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  • Feb 09, 2019

    OMRON, Harley-Davidson, Audio-Technica, and TechDen at CES 2019 | #193


    CES is the best place to keep up with all of the new gadgets and gizmos coming out this year, and we’re back from our stage at the Las Vegas Convention Center with more coverage. First up, OMRON Director of Corporate Engineering, Mike Chen, explains their mission statement and what their technology means for the rest of the world. Next, Director of Digital Growth for Harley-Davidson, Ken Ostermann, details their first electric bike ever – the 2020 Harley-Davidson LiveWire. Is this the future of biking? Then, we chat with Audio-Technica Marketing Director, Gary Boss, about their wide array of phono cartridges, turntables, and premium Bluetooth headphones. Wrapping up the show, TechDen Founder and CEO, James Symons, has a solution for parents who want to teach their kids good screen time habits in a positive way. Don’t miss this episode of Popular Technology Radio for the latest insights from CES 2019.


    ·[00:00:00] OMRON’s Forpheus Represents the Future

    ·[00:06:27] The Harmony of Humans and Machines

    ·[00:12:30] The 2020 Harley-Davidson LiveWire

    ·[00:19:51] Turntables Live on with Audio-Technica

    ·[00:29:11] Audio-Technica’s True Wireless Earbuds

    ·[00:35:52] Curb Your Childrens’ Device Screen Time


    [00:00:00] OMRON’s FORPHEUS Represents the Future
    When OMRON brought FORPHEUS to the Consumer Electronics Show in 2018, it was a big success! Now FORPHEUS is back for round two in it’s 5th generation, with upgraded skills and a new range of motions that are sure to whip any filthy human that thinks they can get a shot in on the master ping-pong playing robot. OMRON Director of Corporate Engineering, Mike Chen, explains why a table tennis playing robot is important and what it represents for the future of humanity. A.I. is not just some science fiction doomsday plot device, it has positive real-world applications that can be harmonious with the goals of mankind. Learn how OMRON is using A.I. to enhance and enrich the manufacturing world to make it not only more productive, but safer for workers.


    00:06:27] The Harmony of Humans and Machines
    So what are the different components of robotics that make it tick? OMRON Director of Corporate Engineering, Mike Chen, describes how the field of robotics makes use of many different technologies, from motion control, servo-motion drives, control algorithms, and others to manipulate an object or vehicle in 3D space. OMRON does produce some robotics products, but much of their business is done with clients looking for a specific piece, like their controls, to make a fully customized robotics solution. The real reason OMRON is at CES is to scout new talent and raise awareness of the possibilities of human/A.I. harmony. Tune in to learn more.


    [00:12:30] The 2020 Harley-Davidson LiveWire
    The technology that drives a motorcycle has remained largely unchanged for the last 100 years, right? Wrong! Director of Digital Growth for the Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Ken Ostermann, tells us about their first ever fully-electric motorcycle, the 2020 Harley-Davidson LiveWire. This ride makes it easy for new customers to get into motorcycling, and gives seasoned riders the time to focus on enjoying the drive. The LiveWire touts a 0-60 mph of 3.5 seconds, top speed of 110 mph, a quick and nimble ride, and a 110 mile range. For anyone with range anxiety, the bike has an onboard charger for home use, and access to a network of charging stations at dealerships and any of the ChargePoint networks.


    [00:19:51] Turntables Live on with Audio-Technica
    For those of us that have been attending CES since the late 70’s, we may notice a category that has been on a resurgence as of late – turntables. Audio-Technica Marketing Director, Gary Boss, fills us in on their new and improved lines of professional and casual record players. Novice appreciation of vinyl records has been growing, and Audio-Technica has four models of turntables available, with different mixtures of analog, USB, Bluetooth, or headset outputs. Another big hit of the show has been headphones, and audiophiles can rejoice over Audio-Technica’s latest entry into the category. The ATH M50X has been very popular for a long time, and now there’s a Bluetooth version! Get your hands on premium audio today at


    [00:29:11] Audio-Technica’s True Wireless Earbuds
    There are two kinds of people who want true wireless earbuds, the athletic enthusiast and the audiophile. Keeping this in mind, Audio-Technica has tweaked their approach to true wireless earbuds to come up with a solution for both listeners. Marketing Director, Gary Boss, details the distinctions of their sport and audiophile true wireless headphones and describes why AptX plays such a huge role in Bluetooth audio quality. We also learn about Audio-Technica’s line of noise canceling headphones. What kind of listener are you?


    [00:35:52] How to Curb Your Children’s Screen Time
    Getting kids off their devices can be quite difficult in the age of increasingly prolific technology. Thankfully, TechDen Founder and CEO, James Symons, has the perfect solution for parents everywhere. TechDen allows for peaceful parenting techniques to triumph in the realm of screen time management by providing a physical home for devices, and a rewards based system for reinforcement. Use their app (free of subscription) to set time limits and windows for your kids to use their devices, and come up with custom rewards personalized for each child to help promote healthy habits. Check it out at


    Explore More with Helpful Links:

    ·Special Guest: Mike Chen | Director of Corporate Engineering, OMRON

    ·Special Guest: Ken Ostermann | Director of Digital Growth, Harley-Davidson

    ·Special Guest: Gary Boss | Marketing Director, Audio-Technica

    ·Special Guest: James Symons | Founder and CEO, TechDen



    This episode was produced by Entertainment Right Now (ERN). If you found value in this episode, and you’d like to hear more, please consider leaving us a review on iTunes and be sure to subscribe to our podcast so you don’t miss a beat. Your feedback helps us to reach more enthusiasts around the world! If you have a question you’d like us to answer, please leave a comment below or e-mail us at


    Host: Mike Etchart
    Producer: Cody Castleberry
    Production Asst.: Joanne Bolden
    Audio Engineer: Cody Castleberry
    Copy Editor: Cody Castleberry
    Guest Co-Host: Mike Castanon
    Special Guest: Mike Chen
    Special Guest: Ken Ostermann
    Special Guest: Gary Boss
    Special Guest: James Symons

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