CES 2014

The Consumer Electronics Show 2014
CES is a mind blowing collection of everything from ordinary everyday things to incredibly awesome objects, but also from the sublime to the ridiculous.
Although many others will report on what the industries are putting forward to entice consumers, my approach is more from the consumer's perspective and looking for things that are valuable and improve the user experience. Also obviously looking for technologies, products, services or ecosystems that let the consumer drive change a bit (or radically!) by just intuitively seeing the value and changing the way they do things a bit. I am especially interested in bringing to the surface anything that has the potential to produce technology enabled, consumer driven change.
At CES this year I was specifically researching the emerging areas of Personal Mobility - APPcessories, Wearable Technology, Smart (AR) Glasses, mHealth/Fitness, Augmented Reality, Personal Cloud, 3D printing and the consumer mobility end of Infotainment and Transmedia propositions. So my mission was simply to find innovative stuff and update myself on the art of the possible in these sectors and possibly discover some new emerging market sectors of interest. I also attended two Press only evening events, Showstoppers and Pepcom (Digital Experiences) on the 6th and 7th. There are always a lot of Innovative companies showing at these!

AURA Strap for Apple Watch - an accessory for an accessory for an iPhone! This clever watchstrap improves some of the Apple Watch's health/fitness tracking features and adds some sensing in the strap and analysis in their App and adds to the Watches capabilities to keep on top of performance and wellness when doing sports, on a diet or just want to stay fit and be healthy. The new strap and companion app (for Apple Watch and iPhone) help users to measure their body composition (fat/muscles percentage) and hydration levels to track fitness/diet progress and get more personalized insights to improve their lifestyle. Bioimpedance is the core technology which expands the Apple Watch health tracking capabilities. Analyzing the upper body, it can track lungs and breathing changes, compare them with pulse data and even assess risks of heart failure and notify the user, his doctor, or emergency contact about it. AURA Strap cleverly transfers results to the Watch via ultrasound, which is much more energy-efficient than BLE. Oh, and it's quite a nice looking band as well. Noone will know what you are up to unless you tell them!
POW Audio’s Una™ is quite unique. Patented WaveBloom™ technology - it's expandable to produce a large sound chamber for Bass response. It's Water resistant, so when expanded it becomes a floatable speaker for the pool!  WaveBloom allows POW Audio speakers to contract for unique ultra-portability and expand to produce demonstrably robust bass resonance, huge volume and premium overall sound quality.Roughly the size of a small dinner plate when collapsed, Una expands to rival many bigger, bulkier speakers—and its innovative design doesn’t end with its full, crystalline sound. Una is splash-proof and comes equipped with a detachable Lily Float that provides buoyancy stabilization on water. Una features Bluetooth connectivity, 14 hours of playtime and can be synced with another Una or Una X for true L/R stereo immersion. Clever design. Well done POW Audio!
Nepox Virtual fitting room The virtual fitting room is the virtual space where users can access their cloud stored 3D models. Catalogues of clothing and apparel are loaded from real 3D fashion brands millimetric data sets from 3D design compatible software such as Marvelous.Rendering of real fashion items will help customers see exactly how clothing would fit them, brining traditional dressing rooms into the private and comfort of the consumer’s home. With advanced virtual reality physics rendering, and pretrained algorithms computing cloth simulation, a garment’s precise qualities will be transferred from cloud services into the virtual fitting room. Outfits and looks are also transferable as video or vector depending on the device capability, also making them shareable with social media accounts.Optional features will include virtual fitting room customisation, allowing it to be furnished and decorated by the customer to show them a model of themselves in a situation fitting a reality they wish to view.
Another one of the gems that caught my eye at the UK Pavilion at CES2020 Moasure’s patented technology uses motion sensors to measure and draw simultaneously to measure property and outdoor spaces.Moasure ONE, is a motion-based measuring tool. Leveraging the latest accelerometers, gyros combined with a proprietary algorithm, Moasure ONE can measure in ways no other measuring tools can. Moasure ONE measures its own movement in three dimensions, allowing you to measure in innovative new ways from measuring the area of irregular space, through to calculating the radius of an arc. Capability that caught my eye? Measuring irregular property and outdoor spaces.
One of the gems that caught my eye of the companies at the UK Pavilion at CES2020.  AircardsAR are web-based Augmented Reality campaigns which work on any smartphone producing consumer engagement in physical environs. Effectively a new digital channel and engagement where one previously didn’t exist.  Clever visual animations, 2D/3D video and special effects are deployed within the AR experience, driving consumer interaction. Not just AR content, but they manage all development, technical coordination, and cloud-based infrastructure deployment. AirCardsAR clients receive access to an in-depth analytics dashboard to track performance, including metrics such as views, click- throughs, bounce rate and dwell time. These are web-based Augmented Reality campaigns which work on any smartphone, meaning no app download is required. Simply scan, tap and be blown away. As I have put forth many times before, AR is about content and applications that Augment Reality in a consumer valuable and friendly way. Aircards has produced an easy to use and valuable experience.
