Thu, 28 May 2015
The best new technology from Google I/O this year is centered around imagery. The new Google Photos shows that Google is set up to take in and store all the data in the world. Photos promises to store unlimited photos and video in the cloud, for free. It's not tied to Google+ any more, so it's private... sort of. Ask Conspiracy Dan, and you'll get an answer with mentions of the NSA. Google Jump promises 3D 360 Video for the masses,
Nearly 1 billion people on this planes still don't have electricity, which means they live in the equivalent od 1890. The Gravity Light is the most simple and obvious invention that everyone will say they should've thought of. It uses a bag of rocks, pulley system, and LED light to harness gravity as an energy source. You do the math, it's simple and revolutionary.
The latest marketing concept from Pizza Hut is a sad turn in the fast food tech wars. The Pizza Projector Box is just that, a pizza box that can be used as a projector. The grease-meat consumer attaches a special lens to their smartphone screen and places it in the box. That projects the screen image onto a wall, greasy fingerprints and all.
Today's guests are: Nick Mokey, Jeffrey Van Camp, Dan Gaul, Drew Prindle with host Greg Nibler
Thu, 21 May 2015
In an attempt to place all your entertainment needs inside of one app, Spotify is updating its platform to support video streaming and podcasts. Cable networks including ESPN and Comedy Central will provide short clips, and the app will offer up curated content based on the time of day and your activities. Is this the content provider of the future?
4K UHD Blu-ray will soon be a thing. Sure, streaming 4K is nice, but it's compressed content. To get the best quality possible, piped in to your 4K UHD TV, the disc is still the top option. Look for UHD Blu-ray players to arrive around the holidays.
The promise of thin flexible TV panels was once again demonstrated this week. LG displayed a roll-up OLED panel that sticks to the wall with magnets. Don't expect to see it for sale on Amazon any time soon, this is still very much a prototype.
The 'greasy finger smudging your smartphone screen while eating' dilemma is finally solved, by KFC. Along with a 10 piece bucket, diners will get a paper thin, rechargeable, Bluetooth keyboard to tap their greasy little fingers on. It's dine-in only, but apparently you can take it home.
Thu, 14 May 2015
Wed, 6 May 2015
A robot created for the new Star Wars movie could possibly be transformed into a consumer robot. Our prediction is that it will be out just in time for Christmas.
After some hands on time with Microsoft's HoloLens, DT's Computing Editor Matt Smith predicts the new augmented reality headset will revolutionize... well, everything. How about Minecraft everywhere?
Tesla's Powerwall is officially a thing. With the last piece of the home electric ecosystem in place, could Elon Musk's mad genius be more obvious?
An infrared camera can now scan your face and determine if you're drunk. A heavy duty Lindsay Lohan version is also in development.
Thu, 30 April 2015
Over the past year the DT Cars staff drove every new car and truck worth the steel it's made of. Then we brought the top 12 cars to Palm Springs, drove them some more, and voted on the Digital Trends 2015 Car of the Year awards. Behind the scenes it was a blur of shiny paint, carbon fiber, and windy mountain roads that led us to the truth.
Problems with The Apple Watch and it's 'Taptic' engine delayed production this week. Inksters also discovered that the watch's sensors can't read through tattoos.
The latest stab at at augmented reality claims to be able to read people's emotions. So all Match.com members will get a free pair of Microsoft's HoloLens. And pornhub subscribers... well, we wont go there.
Technology finally cracked the Master Lock. Now the inside of a high school locker is open to anyone with a smartphone and a few mischievous minutes to kill. Or you could just get some bolt cutters.
This episode of Trends with Benefits features managing editor Nick Mokey, automotive editor Nick Jaynes, and A/V editor Caleb Denison. Hosted by Greg Nibler