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SigmaC@T Robotics (FRC 108) @ Orlando Regional 2017

2017-03-30

While SigmaC@T Robotics doesn't have the smallest team number in Florida, they are the longest continuously operating [FRC] team in the state. In fact, the team has been around longer than the Orlando Regional itself, running 23 seasons. We spoke with Maurice Solomon about his 4 years on the team. He has had a variety of positions over the years, including mechanical lead, captain and all-around guy. He started at his school with pottery and pivoted to robotics, which has kept his interest since. The team has changed a lot, but the support form their school, school board and sponsors has not. [FLOrlando2017Sponsor]

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Rock Star Robotics (FRC 6473) @ Orlando Regional 2017

2017-03-30

Within the [FIRST] community, it is not unusual for a student to start in [FLL] and graduate into [FTC] or [FRC]. It is also not uncommon for a whole team to take that journey together. What is less common is a team moving through all three leagues, but that is exactly what the rookie Rock Star Robotics team has done. Alexa Baires explains how she started with the team as a [FLL] member, upgraded to [FTC] and this year the team has joined [FRC]. With this unique view of [FIRST], we talk about the differences between her experiences in the three leagues and what new challenges this season has presented that she has not experienced before. [FLOrlando2017Sponsor]

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Orlando Regional 2017 (FIRST Robotics Competition)

2017-03-30

We have returned for the 19th Annual [FRC] Orlando Regional. There are 63 teams competing, including several from the Netherlands, and seven rookie teams. We speak with representatives from several of the teams, including the longest-running team in Florida, as well as a rookie team that has previously participated in [FLL] and [FTC]. In addition, we speak with a team from California, as well as one of the teams from the Netherlands. In addition to team members, we also speak with Gabrielle Golden from [FIRST] Headquarters, Terri Willingham, Regional Director in Central Florida and Dan Swando, a member of The RoboShow, who livestreams all of the matches for the event. [FLOrlando2017Sponsor]

Piltch Point

Tech Support Showdown 2017 Results - Episode 134

2017-03-19

This week, Avram Piltch brings us a summary of LAPTOP Magazine's 2017 Tech Support Showdown. Every year, the publication calls the 10 biggest laptop manufacturers, asking common support questions and rates the accuracy and usefulness of the company's responses. This year, some of the results are not just shocking, they are concerning.

F5 Live: Refreshing Technology

Mar 19, 2017 - Episode 463

2017-03-19

This week, Disney invades your agenda, ads might retreat from your browser and Warner Bros. wants to explore a damaged universe.

F5 Live: Refreshing Technology

Mar 5, 2017 - Episode 462

2017-03-05

This week, Motorola is poised to make a comeback, Amazon needs to get their reputation back and Spotify is about to get some customers back.

Piltch Point

Toy Fair 2017 - Episode 133

2017-03-05

This week, Avram Piltch discusses, in detail, his experiences at Toy Fair 2017 in New York. From drones and Arduino to conductive clay and an updated Teddy Ruxpin, Avram saw some interesting products. He also got to show off some products from Technology Will Save Us, featuring [url=http://amzn.to/2mVzgRZ]Electro Dough Kit[/url], which is a conductive clay kit, and [url=http://bit.ly/2mrFvyW]Mover Kit[/url], a build-it-yourself fitness tracker for kids.

PLuGHiTz Live - Special Events

The Simple Grace of a Stingray in an Awesome Drone

2017-02-20

In adventures as well as in life, we progress. If not, we stand still. And for the robotic company, [url=http://powervision.me]PowerVision[/url], standing still is simply not an option. Their mission is to "innovate the future". They are doing just that by bringing useful and fun robotic devices to the marketplace and making them as accessible as possible to as many people as possible. Their products range from smart drones, data visualization and forecasting, virtual reality and augmented reality. On our last day at CES 2017, right about that time when pure exhaustion was about to set in and we weren't sure if there was anything left original enough to showcase, we came upon the PowerVision booth and became instantly energized while speaking with Senior Director of Sales, Merlin B. Love. We definitely enjoyed getting a closer look at their line of drones, especially the Power Egg with it's unique and brilliant design and Maestro gesture based remote control. But what really captured our attention was the new and one of a kind Power Ray. This amazing underwater drone has been designed to be the next best thing in fishing with its onboard, and removable, sonar based fish finder that tracks back to the app. This will give you the topography of the body of water as well as the relative size and position of nearby fish. And better than just locating the fish, you'll be able to drive right over to them and engage with the remote precision bait drop that allows you to connect the fishing line from your pole to catch the fish, all while directing and watching it live from the brilliant 4K camera. The camera also allows you to scout out the area as you try to avoid the little nibbles while going for the biggest catch of the day. How could they possibly top this, you ask? How about being able to accessorize your Power Ray with a VR headset that also includes Maestro technology so you will be able to dive right into the experience and also drive the Power Ray by turning your head and "swimming" along in first person view, all in real time. Even though the design was originally inspired to take fishing to a whole other depth, they are also really excited to see the various fun and original ways that consumers will end up using this technology. And so are we. From adventures in snorkeling and scuba diving to family vacations at the lake or the beach, the footage captured via the beautiful 4K camera is certain to be wonderful. The folks at PowerVision can't wait to see what types of footage starts popping up with the hashtag #PowerRay. The creative capabilities are uncharted and basically limitless. Pricing has not yet been determined for the Power Ray, but check out their [url=http://powervision.me/en/html/pv/powerray.html]website[/url] as pre-orders will begin on February 27th. Also, you can purchase the Power Egg drone now on [url=http://amzn.to/2m2HYgR]Amazon[/url]. Interview by [liveallantesparks] for [tpn]. [ces2017sponsor]

