Iconic Peek Vision Agogo

Peek Vision are going from strength to strength.  This clever group, lead by ophthalmologists, have developed the portable eye examination kit (Peek) which, with the use of an adapter that can convert a smartphone into a piece of equipment that gives high quality images of the back of the eye and the retina. This can help to diagnose cataracts, glaucoma and many other eye diseases, which are ready for treatment.

Not only have they just won the 2014 Icon Award in the Socially Responsible Design of the Year category  but it looks as if they are on their way to raising their target of £70,000 over at the crowd funding Indiegogo platform  where, as we post, they stand at nearly £53,000.

“This campaign will help us to set up the industrial design and manufacturing process so that we can produce Peek Retina at scale. To create precision tooling will cost in the region of £40,000. The overall cost of set up will be around £150,000. Costs will be finalised once the initial industrial design phase is complete. There will then be a unit cost for each individual adapter produced.We are working with Wideblue  a leading manufacturing consultancy, and specialists in innovative optical engineering who will design and build Peek Retina with us.Peek received an award from TED.com and Mazda and we are putting this towards the set up costs.”

The “perks” you can receive in return for your funding include:

    • Digital Wallpaper for you desktop, phone tablet or whatever for £10
    • One of their adapters (which should fit most smartphones they reckon) for £60 (Eu only). Estimated availability October 2015.
    • A large distributor pack (this includes 100 adapters) which will help you get your distribution chain up & running for £5,000.

We’ll leave you with their video

Eye I there’s a new robovac in town!

It’s the Dyson 360 eye TM .

Launched yesterday by its namesake in Japan it could arrive in the UK towards the end of next year and at 100,000 yen it likely costs around $1,000 which at current rates ($1.63 = £1) might imply a price of over £600 over here.

The Apple approach, of not first but probably the best, seems to be in evidence.

Allegedly it has been under development for 16 years which predates the iRobot Roomba!

It has its very own website  and android & iOS apps should appear for really remote robotic control!


Some of the features are given as:

  • Fast 360º camera (30 frames a second)
  • Powerful lithium ion battery providing a 29 minutes operation between charges
  • Light 200w digital motor operating at 78,000 rpm
  • Wifi connection for smartphone apps
  • Continuous tank tracks
  • Full-width brush bar with carbon fibre filaments

You can register to get updates on the website.

We’ll leave you with the most popular 360 eye video.

In-Car InControl InXE infotainment +

Jaguar in connection with their build up to the full launch of their new XE model in 2015 today have released the third of their four “technology previews”.

It is the “All-new InControl infotainment system with 8-inch touchscreen”.

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In summary it includes;

  • Optional on screen (that’s the windscreen) displays of key info
  • Access via the touchscreen to iOS & Android apps on your smartphone
  • In-car wifi hotspot
  • Voice control
  • Remote access via your smartphone
  • Emergency call
  • Tracking

The full “reveal” of the new model is scheduled for September 8 on the Thames with contributions from Emili  Sandé, Stella McCartney and Idris Elba. You can be kept informed of events by registering here.

We’ll leave you with their quite clever video (apart from displaying a left-hand drive layout) introduced and narrated by Dr Mike Bell, Jaguar’s very own Global Connected Car Director!


Appy Bluetoothed Mannequins

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Iconeme (pronounced as economy but with a wicked “I” instead of an over used “E”) are now employing their VM Beacon technology with 4 retailers around the UK:

  • Bentalls (Kingston upon Thames)
  • Hawes & Curtis (Jermyn Street London)
  • House of Fraser (Aberdeen)
  • Jaeger (Regent Street, London)

Mannequins are accessorised with a Bluetooth electronic beacon in addition to the appropriate apparell. The retailer, via their own programmed web portal will provide information on the specific wear to passing customers on their smartphones using the Iconeme app (both iOS & Android – see below).

The process goes something like the following:

  • Passing within range (eg the retailers shop window) your app alerts you to to a VMBeacon presence
  • Open the app & access the mannequin
  • Liking the look explore  the apparel further
  • You can then, get more detail, find where it is instore, purchase from the retailers website, share the info with friends or family or save the look for further investigation.

The app can also provide you with offers from time to time.

We rather liked the look of the Iconeme app graphic -  but we are of course biased.

You can download the app here

Certainly this is likely an area where iBeacon technology could certainly catch on.

We’ll leave you with a Beacons insight video from GDR which features the Iconeme VMBeacon system and app.

In-Car Mobile Interior Imaging Technology

Intel & Ford have set up a joint research project called Mobile Interior Imaging or Mobii involving the use of inward facing cameras in cars which unsurprisingly link to smartphones.

In their words the research “…explores how interior-facing cameras could be integrated with sensor technology and data already generated within and around the vehicle to create a more personalized and seamless interaction between driver and vehicle that transforms the driving experience.

The Mobii research was a collaboration between Intel ethnographers, anthropologists and engineers alongside Ford research engineers, and incorporates perceptual computing technology to offer a more enjoyable and intuitive vehicle experience.”

Intel who have a vice president, Internet of Things Group Doug Davis, comments “Project Mobii is a great example of Intel collaborating with Ford to help enable a secure, more connected driving experience.”

Lots of potential we think

We’ll leave you with Intel’s informative video:


3 2 1 goTenna

This 6 inch long gadget pairs with an iOS or Android device using Bluetooth. It then connects with other goTennas miles away, allowing their paired phones to communicate with one another over peer-to-peer links. It’s mainly an out door device and depending on their presence will operate anywhere in  the world.

