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Peggy says at the end of January Uber announced a pilot program that will leverage smartphone technology and verify customer feedback about how safe a driver is during the trip. She explains using the sensors built into smartphones, Uber can make assumptions about how a driver has driven. She says Uber is one of the many companies made possible by the widespread adoption of mobile devices. 

Peggy says the awesome aspect of AR (augmented reality) is it has information that augments and enhances the real-world experience for the customer faster and quicker. She says at PTC’s ThingEvent event last week, CEO Jim Heppelmann went to great lengths to explain with AR a service technician can now superimpose a physical object in realtime with virtual information from a host of documents and sensors to assist him in repairing a part or even viewing very detailed instructions alongside completing a task. 

Peggy says it is increasingly about leveraging devices to create new value before and after a drive, explaining Movimento, which specializes in vehicle lifecycle-management technology, is bridging the gap for vehicles without embedded connectivity to receive OTA (over-the-air) updates. More and More smartphones are being integrating into our vehicles and changing the way we are connected.

Dr. Paul Kaplan, senior medical director, Lumeris, says his role is to help physicians understand that there is light at the end of the tunnel to understand complexities of healthcare. He explains the reality is the American healthcare system is moving toward an accountable care model.

Peggy says there is a lot of interesting discussion going on about what people are predicting is going to happen in the coming year. She says some of the most interesting discussions focuses on the new titles for executives including the “Chief IoT Officer.”

James Brehm, founder & chief technology evangelist, says the biggest trends we will see are people moving from trying things out to full deployment, and they are going to struggle. He explains the ecosystem is too big and too great right now, and we need to see some consolidation and leadership to step up to the plate.

Peggy says each and every year CES gives us so much fodder for conversation and speculation. She shares her favorite CES moments including the smart home taking center stage, wearables slowing down in the sense they weren’t everywhere at the show, and so much more. 

Dave Friedman, CEO, Ayla Networks, says in the scheme of things when he started the company in 2010, he believed the Internet was poised to expand again. He explains how it helped one of its customers launch a smart fan at CES this year. 

Shaun Gurley, sales and marketing, GO PUCK, says the active mount system allows users to clip it to belts for backpacks and can also be integrated to GoPro. He explains there are so many chargers, but this company comes from the race industry, and started designing a smarter charger.

Peggy says CES has been an amazing show, with great exhibitors and wonderful products, saying it is a show that introduces great new inventors. Ilan Abehassera, CEO, Insensi, joins her, saying, the company’s product is a new kind of home phone for families, making a stationary device that is always plugged in and connected to the Internet.  

Stefan Bankowski, AppLink Systems supervisor, Ford Motor Co., says we want to give choices to the user. He explains the company always evolves the product and looks to bring new technologies in, saying the automakers now are looking to work together to establish a standard of connectivity. 

Alex Voica, senior marketing manager, Imagination Technologies, says the company licenses semiconductor IP. He explains the company is highlighting some of its customers’ products to show the best of IoT.

Scott Riesebosch, president, Tailwind, says the company he founded 18 years ago is ready for the next chapter in IoT (Internet of Things). His new company started out of his personal frustration with the garage door being open in the morning because his kids would leave the garage door open at all times.

Jason Greenspan, CEO, WHOOSH!, says there aren’t any devices that WHOOSH! can’t clean. He explains it is really important to clean your fitness trackers, since you sweat all day and you don’t really clean them. 

Robert Beatty, vice president of technology, Cujo says in an increasingly connected society the company created smart protection for your home. He explains there are only a handful of companies that are taking security from a first step rather than an afterthought. 

Giovanni Mancini, head of global marketing, E Ink Holdings, says the company is known for making electronic ink. He explains it is different than what you are typically used to, as it looks more like paper and makes the display low power.

Alexei Erchak, CEO, BeON, says the device provides security and safety lighting in your home. He explains the company brings those security and safety features home and make it as simple as putting in a light bulb. 

Mitchell Klein, executive director, Z-Wave Alliance, says it is a group of manufacturers and adopters of the Z-Wave standard. He explains the alliance has been around for almost 15 years and it is a standard and all devices are interoperable. 

Mike Bell, president and CEO, Silver Spring Networks, says the company specializes in the smart gird and smart cities. He explains the technology from the beginning was based on standards, so it is important to talk to chip vendors and work with them to help guide them on what they should be doing in the future. 

Sebastien Roux, cofounder, Gemecod, talks about the highly secure connected lock. He says it allows you to share and create keys, and it is still in preorders. He explains how the devices allow you to remotely control entrance doors to buildings. 

Lee Williams, chief operating officer, ETWater, says the company is a technology company that focuses on sustainability products, changing the world with water. He says it is launching a platform and a consumer device that can be plugged into irrigation and lighting systems and make it smart. 

Dr. Curtis White, WHOOSH!, talks about the product, saying it is a kit that takes into consideration the cleaning and the removing of germs. Jason Greenspan, CEO, WHOOSH!, adds devices have become as personal as you are. 

Anupam Malhotra, GM, connected vehicle, Audi of America,says it is bringing telematics, smartphone integration, smart infrastructure integration, and the ability to reach out to other devices like tablets into the car. He explains the autonomous world is creeping up on us and we don’t even know it. 

Ryan Kloss, training manager, Casio, says the company has unveiled a new product that is a true outdoor smartwatch. He explains how Casio has had a long-standing history of being a good technology company, and now what it is glad to do is create a device with Casio twist. 

Rafi Zauer, head of marketing, Essence, says CES is big and impressive. He explains the company provides an end-to-end solution for service providers, which is cloud-based and includes the hardware and devices, as well as the management side. 

Kang Ren, CEO, GYENNO Technologies, says the product is designed for the people with hand tremor because there are about $100 million people who have Parkinson’s disease. He shows how the spoon has sensors so it can detect the movement of the hand, and there is an independent motor system to cancel the tremor from the hand. 

Harry Wang, director health and mobile product research, Park Associates, says the healthcare industry is a huge industry that needs help, and wearables and the solutions supporting people to make better lives is going to have a huge impact on healthcare. He explains the healthcare industry wants to help patients and consumers live better lives.

Vlad Sejnoha, chief technology officer, Nuance Communications, says language technology has had a long gestation, and the thing to understand about it is it is getting better every year. He explains the company has just released a new toolset to build natural language for devices. 

Furkan Kapu, business development director, Levels 3D, says it has decided to create such an application for several reasons. He explains you plug a 3D sensor in the back of the iPad, and then the sensor detects the depth information and the algorithm will reconstruct in realtime. 

Jason Greenspan, CEO, WHOOSH!, says the product is the next-generation of clean. He explains the origins go back to the car-cleaning industry and the sound of a car wash is the origin of the company’s name. He says the company released a new product to allow for devices to be more protected.