WOWCube is an awesome Rubik’s cube inspired gadget with interactive screens on all the cubes. Althought packed with a portfolio of games and applications, it is an open software platform, so sky's the limit on use cases and creative and fun things come next.Use cases are limitless like smart gaming, education, smart home, IoT, visual interface for voice assistants, etc. At least that's their forecast. Potentially it’s a Smart and Educational toy which can produce experiences you can play in a way you never played before, acting in both physical and virtual realities by twisting, shaking and tilting. 3D tactile play! 
I have seen a number of stand alone, smartphone app and accessories over the past few years appearing on the scene. None of them have seemed to make it to critical mass in the consumer space. I'm not sure what the best form factor is, but if in fact the quality of the translation is not right on the money, that will be the stumbling block. This area was often inaccurate, at times humerous and sometimes created misunderstandings. Since this has improved greatly in the last year, the products now have a chance. I came upon this product as I was Judging entries for the Last Gadget Standing Event at CES 2020. The judges selected the Ambassador Interpreter as a finallist. It appears that it is a high quality translation tool for professionals and consumer travelers of all backgrounds. From training to travel, groups to solo, the wearable Ambassador allows you to have smooth conversations free from the constraints of language barriers. A frequent traveller's dream. Its wearable over-the-ear design makes it versatile for natural and professional-grade live translations. Three main application areas are: To Listen - As an interpreter, Ambassador actively listens for someone speaking near you and translates their speech…
pix:mini:  A Smart Backpack for kids! Cool, creative, games, sharing and safety aspects.  It's a gadget, yes, but a fun toy and a customizable school backpack with LED screen and room inside for carrying all necessities. Used with Smartphone App and lets you design animations, display messages and cartoon characters, stay safe on the road and play games right on the backpack. The integrated in-app image editor allows you to create animations and display them on the screen of the backpack.  Kids can also share their creations with their friends. The glowing animation on the back is clearly visible on the road plus the geolocation feature will allow parents to see their kids on the map. A bit of fun with technology that lets kids shine!
Another Last Gadget Standing award winning finalist! I'm always looking for the value of consumer technology! This one caught my eye because I have a need for this in my home!  The Phyn Smart Water Assistant Uses AI to make leak detection and water savings simple. Coupled to a Smartphone App clearly shows how much water each and every fixture in a home uses, enabling tracking of water consumption, identify areas of excess use, and take action to conserve and save money. Can be installed with no plumber required, the DIY device is easily installed under a sink and provides water monitoring for the entire home, alerting homeowners within seconds of a leak being detected.The key is AI  and ML software coupled to pressure sensing technology and the intelligent analysis and reporting (via smartphone)You can track and view your water use daily and monthly to get ahead of your water costs. Using pressure sensing technology Phyn learns your system and communicates your water usage down to each fixture, and even sees leaks and ice crystals forming in your pipes well before they even have a chance to freeze over and burst, giving you time to time to take action and avoid damage. With…
I am always on the lookout for things that already have an accepted place on your person (e.g. wrist, ears, shoes, glasses) or in your home (e.g. bathroom scale, kitchen counters, doorbell, etc) and also possibly in your car, workspace, etc. Especially if they look about the same, but take on additional functionality by having sensors, being connected, and applying additional software (e.g. AI and ML).  This falls into the "Personal Real Estate" category of mine, and so it caught my eye. It's a Google-enabled Smart Mirror with many features (too many?) that have potential to enhance your daily routine. Also makes it easy to get ready and stay connected with friends and family. Typically for the bathroom, can also be put in hallways, entryways or bedrooms simply by hanging it up like a traditional mirror or put it on a vanity or tabletop surface. In my opinion the bathroom is a good place (no camera please!) as it is typical to linger there - good time to catch up on news, weather, traffic, etc. Capstone's Google-Enabled Smart Mirror blends traditional functionality with smart capabilities and if done right, potentially bridges the gap between technology and everyday life. Basically it in addition…
Drones have been a big feature at CES for the past few years. With whole sections indoors and out showing the latest, large and small.  What Caught My Eye this year was the sophistication that has appeared in even the smallest of pocketable drones. I have had a few of these over the years, but they were very basic, difficult to fly and not that good photographically. Well that has started to change! Basically, when I thought it through, I realised that all the key components - radio, cameras, motors, materials, etc. have all gone in the right direction in terms of size, weight and cost and most of the heavy lifting in terms of control and computing has moved into the Smartphone. So the real key to amazing small drones with lots of valuable and well thought through, consumer oriented features has been software. Both developed for specific functionality and AI based capabilities such as image/object/face recognition, location and conditions sensing, etc. Well,  I am sure there were others, but here are three that especially stood out with a brief description and links for more info. PowerVision Hatching New All-In-One PowerEgg X Autonomous Personal AI Camera   A New Product…
I have been following BeBop Sensors “smart fabric” technology for a few years now and hoped that this particular sector of their development efforts would be the one that in the end would catch my eye as an important touch and haptics element of AR and VR applications. They appear to have been working non-stop on their enterprise-friendly haptic technology! Simulating the sensation of touch while in a virtual space is not a simple task, therefore many of the other available solutions are rather cumbersome. Their haptics producing wearable allow users to “feel” virtual objects while immersed in a VR experience and is simply a glove (less than a glove, actually :-)   The important additiion to the functionality is that the latest iteration of its one-size-fits-all Forte Data Glove can now be combined with the Oculus Quest controllers, integrating BeBop’s hand tracking technology with the Quest’s 3D tracking for real life VR experiences. Together, these two tech systems, along with BeBop Sensors SDK, enable users to experience force, location, size, weight, bending, twisting, and various other senses of touch. BeBop Sensors software can now actually be integrated into the Oculus controllers’ 3D tracking functionality, so available to third party developers can now…
