Tech­nol­ogy of Things

What's shown in Ve­gas won't stay in Ve­gas as the Con­sumer Elec­tron­ics Show tops a half-century

Business Traveler (USA) - - INSIDE - By Lark Gould

CCES@50 – Con­sumer Elec­tron­ics Show tops a half century

The note on my CES 2017 badge said 30 years and I was not sure what that meant un­til I re­al­ized that I cov­ered my first CES event in Las Ve­gas in 1987. At that time, I was a reporter for the Las Ve­gas SUN and my job was to look at SEGA and Nin­tendo games games, and suss out video and au­dio record­ing equip­ment at what was fast be­com­ing one of the city’s largest trade shows.

CES 2017 is cel­e­brat­ing its 50th year and bears lit­tle re­sem­blance to the 1967 show, held in NewYork City, which had 200 ex­hibitors with names like LG and Mo­torola show­ing off the lat­est por­ta­ble knobbed TVs and fur­ni­ture con­soles. Last month’s show saw 150,000-plus at­ten­dees and 4000-plus ex­hibitors pour­ing into in Sin City with ev­ery­thing from phone screens that clean them­selves to ro­bots that an­swer the door.

This year, top draws were de­vel­op­ments in the In­ter­net of Things as in­ter­preted with grow­ing ac­cu­racy by com­mands barked at Alexa; self- driv­ing cars which are likely to show up in force on our streets by the end of the decade; wear­ables with more and more sen­si­tiv­ity in our cloth­ing and accessories, mea­sur­ing ev­ery­thing from sleep to golf swings to places your shoes have been; and vir­tual re­al­ity is spread­ing its reach and functionality as con­tent be­comes eas­ier to pro­duce and op­ti­cals be­come eas­ier to af­ford.

For busi­ness trav­el­ers, CES al­ways pro­duces some hid­den finds that can ease the toil of life on the road and make trav­el­ing just a lit­tle eas­ier. Here are ten gems from CES 2017 for traveler ef­fi­ciency, com­fort and de­light.

1 Your luggage as a mo­tor­ized ve­hi­cle

If you could ride your luggage like a Vespa, would you? One luggage com­pany is bet­ting you will and has cre­ated a carry-on bag for those fre­quent fly­ers who want to max­i­mize the dash to the de­par­tures gate. The hard case bag weighs about 23 pounds (be­ware how much stuff you put in it if you want stay within carry-on weight re­stric­tions

for many in­ter­na­tional car­ri­ers), is made of high strength bal­lis­tic ny­lon, in­cludes a lithium ion, dual port Smart Charger and a beefy elec­tric motor pow­ered by UL lithium bat­ter­ies that can keep the shut­tle case driv­ing for about six miles (based on car­ry­ing a 180-pound driver).

You can whip through air­ports at speeds of up to 8 mph, us­ing the quick re­lease foot ped­als for ac­cel­er­a­tion, the ex­tend­able towing han­dle for steer­ing and the dual-wheel brak­ing sys­tem for near misses. No li­cense re­quired. The Modobag is TSA, FAA and IATA com­pli­ant and will be priced at around $1,000 when it comes out this spring.

2 Your phone wrapped around your wrist

No, this is not an Ap­ple Watch, it’s your phone wrapped like a bracelet or band around your wrist. OK, why? Be­cause thin­ner is al­ways bet­ter. The phone mea­sures 6mm thick and weighs a mere 3.5 ounces. It acts as a reg­u­lar phone that can lie flat and rigid or as a fit­ness tracker/heart mon­i­tor/calo­rie counter and all things app-friendly as it hugs your wrist and elim­i­nates one more thing to keep up with.

Hu­mor­ously called Gumby’s lost cousin, the phone of­fers 3G con­nec­tiv­ity, can fit a SIM card, and runs off the An­droid OS. The Roy­ole Flex­i­ble Phone is priced at $299.

