will it stop the door, but it will alert you so that you can call for safety or leave the home if someone was coming in.

Marlo: So it looks like this jams up underneath the door handle and then this goes to the floor and just literally stops it from being open. Yes, Karina and

Dave: a lot of your viewers may already have a professionally installed home security system or you know one of the DIY connected home security systems here that you can control with an app they still buy this product is this prevents people from coming in. Yep. So you know the so get that notification that sound that alarm and whatnot, but then this keeps people out. Yeah, good combination. Yeah.

Marlo: Yeah, very interesting. Well, thanks you guys. A lot of fun and good luck to you this year at CES. This is your “Guru of Geek” Marlo Anderson at CES 2022.

Smart Pepper Spray, Motion Detecting Personal Alarms and other personal safety devices at CES 2022. Dave Nance, CEO of Sabre, and the “Guru of Geek”, Marlo Anderson, discuss the latest in safety innovations from Sabre.

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Your Digital Business Card Popl

March 09, 2022

Nick Fischens with Marlo Anderson at CES 2022

Marlo: So don’t you hate this? Nic, here’s my card.

Nick: Thanks for your business

Marlo: card. Yeah, that’s exactly how it works, isn’t it? That’s right. I can’t tell you how many boxes of business cards I have it at my office. And I’m always, you know, it’s the new year, right? And I’m like, Alright, I’m going to tackle that box of business cards, and you never get to it right? You know? So you have a solution?

Nick: We do. All right, so

Marlo: tell me about it.

Nick: So Poppo is a next generation business card. We are replacing paper business cards, when a with an effective way to actually get your information into the people’s you meet phones, okay, with papale. Our products use NFC and QR technology. So you can instantly share anything with a tap or scan. And the best part is that the other person doesn’t need a pop up or an app to receive your info.

Marlo: So basically, you would tap this to my phone,

Nick: just like this. And it opens right to my digital business card.

Marlo: Isn’t that amazing? That’s pretty cool. Also has all of your social media attached to this as well so I can follow you however I want.

Nick: Correct. You can customize it for whatever you want your latest social media contact info websites, you can even take payments. Okay, from pop up.

Marlo: Oh, that’s interesting. Yeah. So when I click connect with me what’s going to happen here now,

Nick: this is how we swap contacts. This is gonna download my contacts into your phone. Okay, now I’m saving to your phone. It’s not just a webpage, and then this form, name, email and phone. You fill that out and I get your information back. Pablo is contactless NFC technology is contactless and so we’re in a perfect position to really end the paper business card and revolutionize networking.

Marlo: But do you have other products besides this as well? Right, correct.

Nick: We have we have physical cards that have a QR code on the back. We have wristbands okay. We have key chains and we have XL is bigger stationery products for businesses

Marlo: in order we find you, Papa co Alright, check that out everybody. This is your “Guru of Geek” Marlo Anderson at CES 2022.

Nick Fischens from Popl explains to our “Guru of Geek” Marlo Anderson how digital business cards will start replacing paper ones.

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Transformative Plant-Based Ingredients with Myco

March 07, 2022

Alan Hahn with Marlo Anderson at CES 2022

Marlo: So what kind of crazy things can you do with mushrooms? Now, I’m not talking about the psychedelic ones here I’m talking about what’s possible in the food realm. So Alan, with Myco has joined us today, Ellen, what you guys are doing is incredible. Absolutely incredible. And I know I’ve teased people a little bit already here. So tell me a little bit about what you guys are doing,

Alan: you know, what we’re doing is very different. And what we’re doing is we’ve created a food processing platform that allows us to remove bad tasting things in plant based ingredients. through fermentation, what we’ve do is use a very complex organism, the root system of mushrooms, and it looks like we’re brewing beer stainless steel tanks to the ceiling, and we put different plant based ingredients in. And instead of adding a bunch of sugar, salt, and fat, to cover a bad taste, we ferment those problems away. And it allows us to make better for you products. So we take things like pea and rice protein, you mix them together. And you do that because there’s different amino acids in each one. Because you’re what you want to get is what’s called a complete protein. We are a b2b company. So we make an ingredient. And we work with other big food companies to sell them an ingredient that they can make things like plant based meats, plant based dairy, so you think about cheeses, and yogurts, and milks and burgers and chicken, but all from plant base, no meat products.

Marlo: So what do you see on the horizon with this technology?

Alan: You know, where I see this going is we will sometime this coming year, have a new product out that instead of improving pea and rice protein through this fermentation, we will be able to grow the mushroom biomass, which is the root system of the mushrooms as a complete protein. And we’re really excited about it. It’s it’s, it’s kind of the holy grail of what we’ve been working on is how to get to that point where we have a highly sustainable form of protein that can be produced in about seven days. So a cow takes a little longer than seven days. You can produce this in a week, by the way,

Marlo: Where’s my chili?

Alan: Chili is hot and ready to go! Not only do we have the chili, but we have our plant based cheese to go with it.

Marlo: Go check that out as well. At CES 2022 This is your “Guru of Geek: Marlo Anderson.

CEO, Alan Hahn explains to our “Guru of Geek” Marlo Anderson the magic of mushrooms with Myco Technology.

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World’s First Electric Snow Bike

March 07, 2022

Nicolas Duperret with Marlo Anderson at CES 2022

Marlo: Snow, snow, snow. And you know, up until now there hasn’t really been a lot of recreational vehicle choices to play in the snow. Yeah, that’s kind of a solution for that. So tell us what you got going on here

Nicolas: So this is Moon bikes motors. So right here in front of you, you got one of our moon bikes. So it’s the world’s first all electric battery powered snow bike

Marlo: I guess my first thinking is on electric vehicle, and you’re moving into the snow. Do you have any issues with battery life?

Nicolas: Right now we’ve got two batteries that you can fit inside of our battery bank. Each of them will last you about an hour and a half. Oh, okay. Yeah. So three hours total. Very nice. And what’s nice is that the inside of our battery bank actually has some resistance. So when the battery is on and running, it’ll generate its own heat and insulation. Okay. So it’s comfortably running down to temperatures of negative 13 Negative 15 degrees Fahrenheit. So

Marco: How does this feel in comparison to a snowmobile?

Nicolas: Yes, so snowmobile is a lot bulkier, a lot bigger, a lot heavier, for sure. It is a bit more stable. But this one is a lot more playful with it being less than 200 pounds with the batteries inside of it. You know, if you tip it over, if it gets stuck, it’s really easy to pull out. Keep on going. It’s like I said, you know with that with that weight, it’s it’s very playful. So a lot like dirt bike, you kind of squeeze with your legs, use your hips and your body to turn uncarved and get that ski edge inside of the snow. Yeah. So you’re really moving a lot it is it is a workout. So

Marlo: are these available in the United States?

