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Pilot-less taxis; Amazon Parachute Packages; Golden Eagle drone defense; Elon Musk's Boring Company; Lab grown meat; Walking and texting

Our latest weekly episode of Trends with Benefits features Drew Prindle, Naomi Vo, Caleb Denison and Greg Nibler.

  • Pilot-less taxis: If you head to Dubai this summer, you could be one of the few people to actually try out a flying pilot-less taxi. The 184 has one passenger, eight propellers, four arms and NO pilot. Would you be willing to go for a ride?

  • Amazon parachute packages: It's no secret that Amazon is determined to make drone delivery a reality. However there are a myriad of logistical problems standing in the way. They have now patented a parachute delivery system, as a means to get a package into your hands.

  • Golden drone defense: We've heard of a few countries deploying eagles as a means of defense against drones and now France has joined. They will have a team of Golden Eagles to deploy at military bases, airports and large events. Should the US start training birds of prey for the same purpose?

  • Boring Company: Elon Musk posted on Twitter in December that he was tired of sitting in traffic and said he wanted to bore a hole under the freeways to alleviate it. It looks like he was serious, because he is now drilling test holes in the SpaceX parking lot!

  • Lab Grown Meat: The promise of animal-free meat products may now be one step closer to reality. Using a process involving stem cells from pigs, Dr. Nicholas Genovese co-authored a paper detailing the specifics. Would you be ready to eat meat, grown from stem cells?

  • Walking and texting: As long as texting as been around, people have been walking in to things. A firm called HIG Traffic Systems has developed a system to show traffic lights on the ground, in order to alert people on their phones. Do you think you'd benefit from this system, or should we just let Darwinism run it's course?

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Is Apple creating a $1000 iPhone X; Amazon Go store run by robots; Zoom and Enhance an 8 x 8 image; Sending superbugs to space.

Our latest weekly episode of Trends with Benefits features Adrien Warner, Rick Stella, Brandon Widder and Greg Nibler.

  • Is Apple creating a $1000 iPhone X?: Apple is planning a major update to the iPhone for its 10th anniversary edition, and there may be a major price increase as well. Will the iPhone 8, iPhone X, or whatever they call it be priced above $1000?

  • Amazon Store run by Robots: Amazon already has one of their "Go" grocery stores open as a trial. It looks like the stores could soon be coming to a location near you and the employees will largely be robots. Will the robots bag the groceries for you?

  • Zoom and Enhance an 8 x 8 pixel image: Google has found another way to utilize it's AI technology. The folks at the Google Brain division are using a pair of neural networks to enhance an 8 x 8 pixel image. The AI then creates an approximation of what it thinks the original image was. Beyond criminology, what else could the SciFi-like technology be used for?

  • Sending superbugs to space: SpaceX is sending a dangerous package to the International Space Station (ISS) in the form of a pathogen. The MRSA virus will be studied in a contained environment to see how it mutates in zero-gravity. It could lead to some great advancements in fighting the infection...or it's the start of a new horror movie.

 

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Hater dating app; Snapchat AR; In-person with Hyperloop; Boston Dynamics 'Nightmare' Robot; Dominos Facebook bot

Our latest weekly episode of Trends with Benefits features Holly Smith, Rick Stella, Caleb Denison, 'Conspiracy' Dan Gaul and Greg Nibler.

  • Haters gonna date: A new dating app has been created that goes against the trend of most apps in the genre. Instead of matching people up based on things they like, it selects someone that also hates the same things as you.

  • Snapchat adds more AR: Snapchat is adding more capability to the popular Lenses filter. Using Augmented Reality, it will be able to recognize and interact with real world objects and “identify environmental elements”. What could this mean for the future of interactive social media apps?

  • Hyperloop contest: Rick Stella recently traveled to Los Angeles for an event on the Space X campus. Teams from across the planet gathered to test their latest generation Hyperloop pods in a mile long tunnel. Elon Musk was on hand and Rick let's us know what he's like in person!

  • Boston Dynamics and the nightmare robot: A video was leaked this week, showcasing another incredible robot from Boston Dynamics. It is called “Handle” and runs on self-balancing wheels, instead of mechanical legs. It's definitely reminiscent of Skynet, but what are the practical applications?

  • Order pizza on Facebook: Dominos has announced you can now order their full menu, via it's Facebook messenger bot. The convenience factor is undeniably cool, but are you ready to have the power to order pizza so easily?

