Todd Cochrane the host of the Geek News Central Podcast a 10 year veteran of CES discusses how the team coverage is going to shape up this year.
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Michael Wehrs from Scanbuy stopped by the TPN CES live broadcast. Scanbuy is a mobile engagement company. They use QR codes, NFC, object recognition and more. They want to figure out what the product is they are scanning and what they are really looking for.
It’s all about getting your target audience. To do that, you have to make sense in what you are collecting.
Scanbuy works with multiple companies to identify what people are shopping for and engagement with that item.
A great use is if someone scans something and their phone’s primary language is Spanish, the information will come back in their language.
More information, check out ScanLife.com
Dr. Jeff Jaffe of W3C joins us at the TPN CES live broadcast. On March 12, 1989, Tim Berners-Lee maps out what would become the World Wide Web.
W3C is now looking at the future. What’s the next 25 years? How will it transform music, healthcare, digital publishing, and more. They have been looking at transformation of society, industry and consumer behavior. They are seeing many changes. For instance, web publishing is high quality. Add mass distribution and the game has officially changed.
“What we saw in the last 25 years which started as accessing static, boring documents,” says Jaffe, “but linking – we’ve now moved into a web of applications, video, rich accessible web, and we put a lot into web accessibility. Because the web is important to society, we have to make sure the web can be accessed by anyone independent of any disabilities that they may have.”
A very inspirational story from Blake Leeper, who wants to be the first handicapped Olympic runner. He was born without legs and was told he could not walk — let alone run. Blake has overcome many adversities in his life and became an award winning American Blade Runner to boot.
Blake has won the Bronze in 200 and silver in the 400. But Leeper wants more. He came back and won 3 silvers and the gold in Relay.
Blake wants to be the first amputee to compete in the Olympic games. He spends 6-8 hours a day, giving 120%.
Blake Leeper is a friend of 50 Cent, who brought him to CES for SMS Audio.
We take a look at the carbon fiber prosthetic Blake uses to “maintain the energy”, whereas others have ankles and leg muscles, these devices will help Leeper push barriers.
“I’m out here trying to push the barriers and let the world know what’s next,” Says Leeper. “I’m running on these things and breaking world records, but we’re ready for the next generation and we’re ready for the next thing.”
I’m Todd Cochane of Geek News Central. I am also the CEO of RawVoice the parent company of TPN.tv and the Tech Podcast Network. This will be my 9th year covering International CES and as always I am excited to be at the show. Take a few minutes and watch the video to get some background on me and the team that will be coming to cover CES.
Audio phone conferencing has not changed too much in the last few years. More and more people are using conference calls. Coordinating who is there can be one of the toughest things. Add in *73 to mute and unmute or other hotkeys that require a cheat sheet.
Uberconference wants to do away with all that by creating a simple video interface. It’s not video conferencing but it will give you an idea of who is talking. The Uberconference interface will move the people around to highlight who is talking. The interface will also give the moderator the power to fix problems. If someone’s audio is interfering with the speaker then you can just use the Uberconference interface to mute or lower the sound. You can even throw “earmuffs” on a caller so they cannot hear the conversation (great for if you have to talk to your team).
Craig Walker used to work at Google Voice. He started UberConference to enhance the audio phone conference environment. Uberconference is free – with a pay version at $10 a month. The pay version removes all watermarks, gives you a local number to work from and also can call participants at scheduled times. www.uberconference.com
If you are learning how to DJ nowadays, you begin by putting your library onto an iPod. Stanton (by Gibson) understands that concept and has developed a device to help use that iPod in a portable player. The SCS.4DJ is a system that can get you set up for mixing music without extra equipment (besides a P.A.).
Stanton SCS.4DJ is a UNIX OS with proprietary software installed. You have two mixing units to prep songs. Additionally you have USB ports in all places to insert USB hard drives, iPods and all other drives that use USB.
Add your library into the SCS.4DJ to start mixing music right away. www.stantonDJ.com
What a difference a few years makes. In 2009, head of UFC, Dana White, made it clear he didn’t like EA, and for good reason. He tried to have a meeting with them to discuss his idea for an MMA-based videogame. He thought it would work because the WWE had been successful for a long time with their games.
EA, on the other hand, refused to meet with him because they claimed that MMA disgusted them. He, of course, later went to THQ, who produced the official UFC game from their San Diego studio.
EA went on to make their own MMA game, unlicensed. Needless to say, he was not happy about this, and threatened to ban any fighter who appeared in EA’s MMA title. Suffice it to say, it was a pretty big surprise to see Mr. White standing on EA’s stage announcing his exclusive partnership with the company that had stabbed him in the back. Obviously EA was not happy with their non-existent sales, so they purchased the contract away from THQ, who has much less of a sports background than EA. I would imagine we will see new EA-powered UFC titles later in the year.
EA and Bioware seem entirely committed to Star Wars: The Old Republic and they showed it with the E3 press conference. Dr. Ray Muzyka, founder of Bioware, spent some time showing the crowd what can be expected in the future of the game. He said,
Fans of the game, and there are a lot of them, will be happy to know that they are committed to maintaining and expanding, and well as enhancing the experience. There are, in fact, so many fans of this title that it is the fastest growing MMO of all time. Because of that, there is always room for growth.
One thing we were all looking forward to this year at E3 was SimCity. We’ve been following it for a while and got to listen in on a Producer Broadcast with SimCity lead producer Kip Katsarelis. We got to hear 30 minutes of questions and answers, along with insight on several aspects of the game, including the sim engine, look and feel and some gameplay aspects.
One of the first questions Kip was asked was, “Why did Maxis and EA bring back SimCity?” He said that with this game, they wanted to bring back the possibilities of creating a world on PCs that can now handle the engine they wanted to create. The new game is a complete reboot of the franchise and Maxis looked at every feature from top to bottom to reinvent the game to make it the best ever. There is a new simulation engine in place, which we knew about, called the GlassBox engine. With GlassBox, every Sim has a place to live, work and shop.
Glassbox is huge and is the foundation for the simulation. It allows everything you see in the world to be simulated. Crime happens in realtime, traffic is amazing, every Sim is actively tracked and managed. If work is close, they will walk or take rail or bus stops, or they may even drive. You can then act on that (those problems) and see the impact of the changes you make.