With 250 exhibitors, eight conference tracks, five competitions, Robotics on the Runway, an augmented reality headware display and a live fashion runway show, Living in Digital Times gave CES attendees a taste of how technology applies to niche consumer audiences, putting products in the context of different lifestyles to solve real problems. While the products and services were diverse, ranging from refrigerators that can text you when you’re out of milk, to wearable monitors that can track your brain’s activity to a laptop/tablet that can run both Android and Windows to an app that tracks your pet’s activity level, the unifying themes of this year’s show were that interconnectivity  and the “internet of things” open countless new possibilities for product development, and that’s what  what manufacturers are delivering.  And, many of the most responsive companies are smaller entrepreneurs, creating and stacking the building blocks of technology  in new and interesting ways. Here are a few highlights from this year’s show:

TransformingEDU

At TransformingEDU, the discussions centered on emerging trends and uses of technology in the classroom from companies like McGraw-Hill, ACT, Western Governors University, Tabtor, VINCI and others. Panelists discussed the future of college and building 21st century skills, digital content and courseware, oneto- one learning, and the concept of co-creation. Anant Agarwal from edX talked about the Next-Gen Campus and Rob Nail from Singularity University advised on harnessing fast-growth tech for education.

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Mommy Tech Summit

The buzz at Mommy Tech centered around the new interconnectivity of products.  Especially important for moms, this Internet of things offers solutions to everything from door locks to ovens.  Beyond just products, much of the day’s discussion focused on improving MomTrepreneurial skills, wearable technology and keeping kids connected, but safe, in an increasingly digital world. We also debuted Mommy Tech TV, a two-day live event from the showroom floor, with interviews with key players in the tech world such as Randi Zuckerberg, AOL’s Tiffany Schlain, Nolan Bushnell and corporate execs from companies like AT&T, Whirlpool, LG, and others showcasing their family strategies.  . 

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Kids@Play Summit

For kids it was the year of tablets, app/toy hybrid games, and wonderfully delightful creativity/maker products. We even had a full digital playground on the show floor build by PlayWorld Systems.  Kids@Play Summit , lead by  Warren Buckleitner looked at the opportunities and the challenges alike with wisdom from Leapfrog’s John Barbour, Yahoo! Editor,  David Pogue . Kindoma, Fingerprint, Play-i Vexx, Kurio – many of the products unveiled at the conference are destined to be on the radar in 2014. 

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KAPi Awards

The fifth annual KAPI Awards were given out by a distinguished panel of tech and educational judges.  To view this and past year’s KAPI winners, click here http://childrenstech.com/kapis.. 

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 Sports and Fitness Tech Summit

Over at the Fitness Tech Summit, the joint was jumping with new wearables.  We looked at how advancements in algorithms and sensor technology are creating a new generation of smarter fitness wearables., and looked at the marketplace from weight management, to sleep quality.  At the center of the devices was the human quantified self. Some of the largest footprints on the show floor included Fitbit, Polar, ANT+, Jaybird, GeoPalz, Wahoo Fitness, Withings and Basis.  

The conference ended with the first-ever Battle of the Bands, pitting  wearables companies against each other to test both their wearable tech and their musical skills. Want to see who won and other highlights of the Fitness Tech Summit?

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 Silvers Summit

This year’s Silvers Summit looked at the need for products that serve the quickly expanding 50+ market.   Technology will allow an aging population to enjoy a high quality of life both inside and outside their homes. Topics included trends in car design  tech and tools for caregivers, and how boomers are adopting, and driving consumer demand for, user-friendly technology.  One conference highlight:  We hosted AARP members for a day-long tour of the Living in Digital Times exhibit space and had them judge the best of breed products.   Companies including Great Call, GrandCare, and AARP displayed on the showroom floor.