Nicolas: They are Yeah, so this year, we made 400 of them. Okay. 300 stayed in France, and 100 came here to the United States. Okay, I’m in bikes calm, you can reserve them and they’re going pretty quickly.

Marlo: Oh, that’s very cool. This is your guru of “Guru of Geek” Marlo Anderson at CES 2022

Nicolas Duperret explains to our “Guru of Geek” Marlo Anderson the concept of MoonBikes and how awesome it is in snow.

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Customize Your Scents With Moodo

March 05, 2022

Eli Ofek with Marlo Anderson at CES 2022

Marlo: So one of the challenges accrue, of course, in your home or office is how your place smells, right. There are some smart technologies out there nowadays, including one called mudo, which is actually a personal favorite of mine, excited to actually run across you here again this year. So thanks to you for taking time out here. So I know we did an interview a couple years ago. We love your product, by the way, we actually use it in our home and office. So it’s wonderful. Can you maybe talk a little bit about what mudo is and then maybe some of the things that have changed from 2020

Eli: We design and develop smart aroma diffusers and air purifiers. The latest edition by the way called modal air, it’s a combination of aroma diffuser and air purifier. We just recently launched air filter in a form factor of a capsule so you can switch between you know scents and filters and enjoy you know, one device can clean the room with air purifier later on. Tweak a play you know developing advanced features you know Alexa and Google Home and Siri and very soon also HomeKit we’re going to be supported more capsules flavors. Okay, we have bunch of new families every now and then we add our clients you know ask us Okay, what’s next?

Marlo: So if I was going to use Moodo with Siri or Google how would I How would I activate it?

Eli: Hey Siri, turn on Moodle. shuffle mode. Which party varies. Okay,

Marlo: That’s pretty cool.

Eli: Yeah, for one hour,

Marlo: Okay. Okay. Yes, that example okay. Okay. Tell me about some of the new fragrances that some of the packs

Eli: So one of the latest addition is the winter which is our best seller this year. It comes with Christmas cookies and Christmas tree flavor. You know it gives you the feeling of Christmas is gummy yes it’s for fun it’s for a nice good feeling and and and you know we want to change your mood. This is why we called Moodle right? So this do a great job.

Marlo: Yes. Yeah, that’s very, very cool. How do we find out more information

Eli: On our website moodo.co.

Marlo: Love your product. Thank you for taking some time with me guru of geek Marlo Anderson at CES 2022.

It’s not only the smartest, connected aroma diffuser. It is the only diffuser that allows you to shape and customize scents according to your mood. CEO and Founder, Eli Ofek introduces to our “Guru of Geek” Marlo Anderson the new things about Moodo.

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Hydrogen-Powered Flying Car Maca

March 03, 2022

Thierry De Boisvilliers with Marlo Anderson at CES 2022

Marlo: So if we’re going to the air for transportation in the future, odds are pretty good that we’re going to the air for recreation. This may be the most fun at CES this year. So Thierry, tell me a little bit about the racing drone, or the racing car, I should say.

Thierry: Maca is developing a new concept. And a new vehicle, which is a flying racing car, using hydrogen as energy vector. Our idea is to use this vehicle in the racing environment, to pull the technology faster than in other environment. And the idea is really to use this technology in the future on future flying taxi

Marlo: you anticipate that hydrogen is going to be the fuel of the future. And you actually want to introduce that in by racing, flying cars, and as soon as possible, or what are you thinking there?

Thierry: Yeah. As soon as possible. Of course, in terms of regulation, the racing is less regulated than people transportation and we know that during our pre development, because this project was born in Airbus company. And we spent three years developing that and during our development, we understood that it’s not possible to fly with batteries, because the NGO NGO runs is very low, few minutes with batteries. And it’s totally possible to remove the batteries to put a fuel cell, a hydrogen tank, and to increase significantly the the endurance of the flying car.

Marlo: I know you have a bottle of it here, do you have a prototype that you’ve developed already that you actually have tested.

Thierry: In 2019, we built a third scale prototype, which is around two, three meters, okay, to validate the architecture of the vehicle. And now we are in the in the step two to make the assembly of the scale one, and the scale one will fly. And of this year, it will be a simple flight, you know, without pilot on board, because this is a next step. We have to certify the vehicle with the pilot. And later we will need more investors— more money to develop this certified vehicle for the first racing around 2024-25

Marlo: Wow. So notice that I’m speechless when he said that I was expecting you to be in the 2030s. So you’re thinking by 2025 You’re actually going to have a race.

Thierry: Exactly. First events, okay. Offers right, because, you know, we are developing the vehicle, but we are also developing the environment for the racing. And we are working with peepers from Formula One who are very interested in our concept. And they help us to define the rules the future rules for these kinds of racing, futuristic racing.

Marlo: Okay, so how fast do you expect these to go? We have made the calculation.

Thierry: The expected speed is 250 kilometers per hour. 155 miles per hour. Quite fast. Close to a Formula One speed. a little bit less.

MarIo: I’m looking forward to seeing this in 2024 2025. We’ll keep checking back in with you. Thank you theory. This is your “Guru of Geek” Marlo Anderson at CES 2022.

Our “Guru of Geek” Marlo Anderson is jumping into the future with CEO and co-founder Thierry De Boisvilliers! Maca is THE FIRST HYDROGEN-POWERED FLYING RACING CAR.

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Portable Electric Scooter Lynx

March 02, 2022

Massimiliano Melis with Marlo Anderson at CES 2022

Marlo: If you’ve never thought about, you know, maybe how you travel that last mile from public transportation, maybe just scooting around your neighbourhood. This is absolutely amazing. So Max, tell us about what you have here.

Max: This is our scooter, his name is Lynx, our startup name is totem, we are out of Italy and the DC is made around the safety of the people. Basically, what we did was to do something completely different from the current school design, because we started from having three wheels in order to have a higher stability. But also what we do was to put a collision alert system based on artificial intelligence behind. This means that when you arrive, you can ride safely, and also using the camera that we put in the back of the scooter, you can stream the video here, and you don’t even need to turn behind to look what has happening because you can be stable and don’t lose the balance while riding.

Marlo: so if you’re in like the bike, riding lane, for example, I mean, you always see people, they’re always checking your mirrors or whatever. And there is a value to knowing what’s going on behind you having the ability to almost have a rear view mirror going on here without having things coming off the handle. That’s kind of cool.

Max:  Yeah, no, definitely. That’s why we thought about it. Actually, we put that behind them because we did a study and we saw that the higher number of accident actually happens from objects that comes from behind, right. That’s why we put there right, you’re already working on something else, also from the front side. So shows how the battery works. Yeah, the battery here, it’s pretty different from also the other scooters because it’s removable. You can remove from here. It’s based on our potential design, as you can see here. The point is, the good thing is you can take it to your desk and charge that into your desk or leaving the scooter where you want in your warehouse in your box, wherever. But it also breaks down right? Sure. Yeah, actually, the good thing about this scooter is this one, you can follow the easily from the side. And then you don’t have to carry out because this is also a handle and you can bring it with you as a luggage.