Mainly in their words this is how they work.

goTenna enables you to communicate without any need for central connectivity whatsoever—no cell towers, no wifi, no satellites—so when you’re off-grid you can remain connected. In fact, goTenna will even work if your smartphone is in “Airplane Mode”! How does this magic work?

Pair your smartphone to your goTenna device wirelessly, using Bluetooth-LE. Your goTenna needs to be within 20 feet of your phone, so that the two can communicate with each other. Use our free app to type out a text message or share a location. Your smartphone will send the message to your goTenna, which will then shoot it out, via long-range radio waves, to the intended goTenna(s). At the other end, the exact same thing happens, in reverse: the recipient goTenna sends your message over Bluetooth-LE to the smartphone app it’s paired with. All of this happens in a matter of milliseconds.

The goTenna will be able to transmit to any goTenna user within range. What kind of range can you expect? That‘s greatly dependent on your geography. See above to get a sense for what range you can expect in specific environments (open water, suburban, urban, forest, desert) and elevations. Elevating the goTenna increases its range drastically. Another way to improve your range is to attach it externally to other gear (e.g. a backpack), as opposed to having it at the bottom of a bag.

Its forecast to ship in the late autumn and can be preordered (as a pair) at a discounted price of $149.99 from now. Initially available in the USA & Canada you can ask about other country details No doubt if/when there is  UK availability duties taxes & shipping charges will apply

We’ll leave you with their slightly inappropriate video!


Sources: Gigaom & goTenna

We have no commercial arrangements with goTenna.

The UK Appy Economy

That’s according to Vision Mobile (The leading research company in the app economy) who at the behest of Google have “… set out to assess the state of the UK app industry in 2014 and find out whether the UK is on the right track to becoming a vibrant and global hub for the app economy.”

“The UK App Economy is a research report that charts the mobile app economy in the region, investigating revenues, jobs, the profile of the British app developer, and how the UK can provide better opportunities for developers. This report contains the findings from the UK App Developer Census, an online survey of 300+ UK mobile app developers”.

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Amongst their conclusions / “takeaways” are that the UK app industry:

  • will exceed £4 billion in revenues in 2014
  • will be growing at a CAGR of 38% between 2013 and 2015 and 22% between 2013 and 2025
  • has approximately 8,000 companies that are directly involved in app development
  • has approximately 380,000 jobs centred around the app economy
  • they expect, will create approximately 30,000 new jobs in the next 12 months.

So “The UK is certainly among the top global tech hubs with several metrics indicating that it is in fact the biggest tech hub in Europe and most likely the second most important tech hub after the US. In 2013 the UK accounted for over a third of the total app revenues generated in EU28 and slightly less than a fifth of all app developers in the EU28”.

Much more besides in this excellent report which can be downloaded on registration.

Almost time for Google I/O 2014

The two day event starts later today at 5pm BST with the Conference Keynote and you can follow much of it live.

Possible features of the event commentators think might be:

  • Wearables
  • Glass
  • The Internet of Things
  • Updated Nexus tablet(s)
  • Android TV
  • Updated Android operating system release – what follows Kit Kat ? an unsponsored L with Lollipop favoured over Latte or Liquorice!
  • The Cloud
  • Apps, apps & more apps

Here’s an explanation of “the experiment”  by Ben Purdy  and we’ll leave you with his video.



The Handy Vessyl Sails on

Rather than explain what it does/doesn’t do we thought we’d simply summarise most of the FAQ’s on Vessyl‘s site which, pretty much explains it all plus of course the ubiquitous video.

You can prorder it now (both in the US {currently $109 incl shipping} & Internationally {currently $117 incl shipping but excluding local duties/taxes etc}.Envisaged shipment date is early 2015

  • Can it  detect the brand of what I drink?
  • How does it help:
  • (a) me lose weight?
  • (b) me stay hydrated?
  • (c)me stay sharp (caffeine)?
  • (d) me build muscle?
  • (e) me sleep better?
  • (f) me regulate sugar?
  • How do I charge it?
  • How long does a charge last?
  • How much liquid can it hold?
  • Can I charge while there is a drink in it?
  • How do you clean it?
  • Is the non-stick coating inside it toxic once it starts to wear down?
  • Can I link multiple Vessyls to one phone?
  • Can I link it to multiple phones?
  • Does it count liquid when I wash it?
  • Can my it handle boiling water/tea/coffee?
  • Can I put it in the fridge?
  • Is it spill-proof?
  • Are there any wires involved?
  • Is there ANY change in taste due to the technology or inner surface?
  • Does it work for alcohol?
  • Does the display on it stay on all the time?
  • What’s the gesture it recognises?
  • Is it Scratchproof?
  • Is it Water-resistant?
  • Can it detect for Yogurt/Smoothies/Milk Shakes/Etc..
  • Does it drain my phone’s battery?
  • What languages does it support?
  • On which mobile operating systems/smartphones/devices does its app work?
  • Do I need a smartphone for it to work?
  • Can I choose what color I want for it?

Peek at TED

A little under a year ago we did a post on Peek Vision entitled Peek’s Vision!

A co-founder Andrew Bastawrous now a “.. TED Fellow, showcased the potential of Peek in an inspirational talk at this year’s official TED conference in Vancouver” in March.

The cost of the hardware now looks to be around $500 and the add on clip/adaptor for the smartphone to enable examination of the retina looks to be remarkably cheap (helped by a 3D printer) with a cost of $5.

He says “… smartphone apps and hardware … make it possible to test anyone in any language at any age” and we would add virtually anywhere.

It’s “… extremely important to share data in non medical jargon that people understand … to show carers and teachers what the visual world is like.”

The man on the bike does catch the smartphone incidentally which you can view in the most impressive video of the TED talk.