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Digital Health Summit

The fastest growing segment of CES, this year’s Digital Health Summit, brought two day of insight into consumer decision-making, new tools for prevention and wellness, future trends in wearable technology, and industry-changing strategies driven by technology and consumer demands. A panel of five people whose lives were saved by digital technology was a highlight of the show. The Everyday Health Awards for Innovation were handed out at the end of day two, click here to see the finalists and winners 

The video is available here A private evening event, co hosted with CES was made memorable with the first ever Robotics on the Runway show, a fashion show of robotics. The crowd was moved to tears as Eksobonics showed off the Ekso, a rehabilitation exoskeletion designed to help paraplegics walk and regain better leg function. See these exciting robotics and clips from the show here. (Chona add) On the show floor, companies like MD Revolution, Misfit Wearables, Qardio, Interaxon, Neurosky, Omron and United Healthcare had crowds three deep for almost the entire show.

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FashionWare

In the FashionWare Pavilion, we featured mannequins dressed in the latest high tech wearables, from headsets to motion controlled LED dresses.  In the evening the mannequins came to life in  FashionWare Wearable Tech Show. Featuring twelve young designers’ outfits and a plethora of wearable gadgets ranging from wristbands, to smart sneakers, to crystal-crusted iPad cases, to 3-D printer created high heels, the show demonstrated that wearble technology can be fashionable and fun, not just useful. To see the runway looks, click here

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Last Gadget Standing

Perennial CES favorite Last Gadget Standing returned for its 14th year, sponsored by Lenovo and hosted by Jon Hein and Gary Dell’ Abbate from the Howard Stern Show. This year’s applicants ranged from smartphones to remote controlled door  locks, multipurpose smart sensors to gauge body fat vs. muscle, pet fitness trackers, guitar playing iPads and more . Check out the finalists’ best pitches to studio audience (and a rousing, 400-person sing along of the theme to Gilligan’s Island) here. 

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Mobile Apps Showdown

Back for its fourth year, Mobile Apps Showdown whittled down a worthy group of finalists – ranging from those that monitor the activities of your home, your car , your kids or the aging, to those that let you track your dog’s wellness, to those that streamline your passwords and shopping.  and even let you find a pickup basketball game – down to the winning two apps.  Hosted by Jon Hein and Gary Del’Abbate from the Howard Stern Show, this year’s competition provided loads of entertainment and a spirited live audience vote at the end. It was the inaugural year for the   Kay Family Foundation to award two Appreneur prizes to young developers.  Tanay Tandon a 16 year old, and Sherwood Yao, a grad school student, won for their efforts. 

On the show floor, The Wall of Apps was back, showcasing cool new apps in a setting that encouraged hands-on experimentation with these up and coming mobile applications. To see the Wall in action, click here 

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Augmented Reality Exhibit

Living in Digital Times was pleased to present the first Augmented Reality exhibit, a display of the evolution of “smart” eyewear and an exhibit space allowing new wearable technology to be displayed and explained.  Sponsored by Orcam, Epson (find out who else) this exhibit made it abundantly clear that there are magic glasses in our futures.  See the display here: 

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  • Exhibition Space: 43,729 square feet (21% growth year over year)
  • Exhibitors/Sponsors: nearly 250 (25% growth year over year)
  • Conference Attendees:  6,000 (unaudited)
  • Conference Tracks: 8
  • Awards Programs: Mobile Apps Showdown,
  • Last Gadget Standing, KAPi Awards, Everyday Health Awards, Battle of the Bands
  • Events: Digital Health and Fitness Networking Event featuring Robotics on the Runway, Digital Health Speakers Dinner, FashionWare Show
  • New:  Augmented Reality Pavilion, MommyTech TV

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  • David Pogue, Yahoo Tech
  • Andrea Smith, former CBS Reporter
  • Randi Zuckerberg, Zuckerberg Media
  • Warren Buckleitner, Children’s Technology Review
  • Gary Strumolo, Vehicle Design and Infotronics, Ford Motor Company
  • Anant Agarwal, EdX
  • Ro Marley, House of Marley
  • Shannon Miller, Olympian, Shannon Miller Lifestyle
  • Eric Taub, New York Times
  • Dr. Neil Clark Warren, eHarmony
  • Dr. Travis Stork, The Doctors/MD Live
  • Paul Slavin, Everyday Health
  • Denise Yoh, What Great Brands Do
  • Paul Litchfeld, Reebok
  • James Park, Fitbit
  • Peter Pashal, Mashable
  • Jennifer Jolley, USA Today

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