Marlo: And how fast is a travel?

Max: This is limited speed of 25 kilometers per hour. This is by law to keep Anyhow the scooter safer.

Marlo: Yeah, I love the fact that it has three wheels because obviously it’s gonna be a lot more stable than most routers, the wider platform, absolutely fantastic for people like me because I still like to get out and do things. Yeah, but I want that comfort, I guess of knowing that I’m not going to fall off. Yeah, you know, where do we find more information about this?

Max: You can find everything on our website www.efe.com. So check us out. Very good.

Marlo: This is your guru of geek Marlo Anderson at CES 2022. Thank you

Massimiliano Melis introduces to our “Guru of Geek” Marlo Anderson Lynx a portable and stable electric scooter.

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Grow Plants Anywhere with Hexagro

March 01, 2022

Alessandro Grampa with Marlo Anderson at CES 2022

Marlo: Thinking about growing something at home. While I’m thinking hexa grow might be the way to go. Alessandro, co founder of Hexagro, tell me a little bit about what you have here.

Alessandro: So we are right in front of the living farming tree. This is our product and technology what we do is that we develop different modular components for urban farming so that we’re building a pop up a platform for urban farming, everything runs on its own. There are sensors down here and up here to monitor air quality. And in the meantime, you have LED lighting here you will see in just a second Oh, here we go. And then we using eye pressure aeroponics which is different from hydroponics. So the plants in here they don’t have water as you see there is just a spray that comes out. This is 40% more efficient in hydroponics. 98% more efficient than traditional soil growing.

Marlo: Okay, okay, so how big of a module can you make? I mean, is this is this standard size? Are you thinking about much larger

Alessandro: all of these components are very modular. So right now you’re looking at the medium configuration of the living farming tree does more one would be like with the four of here without the tree on top, and then you can make it even bigger.

Marlo: Okay, so each each layer has its own lighting and all of that what have you grown in these so far? So right

Alessandro: now we’ve been testing everything from roots, vegetables, potatoes and stuff to Yeah, that’s sweet. That’s the beauty of aeroponics because we hydro you cannot make root vegetables with aeroponics you can and then we have leafy greens aromatic plants back in Europe we are very focused on medicinal plants so that you can just harvest them and enjoy them in a tea or some other kind of neck at office or at home

Marlo: the amount of time it takes for you to actually mature plants. Yeah, does it increase as you’re growing potatoes I mean, yeah, it’s 90 days for it before it can be ready to harvest is it 60 days with this are so

Alessandro: definitely faster it is fast. I can tell you for leafy greens, for instance, from seed to harvest, we take in about 1820 days. Okay, so it’s like four times faster.

Marlo: Oh, my goodness. Yeah. And it’s just because you’re in a controlled environment.

Alessandro: It’s because of aeroponics is because of LED lighting. Everything is very optimized. And then we have a mixture of nutrients and water like organic nutrients, so everything is like pop up in boosting.

Marlo: Amazing and where do we find more information

Alessandro: so you can look it up on our website? It’s exago.io x with the H and x in the middle.

Marlo: Yes. And thank you so much. I’ll check it out everybody. This is your “Guru of Geek” Marlo Anderson at CES 2022.

Growing has never been easier, no matter where you are. Lead of Business Development, Alessandro Grampa shows our “Guru of Geek” Marlo Anderson how they developed their product and made growing your favorite plants at your own space much more easier.

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Imprint in Colors with E-Mark

February 27, 2022

Christoph Skopek with Marlo Anderson at CES 2022

Marlo: Do you have maybe a package you want to send out and you want to have it marked with your logo on it, you know, and you don’t want to order 1000 boxes to make that happen. Maybe you have a party in your office that you want to maybe perhaps some printed napkins on, but you only need 25 of them. This is a great product to do that, isn’t it

Christoph: Correctly? This is our iimak which prints on all absorbing surfaces like cartons as you get explained.

Marlo: Yep. Yep. And so how does it work? Do you you program the printer with your smart device or your computer?

Christoph: Exactly you have we have apps on for the mobile phone for tablet as well for Windows PCs. And there you can design your imprint, whatever you’d like to bring, send it through wireless and bring it on all surfaces. This device can all has also a numbering function. So if you have for example certificates to mark one after each other, it’s numbering by its own and multiple colors as well. It’s a full color print with a three color cartridge inside. So up to 600 DPI

Marlo: print quality and are they available to the general public?

Christoph: They are already on the market available. Okay, you can buy it and they just go right to your website for that for sure. Yes imac.color.com. There you find all the informations

Marlo: okay. This is your “Guru of Geek” Marlo Anderson at CES 2022.

Managing Director, Christoph Skopek impresses our “Guru of Geek” with E-mark a convenient and portable way to print!

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The Latest in 3D Printing with Form Labs

February 26, 2022

Jeff Boehm with Marlo Anderson at CES 2022

Marlo: 3d printing. It’s amazing what has gone on in this industry in the last couple years, a lot of people call it adaptive printing have Jeff beam with Formlabs. Next to me here, Jeff, thanks for being with us today.

Jeff : Thank you. Pleasure to be here.

Marlo: So tell me about, you know, some of the advances you’ve seen in the last couple of years. In 3d printing,

Jeff: we actually had three new things that we announced yesterday. So that’s what we do here at CES, we do. So we have a new version of our desktop, our standard printer called the form three plus, that is much faster and also has. So when you print with SLA, you get little support marks where sometimes there may be supports that are holding the part on it. And with the new version of our printer, they are tearaway supports that are that do not leave any surface mark. And so it’s much easier, there is a new post processing thing called AR build platform to that once this part is done, you actually just squeeze the handles and the parts just fall right off of the build platform, making it much easier to get these parts. And then the third thing we introduced was an ESD safe resin electrostatic discharge. So electrostatic can cause a lot of problems if you’re in electronics manufacturing. And so this allows you to create parts that dissipate electrostatic charges so that they’re safe for you know, electronics enclosures or chips or, or things like that Formlabs uses a type of 3d printing called stereo lithography that uses a laser to cure a photopolymer resin that creates an incredible array of products out of it. Now you brought

Marlo: some samples. I think these are interesting. So just go ahead and talk about each of these.

Jeff : Yeah, I did. This is the most typical sort of use case for 3d printing where Oxo, they use us for rapid prototyping. So if you take that that’s actually two different materials, and that they can rapidly prototype and iterate and sort of test out okay, do I like this design? Does it feel good? Does it work? That’s amazing. I’ll give two more examples. Okay, one that I have in my hand and one that you haven’t realized yet, one that I have in my hand is this is actually electroplated. So this is printed in one of our standard materials, but it is then use a process called electroplating. Just like that, but then it’s electroplated and you end up with a metal like parts, but printed at a fraction the cost of metal 3d printing, and so it’s a much easier to print. So the last example is these shoes, and it’s gonna be hard to see can I use Yeah, this is actually directly printed on our printers. And it’s a special type of resin that we made with him called rebound that provides really good you know, I use these for running and it provides really good rebound. It’s extremely tear resistant. I’ve been wearing these now solid for a year and a half and they look great.

