Gabe Moronta – Technical AV Product Manager – PSO at Zoom Video Communications
Renee Benson – Account Manager – Vertical Sales – Education – NEC Display Solutions of America
Jimmy Paschke – Director of Sales at SurgeX Residential
Jonathan Webster – Recruiting Manager at TierPM
Follow us here – it’s all necessary information as a listening guide for this podcast.
Act 1: Star Wars
Right off the bat, the Crew intro says it all as you’ll hear dialogue from a scene in one of the greatest movies ever made. From there, well, get ready for a Star Wars podcast trip as the Crew and guests discuss some of the movies, ones they liked, disliked and a character that should never have entered a galaxy far, far away. One of the Crew members looked the part – we believe Tim is ready to star in Episode 9.
One of the guests did admit to never seeing any of the Star Wars movies, but he did see another one of epic proportions – and we gave him extra credits for it. Many of them.
Act 2: The Bird Box CES 2019 Challenge
Yes, here we go – put on a blindfold and do this, or things that are equally as dangerous and ridiculous.
Netflix has warned fans against participating in a potentially dangerous online challenge that’s inspired by its recent original horror film Bird Box.
Yet they didn’t mention anything about it to the guests on this show.
Well, the good thing is that everyone blindfolded on the podcast are inside and sitting down. The bad thing is they have no idea what’s going to happen after they remove the blindfolds.
Some of the Crew members, as well as the guests are challenged with questions about certain weird CES 2019 tech products.
Get ready to play the “CES Price is Right” where all of them try to guess the price of these items while not being able to see a thing:
One of the stories: Las Vegas gets weird(er) – One of these items, Lovot (the cuddly robot from Japanese robotics startup Groove X), has one mission in life, and that is to make you happy.
Designed to behave just like a real living thing, Lovot was made to “nurture people’s capacity to love” by demanding the affection of its owner, and with its big cartoon eyes and teddy bear-soft exterior, it’s bound to make even the iciest of hearts melt just a little.
The story: Bots to fold laundry – a device that promises to fold a “full load of laundry,” has gained widespread attention at CES and online.
What an upside. The downside is that the company wouldn’t reveal anything about how the product works (we smell a rat) and it can’t fold certain things — sheets, towels, baby clothes, and more. Better yet, you still have to stand there while you feed the clothes individually into the device.
And clothing jams? Do they have service technicians for this?
The story: 146-year-old plumbing company Kohler has already stolen the show with what will undoubtedly be 2019’s hottest gadget: an “intelligent toilet” with built-in surround sound speakers, ambient mood lighting, and Amazon Alexa voice controls.
Kohler’s Numi 2.0 Intelligent Toilet is one of those strange products that draws so heavily on buzzwords and tech trends that it’s indistinguishable from parody.
We’ll take 10. And that’s all we’ll say (or at least what we’re legally allowed to say).
And afterward, the blindfolds come off.
Act 3: The Firing Range
Impossible Burger 2.0. The upgrade no one really wanted.
The tech conference seems an unlikely place to unveil a food product (as Kym alludes to) and indeed, the Impossible Foods launch of its new plant-based formula is the first food product to launch in the show’s more than 60-year history.
They say it’s brown and charred, and smells like a real burger. Umm, and it bleeds?
As always, there are for and against teams – and did the winning team really win? Not if they end up having to eat this thing (anyone for an Impossible Burger/Kohler’s Numi 2.0 Intelligent Toilet combo)?
So, was that enough? No? Well, wait till you hear what we have in store for next week (thank you Gabe).
But until then –
Sit back, plug in, and join the Crew on this rollercoaster ride to wherever 2.0 as we live…
The AV Life.
Star Wars and Firing Range images – Wikipedia.
All sound effects: Zapsplat.
Darth Vader voice: His evil AV twin.