Digital Punch vLog – Episode 20

June 25, 2007

Digital Punch – Episode_20 – Show Summary
Hello boys and girls, welcome to Digital Punch, I’m your host Benjamin Nelson coming to you from Chicago. In this episode we’re gunna rap about the iPhone, a upcoming video game called Spore, have a talk about Wii elbow, and more … episode 20 hath beguneth.Only one week till the iPhone Drops… but children don’t fret. The iPhone has come in peace. While we are sure that you are all aware of the hype surrounding this much anticipated release, we thought we would go over a couple of our favorite features.1.) The accelormeter automatically adjusts the display horizontally or vertically depending on how you are holding the phone.2.) The proximity sensor that -get this- detects when you lift the iPhone to your ear and immediately turns off the display to save power and prevent inadvertent touches until iPhone is moved away.3.) Wifi capability mixed with the Safari web browser and a dash of YouTube equals a rich web experience in the palm of your hand. Convenient for checking out Digital Punch on the go. Delicious. Well if you’d like to pick up an iPhone or iPhone accessories, you can got ShopLocal.com and type iPhone into the orange search box. We’re sure many of you hard-core gamers out there already know about Spore, a new game that’s been in development for several years. But it’s so cool, we could not pass up talking about it. What is Spore? The creator of the hugely popular Sims games is working on this ambitious video game in which you can truly be God. The game allows players to determine the evolution of a species, from an amoeba to an inter-stellar race. So check it out, you start as a single cell organism, you can create your own custom species and evolve from a being in the ocean, to land creature, then you start to create communities and villages. Eventually you learn technology, rule your home planet and then finally you can move into space and start creating life of your own.. walla… you’re a God. The PC game is due to be in stores by sometime in 2008. Stay tuned. There is no questioning the success of the Nintendo Wii; however with its growth in popularity there as also been an explosion of a medical condition commonly referred to as Wii Elbow or Wii-itis. Gamers all over the globe have complained of elbow pain or numbness as a result of excessive use of the Wii-mote. Wii elbow is no laughing matter and here at Digital Punch we want to help gamers deal with this tragic disorder. Be sure to check out the film.Well, that’ll do it for this episode of Digital Punch. Thanks to Peter Medlock, Doug Werder, Vince Portacci, Cene Ketchem and anyone else that helped with this episode. As always you can find us at digitalpunch.tv where we have a summary of each show and links of the products and stories we reviewed that week.Alright, that’ll do it. See ya next week, I’m punchin’ out.Thanks!-Digital Punch TVdel.icio.us | Digg | Furl | ma.gnolia 


Digital Punch vLog – Episode 15

February 21, 2007


Note: If you are having issues trying to watch this QuickTime video, try our flash-based playerDigital Punch – Episode_15 – Show Summary

Howdy folks. Sit back and relax because episode #15 of Digital Punch, the vlog that features breaking tech news, cool product reviews and a bunch of random fun along the way, is coming straight your way. Yee-Haw!

Up first is the coolest toy ever (Mom, I hope you are reading this). A mini R/C (radio controlled) helicopter is just what the doctor ordered. These babies are super affordable (about $50) and very easy to use, thanks to some new technology breakthroughs in recent years. Even a girl could pilot one I bet. I can’t wait to get one and fly it around the office.

Next on tap is an introduction to Sphere XP. Sphere is a freeware 3D project that allows Windows XP users to “upgrade” their desktop / user interface (UI) to something very similar to the GUI within Microsoft’s latest and greatest OS – Vista. Well, if you don’t have the funds to go out and upgrade to Vista just for a slick interface, you should definitely check out Sphere XP (download here).

Finally, we give you a glimpse of the coolest chair in all recorded history – the amazing folding and flexible chair that is made out of entirely paper. Yes way! This crazy invention is all the buzz right now on sites like Digg.com Not sure on how to get one or what the price is, but this would be perfect for my small condo when I have a party and there is no place to sit. Talk about genius.

And yes, user comments are back after an extended break. Our newest friend, Mr. French delivers the questions and feedback, but wait. He seems so familiar. I just can’t quite place him. Hum. I think more investigation is needed into this mystery.

