Four Emerging IoT Products Cited at IEEE CES Competition

Projects that track good habits, combine displays, manage water use, and package algorithms come out on top

19 February 2016

These products were judged by venture capitalists and others to be the most innovative products at an IEEE Internet of Things startup competition in January at this year’s International Consumer Electronics Show, in Las Vegas.

  • STARTUP: MOTI

    Founder: Kayla Matheus

    Habits sometimes are hard to make and easy to break, according to Matheus. To develop a habit, she says, our brains require three things: a trigger, a routine, and a reward.

    Moti is not only the name of the company but also the name of its first product: a wireless device that provides an immediate environmental cue—an important trigger. When you accomplish a desired task, the device lights up. It does more than wearable devices that merely gather data and track progress. Moti considers how interactions, and how often you do them, can impact behavior. When you complete a series of activities that you wish could become a habit, like walking a certain number of steps or completing a physical therapy routine, press Moti and it lights up and makes sounds. But if you skip your routine and don’t press Moti, the device reminds you by changing its color.

    After using it awhile, Matheus says, you feel accountable to the device and relate to it—which are emotional requirements of forming a habit. An accompanying app tracks your progress. The device, about the size of a coffee cup, is expected to be in stores in time for this year’s Christmas shopping season, selling for US $79.

  • STARTUP: SKREENS

    Founder: Marc Todd

    This small box lets you tackle several tasks at once, all on one screen. Work on a presentation, say, while firing up a Web browser to do research, monitoring a video game, and listening to a TV news program, all without any lag time.

    Skreens comes with up to four HDMI inputs and dual USB ports, allowing streaming from TV, cable, videos, gaming consoles, and the Internet—all displayed on a screen of your choosing, whether a tablet, smartphone, or PC. You can minimize and maximize individual screens and move them around. Skreens offers Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, too, and it has iOS and Android apps. Still in development, Skreens is expected to sell for $200 to $500, depending on the number of HDMI inputs. For now, you can find the product on Kickstarter.

  • STARTUP: WISRAN

    Founder: Arsalan Lodhi

    Globally, more than 20 percent of pumped water ends up as wasted because of poor pipe connections and other leakage. Such inefficiencies in the infrastructure, producing what’s known as non-revenue water, lead to supply problems for water companies. The problems could be addressed if the companies could track the water from its source to the treatment plant to its final destination. That’s where Wisran comes in.

    The startup works with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to outfit their water pumps, valves, and other appliances with sensors to measure water use along the journey. Using remote telemetry units, Wisran’s cloud-based intelligence platform receives data from sensors on the equipment to process and analyze the information for downstream customers for their business and operational intelligence.

    The OEMs sell that intelligence to their downstream customers, enabling the OEMs to have an additional revenue stream. Wisran is developing the core analytic-telemetry technology and is conducting primary market research with water utilities and other market segments.

  • STARTUP: KERSPLODY

    Founders: Tim Gruhl and Chris Howard

    Kersplody’s Data Omniscience Data Platform provides a way to package, distribute, and manage algorithms, data, and configurations in an infrastructure-agnostic way using an open packaging standard, Gruhl and Howard say. That enables developers and operations teams to rapidly move algorithms among distributed computing platforms—including Apache Hadoop, Spark, and Storm—with minimum effort.

    The data platform allows algorithms to be rapidly shared among organizations and work groups while providing the services that data analysts and scientists need to conduct real-time interactive analysis and the rapid capability insertion process on cloud and IoT platforms. Developers, operators, and automated decision systems are able to modify data processing immediately in response to events. The data platform is in the closed beta stage; its cost has not yet been disclosed.

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