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.
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 360Â° 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 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 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 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.
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.
Panacast 2 is a panoramic video camera meant to be used primarily for video conferencing. It outputs half-width 4K resolution (3840x1080) over a 180 (horizontal) and 54 (vertical) field of view over USB. It supports all the major video conferencing software that support USB cameras: Skype, WebEx, Google Hangouts, Vidyo etc. Needing no additional drivers to run, it features 3 cameras at different angles whose output is stitched together. Including the ISP, USB controller and camera sensors, the unit features 9 processors working in sync. Panacast 2 costs US$995 and is now available.
Ween is a south France-based company that has on display their smart thermostat. It connects to up to 16 smartphones (house residents) that are then tracked over a period of time, with temperature maintained at a preset level. Since the thermostat knows how long it takes to reach a certain temperature, it switches on appliances at home accordingly. Ween also features inbuilt machine learning capabilities to anticipate and respond to unplanned absences of the members. It goes on sale for US$350 along with a gateway device paired via RF.
The Quell is a device from Boston, Massachusetts-based Neuromatrix that claims to have brought relief for chronic pain to 81% of their users. The device involves the main unit bing put into a belt that has space for electrical contacts. These are used with a gel-based pad on the other side and wrapped around one's leg to deliver mild electrical pulses that trigger release of natural pain blockers from the brain. It costs US$249 and is currently on sale only in Canada and the US. The device also includes an optional app for advanced sleep tracking functions.
For more information visit : www.neurometrix.com
Heiki Raisanen, CEO of Emfit, displays their QS sleep tracker device meant to be placed under mattresses (tested up to 30cm thick). Using quasi-peizoelectric and ferroelectric sensors in the belt, it detects/displays heart rate, breathing rate, and sleep quality amongst other factors on the accompanying app. It is available now in US and Europe for US$299.
For more information visit : www.emfit.com