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  • Dec 23, 2017

    CES 2018, Morphcooker, Net Neutrality, and the First Powered Flight | #169


    CES is just around the corner and we chat with Engadget Executive Editor, Dana Wollman, about what is trending and what to expect in 2018. Then, Lawrence Bass, inventor of the Morphcooker, describes how they created “The World’s First Electric Camp Stove.” Next, we talk with Peter Cunningham, Technology, Media & telecommunications Practice Lead for J.D. Power, about net neutrality and the power of competition to keep big telecom companies in check. We close out the show with a piece of tech history: the first powered flight by the Wright Brothers on December 17, 1903. Tune in to learn more.


    ·[00:00:00] AI Chips and CES 2018
    ·[00:07:43] Virtual Reality Stealing the Show
    ·[00:12:30] 360 Degree Video and Self Driving AI
    ·[00:19:53] Smart Cities at CES 2018
    ·[00:28:31] Kickstarter and Other Startups at CES
    ·[00:35:54] Health Technology: Huge Segment at CES
    ·[00:42:14] The World’s First Electric Camp Stove
    ·[00:47:41] Unique Design Makes Morphcooker Easy
    ·[00:54:45] Solar Power for the Electric Camping Stove
    ·[01:02:07] With Limited Choices, Few Trust ISPs
    ·[01:08:03] Competition-Savior of the Open Internet
    ·[01:18:08] Tech History: The First Powered Flight



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    [00:00:00] AI Chips and CES 2018
    From digital assistants to self driving cars, artificial intelligence (AI) is a driving force behind many recent technological advancements. Dana Wollman, Executive Editor at Engadget, fills us in on the newly developed, AI dedicated chips that are advancing smartphone and tablet technology. Qualcomm is leading the charge with their proprietary chips, while Apple seems to waiting on this tech trend. Then, we find out what to expect from AI at CES 2018.


    [00:07:43] Virtual Reality Stealing the Show
    Oculus Rift has previously dominated the virtual reality (VR) showing at CES, but will that trend continue this year? Executive Editor for Engadget, Dana Wollman, tells us about other front runners in the VR industry like the HTC Vive and Sony PlayStation VR. How will VR affect video streaming platforms like Facebook and YouTube? Find out more here.


    [00:12:30] 360 Degree Video and Self Driving AI
    360 degree video is amazing when it comes to house tours, but it doesn’t seem like broadcasters have really figured out how to capture the magic of live events with it yet. Jason Masters describes a use case for augmented reality and 360 degree video for home improvement. Also, Engadget Executive Editor, Dana Wollman, gives us some predictions for unexpected players in the AI and autonomous car industries. With many companies over saturating the market, what kind of regulations on AI safety algorithms will be necessary in the future?


    [00:19:53] Smart Cities at CES 2018
    Some claim autonomous vehicles will be integral in smart cities by clearing the streets of congestion and eliminating collisions. Are self driving cars just a subsection of a larger, more prolific topic at CES? It’s hard to talk about smart cities without including a host of environmentally conscious green-tech, and it seems that cities of the future are being built on elimination of wasted energy. We chat with Engadget Executive Editor, Dana Wollman, about smart cities and how CES has made this tech a theme of the 2018 show. Also, we explore the possibilities of a breakaway trade show for smart city technology in the future. Are you excited to learn more about this burgeoning tech at CES 2018?


    [00:28:31] Kickstarter and Other Startups at CES
    Every year there are TVs, appliances, and cars at CES, but it’s thrilling to see something different and offbeat. That’s why Engadget Executive Editor, Dana Wollman, is excited for the startup wing of the show which will include Kickstarter for the first time among a group of impressive exhibitors allowing small companies to get noticed overnight. This will be a great way for these small companies to get noticed and become large, viable companies almost overnight. Next, Dana fills us in on some accessibility tech like a smart cane and a pair of smart sneakers that can sense the user’s stability and alert the appropriate party if there is a fall. Learn more.


