Buy New Tech on Day One or Wait?

Welcome to the Improbable Insights Podcast. You can almost smell it, feel it, taste it. The tech press and Twitter have been all abuzz about it. The longing to whip out your credit card and preorder seems almost too much to bear.  You know you want it, but a small, niggling voice in the back…

The State of the PC: 2017

[podcast src=”https://html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/5059283/height/360/width/480/theme/standard/autonext/no/thumbnail/yes/autoplay/no/preload/no/no_addthis/no/direction/forward/” height=”360″ width=”480″] The personal computer evolution seems to be slowing. Apple seems to be ignoring high-end customers, 2-in-1 designs are proliferating, and the desktop PC stagnates. On the OS side, MacOS seems to be stagnating and Windows continues to be overly intrusive. What’s going to happen to the PC going forward? Eric, David,…

Cool Stuff and #FAILs at the 2017 CES

[podcast src=”https://html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/5018138/height/360/width/480/theme/standard/autonext/no/thumbnail/yes/autoplay/no/preload/no/no_addthis/no/direction/forward/” height=”360″ width=”480″] The annual CES (don’t call it the Consumer Electronics Show!) just wrapped up in Las Vegas. Eric Klein and I talk about what looked cool, what looked lame, and whether or not a massive, unfocused show like CES really has any meaning. What was geek-worthy? What stuff was ridiculous? What’s Alexa…

Podcast: Deep Learning

[podcast src=”https://html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/4697594/height/360/width/480/theme/standard/autonext/no/thumbnail/yes/autoplay/no/preload/no/no_addthis/no/direction/forward/” height=”360″ width=”480″] We’re joined this week by special guest Scott Gardner, who leads a small chip company which is trying to deliver a vision computing processor. Scott has some expertise in convolutional neural networks and deep learning, two areas which mesh with vision processing in automotive ADAS and other image recognition applications. Deep…

Podcast: The Future of Retail

[podcast src=”https://html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/4664202/height/360/width/480/theme/standard/autonext/no/thumbnail/yes/autoplay/no/preload/no/no_addthis/no/direction/forward/” height=”360″ width=”480″] Online shopping has forced us to rethink what retail shopping means. In particular, walking into a store to buy tech gear seems antiquated. Retail offers limited choice, higher prices, and often poor customer service. Do retail stores, particularly for hard goods, have a future? Maybe, but only if retail changes. Tools…

A Cornucopia of Tech Bits

[podcast src=”https://html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/4579065/height/360/width/480/theme/standard/autonext/no/thumbnail/yes/autoplay/no/preload/no/no_addthis/no/direction/forward/” height=”360″ width=”480″] Welcome to this week’s podcast. Eric and I discuss a variety of tech subjects this week, ranging from Windows 10 Anniversary Edition, Nvidia’s insane new graphics card, and what’s Intel trying to do in automotive processing. We also talk about the Garmin VivoActive HR smartwatch in tools, replacing fluorescent lighting, and…

Personal Sports Technology, Today and Tomorrow

[podcast src=”https://html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/4561739/height/360/width/480/theme/standard/autonext/no/thumbnail/yes/autoplay/no/preload/no/no_addthis/no/direction/forward/” height=”360″ width=”480″] Just a quick post to get the podcast up this week, as I’m slammed with work. Eric and I discuss, debate, and argue the merits of various tech tools for tracking fitness. What we both agree on: future fitness tools need better context, and better support for exercise psychology, not just raw…

Gamelock: When a Game Owns Your Life

You look at the clock and graon. It’s late. Very late. So you head off to bed, but when you wake up in the morning, you think about tactics, the right builds, leveling up, weapons configurations, story branches. Your workday blurs due to lack of sleep. You find yourself in meetings, drumming your fingers absently…