CyclePath: Another Last Gadget Standing entry that caught my eye.  An all New Exercise Platform with connected App and Gaming Features.  This Hybrid technology that has both health benefits and game playing thrills and engagement, will make a new and fresh category in the home game console and exercise categories, crossing over into a new path showing children (and adults) how to combine both benefits. Promotes blood circulation through light to medium exercise. Help children become physically more active!   Somewhat portable, so can be used at home, work, backseat of car, etc. CyclePath uses Bluetooth technology to link your smartphone to the bike pedeling unit. The information and statistics are then synced to the included fitness band. It requires no outside power, emits no gases or radiation and has no age limit. Since you generate energy while pedaling, you can also charge your phone or any other device through an on-board USB port connection.  Creates a healthier environment and homelife. Gives parents better tools to get kids to play on their smartphones while doing exercise at the same time, wherever they may be. Intuitive and infectious, easy as riding a bike and watching where you are going on your phone or tablet…
A previous product from LORA DICARLO’S OSÉ was given a CES Innovation Award at CES 2019, then they rescinded their Innovations award in engineering, seemingly considering it inappropriate. Due to popular outcry, they later reinstated, and also gave their new product a CES Innovation Award this year as well. This is a genuine 'pleasure enhancing' innovation in the AI driven Healthcare and Wellness category in my opinion so it deserves a mention here. I will leave it to Lora DiCarlo to describe why and how...
As I have said many times in the past - AR is not just about AR glasses, it's about Content and Applications! Well, Anomaly Productions presented its line of innovative Augmented Reality books at CES2020 and their content is creative and engaging, interactive and experiential! Children’s books that become sweeping worlds of scifi-fantasy, they have evolved publishing into new factual and fantasy dimensions, augmenting the pages into the narrative to create a powerful new form of storytelling. Armed with the book and a smartphone or tablet, download the free apps, point, and never look at books the same way again.  Anomaly Productions is a new kind of media company that combines stunning artwork and rich stories to build deeply immersive worlds than can be experienced across multiple platforms and in a multitude of ways and in full 3D. Simply open the book, launch the app and point the camera at the pages and watch the magic unfold. Interact with and walk around the scenes. Through AR technology they produce a seamless experience between the screen and the printed page. AR technology creates models from content that take a brand new experience to readers of any age to the next level. With…
Smart glasses currently have several problems, one of which is being small enough to look "normal" when worn by consumers. Another problem is related to power – the battery is barely enough for several hours of operation. Bosch seems to be making an attempt (along with many others :-) to solve these problems and offer smart glasses components for a wide range of types of users. It has developed a new approach to the production of augmented reality displays. The technology, called Light Drive, will turn any glasses into “smart” ones, practically without burdening them (they say).  Their claims - The system is 30% flatter than existing solutions and the smallest system of its kind on the market. It weighs less than 10 grams. A MEMS-based bundled light scanner inside the Light Drive System scans a holographic element (HOE) that is integrated into the lenses of the glasses. As with solutions of all tupes of consumer AR glasses, the technology enables the user a hands-free, secure viewing of virtually all information from a connected mobile device. Technology-wise, it reflects light from a holographic element directly into the retina, projecting alerts, calls, wake-up calls, appointment reminders and short message services or…
A good example of how innovative thinking can produce something from thin air! Samsung’s "SelfieType" will use artificial intelligence combined with the mobile’s camera for image recognition, and we can use it on any flat surface, such as a table, the plane’s seat tray or the kitchen countertop, among many other options.  Not for "hunt and peck" typists like me, but for touch typists only me thinks.  As long as they can become 'touch-less' typists. This is a great example of how the combinations of ingredients in a smartphone can be used in new ways to virtually do new things. That's what caught my eye.  As the name implies, this is a technology that uses your phone's selfie camera to essentially act as an invisible keyboard by analyzing your finger movements. Using the front (selfie) camera of the device and artificial intelligence, it analyzes the finger movements and converts them into QWERTY keyboard inputs. Currently, Samsung SelfieType is in the development and testing phase in the company’s C-Lab. As clever and technologically elegant as it seems, even if it works, it probably doesn’t completely replace the need for a physical keyboard or even a touchscreen keyboard. But it sure will get…
MedWand™ - Last Gadget Standing award winning finalist. MedWand™ enables the potential of home care aspects of telemedicine - contains a powerful Camera System, Pulse Oximeter, IR thermometer, Stethoscope and ECG all in a single 4 ounce enclosure. Here's what caught my eye. MedWand houses multiple diagnostic tools in a single, easy-to-use handheld device. With a MedWand on the patient’s side, clinicians can conduct remote office visits, and through the real-time collection of multiple vital sign readings and key patient assessments, detect and follow numerous medical conditions from across town, or around the world.  It can be used in several different modes. In addition to the real time remote exams, it can be used by Home Health Care, EMS, Hospice and Palliative care workers, as well as assisted living home monitoring environments. Medwand can also be used as a store & forward device. Medwand will improve outcomes, reduce hospital readmissions, facilitate proper and correct treatment modalities, and also save lives.
