Archive for May, 2016

Complimentary Admission for Kids at Fan Expo Dallas (Comic Con)

by on May 25th, 2016

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This year was the first year that I went to ComicCon in Silicon Valley and now I’m invited to attend the Dallas version of Comic Con. I must admit when I attended Comic Con I had no idea what I was in for and there were some drop jaw moments for sure. My favorite was playing with light sabers; who doesn’t love that?

To my surprise Dallas also has a Comic Con but they call it FAN EXPO DALLAS™. I’m filling out the press badge now but look at this celebrity guest list (Stan Lee, William Shatner, George Takei and John and Joan Cusack) and that’s not all of them…just the ones I’m interested is seeing.

If I do attend I think this time I will have a costume or maybe my friends at Flashion Statement will send me a new shirt for this event and E3.

Below is all the information on the FAN EXPO DALLAS™ (ie: Comic Con).

Complimentary Admission for Kids at Fan Expo Dallas

Tons of Family-Friendly Attractions at June 3 – 5 Event Formerly Known as Dallas Comic Con

DALLAS, May 25, 2016 – Texas’ most exciting event for kids, and those who are kids at heart, just got even better. FAN EXPO DALLAS™ (formerly known as Dallas Comic Con), in conjunction with the BRICK LEGO Show, is offering complimentary admission to all children 12 and younger with the purchase of a paid adult ticket, opening the doors to the state’s largest convention for lovers of comics, sci-fi, horror, anime, gaming and more, which runs Friday, June 3, to Sunday, June 5, 2016, at the Dallas Convention Center.

Coupons for free admission can be found here: http://fanexpodallas.com/wp-content/uploads/FED16-Kidscoupon-v2.pdf.

Among the many family-friendly activities taking place over the weekend are:

  • Kids Zone Family Lounge, where children can dress in costumes, color and maybe even meet a superhero;
  • Kids Costume Contest with participation ribbons and special awards for the top three winners;
  • Free photos with the 17-foot-long Star Wars Roxy the Rancor monster, the Luggabeast from The Force Awakens, and more;
  • Q-and-As with the voices of SpongeBob SquarePants, Batman and Winnie the Pooh, among others;
  • Lessons in how to speak Klingon;
  • Chances to meet Stormtroopers and Jedi knights, Vulcans and Romulans, robots and androids, superheroes and villains, and who knows who else?!

Celebrity appearances will include Doctor Who’s Peter Capaldi, Michelle Gomez and Jenna Coleman together for the first time in North America; Stan “The Man” Lee (co-creator of Spider-Man, the Avengers, X-Men and innumerable other Marvel Comics characters); original Star Trek cast members William Shatner, George Takei and Nichelle Nichols; Hollywood icons John and Joan Cusack; creative genius Frank Miller (Dark Knight III); and performers from Game of Thrones, Netflix’s Daredevil and Jessica Jones, Angel, The Vampire Diaries, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Arrow, Pretty Little Liars, Harry Potter, Agent Carter, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and many more.

Tickets and packages (tickets, exclusives and perks) to Fan Expo Dallas start at $25 and can be purchased online (http://fanexpodallas.com/tickets/) or at the box office on-site. Ticket prices are:

  • Friday: $25 advance, $30 door
  • Saturday: $50 advance, $55 door
  • Sunday: $40 advance, $45 door
  • 3-day pass: $89 advance, $95 door

For the full list of appearances and family-friendly activities, tickets and other information, please visit www.fanexpodallas.com. Stay connected with the show for announcements and updates by registering for their newsletter and following them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. For vendor information, please click here. Those interested in volunteering can find more information here. Accredited media can request press passes by applying for accreditation at www.fanexpodallas.com/press.

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News: Can Dogs Talk? You be the judge!

by on May 23rd, 2016

Talking dog

I found the below article on CNN.com and my mind was blown! I have always wanted Chloe the wonder dog to speak and we are getting closer and closer to talking dogs. From what I understand (and I could be way off) but the dog has a vest with sensors that you can control using your smart phone. I haven’t checked this out in person but if the vest doesn’t work for your dog at least your dog is rocking these cool sunglasses!

Talking Dog 2

Below is the CNN.com article with more information about this new innovated products for dogs! To check out the video and demo of how it works click here.

Atlanta (CNN) If dogs could talk, Melody Jackson knows what they would say. Or at least, what she’d like them to say.
Jackson, an associate professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology, has developed technology that is giving dogs a voice, an ability she says is crucial for search and rescue, bomb detection and therapy dogs. The dogs wear vests equipped with sensors that can send either audible cues or text notifications to a smartphone.

Jackson earned her Ph.D. in computer science from Georgia Tech in 1998 and has trained assistance dogs for nearly 20 years. Now she’s putting her two passions together. Jackson’s research team, which includes professor Thad Starner and research scientist Clint Zeagler, has created high-tech vests for canines for a project called FIDO, which stands for “Facilitating Interactions for Dogs with Occupations.” The program is sponsored by The National Science Foundation and also the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, better known as DARPA.

