TAVES Con­sumer Elec­tron­ics Show Pre­view

Where Tech­nol­ogy Meets Life­style: TAVES Is Loaded with Fun for the Whole Fam­ily!

NOVO - - YOUR DIGITAL DORM ROOM - by Laura Wil­liam

From rau­cous bat­tling robots to the lat­est in home au­to­ma­tion and en­ter­tain­ment, TAVES is Canada’s ul­ti­mate tech­nol­ogy play­ground. Here is a pre­view of the year’s TAVES Con­sumer Elec­tron­ics Show, which runs at the Toronto Con­gress Cen­tre, from Oct. 13-15th. Robots have been on ev­ery­one’s mind this year — and they’ll be ev­ery­where, do­ing all sorts of things this Oc­to­ber at TAVES. Ac­tion fans will want to check out Bot Brawl, Canada’s biggest ro­bot com­bat event. Fea­tur­ing 30lb and 150lb home-built robots, cheer for your favourites as they face off in sumo style fights. For sheer joy, watch for Wheely from Smart Wheel Canada. Built on a Smart2 HX hov­er­board, this fully mo­bile ro­bot will be zip­ping around the show floor, say­ing hello, pos­ing for pic­tures and gen­er­ally be­ing mis­chievous. If you’re cu­ri­ous about the way robots are trans­form­ing the way we live: what we do, how we do it; even our so­cial re­la­tion­ships, check out the “Robots — and Roboti­cists — in the Fam­ily” dis­cus­sion panel. Hear from Alde­baron/Soft­Bank Ro­bot­ics’ first in­ter­ac­tive com­pan­ion ro­bot, called NAO, and the peo­ple who build, pro­gram and use them on stage at TAVES Talks Tech. And if you’ve got kids aching to build and pro­gram robots of their own, there are all kinds of work­shops to sat­isfy their tech­ni­cal and cre­ative en­er­gies from Lit­tle Ro­bot Friends, Mimet­ics, Mak­erKids and Bot Camp.

Rein­vent­ing the Wheel[s]

Whether ve­hi­cles are robots is a mat­ter of de­bate. But there’s no de­bate that one of our old­est, most en­dur­ing pieces of tech­nol­ogy — the wheel — is be­com­ing as con­nected as we are. From au­ton­o­mous cars to elec­tric bikes, scoot­ers, hov­er­boards and com­pan­ion car­ri­ers, we’re rein­vent­ing our re­la­tion­ship with the wheel.

Tesla’s hotly an­tic­i­pated Model 3 is ex­pected to trig­ger mass mar­ket adop­tion of elec­tric ve­hi­cles. If you’re think­ing about mak­ing the switch, check in with Plug’n Drive, Canada’s author­i­ta­tive voice on elec­tric cars and charg­ing sta­tions, at their show ex­hibit. To seal the deal, take an elec­tric car for a spin at TAVES.

On­tario has been test­ing au­ton­o­mous ve­hi­cles for nearly a year. Just this Au­gust, Uber be­gan on-road test­ing in Toronto. Au­ton­o­mous ve­hi­cles are com­ing on-stream fast — a hot topic that will be ex­plored in de­tail at the “Rein­vent­ing the Wheel” dis­cus­sion panel as part of TAVES Talks Tech. There are end­less wheel­based op­tions for get­ting around: e-Bikes, scoot­ers, all ter­rain hov­er­boards, uni­cy­cles. Try them out at TAVES and then head over to “Where there’s a wheel there’s a way”, a lively panel dis­cus­sion about the ex­plo­sion in al­ter­na­tive green trans­porta­tion de­vices.

Am­bi­ent tech­nolo­gies cater­ing to our every de­sire

Am­bi­ent ap­pli­ca­tions that cater to our every de­sire are trans­form­ing the way we ex­pe­ri­ence life and one an­other. Walk­ing in an un­fa­mil­iar city and look­ing for some­thing spe­cial — the graphic over­lays in the lat­est aug­mented re­al­ity apps will guide you to it. Throw on a vir­tual re­al­ity head­set, and have in­stant ac­cess to friends and fam­ily, how­ever dis­tant or ex­pe­ri­ence an ex­otic lo­cale you’ve al­ways dreamed about.

Con­cerned about your per­sonal safety? Seam’s ground­break­ing so­cial safety plat­form, launch­ing in Oc­to­ber, cre­ates dig­i­tal con­nec­tions be­tween you and your loved ones, record­ing and shar­ing rich en­vi­ron­men­tal data, in­clud­ing lo­ca­tion, pho­tos, and au­dio.

