Vendors were on hand tonight at the Metropolitan Pavilion in
New York City for Pepcom’s fall event. I walked the floor to uncover some of
the most innovative products which range from ultra secure USB drives and pens
that sync your handwriting with tablets to Wi-Fi sharing devices and a new way
to buy cars.
Absolute Software’s LoJack for Laptops was on display. It installs on Android devices and PCs (Macs too) for
remote location, locking, and recovery, and wipes. It cannot install on iOS
devices due to Apple’s restrictions on root system access.
Carvana is an
online car dealership located in Atlanta, Georgia. Customers select and finance
their vehicles online; test drives and local deliveries are also scheduled
through the site. The company has also built a car “vending machine” for
demonstrating its Wi-Fi sharing device that enables people to create wireless
hotspots by authenticating users through their Facebook accounts.
a free and open source software framework for media playback. I’ve includes\d it
on this list, because it, like Fon, is based out of Madrid, Spain. That goes
against the assumption (and some data) that the Spanish aren’t
iRobot had a
gutter cleaning robot on display that it released about a year ago. The robot
is an expansion of the company’s portfolio of home cleaning products. Its new brushless Roomba vacuum cleaner is built to handle hair and other debris that would
otherwise jam up a conventional machine’s brushes.
Livescribe’s smartpen system now syncs notes across multiple devices.
myIDkey was a
standout. Its Kickstarter-funded secure thumb drive is a few weeks away from
shipping. A fingerprint scanner, encryption and an on/off switch protect the
drives from prying eyes. It integrates with PCs via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi or a USB
cable, populating browsers with users’ credentials. The drives store up to
16GB of files and passwords for those who aren’t inclined to trust cloud
demonstrating its “learning” thermostat and smoke
detector. The company has now opened its programming APIs for developers to
create apps to interact with its home automation system, a spokesperson said.
Vivino has an app
that’s like a Yelp for wine. You can review other diners' ratings of bottles
at restaurants and can identify bottles from pictures of their labels.
(image credit: my IDkey/Kickstarter)
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