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Our good friend, Robin Raskin, founder of Living In Digital Times, is in China now at CES Asia. Robin is all about showing off the most innovative products at CES in Vegas and Asia. This week Robin actually created an event called “Robots on the Runway.” Here are a few of runway stars.
Robin Raskin with her robot friends.
XiaoXue is a hostess robot that greets guests at a store’s entrance. It has a voice system, a human-machine interaction system, a facial recognition system, and smart marketing.
GT Wonder Boy is a SMART companion for people of all ages from all different walks of lives. A compact entertainer who can sing and dance.
Amy can follow your voice, respond to directional commands, and interact organically. Amy is trained to recognize you and your voice.
MU MoonBot is a 3 in 1 DIY robot kit with much improved AI. Kids can learn STEAM skills with creatively designing, building, and programming the MoonBot
Robin Raskin, tech entrepreneur, is wearing her creation, Faux Glass, and Fred Fishkin, a tech journalist, is sporting Google Glass.
Leave it to Robin Raskin, a long time journalist turned entrepreneur, to create the most hysterical tech/fashion statement of all time. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw her Crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo for Faux Glass.
What a hoot. I’ve known Robin for decades. She never ceases to amaze. Although she is only seven years younger than me, I feel like her mother. Her boundless energy and never ending creativity is that of a 21 year old. I am constantly in awe.
Faux Glass has been designed to look like Google Glass but in reality is a $20 pair of glasses with some LED lights. Robin is raising money on Indiegogo to bring Faux Glass to market so the masses can have the opportunity to look cool. Why should the folks who can afford the augmented reality glasses at $1,500 be the only ones to look special?
Robin said “It’s no faux pas that we designed these toy glasses to look ‘faux real.’ The reaction from people in the know has been hysterically funny.” The official press release says, “Faux Glass lights up in amazing colors, includes a magnifier and spotlight, and has a series of commands that don’t do much of anything but bring a smile to anyone who sees them.”
Faux Glass will also be available for sale on the Faux Glass website in December. Check Robin out. She is an editor, author and tech expert. She founded, Living in Digital Times, (LIDT), a team of technophiles, who bring together top experts and the latest innovations that intersect lifestyle and technology. LIDT produces conferences and expos at CES as well as other times throughout the year.
The tech industry may be full of nerds, but they sure know how to party. Eliot and I joined our good friend Robin Raskin and her friend Judy Tomlinson at a pop-up Tech Cocktail party in the Design District last night. This was the debut of the Miami’s showcase where 10 startups pitched their ideas to investors. Make sure you click on Robin’s link because she is one of the most remarkable women in tech. I’m going to do another blog post about her,
I’m also going to do another piece about Judy because she is an engineer who designs digital jewelry. As you know, there is a whole new industry called wearables. That means you wear technology in the form of a necklace, wristwatch, ring, pin, and other yet-to-be named accessories.
Robin and Judy
Both Robin and Judy were in Miami for a Boston Consulting gig and heard about the Tech Cocktail meetup in a local warehouse, so we went along with them. Tech Cocktail parties pop-up all over the country and their purpose is to promote local start-ups. We met some creative people at a few innovative companies that we will write about in the coming weeks.
Here are some photos from last night. It was pretty dark in there.
The world of tech likes to party. Every month, or sometimes every week, there is some event that industry people can attend to see new products, socialize, drink, eat, and go home with a bag of goodies.
The gdgt event last night, smack in the middle of Silicon Alley in New York City, was a little different. This one was targeted to the consumer. Thousands of people showed up to walk through the exhibit hall at The Altman Building, 135 West 18th Street. Manufacturers and app developers had their new introductions on display to get first hand customer reactions and to start generating sales. FYI, gdgt, a company that dropped its vowels, is a blog where you can get reviews from people who actually have the product you’re looking for. They run live events all around the country as a means to get the innovative companies to interact with the public.
Last night was my first time attending as a blogger. I am usually a PR person pitching product myself. I wanted to find new, exciting products to tell you about. One of the most interesting pieces of information that I picked up is that AARP is becoming a sponsor of some of these events. Robin Raskin of Living In Digital Times told me that AARP is expressing more interest in technology. It all makes sense to me but I will let you know about any services they develop involving innovation.
Here are some of the innovations I saw last night that might interest you.
1) iRobot Roomba 790 with Command Center
2) iPieces from Pressman, a host of new games from Pressman Toys
3) Cobrar entry into the app market with the iRadar