Hey, No Messaging While Driving, Unless It’s Your Car Doing It – Ford Safety Technology Preview

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Last week, Robert Scoble (Scobleizer.com), Mark Hachman (PCMag.com) Xavier Lanier (Notebooks.com & GottaBeMobile.com ) and I squished into a Ford Explorer to get a preview of some new safety technology that Ford and other auto manufacturers are starting to develop. With this new tech, appropriately outfitted cars actually “talk” to each other, many times a second, sending information about speed, proximity, location and other data points, creating what amounts to a 360 bubble of communication around the car. Cool right? Well, the even cooler thing is that Ford isn’t the only manufacturer working on this technology, pretty much all of …

Sony, Ford and NYC Auto Show Videos from the Cast of Dads Roadtrip

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A few weeks ago, Ford and Sony invited the Cast of Dads on a really cool experience – a road trip from Boston driving a 2011 Ford Explorer down to New York International Auto Show. Unfortunately both Max and I were not able to attend, but Jeff, CC and Brad produced a ton of content from the excursion. I posted an article & video that they recorded “on the road” from the Ford Explorer…and the content continues to roll in. This article recaps some of the other video content captured by the Dads on the trip. For starters, Jeff, Brad …

Ford & Sony Bring “Cast of Dads” Members Together (Almost) – “Family Road Trips”

In Auto, Cast of Dads, Consumer Electronics, Event, Family, Ford, Gadgets, General, Parenting, PodCast, Sony, Video by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

I’m encouraged that big brands out there are starting to listen. There is a difference between simply pushing your product traditionally, and using real voices, people and opinions to create stories around these products and brands. The first is a traditional method that frequently gets lost in the clutter of all of the other brand chatter out there, and the second is a way for brands to create compelling, unique content that is more approachable and realistic to the consumer. Recently, Sony and Ford invited all of the Cast of Dads members (CC Chapman, Brad Powell, Jeff Sass, Max Kalehoff …

Two Beers, a Coffee, and 3/5’s of the Cast of Dads at SXSW – Video Podcast

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Unfortunately, I couldn’t make it out Austin, TX…some day, I do hope to partake in the madness that is South-by-SouthWest (SXSW). Heck, I only this year made it to CES for the first time! But 2/5ths of the Cast of Dads, C.C. Chapman and Jeff Sass, did make it out to SXSW, and joined Brad Powell right in Brad’s Texas “backyard.” Also, we will be launching our first ever Cast of Dads giveaway, sponsored by Intel. Be sure to listen to upcoming podcasts to learn how you could win a Dell Inspiron Duo! Note: we are always looking for sponsors! …

PBS Kids Show “Design Squad Nation” Hopes to Bring Out the Engineer in Kids

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This past weekend, my 7 and 9 year old daughters and I were introduced to an interesting new show that is on PBS Kids called “Design Squad Nation“. But we didn’t watch it on TV, instead, we headed over to the Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley, California to meet with the co-hosts of the show, Judy Lee and Adam Vollmer. My kids and I visit the Lawrence Hall of Science fairly regularly throughout the year. It’s a great, interactive place to learn about science in a fun way. For example, one of the current exhibits about the physics of …

Gadgets + Dads = “Dadgets” – Cast of Dads VIDEO podcast at CES 2011

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The Cast of Dads has been on a bit of a vacation recently – the reality is, we’ve all been so busy that our little “baby” (Cast of Dads) has become a bit neglected. But we promise to get back on track! To get things going again, we actually did do a video podcast at CES 2011. Unfortunately it was only a 3/5ths of the Cast of Dads as Brad Powell and Max Kalehoff were not at the show. But we did have our first guest ever and it was none other than Dave Delaney (a dad as well) of …

35+ Tips, Tricks & Strategies for Preparing For, Attending & Returning From a Trade Show or Expo (Part 2)

In CES, Consumer Electronics, Event, Gadgets, General, How To, HTD Tech Tip, Opinion by Michael Sheehan1 Comment

This is the Second Part of a Two Part series that hopefully will help you plan out and strategize your next trip to a trade show. In the previous post, I discussed the Pre-Show Planning. It’s important to think about the show well before you get there. If you haven’t read Part One of this post, be sure to take a look at it. This portion of the article is mainly about what to do AT and AFTER attending a trade show. This part becomes increasingly more subjective as people have different expectations of a show as well as objectives …

35+ Tips, Tricks & Strategies for Preparing For, Attending & Returning From a Trade Show or Expo (Part 1)

In CES, Consumer Electronics, Event, General, How To, HTD Tech Tip, Opinion by Michael Sheehan1 Comment