The vests have been approved by Jackson’s 8-year-old border collie, Sky. “He actually has helped us design a lot of these sensors, by telling us what works and what doesn’t work,” she says. “So, he’s sort of our first line of testing before we go out to the rest of the world. He’s a very critical part of our design team.”

The vest has side sensors that the dogs trigger with a bite or a nudge of their nose. They’re trained with toys, identifying between a Frisbee or a ball, and telling their handler which is which. Jackson explains this is an example of a “discrimination task” that can be translated to more important tasks, such as bomb detection, where the dog would tell his handler what explosive he or she has scented.

Jackson has been observing bomb dog training in hopes of putting her vests to the test with canines on patrol with soldiers on the battlefield.

“A bomb-sniffing dog has pretty much one alert that says, ‘Hey, I found an explosive.” But that dog knows what explosive is in there. … They know if it’s something stable like C4 or something unstable and dangerous like TATP that needs to be handled carefully,” Jackson says. The problem is “they have no way to tell their handler.”
Jackson and her research team have also developed a medical alert vest that allows a dog to find a missing or trapped person, activate a sensor, and let that person know that help is on the way. This task could be instrumental during an earthquake or disaster rescue where a trapped or injured person is in need of assistance. This vest is being beta tested by a real service dog team in California, Jackson says.

Georgia Tech is also working to develop a vest that allows the handler to track the dog wearing it. When the dog finds its target, the dog activates a sensor that sends GPS coordinates back to the handler. The dog then tells the person in jeopardy that help is on the way, and the rescue canine does not have to leave the victim’s side.
Jackson believes there are personal applications for this technology as well.

“What if that dog could reach around and pull a tab on its vest and call 911 with your GPS location, and text your husband: ‘By the way she’s at Starbucks on Fifth and Spring, and she’s having a seizure right now.’ Your husband would know immediately that 911 is on the way.”

The vest could be helpful for a person who cannot speak or a hearing-impaired person. The dog could tell others to get help with the phrase “Excuse me, my handler needs your attention.” Jackson’s dogs are also trained to discriminate between a doorbell or a fire alarm, and to activate the appropriate sensor on their vest to text a message to the handler’s cell phone.

“A hearing dog helps someone who’s deaf, so they alert to things like the doorbell ringing or the baby crying or someone calling your name,” Jackson says. “What they’ll do is nudge their owner and take them to the source of the sound. … What if that sounds is a tornado siren? That’s just in the environment. The dog has no way to lead you to the source of that sound.”

Jackson says one of her dogs was able to understand the vest and its capabilities in just 27 seconds. She believes any trainable dog would be able to pick up on the technology very quickly.

*The above content is directly from the CNN article.

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CES 2017 Call for Speaker Themes Announced‏

by on May 20th, 2016

CES Logo 2016

Every year I attend CES (Consumer Electronic Show) I say “Never Again” since it’s constantly busy and as press we are pulled all over the place. However, the parts that I do enjoy (besides all the fun new technology) are panels on hot topics for the TECH future.

For those interested in being a speaker on one of the panels themes below is information to apply.

Good Luck Everyone! I will see you at CES2017 or E3 2016

The CES® 2017 Conference Program covers the hottest themes in technology, featuring the latest trends and disruptive innovation across all facets of the industry.  We are seeking compelling speaker applications from industry experts whose knowledge and vision will inspire and educate conference attendees on the following themes:

-Artificial Intelligence (AI)
-Apps
-Brand/Agency
-Business to Business (B2B)
-Content
-Drones
-Education
-Finance and Investment
-Fitness

-Gaming
-Health
-Internet of Things (IoT)
-Mobile and Mobile Payment
-Retail
-Robotics
-Security: Privacy, Cyber Security, Encryption
-Smart Cities/Real Estate

-Smart Home
-Sports
-Startups
-Sustainability
-Tech Changing the World
-TV
-Vehicle Technology
-Virtual/Augmented Reality
-Wearables

The CES Call for Speakers form will be available from June 1 through June 22. A list of speaking experience and video links featuring the proposed speaker is highly encouraged to help submissions stand out. Each speaker may apply for up to three themes, and-if selected-will be slated on the theme which best showcases the speaker’s knowledge. We will review submissions and place selected speakers on panels of up to four participants.

We invite you to submit speaker applications that would add diverse and inspiring perspectives to a panel. We encourage you to visit CES.tech to view required information to prepare you for the June 1 launch. Please contact the CES Conferences team with any questions.

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Space Foundation Accepting Nominations for Space Technology 2017 Hall of Fame

by on May 17th, 2016

I’ve always been fascinated with Space and NASA; I even had a relative that worked there in Houston!  I recently got Google Fiber and found the NASA channel; the documentaries are amazing if you haven’t seen them. Being in technology I worked with several amazing engineers, inventors, and innovators of new technology. NASA1

I encourage everyone to take a step back and think WHO should be nominated and inducted into the Space Technology Hall of Fame. It’s time to nominate a colleague female or male of their contributions to science, technology and space for this great planet we live on.