flic2 - Last Gadget Standing award winning finalist at CES2020. Pushing a tactile button is the most satisfying and straightforward way to initiate an action. Flic 2 buttons are innovative finger-tip-sized wireless buttons that can be stuck into place in your house, your car, at work on your desk, etc. Control Smart Home, apps, and online services with the ease and pleasure of pushing a button.A set of buttons comes with a very small home Hub (Long range and which BTW has IFTTT and other apps incorporated) but your phone can also act as a hub so wherever you go you can have switches with you that do things e.g. in your car, at work, etc. Flic 2 can talk to and initiate actions on smartphones, tablets, or computers directly, so any app or business system can add physical smart buttons to their services in offices, and even public spaces. The Hub itself can support over 60 simultaneous, individually configured buttons in a large house and it supports Apple HomeKit. I found it very simple to assign functionality to flic 2 buttons in the app, that anyone can do it in seconds. attach a speaker to the hub and it can act…
Last Gadget Standing award winning finalist, Octobo is a multimedia platform integrated into a plush toy - an Octopus - with sensors all over it, combined with games, content, apps and story books plus interactive pieces to show and give to Octobo. Sliding a touch screen tablet with apps running on it into a slot in the top functions as the eye, ears, mouth and brain of Octobo. Octobo is soft, cuddly and made to be hugged and played with. Unique soft sensors allow Octobo to come to life and react and guide immersive play.  It is a socio-emotional literacy tool with features that make it accessible for children of varying ages.  Changing the definition of screen time, Thinker-Tinker combine the physical and digital world by incorporating a touch screen tablet into their plush toy making it interactive, responsive and fun to be with. Octobo is a friend, rather than just a screen. I see Octobo as a new category of digital toys. In producing this unique product, Thinker-Tinker’s skills now have potential to produce a portfolio of creative, dynamic smart products.  I found it to be a very exciting product initially for the kids’ segment - infectious game playing…
Firstly, their Smart Swim product is an addition to swimming goggles which now hits the consumer market with proper functional Augmented Reality benefits. Basically, Smart Swim is a heads-up display for swimmers that provides in-depth workout status and information in real-time, as well as the capability to stream video content during swimming workouts providing performance info, inspiration and entertainment for athletes during training.The creation of newly formed Vuzix Labs division, Smart Swim takes swimming workouts to the next level in terms of interval training capabilities.  Smart Swim not only provides swimming workout status, including elapsed time, yardage and laps and a coach to swimmer connection, but it also allows the swimmer to download and preview workouts, record their workouts and even stream video from the Smart Swim video player, all while in the pool or open waters. The Smart Swim easily fits over virtually any swim goggles, so the swimmer can stay with their existing favorite pair. Smart Swim includes an Android computer, a vibrant full color display, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, head tracker, GPS, compass, internal battery, USB and much more.  Continuing their commitment to providing smart glasses solutions to the industrial industries, Vuzix also introduced their M4000 AR display which builds…
Withings, pioneer of the digital health movement and connected analogue watches, unveiled its ScanWatch, a clinically validated hybrid smartwatch to detect both risk of arrhythmia (AFib) and sleep apnea – all from the wrist. Helping users and their physicians monitor overall health with a smartwatch that identifies highly prevalent cardiovascular and sleep issues early.Worn throughout the day and night, ScanWatch can provide an early warning system, collecting and sharing critical health data.  Although not a new capability in a smart watch/smartphone combination, it does increase the availability of AFib watches to most consumers from the top MHealth brands.  The real groundbreaker in this area was AliveCor who later merged with and incorporated the capability into OMRON’s watches. The latest version of Apple Watch now includes the capability as well. This all bodes well for the wellness/preemptive healthcare area for consumers. Giving early warning of conditions and acquiring important ECG data for personal early warning/physician diagnosis plus a database for further analysis across consumer sectors.  Through continuous monitoring of heart rate and detection of irregular heartbeat,the user can then take an ECG reading and in just 30 seconds get a more in depth analysis and storing of both data and initial…
Between these three you can figure out what to plant, when and where to plant it and how to keep it watered and healthy. Varying amounts of expertise has been applied in each case plus some sensor tech, AI, AR and companion smartphone apps. Lots of Garden Tech that caught my eye in this category, but here’s three that deal with getting the most from your garden.   Connected Garden uses a device you stick in the ground and leave for 24 hours and through the connected app, it then tells you what will grow best. Clever sensors, a bit of GPS, AI and even an AR aspect that can show you what the plants will look like in your garden space.       Orbit b-hyve then takes over and does some “smart watering” for you - Keeps the soil just right for the plants you have.       SeedSheet tailors your plantings to your palette. providing selections of plants that when ready and ripe are all you need to prepare your favourite recipes.       I expect to see more and more innovations in this area next year, so will be looking out for it.   Select "Read More" for the weblinks  
