CES 2015

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The Consumer Electronics Show 2015

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 simple...

          ...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!

This is clearly the year of innovation and consumer market traction in most of the areas I am researching, and this could be the time for investors to start taking these categories serious.

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.  
It was inevitable - connected marital aids. I can't really expand on this too much, but I think if I describe some of the functions, you will be able to take it from there. I must admit, the person at the booth certainly understood the use cases!  Stimulation in cadence to heart rate, music, various settings, etc. etc. etc.  Plus remote control stimulation. The world is your oyster! This is definitely a notable step up from the CuteCircuit Hug Shirt! OhMiBod!
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!
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!
Another example of a Fashion Brand with a strong market following partnering with one of the leading wearable technology companies. I wrote this up last year as the Martian Notifier because of it's styling and functionality and have been wearing it for quite a while because it looks like a normal watch, but has valuable functionality hiding inside.  Adding the Guess styling and brand to the equation could be a winner. GUESS CONNECT, Powered by Martian. Looking forward to trying one of these!
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)
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.
A family of products to help you stay healthy. iHealth’s self-monitoring mobile health devices plus integrated mobile app make a complete self analysis kit to fit your lifestyle and assist in everyday health management.  You are able to set goals, view trends, track progress, log food intake, activities, and share your data instantly. Empowers people to manage their personal health in an intuitive way, while keeping up with their busy life. Works with Android and iOS Smartphones and Apple's Healthkit.  A personal healthcare ecosystem!
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...
  IO Hawk - "Intelligent Personal Mobility Device" Saw these in Vegas being demoed and letting people try them.  Not easy to step onto and use, but people seem to get the balance after a while. Just slight pressure on your feet steers and propels. Eye catching lights on the back for safety, but looks cool when you whizz past! Top speed - 6mph. Weighs only about 20 pounds so fits in backpack when not in use or when batteries are dead (battery life not stated) A bit pricey though - $1800. At the end of the day groups of people who were demoing them were heading to the buses, talking to each other, etc.  A weird scene! Soon to become a common one?

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