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Datrium DVX Open Converged Build Day

Want to know more about Open Convergence? Want to be able to install a DVX into your data center? That is where Build Day Live comes in. We’re in Sunnyvale, CA at Datrium to install the DVX into our vSphere environment. As always, we’re here all week dry running the installation to find out what works and what doesn’t. Then we wipe the system clean and install in front of your eyes. Our friend Keith Townsend (CTO Advisor) is also here to interview the execs, so you get the full picture. About Datrium Datrium focuses on Open Convergence for private clouds. They coined the term to break free from Hyperconvergence, due to how they address limitations in virtual infrastructure. Open Convergence allows for high-performance apps to get the resource it needs, while giving customers an easier budget to work with building their systems. About Build Day Live Build...

Build Day Live: HPE SimpliVity 380 Build Day

I will be joining Alastair Cooke once again for another Build Day Live, as we install SimpliVity 380 into his network. This is a live series where we come to the company and walk through an install of hardware into our infrastructure. Our goal: Deploy a 3+2 with Federation 2 cluster. Install VM instances, talk backup, do a DVP deep dive, and much more (as time allows). It is awesome that Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has invited us back to build a SimpliVity box. We’ve been here since last week working on strategy, and going through a dry run to make sure we have everything in place for the stream. We have Brian Knudtson, Marcel Guerin, Richard Greenwalt,and many more joining in on the conversation, and support knowledge to make this all go smooth. Of course, Becca Taylor is helping us with much of the support needs, and...

E-Ink Digital Sticky Note System

Omylis has created the Missmo digital sticky note display, which is unique because it offers a connected way of keeping families and work associates informed of important dates or updates. This can be done without the usual mass emails or messages. Let’s say that you put it on the fridge. It allows notifications to be seen by multiple people as they pass by the fridge, keeping everyone up to date with what is going on. The device works by incorporating an e-ink display that will display a short amount of text that it receives via a connected device. This can include information from SMS messages, notifications and more. You can place it on the fridge, wall, a table,almost anywhere. This keeps everyone informed about updates in a streamlined and casual way. Put it in high traffic areas. https://ksr-video.imgix.net/projects/3143301/video-825953-h264_high.mp4 This is a unique and somewhat more personal way of...

Oracle Ravello Build Day Live in Isreal Dec. 7 at 9 AM PST

?? It’s our first Build Day Live overseas, and in a country I’ve never been to before! We are in Tel Aviv, Isreal where we take to the Cloud! Oracle Ravello has a Cloud Management platform and Hypervisor that allows you to run on either AWS, Google, or Oracle public clouds. They also have a software-defined network component that allows enterprise networks to be built on top of those public clouds. We will be using an ESX server to connect with the Oracle Ravello system so we can start deploying VMs across our own network. The Live Stream happens on December 7th at 9 AM PST – which is at 7 PM here in Isreal. The process will include exclusive interviews with engineers talking about the product, and giving us a guided tour through the interface.

Lynx Video-Enabled Robot With Amazon Alexa

One day robots may well wipe us humans off the face of the Earth, but until then, we can enjoy being the masters. One of the latest slaves that we can make dance on our whim is UBTECH Robotics’ Lynx, a video-enabled humanoid robot that can be activated by carrying out a conversation with none other than Amazon Alexa. This voice-activated robotic companion uses both Amazon Alexa’s skills and UBTECH’s robotics to enrich your life. Features include a smartphone-connected Surveillance Mode, Avatar Mode, it can also dictate, listen to and send emails for you, place video calls over Wi-Fi, manage your calendar, give you alerts and much more. All while being cute and acting like your best buddy. The Surveillance Mode in the app will take a 30 second video if the PIR sensor on the chest is activated. This little robot is a great companion to have...

Jim Beam’s Smart Decanter Offers Shots On Demand

Despite our technological advancements, mankind still has to pour his own shots and to be honest, that’s a bit disappointing. Well, those days of manual shot pouring are over and guess who we have to thank for that? Jim Beam of course. Was there any doubt that it would have been anyone else? The all-new smart decanter from Jim Beam is called JIM, naturally. It makes it possible for drinkers of a legal drinking age to simply say “Hey Jim” to get a shot. A shot of bourbon is instantly poured on command. It’s like Alexa’s much cooler Uncle. This smart voice-activated bourbon decanter has a built-in compartment for bourbon storage and features the voice of Jim Beam’s seventh generation master distiller Fred Noe. The limited-edition JIM will cost you just under $35, which is not bad at all. This isn’t some astronomically priced gadget just for the...