 

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Facebook VR is pushing forward. Is it a viable platform? The 3D Television may be dead. Food and Technology collide with a gluten-testing device, engineering students try to bring beer to the moon and Tostitos has a new bag of chips with a breathalyzer.

Our latest weekly episode of Trends with Benefits features Naomi Vo, Rick Stella, Caleb Denison and Greg Nibler.

  • Are you ready for Facebook VR?: Facebook has hired Hugo Barra away from Xiaomi, as they focus future innovation on virtual and augmented reality. What will this mean for social interaction and how would you incorporate VR into it? Is Virtual Reality a platform that is sustainable?

     

  • Are 3D Televisions official dead? : While it does have a group of hardcore fans, manufacturers have largely abandoned the 3D television. It may stick around for a while as a format for the theater, but it appears home use is on it's way out. Are you one of the stalwarts sticking by 3D, or are you ready to move on from it?

 

  • Technology meets Food: From Smart Homes to Smart Meals, we take a look at a few different new pieces of tech and innovations. There is a new gluten-testing product called Nima; A group of engineering students attempt to make beer on the moon as part of the Google Lunar Xprize; Frito Lay teams up with Uber to create a 'Smart' bag of Tostitos chips that will tell if you've had too much to drink.

 

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Our latest weekly episode of Trends with Benefits features Caleb Denison, Drew Prindle, Holly Smith and Greg Nibler.

This week we take a look at what stood out at CES and what that could mean for tech trends in 2017:

  • Drew the DT Cyborg: At CES 2017, DT's Drew Prindle went above and beyond what most of us would do. Live from our coverage, he had two different chips implanted in his hand! Today we'll follow up and tell you what they do, if they are actually working and maybe he can explain why he did it.

  • OLED Wallpaper TV is a reality: Ever since the dawn of flat screens, we've been waiting for that ultimate, thin, paper-like television. It's now as close to reality as it's ever been, with LG's Wallpaper Television and Caleb let's us know how it all works.

  • Amazon's Alexa is taking over: One of the overriding themes at CES 2017 was the proliferation of Amazon's AI platform, of Alexa. No matter what the product, it seems that everyone was trying to figure how to incorporate it. We discuss what that means for this coming year and whether Google Home will be able to take over the ground that Alexa has gained.

  • Will you own a self-driving car this year?: It seems that self-driving cars are inevitably going to be widely available at some point in the near future. A recent survey stated that Americans may be wary of this new technology. How do you feel about it and are you ready to purchase one?

  • What tech are you most excited about this year? Let us know in the comments, or feel free to email podcast@digitaltrends at any time.

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On day 3 of our #CES2017 coverage, Greg Nibler is joined by Jeffrey Van Camp, Rick Stella and Brandon Widder to discuss their takes on CES2017. What trends were prevalent across the spectrum? Where will the technology we see today, take us in this year? All things are discussed! #dtces www.digitaltrends.com/ces

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On day 3 of our #CES2017 coverage, Greg Nibler and Rick Stella are joined by the CEO of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, Dirk Ahlborn. Everything is discussed, from the basic question of what Hyperloop is, to the inner workings, to how it will be funded. It's a fantastic interview and part of Digital Trends' continuing coverage of CES. #dtces www.digitaltrends.com/ces

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One term that has been prevalent at CES 2017 this year, is "QLED". Samsung's latest line of televisions are the successor to SUHD. Brandt Varner, the GM of Television Product Marketing for Samsung joins us to discuss their new venture and what it will mean for consumers.

We'll be live all week, so tune-in tomorrow at 11 am PST at www.digitaltrends.com/ces with more special guests and exclusive coverage of CES 2017. #dtces

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We are joined by the President and COO of Sony, Mike Fasulo, on today's live from CES episode. Sony has had a number of new products come out this week and Mike brought a few along to show us. Then our Senior A/V Editor, Caleb Denison covered the OLED XBR-A1E Bravia Television, handing over the Best of Tech in Home Video Award, live on the air.

We'll be live all week, so tune-in tomorrow at 11 am PST at www.digitaltrends.com/ces with more special guests and exclusive coverage of CES 2017. #dtces

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We are live from the official Digital Trends Booth for Day One of CES. Today's special guest: Nick Offerman! Discussions include American Greetings, Alexa, the biggest stories of CES and what the Wallpaper OLED television from LG could mean for you. We'll be live all week, so tune-in tomorrow at 11 am PST at www.digitaltrends.com/ces with more special guests and exclusive coverage of CES 2017. #dtces

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