It’s challenging to pick new trends at the recent 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. After all, with 4,000 vendors showing big and small technology spread out over 2.7 million square feet between several spread-out huge halls, it’s impossible to see it all.
This year though, one repetitive new technology won hands-down. Voice assistant technology from Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Home Assistant were everywhere and in the most interesting appliances.
Steve Makris’ Top 10 Tech Gift Picks (re-printed from WiFiHiFi Magazine)
Sing it with me: “These are a few of my favourite things.” After checking out plenty of cool tech gear this year, I’ve founded that these 10 items, noted in no particular order, are best-in-class, well-designed, and functional.
Technology is changing everywhere, but the wheel will still be here…in a big way. That’s good news for France based tire maker Michelin who hosted the Movin’On international summit for sustainable mobility in Montreal. #MovinOnConf
The University of Toronto and the University of Waterloo are finalists among eight North American universities who will compete in the upcoming three year-long autonomous vehicle design competition, AutoDrive Challenge.
The announcement by SAE World Congress Experience, SAE International and General Motors will see teams from both Universities start with a GM supplied a Chevrolet Bolt EV as well as software and parts from strategic partners and suppliers.
Ford Canada hosted a unique From Farm to Ford six course dinner at the Edmonton Art Gallery.
The automaker promoted its research on using sustainable materials in its vehicles. The program, started in 2000, uses several bio-based materials in its vehicles, and is testing many more for future applications including algae, tomato peel and carbon dioxide.
We ate some of that with wine served under the Edmonton Centre skylight.
I recently attended a media “driving adventure” for the “re-imagined” 2017 GM Canada Acadia crossover in Whistler. Although the new Acadia was launched earlier this year, GM Canada, creates media driving experiences to familiarize us with new cars, including a similar driving adventure on Vancouver Island last spring with the 2017 Chev Malibu.
My annual tech mecha to the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show begins from Edmonton. Follow me here as I update my experience discovering new gadgets and meeting interesting industry shakers and movers.
What does CES have in store for us this year? Lot’s of small startups from around the world on smart personal ware and ways to help us eat, drive, even shower better.
Here are some examples on Day One at CES Unveiled, an early pre-show peak of smart tech.
The self powered Eco-Sensitive Smart Shower head from hydrao.com connects to iOS and Android devices via Bluetooth. It tracks your water consumption and monitors your progress or not, by changing colours.
The next time you buy a Ford you may have a MoDe:Flex E-Bike option to take along in the trunk of your new car.
Welcome to Ford 2.0 where not everyone has to own a car. The car maker is cognisant about how its core product will fit in emerging lifestyles, especially in megacities – huge built-up urban areas where the traditional car ownership model is changing.
At the recent Further with Ford 2015 event in San Francisco, Ford didn’t talk much about new car models. Instead, it was about mobility in growing congested environments, where public transportation, walking, biking and off course the occasional need for a car (hopefully a Ford) all come into play.
Calgary based AppColony has come up with a cleverly simple free Android app, One Tap, which effectively stops distracted driving. Take that from me, I have been driving with it for a week. It’s a keeper.