Lost And Found.

I know that I promised more innovative gadgets for this post today, but I had a gut- wrenching experience last night that I am still recovering from. I stupidly left my laptop and iPad on the shuttle train from the American Airlines terminal in the Las Vegas airport to the gates. I was with my good friend, TV personality, Steve Greenberg, who witnessed my meltdown when I realized my huge mistake.

David Pickett

I started screaming. I couldn’t believe how irresponsible and distraught I was. Like you, I have my entire life on those machines. I also had two amazing projects coming up and all of my files that I need for the next few weeks were now taken away from me. Yes, everything was backed up but my personal access tools were gone.

Steve watched me completely freak out. In my moment of despair, Steve knew he had to be the sensible one. I followed him as we rode and checked several trains. My moans were so loud that folks around us were trying to calm me down. One charming woman, with a very spiritual look, approached me on the train and said a few words of positive inspiration. I knew all along that losing my laptop and iPad was not tragic, but nevertheless I felt out-of-control.

I thanked her and then left the train to run back with Steve to the security checkpoints to let airport staff know that I probably left my laptop and iPad on the train. Everyone was very nice, but one security guard came forward to help us. He spoke into his mic on his shoulder which communicated with all airport personnel. He informed them of my situation and told everyone I was heading home to Miami from Gate 11.

We thanked him, and for the second time, headed for the gates. We were on an escalator taking us to the second level, when a voice came over the public address system announcing that a laptop computer was found and it was being delivered to Gate 11. I screamed for joy, and then witnessed the people on the escalator below us cheering with big smiles on their faces.

Steve and I dashed to the gate where we found the ticket agent holding my computer bag in the air as if it was a relief food box for a starving victim.. He then pointed out the man who found the case, far off in the distance. There were too many people in the way for me to identify which one he was, but Steve and I ran after him anyway after we retrieved the equipment.

We passed a few gates when we saw the security guard we first spoke to coming towards us. He wanted to be sure that I got everything returned to me. That was so nice and I appreciated it. I quickly hugged him when he he suddenly said, “and there is the man who found your bag.” I turned around and there was the complete stranger who went out of his way for me.

He turned out to be David Pickett of Jacksonville, Florida, a long time consumer electronics executive associated with TDK. He hopped on the same train we were on to get to the gates and noticed my bag which I left behind. He said he spent the next 15 minutes carrying around my computer bag until he found the proper airport agent who he felt was trustworthy. The four of us stayed with each other for a few minutes to reflect on the joyous outcome.

David then joined Steve and I in the Centurion Club where we waited for our flights. While Steve did work for an hour, I spent time with David thanking him for his good deed. We compared careers in the CE business and found out that we knew a few of the same people. We both shared what we were currently working on, and now we may collaborate on some projects together.

Even while we were talking, my brain was still focused on the events that took place earlier. I was very lucky that Steve led the way to look for my computer, and a honest stranger found it.

I felt so fortunate. Thank you.

Don’t Be Fooled By A Fake Viagra Pill

There was a lot of chatter this week about the lack of innovative products at CES. Many members of the press were in a rush to write how disappointed they were. I had similar thoughts, but I have been walking the aisles of CES for 51 years. Maybe, just maybe, very little can impress me. I think the same thing is true for many tech writers who just can’t be wowed that easily anymore.

We also may be in a transitional year. There are years of innovation, and then there are years of getting the work done for the next series of surprises. Whatever the case may be, there were many clever products that I want to show you over the next few days.

Today, I want to introduce you to an expensive gizmo that will tell you whether that viagra pill is the real deal. Maybe you won’t consider the Linksquare Spectrometer expensive considering the job you are asking it to do. The Linksquare Spectrometer will also tell you if your fish or poultry is still fresh, name the brand of liquor in a bottle, and if the money in your pocket is real, or counterfeit.

My friend, Steve Greenberg, the Today Show Innovation Insider, just did a demonstration of the Linksquare Spectrometer for a dozen TV stations around the country. He said it is very easy to use, so click here to watch his presentation. Other innovative products are included in his segment.

The Linksquare Spectrometer is $299.

