Live from #CES2015: Dustin & the Z-Wave

(written by Technical Director Dustin White)

PicofMeByIntelCES every year is loaded is cool gadgets that get you to rethink how you manage your life, business and everything in between.

The first gadgets I saw, when walking in this year, were all the home devices that use the z-wave (see official description below). Basically it was showcasing all the different home devices that z-wave can connect to for home automation.  This feature controls everything from thermostat, refrigerator, TV, lights, and home security.  The home security is pretty interesting as it can detect almost anything (from pressure points of people trying to get into your home as well as things like flooding in your basement, fires, earthquakes, etc.; which can all be sent to your wireless device so that you know what’s going on even if not home).

Description of z-wave: Z-Wave is a wireless communications protocol designed for home automation, specifically for remote control applications in residential and light commercial environments. The technology uses a low-power RF radio embedded or retrofitted into electronic devices and systems, such as lighting,access controls, entertainment systems and household appliances.

I also go to see what’s called Wockets Smart Wallet which is pretty interesting.  Basically you can store up to 10,000 credit cards on it that you no longer have to carry (which I’m sure you’ll need 10,000).  Basically it’s smaller than a regular wallet and can keep all your credit cards on it digitally for use at stores.  The thing is if someone steals it it’s encrypted so that without using a Pin or biometrics (like thumbprint) the person who stole it cannot access it.

Another stand I visited today was from a company called Snail.  They developed a 3d phone/game system.  I had the opportunity to speak with one of their developers and they are working on an SDK for allowing app developers to develop 3d apps on their platform.  I thought that was really cool and got their card.  He said to email him and he’ll keep us updated on when the SDK is ready so that we can look into it.  I look forward – and so does the Stellar team – to learning more about 3d App development.


For fun, I got to see these TV screens on carts controlled  by users in a completely different location (could be across the world if they wanted). This allows people to see them and move around with these TV/carts to be interactive with people. For instance, a Dad is on a business trip – like at the CES – and could have one of these at home to go around with the children and talk and see them.  Definitely a device trying to bridge the social gap that technology communication creates.

And one of the last booths today, was Acer. Apparently, 5G is getting more attention.  Haven’t even heard it at any other CES conventions in the past and the group I talked to at Acer said they have only been working on it for the past year.  It’s going to be up to 10 – 100 times faster than 4G. They believe by 2020 that their will be 50 billion connections to the internet and that they need 5G to be able to support that many connections!

More fun things to come! Make sure to also check out team member Chad’s posts too!

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