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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.


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.

RICOH had a nice elevated platform in their ShotShow booth to better try out their range of optical gear.  They had several sets of NV-10A digital color binoculars which have P.A.I.R. technology to help see through marginal atmospheric conditions such as fog, rain and snow.  P.A.I.R. stands for “PENTAX Atmospheric Interference Reduction” and seems to be a real-time image  enhancement/processing software filter.  The NV-10A also has near infra-red capability for low light conditions.

Here’s the specs: 6.6 to 13.2 magnification, 5 m minimal focus range, manual focus/zoom, ~80 min. battery life (uses RICOH BT-10 batteries), 800×600 pixel color organic EL display panel/viewing screen,  1 SD memory card slot to record 720 x480 30fps video or stills with GPS location tagging, electronic compass, image stabilization,  date/time logging, IP64 water/dust proofing, grippy rubber surfaces, weight ~3lb / 1.4 kg.   See for more details and extreme condition viewing examples.

It’s expected to have a ~$4k price tag when it becomes available late Winter in N. America.   The target market is more .gov, security agency, maritime vs the consumer Sony DEV-50.

First the disclaimer.  I’m a long time fan and follower of  FLIR.  When I was in elementary school, my father would bring me issues of Aviation Week magazine and that’s where I first saw the acronym FLIR which stands for Forward Looking Infra Red and was part of an airborne sensor suite for military aircraft.   Fast forward to this century and I started seeing the FLIR company booth at various trade shows and saw that they had some thermal imaging products that could be considered consumer level.  The prices were still fairly high  ~$1000 and up but hey, at least you wouldn’t get glow in the dark eyeball cancer like from the cheap Eastern Bloc gear.  And the FLIR analytic grade gear, costing significantly more, is so much fun to look at too.

Well, about a year ago FLIR acquired Lorex, a leading consumer grade security products company.  And not coincidentally, at CES 2014 the first wave of clearly consumer-priced products from FLIR was announced.   The FLIR FX is a modular family of cameras and accessories and the FLIR ONE brings thermal imaging capability to the iPhone 5 and 5s.  The FX received a 2014 CES Innovations Design & Engineering Award.

Boy, what a mob scene at the FLIR booth this year – sardine packed in the booth and overflowing into the aisles.  Obviously $350 to get thermal imaging and extra battery capacity on your iPhone 5/5s or $250 for a full-featured video security/action cam with both cloud or direct WiFi connectivity plus a bunch of  modular accessories has that effect on people. GoPro watch out!

I’m on the Android side of the fence so I am not allowed to say nice things about Apple or iPhonies.  But I can say the FLIR MSX feature is impressive – it is an overlay of visible light imagery on the thermal image.  The in-booth example was being able to see the outline of same temperature signage text (via MSX) along with a fresh, hot hand print next to the thermally neutral text.

Thermal imaging is not just about seeing in total darkness.  By dynamically displaying the temperature of parts and surfaces, perhaps the greatest utility comes from being able to see the relative change in temp. across a part or an assembly of parts – is there excess friction or inadequate cooling?  (How’s your BBQ doing!  Is shaken really better than stirred?) And you can store still images and video of these temperature deltas for future reference.

Both these products will be out in Spring 2014.  And hopefully at CES 2015 FLIR will be announcing the ~$300 FLIR FX thermal imaging camera.  FLIR will be making yet another product announcement at the ShotShow in a few days so I’ll be posting another entry soon about that plus a bunch of tech details for both the FLIR FX and FLIR ONE.

CES – Day 3

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I’m opening this day’s summary with a BIG THANK YOU to the National Science Foundation which was one of the sponsors of the Eureka Park startup area.  The 1st floor had the early stage startups and Eureka Park: Next on the 2nd had companies a bit further along.  Our tax dollars well-spent I’d say. displayed several wearable, augmented reality glasses which they feel represent the next stage of development beyond Google Glass. stopped by for a very friendly visit in the Innovega booth and showed their Epiphany Eyewear product.  Good karma comes to those who share and play nicely. show’d their nicely-constructed, compact USB <=> Lighting connector cable.  It’s keychain sized and should sell for about $25. makes an AC-powered compact UV-lamp sterilizer.  It’s available for sale now for $50 and can handle large smart phones. just launched a line of USB cables that have a built-in alarm module.  If you forget your cable, it starts buzzing in ~3 seconds.  If someone unplugs your phone and runs off with it, the buzzing starts in ~3 seconds.  Prices range from $23-$30 depending on tip type.

If you’re tired about always hearing about KickStarter, then take a look at launched their crowdsourcing opinion judgement website.  Basically you post your position or statement, then someone posts a counterpoint and then everyone who gives a crap can vote on which side they agree with.  Bragging rights are earned and drinks are won? launched their combination dry box and waterproof speaker.  It’s about lunch box-sized  and has about 400 cubic inches of storage space.  It’s price is also just under $400.  You can connect your playback device via BlueTooth or an interior cable.  DryTunes will be at the ShotShow next week, so I’ll stop by for more info and hands on.

Stay tuned for detailed posts with images for these CES products as well as more news from the ShotShow – guns, guns, guns as well as all kinds of other outdoor lifestyle items.

Looxcie Wearable VideoCam and BlueTooth Earbud

Looxcie Wearable VideoCam and BlueTooth Earbud

It’s a wearable camera! It’s a BlueTooth earbud! It’s the Looxcie!

This 480p color ear cam constantly stores the video & audio stream and when you want to save the previous 30 seconds just tap the Instant Save button. You can also answer phone calls via BlueTooth without interupting the capture. It can store up to 5 hours and you can interface it with iPhone or Android to send clips to social media sites. It weighs about an ounce and you recharge it via a micro-USB port. We’ll be doing a detailed review soon!