This year’s Consumer Electronics Show isn’t officially over until the end of the day on Saturday but all of the big announcements are behind us at this point. We’re going to level with you: it wasn’t a terribly exciting show overall this year.
Sourced through Scoop.it from: bgr.com
My take on this list from BGR (Boy Genius Report) that I thought was worth noting that showed significant interest / benefit for the mass market (meaning these company’s products are addressing a need more effectively in the market than their competitors):
Under Armour: With HTC as its hardware partner, Under Armour unveiled a slew of connected fitness devices in Las Vegas on Tuesday. The star of the show is a trio of devices that make up the Under Armour Healthbox, which is aimed at providing athletes with a more comprehensive experience than they would get from a simple fitness band like a FitBit. The relatively young company is among the biggest brands in sports, rivaling mainstays like Nike, Reebok and Adidas in many ways thanks to aggressive marketing and innovative products. It’s no accident that Under Armour has reported revenue growth of 20% or better in the past 20 quarters.
The set costs $400 for all three devices, or the UA Band and UA Scale can be purchased separately for $180 each. The UA Heart Rate strap will cost $80 when purchased separately. UA’s new Bluetooth headphones also cost $180, and the second version with built-in heart rate monitoring will cost $250 when they launch this spring. Finally, the SpeedForm Gemini 2 connected sneakers will be released in select sporting goods stores on February 29th for $150. – Price seems high but if you’re into a better level of fitness monitoring then this product lineup looks to show better performance than competitive offerings.
Portal Router: Portal says its upcoming new Wi-Fi router is “the biggest breakthrough in WiFi in 15 years,” and if it can deliver on its promises, it might be right. The company says its router can utilize 250% more of the 5GHz spectrum than other routers and use smart new technology to scan the area for interference. Then, it will automatically retune itself to avoid anything that might slow down your data speeds. – there are actual needs that Portal is addressing here (spectrum density issues, better connectivity – has 9 antennas, and numerous others), there are a couple other additions that I could see that would also be important for the evolution of routers, but this is definitely a step in the right direction.
Harman In-Car Monitoring System:
Harman has invented a new system with the potential to save thousands of lives each year. The world’s first pupil-based in-car monitoring system can track a driver’s eyes to not just provide a warning if he or she is falling asleep, but also ensure the driver’s attention stays on the road. The system monitors pupil dilation to determine if a driver might be distracted, and the hardware component is little more than a simple camera so it can feasibly be installed in any car. – Given that sleep deprived drivers can and do impact responsiveness on the road, this could be a real move forward in driver safety
DAQRI Smart Helmet: The glasses-cum-hardhat has been co-developed with augmented reality company Daqri using Intel’s latest processor and camera technology. It has taken concepts – like those of Microsoft’s Hololens – and produced a real product. Unlike devices such as HoloLens or Google Glass, which have been marketed as consumer devices, the Daqri Smart Helmet is designed with industrial use in mind. It will allow the wearer to effectively peer into the workings of objects using real-time overlay of information, such as wiring diagrams, schematics and problem areas that need fixing. Intel has spent years trying to move beyond just making and being known for the chips that run computers. It launched its RealSense system at CES in 2014 – a follow up to the company’s Perceptual Computing platform. Now RealSense has been combined with a 360-degree sensor array, Intel’s latest Core m7 processor and Daqri’s computer vision and tracking system to produce what it claims to be the “most powerful AR wearable device” available. The Smart Helmet has been tested by a range of Fortune 100 companies across aerospace, construction, oil and gas industries, and will be available for purchase in the first quarter of this year. – The Use Case development with multiple companies illustrates that there are real industrial applications for this type of product technology, but like anything new will require more iterations before it will take off