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  • Feb 23, 2019

    Engadget, Matias, Parachut, and Paris Region Entreprises at CES | #195


    There is so much to see at CES that we couldn’t possibly glimpse it all. That’s why we have people like Engadget Reviews Editor, Cherlynn Low, on to chat about what really got her excited for the future of tech at the Consumer Electronics Show. From 5G phones to the latest chip architecture from Intel, Cherlynn geeks out with us about wonderful, and sometimes quirky, reveals from our favorite companies. Next up, Matias Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder, Steve McGowan, has a solution for anyone who’s feeling left out in the cold by Apple’s decision to discontinue their wired keyboards for Mac computers. Then, we learn about the revolution to the consumer market that is, from Co-Founders, Philip and Melissa Niu. This access economy service has been dubbed “the Netflix of Stuff”, providing access to real, physical items for a monthly subscription. Closing the show, Paris Region Entreprises CMO, Joel Halpern, describes how the state of Île-de-France is a leader in European tech growth. Partnering with Air France, Dassault Systemes, and Total, Paris Region has brought 35 start-up companies to CES with a focus on artificial intelligence and how we can use it for good. Tune in for the last episode of coverage from CES 2019.


    ·[00:00:00] Stressful Life of an Engadget Editor
    ·[00:04:50] 5G, NVIDIA, Intel, Beauty at CES 2019
    ·[00:12:30] Matias Offers Wired Keyboards for Mac
    ·[00:19:51] Parachut: The Netflix of Stuff
    ·[00:29:32] Millenials Are All About Access
    ·[00:35:52] Paris Region Entreprises at CES 2019


    [00:00:00] Stressful Life of an Engadget Editor
    When Engadget goes to CES, they go hard! Reviews editor, Cherlynn Low, describes the swarm of staffers that go to the Consumer Electronics Show every year, what they hope to learn, and how they are able to narrow their search for the most interesting reveals. CES isn’t the end of the madness, though. Shortly after, the team heads off to Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, followed by Tribeca Film Festival, Google IO, and Microsoft Build. Catch a glimpse of the busy, stressful life of an Engadget editor!


    [00:04:50] 5G, Nvidia, Intel, Beauty at CES 2019
    Being a cellphone and personal computer gal, Engadget reviews editor, Cherlynn Low, always has her eye out for interesting new tech. 5G has been a huge buzz word at CES, but is it’s hype overrated? Cherlynn tells us that 5G is much less ready for widespread deployment than promoters would have you think. We also learn about LG’s roll up TV, new chip architecture from NVIDIA and Intel, and developments in the world of beauty tech by companies like Olay. Hear Cherlynn’s top picks from CES 2019.


    [00:12:30] Matias Offers Wired Keyboards for Mac
    Have you ever thought to yourself: “boy it sure would be amazing to need to replace batteries in my keyboard just to get rid of it’s wire”? Neither have we. If you’re just fine with a wired keyboard and feel at least a little betrayed by Apple yet again making decisions on what you do and don’t need on your tech, we have a solution for you. Matias Chief Operating Officer & Co-Founder, Steve McGowan, fills us in on their beautifully aesthetic, aluminum, wired keyboards for Mac computers. When Apple discontinued their wired keyboards in favor of their wireless counterparts, Matias engineers saw a void they knew they could fill. It wasn’t their style to just replace the missing keyboard, they’ve added a host of new features, like a tactile rotary volume dial. Check it out at


    [00:19:51] Parachut: The Netflix of Stuff
    Have you ever been pressed for a deadline but didn’t quite have the right tools for your creative job? Do you wish you could just pay a monthly fee and get access to video and photography equipment, and return it whenever you’re done? Parachut Co-founder and CEO, Philip Niu, has your back with a genius new service that takes the concept of Netflix and extends it to physical stuff! Just sign up, get your points, and trade those points in to rent an item indefinitely. When you return the item, you get your points back and start the cycle all over again. This isn’t just an opportunity for those in need of equipment; if you have extra stuff you can get in on the action too. Find out how you can lend your extra gear out on


    [00:29:32] Millenials Are All About Access
    Millennials, more and more, are trending towards the access economy. What does this mean? Well, take Netflix and Spotify for example; people don’t want to OWN movies or music, they just want to watch or listen. Co-founder and President, Melissa Niu, explains how Parachut is able to lend out gear and corner the market on the access economy for physical items. Also, find out what technology really blew Melissa’s mind at CES 2019, from a 50 foot TV tunnel at LG’s booth, to a meditation booth made by BrainTap.


    [00:35:52] Paris Region Entreprises at CES 2019
    It’s easy to lose sight of the fact that CES is an international show amid the outpour of wild new technology. Paris Region Entreprises CMO, Joel Halpern, discusses the booming tech industry in France’s Île-de-France region, calling it the Silicon Valley of Europe. Partnered with Air France, Dassault Systems, and Total, Paris Region has brought approximately 35 startups to CES 2019 with a 2021 AI strategy to change the face of education, programming, and more. Also, find out what it’s like to be the first American hired by the Île-de-France government.


    Explore More with Helpful Links:

    ·Special Guest: Cherlynn Low | Reviews Editor, Engadget

    ·Special Guest: Steve McGowan | Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder, Matias Corporation

    ·Special Guest: Philip Niu | Co-Founder and CEO, Parachut

    ·Special Guest: Melissa Niu | Co-Founder and President, Parachut

    ·Special Guest: Joel Halpern | CMO, Paris Region Entreprises

    ·Article: Intel at CES 2019: Hybrid chips, AI, and Project Athena

    ·Event: CES

    ·Event: Mobile World Congress

    ·Event: Tribeca

    ·Website: NVIDIA

    ·Website: Intel

    ·Website: Olay

    ·Website: Sony

    ·Website: LG

    ·Website: Air France

    ·Website: Dassault Systemes

    ·Website: Total

    ·Product: Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless Noise-Canceling Headphones

    ·Product: LG Signature OLED TV R

    ·Product: Matias Wired Aluminum Keyboard for Mac



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    Host: Mike Etchart
    Producer: Cody Castleberry
    Production Asst.: Joanne Bolden
    Audio Engineer: Cody Castleberry
    Copy Editor: Cody Castleberry
    Special Guest: Cherlynn Low
    Special Guest: Steve McGowan
    Special Guest: Philip Niu
    Special Guest: Melissa Niu
    Special Guest: Joel Halpern

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