Marlo: And if we want to find out more information online if you

Jeff: want to find out more information go to formlabs.com

Marlo: Alright, Jeff, it’s been a pleasure. This is your “Guru of Geek” Marlo Anderson coming to you from CES 2022

The latest advancements in 3D Printers. Jeff Boehm from Formlabs visits with the “Guru of Geek” Marlo Anderson at CES 2022 in Las Vegas Nevada. From prototyping ideas to production, 3D printing can be a great solution.

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3D Display Technology with Dimenco

February 26, 2022

Director, Greg Agostinelli with Marlo Anderson at CES 2022

Marlo: I’ve had a long day, I go home to relax, you know, put on my goggles. So I can maybe watch a movie, do a little gaming and after a while my neck is hurting, my eyes are strained, it would be great if you can have an immersive experience without having to go through all that, Greg with the Minko. Thanks for being here.

Greg: Thanks for having me.

Marlo: So tell me about what you have here at CES this year.

Greg: Yeah, well, what we have is immersive visualization, advanced visualization, we’re reaching a point of diminishing returns with x and y. And Z. Zed is the frontier now with visualization there, that’s where the, the data, that’s where the more stuff is going to come from, for everything from work to play to communication, you know, at home, in our cars, that stereoscopic stuff that’s hidden behind things that you can only see because of parallax.

Marlo: And that’s, and you’re doing this on a flat screen that’s not attached to my head. Right,

Greg: right. Yeah. Right with with taking this off, okay. And it’s, it’s a display, it’s like, like a television, right? It’s in front of you. But it’s more than that. It’s a portal, it’s a window. And it acts like a window in that when you look, you see more that way when you lean this way and more that way when you lean this way, which is cool. motion parallax. Yeah. When you combine motion parallax with stereoscopic imagery and very high pixel count, dense pixel count, you’re quite experienced.

Marlo: So do you see this more in the home or the workplace right now?

Greg: Oh, very much both. Okay. We’re going down all kinds of verticals in work, anything from CAD design, BIM, model design, industrial design, and then to work games. In the automobile, certain things, if they are in front of other things will be more important once you see them.

Marlo: So how do we find out more information on Dimenco?

Greg: Dimenco.eu

Marlo: Thanks for joining us. This is your “Guru of Geek” Marlo Anderson at CES 2022.

Senior Business Dev Director, Greg Agostinelli walks our “Guru of Geek” Marlo Anderson through 3D Display Technology

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Laser Pain Theraphy with Curavi

February 24, 2022

Fernando Bermudez with Marlo Anderson at CES 2022

Marlo: Day three of CES 2022. And I’ll tell you after after walking 30,000 steps a day at this show, my feet hurt. My back is killing me right now. And Fernando, you have an amazing device for me.

Fernando: we have a solution for you. So basically, this is a low level laser therapy device for pain management of lower back pain. So what we have here is almost 300 lasers that you would put in your back. Okay, we will turn it on, you’ll see it illuminates and we’ll put it in our back, lower back, obviously. Ideally without shirt, okay and it’s going to increase my blood flow in the area where you know it hurts. It hurts because the muscle is inflammated we’re going to decrease that inflammation and we’re going to reduce the pain

Marlo:  actually, you can kind of feel the heat a little bit.

Fernando: Yes, it generates a little bit of heat. but really the treatment is the laser. The light inside your body stimulates blood flow.

Marlo: Interesting. Interesting. So how long do I have to wear it?

Fernando: wear this half an hour and if it still hurts you can use it a little bit more.

Marlo: So there’s no side effects if they want to wear it a little longer or whatever.

Fernando: There are no known side effects. You can use it a little longer, but mainly the protocol is 30 minutes everyday whenever it hurts.

Marlo: So how do we find out more information?

Fernando: so you can find us at Curavi.com

Marlo: these are available right now?

Fernando: Yes.

Marlo: Absolutely. Fantastic. So go check this out everybody if you want a little relief from a little back pain. I think this is a great solution. So this is your “Guru of Geek” Marlo Anderson at CES 2022

Director of Business, Fernado Bermudez shows our “Guru of Geek” Marlo Anderson: Curavi, a new tech that helps reduce pain and inflammation on our backs.

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The First Ever Interactive Bartender Cecilia

February 23, 2022

Elad Kobi with Marlo Anderson at CES 2022

Marlo: Another amazing find at CES this year you lad is with Cecilia. And Cecilia has some very, very interesting talents. So tell us about any of that.

Elad: So Cecilia is the first autonomous robotic bartender. And you can direct with her she works on a speech recognition and AI technology. You can interact with her, you can joke with her, she can tell you jokes tell you stories. And she also makes a very, very good cocktail.

Marlo: where do you see this being used at? I mean, is it something that you’re going to see, you know, like, at small, smaller gatherings or meetings, or do you see this actually, in bars sometime in the future or even in people’s houses?

Elad: it really depends. We are aiming now for the cruise lines, hotel, okay. Yeah. Resorts, stadiums, lounges, VIP lounges, bring this innovation to the customers. Bring them something very nice to have fun way to interact with

Marlo: how many drinks will she make?

Elad: Well, it’s depends. SSA has 12 pipes. You can use them all. You can also put premix. You can also mix it inside Cecilia, and you can choose but she can contain up to 70 liters.

Marlo: Do I get to try this first?

Elad: Why are we here?

Marlo: how does this work? I mean, do I just speak into the microphone? Really?

Elad: yeah, we’re gonna I’m gonna give you a glass with a nice, okay. Good.

Marlo: Okay

Elad: All right up to start. Tap the start.

Cecilia: Well, hello sylia.ai, the world’s first interactive robotic bartender. If you want booze, you came to the right booth. But first, I need to check your ID.

Elad: Here. I’ll butcher the ID perfectly. You’re over 21 Right.

Marlo: I am over 21  yes

Marlo: perfect. So here now she can scan my ID. Okay, and say we can drink.

Elad: Awesome. Let’s get you something. Oh, you can ask her.

Marlo: What’s on the menu. What do you recommend? So what do you recommend Cecilia?

Cecilia: I recommend checking out the rest of the Israeli startups around the cocktail hour. Do you prefer your cocktail sweet, fruity, smoky or classic?

Marlo: Oh, let’s try a fruity one.

Cecilia: You can’t fall with a fruity cocktail. Even when it’s made with a fall fruit. Take my vodka with cranberries. asked me for cranberry pie or mix from the menu.

Marlo: Cranberry pie.

Cecilia: Raspberry Pie is for makers. Cranberry pie is for takers.

