Wearable Tech World Feature Article
April 16, 2015

iOS Wearables, Smart Home Hardware Top Event Listings

Major electronic shows are constantly appearing as electronics manufacturers attempt to draw interest in upcoming product lines. From the Consumer Electronics Show to the Wearable Tech Expo, a host of events emerge to show off the best in new technologies. The Hong Kong Spring Electronics Show saw many items on display falling into one of two key classifications as electronics makers worked to introduce new devices to potential retailers.

While there were plenty of familiar, almost predictable, products on hand according to reports, like power banks and Bluetooth-capable speakers, there was also a clear focus on such things as iOS-connected wearable devices and devices geared toward operating a smart home. For instance, on display was a device known as the Soundbrenner Pulse, capable of operating essentially as a wearable metronome for musicians. Users can adjust the tempo from the device directly or from the iOS app to help musicians keep time while playing. Currently the device is on Indiegogo, and has raised just over $40,000 of a $75,000 goal, suggesting that the device is likely to ship this fall as it has 15 days left and flexible funding.

Those concerned about hydration, meanwhile, need look to 8cups, an iOS-capable smart cup that can not only tell how much water is poured in, but how much is actually consumed. With the companion app in place, users can tell how much is consumed, and can monitor that consumption over the course of days or even weeks. There are even achievements on hand to help users meet consumption targets.

There was even a device called the AirComfort from iBebot, which combines iOS and smart home functionality into one handy package. The AirComfort is an air monitor system, tracking humidity and temperature and relaying the results back to an iOS app for monitoring such that users can provide any necessary remediation from there.

Looking at these devices, some patterns emerge; there are the obvious connections here, of course, about how iOS might be an ever-increasing part of our lives, and how the smart home is rapidly under development. Indeed, the smart home section of this discussion might be the most pronounced; look at how many developments are falling by the wayside and being replaced by “stay home instead.” We can do very little shopping in stores if we want, as we can point Amazon or Etsy or any of a hundred alternatives toward the goods and services we desire. Amazon tests delivery drones that make delivery of devices even more rapid and pull out the last great advantage of the brick-and-mortar store: immediacy. Arcades are replaced by networked gaming, the theater replaced by Netflix, and a host of other changes.

With all the events on hand, it's a lot easier to get a handle on where the technology sector is going. The Wearable Tech Expo will be offering up a great look at where the wearables sector is going, and those who want to see first hand without making a trip to Hong Kong can instead hit the Jacob Javits Center in New York July 13-15. Until then, the Hong Kong show will give us some insight as to where several different sectors are going, and wearables and smart home devices seem to be ruling the day.




Edited by Dominick Sorrentino




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