Once again, we would love to hear from you, our most valued viewers. So please, stop reading this and start writing us an email. We are in real need of new story ideas to cover. Thanks!-Digital Punch TV

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Digital Punch vLog – Episode 14

February 13, 2007


Note: If you are having issues trying to watch this QuickTime video, try our flash-based playerDigital Punch – Episode_14 – Show Summary

Hello Boys and Girls, welcome to the 14th episode of Digital Punch, the vlog that features breaking tech news, cool product reviews and a bunch of random fun along the way.

This week, love is in the air here at Digital Punch. So we are going to devote an entire episode to Valentine’s Day and the dark and mysterious world of online dating. We thought the best way to investigate this growing way singles are going about the courtship process was to review the top online dating services (e.g., the sites listed below) out there as one resource to help you in your quest to find true love.

Or if we didn’t present you with enough options already, read more about the whole host of other online dating sites that are out there over at TechCrunch.com. Or if you are interested in learning the truth about online dating go check out this engaging article.

Finally we ask the big question. Does online dating really work? A new survey shows that Only 15 percent of Americans have used the internet to meet a potential romantic interest. 42 percent of those who’ve tried it met their spouse or life partner that way. Not bad odds.

Have you tried out the world of online dating? If so, write us an email and tell us about it. We’d love to hear from you, especially if you have a humorous or shocking experience to share. Thanks!-Digital Punch TVP.S. Check out our special web only Valentine’s Day video called The Working Cupid. Also make sure to sign up to be his friend at MySpace.

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Digital Punch vLog – Episode 12

January 25, 2007


Note: If you are having issues trying to watch this QuickTime video, try our flash-based playerDigital Punch – Episode_12 – Show Summary

Hello Boys and Girls, welcome to episode #12 of Digital Punch, the vlog that features breaking tech news, cool product reviews and a bunch of random fun along the way.

So you like playing ping pong (or as the true geek likes to point out, Table Tennis). Well, have we got the perfect thing for you. Enter Robo-Pong robot, an automated device that has ball capture and return capabilities. The best parallel of what a ping pong robot is and does can be found in the world of tennis. Perhaps you’ve seen a tennis ball machine that shoots balls at you from the other side of the net. A ping pong robot (or ping pong launcher, ping pong machine, etc) is similar, but actually does a lot more than a tennis ball machine. To learn more about this amazing robot or to watch some other product demo video visit the Robo-Pong website. So one of the fun parts of being part of the new media revolution where everyone is a content producer is that we can collaborate and share ideas, content and audiences with other cool shows out there on the WWW. Podcast Salad is just one of these great partners that we have – Thanks Katie (wink) and CleverMedia TV. This show is a video podcast about other video podcasts. It is definitely a great way to keep up-to-date of what new video podcasts are out there. It is really wonderful to have a show about other shows, as there is so much content out there, you really need a filter or guide to help you find the most interesting stuff out there.In other news, the Digital Punch team will be covering all things SuperBowl related in our next episode – #13 (stay tunned!). Since Benjamin is a die-hard Bears fan and Patrick is a born and breed Colts fan, we promise to do a fair and impartial job of covering the largest sporting event of the year. P.S. – Go Colts! Finally, we answer your comments & questions, as well as introduce you to our latest Digital Punch guest co-host, Mike Strama. Seriously, getting emails and comments from you all is the best part of the show – so keep them coming! Would you like to be our next guest co-host? Then send us an email with “Digital Punch Co-Host” in the subject line. We’ll take it from there.Thanks!-Digital Punch TV

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Digital Punch vLog – Episode 11

January 17, 2007


Note: If you are having issues trying to watch this QuickTime video, try our flash-based playerDigital Punch – Episode_11 – Show Summary:

Hello Boys and Girls, welcome to episode #11 of Digital Punch, the vlog that features breaking tech news, cool product reviews and a bunch of random fun along the way.

