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Techstination contains a wide assortment of reviews and interviews. Technology correspondent Fred Fishkin talks about the latest trends, the people behind the products and some of the off-beat things you can find online.


Microsoft's new Surface line up
December 2017

When it comes to portability in a PC….Microsoft continues to lead the way with its Surface line up. The Surface Book 2 is the most powerful in the family. The company’s Dan Laycock…

“Really you get both processing power that you would use in day to day tasks as well as graphics horsepower that allows you to do things like video editing, video rendering, even great gaming.”


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A drone for kids controlled by hand gestures: Aura Drone
December 2017

A drone that kids control with hand movements…. Like magic. LocoRobo Innovations made the Toy Insiders’ Top Tech 12 list for the Aura Drone. It uses technology originally developed for military applications. It’s a hand worn controller using what the company calls Gesturebotics. Co-founder Pramod Abichandani….

“You put this controller on your hand and basically the controller connects with the drone, makes sure that it remains connected to the drone, and using the wave of a hand …forward, backward, left, right, you can navigate the drone with no problems.”


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Tesla aims to transform trucking
December 2017

The next time you think you’re schedule is jam packed…imagine what is like to be Elon Musk. He’s in the midst of revolutionizing space travel and travel here on earth with hyperloops and tunnels underground….to electric vehicles with many safety and self driving features above ground….powered by batteries and solar panels…which he is also making. And now Tesla is looking to bring its technology to the trucking industry. This month, Musk unveiled the Tesla Semi….

“The Tesla Semi will go zero to sixty in five seconds. That’s by itself or with a trailer.”

And then there’s this…

“Now one of the biggest questions we’ve been asked is how far can they go? Well let’s find out… five hundred mile range.”


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Shedding a little light on your subjects: Litra
November 2017

More light can mean better pictures…and that goes for the ones you take with your phone or even GoPro camera. Litra is the name of a company that has created a little cube shaped LED light….that features three levels of brightness…a dome shaped diffuser….and lots of light for its little size. Litra President Scott Gant…

“It matches the form factor of a GoPro Session camera, which is a one and a half inch by one and a half inch camera. And what we’ve done is try to put as much light output, as much battery run time and ruggedness, including water proof features into this small package.”


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Photo prints make great gifts
November 2017

Photo prints make great gifts. There are lots of choices, canvases are popular. But others can really stand out. WhiteWall now makes prints directly on wood…allowing natural grain to show through. WhiteWall’s Katrin Schwarzenberg…

“We take the wood in one piece from the tree, so you don’t have any cuts when you have bigger formats of the wood. And this is really interesting for landscape photography for example.”


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WowWee's toy line up again hot for the holidays
November 2017

Once again, the folks at WowWee have created some of the hottest toys for the holidays. At the top of lots of lists are what are called Fingerlings….electronic animals that respond to sound, motion and touch. Who knew something so small could be so much fun. And that’s made them tough to find! Also new from WowWee is Chippette…a scaled down robotic dog that can interact with ChiP…the full sized version. For kids who love Despicable Me….there’s a new Minion Turbo Dave robot that can even get kids started on coding. Product Manager Sydney Wiseman says there’s also a new high tech DigiLoom that lets kids create using an app to help design….

“And you design anything that you want on this app, in the form of a bracelet, and you send it to the machine and it prints exactly what you want, totally custom.”


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Light L16 camera unlike any other
November 2017

The Light L16 is the name of a new camera….that is unlike any other. Shaped like an oversized smartphone, it is designed to take multiple photographs…..and let you manipulate the results. Senior VP for Marketing and Product Design Brad Lautenbach…

“This is a computational camera. There are 16 discreet cameras in this device and every time you take a picture, we take ten and use an algorithm to fuse and combine them all together to one very high quality, very high resolution image. So there’s five modules here at 28mm, five at 70mm and six at 150mm. So you have the ability to zoom all the way through that range, optical zoom. And the image you get is 52 megapixels in resolution.”


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Sensel's Morph can be a keyboard, art pad or make music
November 2017

We love innovation, and we’re pretty impressed by what we’ve seen from a company called Sensel. The Sensel Morph is a tablet like surface that can connect to computers, tablets and smartphones either by USB or Bluetooth. It uses rubber overlays…to become anything from a typing keyboard…to a piano keyboard or an artist’s drawing surface. Great for photographers too. It senses which overlay is in use at any given time…and the touch sensing is what really amazes. CEO and co-founder Ilya Rosenberg…

“So it’s actually very similar to how human skin perceives touch. And it can sense from the lightest touch of a feather all the way up to several kilograms of force.”


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iPhone X is here...Nomad has it covered
November 2017

Here comes the new iPhone X….and Apple is winning plenty of accolades for its latest flagship smartphone. It’s a re-design inside and out…with the iconic home button gone along with the fingerprint sensor. It uses Apple’s new Face ID unlocking. And of course with a new phone…you’ll need a new case. Nomad has you covered there with some great looking cases…using Horween leather and more. CEO Noah Dentzel isn’t afraid to experiment…

“We have a really cool case that is a clear polycarbonate folio back, so you can see that beautiful industrial design of Apple show through. But it’s got a very nice Horween leather front to the folio. That’s going to be the flap that you put your cards in it.”


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Sony wows again with A7R Mark III camera
November 2017

When it comes to digital photography, Sony has been coming out with innovative new cameras in a steady stream. The latest is the a7R Mark III. It’s the third generation R series camera from Sony…and it features a full frame sensor with an all new processor and imaging pipeline. It is designed to take beautiful, noise free images over a wide range and, says Senior Technical Manager Mark Weir, the auto focusing capability has been dramatically improved too….

“It’s intelligent auto focus but with IAF, the camera can recognize your subject’s eye and focus on it and track it throughout your shooting.”


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