What’s New & What to See at CES 2020

CES® 2020, the world’s largest and most influential tech event, begins in 3 days from January 7th through the 10th in Las Vegas. This year more than 4,500 exhibitors will launch nearly 20,000 new transformative tech products to more than 170,000 attendees, making it one of the largest CES shows to date. The show exhibitors will include 5G connectivity, artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality, smart cities and resilience, sports, robotics and more. As the 7th year in a row covering CES LIVE, I wanted to compile a list for those attending or curious about what happens at the show, especially what is new for 2020!

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Nodle Gives an IoT Makeover to the Iconic Parisian Park Benches

Serving as an important and historical part of Parisian life and culture, the Parisian benches were first introduced in 1850. Announced today, Nodle.io, an Internet of Things (IoT) and connectivity network provider, has partnered with the City of Paris, France to deploy 3,000 Bluetooth-enabled benches and other urban installations in new Métro stations and parks. Nodle was brought into the fold by French manufacturer Groupe Saint Léonard to design and create the new smart benches and public infrastructure throughout 68 new metro stations within the city.

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OmniFob: The World’s First All-In-One IoT Remote for Smart Homes and Connected Cars

Keyport, Inc., creator of streamlined universal access solutions, has launched its all-in-one IoT smart remote called OmniFob on Kickstarter. The OmniFob is a finger-sized key fob that transforms any standard keychain into a smart remote by providing quick and easy access to a user’s connected functions. Users can open their garage, unlock their door, turn on their lights, start their car, find their keys, call for help, and more all in one VERY smart fob that attaches easily to any conventional keychain and that is also compatible with Keyport’s modular Slide 3.0, Pivot, and Anywhere Tools.

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Cutting-Edge Technology by Microsoft That Will Change The Future of Fashion

Combining fashion and innovative technology the London College of Fashion and Microsoft unveiled the projects from their custom co-curriculum, Future of Fashion Incubator. A while back Microsoft partnered with London College of Fashion, UAL to find out what happens when the future leaders of the fashion industry get their hands on the innovative technology. Per Microsoft’s press release, the incubator was comprised of a short-term intensive program, where top students from LCF’s Fashion Business School, School of Design & Technology, and School of Media & Communication worked together in six multi-disciplinary groups. Below were the selected groups for the program: Continue Reading →

CONNECTIONS™ Session on Voice Control in IoT Features Executives from Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Nuance, and Voicebox Technologies

DALLAS, May 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Parks Associates announced new numbers today showing adoption of smart speakers with personal assistants, including Amazon Echo, Dot, or Tap, or Google Home, is 10-11% of U.S. broadband households. The IoT research firm also estimates that in 2020, annual sales in this product category will exceed 50 million units. Parks Associates will examine voice control as part of the smart home and consumer-based IoT at CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference on May 23-25 in San Francisco. Continue Reading →

Welle: Turn Any Surface Into A Smart Interface

I was just notified about a new Kickstarter Campaign announced today on a potential consumer product called Welle. In a world of “smart” everything, including tooth brushes, I have become rather jaded about the multitude of “smart” products on the market currently. Nothing seems to jump out to me anymore as a cool or innovative product with a market saturated with “smart” devices. I seriously got pitched on “smart” toilet paper holder, no joke! Continue Reading →

42tea and CES 2017


teaIn this day and age everything technology wise is “smart,” there is even a smart plate but it doesn’t stop there. We now have smart teas as well. 42tea combines the tea tradition with the easy-to-use feature of connected devices using the smart cube that is connected to their smartphone app. The smart cube guides you through each step of preparation (dosage tea/water, infusion time and temperature) depending on the tea chosen.

IoTea will be officially launched at the CES in Las Vegas, January 2017, from the 5th to the 8th, where it was rewarded with an Innovation award in the category Smart Home. I will definitely stop by 42tea‘s booth while at CES because I am intrigued and also fail at making tea that taste good.

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Press Release: Anda Technologies and Borqs Announce Partnership to Launch Anda’s Symbol-based Communication Wearable for Children at COMPUTEX 2016


COMPUTEX Taipei is currently going on and while I’m not there I get some fun press releases. I have a young niece that is the bee’s knees and out of all the press releases I think the Snapdragon Wear is a great innovative product for kids…Maybe even adults who haven’t migrated to the 21st century.

Below is the official press release and I hope that I may be able to get one to review. Enjoy!

Taipei, Taiwan — May 31, 2016 – Anda Technologies, a Latin American children’s wearable designer and developer headquartered in Lima, Peru and Borqs International Holding Corp., a global product & solutions provider for Android based smart connected devices, are pleased to announce that they have partnered to develop and launch Anda’s first symbol-based communication wearable for children.

Anda’s device is the first Android connected wearable specifically created for children as young as three years old. The device boosts a plethora of children’s focused features (CFFs) including a proprietary symbol based language that allows for two-way communication without the need to know how to read or write. Designed with a 360 full color screen, medical grade materials and powered by Qualcomm Technologies’ next generation wearables processor Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Wear 2100, the device will revolutionize the way parents and children communicate while apart. Continue Reading →