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Alan J. Pierce EdD
          
pierceaj@techtoday.us
My Charge Adventure H2O 10050 Review (MSRP $49.99)

The H2O model adds waterproof to a long list of features. With a rubberized outer layer and a waterproof sealing cover that when closed it can keep water, dust, and sand out of the ports.
    

    
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Lingolet One Language Translator Review (MSRP $99.00)

Lingolet is capable of handling quick unlimited translations between twelve languages. It also uses artificial intelligence to turn Lingolet recordings into translated transcripts.It can work with the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, or Thai. It can serve you and the person you are speaking to as your personal translator.

    
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Corvid-19 – Smartphone Contact Tracing an MIT, Apple and Google Collaboration
June 2020

     To accomplish person to person contact tracking so it is completely anonymous, MIT is collaborating with Apple and Google to build an Application Programming Interface (API) that approved programmers will use to build apps that can perform anonymous contact tracing automatically.  See photo.
     MIT’s targeting strategy uses a smartphone’s Bluetooth signal, that are technically called chirps, to identify and anonymously collect smartphone proximity data by catching every close smartphone’s chirp. For the full story click the link below.

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Elon Musk’s Neuralink
Getting Ready for Human Trials
September 2020

Musk’s Neuralink medical implant received a coveted FDA breakthrough device designation which is a major step forward toward human trials and eventually bringing Neuralink to market. At a very recent live streamed event, Elon Musk showed off what Neuralink can now do as he tried to entice the best and brightest young engineers to join his team to take Neuralink to the next level. He was not only looking for engineers but also people with experience bringing a product to market.

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Toyota’s Woven City of the Future
No one will be allowed to drive cars!
Published inTechDirections Magazine
March-April 2020 issue
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     At CES 2020 I attended the Toyota press conference and I expected a presentation that would focus on automobiles. The company’s President and CEO, Akio Toyoda, see photo 1, told us how Toyota is ready to break ground on building an entirely new smart city of the future. In this city no one will be allowed to drive cars. They are ready to break ground now and the city is being built in the shadow of Mt Fuji.
·Completely out of sight below all of these structures and courtyards an underground city will also exist where…
·For Toyota this city will be a human occupied laboratory where…

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The Harry Potter Cloak is no Longer Science Fiction 
Published inTechDirections Magazine
January-February 2020 issue

On October 8, 2019 HyperStealth Biotechnology Corp announced to the world that they have patented their Quantum Stealth cloaking material. Just like the Harry Potter’s cloak in the movies their Quantum Stealth works by bending light around an object rendering it invisible. My column explains how it works, includes photos, and HyperStealth video links showing how it makes objects seem to disappear.
    
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Alice the All Electric Commercial Airplane
Published inTechDirections Magazine
November-December 2019 issue

    
Eviation is an Israeli based company with a new all electric regional airplane that can fly 621 nautical miles, at 240 knots, on a single electric charge; at the very low cost of two hundred dollars per hour of flight time.
     Photo 1 shows Alice at this year’s Paris Air Show and its shape is as radically different from conventional airplanes as the power source that drives its engines.  engine is mounted at the end of the fuselage. The full story includes how it is powered, what its artificial intelligent pilot can handle, more photos, power system, how the engines locations change flight characteristics, and what US company just purchased a full fleet of this new airplane and what routes it will soon fly.
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The Aquanaut Transformer
Published in TechDirections Magazine
October 2019 issue

The movie Bumblebee tells the story of a transforming robot that shape shifts into a 1957 yellow Volkswagen Beetle. This Aquanaut Transformer is real and it shape shifts between a submarine and a humanoid robot. See photos 1 and 3. Its submarine shape allows it to quickly move through the water and when it shape shifts it is a very powerful robot. The full story is amazing.

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The Chemical Computer - Chemputer
Published in TechDirections Magazine
August-September 2019 issue
    The Chemputer  automatically produces complex molecules without human intervention. It is a major step toward creating a Star Trek Replicator. The TV machine could create complex solid objects, complex machines, and liquids without human intervention.
     The Chemputer ™ was developed by Professor Leroy Cronin, the Regius Chair of Chemistry, at Glasgow University. BAE Systems, a British multinational aerospace company, has now partnered with Glasgow University to combine the technologies of 3D printing and the Chemputer to perform the same magic as the Star Trek Replicator.
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Shape Shifting Airplane Wings
Published  in TechDirections Magazine
May 2019 issue

NASA, FlexSys Inc., & the US Air Force have perfected morphing wing technology so the wings change their shape without motors or hydraulics.
     The morphing surfaces are an integral part of the wing which means you can smoothly run your hand along the wing and you will feel one continuous surface rather than a physical add on. 

