GeekBeat.TV #129 | Smart Basketballs, Bright Pico Projectors, Holographic Displays for Stores, NFC Payment at McDonald’s, Buy Your Coffee with Your Phone, New Live GeekBeat.TV Show, Kids Look at Old Tech

Smart Basketballs

InfoMotion Sports Technologies have outfitted a basketball with a 5 gram circuit board to analyze players’ weaknesses and strengths.

Bright Pico Projectors

Pico projectors, the pocketable wonders of the presentation world, are great, but not always that bright. But here’s a new concept that promises you can leave the lights on.

Holographic Displays for Stores

Imagine walking into a store and seeing a holographic display of their wares. The Holocube promises that experience.

NFC Payment at McDonald’s

McDonald’s and Visa are rolling out Near Field Communication payment systems to all 1200 UK restaurants.

Buy Your Coffee with Your Phone

Meanwhile the U.S. begins to catch up with Europe on paying by smartphone. Starbucks is now accepting payment through their app for the fancy beverage of your choice.

New Live GeekBeat.TV Show

We’ll be helping YouTube beta test their new live service and we want you to come along for the fun! We’ll be doing a longer format weekly wrap-up of tech and gadget news, starting February 11.

Kids Look at Old Tech

What do kids think when shown older technology a lot of us can still remember? The results are pretty amusing, as we see in this video.

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Comments

  1. says

    Hello Cali,
    thank you and your team for a great episode.

    “Smart Basketballs” I think this can come in handy to determine whether one can advance and become better. I’m not the sportive type, sorry.

    That “Bright Pico Projectors” is something for movie-lovers like me in the future to watch a movie during the day without having to put the venetian blinds down in the room to see it. Awesome! :)

    That “Holographic Displays for Stores” looks like Star Trek has arrived in 2011. Can’t wait to see it in the stores. 8)

    Those “Near Field Communication payment systems” seem to me that no one has to wait at a popconcert or musical anymore. They’re whimsical though, the other day i read on Cnet that a Cnet’s reporter tryed to get a coffee at Starbucks and the machine was not accepting the code the app had generated. It will get better the more it’s used i think. Great technology!

    “New Live GeekBeat.TV Show” I’m looking forward to that show and i’ll be online to help you get through that YouTube beta show. You’ll do great just like you did with the other shows you mentioned. ;)

    “Kids Look at Old Tech” You were right it was quite educational what those kids thought of the technology i grew up with. Surprisingly they knew a few which was amazing.

    Take care and greetings,
    nick

  2. says

    Hello Cali,
    thank you and your team for a great episode.

    “Smart Basketballs” I think this can come in handy to determine whether one can advance and become better. I’m not the sportive type, sorry.

    That “Bright Pico Projectors” is something for movie-lovers like me in the future to watch a movie during the day without having to put the venetian blinds down in the room to see it. Awesome! :)

    That “Holographic Displays for Stores” looks like Star Trek has arrived in 2011. Can’t wait to see it in the stores. 8)

    Those “Near Field Communication payment systems” seem to me that no one has to wait at a popconcert or musical anymore. They’re whimsical though, the other day i read on Cnet that a Cnet’s reporter tryed to get a coffee at Starbucks and the machine was not accepting the code the app had generated. It will get better the more it’s used i think. Great technology!

    “New Live GeekBeat.TV Show” I’m looking forward to that show and i’ll be online to help you get through that YouTube beta show. You’ll do great just like you did with the other shows you mentioned. ;)

    “Kids Look at Old Tech” You were right it was quite educational what those kids thought of the technology i grew up with. Surprisingly they knew a few which was amazing.

    Take care and greetings,
    nick