    [00:35:54] Health Technology: Huge Segment at CES
    Health tech has become such a big segment that there is now a whole separate building dedicated to it at CES. Executive Editor for Engadget, Dana Wollman, explains that health tech isn’t just Fitbits and fitness trackers anymore; there are a whole range of specialized gadgets for athletes, everyday users, and people combating health issues. What will we see in the future of health tech? Listen in to get our predictions and a preview of Engadget articles for the rest of the year.


    [00:42:14] The World’s First Electric Camp Stove
    If you need an electric camping stove, it’s as simple as heading down to your local WalMart and picking one up, right? Actually, no. Lawrence Bass, inventor of the Morphcooker, explains that their electric camping stove, currently seeking backers on Kickstarter, is the first of its kind! Fueled by a fiery experience from one of his father’s camping trips, Lawrence took it upon himself to create “The World’s First Electric Camp Stove”, with a rechargeable lithium battery cell, integrated hot plate, and adjustable silicon sides. Find out how this all-in-one cookset can transform your camping experience.


    [00:47:41] Unique Design Makes Morphcooker Easy
    Never fuss with bulky, hard to clean camp stoves again. Inventor, Lawrence Bass, describes how Morphcooker’s unique design allows for silicon on every surface. With a network of embedded heating wires, even the pan’s surface is silicon based! The battery is very versatile and can be charged via a wall outlet or USB charging ports. With two sizes, solo and family, that fit comfortably in your backpack, and a $96 asking price on Kickstarter, there’s no reason not to get your Morphcooker before it’s too late.


    [00:54:45] Solar Power for the Electric Camping Stove
    Morphcooker is ready for your long camping trips with the solar panel upgrade for an extra $50. With an average charging time via solar of 7.6 hours (depending on weather conditions) the Morphcooker is able to cook your eggs in the morning and boil your hotdogs at night. Find out more about this amazing morphing camping stove now.


    [01:02:07] With Limited Choices, Few Trust ISPs
    Most people know J.D. Power for their automotive reviews, but they actually do 60 consumer studies across 56 industries per year. J.D. Power Technology, Media & Telecommunications Practice Lead, Peter Cunningham, describes possible effects the repeal of net neutrality laws could have. According to their surveys, 25% of people said they chose their internet service provider (ISP) because it was their only option. With this limited number of choices, the only assurance of fair pricing is the word of big telecom companies. Consumer trust in large ISPs is very low; this has naturally lead to a large number of disgruntled people in light of the FCC’s decision to repeal net neutrality regulations. Do you trust your ISP with their new found power?


    [01:08:03] Competition: Savior of the Open Internet
    With all of the doom and gloom surrounding the repeal of net neutrality regulations, is there any hope of a brighter future for the internet? J.D. Power’s Peter Cunningham says competition is the key. If a cellular company were to implement any of the changes that consumers are scared of seeing in ISPs (blocked sites, packaged internet plans, etc.), it would be business suicide. The spirit of fierce competition in the wireless market may be extended to in-home broadband internet with 5G networks. This is because of the fierce competition in that market, and wireless companies may be bringing that same competition to in-home broadband internet with 5G networks. Will wireless and small ISPs be able to save the internet?


    [01:18:08] Tech History: The First Powered Flight

    On December 17, 1903, the Wright Brothers completed the first powered flight. ERN Production Assistant, Cody Castleberry, joins us for another look back in history at tech of the past. The Wright Brother’s first flight only lasted 12 seconds at an altitude of about 20 feet, but it was miles better than previous incarnations of flying machines. We learn about the journey to sell their design to the military, the aircraft’s role in World War I, and the evolution and weaponization of the airplane. Find out more about this influential invention.


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    Program Host: Jason Masters
    Program Host: Mike Etchart
    Producer: Jason Masters
    Production Assistant: Joanne Bolden
    Audio Engineer: Jason Masters
    Copy Editor: Cody Castleberry
    Guest: Dana Wollman
    Guest: Lawrence Bass
    Guest: Peter Cunningham
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