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America’s Greatest Makers

By |May 17th, 2016|Videos|


A new multi-platform entertainment extravaganza that includes TV, digital, social and mobile was announced this week at Intel Developer Forum. It will follow the drive and passion of a new wave of inventors, bringing making into the mainstream.

Taking what was traditionally the pursuit of inventors and engineers to the masses, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich announced an inspiring new television show in his IDF keynote in San Francisco this week. America’s Greatest Makers will catapult the garage and basement tinkerer into the hearts of mainstream America.

Building on the success of last year’s Make it Wearable competition, Krzanich announced a new partnership with Turner Broadcasting System and United Artists Media Group.

America’s Greatest Makers, a reality TV show and multi-platform entertainment extravaganza that will air this spring, pits anyone — from workshop geniuses to mad scientists and teenage wunderkinds — to come up with the next big thing in wearable technology and smart connected devices.

“The wearables ecosystem has been one of the most vibrant areas of computing,” Krzanich said. “We believe the sky’s the limit.”

The show will be produced by United Artists CEO Mark Burnett, the brains and brawn behind reality TV juggernauts like Survivor, Shark Tank, The Apprentice and The Voice. The winning “maker” will earn $1 million in prize money, plus the backing of Intel’s performance technology, resources and partnerships to take a great idea to market.

“People are fascinated with technology,” Burnett said, after his keynote cameo at IDF. “You’d be hard pressed to go out in the street and not find someone with wearable tech or smart connective consumer devices.”

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United Artists CEO Mark Burnett joined Intel CEO Brian Krzanich onstage at the 2015 Intel Developer Forum.

He said that even though most people don’t understand the nitty-gritty details about how electronics work, they care deeply about how their technology is created because it matters to their everyday lives.

Burnett, of course, is no stranger to telling real-life stories. He has spent the better part of his career evoking the human experience by following the lives of everyday people.

He said that America’s Greatest Makers is an invitation to anyone, whether they’re from East LA, Poughkeepsie or the depths of North Dakota, to bring their ideas to life.

“A good idea is something instinctual, something you feel an emotional connection to,” said Burnett. “We are looking for something new, something that connects emotionally and creates value to people.”

Some 16 million people tuned in online to last year’s Intel Make it Wearable competition, where 2,000 entrants were whittled down to 10. These top 10 finalists all have made headway in bringing their visions to market.

The winner, Team Nixie, created a wrist-wearable camera that flies away, takes a photo and boomerangs back.

“Anyone who takes part in a competition like this needs to know that it takes more than just a great idea,” said Christoph Kohstall.

Kohstall, a former post-doctoral researcher at Stanford, founded Nixie with his partner Jelena Jovanovic, a former manager at Google. The two began the venture working in a backyard shack.

“Building a company involves so many aspects, from having the idea to proving consumer desire and need, raising funding and building a company and culture that can survive,” said Kohstall, adding that taking part in the completion helped them through all the steps, including constant tweaking of the technology.

Thanks to $500,000 in prize money, support from Intel and an aggressive fundraising campaign, Nixie will bring its prototype to market sometime next year.

Contestants from last year’s completion built wearable devices on Intel Edison chip; this year the show contestants will use the Intel Curie platform to create wearable tech and connected devices.

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The Intel Curie module isn’t much bigger than a pencil eraser but will power the next big thing in wearables and small-connected devices.

The technology, which is small enough to fit into a button, houses the Intel Quark SE system on a chip (SOC) as well as Bluetooth low-energy radio, sensors, battery-charging and pattern-matching capabilities, integrating the power of a full-sized computer into a single chip.

“We want to give people from all walks of life an opportunity that’s not readily available to them,” said Steve Fund, Intel’s Chief Marketing Officer. “We’re giving people — whether they’re from Silicon Valley or small-town Nebraska — an opportunity to work with Intel to bring big ideas to life.”

Fund encourages anyone to submit to the competition, whether it’s a long-ruminated kernel or a fully-fleshed idea.

“There are so many ideas that never get to see the light of day,” he said, emphasizing that Intel can help bring ideas to market. “America’s Greatest Makers is an invitation to unleash the power of invention, innovation and entrepreneurialism.”

Fund’s message to the public: Bring it on.

Like all of Burnett’s shows, America’s Greatest Makers is sure to capture the drama and humanity associated with inventing, where failures are integral to success. “They will hit stumbling blocks,” Burnett said. “That’s all part of the emotional connection.”

Burnett also explained that the name America’s Greatest Makers was intentional. “There’s going to very quickly be China’s Greatest Makers, Australia’s Greatest Makers, Brazil’s Greatest Makers and Britain’s Greatest Makers,” he said.

Smart Cities and Internet of Things by IntelligentHQ

By |November 12th, 2014|Videos|

Its kind of hard to avoid not hearing about the “Internet of Things. The growing number of everyday consumer and enterprise devices that will soon be connected to the Internet is actually quite staggering. Expect to see smart factories, telecommuting support systems and Intelligent traffic management systems all connected. In recognition of this fact, two U.S. giants, AT&T and IBM have signed a new global alliance agreement to develop solutions that help support the “Internet of Things.”  The firms will combine their analytic platforms, cloud, and security tech with privacy in mind to gain more insights on data collected from machines in a variety of industries. Infographic  Smarter Cities

According to industry analyst firm IDC, the installed base for the Internet of Things will grow to approximately 212 billion devices by 2020, a number that includes 30 billion connected devices. IDC sees this growth driven largely by intelligent systems that will be installed and collecting data — across both consumer and enterprise applications. Its this market, that Big Blue and AT&T want to tap.

