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In my travels I am introduced to lots of interesting innovations that can have impact on lifestyle and business efficiency. I see a lot of stuff weekly in my travels - startup events, Meetups and ad hoc meetings of all types, and want to note here anything small but which can have broader impact in business or consumer value terms. I am interested in bringing to the surface anything that has the potential to produce technology enabled, consumer driven change.
I am 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 share my observations on What Caught My Eye.

Instant personal COVID testing on the horizon! Researchers at Rice University have developed a microfluidic device that can test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 in a drop of blood and display its results once plugged into a cell phone. The test runs in under an hour, and works by detecting SARS-CoV-2 nucleocapsid protein using antibody-studded magnetic nanobeads. In tests, the device could detect very low levels of the protein, suggesting that it could function as a sensitive diagnostic tool.   The fight against COVID-19 continues, and testing is one of our most commonly deployed and useful weapons in stopping the spread of the virus. PCR remains the gold standard test for the virus, but it is time consuming and requires highly trained lab technicians and equipment. Rapid tests, that can be performed in doctors’ clinics, airports, or even in pharmacies, would be very useful in helping to prevent transmission.These issues have inspired this latest device, which can detect a viral protein in a small drop of blood, such as that from a finger prick. People may have personal preferences with regard to a finger prick or nasal swab, but it may be nice not to have to insert a large…
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.
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.
Samsung Bot Handy tech showcased at CES 2021 - interesting tech, but I'm not sure consumers are ready for this yet. However, just think of his as a capability and technological building block for many tasks. Some in the Consumer space? Samsung Bot Handy is a robot that is probably as mobile in your home as a robot vacuum cleaner, adjusts to hights to do it's work, object recognition via its camera, tries to identify the object to determine how to pick up in order to do tasks (for example glass of wine versus TV remote, versus clothing, etc.). Kind of a Sci-Fi dream, but an existing bit of tech looking for valuable applications?.
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!
Went to BETT yesterday in London (Europe’s largest Technology in Education exhibition). Past years have been all about interactive whiteboards, then large touch screens (basically blackboard replacements and teaching aids) This year was much more about “Interactive Learning” and student involvement. BETT2018 was all about Robots and learning how to code and having fun doing it. And being introduced into classrooms at and early age. I am 100% behind this and at CES2018 (Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas) saw some really good examples of this too (for example ROOT). I have captured only some of the “Learning Coding through fun with Robots” examples here, but not sure how a teacher or an educational curriculum decision maker, can chose from these. Lots of early stage stuff. This will no doubt mature a bit and become more focussed by next year. Four other significant findings that also caught my eye at BETT:1. If you follow the wearable technology, IoT, IoMe, IoCar, IoHome and AI areas as I do, you will have noticed the innovation in the Smartphone + Sensor’s area. Saw some interesting education tools in this area from Vernier and IDS Education (their distributor in the UK) at BETT2018. “Go…
Smart 3D Company, Ltd.,has introduced an innovative and easy-to-use device that, combined with a smartphone and with free software installed on your smartphone (eg. Autodesk 123D Catch) makes it possible to scan small objects in 3D. Useful for those with 3D printers and allows architects, engineers, graphic designers, and even home hobbyists to replicate objects and parts.   Just think dollhouse furniture for instance. Buy or borrow a miniature dining room chair and then make six for the dollhouse dining room! Putting this capability into the hands of consumers changes the game a bit.   Coming soon on Kickstarter   Now 3D printing can be put into the hands and context of the consumer. This is when creativity really blossoms!  
Saw this today on Samsung Gear VR Glasses.  Video here Needs a bit of work, but would be great if the first aisle was only the things you normally buy, second aisle = things you might like to try and the rest of the aisles the normal supermarket experience for those who insist on going up and down all the aisles looking for the things now in "your" aisles one and two.  
13 March 2015 - I have been an outspoken advocate of Augmented Reality needing to be a Five Senses experience simply because our 'reality' experience involves all five, 24/7.  I have been working with a stealth start up in the process of bringing context driven fragrance and scent dispensing into the wearable technology space. More on that sometime soon :-)  As a followup to the Wearable Technology Show this past week, I met with Adrian David Cheok, Professor of Pervasive Computing at City University London and Founder and Director of the Mixed Reality Lab in Singapore.  He introduced me to Scentee, a scent spraying APPessory to iOS and Android Smartphones. A bit large to fit in your pocket, but not bad for a first pass at producing smells on demand or remotely over long distances.  Scentee also is the technology for an Oscar Meyer Bacon campaign that made the technology and an APP called "Wake Up and Smell the Bacon" available to lucky contest winners. Basically when your alarm on your phone goes off, it makes the sizzling sound and produces a puff of the smell of Bacon to get you interested in actually getting up and cooking some! This all Caught My…
IMHO   Starting now (March 2015), the "Connected Watch" (aka, Smart Watch) sector will be dominated by existing watch brands that know their customers well and they will now add appropriate features and applications in their next models. Partly because it's the next value add they can make to their products and simply because they can - the electronics fit in without changing the profile of their products, they know what features would turn on their brand fans next and their consumer base all have smartphones.These brands, plus a precious few - Apple, Pebble, Martian and a few other "Smart Watch" pioneers will be the dominant players in this category going forward. (R.I.P. to most of the others)Other notable evidence - Guess Watches with Martian inside. Swarovski Shine with Misfit Shine hiding inside their latest jewellery collection.


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