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On this episode we discuss some of Digital Trends Best Products of 2015 and a CES 2016 preview/behind the scenes look.

There were many exciting new products that came out in 2015 and deciding which ones were the best is a tough task. However, Digital Trends Best Products of the Year winners are out and there are some truly incredible devices.

In Cool Tech, Drew Prindle walks us through his department's selection, which is DJI's Matrice 100. It's more than just a regular quadcopter drone. Although it has a bit an odd name, the Matrice 100 is basically a "blank canvas" that can be customized to whatever the user would like.

The Home Theater competition is always fiercely contested. If you've heard Caleb on this podcast before though, the winner probably comes as no surprise. LG's flat 4K Ultra HD OLED TV encompasses everything a television should be.

For Home tech, the Internet of Things took a great leap forward this past year. Jenny selected the Amazon Echo as Best of 2015. It started off as a Bluetooth speaker, with a voice-control assistant named Alexa. Amazon then added in more and more capabilities, turning into a device ready to help you do everything from dim the lights, to teaching you how to hard boil an egg.

Switching to CES 2016, we then get a behind-the-scenes look at what it's like to be at one of the largest trade shows in the world. Between the thousands of booths and industry parties (er...networking), sleeping goes to the bottom of the priority list.

Pete lets us know about the excitement he sees at Digital Trends from a marketing standpoint. The growth of the site has been incredible, as well as the reception from companies and other media outlets.

With so many companies and products vying for attention, they will go to great lengths to get journalists to visit their booths. Samsung's C-Lab has a Smart Belt, there is a Drone Rodeo and even a VR Porn demonstration. Plus, Drew and Jenny have a great plan to visit every booth that has free drinks. This will have to be broadcast on Periscope!

All of the in depth coverage of CES 2016 will be at www.digitaltrends.com and there is a great preview from DT's Jeremy Kaplan up now!

 

Today's episode features Jenny McGrath, Pete Jacobs, Drew Prindle, Caleb Denison and Greg Nibler.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:00pm PST

On this episode we discuss exciting VR Developments, Google/Ford Autonomous Cars and Star Wars success (no spoilers).

In the opening weekend alone, it is estimated that Star Wars generated over $529 million in revenue, breaking the previous record by Jurassic World. With their $350 million advertising budget, it is everywhere and it seems like Disney is definitely getting their money's worth.

Google has been breaking, or "leaking", a lot of news, lately. This is could be a smart move to get ahead of the CES news cycle. Sources are saying that Ford and Google may partner up for a new line of self-driving cars. 

Self-driving cars are definitely coming to market at some point. The real questions revolve around whether it will be something you would buy and how the regulations work. While we're in the very early stages of this new tech, we discuss what the end result could actually look like for the consumer.

Google has already made it clear that they would like to take on Uber and Lyft, most likely with an autonomous taxi service. Could we soon have robot taxi drivers, ala Total Recall?

Virtual Reality is most certainly going to be one of the biggest, if not THE biggest story at CES this year. There are a lot of companies, other than Oculus, jumping into the market. Could it become over saturated, or watered down? We discuss this and go in depth regarding what VR content is available now and what the future of it might look like.

MIT has announced that you may soon be able to have your own superhero powers! Well...not exactly, but they have created a way to use wireless signals to see through walls. X-Ray vision is something claim to bringing to the consumer market in 2017. No way that this tech could be abused, is there?

Today's episode features Matt Smith, Dan Gaul, Caleb Denison and Greg Nibler.

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Direct download: dtpodcast062.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:22pm PST

On this episode we discuss Star Wars (no spoilers!), new developments in AR/VR and NASA's great leaps forward.

This episode is 100% Star Wars spoiler free! It doesn't mean we aren't excited about it, though.

Microsoft has announced that if you are in New York at the HoloLens Experience Showcase for Developers, you can now get your hands on the augmented reality device. Jeremy Kaplan was at Microsoft's flagship store to test them out. The verdict? It is amazing!