Moasure - Another mobile phone accessory that caught my eye on the UK Pavilion! Motion Measuring is the simplest and most natural way to measure.  It puts in your hands one tool that can measure any distance, height, width, level, angle or incline. All you need to do is move and tap.  You can use a smartphone or one of our more specialist Moasure tools, the principle is the same, tap to begin measuring and touch down and hold to finish and let Moasure do the rest.  It is that simple, you no longer need a box of tools, one measure, lots of easy measurements. And a small tool at that, Moasure will fit into the tightest spaces and works just as easily in the dark as in very bright light.  As you touch down from one point to another Moasureplots each position and calculates all the relevant measurements at the same time.  So, if you take a straight-line measurement from one wall to another, Moasurewill calculate the A to B measurement, but it will also be able to calculate the difference in height, level or angle between the two points.
Another Gem that caught my eye at the UK Pavilion at CES! Don’t get caught short on a long day. Carry one or use the App to find the closest place to buy one. When used, drop it in a Post box as is for recycling. London based startup Quick Energy showcased its Quick-e Charge concept at CES, a single-use battery pack that can be purchased from convenience stores or coffee shops, offering charging on-demand. Once the device has charged, the battery packs can be posted free of charge back to the company, to be recycled for use again.   The QUICK-E APP features a live map pinpointing all the locations the Quick-E is stocked. Allowing the customer to find the most coveniant vendor to purchase the product. Could have used one or two of these at CES!
The Barisieur is an automatic coffee or tea brewer that just simply caught my eye as I was browsing the UK Pavilion at CES.  The intriguing beauty however was not just skin deep. Lots of features, bells and whistles, but above all, makes great coffee!  It is quite simply a premium alarm clock that eases you into your morning with the soothing sounds of bubbling water along with the smell of the freshly brewed coffee or loose leaf tea. Design is inspired by a combination of the modern ritual of filter coffee with the iconic vinyl record player, encouraging a nostalgic experience for the user. The design was born with a digital detox in mind, where the design language balances between simplicity and mystified alchemy; watch how the water magically transports from one vessel to other due to steam pressure some what resembling a serious chemical laboratory device. The boiling vessel on the left is sealed with a bung, which is essential for transporting the water. The Water boils due to the induction hob, heating up the stainless steel base. Steam pressure is produced, forcing the water out of the vessel and into the stainless steel filter, brewing the user a perfect beverage.    There is a milk vessel which lifts out from the tray, Is…
There are lots of Dash Cams out there and they are getting more technologically advanced, but Owl Car Cam is focussed on peace of mind, safety and security. Of course it will catch the fun things too, but the focus is on protecting you and your car at all times.  It's a quiet sentinal, but when something happens you’ll have the video - crashes, traffic stops, break-ins – and for all the OMG moments you see while driving. There’s never been an easier way to edit a quick clip and post to your favorite social platform or send a video to your insurance company.  Owl Car Cam features: Dual-facing HD cameras, 14-day video loop, Instant video access from anywhere with voice capture as well. Automatic emergency crash response.  Your video is 100% private. Only you can see, share, or delete it. Constantly connected via 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS.  Live view your car in real time and video alerts for dents, break-ins, & crashes. Even has anti-theft floodlights. Judges at the Last Gadget Standing Event thought it was innovative, useful and unique enough to make it a finalist.
This one is serious in two ways – fun, fun, fun plus learning how to code without getting caught!  The Harry Potter Kano Coding Kit teaches the fundamentals of coding and introduces the basic concepts of real-world programming, guided by simple steps.Then use Kano app to run your code to start unlocking challenges across six iconic Wizarding World settings including Hogwarts and DiagonAlley.    It’s a Harry Potter STEM product! The build-it-yourself wireless wand shows magicians of all ages how to code and create, as they flick and swish through 70+ challenges inspired by the Wizarding World. Following the step-by-step coding manual, you build a wand and learn about sensors, data and code along the way. It combines a gyroscope, accelerometer and magnetometer to detect its own location and speed in tridimensional space, making it capable of tracking hand movements. Must be seen to be believed!