The new joint project will focus initially on helping local city officials and midsize utilities analyze vast quantities of Big Data, including data from mass transit vehicles, utility meters, and video cameras. “As a result, cities may be able to better evaluate patterns and trends to improve urban planning and utilities can better manage their equipment to reduce costs,” the announcement said. Through the partnership, AT&T will leverage its expertise with sensor communications and tracking happening over the cellular network and IBM will bring its Big Data analytics platforms to make sense of it all.

Real working examples could see Cities using this approach to better and control manage traffic. Utility companies could more closely monitor their customers’ energy usage. Transportation firms could better manage their fleets of vehicles. The two companies ambitions go further than traffic lights and energy usage however. IBM and AT&T also plan to integrate data culled from social networking, tracking how residents and visitors to enabled cities comment about infrastructure, weather, and significant traffic conditions, and automatically factoring in that information into real-time planning. These “insights from public crowdsourcing” will help organizations “to better listen, respond, and predict” IBM’s VP, Strategy & Business Development, Rick Qualman suggests.

Finally, it is important to recognize that the Smarter Cities concept and the Internet of Things, while similar, are actually not quite the same. In an interview with CMSWire, Katharine Frase, Chief Technology Officer with IBM’s Public Sector business, described Smarter Cities as being much more developed. She also stated that at least in the public sector, the concept and practice of taking big data from all kinds of devices to provide actionable insights has a long history both in and outside the United States.

To finish a video: The Internet of Things by IBMSocialMedia

Hands (and Wrist) on the New Apple Watch (Video)

By |September 11th, 2014|Apple, Consumer Wearables, News, Outside Sources*, Smart Watches, SMARTWATCHES, Videos|

Page 1: Hands On the iWatch

Apple entered a whole new product category Tuesday when it announced the Apple Watch. This device, a companion to the iPhone (5 or better required), is designed to serve many functions, including at-a-glance (and at-a-feel) access to data from your iPhone as well as advanced fitness and health tracking. I had the opportunity to test and wear one after Apple’s event, and I was pleasantly impressed.

Apple Watch, All Photos by Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus

The Demonstration Process

Apple had a pretty scripted demo they walked interested media through. It started with the reality that there were two different software builds on the demonstration Apple Watches on hand.

The ones Apple’s staff members strapped onto media—and yes, they strapped it on, presumably to ensure it was snug enough for the haptic feedback to be noticeable—had a looping 4-minute demo running. Those devices were not at all responsive to user input.

The version that the Apple demo employees wore was more functional, and allowed the Apple reps to move through some features and show off the interactive portions of things.

My assumption is that since the watch isn’t nearly finished (remember, it’s not due until “early 2015”), there are many parts of the OS that are simply incomplete at this point, and by only allowing employees to navigate, Apple could be sure no one would hit any “bridge out, turn around now” scenarios.

To Apple’s credit, the fact the company put these things out there for any demos—let alone putting them on our wrists—is fantastic considering how early they are in the development of the final OS builds.

Here’s a video I made while they were running me through Apple Watch’s paces:
via Hands (and Wrist) on the New Apple Watch (Video) – The Mac Observer.

Samsung Gear S – Official YouTube Video

By |September 7th, 2014|Consumer Wearables, Smart Watches, SMARTWATCHES, Standalone, Videos|

Enhance the Smart Wearable Experience

[ Design ]

Samsung Gear S boasts an industry-leading Super AMOLED curved display to offer an incredible, easy to use and beautiful UI that fits comfortably on the wrist.

Its curved 2-inch Super AMOLED display fits comfortably around the contours of the wrist, while customizable displays and changeable straps empower users to feely express their own taste and style.

The Samsung Gear S also provides easy access to relevant information through essential widgets and combined notification boards.

[ Truly Connected to Stay in Communication ]
Samsung Gear S extends communication capabilities to include 3G as well as Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity helping users to be truly connected and stay in communication.

3G connectivity allows consumers to directly make and accept calls, or receive and respond to messages and emails.

The Samsung Gear S lets users stay on top of what’s happening around them with seamless notifications for messages, social networks, calendars and applications even when away from a smartphone.

The device’s on screen keyboard and enhanced S voice functionality allow for easy text input to complete tasks while on-the go.

[ Enhanced Features and Powerful Applications ]
The Samsung Gear S is empowering users to stay connected with the world around them with extended features and powerful native and 3rd party applications optimized for a robust wearable experience – with or without their smartphone.
The powerful features include turn-by-turn navigation for pedestrians, news services, music capabilities, etc.

The perfect health and fitness companion, the Samsung Gear S features more enhanced multi-sensors, as well as a built-in GPS and S Health so users can keep track of their activities more accurately to stay fit.

Also with the new Samsung Gear Circle, when paired with a smartphone, users can easily receive calls, listen to music, and make voice commands in style through a Bluetooth connection. It features a magnetic lock which clasps around the user’s neck when not in use, as well as a vibrate function to signal incoming calls and notifications.

Both The Gear S and Gear Circle will be available globally starting from October.

For more information : http://www.samsung.com/global/microsi…