Aerial drones and quadcopters have been mainstream items for a few years now. It seems like every day, amazing new videos are posted online of landscapes, cities, or large events. While everything happening on the ground is being recorded from the air, there’s another part of the planet that’s being completely ignored: Under water.
Todd had a chat with Merlin at the PowerVision booth. Merlin talked about his company’s impressive new underwater drone. This drone uses a 100-foot tether that can go up to 30 meters deep. The drone comes with integrated lights and a 4K video camera that can take 13 megapixel photos. The drone also has a built-in sonar to help find fish. There’s even an attached fishing hook that can carry bait to help lure hungry fish to the drone’s location.
PowerVision’s new underwater drone will go on sale at the end of next month, and begin shipping in the spring quarter. Pricing has not yet been announced.
Todd Cochrane is the host of the twice-weekly Geek News Central Podcast at GeekNewsCentral.com.
What if you could remote control your desktop through your iPad or Galaxy Tab? Well, Splashtop is a program that will do just that. You then can pull video, audio and more from your PC or Mac and watch or listen on the Tablet.
Splashtop is now also moved to Android devices. At CES, they showed off the Samsung Galaxy Tab application. You can also get it on the iPhone.
The application is at $1.99. Android will be available for $4.99
Jeremy Witkins of Wyd Eye Software joins the live show. He talka about their PicsChecker application – an app that can help parents keep on eye on children’s texting behaviour.
When a child attempts to access questionable content, PicsChecker will send an email of all the texts and pictures sent by the phone to the parent every day. The parent can then review the content for any SMS or MMS sexting material. There’s also a web portal if the parent wants to get a immediate view of what’s going on.
It’s available for Android phones and the price point is $2-$3 per month. Check it out if you are a concerned parent.
PomDevices launched Sonamba at CES 2011. Sonamba is device made for seniors. Sonamba monitors their well-being and also keeps connected to family members and care givers.
It also provides them with medication notifications and other useful information. There is a base unit and then various smaller devices that can be carried or placed elsewhere that can communicate with the base. But Sonamba goes way beyond being a medical device – it has many features that will keep the user connected and updated all of the time. Check out the video below to see all of the cool features such as remote contact, pictures, and more.
Interview by Andy McCaskey from SDR News and Tom Newman from Fogview
Graeme Finlayson joins Andy and Tom for theTPN Live CES coverage. He shows off Green Plug – which deal with what are known as “Wall Warts”. Aka the power supplies you get whose size overtakes 2-3 plugs.
Therefore, they work on making a standard in plug use. Communication between the adaptor and the wall – putting intelligence into the plug.
Andy and Tom interview Ariel Garten, CEO ofInteraXon. InteraXon is thought controlled computing. The system consists of a lightweight headset with two electrodes that detects brainwaves such as alpha and beta waves. Different patterns are associated with different mental states, e.g. concentrating with beta waves and relaxed with alpha, so as your mind changes states an action can be taken.
Trivially, you can link your concentration to a light, so while you are concentrating on reading, the light is on and bright, but as you relax and drift off to sleep, the light dims before finally turning off.
Obviously, it’s early days for the technology and Ariel likens the current state to that of voice recognition 20 years ago. Ariel believes that in the future this will be the main way that users interact with technology.
On show was a game called ZenBound 2 which is available for the iPhone and iPad. Normally, the player uses their fingers to manipulate a rope around a sculpture but with InteraXon the player can use their mind to control the game. You can see this in Andy’s video or the original is here. At the end of the game, you can get a report about how you were able to focus or relax.
Ariel also mentions some of the possible medical benefits which are potentially available now that you have a portable EEG system. It uses both Bluetooth or Wifi to communicate from the headband to mobile devices.
Joe Costello, CEO of Orb joined the Live coverage of CES. Orb is a company that is solving how to get digital content to your TV and stereo. Orb music, Orb TV and most interesting Orb BR. This is a technology where a disc you put in a media live enabled blu-ray player that is connected to the same network where your media is.
All Orb devices can be controlled through a smart phone.
The Orb Music player is available now for $69.00 the Orb TV is $99.00, the Orb BR should ship sometime in February for $20.00. All these devices not only stream the media on your network but also online media.