If you want to be more creative, get around creative people. If you want to spark innovation, immerse yourself in the latest technologies. If you want to envision the future, tune in to voices shaping tomorrow.
This week, I’m attending the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas, dunked in innovation, creativity and the future. I am enjoying the opportunity to experience the latest technologies. I’m always amazed at the benefits from attending this conference, including the opportunity to meet with content creators, technologists, thought leaders, and technology executives. The range of people I was able to see this year ranged from librarians to publishers to university researchers.
There are literally thousands of new things to see, so my brief overview will be a random selection. With so many interests and things to share, I set a timer to write this post. When it rings, I will stop. And I will try to feature a few things you may not see in the mainstream media. Here we go:
For those of us with chronic insomnia or sleep problems, there are a number of new apps and devices to help. One that intrigues me is Beddit. Beddit doesn’t require you to wear a device at night (which for me makes my sleep even worse). Instead, you place a sensor under your bed sheet, and it connects wirelessly to your device. It tracks sleep quality, heart rate, breathing, snoring and bedroom noise. It then provides personal coaching to improve your sleep.
The best shortcut to being more creative: get around creative people. -Skip Prichard
In the “everything seems to be connected” category, Kolibree introduces the world’s first connected toothbrush. You can watch your brushing habits progress.
If you wear glasses, look out for a car wash for your glasses. At $1, it had the “theatre factor” and drew a crowd. My glasses were clean, dry and sanitized in no time. Look for these showing up in high-traffic areas or near the beach where everyone wears glasses.
Walking by Panasonic to see the new 4K Toughpad, I noticed a range of beauty products. At CES, you find what you are not looking for and what you don’t expect.
Who can possibly remember all of the passwords required in today’s digital age? Now myIDkey uses biometric technology to authenticate your identity and display your information when you need it. All safely protected with military grade encryption.
And to keep your home secure, Okidokeys allows you to unlock doors with any mobile phone or a smart wristband. Most of us are never out of reach of our mobile phone, making lost keys a thing of the past.
FITNESS AND MEDICAL:
Are you forgetful? Have an aging parent? The Smart Pill Box from imedipac solves these problems. It even allows alerts to family and relatives.
Numerous new fitness applications are on display everywhere. Improve your golf or tennis game with a biometric analysis of your swing. The new devices go far beyond measuring how many steps you take in a day and now monitor blood pressure, blood sugar, calculating carb intake, maximizing your fitness performance, and even detecting concussions. Perhaps you want to wear a camera to take your coach into the action.