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3D Printing Primed to Change the Future
Published in TechDirections Magazine
April 2019 issue

    3D Printing is now changing manufacturing, construction, biotechnology, medical technology, nanotechnology, and even making it possilbe to print food from lab grown cells. It went from a new way of building models and prototypes to a new way of building anything.
     This metamorphous occurred when 3D printing expanded from printing plastic to printing metals,concrete, biological cells, organs, and even food. 3D printing can create parts that are lighter than but just as strong as the same part created by older methods of fabrication. Photo samples.
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SLIPS-The Slipperiest Engineered
Coating in the World

Published February 2019 issue

A Biologically Inspired Engineered Coating

     At the Harvard University Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, scientists and engineers were able to create an ultra slippery self healing coating by duplicating the properties of the Nepenthes Pitcher plant - photo 1.
    It is much more slippery then Teflon and like Teflon it can handle very high temperatures without losing its slippery properties.

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Endosnake-Endoscope Review
(Endoscope MSRP $49.99, WiFi box $24.99)


The Endosnake is an inexpensive endoscope. If the term endoscope is something you never heard of, it is a tool that allows a person to see inside things through a very small opening. The Value Gear Endosnake costs $49.99. It has a 3.9 mm diameter three foot long cable that has a very tiny camera surrounded by a ring of tiny lights at one end.

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MyCharge Hub Turbo Review  (MSRP $89.99 & $109.99)

    The Turbo series is MyCharge's fastest charging batteries. The Turbo 10050 has 10050 mAh battery,built in lightening cable, USB-C cable, and a USB-A recharging port that you can use with your own charging cable.

    
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OWC’s Thunderbolt 3 Pro Dock Review (MSRP $328.99)

     The OWC Thunderbolt 3 Pro Dock, see photo 1, is designed to be used by professionals who need to increase the number and types of ports on their PC or Mac. Their type of use will need a dock that has a cooling fan to handle the heat that will be created by the power draw of the many different peripherals they will be using at the same time.
    
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D-Link DCS-8600LH Outdoor Wi-Fi Camera Review (MSRP $159.99)

    D-Link’s DCS-8300LH is an outdoor HD WiFi security camera with a 137 degree view of its surroundings. This camera in hot, cold, snow, or rain will record video and audio when it detects motion in its viewing area. It has two way audio so you could be thousands of miles away and hold a conversation with the person who triggered the motion.
    
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D-Link Security Camera DCS8300LH Review (MSRP $ 69.99)

     D-Link’s DCS-8300LH is a HD WiFi security camera. This camera records in 1080p resolution so you will have no problem recognizing people or animals in the videos that it records during the day. The manual indicates that the camera’s night vision can actually see 16 feet in total darkness. I installed the camera at the top of a staircase and I was very disappointed by the camera’s night image.
    
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Letsfit T12 Wireless Earbuds (MSRP 39.99)

      Photo 1 shows two wireless Earbuds that look very similar. One of them has an MSRP of $39.99 and the other one has an MSRP 139.99; a significant difference. These earbuds will work with your Android and your iOS (Apple) devices. Feature for feature they are not equal. If you feel it is ridiculous to spend over a hundred dollars for a set of earbuds or If your kids are looking for that certain look to impress their friends but money is tight you do want to read the rest of this review.

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Letsfit ID215G Smartwatch Review (MSRP 79.99)

     Photo 1 is an image of my wrist with two smartwatches that look very similar. One of them has an MSRP of $79.99 and the other one is over $300.00. Feature for feature they are not equal but I was very surprised by how much Letsfit was able to include at such a low price. This smartwatch will work with your Android or iPhone.
    
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BeHear Access Assistive Hearing Headset (MSRP $349.00)

The BeHear Now earbuds look like a normal set of Bluetooth wireless buds that you would use for your smartphone or tablet to listen to your music and make phone calls. They do all that quite well but their outstanding feature is they are also a decent digital hearing aid. The engineers at Alango Technologies, in Israel, designed this wireless headset so its built-in microphones and in-ear speakers can improve your hearing.

    
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BeHear-Hear Link Plus
Stereo Audio Transmitter Review


Hear Link Plus can wireless transmit the audo from your TV to your bluetooth headphones. This setup also allows two people to set their TV volume to their own comfort level. Besides this hearing assist mode it has a number of other modes that you might find meet your needs.
    
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Audio-Technica True Wireless ATH-CK3TW Earbuds Review (MSRP $119.00)

The first thing you want from earbuds is sound quality and good volume and these buds deliver both. To deliver this sound quality they have 5.8 mm drivers, support Qualcomm True Wireless Stereo Plus and they are running Bluetooth 5.0. Together these features deliver superior sound, reduced sound latency... 
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The Piper Computer Kit (MSRP $299.00)

The Piper Computer Kit is a fantastic way for children to explore and engage in their interests in computer science, electronics, and coding. This kit allows you to build a fully operational computer and once the computer is set up, you are able to explore STEM through a series of steps and levels that you do while playing a game.
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