Big startup blitz at CES 2015. What will be hot in consumer electronics and computing in 2015? Read VB's full coverage of International CES 2015 to find out. When it comes to France and technology, most of the headlines seen around the world involve the country’s fights with Google, Uber, or other U.S. tech titans. The result is an impression that the French hate tech and fear the future. But the French government wants you to know that’s not true. To make that point loud and clear, the country is amping up its presence at the International CES 2015 in Las Vegas this week. Along with a massive number of French startups, two high-ranking government officials will be in town for the event.
“France has a lot of advantages and we want the world to know it,” said Antoine Msika, community manager for the government’s French Tech project. La FrenchTech launched early last year as a way to create a better identity around the nation’s startup ecosystems. Mobile developer or publisher? France Crushing It at CES. This week, Las Vegas hosts the Consumer Electronics Show, an annual mega-convention where technology companies large and small present their best ideas and products for the upcoming year. Hundreds of thousands of people will attend, thousands of companies will present, and at the end, tech pundits and analysts will choose the show’s winners. Some will say that this year’s winner is the high-resolution 4K television. Some will say it’s the Internet-connected automobile.
Some will anoint crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. All those people will be wrong. What, you might ask, have the French accomplished that has made them the enfants magnifiques of CES? The TD® Aeroplan® Visa Infinite* Card. TD Canada Trust Sponsored The product is called Belty, which strikes me as the perfect name for an electronic belt. Better than its name, though, is the idea, which has clearly struck a nerve among the (mostly) slothly tech press. I’m on the praise side. A Bluetooth flowerpot? Gambling on success. WHILE much of the world is swathed in gloom, the 48th annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, which opened to the public on January 6th, is all jollity. Demand for such gadgets adds up to more than $1 trillion a year, according to the Consumer Electronic Association (CEA), which puts on the world’s most important consumer-tech jamboree.
More than 3,600 companies are exhibiting in the Nevada city and more than 20,000 new products will be launched. Among the novelties this year is an exceptionally strong French presence. Around 120 firms from France are showing their wares there, fewer than from China, the United States, South Korea or Taiwan, but more than from other European countries such as Germany and Britain. Some are big companies applying new digital technology to essentially old businesses, among them the cosmetics giant L’Oréal, drinks-maker Pernod Ricard and La Poste. The big increase, however, is in the number of French start-ups. France reclaims 'entrepreneur' roots with leading number of start-ups in Europe. When these entrepreneurs present their products in Las Vegas tomorrow, they will be bolstering a growing French reputation for tech start-ups.
French participation at the CES has grown by 33 percent since last year. In fact, 20 percent of registrants at the trade show will be French, far ahead of the United Kingdom or Germany. Among the startups at the CES, France ranks second globally, just behind the US. They've been helped by President François Hollande, who has implemented measures to make it easier, and more financially viable, to start a company here, says Mr. Vassitch. According to Ubifrance, France has the most business start-ups in Europe, based on Eurostat figures.
It is also easier to start a business in France (4.5 days), according to the most recent World Bank Doing Business reports, compared to 14.5 days in Germany or six days in Britain. But for entrepreneur Karim Oumnia, the president of Glagla, a high-tech shoe company, the news is not all good. CES: French Tech Start-Ups Push for Investor Funds: Video - Bloomberg. 11 More Cool Gadgets From CES. Phāz These over-ear headphones aren't quite a perpetual motion machine, but they're the next best thing. The Phāz cans charge your phone or tablet while you're rocking out with them, thanks to an onboard 1200mAh battery. The headphones themselves can be used passively while jacked into a 3.5mm port, but the onboard battery can be used as an amp when you don't need the juice for your mobile's battery. Josh Valcarcel/WIRED Oku Skin Health Sensor You've quantified your steps and your sleep.
Fitguard In contact sports, concussions and other brain injuries are often difficult to detect. Alex Washburn/WIRED Parrot Pot This simple-looking white pot from Parrot houses a water reservoir inside. HP Mini PCs It's not often you see a computer and go "Awww. " Zolt Even if you have one of those fancy light laptops, there's a problem with it.
