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Susan Smith
Susan Smith has worked as an editor and writer in the technology industry for over 16 years. As an editor she has been responsible for the launch of a number of technology trade publications, both in print and online. Currently, Susan is the Editor of GISCafe and AECCafe, as well as those sites’ … More »

Some Picks from CES 2017

January 19th, 2017 by Susan Smith

The 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas attracted over 165,000 people this month, with 3800 companies doing product launches.

Erek Dyskant, co-founder of BlueLabs, an analytics and technology company dedicated to harnessing the power of data to produce meaningful two-way engagement between people and organizations, spoke at CES. Dyskant aims to empower individuals to take steps that “make their political voice heard, improve their health, and strengthen their financial security.”

As lead of the BlueLabs healthcare & public sector practice, he has transformed government agencies and large healthcare organizations to take a data-driven evidence-based approach to engaging with their constituents, where the experience is streamlined and everyone receives the information that is proven to help them take the next step.

Before co-founding BlueLabs, Dyskant lead the geospatial analytics team at Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign, where he developed the geospatial algorithms necessary to make 25 million effective, relevant, voter contacts in 4 days.

As has been pointed out at other events, the success of self-driving vehicles is reliant on teaching the cars how to be drivers, which means they will need to be personalized and connected. Artificial intelligence and wireless communications that enable in-car, personal experiences were showcased, as well as how cars may be able to talk to other cars, and how cars monitor what’s going on in their surroundings for improved safety on the road.

Esri participated at CES as part of Microsoft’s connected car showcase. Frits van der Schaff, Head of Automotive, Esri and staff talked about mapping and spatial analytics that provides spatial geospatial context to foster safety and improve the overall driver experience. Microsoft staff showcased future scenarios where artificial intelligence bots can aid in improving driver safety, engagement, and integration with calendars and personal preferences.

The Chinese company Taihuoniao, provider of technology products and global sales, provides a platform for design and internet startups to use for domestic as well as international markets, for developing crowdfunding efforts and sales and marketing. Company spokesmen were concerned about the portentous American president-elect’s focus on “bringing back manufacturing” that they feel may affect technology stocks negatively.

Sevenhugs Smart Remote

Indoor positioning showed up at CES this year in the body of the Sevenhugs Smart Remote, that connects to a proprietary indoor positioning system that triangulates its location and other connected devices it is aimed at. So, that it could be aimed at a TV and may bring up an app like streaming video. Embodied with contextual awareness, this Smart Remote could interface with over 25,000 connected devices in your home.

E Ink® Holdings, “E Ink” (8069.TW), electronic ink innovator, debuted its 42″ display, the largest commercially available active matrix ePaper module. The 42″ display is suggested to meet the growing demand for large area displays across the digital signage market. This is the latest addition to the E Ink Pearl™ product line of ePaper displays.

The 42″ display demonstrates E Ink’s ability to meet increasing market demands for large display sizes, providing digital signage solutions across various industries including public information, retail and transportation. E Ink provides readability and visibility in diverse lighting situations, uses signature bi-stable technology, that allows it to retain images and text after being removed from a power source. Other display features include (from company materials):

  • Lower total cost of ownership because of the display’s minimal power requirements and operational costs plus its ability to function with a standalone (autonomous) power system
  • Simple deployment and maintenance because signs made with 42″ displays are thin and light-weight
  • Easy implementation in locations where there is no power infrastructure since the display’s low power requirements can be supported by solar power

Proshot HDX

One of the most touted new technologies talked about at the conference was a powerful line of smartphone lenses that can be attached to your smartphone. The Proshot HDX brings professional image quality to smartphone cameras.

According to company materials, images produced by the Proshot HDX lenses have been tested and found to equal or exceed the photos produced by such top makers as Zeiss, Leica, Nikon, Canon and Sony. I haven’t had a chance to personally check this out but the lenses are Ultra Multi Coated to enhance contrast in all lighting conditions so that photos can be taken successfully indoors in low light.

The Proshot HDX set of lenses mounts to any smartphone and just simply clips on with a high-tensile strength bracket. The kit comes with three lenses; Fisheye, for artistic, gorgeous artistic panoramas, a Wide Angle, for selfies and indoor shots, and a Macro lens, for  sharp close-ups.

Lego Boost Creative Toolkit is a 840-piece kit that allows children and adults to create five multi-functional Lego models. It will be available in August, 2017. Add-ons like like an interactive motor and a color and distance sensor, make it possible for kids to connect their creations to a smartphone app and control them remotely. Lego bricks are connected to Bluetooth-enabled programmable motors and sensors.  The sensors give a wide variety of possibilities so that you can program your creation to make noise, light up, and move.

Markforged showcased the Metal X 3D metal printer, capable of delivering metal parts overnight using a new technology at a fraction of the cost. This technology is purported to provide anything from industrial replacement parts to injection molds to working prototypes.

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