Topwatch is a Shenzhen based manufacturer of wearable devices such as smartwatches and watchphones. Most models contain either a MTK processor or Texas Instruments processor and offer bluetooth functionality. Topwatch sells a Android based smartwatch with a 1.5″ screen and a MTK 6577. The price of the Android smartwatch is 120 USD for 500 units.
Optinvent is a technology hardware designer company that is working on a augmented reality and smart wearables like glasses.
Optinvent ORA is the smart glasses device that Optinvent is working on at the moment. The ORA feels fairly well built and has a number of design features that are intended to make it usable for all types of workers in various industries. ORA glasses have mounting points for prescription lenses. The Optinvent ORA is powered by Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, and features a very small-screen version of Google’s operating system. The device is controlled using the touchpad, which moves a cursor.
The glasses have an arm that moves up and down, which can place the display directly in the user’s eyeline or just below it for quick glances. What that “True AR” mode effectively amounts to is a tilting display, one that can sit just below your eye-level for a “dashboard view” of incoming messages and other notifications, or moved right into your field of vision if you plan on going full-RoboCop. Google’s Glass by comparison always places onscreen information above your eye-line.
Other specs include an eye-searing 3,000 nits brightness level, an ambient light sensor, a rechargeable battery good for between 4 and 8 hours of usage and a display that when positioned right in front of your eyes is the equivalent of having an 85-inch TV dangling off your face. The battery is said that will last three hours with intensive use or eight hours with typical use. The Optinvent ORA price starts at €699.
Optinvent is based in Rennes, France and Silicon Valley, United States.
Vuzix is showing their $1000 Smart Glass headmounted computer solution uses a compact WQVGA 16:9, 1Ghz OMAP4430 Powered, White Pearl display module and ultra-low-power driver IC from Kopin Corporation, 16GB Flash, 32GB MicroSD support, head-tracking sensors are 3 axis Gyro, 3 axis Accelerometer and 3 axis Magnetometer. 600mAh battery offering 1-2 hours of display usage but much more can be achieved with an external 3800mAh battery pack. Camera does 5megapixel photos and 1080p video. Mounting options include over head, Safety Glasses and can be used on either left or right eye. They have an SDK for further Android development for it links up using Bluetooth 4.0 to Android or iOS host device. You can read more about it here: http://www.vuzix.com/consumer/products_m100/
Texas Instruments’s DLP technology is the leading technology in projectors, here showing their 0.2″ nHD pico projector in the world’s smallest pico projector from Sekonix, battery powered pico projectors from Brookstone, Asus, the .2nHD pico projector in a smartphone, Hitachi ultra short throw projector, DLP pico projectors in Sony Handycams, pioneer after-market heads-up display, perch retail solutions and other examples of DLP used for digital signage.
From the Coordinated Robotics Lab of The University of California, San Diego, here is the BeagleMiP Mobile Inverted Pendulum (MiP) educational robotics development kit from Strawson Design, able to balance and carry more weight on 2 wheels such as modules, extensions, sensors, hacks, 3D printed add-ons and more. While the awesome Arduino-derived $99 WowWee MiP device is the coolest consumer toy robot that I have seen at CES 2014 (which you can see starting at 19:36 into this video), the idea with BeagleMiP is to do even more with the system, based on the $45 Texas Instruments BeagleBone Black with a 1Ghz TI AM335x ARM Cortex-A8, they add their Novus Robotics Cape add-on PCB board to provide for all the robotics R&D connectivity. This video features UCSD Professor Thomas Bewley, UCSD PhD student James Strawson and USCD PhD student Saam Ostovari.
While the BeagleMiP will be commercially available as a $150 MiP robotics development kit, the WowWee MiP is going to be the world’s first mass produced self-balancing Mobile Inverted Pendulum based commercial robot equipped with GestureSense technology (hand motion controls), bluetooth for Smartphone app control, fast speed, expansion for additional fun functionality. Carrying mode allows it to carry any weight, it also even has a port on the final model and can carry and balance any additional weight, including cameras, more sensors, modems, anything else users can think of.
As you can hear in the video, these UCSD students are also working on 40 centimeters tall versions of their MiP, which will be able to carry heavy bags like groceries for you and follow you around, for example.
AllGo Systems shows Automotive IVI system solution with 4 seconds boot up time on Freescale i.MX6 and Texas Instruments OMAP5 for Android in Automotive (long term support) configurations. AllGo’s technologies have been deployed in numerous fields of Automotive, Consumer and Security segments. Here are some of the things AllGo Systems provides:
- The complete software reference solution for digital audio players used by 8 leading car manufacturers in USA and Germany
- World’s fastest and best quality MP3 encoder for ARM platforms
- Video and Networked Audio IP which they have licensed to companies around the world
- BOM optimised turn-key solution for streaming video player
- World’s first fully programmable 1080p H.264 decoder
- Solutions used in over 50 products deployed in more than 6 million cars, portable players and home entertainment systems world-wide
Glashion is a Google Glass project that allows you to buy fashion products that you are looking at. Look at any fashionable bag or dress on a bypasser or in a store, and then the app queries the ShopStyle API for similar matches based on object recognition technology. You simply tell Glass when you see a product, “Ok glass, I want this!” and you can then buy the product with a blink. At least that is their idea.
The five converging forces promise to change virtually every aspect of our lives. You know them as: mobile, data, sensors and location-based technology. Combined with social media they form a new generation of personalized technology that knows us better than our closest friends. Armed with that knowledge our personal devices can anticipate what we’ll need next and serve us better than a butler or an executive assistant.
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Luke Shields of JCSC shows off his supposed to be platform for open source platform development in schools, encouraging children to experiment making hardware, re-painting old home consoles, integrate ARM development boards, modulate, what you want may not be what I want and what I want may not be what you want. Check it out.
nCore HPC presents the BrownDwarf Y-class supercomputer, a heterogeneous ARM- and DSP-based super computer system using Texas Instrument’s ARM+DSP Server design on a blade. nCore’s primary customer is the US government. The supercomputer uses a heterogeneous architecture with 4 Arm Cortex A15 cores and 24 DSP cores with 16gb of memory per node and 1.2 terrabytes of physical memory in total. With HPC applications you need to hold much of what you are doing in memory. The vast amounts of computing power in the super computers have a wide variety applications such as medical imaging and simulation. Through programming you can divide programs among the ARM and DSP.