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Trends With Benefits


Jul 22, 2016

Topics: Pokémon Go is making billions, Sony Z series television, Cardinal Robotics security drone, Amazon Prime Air delivery strategy, the Modobag motorized luggage.

Our special guest on today's episode is comedian Nariko Ott. Nariko just won Helium Comedy Club's Portland's Funniest Person competition. He beat about 150 other comedians, to win the title! Check out his website, to find out where he'll be performing next.

We start off with, what else, Pokémon Go. The app is making billions of dollars for multiple companies, not just Nintendo. Apple takes a 30% cut of all apps downloaded in it's store and stands to make $3 billion alone, over the next 2 years. In addition, there are a myriad of other services being offered around the game, including a Pokémon Go dating app!

Caleb Denison recently went to Culver City at the behest of Sony, to take a look at their new television. The new Sony Z series uses Blacklight Master Drive to make their line of LED televisions approach OLED levels of blackness. He was truly impressed with this new line and it gives us all a glimpse of where televisions are heading, in the near future.

A company called Cardinal Robotics has come up with a unique way to improve home surveillance. They have a drone that is designed to patrol the perimeter of your house, from the air. It has a 14-megapixel camera, with near infrared capabilities. While a little stingy on the technical details, the company will allow you to pre-order one for $4000. Would you be willing to pay that much, for the added home security?

There was some background noise during our recording, due to someone bouncing a basketball, in the room next door to our studio. Caleb attempted to pound on the wall to "alert" the bouncer. The reaction was swift, as we found out the perpetrator was none other than Jeremy Kaplan, Editor in Chief of Digital Trends! He confronted Caleb over the issue and then joined us for the rest of the show.

Amazon was awarded a patent this month, for their potential Prime Air delivery service. The plan is to turn street lights and even church steeples, into drone docking stations. The stations would allow for neighborhood delivery and may even act as a drop-off point for packages. It's definitely forward thinking, but would you want a drone station across from your house?

Finally, we discuss the latest in luggage technology. The Modobag is part carry-on bag and part motorized vehicle. With a 200-watt electric motor, you can actually sit on the bag and tool around the airport, or your neighborhood at 8 mph. Would you be interested in purchasing one of these? Side note, Rick Stella would be very interested in testing out one of these, if Modobag happens to be reading this......

Today's episode features Nariko Ott, Caleb Denison, Rick Stella, Jeremy Kaplan and Greg Nibler.

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