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Top 10 computer hardware and software companies to watch at CES 2017

Top 10 computer hardware and software companies to watch at CES 2017

Technology has been developing and changing at a full-tilt over the years, yet with our lives now so intertwined with tech we can sometimes forget it fundamentally boils down to the hardware and software components which form its raw make-up.

This year at CES, with another stellar line-up of technology companies, we’ve picked out the top ten who we expect to make leaps and bounds in 2017.

  • Altia Systems Inc. Altia Systems® is a venture-backed company based in Cupertino, California and creator of PanaCast® 2 – the world’s first Panoramic-4K Plug-and-Play USB video camera. The PanaCast solution is the first video and desktop collaboration system that enables anyone with a desktop or mobile device to communicate interactively, in real-time, through a 200-degree video which replicates the natural human panoramic perspective, creating a natural “being there” experience.
  • Civil Maps: Using 3D data and artificial intelligence, Civil Maps want to enhance mobility and improve safety in the physical world. It’s developed a technology which provides self-learning cognitive perception systems that replicate human context, therefore it enables fully autonomous vehicles to perceive, orient and respond to the physical world.

Civil Maps has collaborated with the leading geospatial, governmental, and academic institutions including U.S. Department of Energy, National Energy Research Scientific Computing Centre, University of California Berkeley and Stanford University. This enables it to convert companies’ unorganized 3D data into intelligent maps. Companies that rely on geospatial data spend billions to manually click through 3D survey data and add relevant mission-critical intelligence.

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  • Display Port: DisplayPort delivers more high-performance features than any other digital interface. Designed to replace older standards like DVI and VGA, DisplayPort opens up new possibilities in computing, digital displays and consumer electronics. It’s the future standard and it’s available today.
  • Fibaro: Fibar Group was founded in 2010 because of a successful research and development project, which lead to construction of an innovative home automation system named FIBARO. Using the Z-wave wireless standard, it allows users to integrate all Z-wave compatible products and devices that previously could not be connected to a customized home network.

The Fibaro smart home system allows for the conversion of any home or apartment into a smart home, which not only increases occupants’ comfort, but also allows users to monitor or control their household safety and efficiently. Available in 100 countries, FIBARO, opened its U.S. offices in September 2014.

  • Kiwi: Kiwi is the world leader in motion recognition technology. It’s simple and efficient motion recognition platform enables your connected products to track motions in literally a matter of minutes. The platform works like the human brain, where it learns and adapts to the unique motions of the users. By categorizing and analysing motions, you can do anything from a simple repetition count in the gym, to analysing safety metrics in a factory. The options are endless.
  • Kubo Robot: Kubo is an award-winning robot that offers a whole new way for children to learn and explore 21st-century skills like; communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking. Kubo is based on the concept of a jigsaw puzzle, which makes it so intuitive kids learn to code from the age of four.

The technology empowers kids to explore robotics, programming, problem-solving and creative thinking through tangible play. We do this in a play and plug manner without any need of prior knowledge of programming and no requirements of a tablet or computer.

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  • Orbbec: Orbbec is dedicated to creating intelligent technologies for every person, everywhere. Achieving this requires superb 3D cameras that are affordably priced and universally available. For computers to be intelligent, they need more than the ability to make sense of the world around them—they need to see the world in 3D. And for intelligent computing to flourish, excellent 3D cameras that are affordably priced and universally available will be a necessity.
  • Razer: This company has aimed to reinvent the computer gaming industry through its collaboration with gamers to bring the best gaming experience to the industry. Its products have earned critical praise and won multiple awards for its precision, sensitivity, usability, and distinctions in product design. Engineered to near perfection, Razer’s reputation of being the leader in gaming peripheral technology is embodied in every single Razer product.
  • Tribe: Tribe makes high-quality tech gadgets, from USB flash drives to audio and travel accessories, which bring the best of pop culture to your personal tech collection. Tribe turns the average into the extraordinary. Don’t be too serious, shake things up and add some colour to life.
  • Qwertyfree: Qwertyfree has developed SHIFT™ an amazing touchscreen keyboard for the blind and visually impaired that will revolutionize the industry and open a world of possibilities for those with special needs.

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Top 10 Augmented and Virtual Reality Companies to Watch at CES 2017

Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality exploded in 2016, with $1.1 billion being invested in the technology and 2017 is set to be no different, with hundreds of companies looking to showcase their wares at this year’s CES in Vegas. But who will take home the gold? We’ve picked our top contenders in this year’s Augmented and Virtual Reality Category:

  • Amazon Alexa: The Alexa is often just viewed as the voice behind Amazon Echo, but it is so much more than this. It is the software that provides the device with the skills and know-how to allow users to interact with the device in a more personal way. Always getting smarter, Alexa is set to reveal a whole host of new abilities this year.
  • Holo Lamp: This UK startup is making its first appearance at CES this year with the first portable device to offer an AR experience that needs neither a headset nor hands view. A must have for gamers, the device connects to computers and creates a 3D image directly on your environment using an optical effect based on projection and eye tracking.
  • Go Touch VR: This French company has dived into the haptics side of VR and created a wearable ring that generates a real contact under the user’s fingers. This combination of VR and real touch creates the illusion of touching a real object. Set to launch a Kickstarter campaign next year, this is a company to watch!