Brad then proceeds to fill us in on some of the exciting developments in the world of Virtual Reality. He sat down with David Bowman, Director of Production at Crytek, and tried out their new game, The Climb. Gaming development is going to be key to the success of Oculus (and all VR) and the potential is great. He explains what it's like testing out this new game.

Having enough space to fully utilize VR is definitely going to be an issue. Not a lot of people have an entire room that they can dedicate to it. Andy Boxall recently tested out Nvidia's Everest with an HTC Vive, which showcases a great example of trying to overcome this problem. (Check out the article here).

A company called Virtuix is attempting to remedy the space requirements for VR, with their Omni VR Treadmill. It involves a trampoline-like setup that utilizes special shoes. It looks a little silly, but it allows users to have complete movement in a virtual world.

Moving on from VR, NASA has had an exciting year. They have received a $1.3 billion increase for their 2016 budget! This is huge and shows that their recent success is being noticed. Is it just the thrilling new photos of planets, or is it also because of the push for the commercialization of space?

NASA also announced that they are opening up public applications to become an Astronaut. There will be a need for hundreds of new employees, as they increase their plans for space exploration. Would you be willing to travel for years in space? Some of us would.

Today's episode features Brad Bourque, Ryan Waniata, Rick Stella and Greg Nibler.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:30pm PST

On this episode we discuss Chat Rooms, Apple Live TV, Netflix content, Go Pro Karma, Drone Nets, Apple Watch and Text Grammar.

Apple announced it is suspending plans to develop live internet TV service indefinitely. Giving up seems like a very un-Apple thing to do. We discuss the state of streaming television and while some are failing, others are thriving. (Netflix is killing it!)

Go Pro has finally announced that their new drone will be released sometime next year. It's going to be a quadcopter, called "Karma". There isn't a lot of information on it yet, but it's bound to be a huge seller.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department, meanwhile, has announced their plan to fight unwanted and suspicious-looking UAVs. They are setting up a special anti-drone unit that will use...bigger drones with nets. There needs to be a new Netflix series based on this premise.

A listener on Periscope also asked us about the new Apple Watch. Jeff goes over some of the rumors and what he would like to see improved, in the new version.

Finally, we cover the ever changing rules of communication. There is a study released that stated leaving a period, leads people to believe the texter is being passive-aggressive. Multiple can also be misinterpreted......

Today's episode features Caleb Denison, Drew Prindle, Jeffrey Van Camp and Greg Nibler.

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Direct download: dtpodcast060.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am PST

On this episode we discuss our Favorite Chips, Live Facebook Video, YouTube Red, HoloLens In Space and the Hyperchair.

Who knew we were all so passionate about potato chips? To the start the show off, Caleb enlightens us about a secret way to eat chips that he has discovered. Periscope viewers were not necessarily impressed....

Moving on to actual tech topics, we cover the breaking news that Facebook has launched the ability to broadcast live video. This could be a very successful venture and we discuss the ramifications of how this will effect your actual feed.

YouTube Red may be fairly new, but they are already looking at expanding beyond just music. Google has a lot of extra cash floating around and is currently exploring licensing movies and TV shows for the app. With Hulu, Netflix and Amazon Prime and a myriad of others all having successful streaming services, it may be possible the market is getting a little crowded.

Microsoft's HoloLens has been in tech news for quite some time. However, it does seem like there is a lack of consumer education regarding Augmented Reality vs Virtual Reality. Also, as of today, there are sets of them on their way to the astronauts at the ISS. Astronauts get all the cool toys!

Last week we learned that Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin, successfully landed a rocket after being in orbit. Elon Musk, now claims that Space-X will do the same thing next week. While the technological achievement is amazing, the competition between these two is almost equally interesting.

Finally, anyone who has ever worked in an office, knows what a battle it can be to find the right temperature. There will always be someone too hot, or too cold. A company called Personal Comfort Systems is working on a solution, called the Hyperchair.

Today's episode features Caleb Denison, Jenny McGrath, Rick Stella and Greg Nibler.

Please subscribe and share Trends with Benefits, visit digitaltrends.com and send in YOUR questions to podcast@digitaltrends.com. We also broadcast the show live on Periscope.

Direct download: dtpodcast059.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:30pm PST

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