In this episode we dive into Apple’s announcement of the upcoming iPhone. This high powered phone does it all (including doubling as an expresso maker). Here are the specs: It features a 3.5-inch 480 x 320 touchscreen display, 2 megapixel cam, 4GB or 8 GB of storage, Bluetooth 2.0, WiFi, and quad-band GSM radio with EDGE. It also runs OS X with support for Widgets, Google Maps, and Safari, and iTunes. Sweet huh? To see the iPhone in action be sure to check out these two short videos . The first video is by Christopher DeSantis with design by Gregory DeSantis. The second video has Phil Schiller of Apple showing John Blackstone of CBS what this new breakthrough device is all about.MySpace and the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced this week that amateur video makers may submit their work to a MySpace Emmy page, where it can be entered for a “Broadband Emmy”. Find the details in this latest episode.

We bring you a very important breaking news story this week, as well as introduce you to our latest Digital Punch guest co-host, Jason Lord. Would you like to be our next guest co-host? Then send us an email with “Digital Punch Co-Host” in the subject line. We’ll take it from there.

Thanks!-Digital Punch TV

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P.S. As promised during episode #11, here is the list of all the equipment that we use here at Digital Punch TV and a rough estimated cost. In most cases, we bought bottom-of-the-line stuff so as to keep the overall costs down. Since this project is all about video on the web, you really don’t need super HD quality, as your videos get compressed down to very small sizes (we use QuickTime H.264 for all of our compression)

  1. Green Screen & Stand – $100
  2. Five Cheap High Wattage Tripod Lights (needed to do real-time chroma keying) – $200
  3. Wide Angle Clip-On Lens – $20
  4. Cheap Aluminum Tripod – $30
  5. Seinnheiser Shotgun Microphone W/ Phantom Power Adapter – $400
  6. Canon Elura DV Camcorder With FireWire Output – $550
  7. Apple G5 Workstation W/ 19” LCD Monitor – $(We already had this stuff laying around)
  8. VideoCue Pro Teleprompter & Video Capture Software – $90
  9. iMovie Editing Software (part of iLife) – $79
  10. QuickTime Pro – $30
  11. Pair of red boxing gloves (that’s the most important part) – $Priceless

Digital Punch Featured On Podcast Salad

January 13, 2007

Podcast Salad - The Video Podcast About Video Podcasts

This week Digital Punch was featured on the rad video podcast “Podcast Salad” (thanks Katie!). Check it out: Salad episode 34

Podcast Salad is a video podcast about video podcasting. Subscribe to the show find out what’s new each week. Then check out the directory of more than 1,000 video feeds and 10,000 episodes. Search to find the content you want. While you are there, also be sure to check out the other shows that CleverMedia TV has in its current lineup


Digital Punch vLog – Episode 10

January 9, 2007


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Hello Boys and Girls, ready for the wackiest episode of Digital Punch ever? Well, in episode #10 (yes, we are now in double digits!) of Digital Punch TV, the vlog that features breaking tech news, cool product reviews and random fun, we bring you the top 10 crazy USB devices. You won’t believe the things you can plug into your computer.

  1. USB Mini Desktop Aquarium
  2. USB Mug Warmer
  3. USB Butt (chair) Cooler
  4. USB Hamster Wheel
  5. USB Flower Pot Speaker
  6. USB Heated Slippers
  7. USB Heated Gloves
  8. USB Thumb Drive (literally)
  9. USB Fundue
  10. USB Duck-Shaped Vacuum Cleaner

We also visit Meebo.com, the online instant message service (Thanks Nikko @ ChefTalk.com for suggesting the story). With Meebo you can instant message using your buddy list from anywhere. No installs, no software needed, and it’s free!

Are you ready for 3 stupid jokes? I hope so. They are stupid, but I bet they’ll make you laugh. If not, leave us your stupid joke in the comments section below.

Last week we asked our viewers (you!) to send us their New Years resolutions, so in this episode we read the best of the best. Do you have a New Years resolution? Have your already broken one? Leave a comment and let us know.

And finally, we introduced our first Digital Punch guest co-host. Her name is Annalise Nelson-Balock and she is from Lyons, IL. Also to make good on a promise made during the episode, make sure you check out the band Beard (Annalise did a shout-out during the show). Would you like to be our next guest co-host? Then send us an email with “Digital Punch Co-Host” in the subject line. We’ll take it from there.

Thanks!-Digital Punch TV

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