Piltch Point

Divoom Timebox Mini - Episode 132

2017-02-19

This week, Avram Piltch has with him the new [url=http://amzn.to/2m9CuS4]Divoom Timebox Mini ($49)[/url], a smart alarm clock based on their existing [url=http://amzn.to/2luUHfL]Divoom Timebox ($89)[/url] product, just on a smaller scale. This device has 121 programmable pixels, which can dance to music, show app notifications or even function as a game. Of course, it also focuses on its primary task: an alarm clock. Avram has spent some time with the device, and has all of the details.

PLuGHiTz Live - Special Events

Game Like a Professional with DXRacer Chairs

2017-02-19

Long term comfort is really hard to come by when looking for office and gaming chairs but [url=http://www.dxracer.com/us/en-us/]DXRacer[/url] has made sure that it's no longer a problem. 2017 brings new office chairs that can help your performance in the workplace and DXRacer calls it the Elite Series. DXRacer is known for making desk experiences better by giving their customers 3D adjustable armrests and a small, convenient lumbar pillow for long lasting comfort and productivity. Colors include red, black, brown, white, and silver. The DXRacer CES booth this year focused on gaming and Twitch streaming. They had a large table filled with sponsored Overwatch teams that came out to Las Vegas to support DXRacer's gaming chairs. DXRacer live streamed through their Twitch channel: twitch.tv/dxracer. Subscribe to join in on their gaming shenanigans. You can purchase the Elite Series now for $299 at [url=http://amzn.to/2mc3T4C]Amazon[/url]. Find the chair that suits your needs for gaming, office, performance or entertainment with DXRacer. Interview by [liveallantesparks] for [tpn]. [ces2017sponsor]

PLuGHiTz Live - Special Events

The Ultimate Noise Cancelling Headphone with the Best Sound

2017-02-19

The products at [url=http://bluemic.com]Blue's CES booth[/url] never disappoint. This year they are unveiling a prototype noise cancelling headphone. But it's truly like no other pair you have ever seen before. The plan for these is to create the new benchmark in sound for modern listening experiences. Blue's Satellite headphones are being built with an audiophile grade amp to ensure listeners get a true Hi-Fi experience, even from a headphone. The active noise cancellation has been completely kicked up to a new level. Instead of one driver per ear cup, like all other sets have, they have two. One that is dedicated to cancelling noise and one that uses the audiophile amp to deliver the highest quality sound without interfering with the noise cancellation in any way. The also feature the latest Bluetooth wireless technology, onboard controls for intuitive operation, sophisticated design for superior performance, sound isolation and have comfort foldable construction for easy portability and storage. Pricing and availability are still to be determined, but you can check them out and add yourself to the mailing list from their [url=http://www.bluemic.com/products/satellite/#product-features]website[/url]. Interview by [liveallantesparks] for [tpn]. [ces2017sponsor]

PLuGHiTz Live - Special Events

A Great Mic for On The Go Recording

2017-02-19

Gamers and podcasters who livestream or record their sessions love [url=http://bluemic.com]Blue's[/url] series of plug and play microphones for their great sound and ease of use. At CES 2017 we got to see their newest addition to the line up and, based upon our line of work, we were very excited to learn more. The Blue Raspberry is a podcaster's best friend on the road as it was specifically designed to help you sound your best, no matter where you are. Transporting it with your other gear is no problem with the included soft suede carrying pouch and there is no complicated set up process as the integrated stand and plug-and-play design allow you to start creating immediately. It boasts pristine 24-bit audio that lets you record and stream professional projects. Blue's own custom condenser is included for the same rich sound that you have with their studio mics and there is also the newly patented Internal Acoustic Diffusion. This is a great addition because you don't always have the quietest of settings while broadcasting when you are out and about. It's like having studio baffling built in to help defuse the background noise and pick up what is being recorded directionally into the mic. Other features include an adjustable gain with color coded alerts if the surrounding noise interferes with your broadcast, allowing you to adjust in real time. There is also direct monitoring, allowing you to connect your headphones right into Raspberry for real-time, no latency monitoring of your recording. And there's no need to worry about which format you are using as it is compatible Garage Band, Audacity, YouTube, Skype and other podcasting software. You can even use it on the video recorder of your iPhone. With a price of $199, you can grab yours at [url=http://amzn.to/2mc3ejs]Amazon[/url]. Interview by [liveallantesparks] for [tpn]. [ces2017sponsor]

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