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CES 2018 Offers New Security Robots and Baby Tech Products

CES 2018 Offers New Security Robots and Baby Tech Products

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By James Lint
Faculty Member, School of Business, American Military University
Senior Editor for
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New intelligence analysts in business or government might think there is a massive change going on in technology, judging by the many press releases and media reports on the tech industry this week.

In reality, this is no surprise. Those intelligence analysts should look at the calendar. January is when the annual CES technology conference is held in Las Vegas.

CES 2018 is a daily showcase of technology news via announcements from corporate leadership, demonstrations and press releases. For the technology industry, this is the Super Bowl.

Rain and Power Outage Temporarily Affect CES Exhibits

Two unusual non-technology events occurred during this year’s CES. It rained in Las Vegas on Tuesday for the first time in 116 days. The rain forced some of the tent exhibits to shut down early to protect their high-tech equipment.

The following day, an area transformer malfunctioned, causing a two-hour blackout in two buildings. One of them was the Las Vegas Convention Center Central Hall, which held some of the big-name tech companies, including Intel, Qualcomm and Samsung.

Nevertheless, the show went on.

Intelligent security robot NIMBO on patrol (PRNewsfoto/Segway Robotics,Turing Video)

Turing Video Debuts New Security Robot

Turing Video introduced a new security robot called Nimbo. Turing Video chose this name to suggest a nimble quality to the robot. It uses the Segway Robotics’ mobility platform, combined with cutting-edge artificial intelligence capabilities.

“Nimbo can be pre-programmed to patrol specific routes or self-optimized routes while analyzing human activities and surrounding environments in real time,” according to Turing Video’s press release. Nimbo detects security violations or anomalies with light and provides audio or video warnings, depending on the security situation. It also collects HD video evidence and sends notifications to security personnel, including live video streaming to mobile devices.

Also, Nimbo has with a two-way audio system and a 24/7 continuous video history. Users can recharge the robot at auto charging stations.

Will Nimbo make security guards obsolete? Time will tell.

CES Baby Tech Summit Producers Name Winners of Best of Baby Tech Awards

Living in Digital Times (LIDT), producers of the Baby Tech Summit at CES, announced the winners of the third annual Best of Baby Tech awards. The top three winners were:

Baby Eats: BlueSmart mia is a smart bottle feeding system that tracks and analyzes an infant’s intake and consumption patterns.

Baby Learn and Play: Wordle is a platform that enables parents to monitor a child’s learning environment using a baby-safe, no-screen and waterproof device. It also includes a Smart Parenting Coach application.

Baby Safety: Sirona M with SensorSafe 2.0 is a smartphone-synced convertible car seat that alerts parents to unsafe situations. For example, it can alert a parent when a child is left unattended in the vehicle or if the child undoes the seat belt while the vehicle is in motion.

Google and Lenovo Team Up to Create a New VR Headset and Camera

Virtual reality is a growing area of the information technology industry. It’s no wonder that Google and Lenovo have teamed up to create a new virtual reality headset and a 180-degree camera.

This is a new partnership for both companies. It will be interesting to see how a very American company and a very Chinese company can work together.

Diversity of CES Will Lead to Future Innovations and Growth in Business Intelligence

CES 2018 is exhibiting a wide variety of tech advancements that go beyond just one sector of cyber or information technology. Many areas of tech are morphing and growing, creating a growth industry for the business intelligence analysts of the future.

About the Author

James R. Lint recently retired as the (GG-15) civilian director for intelligence and security, G2, U.S. Army Communications Electronics Command. He is an adjunct professor at AMU. James has been involved in cyberespionage events from just after the turn of the century in Korea supporting 1st Signal Brigade to the DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis as the first government cyber intelligence analyst. He has 38 years of experience in military intelligence with the U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Army, government contracting and civil service.

Additionally, James started the Lint Center for National Security Studies, a nonprofit charity that recently awarded its 49th scholarship for national security students and professionals. James was also elected as the 2015 national vice president for the Military Intelligence Corps Association. He has also served in the Department of Energy’s S&S Security Office after his active military career in the Marine Corps for seven years and 14 years in the Army. His military assignments include South Korea, Germany and Cuba, in addition to numerous CONUS locations. In 2017, he was appointed to the position of Adjutant for The American Legion, China Post 1. James has authored a book published in 2013, “Leadership and Management Lessons Learned,” a book published in 2016 “8 Eyes on Korea, A Travel Perspective of Seoul, Korea,” and a new book in 2017 Secrets to Getting a Federal Government Job.”

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