CES 2021 Best of Innovation Award winner.

Very clever use of AI to measure yourself (and other things) for "Shop 'til You Drop" online purchases. Didn't have a chance to try this, but if it works, this means more impulse buys and fewer returns because of wrong size.  The MySize ID app uses sensors on a smartphone to measure the user’s size and match the measurements with those on a retailer’s size chart. The widget on the browser integrates into websites, allowing the user to shop conveniently for correctly sized clothing even with sizing inconsistencies between manufacturers.

For retailers, MySize offers analytics with aggregated data to help businesses understand customer behavior and their overall customer base, allowing them to restock and personalize shopping experiences more effectively.

Published in Stop Press
A  CES 2021 INNOVATION AWARD PRODUCT that caught my eye.Simple normal voice communication is the objective of Voiceitt's accessible app, designed to serve individuals with dysarthria caused by medical conditions, such as Cerebral Palsy, Stroke, ALS, Parkinson’s disease, Down's syndrome, Traumatic Brain Injury and any other type of non-standard speech to communicate and control smart assistants and smart home with their OWN VOICE for the first time. Voiceitt’s app identifies and adapts to the individual’s unique impaired speech patterns like breathing pauses and non-verbal sounds so that individuals with severe speech impairment can use it to communicate. Voiceitt does not need an Internet connectivity for usage and can be used everywhere.
Published in Stop Press

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 shut off valve accessory Phyn can automatically close off the water supply when problems are detected and alert homeowner within seconds of a leak being detected.

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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.

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 Modius from Neurovalens - a few short, relaxing sessions a day apparently does the trick!

More and more, consumer wearables are making meaningful improvements to people’s well-being. Helping people achieve leaner, healthier bodies improves quality of life and could radically reduce healthcare costs and even save lives. So this one got my attention!

This product - Modius, is a non-invasive headset which, through vestibular nerve stimulation claims to do just that. The device was designed to “activate the epicenter in the brain - the hypothalamus - that causes people to struggle with their weight”.
Neurovalens, a neuroscience technology company headed up by Dr. Jason McKeown, launched the product last year after a successful Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign and secured orders on a global scale. Results from users in 80 countries are now pouring in: they claim 80% of users have experienced significant weight loss from using the device and 1 ton of collective weight has been shed!
This one caught my eye and is one to watch in my opinion. I will be watching :-)

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More can be less! We have evolved from once functional but basic kitchen appliances to more complex ones (many more features, same knobs, thick manuals!) so unfortunately, we tend to stick to the basics and leave the manuals in the drawer. Fact is though that it is usually possible in one sentance or less to describe what we want our kitchen or utility room appliances to do.

My stated Mantra: "The role of complex technology is to create simplicity." There is now more evidence that technology is coming to the rescue in this area too to making it possible to easily take advantage of all the new appliance features at our disposal.

So one thing that caught my eye and interest at CES2018 was Whirlpool's Smart Home appliances that now have Smartphone and voice command control to break through the usability barrier. A very informed discussion with Whirlpool's corporate brand Manager, Poncho Eddie filled me in on the transformation that Whirlpool has made in this regard.

Amazon Alexa, Google Home (and Apple Siri coming soon).

In the utility room for example Voice Control lets consumers simply ask to pause and to start the washer and dryer; tell the dryer to run certain cycles such as the Wrinkle Shield™ option; ask if the washer or dryer is running and for the time remaining on a wash or dry cycle - all with simple voice commands.
The Smart All-In-One Washer and Dryer can be controlled by voice command or from a mobile device through Whirlpool's mobile app, plus receive notifications by phone or Apple Watch once a load of laundry is complete, so you can get on with other things.

Many new features, now useable by human beings! Artificial Intelligence and machine learning at work.

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