CES 2015 Day 4 – And it’s a wrap!

It's a Wrap

Wow, the final day is over and today I spent half the day in customer meetings… To put it mildly, they went well.  A huge thank you to my teammates at this year’s CES!

The rest of the day I spent on the show floor just looking to catch up on some cool tech I knew about and didn’t have time to go thru.  First the ones I missed: 3D Printing with fibers that allow for printing of wood, and metal objects with a standard Makerbot!  I will have to read up on this and probably order some wood fiber for my full size brain print.  Toshiba’s robot, which I heard cool thing about on the bus ride back to the hotel… How’d I miss this one?

While waiting in line for the Oculus demo (amazing! especially the Unreal 4 engine demo with tons of reflective surfaces and amazing particle emitters!) I spoke with a DLP developer from TI.  They are doing some amazing things with DLP in Displays, but the part that was much more exciting to me was how they see this technology being used in next gen 3D printers.  The fidelity that they will be able to achieve sounds amazing!    I also spoke with a person from Samsung’s demand gen team and discussed the wearables and their implementation of Oculus rift with Galaxy Wear.  Pretty cool, and to be a bit cynical (how can I not) their new VR headset partnership with Oculus is a lot like the Google Cardboard box, but with a high end cell phone and well designed mount.  This can truly allow many more people to get into the VR.  (ABOUT TIME!)

I also made it to the IEEE both to see my friends from Emotiv.  They had the Emotiv Insight connected to a Drag racing game.. I ran the run in 4.21 seconds, not shabby!  I can now say I’ve had my hands on the new unit and CAN’T wait to get it at home.  I supported the Kickstarter and have been waiting for the new unit.  They also had the version 2 of the original headset and it does seem to be much more robust.  I can’t wait to see how people hack this together.

Overall, CES 2015 was very much incremental from 2014.  Wearables were certainly king this year, followed by next generation TV’s and Connected products.  I didn’t see much representation of the AllScene Alliance (A bit of a shock), but I am sure that my buddy Joe Speed will fix that for 2016, (I only saw 2 booths that had the alliance logo on their booth).  In all fairness I didn’t go to ever booth on the show floor.  Connected Vehicle is certainly maturing. Ever OEM had their story and their spin.  Google and Apple have booth quickly caused the OEM to support their platforms, and they are mostly hedging their bets with both platforms available in many vehicles.  Security was talked about by many, but I didn’t not really see any tangible security plays for the Internet of Things.  This space is ripe for help!

And now for a batch of pics 🙂
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BMW with cool Doors

BMW with cool Doors

Me and my brain getting ready to race!

Me and my brain getting ready to race!

The Omni from Virtuix

The Omni from Virtuix

Where are the 4 stars!!

Where are the 4 stars!!

For my Friend Bryan

For my Friend Bryan

The Final Bus ride to the Hotel

The Final Bus ride to the Hotel

Loved this from Lenovo

Loved this from Lenovo

Final Day – Future visions

It is always amazing to me how fast this week goes. Saturday came and went, and I am flying home today. I went to two sessions and then spent the rest of the day on the show floor, deciding to skip my last planned session. This ultimately was the right decision, as I got time to see people and booths in more detail.

The first session I went to was on creating eBooks without pulling your hair out.

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My simplistic expectation was that this session was going to focus on Apple’s iBooks, I am so glad that I was wrong. Serenity Caldwell, an associate editor at MacWorld Magazine, and the editor of many of their Super Guides, went thru the workflow of creating three types of eBooks (text only, text and pictures, and text, pictures, animation and video) and how to target the three major platforms – ePub (non-DRM), Mobi (Kindel DRM), and iBooks (Apple’s proprietary format). She explained the tools you need to pick up (both OSS -Open Source Software, and for pay), and even included some of her own code snippets to help you get started… I learned a lot.

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The second session, was a follow-up to a session I went to last year – Student Projects from the Hawaii Prep Academy boarding school on the big island of Hawaii. I have really enjoyed these student presentations, as they show all the passion of science that I had at that age, and they come up with some really innovative ideas. I hope to post a video montage, since I shot a bunch of video on my iPhone. The one and only complaint I had was that their teacher spent too much time telling you about what you were about to see, as well as what they learned, what they used, etc. that the students didn’t have much time to show off their work, nor did they say anything much more than the teacher. I think next year they should let the students talk more. The first student was working with HDR (High Dynamic Range) pictures to build VR (Virtual reality) maps of their campus and the Keck observatory. The second student showcased work she was doing using the Emotiv Epoc headset to research how we react to music. I’ve had one of these at home for a few years, and the technology and API is amazing! The third student utilized the headset to control a AR Drone quadrocopter. The Fourth student was doing research on recognizing patterns in electrical usage within hotels, with the goal of reducing the extreme cost of energy. At the current time, electricity on the Islands is 4 times the cost of the most expensive mainland costs. She got this idea after doing research on DNA. She can now look at a set of waves and tell you what is a Laptop verses a refrigerator. They are also working on identifying GMO in food. Another student showcased how she build a radio telescope and can pick up the Doppler shift of Jupiter. And the final presentation was a student who is from Italy and is studying the three types of waves caused by earth quakes. This is important because the third type, can predict Tsunami’s and since Hawaii is receives no other warnings based on Latin American earthquakes this is critical information. The interesting aspect was that school can get three free sensors from Quake Cather Network, this is a crowdsourcing effort sponsored by Standford. I am going to see if I can order a set for myself.

The rest of the day I hung out on the show floor, and got to see the iPad based robot from Double Robot that allows you to be at the office and interact with people from anywhere in the world. I talked to the guys from AgileBits, Smile, CrashPlan, BlueMicrophones, Ecamm Networks, and many many more. I will try and post some more detailed reviews of some of the other people I talked to and whose software I recently picked up.

Looking forward to going back next year!