[This is the 2nd of 6 insights we gathered from the Consumer Electronics Show this year at Las Vegas, Nevada, United States]
“There was a large focus on wearable technology but I think it has a long way to go before it appeals to the mass market. Although wearable technologies are really interesting from a technology perspective, it is still large and clunky to an everyday consumer and not significantly more convenient than smartphones at this point of time,” said Moriah Scott, Business Development Manager in Maxus New York, who was there visiting the show with the Maxus Endeavor Team led by Maxus Global CIO, Jason Harrison.
Perhaps the Occulus Rift 'Crystal Cove' prototype might have been the most-hyped emerging technology at the CES showfloor but another wearable glasses promises more potential beyond just immersive gaming or simulation.
Meet Eyes-On, glasses by Evena that lets you see through skin. The product essentially pulses four different kinds of light that are composited into a single image to make veins stand out against the skin.
Its immediate application would be to assist healthcare professionals during the injection process. However, adding a couple of augmentations and sensors and an improved interface, we believe this can be used by law-enforcement in the future to instantly pick up cues like heart-rate of criminals or smugglers instead of just body language for lie detection. Read more about Eyes-On glasses via The Verge
A current use case of vascular imaging would be Pulsewallet, which uses our hand’s unique vein patterns as a biometric identifier to verify credit card transactions and other security.
Up to today, most gesture controls have been powered by a camera reading movements e.g. Microsoft Kinect & LEAP Motion. At CES, Thalmic Lab's, Myo armband, enabled gesture control through a band that reads the muscles in your arm, a technique known as electromyography. The technique allows detection of extremely minute movements in our hands and fingers, translating commands almost instantaneously. Its potential application: fine control over connected devices and personal robots.
The Open Hand Project started as an Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign which was successfully funded and has moved on to realize its ambition of producing low-cost robotic hand, named Dextrus, with parts from a 3D printer. One of its beneficiaries is Chef Liam Corbett who lost his hand to meningitis two years ago and has been testing Dextrus with its maker. Its a customized prosthetic at the fraction of a cost.
"I think it's certainly going to enable me to do the finer things in life which I haven't been able to do with the hook," said Corbett.
Though assistive technology like Dextrus wasn't featured at CES this year, a California company, Ekso Bionics, showcased one of the more game-changing assistive technologies during the show: a robotic exoskeleton that allows paraplegics to walk again with a natural gait.
The mechanical skeleton has battery-powered motors and load-bearing systems that are activated by sensors when the users' weight shifts making a science fiction technology a reality.
The CES presentation by Omnicorp (not a real company) presented the RC2000 a.k.a. Robocop on YouTube signifies an ambition to push the limitations of humanity forward in the near future.
We would imagine more health technology companies joining the show in future editions. Technology that enhances our senses and strength is well within reach.