Hundreds of technology start-ups have been pitching their ideas to thousands of investors this week. The world’s biggest tech companies have showcased their newest products to the media at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. More than 150,000 gadget lovers have been lucky enough to see wonderful and wacky devices on demonstration before the rest of us can get our hands on them.
Predictably, wearable technology has dominated CES this year, and much of it has been designed to monitor people’s health and fitness. But not just people’s health – the health of pets and plants too. Here’s a selection of the technology shown at CES from January 6 to 9 which may or may not reach the market in the near future.
Counting calories on your wristFitness bands are mainstream technology these days, but one company, Healbe, claims that their wristband can count the number of calories that you consume. Like other such bands, the accuracy is questioned by health and medical experts.
Monitoring your vital statistics on your ankleFrench firm Mybiody Balance has developed a "wearable wellness body measurement device" which you attach to your ankle. Their product then transmits your vital statistics including body mass and fat percentage, to your smartphone or laptop.
Smart t-shirtsCityzen Sciences, another French firm, is gambling that people will want to wear smart tech as a t-shirt. Its intelligent clothing monitors how hard you are working out, such as when running, by measuring your heart rate. It also sends the data to your smartphone – the usual essential device for viewing your personal information.
Share your habits at workMore established fitness technology company Jawbone thinks that your boss might want to see their employees’ personal data! The company’s UP for Groups system collects movement, eating and sleep data from its existing wearable tracking devices and apps, makes it anonymous, and then shares it with your employer. Jawbone believes the data will help businesses become more productive. This obviously raises several questions, not least about whether employees want to share such data – anonymized or not – and whether it’s ethical.
Healthier pets and plantsAs the human health and fitness monitoring market has already become quite crowded, a few start-ups have turned their attention to pets and even plants. One company showed a GPS tracking device for pets, which also monitors their temperature. Another has produced a pot plant monitor which senses how much moisture, fertilizer, and sunlight your plant is getting.
Safer cyclingCyclists may be keen to buy a new cycling helmet, developed by car manufacturer Volvo, which is equipped with sensors to inform the cyclist when they are at a higher risk of crashing. And perhaps they would also want to purchase new smart pedals that will alert them if their bicycle has been stolen.
Super-fast battery chargingIt might seem mundane but the need to continually charge the batteries in devices is well known to be holding technology back. Some companies, including tech giant Samsung, have unveiled new technology to charge smartphones much faster than ever before. One firm at CES claimed it can do this in less than one minute.
Personal in-flight entertainmentEntertainment leader Panasonic revealed its latest concept – a passenger-recognition system that presents personal in-flight information and entertainments options for people once they have boarded an airplane.
Other gadgets on showAnother products on show from the 350-plus exhibitors included Keecker, a robot which can move around your home and project images on any surface so that you can watch television programs and movies or play video games anywhere.
French company Novitact presented a silent wristband which enables people to communicate through vibration.
And you might soon be able to find whatever you have lost via a tracking tag and your smartphone. The US start-up that developed the technology wants people to share the news of their lost items so that anyone else with a smartphone can help locate the lost property.
Catch up with CES 2015You can find out much more about CES 2015 on the website.
The highlights from our Weekly Techno Briefs above do not necessarily represent the view of Capgemini Group.