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  • WooHoo by Smart Beings: If you’re looking for a smart device that has the latest and greatest technology, then look no further than the Silicon Valley start-up SmartBeings Inc. They will be showcasing their latest device, WooHoo in Vegas, which integrates facial recognition, voice recognition, LED Display and an IoT Hub, along with the world’s 1st cloud-based Smart Home software. What more could you need?
  • VISR VR: The brainchild of the gamers at Hull University, VISR VR has worked with the likes of Google, Microsoft and Coca-Cola to create tailored VR experiences. At CES they will be unveiling an imaging device, which they claim will bring VR capability to anyone with an imagination.
  • Artec 3D: Innovators in 3D hardware and software solutions, Artec have become well known for their Artec Shapify Booth, the world’s only automated 3D body scanning system for making 3D printed portraits. This year they are set to showcase their latest range of handheld 3D scanners.

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  • ARM: The digital leader in all things smart, ARM is constantly creating new technology that is transforming the world we live in. From smartphones, tablets, and the Internet of Things to what is in your house or on your wrist, to the networks and cloud that connect it all, ARM will have something for everyone at their stand this year.
  • Tanvas: Despite advances in graphics, sound and vibration, today’s touchscreen is still just a static window to the digital world. To tackle this, Tanvas have utilised surface haptics to make touch possible. Creating infinite dynamic textures that simulate touch and create a new dimension of interaction, Tanvas have generated the next gateway to multisensory experiences.

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Top 10 Cyber and Personal Security Companies to Watch at CES 2017

The digital revolution has been a double-edged sword for the security world. It has increased our ability to protect ourselves against personal security threats. Yet, the rise of interconnected and smart devices, has also increased our susceptibility to cyber threats.

CES 2017 will showcase the top security-technology companies that will help us stay safe offline and online – so that we can continue to take advantage of the latest technological advancements.

Here are the top ten companies we think you won’t want to miss this year:

  • Wearsafe Labs: Wearsafe provide peer-to-peer safety technology that enables users to easily call for help when in a bad situation. With the press of a wearable button, which is connected wirelessly to your phone, the device sends an audio stream to your contacts. This enables you to silently get help as soon as possible.
  • So Simple Solutions: So Simple Solutions specialize in products that protect against credit card theft, carried out by criminals attempting to use RFIS technology to steal victims’ identity. As we continue to move into a world of contactless payments, our risk of being silently stolen from as we go about our day is increasing, So Simple Solutions’ Travel Guards provide the solution. At CES the company will also announce the launch of their anti-radiation screen protector, which reduces up to 70% of electromagnetic waves. If you’re concerned about the impact of your technology on your health, this is one for you.
  • C-SLIDE: C-slide’s WebCam covers offer the preventative solution to the rising number of Webcam Hijacking and sextortion cases we are seeing in the media. Available for computers, laptops, tablets, smart TV’s and phones, and with users including the U.S. government, C-Slide are clearly one to watch out for this year.

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  • Beseye Cloud Security: Beseye’s WIFI cameras and Image Analysis Systems use intelligent recognition to help users keep an eye on what’s happening in their home or office. Their sophisticated system can distinguish between action in trigger zones, motion detection and human detection, giving you the most accurate notification of the potential threat, and ultimately setting your mind at ease.
  • POMM: POMM provides privacy solutions, for users concerned about the susceptibility of their digital devices to hacking. Their compact offerings attach to users phones, and use biometric authentication and encryption to ensure the owner is the only one with access to the personal content of the device. Meaning your picture and video gallery, messages and documents are only seen by who you want them to be.
  • Nut Technology: Nut’s micro size smart trackers help users resolve the age old problem of forgetting or misplacing their belongings. If you’re always leaving your bags on the train, or relying on friends to call your phone, binding Nut to your bag, and pairing the Nut App with your phone, could remove a lot of stress from your life.
  • Vkansee: Vkansee develop under-glass, optical fingerprint sensors, for a range of devices, including mobile phones and laptops. Their scanners are so sensitive to spoofing they can even detect sweat pores. As online and over app payments increase, Vkansee’s fingerprint scanners offer a more secure alternative to traditional passwords.

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  • SYLink Technologie: SYLink enables users to easily monitor their home network, by automatically scanning, analyzing, detecting and alerting users to threats. In our increasingly connected world, ignoring cybersecurity is no longer an option – SYLink means you can enjoy taking advantage of the digital revolution without the fear of attacks.
  • Nominet: Nominet is best known for building the .UK domain. Having had an incremental role in developing the UK’s internet infrastructure, they now provide products and services to help users protect their domain, alongside advice on how to stay safe online. Given that 82 percent of adults in the UK use the internet every day, Nominet’s offerings are relevant to businesses and consumers alike.
  • SABRE: Though best known for their pepper sprays, SABRE also have a line of personal consumer alarms. Their wireless and standalone home alarms enable anyone to quickly and conveniently secure their home without the expensive installation or monitoring costs. They can even be taken on the road, so wherever you are, you can feel safe.

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