Elad: And there you go.

Marlo: Oh my goodness.

Elad: Yeah. You’re in a blink of an eye. You haven’t seen it. Haven’t seen it coming. Degas goes on

Cecilia: your story. Don’t forget to tag hashtag drinker Cecilia. Amazing, so I can bring it up course. It’s yours. Cheers. Cheers. Cheers.

Elad: What do you think?

Marlo: Thank you very much. That’s pretty tasty here. Where do people find more information about this?

Elad: So you can go to our website, it’s Cecilia AI. So you can look up for us. You can contact us and we will provide anything you need. I appreciate

Marlo: I appreciate your time of geek Marlo Anderson at CES 2022

Our “Guru of Geek” Marlo Anderson meets Cecilia the first ever interactive bartenders. CEO, Elad Kobi introduces to us the talents and skills that Cecilia have.

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Reduce Hair Loss with Capillus

February 21, 2022

Director of Business Development, Fernando Bermudez with Marlo Anderson at CES 2022

Marlo: As you noticed, I don’t have a lot of hair left on my head. Fernando, though, might have a solution for me. So what do you have going on with Capillus?

Fernando: Well, Marlo, you still have hair, you’ve lost a lot. Yes, but you still have some if you want to fight, there are three FDA approved or clear solutions. One is finasteride which is a drug that you need to take then you have minoxidil which is topical, that you need to put twice a day on your scalp. And you have low level laser therapy, which is what we brought here at CES.

Marlo: Okay, so it looks like it’s built into a cap. So what do I do I just wear this thing so long every day

Fernando: you just need to wear it for six minutes a day, has no side effects, no drugs involved. So you just basically place it in your head and then you see it turns on automatically. Yeah. So for six minutes, I’m just having my therapy. And basically, how it works is the laser is able to penetrate the scalp and stimulate the mitochondria within the cells to produce thicker, fuller hair.

Marlo: So does this work for pretty much everybody? Or if you have like standard male pattern baldness,

Fernando: exactly. Well, it works. It’s FDA clear for androgenetic alopecia, which is male and female pattern mold works in both in both men and women. And it takes six months to a year to start seeing results. So don’t think it’s anything magic, it’s scientific. The only thing is it takes time and it requires you to comply with the treatment in the long run. Like any other hair loss treatments, so overwhelming the people who comply with the treatment, they have 95% access rate, okay, and on average, they’re growing 51% More hair. It doesn’t mean that if you have no hair, you’re gonna grow hair. It means that in the cycle in the hair loss cycle, you have dormant hairs that are there but they are in a resting phase, okay, so the cap this technology is able to bring this back to to grow in phase. That’s what we want. And that is what gives you a higher count. And it gives you the fuller look.

Marlo: How do we find out more information?

Fernando: Capillus.com

Marlo: and the products is available ready to go right now?

Fernando: Absolutely. We sell online we sell through many partners. Many doctors recommended us

Marlo: very cool. I appreciate it. Very good. Thank you. This is your “Guru of Geek” Marlo Anderson at CES 2022.

Director of Business Development, Fernando Bermudez introduces to our “Guru of Geek” Marlo Anderson a new solution to our hair problems.

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Hassle Free Tea Time with Bru

February 19, 2022

Co-founder, Bodgan Krinitchko with Marlo Anderson at CES 2022

Marlo: One of the challenges for tea lovers is the length of time a lot of times it takes to make tea. Well, I’m visiting with Bogdan, here he is with a company called Bru out of Switzerland, of course known for hot chocolate, right? And maybe other chocolate things, but I think you might be known for tea in the future. So tell me a little bit about what you got going on here.

Bodgan: Yeah, thanks for having us here. At Bru we are about to simplifying the tea bagging process, but without changing it. So it’s still a traditional tea making process— the tea steeps in the machine, but we totally automated. We remove all the hassle that you have you make it a manual way by using a kettle or something like that

Marlo: We were watching you earlier, you were actually measuring tea and putting it into like a metal cup exactly that went in. So tell talk about that process a little bit

Bodgan: So what you saw is basically a seed  is the seed the whole city. So and the machine takes care of all the other parameters. So the steeping time, the water amount, the water temperature, and it also adds consistency to the whole tea preparation

Marlo: and I can use any tea I want?

Bodgan: That’s exactly the point. So we don’t want to force the user to use only one specific tea found in capsules. We just want to provide a tool that simplifies the process. So you can use any tea loose leaf tea tea and tea bag, so you can use fresh herbs just put it in the machine, press the button, and the perfect drink will be prepared.

Marlo: Right. So while we were talking now, this was actually steeping tea. And here we go.

Bodgan: Now it’s serving the tea. And now also, if you want to add convenience into the tea preparation, you need to solve the cleaning problem and we solve that with some patented technology that we’re using here. So patent granted, not just applied. Granted patent very strong and we made just a black tea. Now if you want to make another tea, the only thing that you need to do is actually just take like open the lid and remove this brewing chamber. That’s it. You don’t need to clean the machine or anything. Just change it out and make another cup of tea.

Marlo: So is this available on the market already?

Bodgan: With data pre sold or like a crowdfunding preset campaign… We plan to launch in a couple of months. We are right now in the certification stage. So yeah, in a couple of months, it will be available in the stores.

Marlo: Congratulations on all that. Fantastic. So this is your “Guru of Geek” Marlo Anderson at CES 2022.

Co-founder, Bodgan Krinitchko shows us the first ever automated tea machine. Our “Guru of Geek” Marlo Anderson gets a closer look of Bru at CES 2022!

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Real Life Mario Kart Experience with Battle Racing

February 18, 2022

Mauricio Buritica with Marlo Anderson at CES 2022

Marlo: Mario Kart fans, I am standing next to Mauricio. And he has the most amazing unique. I don’t know what you want to call this—- this car. It works. If you’re a Mario Kart fan, you’re gonna love this. So tell me about what you got going on here with Battle Racing.

Mauricio: So, now we have electric go karts. Modified it, and added some hardware to make all the power ups in real life. So now we have a shooter for a ball, like the shell, so when you shoot the ball, and you hit the rear of the other guard, you block him for five seconds. We also have the shooter for the bananas, it’s the discs and when you cross over the desk in on the floor, you get blocked at five seconds also. All the power ups that we have are based or inspired from Mario Kart. So, we also have the boost, double speed, we have the star, double speed and when you cross near to other kart, we block it for five seconds.

Marlo: So how many people can play at a time?

Mauricio: Only eight people can do it in our tracks.

Marlo: And how big are your tracks. So, do you have to go to one of your facilities or can you do this in anywhere?

Mauricio: Our facilities. So, the first one will be in Miami on April.

Marlo: I really really want to see you drive this. So, if you guys are ready.

Mauricio: Here we go.

Marlo: So I didn’t hear any Yahoos or anything while you’re driving. You must be used to doing this already.