QuitBit This smart cigarette lighter tracks your smoking habits so you can eventually meet your goal of quitting. Kube Music is good. Best of CES 2015 finalists! Best of CES 2015 winners! One week in Vegas, several halls filled with tech, but only one official Best of CES Awards. After a few tortuous nights of shouting at each other, debating the merits of each of our finalists, we eventually decided on our winners. Congratulations to all our finalists and winners, and to anyone who's survived this week of tech announcements, Vegas razzle-dazzle and occasionally dubious celebrity endorsements. Best Startup: AmpStrip We've seen fitness trackers in all shapes and forms, but AmpStrip's Band-Aid-like sticker still managed to impress us. Together with a disposable sticky pad, it sits on your chest and monitors your heart rate, steps and other vitals. Best Digital Health and Fitness Product: Bragi's "The Dash" What makes for an award-winning health and fitness gadget?
Best Wearable: Bragi's "The Dash" When you think of wearable technology, it's easy to overlook the humble headphone. Best Automotive Technology: Mercedes' F 015 Luxury in Motion concept Best Software / App: Sling TV. CES 2015: Popular Mechanics Editors' Choice Awards. Baby Glgl.
Remember the 10S Fork, formerly known as the Hapifork? The fork that would vibrate when you ate too fast, keeping your bites to a measured single bite per 10 seconds? The company behind it, Slow Control, is back with another CES announcement, and this time it's a smart baby bottle. Well, smart might be a slight overstatement. The awkwardly named Baby Glgl (as in "glug glug") looks like a basic bottle in a thick plastic sleeve.
Using three batteries and an inclinometer, it calculates the weight and angle of your baby bottle. Then, it figures out the optimal degree of inclination to prevent the baby from sipping air bubbles along with its milk — something that can cause gas and colic. Normally, you might do something like listen for the sound of slurping, or just buy an angled bottle. If it were bundled with some kind of nutrition tracker, health monitor, or even a soothing mobile, the Baby Glgl would get a lot closer to justifying its €100 price tag. Belty. Belty syncs wirelessly to an app to monitor wearer’s waistline and stepsIt automatically loosens and tightens as wearer sits down and stands upBelty does this by tracking tension on sensors fitted throughout the beltIt also warns wearers if they’ve been sat still for too longPrototype was built by French-based firm Emiota and is on display at the Consumer Electronics ShowExpected to launch by the end of 2015 but prices haven't been announced By Victoria Woollaston for MailOnline Published: 17:21 GMT, 5 January 2015 | Updated: 10:39 GMT, 6 January 2015 If you’ve piled on the pounds over the Christmas break, your belt might be feeling a little tight.
But in the very near future, that belt could adjust to accommodate all those extra inches automatically. A smart prototype, called Belty, syncs wirelessly to an app to track steps, loosen and tighten as you move, and even warns you when you’re being lazy. It syncs wirelessly to an app, which is used to input the wearer’s waistline measurement. Withings Activité Pop. Withings has shored up the only major complaint I had with its Activité fitness and activity tracker/watch: The price. The French health accessory maker has revealed the Activité Pop, which is a version of its flagship Activité that costs only $149.95 rather than $450, and it goes on sale tomorrow, at Best Buy’s website in a limited initial batch, with wider availability starting in March 2015. The Activité Pop offers PVD-coating on its case, which allow it to come in three different colors, including a grey, blue and beige tone.
The PVD coating should help it stand up to scratches and dings, and it has a step-counting hand which reveals how far along you are to meeting your activity goal for the day, as tracked by steps taken. The Pop has very similar styling to the Activité, but without the “Swiss Made” status symbol, and with a solo silicone color-matched strap, rather than both a leather and a rubber version. Lima. French startup Lima is presenting another piece of its offering at CES, the mobile app. And it is a very promising app for those who backed Lima to seamlessly access their photos, music library and movies from their phones and tablets. While the team still needs to polish the app interface, it goes beyond Dropbox and Carousel when it comes to features. As a reminder, Lima is a small device that you plug to your router using Ethernet, as well as an external USB drive. It will then seamlessly transform your USB drives into a personal Dropbox for all your devices.
