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Posted by on Feb 25, 2014 in Blog, Event Technology, Party Aficionado, Tech (CES) | 0 comments

Have ChargeKey Will Travel

Have ChargeKey Will Travel

ChargeKey is a key-shaped smartphone cable that fits onto your keychain. It works like your normal cable for charging and syncing your phone – plug one end into a USB port and the other end into your mobile device.

I like the fact that I can connect it to a keychain, but I’ve mostly kept it connected to my lipstick charger in my purse.

At the very affordable price of $25.00 I can see many event and conference applications. Providing these to your attendees (There are iphone and micro USB versions) or simply having them around charging stations.

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Posted by on Feb 10, 2014 in Blog, Event Technology, Party Aficionado | 0 comments

Google Glass for the Ultimate Site Visit

Google Glass for the Ultimate Site Visit

I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed wearing Google Glass during CES. The handful of people wearing them was surprising, but I bet all would agree that wearing them in that setting was fantastic. Of course CES is not everyday use, so how does an event professional take advantage of being a Google Glass Explorer.

One way that I’ve found great value is during site visits. I used them on a couple of site visits to prepare for the March Social Media Tulsa Conference.

Her is an example of the site visit I did at the Aloft Downtown Hotel in Tulsa, OK.

These are no where near the quality of a Google Business photo, but for sharing with suppliers, speakers, and team members it works great.

I think this just scratches the surface of how event professionals will use Google Glass. How do you see them being used for events?

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Posted by on Jan 21, 2014 in Event Technology, Party Aficionado, Tech (CES) | 0 comments

VOXX Electronics and EyeSee360 Introduced Two 360º Lifestyle Video Cameras at #CES2014

VOXX Electronics and EyeSee360 Introduced Two 360º Lifestyle Video Cameras at #CES2014

Voxx International had some of my favorite technology on display during the 2014 International CES. While I spent a lot of time in the digital health space, I’m always on the lookout for tech that can enhance events and enhance the lives of event professionals.

The first thing that caught my eye. (Pun intended). Was the new Myris by Eyelock No more user names, no more passwords. Myris uses video of your irises to verify your identity. Since no two irises are alike, the chances of a false match are less than one in two trillion. This product can’t come out fast enough.

360 fly

The next thing that I thought would change the way we video tape and livestream events was the 360Fly and “360MicroFly.
these two products are compact, lightweight, 360º HD lifestyle products that will enable both consumers and professionals to capture and
share personal experiences in a never before seen narrative. The 360Fly is mountable on a variety of different sports equipment from helmets to surfboards to a tiny tripod for the center of a table. The “360MicroFly” is the world’s first 360 single optic lens attachment for Apple and select Android phones.

With unique perspectives and user-controlled points of interest, content generation becomes fun, interactive and seamless from capture to share. 360Fly provides consumers with a new way to document experiences that current industry standard
cameras simply can’t capture. Mount it, wear it, or simply place it and experience the future of video documentation.

micoro fly

Both cameras focus on capturing and sharing life’s moments allowing recipients to enjoy a unique personal and meaningful experience. The “Fly’s” field of view captures more than 4 times that of traditional cameras, with intuitive design and application interface; end users enjoy a seamlessly engaging experience. Ideal for on the go use,the 360Fly can fit in your pocket and be submerged in water up to 5 atmosphers. 360MicroFly is a smartphone lens attachment that puts a spin on traditional video offering users the ability to simultaneously record everything around them. 360MicroFly attaches to select smartphones to capture videos that are not only panoramic; they’re also interactive, creating engaging scenes, allowing viewers to control what they want to view. …and they are driven by an easy to use social network software app. User generated content can be shot, edited and shared using the 360fly iOS and Android app. Users can also share to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and other social media channels in standard video playback form.

The buzz from #CES2014 was all about wearable tech, but what I don’t think a lot of people understand is that most of the wearable devices are designed exclusively for recording video. This has got to be good news for event professionals who’s content can be shared with a wider audience, at an affordable price, and in 360º.

I’m hoping to be able to experience one or both of these devices during SMTULSA Conference in March. Stay tuned.

And finally, it was time to recharge. Thankfully the RCA Audio Video section had a great display of mobile charging devices in a very timely charging station. Another challenge to event professionals. As more and more attendees bring multiple devices to our events, we will need to find ways to keep the party going.

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Posted by on Jan 18, 2014 in Party Aficionado, Tech (CES) | 0 comments

5 Best Parties of #CES2014

5 Best Parties of #CES2014

This was my fourth year attending the International CES in Las Vegas, and the best year for networking parties.

Throwing a party during the juggernaut that is CES is a risky proposition, but with the right formula (location, open bar, food, great photo ops, entertainment)  it can be the best decision for a company trying to connect with the tech savvy community.  Here is a list of my favorites from this year.

#1 WWE party & press conference
Great party, fantastic location (Wynn Las Vegas), free food and drinks, and an awesome presentation.

#2 The Monster Party and Concert with Fleetwood Mac We got in just before the show started. My phone was dead, but the show was Fantastic! MonsterCES Fleetwood Mac

#3 Robert Scoble’s Book Signing party at The Cosmopolitan We weren’t there very long, but we got great photos and got a chance to meet some great people. From there we all went to Fleetwood Mac

 Scoble Book signing  CES2014

#4 Mashable MashbashCES / MonsterCES Party The pot stickers couldn’t have come at a better time. Was finally able to connect with friends and grab a bite.

#5 The Flight Deck TV party at Mandarin Oriental

This was also the year of DJ Culture at CES. Exhibitors brought out big named DJs to ROCK their booths.
Here are a few of my favorites.

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Posted by on Jan 18, 2014 in Blog, Party Aficionado | 0 comments

WWE® Network Announced at #CES2014

WWE® Network Announced at #CES2014

WWE Network

During the International CES, +WWE announced the first ever 24/7 streaming network. the WWE Network will launch live in the U.S. on Monday, February 24, featuring all 12 WWE live pay-per-view events-including WrestleMania®- valued at more than $600 per year for $9.99 per month with a 6-month commitment. WWE Network will also include groundbreaking original programming, reality shows, documentaries, classic matches, and more than 1,500 hours of video on demand at launch.

Fans can subscribe to WWE Network beginning at 9 am ET on Monday, February 24 at, and for a limited time will be offered a free one week trial.

WWE Network will also be available through the WWE App on: Amazon’s Kindle Fire devices; Android devices, iOS, Roku streaming devices; Sony PlayStation 3®, PlayStation 4®, and Xbox 360.

I remember being intrigued by the save the date notice I received from the WWE. The event and press conference did not disappoint. In their words, it’s way over the top.

I was fortunate to capture and enjoy the entire press conference through Google Glass. You can watch it as I did. I apologize for the occasional squeal. It was by far my favorite press conferences and party of CES 2014.

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