MIXXTAPE - Looks like a cassette, except…  Plays and displays stand alone with smartphone or stick it in your cassette loading blaster. The new MIXXTAPE is an awesomely nostalgic HiFi digital music player with the form factor of an old-school cassette tape packed with technology of today. Use the USB-C cable to load audio files from your music library (iTunes, FLAC, MP3, M4A, WMA, OGG, APE, WAV, AAC-LC, & ACELP). Navigate thru your music using the OLED display and touch control panel. Listen using the headphone jack, Bluetooth, or even in a tape deck. Yes way! The rechargeable battery provides over 5 hours of continuous playback. Caught my eye because of what it was, inpressed me because of what it is!
Why prick when you can click? The FreeStyle Libre glucose monitoring system is designed to liberate patients from the hassles of glucose monitoring. A small sensor automatically measures and continuously stores glucose readings day and night. Glucose readings with a painless 1 second scan even through clothing. With every scan you get your current glucose reading, the last 8 hours of glucose data and an arrow showing the direction your glucose is heading. Swim, shower or exercise — the Free Style Libre system is designed to be water-resistant and worn while bathing, showering, swimming and exercising. Not clear if this is yet available from the UK National Health Service, but Teresa May, UK Prime Minister is a user! Article here.Select "Read More" below to click on the weblinks in this entry.
This non-invasive technology has been scientifically shown to reduce stress and help with sleep, performance, and focus. I didn’t try it, but if it works, this could give a new business and lifestyle to some.  Their words: If you want to be less stressed after giving a presentation than before you started? Or sleep in minutes without anxious thoughts keeping you awake? What about staying calm and focused at school and home - all without changing your daily routines or adding to your schedule. TouchPoints are neuroscience based stress-tech that can actually lower stress by 70% in less than a minute while you go about your day. Developed by a doctor, TouchPoints are the latest in wearable tech that don’t just give information or remind you to breathe. Looking for feedback from any users out there for this.
Whether you are a fisherman, Surfer or doing just about anything else in or on the water, PowerDolphin by PowerVision is the latest in Intelligent and connected water Drones. Also good for sea exploration and rescue. Uses are too numerous to mention, but this water drone has the following technology and features on board for lots of uses on or in the water.  220° Dual Rotating 4K Camera, 1080p Video Streaming 800m Range, 2 Hours Cruising Time, 4.5m/s Max. Speed  AI based Multiple Tasking, Waypoint Mapping & Return Home Attach and release rescue buoy or trolling fishing line GPS & Sonar Small and powerful <24” long My friend and fishing legend in the UK, Spencer Ramsey (better known as "KatchBullet") is being lined up for a trial, so I may be able to run a review on this in the near future. Select "Read More" below to click on the weblinks in this entry.
Technology should be used to facilitate people’s life in every aspect, help people embrace their belief and dream more closely and track their daily physical activity as well! This is the main use case and objectives of Rosary Beads.    According to them: able to simultaneously record bead action & step detection, 2 days prayer and health history storage, Dustproof and waterproof for daily usage, Light weight, easy to wear all around, Low power consumption, Wireless Charging.                   AI and relevant design being applied to wearable technology. Nice to see today’s portfolio of core technologies being used to enhance the everyday routines of all sorts of new lifestyle segments!
The Soundbrenner Core, the 4-in-1 Smart Music Tool, brings you all your essential music tools in a premium wearable. The Soundbrenner Core features a watch and your most frequently used music tools; a Vibrating Metronome, a Magnetic Twist Tuner, and a Sound Meter making it the most versatile music tool out there.
See what it looks like in your room and then bring your “virtual plan” to reality. Design in AR and end up with real world dimensions, levelling and even exactly where to put the nails!  Basically, with PLOTT you can capture the real world and bring it into the app so visualization and design can be done.  After you’re done with how you want it to look, select the specific points to make the changes (make a cut, drill a hole, hang a nail, etc.) and then send those points to the Cubit device which then uses multidimensional lasers to bring you to the exact spots in the real world, without you having to do any calculations.  Carta is a new addition to the PLOTT family of tools and Apps which brings the same kind of visualising and planning into the outdoors around your home. Carta enables you to create a canvas where visual design yields dimensional data. By bringing together pictures, notes, maps, links etc, and putting it all in dimensional context; it enables you to see how your plan will look, as well as how it will fit. Once you’re done with design, Carta will help you bring that design to reality.  Well done again PLOTT for innovation. I’ve got a…
At CES I met up with Andrei Kashuba, the implant ideologist and CTO of NewYork based startup GotYu Tech. She presented to me what they claimed to be the world's first health monitoring implant for pets. It’s a microchip measuring just 5.8mm x 19mm that is implanted by a veterinarian under the skin and will monitor body temperature, the pulse and ECG. The team has also apparently developed a break-through solution for remote charging of the implant from a smartphone. Harvesting the inductive power source that a Near-field communication (NFC) source generates from a phone, the device can be charged sufficiently in a few minutes. This in itself may be the most unique thing about the implant and solves the power problem in a simple and readily available way. Previously there were pet health monitoring placing sensors in smart collars, however, animals have dense hair, which distorts and sometimes makes it impossible to read health indicators. With this implanted micro-gadget, we can achieve stable health monitoring and GotYu claims help prevent the development of up to 65% of diseases encountered in dogs!  The sensor transmits scanned information to a smartphone App, where it is analyzed and pet parents are given basic recommendations or alerts in case a Health risk is detected.  Veterinarians would also have access to the log, or the accumulated history of the health indicators. Future plans are to add glucose sensors and provide veterinarians with a…
KEPLER VISION TECHNOLOGIES, a spin-off company from the University of Amsterdam, develops body language recognition software that “looks” into videos using computer vision and machine learning technology. This software understands and interprets the body language of people. For example, one application is to recognize the body language and human activities in elderly care centers. Obviously many applications for this type of video intelligence (good and bad...) and it will be interested to see this capability popping up in many sectors. Select "Read More" below to click on the weblinks in this entry.
