Consumer technology for training, as seen at the 2016 Consumer Technlolgy Show (CTS)
ON THE GO TRANSLATOR
LogoBar is a hand-held device that you can wear around your neck or place on your key fob. Go to any country, and this device will translate between any two languages. In my case, English to Italian, or Spanish or Chinese, depending upon where I travel next. Best news, you don’t need the Internet or international phone. It is entirely standalone! Bad news is it you have to buy another LogoBar if you want more than one language translated. Target retail price is $99 each.
—More info: www.logobar.com
A WEARABLE WATCH YOU CAN HEAR THROUGH
TipTalk is a wristband for your Apple Watch or the like. With this band you don’t need ear buds, headset or the like to hear your Apple Watch conversation. It uses your index fnder and vibrations to transmit sound to your ear. I didn’t believe it until I tried it. Found them in the Samsung Booth of innovation partners. Estimated Retail Price: $80.
—More info: www.innomdlelab.com
3-D SMARTPHONE SCREEN TRANSFORMER
Neth3D Mobile offers the 3D Screen Transformer and Protector. It protects your favorite smartphone with a specialized screen protect, and allows you to see 3-D without glasses using the Net3D application. The surface feels like a holographic paper, but is thin, lightweight and easy to apply and remove. Just think, 3-D videos at the switch of a screen protector.
—More info: http://neth3d.com
BUILD BRAIN POWER & TURN OUT THE LIGHTS
Imagine with a thought, you can change your environment. BrainCo demonstrated a prototype of Focus1, a brain-control device that consists of a cap, sofware and Bluetooth-enabled devices. When wearing the cap, you train the sofware to “read” your thoughts. You can control Bluetooth-enabled devices, like lighting, a robotic arm, vision goggles and other tasks with a thought. Designed by a group of scientists from Harvard and BIT, Focus1 empowers your brain to control everything. Applications include communicating pain levels, training disabled limbs, and communicating at a distance with others. The use of the device also has shown improvements in users concentration and brain activity.
—More info: www.brainco.tech
VIDEO EMOTIONAL ANALYTICS APPLICATION
What do you get when you pair live video with emotional analytics applications? You see what the person is feeling on video. At CES 2016, ooVoo debuted Intelligent Video, with partner MIT’s spinoff Afectiva. Afectiva’s Afdex emotion-sensing technology, when coupled with ooVoo’s high-quality video chat SDK, analyzes facial expressions in real time to discern a user’s emotions, e.g., whether a person is engaged, amused, surprised or confused. With this layer of emotion measurement, Intelligent Video is poised to transform personal and business interactions as it enhances mobile video communications with a more engaging and authentic experience.
The market opportunity for Intelligent Video is significant, as individuals seek more intimate relationships with connections, and businesses look to develop stronger and more nuanced relationships with their customers. The applicability of Intelligent Video will cross a wide range of industries and consumer interactions — from HR recruiting and job interviews, to market research focus groups, as well as consumer applications, such as an app that broadcasts the vibe of a chat room.
—More info: www.oovoo.com
VIRTUAL REALITY STARTER KIT
You don’t have to be a game developer to launch virtual reality. Today, 360-degree cameras help you jumpstart the creation of your learning environment via video. The Vuze VR Kit includes a panoramic 4K-resolution camera with lenses mounted in 306 degrees. The Vuze camera is almost pocket size. The kit includes Vuze Studio to install on your computer and the Vuze app for your smartphone. Studio generates automatic VR movies, real-time stitching, editing and 3-D effects. VR headset, minipod and selfe stick are included. Package retails for less than $2,000. Powered by HumanEyes technology.
—More info: www.vuze.camera
VIRTUAL REALITY 3-D CAMERA, SOFTWARE
VideoStitch is a Virtual Reality solution that includes video capture sofware, editing, and support. Use your own 360-degree camera and headset, or package it with VideoStitch products. From industrial training applications to creating live video courses for learners to attend virtually.
—More info: www.video-stitch.com
VIRTUAL LEARNING SERVICE
Lenovo’s first sofware-as-a-service (SaaS) application comes in the form of an AirClass virtual learning service. With the AirClass Activity Stream, instructors and students can share documents, photos, videos and comments that can be reviewed or updated anytime, even when class is not in session. Plus, AirClass is connected with Google Drive, Microsof OneDrive and Office 365 Apps to make sharing even easier. AirClass is built on top of the Stoneware Cloud platform that Lenovo acquired in 2012. What makes it different is that the cameras on the devices can be used to capture and analyze the level of attention being paid to any given presentation.
—More info: https://www.airclass.com
VIRTUAL REALITY CONTROL AT YOUR FINGERTIPS
Being immersed in a virtual environment for the frst time is a life-altering experience. But afer entering one, what can you touch or control? Rink offers you handheld controllers to reach out and touch anything in the virtual environment. Another Samsung innovator lab partner, Rink works with Samsung Gear VR, Google Cardboard and more. I.T. senses your hands and fngers with low latency. 360-degree hand tracking, finger movement sensing and mobile VR support are enabled.
—More info: www.rinktech.co
UNDERSTANDING PEOPLE BETTER
Traitify has taken Myers-Briggs to the photo gallery. This personality API lets you understand people in ways that were previously impossible. People see the world in pictures, not words. In Traitify, people see a series of pictures and simply respond “ME” or “NOT ME.” The visuals stimulate thoughts, emotions and experiences left uncovered by traditional assessments. Use Traitify’s API to capture information during on-boarding, profile management and voila! — instant, actionable data to create better matches, efficient teams and make smarter recommendations.
—More info: www.traitify.com
PROJECTOR MAKES ANY FLAT SURFACE A BIG SCREEN
Meet Beam. It can turn any flat surface into a big screen. It is a powerful projector equipped with a smarter computer. Beam is easy to set up and control with the Apple or Android app. You can screw it into any light socket or use the included power cable to place on any flat surface. No more bulky LCDs. Beam is portable, affordable and interactive.
—More info: www.beamlabsinc.com