Posted By Simon Montford on March 16, 2016
Day two of the Wearable Technology Show was just as enjoyable as day one. The highlight of the second day was meeting the exhibitors (see photos and videos below), and attending talks in the IoT Keynote Theatre. Saverio Romeo (Principal Analyst at Beecham Research) talked about "The Current Status of the Internet of Things Vision". I wasn't exactly sure what his talk was going to be about, but I was intrigued by the word "vision", which appeared to have been tacked onto the end, which caused me to speculate. Was he going to give us a kind of "State of the Nation" type address containing lashings of stats about market adoption etc, or was he going to dish out something completely different?
Posted By Simon Montford on March 6, 2016
Mobile World Congress took place in Barcelona from the 22nd-25th February 2016. It is the world’s largest gathering for the mobile industry, and I was there to cover the show. Here's a selection of photos and videos taken during my week in Spain. As it was my first time attending the conference, I found it overwhelming! Due to the bus and metro strike, getting around the city was a major challenge, but getting to and from the conference centre was a breeze compared to the real challenge of finding my way around the vast series of halls that played host to thousands of the world's leading mobile technology companies, with the exception of Apple.
Posted By Simon Montford on Jan 9, 2016
The International Consumer Electronics Show (International CES) is the world’s gathering place for the consumer technology industry. Held in Las Vegas every year (Jan 6-9), it has acted as a showcase for innovation and breakthrough technology for more than 40 years. Today it is one of the world's leading technology events.
Posted By Simon Montford on Jan 27, 2015
FishBit is an aquarium monitoring device that enables owners of tropical fish to remotely control and monitor their tank's water composition. After developing the idea for fun, the team decided to quit their day jobs, join a hardware accelerator programme (Highway1), and pursue the project on a full-time basis. Based on the success of their Kickstarter campaign, it looks like they won't be needing their jobs back any time soon!
Posted By Simon Montford on Dec 11, 2014
Petsimpl have created "Pip", which is both a GPS tracker and an activity tracker. It works for both cats and dogs. There are millions of pet owners who constantly worry that either their canine will escape or that their feline may wander off and never return. The makers of Pip want to give pet owners peace of mind. Pip uses Bluetooth LE so the device is smaller than many other pet trackers currently on the market.
Posted By Simon Montford on Dec 9 2014
The UK is a nation of animal lovers and according to the PFMA, cats are the 4th most popular pet. Almost twenty percent of British households have a feline companion, that equates to a total of 8 million furballs. According to the Humane Society of America there are 95.6 million domestic cats in the US, of which 46% live alone with their human owners. It's impossible to know how many are not allowed to roam free but one thing's for sure, there are a lot of mooching moggies stuck indoors all day with no entertainment, which sucks if you're a cat.
Posted By Simon Montford on Nov 20, 2014
The STAR by SenseGiz is not only a fitness tracker but it also enhances smartphone functionality - it does this via gesture control. This is particularly useful when your phone is not easily accessible. For example, you can increase or decrease the volume, or answer/reject calls while out running with a simple clap or swipe motion. It also offers notifications, sleep monitoring and workout reminders.
Posted By Simon Montford on Oct 27, 2014
Pod, about the size of a wine cork, attaches to your pet's collar and lets you instantly locate your animal from your phone as well as track their activity and fitness levels.
Posted By Simon Montford on Oct 17, 2014
We love pets almost as much as we love robots which is why we are huge fans of Pawly. This friendly automaton is a robot pet sitter that has a built-in mic and speakers so owners can talk to and play with their pets while they're away from home. It can even dispense treats! Most pets don't like to be left home alone. This is an issue that many companies have tried to solve. One example is Pet TV which has been a big hit with pet owners.
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