The World’s Biggest Tech Show Is Next Week — and ”Lying On The Beach” Has Your Inside Pass


CES 2020 has 4500 Exhibitors and 15 miles of Aisles.


Steve Greenberg, Co-host of “Lying on the Beach,” has walked 24,000 steps each of the four days of CES. He wants to make sure he doesn’t miss any innovative products that he may want to introduce to TV audiences around the United States.


Lois Whitman-Hess, his podcast partner, has been attending CES since it first started 53 years ago. She spends her days in meetings discussing innovative marketing strategies with clients. In this episode, Steve and Lois are going to give you their take on what to expect at CES 2020.


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If you love fashion and innovation, don’t miss this documentary on Amazon. See how the world was built before the Internet.


DIANA VREELAND: THE EYE HAS TO TRAVEL is an intimate portrait and a vibrant celebration of one of the most influential women of the 20th century, an enduring icon whose influence changed the face of fashion, beauty, art, publishing and culture itself forever.

Along the way, the story of Vreeland illustrates the evolution of women into roles of power and prominence throughout the 20th century, and travels through some of the century’s greatest historical and cultural eras, including Paris’ Belle Epoque, New York in the roaring twenties, and London in the swinging sixties. It also spans such historical events as the great wars, the flights of Lindbergh, the romance of Wallis and Windsor, the Kennedy inauguration, and the freewheeling spirit of the 1960′s youthquake, and the advent of countless fashion revolutions from the bikini to the blue jean.

The Senior Balancing Act

I am not sure why, but so many of my friends have tripped and fallen down this year. I used to think I was the only one. If there was an uneven crack in a sidewalk, my shoe managed to find it, and I would go flying. I really started to get concerned when I found out that many seniors, who I know, fell down too.

That’s why I’m interested to find out more about the Elitac BalanceBelt, a belt for people with severe balance disorders. Elitac is a Dutch company that will be debuting this new invention at CES from the 7th – 10th of January 2020.

The company’s press release said, “The Elitac BalanceBelt helps people with severe balance disorders, such as Bilateral Vestibular Loss, to eliminate the need for help from a person, walking stick or wheelchair. The belt enables the patient the ability to walk again. It gives off vibration signals to the user about the body position. The wearer of the belt intuitively reacts to the haptic feedback of the body position.

“By helping patients to keep more control over their balance, the belt improves their daily lives, provides instant relief and confidence whilst strengthening their physical fitness, and increases their overall quality of life.

“The BalanceBelt continuously measures the direction the user is leaning. The belt is activated by the press of a button, making it extremely easy to use. It is worn around the waist and includes small vibration motors that release a vibrating alert if the patient’s body is at risk of being thrown off balance.”

Is it possible that as we get older, we truly become clumsy? Clumsy may be a harsh word, but it certainly reminds many of us to be aware of our posture and to learn better balance control. I will let you know what I think of the BalanceBelt after I experiment with it in Las Vegas next month.

Luminosa, A Festival Of Lights

A group of us (Eliot, Marcia and Richie, Howard and Ruth, Howard and Rene, Steve and Robert) went to Jungle Island tonight to see the holiday light show. It was a transformation and celebration of the culture in the Magic City.

Instead of a movie and Chinese food on Christmas Eve, we all decided to do something different. The evening turned out to be truly unique. See the photos taken by Eliot Hess.

GoFundMe Explained

Several times this year friends on Facebook reached out to me to contribute to a good cause on GoFundMe, a crowdsourcing website.

Wikipedia explains GoFundMe as “an American for-profit crowdfunding platform that allows people to raise money for life events such as celebrations to accidents or illnesses.”

More than 50 million donors have contributed $5 billion from 2010 to 2017. Very impressive.

GoFundMe is free. The company is based in Redwood City, California, with offices in San Diego and Dublin, and with operations in France, Spain, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom.

Tech writer and broadcaster, David Pogue, did a feature about GoFundMe on CBS Sunday Morning. I urge you to watch the segment to learn more about the online fundraiser. Pogue examines the “good and bad” of this site. The more you know, the more you will be able to take advantage of this opportunity.


GoFundMe, Inc.

Created by

Brad Damphousse

Andrew Ballester


Isn’t It Romantic?

If you are a romantic, don’t miss this episode of the “Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” He details how he met his wife. It’s one of a kind and you will remember it forever. Why am I writing about it in DigiDame? I thought you would just love the story. It’s as simple as that.

Look what I found. Andy Warhol was the one who introduced a banana to the art world. I had this greeting card stored away for a few years. I recently discovered it again, and wanted to share it with you.

CES Promises Lots Of Surprises

It’s that time of year again when innovative companies try to lure investors and/or customers into their booths at CES in Las Vegas. CES takes place the second week of January.

I managed to get an editorial pass so I can see the press releases and letters manufacturers are using to pitch their wares. It’s been a lot of fun.

Here’s something a little different.

Dear Lois,

We’ve created a wireless portable brain scanner called NIRSIT that allows you to see how your brain is functioning from the comfort of your home.


Why do we need this? The portability is groundbreaking and will contribute to humankind by advancing brain research and accumulating brain data like never before.

Instead of going to a medical lab, now you can monitor a concussion, stroke, or PTSD on the fly. You can also explore other psychological processes like learning, memory, addiction, depression and anxiety.

We’ve even developed a brain imaging system for kids called NIRSIT LITE to help in brain development.

Do you have time to drop by our booth to give our brain imaging systems a try?

We’ll be at CES: Eureka Park, Sands, Hall G – Booth# 52443

I will check out the NIRSIT wireless portable brain scanner at CES and will report back to you. This sounds mighty interesting.

The Business of Broadway — Jamie deRoy

“Lying on the Beach” podcast by Steve Greenberg and Lois Whitman-Hess

Jamie deRoy is the queen of SHOW BIZ— first as an entertainer then as a Broadway and off-Broadway producer.


Jamie has appeared onstage with Joan Rivers and Norm Crosby, and has headlined at many of New York’s major clubs. She has 9 CDs.

She’s a 7 time Tony Award winning Broadway producer, her credits include:

The Ferryman, Angels in America, The Band’s Visit, The Play That Goes Wrong, 1984, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Fiddler On The Roof, The Heidi Chronicles, Catch Me If You Can, The Addams Family, Blithe Spirit, The Miracle Worker, The Seagull, and many, many more.

Off-Broadway, the list is even longer — Comedies, Dramas, Musicals.

“Lying on the Beach,” co-hosted by Steve Greenberg and Lois Whitman-Hess, is so lucky to have captured Jamie’s words of wisdom about Broadway. The information here is invaluable. 

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Videos To Remember

I just wanted to share this amazing presentation featuring “The 5 Browns,” sibling pianists — Deondra, Desirae, Gregory, Melody and Ryan — who are also five Julliard-trained pianists. I don’t know them, but a long-time friend of mine, Leslie Mark Alter, posted this on Facebook. The first thing I thought of when I watch the video was “DigiDame.” I must let others see this performance, a five-piano version of Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride.” The song is featured in the latest release on the Steinway & Sons label, “Christmas With The 5 Browns.”

My Girlfriend’s Dog Meets A Duck

Another friend of mine, Jodi Van Hoeck, was walking her dog the other day when they met up with a duck on a boardwalk in South Beach, Miami. I would have moved my dog in the opposite direction, but for some reason she didn’t. The following is a moment in time that is most unusual.

Eliot And Rabbi Zev Katz

I may have posted this video before, but I wanted to show it again because we often see Rabbi Zev Katz of Chabad House in Miami Beach and Chabad House on Wheels. He is very active in the community and is a friend to all.