CES Highlights

I’m at a Lenny Kravitz and Sheryl Crow concert in the Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas, when I should be writing my blog post. I’m going to write a few sentences and then publish this copy so I don’t miss the 3am East Coast deadline. Then when I get back to my room, I will finish today’s entry. Be sure to read the entire post. Some wacky stuff going on.

Tonight’s concert was sponsored by Harman International, a major electronics manufacturer which was recently purchased by Samsung. My friend Steve Greenberg was invited by Harman so he asked me to join him. Both Sheryl and Lenny were terrific. This was a standing room only concert so Steve and I shoved our way to the front. Most of the audience was somewhat drunk because beer and other alcohol were free.

One guy from Indiegogo was standing next to me and wouldn’t shut up when Sheryl was singing. I decided to post his photo here just in case someone who knows him sees it.He kept introducing himself to others.”I’m Rob from Indiegogo.” I felt like saying “Be quiet Rob and listen to the concert.”

I’m doing it here and that’s good enough.

Does anyone know who this guy is? He didn’t stop talking all night.

Thank you Steve Greenberg. It was a great night.

By now, many of you heard that there was a blackout at the Las Vegas Convention Center yesterday during the prime time show hours. The official word was that heavy rain caused the outage, which lasted about two hours. I arrived at the convention center just as the lights went back on. No one was hurt and it gave the press something to write about.

One of the craziest things I saw today was from Samsung. The company was demonstrating its virtual reality cameras by tossing people upside down crazy contraptions. I was getting sick to my stomach just watching the Flying Dino.

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I will tell you about some new innovative products tomorrow.

180,000 People At CES

I wanted to show you what CES looks like in Las Vegas.

I didn’t even make it to the main hall. That is where the huge exhibits are, This is the start up company area. It was filled with crowds of showgoers anxious to see the latest innovations.

France has the largest area of exhibitors for a foreign country. The French tech area just keeps growing. There was also a big representation from Holland, Israel, Singapore, United Kingdom and Germany. It’s just so wonderful seeing all of these countries exhibiting together. You feel like anything is possible.

Tomorrow, I will show you the Las Vegas Convention Center, the main hall. Some of the exhibits are football field sizes. I’m used to seeing these sights. You will be amazed.

Interchangeable Plates

Short demo of Interchangeable Plates

Smartphone cases are now entering the world of couture. HandL just announced a new collection of highly designed smartphone cases with unique interchangeable plates, many embellished with crystals from Swarovski®. For the first time ever, smartphone cases will be considered a treasured piece of jewelry.

Full disclosure: Eliot and I represent HandL These revolutionary units will not be available until March. If you are at all interested in them, let me know. We expect them to become collectibles.

HandL’s designer and inventor is New York fine artist Allen Hirsch. “These phone jewelry designed plates twist on and off, allowing you to easily switch them to match your mood, clothing or occasion. HandL plates act as a new kind of jewelry for your hand and fingers while our patented elastic/brace system integrates phone use seamlessly into your lifestyle.”

These plates are all finely crafted and available in 24 carat gold, palladium, gun metal and rose gold finishes and about half the collection is embellished with crystals from Swarovski®. The price will be right.

Back To The Future

I keep going back to CES every year because there is no place on earth where you can see so many innovative products. It gets so overwhelming that you just have to devote quiet time to think about each and every item you encountered.

CES throws a big party for the press two nights before the show opens. It’s called “Unveiled’ because this is the place where new products are unveiled and launched.

The big thrill tonight was seeing Robbie Cabral at Unveiled. Robbie was one of the inventors on a recent episode of Shark Tank. He accepted a $200,000 investment for 15 percent equity of his company from Kevin O’Leary. Robbie invented a lock that you can open with a fingerprint. The company is Benjilock.

More tomorrow.

Robbie (with the hat) and two pals of mine to the right, Robert Heiblim and David Kaplan.

I will present the information on this company in a few days.

Lovemaking Tips For Seniors

I’m on my way to CES. I have to be up at 5am to be at the airport at 6:15am. The night before I leave on a trip, I always get the hebbie -jebbies. I’ve got them now. Then I received these silly jokes from my friend Richard. My hebbie-jebbies disappeared quickly.

