Thursday at #CES2014 in Eureka Park

Tom Novak

Third and last day at CES. We’re staying at the Venetian, so this morning we had the easy commute down the elevator to the Eureka Park booths in the Venetian. The products below are all from Eureka Park.

Lifelogger.  Lifelogger’s claim is that it will “completely change the way you remember your life.”  That’s a tall order and I was a bit skeptical, but after seeing the Lifelogger camera I came away impressed.  This is a product I could see myself actually using.  The Lifelogger camera is a personal wearable video recorder with streaming capability.  It can store a day’s worth of video. The camera can clip onto a headband (Donna has it on in the picture), or can attach to the side of your glasses.  It’s about the size of a small USB stick. The battery lasts a couple hours, but a supplemental battery that clips on the headband will…

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Wednesday at #CES2014

Tom Novak

Second full day at CES 2014.

Gaming. This guy at the YEI Technologies booth was suiting up with a PrioVR full body tracking suit that can be paired with an Oculus Rift headset for a “who needs the real world” virtual reality gaming experience.

Not too far away, a small crowd were driving their Spheros through a playing field.  While the non-spherical Spheros 2B is now out, there is still plenty of play value in the original.

Connected Home. 2014-01-08 12.14.53Qualcomm had a “Disney House of the Future” type of an exhibit where you walk through the Qualcomm Connected SmartHome – a model of a small house wired to the gills with Qualcomm hardware that enabled smart lightbulbs, tablet, air conditioners, teddy bears, TVs, watches, speakers, door locks, and home security system. Qualcomm showed off how its AllJoyn system allows independent devices from different manufacturers to respond to an AllJoin event…

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Tuesday at #CES2014

Tom Novak

The Smart Home. I broke from my usual tradition of heading first to Central Hall and instead spent most of the day exploring South Hall.  First up was the smart home at the Z-Wave Alliance and ZigBee Alliance. Both are short range wireless technologies that are being applied in home networking applications so that a broad range of smart devices can work together and be easily controlled. These home applications include smart lightbulbs, thermostats, door locks, appliances, beds and much more.

I get the sense all of this is being designed from the bottom up rather than the top down. While the gadgets are individually fascinating, we still don’t have the answer to “why” a consumer would want their entire home to be smart.  This will take time to sort out.  In the early days of the Web, individual web sites were each interesting by themselves – but…

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Augmented Reality Contact Lenses at #CES2014

Tom Novak

CNET reports that Innovega will be showing a prototype of its iOptik augmented reality contacts at CES 2014. The catch is you have to wear them together with a pair of glasses that project a full HD image onto the contacts.  Still, while Google Glass projects a small screen in one corner of your field of view, the iOptik device can project anything anywhere you are looking.  More like an Oculus Rift experience than a Google Glass experience.

Business Insider reported that Google employees are giving up on wearing Google Glass around town, in part because “Glass is considered weird and rude.”  Wearing glasses and contacts together is also a bit weird, but the iOptik glasses do look cooler than Google Glass in Innovega’s promo video (well, they are sunglasses in the video and who doesn’t look cool in sunglasses?)

And to think a couple years ago the TV…

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Follow Tom Novak and Donna Hoffman at #CES2014

Tom Novak

Donna and I are headed to CES 2014 in Vegas. We’ll be posting pics and commentary about all the exciting things we’ll be seeing at the Consumer Electronics Show this week.

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Blackboard Email Fail

Tom Novak

no bbSome things never change.  When you send your entire class of students an email through Blackboard’s email system, Blackboard manages to both delete hard returns that you actually wanted, and insert blank lines where you didn’t want them.

Plus, the subject field is prefaced by an ugly long string of numbers as appealing as a USPS tracking code.

And, your name does not appear as you expect it would, but as Blackboard chooses it to appear (in my case “Thomas Paul Novak,” which is way too formal for this purpose).

Since there is no preview feature, the sender has no idea what a mess their email will be until they get a copy of it in their own inbox.

End result:  Professor who sent sloppy email looks like a stuffy techno newb with a drinking problem

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