Last week, the International Consumer Electrics Show (CES) took place in Las Vegas, Nevada and we all got a glimpse at what the world of electronics and commercial technology holds for us in the not too distant future. From small inventors and innovators, right up to global technology companies, a wide variety of manufacturers were in attendance in order to showcase their products.
Products were exhibited in a wide range of categories including Audio, 3D Printing, Electronic Gaming and Robotics, but the categories that really caught our eye were categories such as Sensors, Smart Home and Wearables. This is a big year for products in these categories as we should see a big breakthrough into the consumer market. Here, we’re going to look at three products that stood out in particular.
Health and wellbeing is one of the few markets that has really embraced wearable technology, so it’s no surprise that the biggest innovations in wearables are happening in this field. Popular products like the Jawbone wristband are already able to monitor a number of vital statistics, so the development in health wearables isn’t necessarily needed in terms of functionality, rather in the reduction of size and imposition.
This is where AmpStrip can really shine. This “sticker” or plaster/band aid-shaped device sticks to the user’s chest and can measure their heart rate, movement and activity. A quick charge lasting for a couple of hours and the device will be usable for around a week! It auto syncs via Bluetooth and is compatible with Apple and Andorid. AmpStrip has the potential to cut out cumbersome wristbands and other health sensors and condense their functionality into a small, discrete patch. The style, look and “fashion” element is lost and AmpStrip is already moving away from being a “statement” device to being purely function based.
WriteIt by Lenovo
The move to touch screen devices has eradicated many problems with input commands, however, predictably it has created new ones. Accuracy and speed of text input has declined for many with the arrival of touch screen and much of the software installed on these devices doesn’t allow for alternative methods of input.
Lenovo has recognised the need for effective pen or stylus use for tablets and has created a new app called WriteIt. Integrating with Windows 8’s accessibility layer, the app allows you to enter handwriting into any text box or field. As Engadget points out, there are improvements that need to be made; the accuracy of the text prediction could be better, for example. Still, WriteIt has potential, especially in the world of business. Handwriting recognition and perhaps even password and digital authentication could be greatly improved with this type of technology. WriteIt could be one to watch out for.
Curie by Intel
One of the most exciting pieces of hardware to come out of CES is the tiny computer from Intel, named Curie. Designed specifically for wearable technology, Curie aims to provide versatility for wearable developers due to its small size. Measuring about the size of a small button, it can be incorporated into lots of different designs, from wristwear to headwear, or even as an actual button or badge!
Where the AmpStrip aims to move away from wearables as fashion, Curie allows wearables to become more fashionable, as Intel prompt developers and manufacturers to think about the aesthetics of their products. They are looking to fashion designers to take care of the look, while technology companies concentrate on what they’re best at; the technology. As the technology becomes smaller, the possibilities and uses become greater. Curie could be a forward leap in the way we think about wearables.
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