A “Neo-Sensory” Future

May 13, 2014
And you thought "haptic interface" just meant sliding your finger over a flat glass surface. How about shoes that send a tingle to your toes about which direction to turn when you’re on unfamiliar turf (or if you’re blind)? What about watching “feel-o-vision” TV that transmits the vibration of a speeding car into your viewing experience? Or maybe you’ll shake or “shoogle” your mobile handset to feel if any messages are jiggling around in there, rather than using a inger to scroll up and down a list. There’s also a smart steering wheel that can help auto-correct your direction if you’re...

The 2014 International CES Dazzles

April 24, 2014
The 2014 International CES was a one-stop shop for global cutting-edge technologies. In fact, the #CES2014 hashtag garnered 2.88 billion impressions around the world and more than 3,500 exhibitors converged in Las Vegas from January 7–10, to receive unprecedented exposure for their products and services. From keynote addresses from Audi, Cisco, Intel, Samsung, Sony and Yahoo! to the Innovations Design and Engineering Awards Showcase to the new launches from fledgling startups in Eureka Park, every major technology player was on hand. And across more than 250 ...

Innovations Inspired by Science Fiction

April 14, 2014
Just five years after the original Star Trek series went into reruns, a Motorola cell phone inspired by the show’s handheld communicator device was demonstrated during a 1973 press conference. Motorola engineer and CE Hall of Fame inductee Martin Cooper says it was more than just the flip-up antenna grid on the communicator that inspired his team. Voice dialing was also a feature worth inventing. “Suddenly, there’s Captain Kirk talking on his communicator—talking, with no dialing. That was not a fantasy to us, although to the rest of the world it was,” Cooper says. Ten years later, the...

View From the Set-Top

March 21, 2014
Internet video receivers—the digital set-top boxes (STBs) that deliver Internet Protocol television (IPTV)—could be called the “enigma machines” of today’s evolving media environment. Like the legendary World War II secret decoders, the IP STBs provide a vital function for the fast-growing online video business. Promising forecasts, such as from IHS Inc., envision 20 percent annual growth for the next few years in the sale of over-the-top (OTT) receivers and video players, a category which includes STBs as well as Web-connected game consoles, Blu-ray Disc players and smart TVs. Yet questions...

The Next Phase of 3D Printing

March 20, 2014
Los Angeles architects Kyle and Liz von Hasseln spend much of their time in front of computers—they’re certainly no strangers to 2D plans and 3D models. But ever since they created The Sugar Lab, a startup that produces 3D-printed sugar sculptures for wedding cakes, pie toppings and table centerpieces, the young Southern California Institute of Architecture grads have been digging into the culinary world. Using their creative backgrounds, they igured out a way to apply layers of alcohol and water, which can be hardened by sugar, to create edible 3D delicacies that add more than a touch of sophistication to wedding...

Enhancing 3D Audio in Cars

March 19, 2014
Automobiles are no longer just a mode of transportation. They’re also a way to stay entertained and audio is a big part of it. From simple AM/FM radio, to CDs, to streaming audio apps such as Pandora or TuneIn, consumers enjoy a wide variety of audio formats in their vehicles, and each model year automakers are offering new and better audio options. The newest of these options: 3D audio—makes musical renditions more lifelike and more enjoyable for everyone in a vehicle, no matter where they’re seated. In a study conducted by research firms Latitude Research and OpenMind...

Getting Wearables Right

January 05, 2014
Are you ready for the next revolution in mobile computing?    The concept of wearable technology isn’t new—ask anyone with a hearing aid or digital watch. However, the conversation around new ultra-portable connected devices has heated up with several widely-recognized consumer brands either announcing their first wave of devices or declaring they are actively working on bringing them to market soon.   Because smartphones are essentially becoming a commodity, such announcements have acted both as validation and catalyst for the wearables industry that received little to no attention even just a few years ago. Now everyone is asking what consumers...

The Next Big Thing? Eureka Park Inside Innovation

January 05, 2014
It was about three years ago when Karl Susman started sketching out his idea on a cocktail napkin. The longtime insurance man and his wife of 21 years were having what he calls “a friendly debate” (about what, he can’t remember anymore). But what did stick with this entrepreneur was the “aha” moment that resulted from this conversation. He would use the personal experience to help forge a foundation for the website now known as YouAskAnyone.com.   “It’s not an Ask.com,” says Susman. “It’s not a Yahoo Answers either.” He describes the concept behind YouAskAnyone.com a little like Digg, “but hopefully...

The Power of Images in Marketing

January 05, 2014
A behavioral and technological revolution is upon us and it’s a marketer’s dream.   The widespread availability of smartphones, picture messaging technology and lightning-fast networks have changed how we communicate. The days of text-based communication are dwindling, thanks to high-quality imaging combined with easy portability. If the human brain really does process visual images 60,000 times faster than text, based on research from 3M Corp., why have we spent so much time developing textbased solutions?   The powerful imaging technology in today’s mobile devices is transforming the way people interact, work and learn, and it is allowing for...
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