Ex­per­i­ment with smart mir­rors that au­to­mat­i­cally dis­play any­thing you’re track­ing: your health, fit­ness, nu­tri­tion, sleep and daily ac­tiv­ity dash­boards. Mango Mir­ror lets you check the weather while you’re brush­ing your teeth, track the stock mar­ket, the news or your email. Per­son­al­ized for one or mul­ti­ple users, it au­to­mat­i­cally dis­plays your de­tails as you ap­proach and re­moves them when you leave.

Want more con­trol over the in­tegrity of your food? Grow nu­tri­ent-rich let­tuce, mi­cro­greens and herbs in Tiny Farm’s smart,

mod­u­lar, in-home grow­ing sys­tem. En­joy or­ganic sal­ads year round from a chem­i­cal free, com­plex, liv­ing soil en­vi­ron­ment.

Even al­ter­na­tive health has gone wear­able. TAVES will be host­ing the global launch of Doc­ture-P, by Panacea Nova. An Ayurvedicbased health de­vice, it an­a­lyzes your cur­rent phys­i­cal and men­tal state and of­fers re­al­time no­ti­fi­ca­tions fea­tur­ing herbal and di­etary guid­ance.

To­tal con­cen­tra­tion to­day — to­tal con­trol to­mor­row?

With ev­ery­thing from your phone to your home ther­mo­stat ping­ing for your at­ten­tion, it’s get­ting harder to con­cen­trate. And that might just be the next big thing — brain com­puter in­ter­faces [BCIs]. The am­bi­tions for th­ese new tech­nolo­gies are enor­mous. Elon Musk’s new com­pany, Neu­ralink, is build­ing im­plantable BCIs. The first wave of “Neu­ral Tech” aims to re­place lost func­tion [think cochlear im­plants on steroids], tar­get­ting ev­ery­thing from de­pres­sion to Parkin­son’s Dis­ease. But the next fron­tier is fo­cussed on en­hanc­ing brain func­tion — con­nect­ing our brains to com­put­ers and the in­ter­net to achieve en­tirely new ca­pa­bil­i­ties well be­yond our nat­u­ral abil­i­ties. TAVES Talks Tech will be tak­ing a look at Neu­ral Pros­thet­ics: what’s here, what’s com­ing and where it’s head­ing. Then head to the show floor to try out the early gen­er­a­tions of BCI — from Mind­Set’s smart head­phones that im­prove your con­cen­tra­tion to Smart stones’ ges­ture tech.

Sit back and savour the fun­da­men­tals — sound and vi­sion

And if all this in­ter­act­ing ex­hausts you, slip into a home demon­stra­tion suite and savour in­cred­i­ble, im­mer­sive sound and vi­sion tech­nol­ogy. TAVES boasts North Amer­ica’s largest se­lec­tion of home en­ter­tain­ment sys­tems: speak­ers, turnta­bles, am­pli­fiers, por­ta­ble au­dio, pro­jec­tors, cut­ting-edge TVs and more. All the ma­jor brands will be there, launch­ing their lat­est prod­ucts and of­fer­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence of a life­time.

Three tech-tonic days in Toronto. There’s noth­ing else like it any­where

The TAVES Con­sumer Elec­tronic Show runs

Elec­tric cars are hot. And TAVES has them.

Syn­di­cated columnist and tech­nol­ogy jour­nal­ist Marc Saltz­man is back as part of TAVES Talks Tech.

The QNAP AfoBot, a ro­bot-like com­pan­ion de­vice lets you make real-time voice and video calls, and sup­ports auto record­ing, fam­ily cal­en­dars, mul­ti­me­dia stream­ing, ed­u­ca­tion, as well as sim­ple sur­veil­lance func­tions.

Panacea Nova’s Doc­ture-P is a re­mark­able med­i­cal wear­able de­vice that will launch at TAVES.

Mango Mir­ror smart mir­ror.

Wheely is the brain­child of Smart Wheel Canada’s Kash Mush­taq. He en­listed the tal­ents of two lo­cal high school stu­dents, Sheikh Tah­mid and Emily Hen­der­son, mem­bers of The Robo Devils Team 5036 to build a ro­bot that can talk, move and in­ter­act.

If robots are your thing, TAVES will have more of them on the show floor than ever!

Gold­note is one of the many brands of turnta­bles that will be show­cased at this year’s show.

Check out TOTEM’s lat­est high-end loud­speak­ers as the com­pany cel­e­brates its 30th an­niver­sary. En­gi­neered to de­light the most dis­crim­i­nat­ing ear, Mon­treal-based TOTEM de­liv­ers lively, spa­cious, pow­er­ful sound in a stun­ning aes­thetic.

You def­i­nitely can test fly a drone! Stop by Om­niView Tech’s Drone Cage and try out some of the most so­phis­ti­cated DJI drones on the mar­ket.

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