Category: CES

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Meccano Robots

Posted by stromium – September 25, 2016

Meccano has displayed their new robots here dubbed Meccano G16, and the Meccanoid G16-KS (Kid-sized). Programming is possible through the app or voice recognition. Programming can be done to sing, talk and dance. The smallest model is expected to retail for US$40, US$140 for the medium size model, and US$400 for the biggest model.

BenQ Smart Window, transparent, opaque, translucent..

Posted by stromium – September 25, 2016

BenQ demonstrates their smart window concept that allows a transparent pane to turn opaque on passing a current through it. The display room shown here also demonstrates their H.A.D.E.S. system, a network of devices that allows one to control window opacity, ceiling light intensity (lit by LEDs), and a privacy window that blocks light from outside but allows users from inside to see out. Power consumption for the prototype is 10mW/m^2.

Temp Traq disposable body temperature monitoring device

Posted by stromium – July 29, 2016

President and CEO of BlueSpark Technologies, John Gannon, showcases here their Temp Traq device, a temperature monitoring flexible sensor in the form of a patch applied on the body. It transmits signals via Bluetooth, readable on their app. The flexible battery inside is non-rechargable and is touted to last for up to 48 hours. The disposable sensor costs US$19.99, is FDA approved and immediately available.

for more information visit : www.bluesparktechnologies.com

Open InterConnect Forum and IoTivity: defining IoT standards

Posted by stromium – July 29, 2016

David McCall of Intel introduces the Open InterConnect Consortium, which represents a range of standards that allow developers to program IoT devices while maintaining a certain level of security and compatibility. For example, the OIC interface defines protocols for IoT devices to talk to non-IoT devices, define software layers that work above hardware, etc. The OIC also sponsors IoTivity, an open source project run by the Linux Foundation that defines a communications framework. The OIC is supported by companies like Atmel, Dell, Samsung, Honeywell, and many others.

Parrot Flower Powr plant monitoring device

Posted by stromium – July 29, 2016

Parrot is a company that makes products ranging from car entertainment systems to UAVs. On display here is their Flower Power sensor, a device meant to be used in pots or the ground that collects nutritional information in the soil and transmits that wirelessly to a device, displayed on an app. 4 factors are measured “ sunlight, temperature, fertilizer and moisture “ and the company's own database comprises of over 7000 plants with pre-defined paramters. It costs US$100 approx and runs on a single AAA battery that lasts 6 months.

VideoStitch real-time 4K video stitiching software

Posted by stromium – July 29, 2016

VideoStich is a software company that displays their real-time video stitching software running off 4 cameras with the live steam displayed on a laptop. The cameras face different directions to enable a complete live 360° stream at up to 4K resolution. The processing power needed to stitch live is high and the demo laptop has a GPU capable of this. One of the applications of this technology, as displayed, is to combine VR with high-speed data transmission in order to enable a realistic live experience of any event.

For more information visit : www.video-stitch.com

BeeWi smart home products – lighting and water control

Posted by stromium – July 29, 2016

BeeWi is a French company specializing in smart home products. On display here are their range of Bluetooth (Low Energy spec) controlled lights, that can switch between colors and do not need a gateway unless the user wants to control them via the internet. Also on display is a remotely controlled water system. The bulbs cost between          EUR 19-41 while the optional Bluetooth gateway costs EUR 49. The presenter also discusses Mesh, a forthcoming Bluetooth technology that will allow range for up to 200 meters.

For more information visit : www.bee-wi.com

EnLaps self-sufficient time lapse recording solution

Posted by stromium – July 17, 2016

EnLaps is a perpetual time lapse recording device that features a solar panel built into it for unlimited recording. With streaming capabilities and a web portal for control, EnLaps uses two fish-eyed camera sensors and stiches the video together for 25MP pictures. It can be controlled via Bluetooth, WiFi or 3G, and the retail version is expected to cost EUR600. The KickStarter edition cost EUR400. It uses an ARM processor to record video. The housing is meant for outdoor use, being made waterproof and durable.

For more information visit : enlaps.io/?lang=en

Lenovo WiGig wireless laptop dock

Posted by stromium – May 12, 2016

Lenovo ThinkPad WiGig dock is meant to connect wirelessly to laptops to provide added functionality, such as increased USB ports and a DisplayPort. The dock uses the 60GHz WiGig protocol for a data rate of 4.6Gbps and is backward-compatible with 802.11 (WiFi). It costs US$250 and is currently on sale.

Lenovo Stacked modular accessories – projector, HDD, WiFi, Qi wireles charge

Posted by stromium – May 12, 2016

Chad Kresser of Lenovo demonstrates the ThinkPad Stack concept, a device that is modular by design to allow for accessories to be stacked on to it. This display unit features stacked units for functions such as additional power (battery pack), storage capacity (1TB HDD), and sound (Bluetooth speakers). The stackable projector features 150lumen brightness, 720p video resolution, and uses a RealTek ARM CPU, and 16GB of onboard storage. The inbuilt battery lasts 2 hours, going up to 8 with the power bank. Prices for the WiFi access point and HDD (sold as a kit) is US$200, the power bank is US$50, the Bluetooth speaker is US$90.