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This weeks' gadget is The Source by Soda Stream. This is a 2nd generation soda machine that takes your tap water and incorporates flavored syrups and carbon dioxide to create your own soda. For $15, you can make up to 45 bottles of soda, which is about .30 a bottle, or 1/3 the price. You can enjoy great-tasting soda or plain seltzer in about 60 seconds. Dick made about 45 bottles of soda from one 60L Carbonator.
Hamit is blind, but he's interested in getting a 4K UHD TV. Hamit got Blu-ray for the audio, and he wonders if he'll need to use UHD. Leo says that with 4 times the resolution, he'd get 4 times the data. With UHD, more dots equal more data and the content will come down via streaming or a new disc that will handle 4 times the data. Leo suspects that compression will get better and better and storage will get better as well. All those things will meet in the middle and once UHD is mainstream, the workflow will be there to support it.
Leo says that external mics don't just inherently work with the iPad. He'd have to find something that would be able to plug into the lightning port on it. Steven is trying to make this work with the Double Robotics iPad robot, too. He could get the Rode LAV mic, but it would have to work within the Double Robotics software. He might have to call Double Robotics to find out what he could do. Leo thinks that any mic he can connect to the iPad would be recognized by it, though.
This week's gadget is the Mogo2Go. It's billed as the mobile phone case + wallet in one. It attaches to the back of your phone with 3M adhesive. It’s made of a high-quality silicone. The pocket slots are said to hold up to 3 cards. It holds your ID, credit cards, etc, and the best part is that it's only $5 plus shipping.
Monroe has a two year old MacBook Pro with 4GB of RAM and he's thinking of boosting the RAM on it to avoid beach balling. Leo says that beach balls tend to be an indication of software issues. Leo recommends formatting the hard drive and reinstalling OS X. While he's at it, he should upgrade to Lion. Upgrading to 8GB really isn't worth the performance boost he'll get, which is marginal.
Dillon is interested in Google Glass, but he wants to know how it works out in rural areas. Leo says he can't use it without connection via an Android phone and Bluetooth. Without that, he could take pictures, but he wouldn't be able to upload them. That would just be a mighty expensive camera.
Google Glass isn't even out to the public at this point, so things may change by the time it does hit the market.
Lamont is looking to get a new Mac Mini. Should he get an SSD drive or a Fusion drive? Leo says that SSD drives are fast, but they're expensive and smaller in size. The Fusion drive is a bit faster than a spinning drive, and would give him more storage, but it is still slower than SSD. It really comes down to how much space and speed he needs. Leo puts a pure SSD drive in every computer he buys. If he would need storage, he can always get an external drive.
Kyle just discovered Lego's next generation of robotics toys called the EV3 (or Evolution 3). They include gyro sensors, range finders, and drag and drop programming. They're very cool and Kyle is using them to teach science, technology, engineering and robotics to kids, even as young as 5 years old at his Mathobotics after school program.
Brian is going to be traveling to Italy with this young son and wants to be able to track him if he wanders off. Leo says there are gadget trackers - devices that are intended to be used for luggage, keys, etc. A key tracker on a necklace would be a good idea. Leo says there's a bluetooth device that sets off an alarm when his child is more than 30 feet away. What about using an iPod or iPhone and use find my iPhone? Find my iPhone isn't precise enough and doesn't work indoors.