For me, the hit of CES 2015 and the most significant announcement this year was the collaboration between Misfit and Swarovski to produce a "collection" of wearable tracker jewellery accessories that enable a Swarovski brand fan to wear the tracker device in all aspects of their daily routine, yet never look out of place or the least bit geeky. 
A lilac-colored crystal version to be released later in the year will have a multifaceted crystal face that harnesses the sun's energy, feeds it into embedded solar panels, and powers the device. Swarovski says you can charge with almost any light source, and only 15 minutes will ensure that the device never needs recharging. 
All very impressive technologically, but most women will buy the Shine because it’s a beautiful Swarovski crystal (with hidden functionality). 
They will then buy the practical workout band plus other pieces of jewellery that can house the Shine crystal for daily leisure activities, work routine or for evenings out. 
BTW, the jewellery looks good and some can be worn without the Swarovski Shine in them as well. See their promotional video here.
Noticeably different than most videos produced describing fitness trackers!
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And valuable data for medical diagnosis as well. All from the convenience of your bathroom.

Compare that to what your doctor has to go through to get the same or even a subset of these results.

 

The Scanadu Scanaflo™ will test for levels of glucose, protein, leukocytes, nitrites, blood, bilirubin, urobilinogen, microalbumin, creatinine, ketone, specific gravity, and pH in urine.

 

Scanaflo™ is a urine test kit that will empower people to monitor their health at home. It is designed to give early information about liver, kidneys, urinary tract, or metabolism.

Simply expose the 'paddle' to urine sample, wait a minute for sensors to change colour, photograph results and iPhone App completes and records the results!

This information could be particularly effective for pregnant women, seniors, diabetics, and people who have just started taking medications. A smartphone app guides you through the test procedure, automatically processes the test results, stores them, and explains them.

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Scanadu Update - Scout ready to ship.
 

Scanadu first introduced this and it Caught My Eye last year at CES, but got to use one this year.

 

As if it is reading your mind, the Scanadu Scout™ provides valuable data about your body. All that information just by placing it on your forehead. Takes about 10 seconds. Imagine all the possibilities.

Holding the Scout between thumb and forefinger, touch the sensor edge to your temple and it measures your temperature, heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen levels. This takes about 10 seconds!

Innovation from Scanadu ready to ship for users in clinical trial - me included, so more on this as it progresses.

Oh, yes and a new product, Scanaflo urinalysis unit also Caught My Eye (separate entry)

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Monday, 05 January 2015 19:18

ZEPP - Track Analyze, Compare, Improve

With one simple sensor, and the more notably, analysis and advice that goes with it in the App.

 

Golf, tennis, baseball and softball players can now receive professional help with their swings and strokes by adding this to their kitbag. Another example of grabbing and packaging existing technology and experts creating Apps and expert systems and offer up their expertise to be available to consumers anytime, anywhere.

 

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Roost have developed a smoke alarm reporting system in a 9 volt battery profile so it fits in and works in any smoke alarm. Another example of being able to use existing components and technology to bring the huge installed base into the IoT. Spoke to Roost's CMO David Henry at CES Unwired.

Looks just like a 9 volt battery and has two smaller Lithium batteries inside so maintains the 5+ year power supply, but also has WiFi, a processor and software, an audio detector tuned into alarm sound and no matter where you are, notifies to your smartphone when alarm has sounded or if the battery needs replacing. RRP $35. Availability May this year. Innovative and I want a couple, but not sure about the price point versus 9V battery...

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Monday, 05 January 2015 14:22

Wearables, IoT and IoMe!

Observations from first night at CES. Attended CES Unveilled.
So much IoT and I of Me stuff here, it's unbelievable to see how the enabling technologies (chips and standards) are being combined with user and sector expertise to produce everything from networked tape measures to pool thermometers. Oh yes, and we have moved from plants that tell you when they need water (via Twitter) to plants that water themselves! Lots of fashion and jewellery stuff as the technology becomes small enough to be inside just about anything with all the heavy lifting, analysis and connectivity happening in the mobile phone or on the Net via WiFi.
The meek and the sleek are about to inherit the earth (from the geek)!
My first impressions were not wrong. This turned to be a very interesting and enlightening week!
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This was one of the interesting discoveries that caught my eye at the JETCO Japan Pavilion. A Google Glass-like wearable display which could be carried like a pen in the pocket, and then "transformed" into a one-eye display with camera, battery and software on board. On the table was a working Vuzix M100 I suppose to show how the concept model could be used in various applications.

i found the concept interesting for someone who would use Smart Glasses off and on in the course of the day in their profession. Sort of like taking out your glasses to get a clearer, close up look at a situation, but in this case with image capture, remote assistance and relevant information on tap.

A nice concept, but not sure of the useability aspects. 

I say, let's just move on quickly to the next phase - normal looking glasses with lenses that augment your vision with relevant info, and do a bit of life blogging and sharing at the same time!

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There was an impressive demo at the Fujitsu booth showing how a maintenance engineer could observe and adjust flow rates in pipe and valves and make sure they were operating properly and even make adjustments to controls. Smart Glasses from Vuzix were coupled to a "smart gesture" glove to put the engineer in control of a number of complex operations.

it was quite an impressive demo from the Augmented Reality perspective, but I'm hoping that the technologically impressive, but somewhat cumbersome "glove" will be replaced with hand gestures and voice command recognition in the near future.

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DoCoMo had a very effective demo of face recognition at their booth. They were showing how headworn Smart Glasses with both camera and display on board can see, analyse and then display to the user info about the person being looked at. Leads to all kind of questions about privacy, etc. But the state of the technology is well demonstrated by this demo. 

It illustrated well the art of the possible in terms of image recognition and the resulting display of relevant information which has many applications and in professional and industrial terms, would be quite empowering especially in situations where the user needs access to info about what he is looking at and needs to operate in a handsfree mode.

The demo was shown using Google Glass which is still in developer only mode ("Explorers") and commercially available Vuzix M100 which is already being deployed in several industrial applications.

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Smart Glasses have graduated from the geeky gadgets phase to business enhancing use cases. The top three Smart Glasses in terms of commercial availability were present on many booths at MWC being used to show off real money making or saving applications.

What caught my eye was the showing of workplace enhancing applications by many of the large corporations using Smart Glasses in real industrial and professional applications. Smart Glasses from the three Smart Glasses leaders, Google, Vuzix and Epson were on show demoing specific industrial applications such as warhousing operations, field repair, flow control, face recognition, security, and others. Often these were shown interchangeably with a single application being shown most often on Google Glass and Vuzix M100.

Vuzix devices were shown exclusively on the Fujitsu, BarcodEye and Brilliant Services booths.

SAP and DoCoMo were showing Applications on Google Glass and Vuzix M100 all three were used with various Augmented Reality applications on the Wikitude and Metaio booths.

quite an advancement from last year where only prototype devices were on show.

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