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Geek Smack! Episode 300: This is the End. For Now.

Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Episode 300 is here! I take a look back at the start of Geek Smack (aka the Geekazine Podcast) and where it went from here. Hotline – 608-205-4378 – geekazine (at) gmail.com Download the audio version Subscribe to the podcast via: iTunes – Stitcher – YouTube You can catch me on Twitter @geekazine – Facebook Group – About.Me Other shows: Day in Tech History – Geekazine Special Media Feed – iPad365 – This Week in Google Glass Geek Smack: Its been a Blast. 300 and out – For now I remember when I started this podcast. October 2007 I finished up a run with another show – the Independent Music Podcast. I wanted to create something new revolving around technology and I found it – what would become Geekazine. The first show was a little rough – using the music and intros to the...

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Acoustic Stream is a Bluetooth Wireless Guitar and Microphone

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSImagine a device that can send your guitar signal and vocals to the amp, then give you a wireless in-ear. That is what Acoustic Stream is all about. Acoustic or electric guitar – Acoustic stream could be the bluetooth wireless alternative. Backed as a Kickstarter, Acoustic Stream was able to raise the money to continue development to this device. The Bluetooth dongle pairs with an iOS or Android device to turn into a recording unit, tuner, or push the signal to an amplifier. Best part is you don’t need a pickup on the guitar – the Acoustic Stream will become that pickup. I talked with Bob Bean – creator of the device. He has been working on this project and plans to turn this into your 4-in-1 wireless device. That means you will be able to also connect a microphone and headphones...

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Deja Lets You Turn Your Face Into Personal Emoji – TCDisrupt 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSNormally when I send a text I get a smiley face or a kitten frown from someone. Imagine if those Emoji would be of your face. That is what Deja is all about – turning your face into its own Emoji. With Deja you simply download the app, take a picture, align the facial features, then let the app do the work. It creates different icons for happy, sad, angry, confused, and other Emojis. Deja is available for iPhone, Android, Symbain, J2me, and even Blackberry devices. An API is available for companies to add those personalized icons in their app. Otherwise, use Deja’ chat to display your pictures. The app is free. Another interesting feature is these icons can be animated. The following is Kitty Purry (Katy Perry) on Deja with ROAR (above) by KatyPerry’sNo.1Fan on Youtube. For more information, check out...

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SunOyster Systems brings Concentrated Solar Power – Disrupt 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSThe biggest issue with solar power is those large panels you have to place on the house to get enough power to be worth it. Concentrated solar could help and SunOyster Systems is working on doubling the power in less time. Using a reflexive surface the light concentrates to efficiently consume the cell. The setup of the system looks a lot different than a solar panel. Curved reflective surfaces point to the cell in a way it doesn’t reflect back (like to a pilot passing overhead) and can capture as much as possible. The device we saw at the show was a scale model. Dr. Carsten Corino informs me the system could be only a few meters in size and – even in winter – power the house for the day. The solar tracking system keeps in-line with the sun for optimal...

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Outdoor Exchange: Sublet Your Gear to Others – Disrupt 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSI used to camp at least one weekend a year. The other 51 weeks the stuff would be sitting in the basement. Now the stuff permanently sits there. So why not rent it out to someone else? That is what the Outdoor Exchange is all about – subscription based lending to sublet your gear. From tents to kayaks, binoculars to fishing rods. Even tech gear such as a GoPro or GPS finder – Outdoor Exchange wants to send it out to you. Right now they are in an Indiegogo campaign – for $100 a year you can sign up for the service. You can check out one item per week (Another $100 per extra item). They ship to you, you use the item, then ship back when done. Founder Dariusz Jamiolkowski and his wife kayaks, but no other friends do. He was...

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Mimi Smart Hearing Uses iPhone to Improve Hearing – Disrupt 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSEver been in a location where you cannot hear the other person because of the bounce of a room? MIMI has a solution – throw your headphones on and adjust the room sound so you can hear the other people. I personally have a hard time hearing female voices due to the fact I am a drummer. Even the noisy bustle sound at Disrupt and the quieter voice of Eva Maria Zoll made it tough to hear. The best part was I put my headphones on and ran the app – I was able to hear her voice better. The app brings you through a quick hearing test which can tell you where your loss is at. Switch over to the active part and adjust the levels so you can hear the conversation. MIMI is also working on a Bluetooth LE headset...

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Voycee: Your History Free Social Network – Disrupt 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSThe easiest way to say it – it’s Snapchat for social networking. Voycee is an incognito social network. You create your post and send it. People read the post then it disappears into the night. I talked with Ilfan Radoncic of Voycee – suited up like the Men in Black – who showed me the network. He states there are certain celebrities and sports stars that want to post something and not have it blow up on social networks. With Voycee, there is no timeline, no archived posts. Nothing to say that post existed. You can say something that people can read in the moment and then let it go in the wind. Voycee is available now for iOS with an Android app coming soon. Sign up, post away. Or DID you? For more information, head to Voycee.me or you can Download Voycee on...

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Red-EHS Dispenses Medication Through Vending Machines: TCDisrupt 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSWe all want a vending machine in our house. One that is functional and helps with day to day operation. RedEHS vending machine is different because not only will it dispense medication it can dispense remotely via app. Red-EHS is a tablet based system that manages the inventory of medical supplies. A nurse will open the app and check out medications for patients. A code is generated and sent to the machine either through Internet or Intranet. The code will in-turn be used to get the right medication to the patient. The app tracks the staff member and the patient who needs the medication for inventory and accountability. Because RedEHS works with Verizon, the nurse does not even need to be in the building to give a patient their meds. Currently Red-EHS are in living care facilities, correctional facilities, home health agencies, and...

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Apple Beats: What is Tim Cook-ing up at Apple?

Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Last week I was in New York for TechCrunch Disrupt. I got some great videos and tons of awesome footage of Times Square. However, when I returned my back decided to rebel from carrying 40 lbs throughout the city. Its been a tough weekend of recouping. Before the back siezed up I was able to hit some Friday garage sales with my brother. We hit an ultimate score – 2 totes full of in-box Spawn and Star Wars figures. We got it for a deal and are figuring out the next steps. If anyone wants to buy some, let me know. Last night’s TWIGG had a lot of great news. The Glass teardown found the device cost $150 to make – $200-250 with software and R&D. We had to ask why Glass was still $1,500. HP sent me 2 new devices which...

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I Went to New York with Google Glass. No One Hates Them Here…

You might have heard the hate issues associated with Google Glass. Well I would like to tell you my story of how someone either put me down or caused physical violence – but I can’t. And I went to one of the most populated areas in the world. I thought for sure with my recent trip to New York I would get a hater, an accausting of, or at least a “can you please take those off?” Yet all I got was the same questions people in my city would ask. When I arrived in NYC (and after attending part of a conference I was there for) I stopped into 5 Napkins restaurant. Located at 690 9th street in Hell’s Kitchen, this is one place I highly recommend you have a burger at. I arrived at the restaurant and the first person to notice Glass was the host...

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