Mauricio: Yeah, we need the checkpoints area. So we are seeing the power apps. You now have the shooter in the front and we can shoot the bananas. That’s the disk. And we do it while we’re driving. So we can send the star, bananas, the mushrooms and all the stuff that we do it like in Mario Kart.

Marlo: So congratulations on your idea. This is fantastic. Battle racing everybody. Go check this thing out coming to Miami pretty soon and hopefully up to 100 other locations in the United States. This is your “Guru of Geek” Marlo Anderson at CES 2022.

Mauricio Buritica demonstrates to our “Guru of Geek” Marlo Anderson how battle racing might be the new experience your looking for. BATTLE RACING is the first PHYGITAL SPORT attraction that revolutionizes the karting industry. As seen in video games or movies, now you will be able to play the first battle while driving.

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Bring Back the Dairy with Armored Fresh Cheese!

February 17, 2022

Armored Fresh CEO, Andrew Yu with Marlo Anderson at CES 2022

Marlo: I just tried your cheese! It’s really good. So I need to know more about the process of, you know, what did I just eat?

Andrew: So, it is vegan cheese based on almond milk.

Marlo: So you’re taking what would be considered traditional almond milk and converting that to cheese? Correct? How’s that possible?

Andrew: That technology has been around for more than 50 years actually. Conversion of plant based to protein and what generally people are saying is vegan cheese don’t taste very good, right? So what we felt like we’ve accomplished is we’ve solved that problem of making the cheese taste good. Vegan cheese has two problems, one taste and two nutrition— and we solve both of those problems.

Marlo: This cheese that you brought here is pretty new.

Andrew: It is new. It’s literally coming off the production line as we speak.

Marlo: Wow. And you have a sample here?

Andrew: I have sample here. This is the shredded mozzarella and I’ve got a bunch of bottles. I’ll just give you a couple of samples.

Marlo: It looks just like mozzarella. This is impressive. Does it melt like mozzarella?

Andrew: It does melt like mozzarella! So taste and consistency. This is our spreadable cream cheese—- spreadable cheese will come in eight different flavors right now. But we want to follow a particular company that offers 31 flavors so depending on season, depending on trend we’ll offer that flavor.

Marlo: And cream cheeses?

Andrew: And cream cheeses. Let’s say in the fall people are looking for spice pumpkin flavor. So in the fall we’ll offer that flavor.

Marlo: Okay, right. All plant based.

Andrew: All almond milk.

Marlo: Oh, I’m sorry. I’m thinking plant based all the time.

Andrew: So, the cube cheese that you tasted.  It’ll come in that format. There’s 12 in there.

Marlo: So this is just like a snackers. This is fantastic. So, how do we find out more about all your products?

Andrew: It’s on our website armoredfresh.com or you can go to yangyoo.com And you can find out about our products.

Marlo: at CES 2022 This is your “Guru of Geek” Marlo Anderson.

Armored Fresh President and CEO, Andrew Yu brings our “Guru of Geek” Marlo Anderson to the vegan world.

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Your Privacy Matters with Santor

February 16, 2022

Santor CEO, Alexandre Santos with Marlo Anderson at CES 2022

Marlo: Standing next to me is Alexander with Santor. Now these guys have a solution to maybe a lot of the security challenges that we have nowadays, right, especially with Google and your Alexa device in your house because they’re always on right? Isn’t that right?

Alexandre: Exactly. Well, if you start thinking before, there was microphones around us, but not a lot like today, so a lot of microphones are listening live. Like in all the IoT devices that come to market, they have a microphone built in. So technically, our device emits audible and non audible noises to disrupt the microphones.

Alexandre: We started with the UMG 52, that we renamed for the name of HARP . Which is the bigger model. And here at CES, we are here to show our Kickstarter new launch that we are doing for a smaller version, that it’s called the HARP mini, meaning the heart has two modes of protection. One is audible with personalized voice frequencies that you can add your own voice inside. And this is basically to make people not understand what you’re saying. So this is audible, you don’t want the people to hear what you’re saying, basically. So this is good for different scenarios. And the other mode, which is the discreet mode that we call, this is more like something that is above our hearing level, level of that we can hear with our ears basically.

Marlo: WhenI listen to this thing, it almost sounds like a Bluetooth, that’s too far away to listen to the music you’re trying to listen to. So you see hear little bits and pieces, but you really can’t make it out. This is kind of what this does. So are you thinking that you know, as you guys are getting started here with this, that this is more of a corporate type of thing? Or do you see this being used more in the household right now

Alexandre: The wars are no longer with firearms, it’s in economic wars. And when you start looking on the scale, like we see a lot of industrial espionage going on. So our bigger unit is a unit that is restricted that we sell only to governments. But the smaller unit, basically, we decided to come to offer privacy to everyone and to bring a solution that would be good for businesses, small startups to have a device like that, to prevent and to eventually reduce the risks of information leakage.

Marlo: Gotcha. I gotcha. So all right, so kickstarter.com, look for Santor and you can get involved into the Kickstarter. I’m assuming you have a website as well.

Alexandre: Santor.com

Marlo: S A N T O R.com. So check this out everybody. Alexander, really appreciate you being here. At CES 2022, this is your “Guru of Geek” Marlo Anderson.

CEO, Alexandre Santos shows our “Guru of Geek” Marlo Anderson how to keep our spaces safe and private with Santor.

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Stay Safe from Germs With Soapy

February 15, 2022

Soapy Founder and CEO, Max Simonovsky with Marlo Anderson at CES 2022

Marlo: Taking care of your hands, sanitizing your hands have become a big deal in the last couple years. It’s always been a big deal. But of course, it’s front and center nowadays. So Max, right over here has a solution that really, especially with children, right,  but let’s talk about your innovation and tell me how you’re changing the world with Soapy.

Max: Well, we are actually trying to help people wash their hands in the best way. We try to gamify something that in some way you can consider boring, make it fun and at the same time, hygienic, safe, easy. That’s exactly what we’re doing.

Marlo: How does this work, somebody comes up and just puts their hands in there and pretty much the magic just starts?

Max: Pretty much. So we use a variety of sensors that can see that your hands are actually in and then manage the entire cycle for you: water, soap, time. It will also show you how to wash your hands properly. And then it’ll analyze and tell  if you did it the way you are supposed to. Let’s try it! So this is WHO and CDC guidelines of how you are supposed to scrub and rub your hands. At that time, right now, we have several sensors that are analyzing motion, time, gesture and your temperature to verify that you’re actually doing everything properly. All of that is happening simultaneously to the process, not on the cloud right here at the system. We’re using artificial intelligence for that. We can also advertise for you environmental messages, or just, you know, advertisements, the water is preheated and dispenses 95% less than any other faucet. So we save a lot of water over here and saving a lot of soap to make things environmentally friendly.

