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Radio Smart Talk: tech gadgets

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Dec 3, 2012 4:11 PM

Radio Smart Talk for Tuesday, December 4:

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Every December, Radio Smart Talk produces a program on the latest tech gadgets or electronic devices that are on many holiday gift lists.  Tuesday's show will be our annual tech gadgets program.

One of the reasons for the show is that the gadgets change every year or new ones are introduced to the market.

Charles Palmer, the Executive Director for Advanced Entertainment and Learning Technologies and an Associate Professor of Multimedia at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology and witf audio specialist Joe Ulrich will appear on the program to discuss the latest devices and answer questions about them.

Among the gadgets we'll describe are the iPad Mini, the Microsoft Surface, and Kindle Fire.  Then, there are a few unique devices like the smart pen that records the audio when its user is taking notes and records what has been written or said, a video camera that can worn on a person's body or anywhere else to capture action video, or the fuel band that is worn on the wrist and tracks the wearer's movements to update the person on how much excerise they're getting.

Listen to the program:

Do you have any questions about gadgets or devices?

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  • Radio Smart Talk img 2012-12-04 09:29

    Email from Ron:
    I am a local jeweler who uses a 3d printer to manufacture jewelry. The model I use is an envisiontec micro that is about the size of a large bread basket.

  • Douglas Eugene Reisinger II img 2012-12-04 09:33

    Foe the listener who called in about his daughter with the need for text messaging on her iPod. She can use Google voice to get her own phone number for free. With that app she can text anyone with a phone... not just ios users. I know people at work that keep a simple cell phone for emergencies and use their iPod for texts and email.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2012-12-04 09:36

    Here is a link to aid the visually impaired:

    Copy and past the link into your address bar on your browser.

  • Rod img 2012-12-04 09:37

    I've always been a big reader and I love ereaders. I've had several. Moved to the Kindle App on the iPAD. It lets you make highlights and notes and then retrieve them online for printing or saving. I save to evernote and I've never had better books notes/journaling. I get my magazines on the iPAD and subscribe to the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News newspapers.

    One downside of the mini iPAD is the lack of a retina display as on the new iPAD (iPAD 3). Which is fantastic for both reading and photos.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2012-12-04 09:38

    Email from Sam:

    Can you recommend site where you can borrow from a library not in your local area besides Philly library? Anything from other parts of country?

    • Charles Palmer img 2012-12-04 19:46

      Overdrive is a mobile and browser app which facilitates the download of eBooks and audio files. It's also a services used by libraries across the globe to deliver and manage check-out collections. Visit to browse and search for libraries across the country that let users borrow ebooks online.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2012-12-04 09:42

    Email from Lee in York:

    I've been looking for a wireless speaker that I can use on my deck -- either weather proof or not. The tough part is to tie it into an existing, older non-wireless CD player, radio, etc. Is this possible to convert from an older system and then send audio wirelessly?

    • Joe Ulrich img 2012-12-04 11:21

      Here's a bluetooth transmitter that you can connect to your home stereo system:

      And I have a friend with this bluetooth speaker. It runs on batteries and the sound quality was pretty good:

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2012-12-04 09:45

    Email from Mark B.

    What is the future of 3d tv? Is there a passive version available?

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2012-12-04 09:54

    Email from Bill:
    What Software exists to convert spoken audio file lectures to text? I have Dragon but that uses a microphone; I wondered if there is anything available to do it straight from my recording?

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2012-12-04 09:59

    Email from Marc:
    A caller asked about adaptive techknology for his child who is legally blind, autistic, and has a hearing impairment and uses an I pad. A company called Human ware ( specializes in techknology for persons with visual and other impairments. They have a number of applications for the I phone and I pad.

  • Donald Winfindale img 2012-12-05 00:06

    Thank you to the two guys with the links to help my daughter with disability's access text messaging on her I pod

  • watlyle img 2012-12-09 07:15

    I am a graduate student at Penn State and have used the iPad with Kindle app almost exclusively for text books. There is not a huge cost difference and in many cases you cannot use an earlier edition because in graduate school many texts are collections of scholarly readings that are updated yearly for relevance. You can rent electronically if required. I have also found that its best to wait until the first day of class after determining if a book is available electronically because sometimes the instructor will have a solution that does not involving the book. As one caller mentioned the underlining and note taking functions are great. They also allow you to lift data from texts for use in citations. Remember to cite correctly to avoid plagiarism.

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