3 Your com­puter in your palm

This 2”by 2”de­vice packs a lot of power as it merges LTE hotspot functionality with a net­work-at­tached stor­age op­er­a­tion.You will be able to store up to 2 TB of data, pro­grams, pho­tos, mu­sic, movies, what­ever you want to ac­cess from your com­puter-driven menagerie from any­where via WiFi.

The power cube con­tains a Sam­sung SSD stor­age unit and a Sam­sung Exynos 7420 pro­ces­sor to make all of your dig­i­tal con­tent within reach across all your de­vices wher­ever you are. The cas­ing is wa­ter­proof and shock re­sis­tant and weighs as lit­tle as three ounces. For a small item, how­ever, the LINK will come at a big price when re­leased in April, start­ing at $349 for 256 GB and rang­ing up to $1,150 for the 2 TB op­tion.

4 Your doo­dles pop­ping from pa­per to smart de­vices in­stantly

This tech­nol­ogy by ACECAD has been a long time com­ing, start­ing, per­haps with New­ton mes­sage pad in 1993. The evo­lu­tion in tech notes has led to a new writ­ing pad to which you af­fix a reg­u­lar piece of pa­per or note pad and write with your fa­vorite pen but you will still be able to port all your notes and draw­ings di­rectly to your PC or smart­phone in­stan­ta­neously through a down­load­able app.

The writ­ing pad fea­tures more than a 1000 lev­els of pres­sure sen­si­tiv­i­ties to know ex­actly what is be­ing scribed or etched. The ACECAD PenPaper 5x8 dig­i­tal notepad is con­nected to de­vices via Blue­tooth and sells on­line for around $140.

5 Your thoughts mov­ing moun­tains

It made me feel like I was in a mod­ern-day re­make of My Fa­vorite Mar­tian as I donned the smooth black headband and be­gan fo­cus­ing hard to com­mu­ni­cate my thoughts. In my hand was a smart­phone with an app that tells me just how hard I’m con­cen­trat­ing – in num­bers: 33, 34, 35, go­ing up. At CES, the headband and phone con­nected wire­lessly to a com­puter that was wired to a ro­bot. At about 38 or so the ro­bot be­gan to move and up went its left arm, the com­mand I fired firmly in my brain. Mis­sion ac­com­plished.

The headband tech­nol­ogy called Lucy from BrainCo.tech will of­fi­cially launch March 31, but its pur­pose will be less about mak­ing ro­bots move and more about train­ing brain­waves to at­tain cer­tain fre­quen­cies to en­hance fo­cus­ing abil­i­ties and im­prove per­for­mance and pro­duc­tiv­ity as part­ners come in to cre­ate end-user apps.

6 room wher­ever you go

You are on an air­plane, work­ing on your com­puter and the battery runs out. Un­for­tu­nately, you are not sit­ting in the up­front cabin and there is no place to plug in at your seat. But the Om­nicharge power­bank you brought with you is strong enough do the job. It has a smart AC/HVDC out­put plug, two USB ports just

in case you want to also si­mul­ta­ne­ously charge your phone e and iPad at the same time, can trans­fuse power from the sun andnd can light up the bet­ter part of a small home if you hap­pen to need to do that, too.

The sleek, black ev­ery­thing charger weighs as much as two large ap­ples, and comes in con­ve­nient di­men­sions that will fit eas­ily into a large hand. It in­cludes a gen­er­ous se­lec­tion of con­nec­tors, charges fully in less than an hour and of­fers be­tween 65 and 100 watts of con­tin­u­ous power in two sizes. The Om­nicharge inn avail­able as of February on Ama­zon and starts at $299.