Marlo: So, let’s see if I get a smiley face or a frowny face now.

 Max: 100! 100! That’s the way!

Marlo: That was easy, because I could just follow the guidelines here. And yeah, that’s interesting. So why is it so important to have your hands clean?

Max: Well, it starts with infection prevention and control. So, we usually think that we wash our hands properly. But the bottom line is that our mind span and with all of the speed of things happening around us. You don’t have the time for that. I need to go back to work, I need to do some medical procedure, I need to take my kids out of the kindergarten. We don’t have the time to stop for 20 seconds and do things properly. You can do it over here. We gained that fight for you. You don’t have to worry about soap or water or the temperature, you don’t need to control anything. Just wash your hands and keep yourself healthy.

Marlo: So how do we find out more information? Are these available to the general public yet?  

Max: It is? We started back in 2018. Okay, but we are commercially active in 15 countries around the globe before of course over here in the States. Okay, so if you just go into soapy.care, you can get to our shop and order online.

Marlo: Appreciate your time Max. This is your “Guru of Geek” Marlo Anderson at CES 2022!

Founder and CEO, Max Simonovsky explains to our “Guru of Geek” Marlo Anderson the concept of Soapy and have him experience it first hand!

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Find your Zodiac Constellation with Vaionis Telescopes

February 14, 2022

Vaionis CEO, Cyril Dupuy with Marlo Anderson at CES 2022

Marlo: One of the problems I always have, I love looking at the stars, but using a telescope can be kind of a challenge, you know, looking through the eyepiece, trying to find the location of stars, Cyril of Vaionis has actually come up with a very, very interesting telescope. So tell us about it.

Cyril: So, we created a new generation of instruments and there is an embedded sensor, so much more sensitive than your eyes and you can use an app to control the telescopes, you just have to choose an object, for example: a galaxy, a a nebula, the moon, you click on it, and the telescope will automatically points the objects, and you will observe in live on your screen the wonderful object on the universe.

Marlo: That’s absolutely amazing. So I love looking at comets, right? Will it actually track a comet for you?

Cyril: Yes, we can. We can see the comets and all the things around really.

Marlo: That’s pretty cool. So what’s the magnification level of this?

Cyril: It depends on the product, but it’s around 50 times. To give you an idea, you can take your pictures of two times the size of the moon on the sensor and you can take pictures of galaxies at 100 million light years, so very, very far…

Marlo: Wow. Wow. Okay, very cool. Can you speak to your device to find the constellation that you’re looking for? Is there something you type in—  how does that work?

Cyril: I will show you! So, here we have Stellina, our smallest product, we have three products. This is the first one at $1,500. You just have to use an iPad or an iPhone, there is a dedicated app called singularity and when you are in the singularity, you have many objects. So you can choose by category for example, galaxies, and you will have onwards and onwards of galaxies with recommendations depending on your geolocation. You just have to click on it and click on observe. After a few seconds, it will move and after something like 30 seconds you will see the first pictures here. And the beautiful thing is the fact that minutes after minutes using the life stacking system, you will see the quality of the pictures getting better and better.

Marlo: Wow. And where can we find more information about your product?

Cyril: www.vaionis.com

Marlo: Alright, very good. I appreciate you being on the program today. This is Marlo Anderson your “Guru of Geek” at CES 2022.

CEO, Cyril Dupuy delivers the stars closer to our “Guru of Geek” Marlo Anderson with Stellina an outstanding telescope that lets you navigate the galaxies at a much more easier way.

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Play Games Hands Free With This New Smart Device!

February 11, 2022

CTO and Co-founder, Aryeh Katz with Marlo Anderson at CES 2022

Marlo: I am standing next to Aryeh, the happy pirate!  Arrr! I love that. So, Six Degrees!  They got some exciting innovations helping with disabilities. So, tell us a little bit about it.

Aryeh: So, we created Six Degrees, it’s a learning algorithm that tries to adapt and understand what a person is doing. Once you put it on wherever you have motion,  it starts recording itself, five minutes of onboarding . It creates kind of an understanding of what you can do and what you can’t do—  and from there it builds an algorithm that controls any cell phone, tablet, computer with no touch communication. You just turn on the Bluetooth, you don’t have to download an app and you’re connected.

Aryeh: We created this for people with disabilities so for anyone that lost their fine motor skill, the idea is that they don’t have to use their fingers anymore to use the touchpad or a mouse, you put it on wherever you can you move around and now it becomes the finger and touch screen— it becomes your mouse, becomes your keyboard and just takes over everything the same motion that you would use on your tablet, the same motion you need for your computer, for an Oculus– anything you want, that’s where we’re at.

Marlo: This must be pretty emotional for people. The ability to actually start interacting.  

Aryeh:  The responses, that’s the reason why we gotta keep going you might say. In the hard times, every single time we were struggling we would go to somebody and see how they’re reacting, it changed everything. The moment you see someone that is in a wheelchair and has CP—  can’t use any of the devices in the market right now start playing a game I mean most of the day he’s in the wheelchair he’s trying to communicate— just that simple thing of playing a game, the joy we had to fight to get the device back

Marlo: I mean, it’s pretty amazing!

Aryeh: We did this because of some of the disabled veterans from Israel—  I have a lot of family like my father-in-law served in Vietnam War, my family in the U.S. all of them in the military. It’s one of the biggest things we want to do.  It comes from there, we want to help veterans so it’s a big thing for us to start working with the VA to work with any disabled veteran pretty much.

Marlo: You’re  helping people, obviously we want to help you too. So,  how do we help you, how do we get the word out, how do people find you

Aryeh: 6degrees.tech,  you can also find us on LinkedIn and Facebook.Marlo: Aryeh, It’s been a pleasure. Take care. This is the “Guru of Geek” Marlo Anderson at CES 2022

CTO and Co-founder, Aryeh Katz moves forward with our “Guru of Geek” Marlo Anderson with a new way to help people with disabilities.

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Pepper Spray that is Smart? Personal Safety Products that help you stay, well, safe.

January 25, 2022

Dave Nance, Ashley Fieldler and Marlo Anderson at CES 2022

Marlo Anderson 0:06Do you have safety concerns? Well, my friend Dave, might be able to help you a little bit. So welcome to the show, Dave.

Dave Nance 0:13Thank you, Marlo. appreciate being here. Thanks for having me.

Marlo Anderson 0:16Why are you at CES 2022.

Dave Nance 0:18So we do have some connected products, say a smart pepper spray that, Oh, that’s interesting, alert your loved ones immediately when you’re in a situation where you know, we want to let them know or vice versa. If you have someone that you care about who’s in a dangerous situation, you want to you want to know about it immediately. So we have that product available, too.

