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Basic6 CES2016

GearDb has been keeping an eye on LiFi companies at CES. (view the LiFi category for past posts) LiFi is like WiFi but uses modulated light instead of radio waves. So it was great to see Basic6 at CES 2016. Basic6 is an award-winning tech company (Interop 2014) based in Westport, CT and has partnered with Oledcomm, the French LiFi hardware provider that exhibited the previous 2 years at CES.

Basic6 exhibited a suite of new software and hardware LiFi products. They had a retail floor demonstration where LiFi-enabled tablets receive & display dynamic product information from the nearest LiFi LED lamps. Customer information associated with each LiFi lamp such as number of customers, visit time and duration are logged for customer behavior analysis.

Next there was a data streaming demo used LiFi to transmit encoded music to a LiFi-enabled table radio (Ladio?)  And Basic6 showed their new LiFi adapter which can be placed between an existing LED lamp head and socket base. This adapter communicates with a hub on how it should modulate the light emitted from the LED lamp. Communication between the adapter and hub can be bi-directional using WiFi or other existing wireless RF protocols. (Contact Basic6.com for pricing and availability.)

With Basic6 on the scene, the US market for LiFi has taken a promising step forward.

Visit Basic6.com for more details and some great LiFi explanations – and see their CES blog post for several videos from CES.

 

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The US coasts get most of the tech attention and so many don’t hear about the tech hotspots in middle America.  St. Louis is one of these hot spots and at CES 2016, I learned about the StL-based company Fybr which been doing city scale IoT implementations in the areas of utilities management, safety & security, environmental monitoring and everyone’s urban priority – parking management.

Fybr does the full stack – from initial needs analysis / feasibility to deployment and everything in between – sensor selection, firmware development, robust packaging/housing, connectivity of edge devices into secure networks, and analyzing the data for effective management, planning and other analytics.  Fybr can also enable machine learning to make edge devices intelligent and adaptable.  www.fybr-tech.com

If you’re familiar with using the Eclipse IDEs for developing in Java (or C / C++) to write for Android or desktop applications, then think of MicroEJ (EJ = Embedded Java) as offering a similar dev path but for embedded devices.  MicroEJ has rapid development tools for both rich UI apps and embedded device logic across a wide range of capabilities starting with a virtual machine with 28 KB of Flash and less than 1.5 KB RAM and on up to State of the Art high end devices.

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MicroEJ came to CES 2016 to expand their global market presence.  They were founded in 2004, are HQ’d in Nantes, France and have offices in Paris, Munich and Austin.  MicroEJ is the operating brand name of Industrial Smart Software Technology (IS2T S.A.)  www.MicroEJ.com  (take a look at their video library of features and applications)

Award-winning software developer Emersya was one of the many fine French companies in the 2016 CES Eureka Park startup pavilion.  The Emersya Showcase software solution enables internet shoppers to view and rotate products in 3D.  The Emersya Designer solution has the 3D view and rotate but also lets the shopper change the colors of various designated areas.  The size and color of logos and other skin graphics can also be changed by the shopper.  So the shopper can have greater confidence and enthusiasm about how the specific item will look – who knows, maybe they end up buying several different colors.

To use Emersya, the key first step is to get a 3D model of the item via Textured 3D Mesh, CAD 3D Model, or a 3D Scan. Once you have that, you can fine tune and enrich the appearance by adding 3D effects, animations, backgrounds, specific feature descriptions, SEO, and of course the various borders for color changes on the item.

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The static image above does not do justice to a full screen 3D rotating Emersya session.
Click here – ooh ahhh! – to launch a new window and see all the things you can change.  Then you’ll be wanting to contact Emersya for specific platform details and pricing.

CES – Day 2

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Another great day at CES.  The morning started with the FLIR press conference.  FLIR.com makes and sells a wide variety of thermal and light amplification products – primarily for military and industrial markets because their products cost $1000 and up…until this week.  They announced both a $250 visible light device , the FLIR FX and the FLIR One, a $350 thermal imaging accessory for the iPhone 5.  I have been a long time fan and follower of FLIR products and I have never seen the FLIR booth so crowded.  It is great to finally have a top notch supplier in the thermal/night vision consumer market at the ~$300 price point.

Like yesterday, I’ll just be posting brief write ups and images and details will follow soon.

I visited another French LiFi company – OLEDCOMM.com.  They have an online catalog, webstore and a product development SDK.  They also had an in-booth demonstration of an internet – LiFi telephony connection.

The people at ChromationSpec.com have an interesting lower cost but still high quality spectral measurement package.  Basically they can supply a robust, affordable core module for any industry that needs to accurately determine color of static objects.

FINsix.com showed a very compact (~2 C- cells plus cord) 65 watt power adapter for laptops.  It has an aluminum housing for heat dissipation and a projected retail price of $90.

RemoteReality.com demo’d a consumer level 360 degree lens.  They had one mounted to a GoPro camera and displayed the post processed video (to correct the curvature from the lens.)   Don’t think “fish eye”, think “lighthouse.”

Case Western Reserve University had some student-started products on display.  Ecospinners.com has a fuel cell powered bicycle and EveryKey.com has a BlueTooth 4 enabled login bracelet.

BonsaiLight.com demo’d their microenergy harvesting control switch.  Just the motion of turning a knob on the handheld controller generates enough energy that is captured and used to send a signal to a remote switch.  In this instance, an electrical lamp.  Microenergy harvesting is going to be BIG!

ZeroHourInnovations.com demo’d their modular high intensity flashlight.  They will soon have a storage compartment accessory so you can keep some items safe and dry.

Kromtech.net launched their PCKeeper product/support service.  It is subscription-based and they can protect, clean, optimize the operation of your PC remotely.  This includes  Registry evaluation and repair.  They are a Microsoft Gold Partner.

More to come!

Moovida

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Moovida Audio Video Organizer Player

Moovida Audio Video Organizer Player

Have a bunch of video and audio files scattered on your computer? Turn Moovida loose and it will not only find all these files on your computer, it will match them against the Moovida database so you’ll have a nice display icon and important info like genre, director or artist, year, actor and other filters you specify. Then you can search on this data to find the movie or music you want. And Moovida can play every major video or audio format as well as many minor ones. Next up for Moovida is social networking so you can share comments on what you are watching with just your inner circle or the whole wide world.  It’s a free download. www.moovida.com