7 Glasses that make you sleep – or stay awake

Jet lag, in­som­nia – we have all had it and prob­a­bly have ave it regularly. A com­pany in Shen­zhen thinks they can fix this con­di­tion with high fre­quency trans­mis­sions of blue light us­ing tech­nol­ogy de­vel­oped for as­tro­nauts. Pe­gasi claims more than a decade of re­search work­ing with Johns Hop­kins Med­i­cal School to cre­ate a prod­uct that sounds as much like snake oil as it does mod­ern med­i­cal tech­nol­ogy. But used cor­rectly, the peo­ple at Pe­gasi Smart Sleep Glasses say it will help you fall asleep within 30 min­utes, whether on a plane, in bed or in a muddy fox­hole by send­ing lights of cer­tain wave­lengths to stim­u­late the hy­po­thal­a­mus to prod­uct less cor­ti­sol and more mela­tonin. Plus us­ing these glasses at the right time can re­duce sea­sonal af­fec­tive dis­or­der (SAD) and help wear­ers feel more awake and alive.

The glasses are strange look­ing – a cross be­tween Google Glass and some­thing Star Trek’s Ge­ordi La Forge might have worn – and come in a va­ri­ety of col­ors. Pe­gasi Smart Sleep Glasses are also on the ex­pen­sive side – around $200 and can only be pur­chased at the site cur­rently.

8 Shield­ing your WiFi with a pro­tec­tive egg

You are in a crowded café and you are about to make a Skype call, ex­cept your ac­count just ze­roed out.You need to re-up fast but do not want to be vul­ner­a­ble to nearby yp phone hack­ers. Time to pull that Keezel out of your pocket.t. Fit­ting in the palm of your hand is an egg-shaped save that work­sks se­cretly be­hind the scenes to make sure all your de­vices aree cov­ered from in­com­ing info-thieves. Sim­ply pair your phone­hone or other de­vices to the Keezel, pair the Keezel to the WiFi you want to use and you are good to go.

The strong en­cryp­tion it sup­plies can work in 160 coun­tries and can be used with any WiFi en­abled de­vice. The handy unit in­cludes a 8000mPh power­bank to du­ti­fully charge the de­vices you are pro­tect­ing. The Keezel costs $139 and re­quires a sub­scrip­tion on its ser­vices, which runs around $30 a year.

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Knomo of London was at CES try­ing to give women and men a way to take all their elec­tron­ics with them and look stylish at the same time. Back­packs, clutch or­ga­niz­ers and totes bring easy ac­cess pock­ets for stor­ing tablets, phones, even a 15inch lap­top and make it pos­si­ble to find what is needed with­out miss­ing a beat.

Fo­cused on the ana­log side of cre­at­ing and main­tain­ing“a life or­ga­nized,”Knomo’s bags do in­clude an RFID pock­ets in all mod­els, and power charg­ers in some. But all items are light­weight, at­trac­tive and set with right-sized pock­ets in the right places. Knomo bags will soon be found at ma­jor depart­ment stores in the US.

10 Wear­ing your wares

An easy an­swer to the two-bag carry-on prob­lem is wear­ing, rather than car­ry­ing, your things. And while this usu­ally can­not be done with­out a cer­tain amount of em­bar­rass­ment if you in­tend to wear all the clothes you are bring­ing, it can be done with ease and style for most of the elec­tron­ics and en­ter­tain­ment de­vices you care to carry. A cloth­ing com­pa­nyp y called SCOTTeVEST fig­ured out a way to cre­ate pock­ets in cloth­ing that will hav have the dual job of car­ry­ing ev­ery­thing from com­put­ers and ta tablets to hard-cover books while keep­ing you co­vere cov­ered and giv­ing you a slim­ming pro­file. Rang­ingRang from vests to jack­ets to rain­coats and card cardi­gans, prod­ucts are weather proof and li light­weight and mostly un­re­veal­ing of the m many gad­gets that may be in tow. A light c cardi­gan se­lec­tion for women is es­pe­cially use­ful as it works as a long sweater or cover to the mid-thigh, has im­por­tant hid­den zipped pock­ets and pro­vides an at­trac­tive hood that can be used as a con­ve­nient head scarf in coun­tries and p places where such attire is re­quired. SCOTTeVES SCOTTeVEST items are found on­line and run be­tween $35 and $200.

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