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On this episode we discuss KBIS (Kitchen and Bath Industry Show), the Google Drone delivery program and Pepper the Sales Robot.

While it's initials of KBIS look like it should be a Baltimore radio station, the Kitchen Bath and Industry Show is a huge event that takes place every year in Las Vegas. Jenny McGrath and Nick Mokey attended the show last week and let us know about some of the interesting products they came across.

Kohler is one of the big companies displaying faucets but, like CES, a lot of companies display their cutting edge products. From Bear-proof glass by NanaWall (good if you live in Alaska or Siberia?) to glow-in-the-dark toilets, it's definitely a unique show. 

Nick and Jenny both came away impressed with the GE's $10k  Monogram Pizza Oven. It gets up to 800 degrees and according to admitted pizza-snob  Nick, it is very impressive. We also get an education in pizza styles, learning that Detroit has it's own style of pizza called "Buddy's".

Switching to more conventional tech, Caleb let us know about the latest development for home theater enthusiasts, Ultra HD Blu-ray. The new players from Samsung and Phillips will be out in March and it's poised to be the best picture you can get. While the upsides are obvious, it is worth making the switch?

We've heard about Amazon's impending drone home delivery system and it appears Google is jumping into the game. Their drone will meet the delivery drone and then store your package in a secure area. It seems like a lot of drone on drone action but, if it prevents thievery, it may actually be valuable.

Finally, a theme for 2016 seems to be the fact that robots will soon be taking all of our jobs. Japanese company SoftBank is at the forefront of this movement, with Pepper. It looks like it's designed by Pixar, but Pepper is a high-tech piece of machinery. They are opening a store for a limited time, where Pepper will become a "salesperson" and sell smart phones. 

 

Today's episode features Jenny McGrath, Nick Mokey, Caleb Denison and Greg Nibler.

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On this episode we discuss Streaming Television, the impending Robot takeover and NASA's Planetary Defense Coordination Office.

Streaming Television is continuing to grow in 2016, with seemingly every Network contemplating standalone services. Netflix is still the reigning King, yet their profits are not as great as you would think. There are other services vying for the crown, with everything from The CW and CBS, to Sling and HBO taking them on. Apple and ESPN are also frustrated with each other. We discuss whether any of these other services have the content and infrastructure to challenge Netflix.

 

Switching gears completely, a report has come out from the U.S. Census Bureau stating that robots are expected to replace 5 million human  jobs by 2020. In addition, the World Economic Forum predicts that we are entering a "Fourth Industrial Revolution", with advancements in everything from genetics and AI, to 3D printing and biotechnology. Is anyone on our round table in danger of losing their job to a robot?

Finally, it appears that an Armageddon/Deep Impact-like crew of people tasked with saving the Earth from a devastating asteroid impact....is actually in place. NASA has announced the creation of a sub-agency called the Planetary Defense Coordination Office (PDCO) to track asteroids and comets. Whether it will actually save us from anything is hard to say, but it's very cool that it even exists.

Today's episode features Ryan Waniata, Rick Stella, Drew Prindle and Greg Nibler.

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On this episode we discuss CES 2016 Best of Show winner, the Chevrolet Bolt, VR and the Adult Industry, Comcast's router ads and The CW's potential streaming app.

CES 2016 was unique this year, with a greatly increased presence of the car industry. So much so, that the Chevrolet Bolt won Digital Trends' Best of Show. It's highly worthy and definitely a great technological achievement. Also, at 30k, Chevrolet has an electric car down to a price point that general consumers can embrace.

Virtual Reality was well represented at CES this year, as it is one of the fastest growing fields in tech. Unsurprisingly, the adult industry is at the forefront of content development for this platform. Brad attended a cocktail party that showcased this and gave us a behind-the-scenes account of how it all went down. (insert porn jokes here)

Switching gears from VR, Comcast is once again in the news and not in a good way. If you use your own modem, instead of renting one of theirs, Comcast is now inserting ads into your browsers. We let you know our opinions about this, which are probably similar to yours.

For streaming content, The CW Network is following suit with many content providers and considering launching their own standalone app. It's somewhat forward thinking, but is it counter-intuitive to maintaining their audience?

Finally, Caleb gives everyone a valuable tip on where to find the best "people watching" in Las Vegas. It's the gift that keeps on giving.

 

Today's episode features Jeffrey Van Camp, Nick Mokey, Caleb Denison, Brad Bourque and Greg Nibler.

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On this special CES 2016 episode of Trends with Benefits, Digital Trends correspondents call in to talk about the future of tech, discuss their picks for the Top Tech of CES 2016 Digital Trends Awards and give us a behind the scenes look at what it's like to attend one of the world's biggest trade shows.

Drew Prindle was one of the lucky few at CES to actually try on the Genworth R701 Exoskeleton. However, this suit isn't designed to turn you into a version of Iron Man. It's made to do the exact opposite. It allows young, healthy people to understand some of the difficulties that the elderly deal with every day.

In addition to all of the usual companies you would expect at CES, there is also something called Eureka Park, where startups get a chance to showcase their technological inventions. Rick Stella selected a product from one of these companies for Top Tech of CES 2016 Award in the Sports & Fitness category. 

Force Impact Technologies has developed a product that could potentially prevent injuries to athletes and maybe even save lives. The FITguard could not be a more timely invention, being essentially a "smart" mouth guard that can help predict concussions.

Ryan Waniata is reporting on a lot of amazing tech at CES, and also fulfilling lifelong dreams. He'll explain it, but there is a reason that CES will never leave it's home of Las Vegas.

His selection for Top Tech of CES 2016 in Home Audio, goes to a product that is revolutionizing a segment that receives little attention. Doppler Labs Here Active Listening earbuds, are earplugs that can not only block out a crying baby on an airplane, it can actually accentuate your hearing. They allow you to create your own "audio mix" for the world around you.

What would it be like to give a CES 2016 Tour to some of the TOP CEOs in entertainment? Caleb Denison knows and while it went great, it's not surprisingly a little intimidating.

The winner of the Home Video category for the Top Tech of CES 2016 Award, was the Panasonic DMP-UB900 Ultra HD Blu-ray Player. It's an incredible player that will do great things for 4K Televisions and the bonus is that will be available next year.

Also, hidden in a secret room off of the show floor, he discovered one of those true peaks at the future of technology. LG has on display an actual Rollable OLED TV. It's everything you would dream of and one of the best examples of why CES is always so exciting.

Today's episode features Drew Prindle, Rick Stella, Ryan Waniata, Caleb Denison and Greg Nibler.

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