Fly like a bird! Birdly is a full-body VR flight experience using your arms, legs and hands as wings and rudder! You are flying through the air and the Virtual environment you are in takes you where you want to go and shows you what's there. That is if you get the knack of flying like a bird. Flapping of your wings takes you up. Lean forward and you glide down. Manipulation of primary feathers for speed, altitude and navigation.Being visually immersed through a head-mounted VR display, fliers are enveloped in an interactive high-resolution virtual landscape charged with navigation challenges  and entertaining surprises! Unfettered flight is normally not possible for humans, but virtual reality (VR), coupled with robotics and simulation technology, can deliver our ultimate dream of flying like a bird. Also key to this experience is the Birdley VR 360º content. From a bird’s-eye view over the world’s great cities and monuments, to a bee’s-eye view of the inner workings of a combustion engine, to a pterosaur’s-eye view of a Jurassic landscape. Lots of interactive storytelling possibilities, both entertaining and educational It appears that he sky’s the limit!  Oh, by the way, our muscles are not developed in the…
Why medical hypnosis?HYPNOVR claims it has s a software and reduced or drug free solution to anesthesiology. It uses virtual reality (VR) technology to perform anesthesia under hypnosis in order to decrease patients’ stress and anxiety during painful medical procedures. Over the last two years, HYPNOVR has established the technical feasabilty of medical hypnosis through virtual reality and it's benefits to patients, health professionals and institutions. They claim that up to a half of anesthesia procedures could benefit from hypnosedation via VR and they claim there are numerous fields of applications for HYPNOVR’s solutions. Patients who have been anaesthesized during a medical procedure suffered side effects (nausea, sore throat, vomiting) or sometimes serious medical complications (allergies, cardio-respiratory risks). Medical hypnosis offers an efficient and reliable drug-free alternative, as proven by over 300 scientific studies.  Interesting and potentially very beneficial, but appears to me to still in the formative stages. Worth watching. Select "Read More" below to click on the weblinks in this entry.
One of the best places to see leading edge technologies (gadgets ;-) is at the Last Gadget Standing Event. I had the pleasure of being one of the ten judges who after much examination, collaboration and debate managed to select 10 finalists (from 70 entries) who get introduced by us judges and present on stage with heckling from the MC, Jennifer Jolly  (Click HERE to see what else Jenn gets up to at CES2019) Then the audience in the hall votes with their applause (and screams, yells and foot stomping) to pick their choice of the Final winner. This year it was Shure with their MV88+ Video Kit (smartphone powered)   Next time you are at CES, make sure you take in this event! It's a blast.   Select "Read More" below to click on the weblinks in this entry.
The Shure MV88+ Video Kit caught my eye because it provides content creators with an all-in-one solution to transform their smartphone devices into a personal audio and video rig – designed for capturing professional-quality recordings whenever, wherever. The digital stereo condenser microphone is the latest addition to the Shure MOTIV™ line and includes a headphone jack for real-time monitoring as well as lightning. Along with the MV88+ microphone, the kit includes a tripod phone stand and smartphone clamp, ensuring a stable picture when recording video on-the-go. The additional accessories give users the utmost flexibility to capture mounted, handheld or field recording. Compatible with iOS and other selected devices, the MV88+ allows users to capture high-quality audio, and livestream anywhere they desire. The ShureMOTIV Video & Audio and Recording applications work directly with the MV88+ to deliver superior audio quality. Select "Read More" below to click on the weblinks in this entry.
Spotted this on the UK Pavilion. WIREWAX’s  interactive video technology has tools to help you design, build and deliver interactive video and take it to a new level of engagement by including clickable hotspots that perform an action when your audience clicks on them. Take them to the "buy" page or gather up their "wishlist".  Storytelling tools allow you to immerse viewers and inspire them to take action across mobile, tablet and desktop devices. And then monitor and measure level of interaction.Turns static video into interactive video for online experiences – quickly produces video hotspots, program branching, 360º interactive videos, in-video navigation. It’s a tool or a service, depending on your needs and expertise. Many possibilities, but caught my eye because of the ability to take existing video advertisements one step further and turn them into interactive shopping experiences. Select "Read More" below to click on the weblinks in this entry.
