Implantable Microchips are the Ultimate Wearable

January 07, 2015
Let’s get the delicate bit out of the way first: Implantables involve using a hypodermic needle to inject an RFID (radio-frequency identification) microchip, about the size of a grain of rice, into your hand. For most of us, the thought of injecting something under our skin, even after local anesthesia, is a scary proposition. It conjures up unpleasant memories of the sharp pinching sensation you experience as you get punctured by your doctor. I use the phrase “for most of us” because according to a survey by Northwestern University researchers, 14 percent of Americans have at...

Expanding Innovation in Eureka Park

January 06, 2015
Video technology entrepreneur Jack Perry—who debuted his Syncbak streaming system in Eureka Park at the 2012 International CES—vividly recalls Mark Cuban’s visit to his booth. “He gave me some valuable insight,” Perry says. “I saw him stop at almost every booth and share his impressions.” For Cuban, a veteran computer and video technology entrepreneur as well as an investor, sports team owner and media personality, Eureka Park at CES has been a way to get an advanced peek at new ideas that are part of his lifeblood. “Eureka Park is a must-see at CES,” says Cuban with his trademark enthusiasm. “All the best stuff happens there....

CES Unveiled Las Vegas

January 04, 2015
The 2015 International CES® has arrived! CES Unveiled Las Vegas, the official media event of the International CES, welcomes more than 1,000 press and industry analysts who come to catch a sneak peek at the latest products and technologies that will be making headlines two days before CES. Dozens of tech companies showcase the latest innovations ranging from 3D printing, smart home, fitness and sports, wearables and more.   Not on the media list? It Is Innovation (i3) provides you a round-up of the exhibitors showcased at CES Unveiled Las Vegas. Check out the guide below to learn about the “must-see&rdquo...

2015 CES Innovation Awards

January 04, 2015
The 2015 International CES Innovation Awards, culminating at the International CES® in Las Vegas, is the ultimate recognition for the design and engineering of consumer technology products. Since 1976, this prestigious program has honored today’s ground breaking technology.   The awards span 28 product categories and cover the most influential and innovative fields in the industry, from smart home to wearable technologies. Entries are evaluated on their engineering and design qualities: aesthetics, functionality and uniqueness. The expert panel of judges consists of an independent designer, independent engineer and a...

CES Tips & Tricks

December 11, 2014
What You’ll Want at the Show With the 2015 International CES less than a month away, it's time to start preparing. Here are some tips from veterans on what to have handy at the show:Water! The dry climate of Las Vegas makes it important to stay hydrated at the show. While busy schedules may make it hard to stop and take a break, it’s important to grab a bottle of water or other beverage to go. Once you’re back in your hotel room, you might even consider ordering a humidifier for your room.Lip balm. Again, don’t be caught off guard by the dry desert air. Think ahead and grab some lip balm. You don’t want to have to stop in the middle of the day to...

Deep Learning Propels Speech Tech

November 24, 2014
Speech recognition technology, already popular with smartphone users, is getting more attention from designers of wearables and other CE devices as they get smaller and loaded with more features and apps—testing the boundaries of touch- and gesture-based interfaces. Speech tech—mainly hands-free voice recognition—is finding its way into smart watches, fitness trackers, remote control devices, Google Glass and “connected” cars. “Speech recognition is today’s best option for the human-machine interface,” says Harry Wang, director of health and...

VR Animation in Car Design

November 20, 2014
Long before a car rolls into a showroom, designers and engineers are employing CE gadgets like virtual reality (VR) glasses along with sophisticated computer hardware and software, motion tracking systems and Hollywood-style animation tools to design and visualize what a vehicle will look like and anticipate how people will interact with it. But the bounty isn’t limited to the finished product, auto industry insiders say. By reducing the number of prototypes and clay models needed, these technologies are helping to lower production costs, too. Once the new vehicle is introduced, consumers can see the...

5G: The Mobile Tech of 2020

November 14, 2014
Gazing into the mobile communications crystal ball is a risky business, but amid the haze some things are clear about the smartphone network of the future. The main task of carriers and handset makers in the next few years, and one in which billions of dollars of research and development (R&D) funds will be spent, is to develop a network that can meet the consumer’s insatiable desire for more data at faster speeds. This trend is causing global mobile traffic to double every year, according to Cisco Systems. Topping the consumer wish list is the expectation that it should take significantly less time for...

The Smart Home at CES Unveiled New York

November 13, 2014
On Tuesday November 11, CEA hosted CES Unveiled New York at the Metropolitan Pavilion. This annual event kicked off with a presentation on the 2014 holiday sales and end-of-year analysis by CEA’s Chief Economist Dr. Shawn DuBravac, followed by the 2015 International CES Press Conference with top CEA executives Gary Shapiro, Karen Chupka and Jeff Joseph who talked about the newest highlights to CES and announced the Innovation Awards Honorees. The press conference was followed by a networking reception featuring 45 tabletop exhibits. As expected, there was plenty of innovation on the exhibit floor generating excitement for the upcoming 2015 International CES®. Smart home...
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