I’ve been back from CES for a month now (and recently attended MacWorld) and have had time to cobble together a few blog posts about things that I saw at both shows as well as have a tiny bit of time to reflect back on my time there. My general experience at CES was that of being thoroughly overwhelmed, not only by the amount of technology that was being showcased, but also at being at a place and event that was quite new to me. Yes, this was my first CES (but not my first tradeshow) and only my second …

MacWorld 2011 – Sort of a Yawner with a Few Moments of Wakefulness

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I have been going to the MacWorld Expo for many years now and I’m really sad to see it losing much of its excitement. When Apple was there, showcasing new products and innovations, there was a vibrancy and energy. Ever since Apple pulled out of the Expo, I feel that it has been going downhill. Apple provided the weight to drive the show, and there were many large vendors who helped as well. With Apple nowhere to be seen, having moved most of their large announcements to their Developer Conference and press events, MacWorld 2011 to me seemed to be …

A Couple Intel Innovations that Caught My Eye at CES 2011

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There was a lot to see at CES 2011, so much so that next year I’m considering having an Intel processor installed in my brain just to try to analyze all of the information I consumed at the expo. Honestly, with all of the recent innovations coming from Intel recently, I wouldn’t be surprised that somewhere deep within their Labs division (which I particularly love, by the way) their isn’t an initiative already underway that does just that. All that I can talk about is what I read about or have seen personally. And that is exactly the subject of …

Ford Truly Deserves to be at CES: Ford Sync AppLink & 2012 Ford Focus EV Pave the Way!

In Application, Auto, CES, Consumer Electronics, Event, Ford, Gadgets, General, Microsoft, Mobile, Safety, Software, Tech News, Video by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

For many, many years, I never thought much of Ford . I had been unimpressed with their cars (with a few exceptions like the Mustang) and especially with their styling and technology. In the 80’s and 90’s, to me, Ford was “just another American car” which said a lot. All of the technology, style and innovation had been coming from overseas (Japan and Europe). My position on this over the past year has literally flipped a complete U-turn. Last year, I got to test drive the 2010 Ford Flex and experience the Ford Sync by Microsoft for the first time. …

CES 2011 Bound & A Quick iPad Keyboard Case Review – Sena Keyboard Folio

In Apple, CES, Consumer Electronics, Event, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Intel, iPad, Mobile, Review, Tech News by Michael Sheehan2 Comments

Finally in the air and at 10,000 feet, thus all of the gadgets are coming out and on. Yes, the plane is packed with all types heading to CES 2011 to hear what revolutionary new device will be teasing us or making us think what a stupid idea it is. Honestly, last year’s big thing was 3D TV which, in my opinion turned out to be a real yawner, I mean who really wants to wear a dorky pair of glasses and sit in a certain way on their couch, needless to say, upgrade their TV to something that supports …

A Dude Ranch Vacation at Greenhorn Creek Ranch – Riding, Fishing and Generally “Horsing Around”!

In Event, Family, General, Opinion, Parenting, Review by Michael Sheehan3 Comments

My family and I spent about a week up at a Dude Ranch in Northern California called “Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch“. Since I have 3 girls, their grandparents thought that introducing them to horses and ranching at their age would be great for them. I couldn’t agree more! Earlier this year, we set out looking for a nice dude ranch (that wasn’t too rustic) where the girls could find their inner cowgirls. One night when we were having dinner at their grandparents house, I sent out a tweet asking if anybody could recommend a Dude Ranch in Northern California. Within …

My Brain was Upgraded at Intel’s “Upgrade Your Life” 2010 Summit

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A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of attending the Intel “Upgrade Your Life” 2010 Summit (my announcement) which was a gathering of a variety of technology influencers and bloggers. At this summit, we were introduced to a number of different individuals representing different initiatives within Intel. There were 10 of us invited to participate in some very intimate discussions and conversation related to a variety of aspects of Intel. After the 10 hours of intensive meetings, my brain truly hurt from all of the information that I absorbed. My Brain was Upgraded at Intel’s “Upgrade Your Life” 2010 …

I’m Participating in Intel’s “Upgrade Your Life” Digital Influencers Summit

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A few months or so ago, I saw an interesting phrase from Intel fly by on Twitter. It was the line “Upgrade Your Life” which I thought was a very creative melding of technology and real life. I was definitely intrigued. To my surprise and pleasure, a few weeks ago, I was invited to attend an all-day summit on June 2nd titled “Upgrade Your Life” on the Intel Hillsboro campus where I would be meeting with several notable technology bloggers and “digital influencers” as well as key Intel staff members in a series of round-table discussions revolving around one’s digital …