Todd Herion of Okidokeys joins us for the TPN CES live broadcast. Okidokeys is a smart lock and door solution. They want to take the flat key and connect with the other wifi devices.
Okidokeys lock uses a smartphone app to not only open locks for yourself, but also give access to friends and others. The web portal allows to share keys. Perfect for a vaction rental, time share or home rental.
This is a proximity range opener — no Wifi router needed. The lock has a motor which opens the door without needing the key. For an extra charge, you can set up a wifi solution so you can unlock a door while you are away.
The audio key will even work with non-smartphones. They call the number, set a pin code and a pitch will sound to unlock the door.
Prices start at $179. For more information, check out Okidokeys.com
Samantha Morris of NixPlay joined us for the TPN CES live broadcast. Nixplay Cloud Frame is a digital frame that comes with a service and cloud account. It attaches to social networks so you can select photos to send. That way, if you want to show off photos of your vacation to Mom or Dad, or even to your own frame, you can activate and the pictures show up.
Another great use is a wedding. You can give access to all friends and family, then when they take pictures of the wedding, the photos are instantly gathered so they can be displayed on the frame.
The frame is motion activated, so it will wake up when someone comes in the room.
Robert Unsworth joined our TPN CES live broadcast to talk about NewsRepublic. This is an app across all mobile devices. They have over 800 content providers who post to their system. Appygeek is one of the tech-centric sites.
They are here to bring new partners onto the site. They work on a revenue share model with display advertising. They are one of a few companies who pay each content writers on traffic generated.
NewsRepublic has strong partnerships so writers have stayed with the company.
You may see a bracelet, but its really a piece of technology. Amanda Garnier of Netatmo joined us on the TPN CES live broadcast. She was showing off their newest product called June – a sun exposure monitor.
June will give you personalized sun protection advice based on your skin type. Camille Toupet – a Harry Winston and Louis Vuitton collaborator – has taken on this project to make wearable technology look like something you want to wear. The bracelet has a metal alloy crystal-like face, and on the bottom houses the USB port to connect to a smartphone. You wear this bracelet and it will record how much UV light you are getting.
“We really wanted to make a beautiful object that women would want to wear on their day-to-day lives,” says Amanda Garnier.”This isn’t for just the beach or on vacation — this is for everyday. So what makes us unique is we really take the wearables to that design place. A lot of women coming by saying they would wear even if it didn’t do anything.”
The bracelet centerpiece is high-quality UV sensors. The wearable can be taken off the strap and worn on the body — as long as the sensor is exposed to the sun. Using Bluetooth LE, it sends information to the app. You fill information in the app beforehand – hair color, eye color – to get your skin type and what the exposure would do. 100% is a sunburn.
Most interesting, it makes you aware of how your skin gets exposed throughout the day. At any time you could get burned, even if you don’t think you’ve been out in the sun that long.
Chris Barber of Neat joined our TPN CES live broadcast with the newest models at the show. He showed us the Neat Connect: Direct to Cloud scanner. You don’t need any computer to connect to. You can scan business cards, receipts and more to cloud based drives.
Simply place the paper in the scanner area, hit scan and check out the preview. When ready, send to whatever service you use. You can crop or adjust before you send out.
The scanner can handle 15 cards or receipts at a time. You can also scan up to 50 pages, when detaching the adapter plate.
Anything you need to scan – recipes, cards, and more. With intelligent parsing, they are working on OCR technology to recognize text on cards and receipts so you don’t need to create your own spreadsheets.
Simon Wegerif of ithlete joined Chris and I of the TPN CES live broadcast. ithlete is a program that will help you on monitoring your body before and after a workout. If you are stressed out or not getting enough sleep, your exercise routine might not be as helpful.
The My ithlete program is an accessory app that attaches to your finger. You build up a baseline to give you an idea of how much exercise to do. If you see a green light, its ok to do an intense workout. Red light says you might want to recoup a little more.
The finger sensor was co-developed by the University of Sydney. A published report of the U of Montgomery found the app matched up ECG and medical setup diagnosis for athletes and their workout schedules.
For $85, you can get the sensor and app to start monitoring your vitals. To find out more, check out myithlete.com
Dr. Jeff Jaffe of W3C joins us at the TPN CES live broadcast. On March 12, 1989, Tim Berners-Lee maps out what would become the World Wide Web.
W3C is now looking at the future. What’s the next 25 years? How will it transform music, healthcare, digital publishing, and more. They have been looking at transformation of society, industry and consumer behavior. They are seeing many changes. For instance, web publishing is high quality. Add mass distribution and the game has officially changed.
“What we saw in the last 25 years which started as accessing static, boring documents,” says Jaffe, “but linking – we’ve now moved into a web of applications, video, rich accessible web, and we put a lot into web accessibility. Because the web is important to society, we have to make sure the web can be accessed by anyone independent of any disabilities that they may have.”
MXL microphones have joined us once again for the TPN CES live broadcast. Perry Goldstein of MXL joined us to talk about mobile media.
Mobile Media microphones are devices that will connect to any mobile connection. The 3.5 mm jack is the only consistency to these devices, therefore MXL uses these in the new line. From interview microphones, boom microphones, to boundary microphones (for stage or conference calls) — all connected to your mobile device.
“People will put up with grainy video, put up with shaky video — not centered. As soon as they can’t hear, they shut it off,” stated Perry.
Most mobile media microphones are self-powered. MXL is also looking into wireless microphones and latency with such. You can sync later, but live video goes straight up and you don’t want audio issues.
Robert Flippo of Mobile Help joined the TPN CES Live broadcast. Mobile Health is a remote help system to help elderly. Using cellular technology, these devices are a simple button press to get help.
This year, Mobile Help launched the automatic fall detection pendant. This device detects if you have fallen and contact EMTs. The information can also be monitored and recorded so you can review later – especially the GPS data location – for review of how active the person is.
Since the pendant is monitored, they will send a new one when the battery is low.
A complete system is $40 a month for the system (which can be shared by more than one). For more information, check out mobilehelp.com
Sanus Lauren Theobald joined Don and I for the TPN CES Live Broadcast. Sanus is an AV manufacturer with cutom AV furniture and on-wall solutions. Easy to install, paint-able, customization and blends in with the room.
Lauren brought the Sanus VTM1 iPad mount. This is a stand or can be attached to a wall or under the cupboard to magnetically hold an iPad using the Magfit case. It is made with aluminum, so it is strong and durable.