The Magbulb Magnetic Light Bulb Socket Makes Bulb Changing Easy

Changing a lightbulb isn’t the hardest thing we have to do. In fact, it’s pretty damn easy. And these days we can even make this task much easier. The Magbulb magnetic light bulb socket is designed to help simplify even this already easy process. Replacing bulbs is now as easy as it could possibly ever be. It doesn’t get easier than this. This lightbulb system is super simple. It works by outfitting your traditional socket with a magnetic base that allows bulbs to be swapped out in mere seconds. No more unscrewing that bulb at odd angles while your arm gets tired and fatigued. You wimp. This first world problem has been solved. You can switch a light bulb in no time at all. The whole simple process is much quicker and simpler. I know, I know. You had no idea that you needed this in your life...

Avatar Hotel in Santa Clara, CA Walkthrough to see How Geeky it is

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSOn a recent trip to Sunnyvale, CA, we stayed at the Avatar Hotel – a themed hotel that screams geek. But was it geeky? Was it even a hotel? Hotel vs. Motel – What’s the Difference? According to the dictionary, a Motel (or Motor Hotel) is a place where the room doors face to the outside. A Hotel is where rooms are down a hallway. Now while the Avatar has doors going outside, the whole area is enclosed in a security gated area. While the security is better than a Motel, and the Avatar has more amenities, it still falls under that classification. But you make your own judgement. What Makes the Avatar Hotel Geeky? When you walk into the lobby, you are greeted with little wind-up toy robots. One even has a look of a certain orange-ish faced president. All...

SPINX – The World’s First Toilet Cleaning Robot

There are few chores in life as nasty as cleaning the toilet. Even a clean looking toilet is nasty and teaming with all kinds of germs and bacteria. This is not a chore that anyone wants to be doing. Even if you wear gloves, the mere act of cleaning your toilet just leaves you feeling dirty. That’s why janitors are heroes. Anyway, now you can say goodbye to that old toilet brush. You will never have to clean the bowl or the seat again thanks to SPINX, the world’s first toilet cleaning robot. It works simple. A robotic arm with a rotating brush reaches down and cleans the toilet bowl, then SPINX’s water jets wash the seat and dry it with compressed air. The lid will hold up to 330 pounds and is gently closing. No matter how hard you try to force it, it closes gently and...

The Unijem Wall Light Security Camera

These days our need for security is more important than ever. There are a lot of crazy people out there, as well as thieves, vandals and other miscreants. So you have to have some eyeson your home while you are away. The Unijem Wall Light Security Camera is a good solution. It has a four-in-one design that consumers will love. The unit starts recording the instant motion is detected then sends an alert directly to you on your smartphone so you can check things out. Hopefully it was just a stray cat, but if it turns out to be a robber, well, that guy is not going to have a good night down at the police station. You can access the 180-degree video feed day or night thanks to the built-in night vision capabilities.You will always have eyes on your home. It also features a built-in alarm to...

The Hang-Up Light Illuminates Your Closet

Closets are dark scary places, which is probably why some of us prefer them closed while we sleep because it’s a well known fact that ghosts and monsters use them as portals to enter our world. But even aside from the creepy aspect of a dark closet, you really should add some light. You can install some lighting of course, but that requires either rewiring your home or installing one of those battery operated lights that really stink. Or you can go another way. Use some hangers that provide the light. I think that’s a much better idea. The Hang-Up Light is designed to offer you the ability to see everything without a traditional light. It is just like a regular hanger, except this one has LEDs that will shine brightly into your closet, letting you view your wardrobe collection. This way you won’t have to turn on...

Geekazine on Wirecast Live

I was a guest on WirecastLive – the live show highlighting Wirecast Users and Live streamers. Host Andrew Haley and I talked about my start in Livestreaming, along with some tech topics. I break out my Google Glass to reminisce about previous live shows I created. We then turned direction and looked at Wirecast 8. We talk about the features of the new software. We also answered questions the audience had about the software, gear, and more. I would like to thank Andrew and Debralee for having me on (and making me look good).

The Pepper Bot Now Works At The Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas

You wouldn’t be aware if you live in the United States, but robots really and truly are taking all of our jobs. The Japanese know it. Over there robots can be found everywhere interacting with people. This is lowly becoming the case in America too. For instance, the newest staff member at the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas is a humanoid robot named Pepper. Pepper is now the hotel’s new Technical Ambassador. This job stealer stands four feet tall and greets guests in the Sky Lobby on the 23rd floor. He will do things like guess a guest’s gender, age and mood and even give them personalized interactions by picking up on facial cues, as well as body and voice cues. Basically, he is showing folks a good time and getting them comfortable with robots for when his siblings take over the world one day soon. Pepper will even...

