A last look at CES 2014: Mobile apps winners and show highlights

It was an amazing week at CES with over 150,000 delegates, 5,000 press, 3,200 plus exhibitors spread over more than 2 million square feet. One standout was the Mobile Apps Showdown and particularly the two student App-reneur Award winners, Tanay Tandon a 16-year old high school student and graduate student Sherwood Yao.

Robin Raskin, founder of Living in Digital Times and creator of the event commented, “CES brings together the most innovate products and brightest minds, the two ingredients for a healthy economy.  For me, it’s especially rewarding when we can show our youngest innovators that the entrepreneurial spirit that pervades CES can be theirs as well. The App-reneur scholarship shows that good ideas can come from anyone , at any age and that they will be nurtured and celebrated.”

Elim Kay, president Kay Family Foundation, who provided the scholarships noted, “Kay Family Foundation is pleased to partner with Living in Digital Times to award entrepreneurial and highly-innovative students, providing them an opportunity to showcase their work to a global audience. It is important that such young leaders be recognized and supported for their tenacity and hard work as they strive to change the world.” Elim talks further about the foundation and the award in this video.

I asked Tanay about his technology and the value it provides. “Clipped is an NLP-based technology that uses grammatical pattern classification to automatically generate a summary and visual info-graphic of a news article. The program is built using Python on the Natural Language Toolkit (NLTK) and sci-kit learn frameworks, and makes use of Random Forest methodology to identify subject-predicate structures in sentences. The algorithm is useful when viewing content on mobile devices, and presents a quicker way to get the gist of long content. In a fast-paced world, summarization models are becoming increasingly viable formats of reading and understanding content and Clipped addresses that problem.”

About Tanay’s future goals, he replied, “Over the next couple of months in 2014 I plan on spreading the technology through an NLP API so other developers can integrate Clipped technology into their applications. Furthermore, I hope to work on a version of the app for Google Glass using OCR technology. On a slightly more long-term frame, over the next year and those following it, I want to develop Clipped into a product for consumer and enterprise grade NLP analysis, providing a single framework through which sentiment analysis, summarization, topic-segmentation and a variety of Natural Language tasks can be executed.”

Tanay went on to describe his life journey milestones and what drives his passion. “I’m extremely passionate about AI and Machine Learning as a field overall. One of my goals is to enter the research field to build algorithms that can think like humans, and help solve some of the biggest challenges regarding energy consumption, resource-management, and deep-space exploration. Overall, my goal is to combine entrepreneurship with research to bring intelligent, and cutting-edge products to the mainstream world.”

Sherwood Yao is the lead for the tapsBook team having completed undergraduate studies in China and graduate degrees in the U.S. (one still in the works). As noted in an interview with Robin Raskin, TapsBook is the first 2-in-1 mobile app with intuitive UI design, new patent pending swiping gesture photo rating systems allowing the organizing and distributing of photos, organizing of photos into folders, creation of  photo books, managing the distribution of the books across social networks and print.

From more than 20,000 new products, highlights included:
3D Printing

• 3D Systems ChefJet
• CEL Robox
• MakerBot Replicator 3D printer series


• Samsung HW-H600 and MX-HS8500 GIGA
• ClearView invisible speaker Clio
• LG SoundPlate

Automotive Electronics

• Audi Traffic Light Assist and Audi Virtual Cockpit
• BMW Active Assist
• Corvette Performance Data Recorder
• Cobra JumPak
• Hyundai Blue Link
• Open Automotive Alliance with Google

Computer Hardware & Software

• Cronycle App
• EyeLock Myris
• Lenovo ThinkPad 8
• Nvidia Shield
• Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2

Connected Home

• Alarm.com Wellness
• LG EasyLoad Dryer Door and LG HomeChat
• LG HomeChat
• Moneual Rydis H68 Pro Robotic Vacuum
• Okidokeys
• Canary home security
• Samsung DW80H9970 and Samsung RH9900
• Sen.se Mother lifestyle management device

Digital Health and Fitness

• Intel Edison Chip for wearable tech
• Jaybird Reign Fitness wristband
• Kolibree Smart Toothbrush
• LG Lifeband Touch fitness activity monitor
• Moneual Smart Wristband Baby Monitor
• Razer Nabu
• Reebok CrossCheck
• Rest Mimo Baby Monitor
• Scanadu Scout
• Sleep Number X12 Smart Bed

Digital Imaging/Photography

• Leica Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 ASPH
• Liquid Image Ego LS
• Panasonic HC-W850
• Polaroid Socialmatic
• Samsung NX30

Electronic Gaming

• Avegant Glyph
• BenQ XL2720G
• Gigabyte Brix Pro Steam Machine
• iBuypower SBX Steam Machine
• Oculus Rift Crystal Cove
• Razer Project Christine
• Sony Playstation Now


• Airtime’s wireless HDMI dongle
• Avegant Glyph
• FINsix world’s smallest AC adapter
• Oledcomm LiFi technology


• Dish Super Joey and Dish Virtual Joey app
• LG 77EC9800 UHD OLED TV and LG webOS Smart TV
• Panasonic 4K Ultra HDTV the new “Life+Screen” AX800 series
• Samsung – 105-inch curved UHD TV and 78-inch U9000 curved UHD set
• Sharp – Aquos HD TV lineup including new Aquos Quattron+
• Sony 4k Ultra Short Throw Projector

Wireless and Wireless Devices

• Cronycle App
• Huawei – Ascend Mate2 4G Smartphone
• LG G Flex
• Martian Notifier
• Mophie Space Pack
• Sony Xperie Z1 Compact
• Typo iPhone Keyboard Case

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