The Nest Learning Thermostat learns your preferences and adjusts its program accordingly. It also provides a guide to energy savings. It won a CES "Best of Innovations" award in the eco-design and sustainable technologies category.
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Re Jim's comment, personal-sized health monitors are now a major category, much less an innovation that's emerged suddenly. It will be interesting to see at CES itself the kind of mindshare some of the non-3DTV, non-game technology gets. My contention is that this will be perhaps the most diverse CES ever, product wise. We'll soon see if that's the case.
Couple more thoughts about the CES slideshow; Slide 6, the health monitors winning a “Best of Innovations”is surprising because that concept was shown at least 7 years ago in ‘05.Still a good idea, and overdue to become fully commercialized, but it’s not “brand-new”,,, Same goes for the Home monitoring system shown on Slide 8.This idea has numerous instances of prior art, but now that the extremely pervasive iPad runs the APP, it gets a brighter spotlight.(Steve Jobs is still getting his well-deserved limelight!)
Regarding Jim's point about innovative thinking, I have the definite sense that we're passed some kind of tipping point where vendors are thinking less about "I have to cram a bunch of screens into my product" and more "what can I do to make something useful." In other words, they're designing stuff instead of just assembling components. I hope that sense will be borne out further by what I see on the show floor at CES in January.
A couple of you have already commented about previous CES offerings; particularly Alex’s comment of the heavy focus on Phone/Laptop/TV ,,,, In years past it was referred to as the 3 screens, and APP developers were challenged how to get their wares fully functional on all 3, considering the differences in screen aspect ratios, processing power, etc. Now, Its wonderfully refreshing to see our electronics culture slowly crawling out of the box and adapting emerging technologies to familiar products. Such as the sensing ski goggles; taking automotive sensing technologies which we’ve recently discussed and applying it to other fast-moving entities, such as a down-hill skier. That’s innovative thinking.
I was gratified to see that many of the products at the CES preview had more to them then just the usual phone/TV/computer thing going on. There seems to be a real movement this year to plumb new areas of design and come up with original applications. One way to look at it is embedded is going consumer, as we see with the NEST thermostat.
I once interfaced a $10 LED Calculator in 1977 to a momentary lever micro-switch for stationary running and then 4 large LED digits . Each step would do the equivalent of pressing the Equal key "=" after the jogger would enter +1 or an initial calorie count and then from an exercise table -0.035 or whatever for counting down calories. then start jogging with waist high steps ( great calorie burner) bounce = bounce = bounce on the foam supported wooden board = = = = = = = = = = = = count them calories down
Not bad for $30 in parts with charger in the late 70's with 1" big 7 segment LED digits.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
In 2003, the world contained just over 500 million Internet-connected devices. By 2010, this figure had risen to 12.5 billion connected objects, almost six devices per individual with access to the Internet. Now, as we move into 2015, the number of connected 'things' is expected to reach 25 billion, ultimately edging toward 50 billion by the end of the decade.
NASA engineer Brian Trease studied abroad in Japan as a high school student and used to fold fast-food wrappers into cranes using origami techniques he learned in library books. Inspired by this, he began to imagine that origami could be applied to building spacecraft components, particularly solar panels that could one day send solar power from space to be used on earth.
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