Smart Capture Binoculars

Binoculars are great for getting an upclose view of the action if you are far away, whether it’s a sporting event or if you are just bird watching. But one thing that they have never been able to do is record that action so you can check it out at your convenience later. Well, luckily we are living in the 21st century and has access to the ‘eyeQ‘ smart capture binoculars. They are have been designed to offer users the ability to get an up close view of an event just like standard binoculars, while also allowing you to record and share it with friends using your smartphone. The ‘eyeQ’ binoculars will capture both images and video with up to 16x zoom using the wireless touch control on the top of the device. Now that we have binoculars that can record video, I think maybe we have connected...

Sonos One is your Alexa, and soon Google Home, or Siri with Spotify

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSSmart speakers have come into our homes in the last year. Something that can play music, become a hub for your other smart devices, and even be a personal assistant. Sonos One is a speaker that not only connects with Amazon Alexa, but is focused for the music lover. With 50 music services available, Sonos One allows you to play music, podcasts, and other audio right from the unit. Attach your Amazon account, and say “Alexa, tell me a joke”. Multiple Sonos devices in different rooms can enhance your experience. You can even mix in services with the Echo series, although you might lose out on some of the music services if they are not skills. Sonos One Can Be Part of Your Sonos Theater System Sonos Play and One devices are pairable, to create stereo sound. If you purchase the...

Sony’s Aibo Robot Dog Learns Some New Tricks

Sony isn’t new to the world of robot dogs, but it has been awhile since they updated the Aibo with the latest technology. Robot dogs are great because it gives users the ability to have a pet without having to actually feed or take care of it. No walks, no cleaning up poop, no buying expensive food and taking it to the vet. There are lots of great reasons to want a robot pet, especially as technology makes them more authentic. We still have a way to go to make them like real dogs, but we are slowly getting there. Sony’s latest Aibo has OLED eyes along with AI technology that will allow the pooch to become more familiar with its owner than ever before. So this is getting in the realm of a true companion for your home. Interestingly, this time around, Sony’s Aibo robot dog loves...

Storyblocks – Video, Audio, Graphics Footage for your Video, Podcast or Website

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIf you are looking to progress your website, your videos, or your podcasts, then adding high-quality stock footage can be the jolt you need. Stock items can help tell a story with content you either might not be able to get, or don’t have time to make on your own. It doesn’t diminish your vision – but instead may help others engage with your content. Storyblocks is split into 3 parts: Videoblocks – High quality video stock content. From 1080p and 4K content, to 360 VR, After Effects stock, background video, and more. Audioblocks – From background music, loops, sound effects, and other audio gems. Add stingers to enhance the mood of your show, podcast, and more Storyblocks (formerly Graphicstock) – High quality images, illustrations, and vectors that you can use to help tell your story. Perfect for inspirational Instagrams, creating...

Qoobo Robotic Cat Responds To Your Touch

Do you love the idea of owning a cat, but just haven’t made the commitment yet? Don’t worry, I’m sure you would be a good fur-parent. To make it easy for you and ease into pet ownership spend some time with ‘Qoobo‘. It is a soft robotic cat that is an alternative to a real one. This will gradually get you familiarized with having a cat. There are some great benefits too. No fur to clean up or get on your clothes, no litter box to clean, no scratching on furniture. This robotic companion is essentially a cat with just the body and the tail. Kinda looks like a pillow. It was revealed at this year’s CEATAC trade show in Japan. The tail even moves. Just put it on your lap, pet it and that tail will do its thing, responding to your touch. All of the comfort...

The JouJou Cube Touch Turns Your iPad Into A Stamp Pad

Kids love arts and crafts, or at least they used to before all of these high tech tablets and phones got their attention. Kids used to play with rubber stamps a lot more often. You know, the kind where they press the stamp into some ink (Hopefully child safe) and them stamp the image onto paper. Well, now they can have the best of both worlds with Takara-Tomy’s JouJou Cube Touch toy. It updates the low-tech stamp pad for kids of this generation. You have your stamps and you have your tablet. It involves a set of digital stamps that can be placed on the screen of a tablet, creating the image in the same way an ink stamp would, only no ink and no paper. The stamps create interactive worlds, since certain stamp combinations create special animations and effects. These educational stamp sets come in different themes,...