ANYONE can submit a nomination of a technology that was developed anywhere in the world for use in space and then modified or adopted for use on Earth.

Below is the press release including the deadline to submit a nomination which is Monday, Aug. 15, 2016 and also how you can nominate your friend, family member or colleague into the Space Technology Hall of Fame.

May the FORCE be with you all potential nominees, GOOD LUCK and GOD SPEED!

Space Foundation is Now Accepting Nominations for Space Technology Hall of Fame® 

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 16, 2016) — The Space Foundation is now seeking nominations for induction into the prestigious Space Technology Hall of Fame® in 2017. This international program honors innovations by organizations and individuals who transform space technology into commercial products that improve life on Earth.

The Space Technology Hall of Fame recognizes the life-changing technologies emerging from global space programs; honors the scientists, engineers and innovators responsible; and communicates to the public the importance of these technologies as a return on investment in space exploration.

The deadline to submit a nomination is Monday, Aug. 15, 2016. Anyone may submit a nomination of a technology that was developed anywhere in the world for use in space and then modified or adopted for use on Earth.

Nomination information, including online and downloadable nomination forms, is available at www.SpaceTechHallofFame.org or contact STHOF@spacefoundation.org.

Induction into the Space Technology Hall of Fame for 2017 will take place on April 6 at the Space Foundation’s 33rd Space Symposium, to be held at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The 2016 inductees are:

  • Medtronic LaRC-SI, revolutionary insulation for the treatment of heart irregularities
  • Radar Technologies International WATEX, using satellite technology to locate water

Other inductees have included energy-saving technologies, health improvement technologies, satellite and telecommunication technologies and practical commercial devices. Some examples are the automatic external defibrillator; non-invasive breast biopsy technology; anti-shock garments; LASIK eye surgery; implantable pacemakers and hearing aids; and technologies that power cellular phones, terrestrial networks and satellite broadcast television and radio communications, a low-density, light-weight flexible aerogel insulating material; and a high-resolution optical sensing system that detects forest fires before they can cause serious environmental damage.

Judging
Each nomination is reviewed for completeness, assessed by technical experts and then ranked by a prestigious panel of judges who look at economic benefit, public awareness, societal benefit, longevity and public/private/partnership investment.

Additional information about the Space Technology Hall of Fame®, including a complete list of inducted technologies, is available at www.SpaceTechHallofFame.org.

About the Space Foundation
Founded in 1983, the Space Foundation is the foremost advocate for all sectors of space, and is a global, nonprofit leader in space awareness activities, educational programs and major industry events, including the annual
Space Symposium, in support of its mission “to advance space-related endeavors to inspire, enable and propel humanity.” Space Foundation World Headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA, has a public Discovery Center, including El Pomar Space Gallery, Northrop Grumman Science Center featuring Science On a Sphere® and the Lockheed Martin Space Education Center. The Space Foundation has a field office in Houston and conducts government affairs from its Washington, D.C., office. It publishes The Space Report: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity and through its Space CertificationTM and Space Technology Hall of Fame® programs, recognizes space-based innovations that have been adapted to improve life on Earth. Visit www.SpaceFoundation.org, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Twitter, Google+, Flickr and YouTube, and read our e-newsletter Space Watch.

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The Next Car for the Google Self-Driving Car Project

by on May 4th, 2016

Van

Yesterday Google announced as part of the Google Self-Driving Car Project2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan. Not exactly my next car choice however minivans are known to be one of the safest cars on the road (not the prettiest though in my opinion). This will be the first time for Google to work directly with an automaker for their cars on this project. They will also be expanding their testing program to four other U.S. cites.

It will be interesting to see a self driving minivan on the road in the near future. I’m not sure how I feel about it if there are kids or babies in the minivan; seems dangerous but if anyone can do it Google can. I wish for the next car for the  Google Self-Driving Car Project they would let the public vote; pretty sure it would NOT be a minivan.

Below is Google‘s full announcement from yesterday with more details about the Google Self-Driving Car Project and the new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan.

We’ve expanded our testing program to a total of four U.S. cities over the last several months, so it’s time to add more vehicles to our fleet. We’re planning to more than double our fleet with the initial addition of about 100 new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans, and we hope the first few will be on the road by the end of this year.

This collaboration with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is the first time we’ve worked directly with an automaker to create our vehicles. FCA will design the minivans so it’s easy for us to install our self-driving systems, including the computers that hold our self-driving software, and the sensors that enable our software to see what’s on the road around the vehicle. The minivan design also gives us an opportunity to test a larger vehicle that could be easier for passengers to enter and exit, particularly with features like hands-free sliding doors.

In the coming months, our team will collaborate closely with FCA engineers. This experience will help both teams better understand how to create a fully self-driving car that can take you from A to B with the touch of a button. Collaborations like these are an important part of realizing the potential of self-driving technology to improve road safety and make transportation more accessible for millions of people.

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