It’s a dumbed-down NAS with native OS integration. And it costs around $100. After raising more than $1.2 million with a very successful Kickstarter campaign during the summer of 2013, and snatching another $2.5 million in VC money from Partech Ventures, Lima is still beta testing its final product before shipping to all of its numerous backers. But the most interesting features are the photo, movie and music views. Connected Cycle. Chipmaker's Real Sense 3D tech enables gesture controls, smarter drones and a jacket that can help the visually impaired. LAS VEGAS -- You've spent years -- decades -- typing on a keyboard and dragging your mouse around to control your computer. Intel wants to radically shake that all up. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich on Tuesday offered a glimpse into the company's vision of the near future with demonstrations of cutting-edge technologies, including gesture controls, facial recognition security prompts, drones that know how to move around obstacles and a jacket that can help the visually impaired sense what's around them.
At the heart of many of the demonstrations during his keynote at the Consumer Electronics Show was Intel's RealSense 3D, the company's depth-sensing camera technology. Intel is banking heavily on the future of RealSense. If successful, it could mean a radical change in how we interact with computers. "2015 is truly a unique year," Krzanich said. Bringing new sight. Giroptic. Cityzen Sciences. Parrot. Drones are a seemingly everywhere at CES, but senseFly's sensor-laden eXom commercial quadcopter really caught our eye. Why's that? Well, for starters it has a self-leveling and stabilizing err... head up front. That cabeza packs one of five ultrasonic sensors, an ability to record "ultra high-res" stills, HD video and thermal data -- even simultaneously.
Like the gizmo's final battery life, weight and price, however, the folks at senseFly, a division of Parrot, aren't ready to talk about exact resolution for any of the cameras. We'd imagine that since the drone's intended to look at pipelines and hydroelectric dams for cracks and defects at close proximity and with "sub-millimeter" accuracy, the imaging tools are going to be pretty powerful. Gallery | 7 Photos senseFly's eXom commercial drone + See all 7. 3D Rudder. LAS VEGAS -- Why walk around in a video game with a keyboard or gamepad, when your feet can do it for you? That's the idea behind 3DRudder, a unique motion controller that lets you navigate 3D environments using your own feet.
I spent some feet-on time with the 3DRudder, which is available on Indiegogo for $110 and will be shipping in May, and came away excited about its potential to change the way we play games. The 3DRudder unit I tested looked like a circular scale, with a thick plastic base and two sandpaper-like foot grips on top. The controller rotates on a central axis, allowing you to move around by simply applying pressure with your feet in any direction you like. MORE: CES 2015 Day 3: Top 9 Stories After a quick calibration process in which I simply had to keep my feet still for a few seconds, it was time to play. Kolibree. What will be hot in consumer electronics and computing in 2015? Read VB's full coverage of International CES 2015 to find out. LAS VEGAS — Some kids don’t like brushing their teeth. So France’s Kolibree came up with a connected smart electric toothbrush that trains them how to do it properly. It announced the toothbrush last year, and now it has a couple of apps that “gamify” brushing, or use game mechanics to motivate people to do something they wouldn’t ordinarily do.
It’s another sign of how the so-called “Internet of Things” — turning everyday objects into connected devices — continues to march into our homes. Kolibree isn’t the first company to do this. GamesBeat covered Grush: The Gaming Toothbrush for Kids back in April. Kolibree’s toothbrush can use connectivity and 3D motion sensors to figure out where the brush is in your mouth when you are using it.
While you’re brushing, you can use the mobile app to run a game, like an endless runner with a pirate theme. Glagla Shoes. The Glagla Connect shoes are designed to monitor calories, steps taken and calculate altitude (Photo: Eric Mack/Gizmag.com) Image Gallery (4 images) If you're a fitness fanatic looking to use technology to monitor your activity, then slapping on a wristband like a Fitbit or a Jawbone might seem the easiest option.
But in the eyes of French shoe company Glagla, there are things our footwork can tell us about our fitness that other body movements cannot. At this week's CES, it has wheeled out a pair of connected sports shoes that it claims can track fitness metrics with unrivaled accuracy. The company's so-called Zhor-Tech technology is what might give this otherwise unremarkable shoe certain appeal in a connected era. Glagla claims that its Connect will be "the first connected shoe to be available on the worldwide market. " The Glagla Connect's insoles are charged via a USB port, but there's no word yet on battery life, charging times or pricing. Source: Glagla Share About the Author. Voxtok. Parrot.