While strolling through the Gold Pavilion at CES I ran into this company called BarcodEye. They are writing Android Applications for the Vuzix M100 Smart glasses. This App simply takes to your line of sight the information associated with a barcode, QR code, etc. that the M100 camera picks up in your direction of glance.
Simple, but very effective way to read barcodes by just looking at them. Many applications which require hands to be free to do other tasks will benefit from these types of applications plugins. Since the M100 runs Android these can be easily adapted from Smartphone Apps or written from scratch.
As reported by the BBC the word "selfie" has been declared the most important new word of 2013 by the Oxford dictionaries. How relevant to have a product that is an APPcessory to your smartphone that is easy to carry, but extends your reach so you can take that all important "selfie" or to get your camera above the crowd. It even has a button by your finger to snap the picture with!
it's from Looq Systems
Since most of us can't get through the day on a single charge of our smartphones, we all seem to be carrying auxiliary batteries, which themselves have been getting smaller in size and bigger in the amount of power they punch. Problem is, carrying the long version of the USB cable that comes with the phone is that it takes up too much space on my person, so these key chain-sized cables are just the ticket. These two Caught My Eye at CES!
The small (1" diameter) Ozobot 'robot' gaming pieces bridge the physical and virtual online world with robots that respond to what they see beneath them on the tablet screen or tabletop or both. Basically, they move themselves! An interesting new innovation that could bring tabletop social gaming back to life. Devices and Apps not available until later this year, but I will be looking forward to trying this one.
The fun will come when lots of games and Apps appear.
see video of basics here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xFjTXQ8uho
I have been a big fan of Scanadu for quite some time, following their progress and have pre-ordered a unit, but I was able to get an update from co-founder, Sam Lounis De Brouwer at their table at Pepcom. Very knowledgeable both from the technology and medical applications aspect. So often lacking in tech companies I see where they wax lyrical about the technology, but often don't understand the user value side of the equation.
This discussion with Scanadu has left me with a very warm feeling about the sector in general and the dominance of Scanadu within it.