The Cinema Snowglobe – a nostalgic (but static) artform has been upgraded. Pick it up and shake the Cinema Snowglobe to be immersed in and explore miniature worlds, fireworks displays, 360º panoramas, talking heads, scenes from yesteryear...viewed through a tiny crystal ball. What would you put in your crystal ball? All downloadable from your smartphone. Put some meaningful interactive content on your coffee table. Who could resist picking it up and giving it a shake? Select "Read More" below to click on the weblinks in this entry.
The Syndiant 4K UHD 0.55” LCOS Light Modulation Panel caught my eye! In more ways than one. The SYL2341 manages to provide excellent image quality with vivid colors while meeting the cost and power requirements of portable applicationsThis Ultra small yet High Definition technology enables a bright and rich large screen experience in both near-eye and high brightness projection projects. The eyewear and projector demos on their booth at CES were very impressive indeed! Using small display panels plus optics to create video eyewear has been around for a while. But given their display architecture which integrates all-digital smart electronics onto the display panel, and the brightness and resolution they have achieved, it is worth watching this space for all sorts of potential portable immersive experiences. I will be on the lookout!  Select "Read More" below to click on the weblinks in this entry.
Many, many examples at CES this year of life enhancing automation, but these three caught my eye. Hops and Wheat to Beer and Bread plus some welcome relief coming for menial household tasks!PicoBrew - Fresh Pico-brewed beer has all the nuanced flavors and aromas of the beers produced by the pro brewmaster. Pico Model C brings the taproom to your home by letting you brew celebrated, award-winning beers with recipies and ingredients from over 170 brewery partners around the world. You can also craft your own custom creations.  Wilkinson Baking Company’s Breadbot- The BreadBot, the first of its kind, is pioneering a fully automated way to bake bread. It mixes, forms, proofs, bakes and cools bread all on its own. Aimed at supermarkets, convenience stores, schools, and the military, and can crank out 10 freshly baked loaves per hour as it handles all the steps from flour to finished loaf without any human intervention.  Foldimate– Robotic laundry folder folds your clothes and puts into neat piles ready to put away. Automatically adapts to the clothing item type and size. Now, folding a full load of laundry, of around 25 items, takes less than 5 minutes!  Users simply feed each item into the FoldiMate machine and FoldiMate neatly folds towels, shirts, tops,…
As usual, Apple was both absent from the CES Exhibition floor, but at the same time had one of the largest footprints of any via third party companies making iPhone accessories, applications and content. But Apple did appear this year on the side of a building in Las Vegas with a 13 story advert take off of the Las Vegas slogan, “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas”. A very timely message as we move into the era of Internet of Me, contextual technologies, personal wellness/healthcare, wearable sensors gathering data and the Artificial Intelligence that learns enough to have impact on anindividual's wellness and quality of life. Problem is, there are entities out there that want this information to be able to advertise and sell products. It's their revenue model! An individual's contextual information and data must be kept close to that person and not be gatherable. To progress in some of these areas will require a trusted brand and a mechanism for keeping info private. Looks like Apple is marking out this space... 
Pivo360º turntable for spinning the camera on the phone or turntable accessory to get a 360º image of an object. Clever Accessory for 360º shooting of scenes and objects using either front or back cameras on Smartphones. Or use the smart rotating phone holder to follow you or a specific item around the scene as you move. Select the object or face you want to track and it will automatically move around with the subject.  Also responds to commands so you don’t have to touch the camera - Just snap your fingers or say “cheese” for Pivo to take a picture or start recording. A few of the other clever features in this camera mount and App combination - ManyMe Capture – 360º picture with many appearances of the same person or object. Tiny Planet - Take spherical images that capture the whole scene and then look like tiny globes. Fun, interesting and inexpensive way to do some clever photography.  Select "Read More" below to click on the weblinks in this entry.
One thing for sure, there were plenty of AR headsets and glasses on show this year at CES! I saw 25 or 30, and probably didn’t see all of them. Lots of new ones. This is a good indication to me that AR has now graduated into the “…it’s going to happen and it’s going to be big…” category. This may also be driven by the emphasis that Apple and to some degree Google (and others) are placing on AR. But most that I saw were just the headgear, not the complete operating systems, apps platforms, ecosystem in place that the likes of Vuzix, Hololens and others have labored over for the past 10+ years and have in place.  For the most part the ones I saw were just headgear without the total solution, sectors and applications in the package or even fully understood. This is really where AR was 5 years ago, so I wish these Google Glass copycats the best of luck, but not where I would invest. There were a few that did catch my eye as being behind the leaders, but moving in that direction, and I have highlighted here six that I will be watching for progress over…
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