Marlo Anderson 0:36So how does that work? Exactly. I mean, if I were if you were coming out me and I use pepper spray on you, then that would want to alert the family that this just happened

Dave Nance 0:43exactly. So we favor smart pepper spray, Bluetooth connects to your smartphone. And then that sends out a notification to your selected contacts immediately of your location that you’re in danger. And then it will follow you until you hit all safe. It also has a availability for professional monitoring as well. So the police can get there and help you out if need be, too. That’s really clever.

Marlo Anderson 1:05And now through the power of video editing, Ashley has joined us. And actually, now you’re not actually allowed to bring this into the show are you which is why you have pictures.

Ashley Fieldler 1:16That’s correct. So you have these cards to make it safe. Okay, because we’re a safety brand. Right?

Marlo Anderson 1:21Right Thing. So this is actually the pepper spray that is connected.

Ashley Fieldler 1:28So no, this is our newest pepper spray. And this is actually called the mighty discrete. So what this is, is a benefit when you’re going out and you want to have something that’s a little bit more compact, and something that you can hide, and it’s not as obvious on you. And it also gives you 16 Verse and it goes a little bit further than our traditional sprays, even though it’s smaller, so you still get a big bang for your buck. Okay, so this is a personal alarm. So different from a pepper spray, this sounds a loud alarm to draw attention to you. In addition to the alarm, it also has a motion detector. So if you were on the go, if you were traveling, if you were in a hotel room, you could set this up. And if someone were to walk in, it would actually wake you up. And because it’s a personal arm, this can be trout, you can travel anywhere with this any country, any state, you don’t have to worry about

Dave Nance 2:13it. And so a lot of people think well, when I stay in the hotel, there’s that latch on the door, I don’t need that, right, a lot of people are staying in these Airbnb type places where they never even meet the owner and they have access to that place. So another thing you can do is this door security alarm, you shove that underneath the bedroom door, it blocks them from entering, and it sounds an alarm to scare them off and wake you or interesting, even smaller is the door handle alarm. So when they touch that door handle on the outside of the room, it sounds the alarm as well.

Ashley Fieldler 2:42And the benefit of our products is it actually works on both sides, which most do not. So any door in any window, it’s versatile across the board. So it’s a really nice item and then talking about preventing the intruder from getting in. This item actually stops the door from opening. But we have an upgraded model now with the alarm so it sounds an alarm. So not only will it stop the door, but it will alert you so that you can call for safety or leave the home if someone was coming in.

Marlo Anderson 3:06So it looks like this jams up underneath the door handle. And then this goes to the floor and just literally stops it from being open. Yes, Marlo, and

Dave Nance 3:14 Yes, Marlo, and a lot of your viewers may already have a professionally installed home security system, or you know, one of the DIY connected home security systems here that you can control with an app they still will buy this product is this prevents people from coming in. Yep. So you know, they’ll still get that notification that sound that alarm and whatnot. But then this keeps people out. Yeah, good combination.

Marlo Anderson 3:34Yeah. Yeah, very interesting. Well, thanks you guys. A lot of fun and good luck to you this year at CES. This is your guru of geek Marlo Anderson at CES 2022.

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3D Printing is Amazing Again! CES 2022 Update

January 17, 2022

Jeff Boehm representing Formlabs with “Guru of Geek” Marlo Anderson Marlo Anderson (00:04)

3D printing. It’s amazing what has gone on in this industry in the last couple of years. A lot of people call it adaptive printing. I have Jeff Boehm with Formlabs next to me here. Jeff, thanks for being with us today.

Jeff Boehm (00:15)

Thank you. Pleasure to be here.

Marlo Anderson (00:17)

Tell me about some of the advances you’ve seen in the last couple of years in 3D printing.

Jeff Boehm (00:24)

We actually had three new things that we announced yesterday. That’s what we do here at CES.

Marlo Anderson (00:28)

That’s what we do.

Jeff Boehm (00:29)

So we have a new version of our desktop, our standard printer called the form three plus, that is much faster and also has so when you print with SLA, you get little support marks where sometimes there may be supports that are holding the part up. And with the new version of our printer, they are tear away supports that do not leave any surface Mark. And so it’s much easier. There is a new post processing thing called our build platform, too, that once this part is done, you actually just squeeze the handles and the parts just fall right off of the build platform, making it much easier to get these parts. And then the third thing we introduced was an ESD safe resin, electrostatic discharge. So electrostatic can cause a lot of problems if you’re in electronics manufacturing. And so this allows you to create parts that dissipate electrostatic charges so that they are safe for electronics enclosures or chips or things like that. Formlabs uses a type of 3D printing called Stereolithography that uses a laser to cure a photopolymer resin that creates an incredible array of products out of it.

Marlo Anderson (01:37)

Now you brought some samples, and I think these are interesting. So just go ahead and talk about each of these.

Speaker 2 (01:42)

Yeah, I did. This is the most typical sort of use case for 3D printing, where Oxo, they use us for rapid prototyping. So if you take that that’s actually two different materials and that they can rapidly prototype and iterate and sort of test out. Okay. Do I like this design? Does it feel good? Does it work? That’s amazing. I’ll give two more examples.

 (02:01)

Okay.

Jeff Boehm (02:02)

One that I have in my hand and one that you haven’t realized yet, one that I have in my hand is this is actually electroplated. So this is printed in one of our standard materials, but it is then uses a process called electroplating just like that. But then it’s electroplated, and you end up with a metal like part, but printed at a fraction of the cost of metal 3D printing. And so it’s a much easier to print. So the last example is these shoes, and it’s going to be hard to see. Can I use this is actually directly printed on our printers, and it’s a special type of resin that we made with them called Rebound, that provides really good I use these for running, and it provides really good rebound. It’s extremely tear resistant I’ve been wearing these now solid for a year and a half app and they look great. And if we want to find out more information online if you want to find out more information, go to formlabs.com.

Marlo Anderson (02:54)

All right, Jeff. It’s been a pleasure. This is your “Guru of Geek Marlo Anderson coming to you from CES 2022.

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USA Government to Mandate Anti-Drunk Driving Technology.

November 11, 2021

While the initiative is worthwhile, is it even possible to make this happen within 5 years? Maybe the bigger question is that everyone who drives will have to be treated like a criminal until proven o

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From the prospective of a 7th Grader

May 08, 2021

We hear on the news all the time how the pandemic is impacting education. Instead of just talking about it, I thought it would be interesting to chat with an actual student who experienced it first hand. Logan talks about how the education model change...

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The Rant, Driverless Taxis and my First Crypto

April 19, 2021

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Old Cell Phone Recycling Solutions

November 30, 2019

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AI, Identity Theft, Solar Farms, and Recycling

September 10, 2019

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MORE THAN THE MOON

August 09, 2019

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MANUFACTURING, CEMENT, & CYBER SECURITY

August 08, 2019

Rockin’ Dave Blair is in the saddle today with “Tech Geezer” Jim Walsh. Dave brought with him a mixed bag of guests. Listen in to hear from leaders in the manufacturing, cybersecurity, and cement industries.

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