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Biscotti TV Phone with Google Video Chat

posted Sunday Jan 29, 2012 by Guest Blogger

Biscotti TV Phone with Google Video Chat

Biscotti's TV phone is a small camera unit that sits on top of your big screen TV, connecting to the TV via HDMI and to the network via WiFi. Once connected up, owners can make high-definition video calls to other Biscotti owners and Google Video Chat users. And you will not believe how small the camera unit is. Todd chats to Matthew Shoemake to learn more.

The TV Phone uses an HDMI pass-through technology, meaning that there's no need to change channels when receiving a call as the Biscotti notifies users via a pop-up message on screen. By using Google Video Chat, the Biscotti TV Phone can connect to any device that has a Chat client, whether it's Android, iPhone or a PC. Connectivity with other video clients will be forthcoming, but no details just yet.

The Biscotti TV Phone is available for $199 and no monthly fees. Watch the video to get free shipping. (disclaimer - not sure how long this promotion will run after CES finishes)

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central for the TechPodcast Network.

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Speakers in Your Clothes by VeriSonix

posted Sunday Jan 29, 2012 by Guest Blogger

Speakers in Your Clothes by VeriSonix

Speakers in your clothes, at first I thought why would anybody want to have speakers in their clothes, but the more I thought about the more I liked the idea. Okay, maybe we should step back for a minute, what are we talking about. We are talking about Electret-electrostatic Flexible Loudspeakers (EFL) from VeriSonix. These are super thin speakers, about the same thinnest as a very thin piece of cardboard only flexible. Unlike regular speaker that have large cones, these speakers create sound by the use of positively charged membranes. They use only 10 percent of the power of normal speakers. The sound isn't great, it is like the sound you get from a pair of modestly priced headphones, but it's okay.

VeriSonix sells the speakers to end customers. The end customer comes to VeriSonix and tells them how they want to use the speakers. VeraSonik then integrates the Electret speakers into the end customer's design. I could see these speakers being placed in many things, including pillows, backpacks, stuffed animals, backs of chairs just to name a few. VeriSonix is based in Taipei, Taiwan and has been around since 2010. Electret-electrostatic Flexible Speakers were developed by Taiwan electrets electronics corporation (TEEC). Have you ever heard these speakers, what did you think of the sound.

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central for the TechPodcast Network.

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Allure Energy: Proximity Energy Management

posted Sunday Jan 29, 2012 by Guest Blogger

Allure Energy: Proximity Energy Management

Allure Energy's patented Proximity Energy Management system is the advanced solution to energy management with today's active and somewhat unpredictable lifestyle. Older internet enabled thermostat systems allowed changing settings from smartphone apps - but the user still had to remember to manually intervene.

Allure Energy's system does the resets automatically, based on the reported position of the smartphone from GPS information to the system. Thus, the home is always at the proper temperature when occupants are away,but when they leave or return throughout the day, the energy is automatically adjusted for maximum energy efficiency.

Interview by Andy McCaskey of SDRNews for the TechPodcast Network.

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Altair Semiconductor: Design for LTE Devices

posted Sunday Jan 29, 2012 by Guest Blogger

Altair Semiconductor: Design for LTE Devices

Many of the devices that were featured at CES2012 involved chipsets designed and manufactured by Altair Semiconductor. Altair Semiconductor specializes in ultra-low power, small footprint and high performance LTE semiconductors.

By incorporating Software Defined Radio (SDR) technologies, Altair Semiconductor chipsets can be tailored to a specific application requirement,enabling personalization of the device and service for the customer.

Interview by Andy McCaskey of SDRNews for the TechPodcast Network.

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CES 2012 - TPN Studio Packout [Back Channel]

posted Saturday Jan 28, 2012 by Guest Blogger

CES 2012 - TPN Studio Packout [Back Channel]

Studio Gear is headed to Fedex in the morning so that we can setup the Broadcast Studio at CES. Quick Update on our CES coverage and an overview of the gear pack-out.

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It's CES Time! [Back Channel]

posted Saturday Jan 28, 2012 by Guest Blogger

It's CES Time! [Back Channel]

Andy McCaskey and Courtney Wallin are roaming the studio, powering down gear, and turning off the lights. Along with Andy "HeadHardHat" Smith of the RVNN.TV show "Geocaching World", we are all headed to Las Vegas for TPN coverage of the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show. Here's the backchannel of some of the prep! Andy takes off Friday, and Courtney and Andy (the other one) fly in on Saturday. Stay tuned ,and follow us on Twitter!

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