Octopus-Inspired Rubber Skin Could Be The Key To Shape-Shifting Robots

Octopuses are amazing creatures. They’re not only smart, they are survivors, able to camouflage themselves by changing colors and changing the texture of their skin to mimic the environment. For all of our advancement, humans can’t do that. Well, one day robots will be able to. That’s because a group of scientists from Cornell University in New York and the Marine Biological Laboratory in Massachusetts want to give soft robots the same ability. That’s why they created an artificial elastic skin that can morph into different shapes and textures. That’s right, one day robots will camouflage themselves and seal our doom. This material is based on the muscle underneath octopus skin that controls the animal’s dermal papillae. Those are the protrusions in the skin that pop up when it wants to blend into its surroundings. It has several layers, including a fiber mesh and the rubber skin. All...

World’s Fastest RC Plane Hits Speeds Up to 451 MPH

There are toys that go fast and then there are toys that go fast! This RC plane goes super fast. This isn’t the kind of rc toy you buy at your local hobby shop either. Why? Because it has an actual jet engine and can therefore hit speeds up to 451 MPH. German airline captain, Niels Herbrich, designed and built this amazing toy and I for one, would love to have a turn flying it. It is without a doubt, the world’s fastest remote-controlled airplane. It packs in a Behotec 180 turbine jet engine and in the footage shown here, Herbrich somehow manages to keep sight of the thing and controls it during a world record flight training session in August. It is amazing to see this thing in action and it seems to behave just like a real jet. I would love to see a bunch of...

‘Block’ Connection Blocking Phone Case

As much as technology has improved our lives, it has also had some unintended side effects. People find it hard to tear themselves away from their phones. Sometimes they even ignore those in the real world in favor of what is going on on their device. It is especially annoying when you are talking with someone and they are constantly checking their phone. Some people have even walked into traffic and been killed by cars because they were glued to their phone screen. It’s a real problem that proves that too much of a good thing can be very bad. So it is important to disconnect now and then and be a part of the real world. That’s where “Block” comes in handy. It is a connection-blocking case with a sleek appearance. If you want to prevent messages, calls and notifications from distracting you, just place your mobile...

The Force Is Strong With These Samsung POWERbot VR7000 Vacuums

Robotic vacuums have been a thing for a while now. They faithfully clean up our homes 24/7 like the little drones they are. That saves us humans a lot of time and energy because we no longer have to do the job ourselves. With these robot servants being everywhere, I’ve often wondered why manufacturers don’t make them more unique, with more color options, fun designs or even some good old fashioned geek branding. Well Samsung is finally getting hip to the fact that our robot vacuums should be more unique. And so the POWERbot VR7000 series is going Star Wars. These limited edition Samsung POWERbot VR7000 series vacuums look like a Stormtrooper and Darth Vader. The stormtrooper costs about $700, and the Darth Vader version is about $800. This is a great way to really stick it to the galactic empire. Both Vader and Stormtroopers used to be...

FreeNAS and TrueNAS from IXSystems

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI talked with the folks over at iXSystems about FreeNAS, and TrueNAS, along with their line of hardware at VMWorld. For a SMB, the ability to re-purpose old hardware for something as important as network storage, is a great way to keep costs low. To also have a community of help is an important part. What is FreeNAS With Enterprise-grade features, and an Open source license to create a RAID storage array for backups, replication, and file sharing. You will be able to set it up for internal, or external use. FreeNAS is meant for small home business, or anyone that would like to back up their devices onto one machine. From work documents, to movies, music, and more. You can even share with family and friends. What is TrueNAS TrueNAS is for businesses where accessing information is more critical. TrueNAS...

Sharp’s RoBoHon Robot Is Now More Affordable

All of the cool robots, like the rest of the coolest toys, are super expensive. Well, if you’ve been waiting for a price drop for Sharp’s cute robot phone, your wait is almost over. As of October 6th, you can get a RoBoHon for just 138,000 yen (about $1,230). That’s a 60,000 yen drop(or $530) from the original price. Sure, that’s still pricey, but we are talking about an honest to God robot here people. There is one small catch that you may or may not care about: It doesn’t come with cellular function. Aside from that, this WiFi-only RoBoHon is identical to its LTE counterpart. It still has the same Snapdragon 400 chipset, Android 5.0 OS, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, an 8-megapixel camera (with 720p video recording), a 720p pico projector in the head, a 1,700 mAh battery and a 2-inch QVGA touchscreen in back....

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