Lovemaking Tips For Seniors

1. Wear your glasses to make sure your partner is actually in the bed.

2. Set timer for 3 minutes, in case you doze off in the middle.

3. Set the mood with lighting.. (Turn them ALL OFF!)

4. Make sure you put 911 on your speed dial before you begin.

5. Write partner’s name on your hand in case you can’t remember..

6. Use extra polygrip so your teeth don’t end up under the bed.

7. Have Tylenol ready in case you actually complete the act…

8.. Make all the noise you want….the neighbours are deaf, too.

9. If it works, call everyone you know with the good news!!

10. Don’t even think about trying it twice.

Bathroom Virtual Assistants

Many of you will not be going to the bathroom alone anymore. Kohler, the plumbing fixture company, thinks the American public wants to ask virtual assistants to fill up bathtubs, flush toilets, and get showers ready.

I have no idea if this is what you desire, but Kohler Konnect is showing up at CES next week as a cloud service company that can provide the technology for syncing different bathroom gadgets.

The first product we are going to see is a Kohler bathroom mirror that includes speakers and a built-in version of Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant. The mirror can interact with other fixtures.

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People can dictate their wishes to a virtual assistant or a mobile app that the company plans to create very soon.

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Judge Philip Bloom Died Thursday Morning

I was so fortunate to meet Judge Philip Bloom when Eliot and I decided to make Miami Beach our second home. I sat next to him at a Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce meeting. He was married to former Florida state Rep. Elaine Bloom. The four of us became good friends. We also became friends with their adult children, Anne and David, and their families.

Philip and Elaine were like royalty in Miami. Everyone knew and loved them. Elaine is presently CEO of Plaza Health Network, a nonprofit founded in 1954 that is the largest nursing home network in Miami-Dade County. You can read about her here.

Judge Bloom was known for his humor and humanity in the courtroom. He was 87. Miami will never be the same without him. Here is his obit.

RIP Philip

Someone Saw Me Peeking

I have no proof, but I can swear there is some sort of a mechanism on social media platforms that can tell people that I am snooping on them. From time to time, I like to check out the whereabouts of people I no longer speak to. This can be an old boyfriend, a former client, an ex-friend, or someone on the other side of the political aisle.

I usually just want to see if they are still alive. I check them out once a year, or every other. I’m not in the habit of thinking about them, but when I do, I take a quick trip to their page to see if their status changed.

The other day I went to the Facebook page of a boyfriend from high school. I haven’t visited this particular guy on Facebook in a few years. I quickly saw he retired from his law practice, had a few new grandchildren, and was living two hours north of me. Whew, I probably will never see him again. I really should close the door on that relationship forever.

Not so fast. A few days after I was doing my snooping, I got a notice from LinkedIn asking me if I wanted to see who was checking me out. I freaked. If LinkedIn can track my visitors, so can Facebook. Social media platforms all have the same technology. In theory, if a career networking site can reveal who clicked on my page, so can Facebook. That means that my boyfriend from high school could possibly think I am still pining for him.

“What a revoltin’ development this is”

Be careful where you snoop. The Internet knows your every move.

For $10 A Month, You Can See A Movie Everyday

My brother has been telling me about MoviePass for months now, but I had other things on my mind. I couldn’t ignore this amazing offer any longer. It’s all over the press.

You can read all about it in Business Insider. They did a great job describing “Everything you ever wanted to know about MoviePass.”

MoviePass has been around since 2011. Where have I been? Eliot did you know about this service? He may be reading about this service here for the first time. More and more folks are paying attention to MoviePass because it just became more affordable. It used to be $50 a month. Now at $9.95 a month, it’s becoming super popular.

When people first hear about MoviePass, they can’t believe it. It’s truly a subscription service. Once you sign up at MoviePass.com, you get a debit card which has the full cost of the ticket. It seems to be too good to be true.

If you download the MoviePass app, you can see all of the participating theaters. Word has it that more than 90 per cent of the theaters in your neighborhood will be on the list. Have fun!

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