OUTTHINK: Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas

January 13, 2016 § Leave a comment


Happy 2016! We started off the year with several exciting cognitive announcements at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Based on these, it’s going to be an exciting year as we move forward with becoming a cognitive solutions and cloud platform company. Our continuing efforts to build out the global cloud platform offering customers the most flexibility, scalability and reliability for their Public, Private, Hybrid and Hybrid IT needs is impressive. The cognitive solutions unveiled at CES provide a glimpse into the future of health and fitness, precision medicine, prevention & safety awareness, connected appliances, and finally the vast potential for cognitively powered emotional android’s to provide a variety of personalized services. I have included some of the highlights for your review:


Pathway Genomics and IBM today unveiled at the Digital Health Summit at CES 2016 the closed-alpha release of Pathway Genomics OME™ app, powered by Watson. The Pathway Genomics OME app merges cognitive computing and deep learning with precision medicine and genetics to enable Pathway Genomics to provide consumers with personalized wellness information. This alpha version of the app incorporates information from Pathway’s “FIT” Test — a wellness-based diet, exercise, and metabolism report compiled with information from the users unique genetic traits, as well as their health habits, data from GPS and wearable health monitors in addition to information from the users Apple HealthKit. Future versions of Pathway’s OME will enable users to opt-in to include electronic health records, insurance information, and additional datasets that will enable OME to provide precise and actionable wellness recommendations. https://www.pathway.com/debut-1st-genomic-wellness-app-ome/


IBM and Under Armour are teaming up to show data from IBM Watson in Under Armour’s core health and fitness app, UA Record. At first this might sound like your standard “partnership” or collaboration to beef up content within an app, but Watson’s entrance into fitness — and its marriage of fitness data with other data — is significant. Under Armour’s new UA Record app combined with a Cognitive Coaching System applies machine learning to digital health and fitness. A future version of the UA Record app powered by IBM Watson could be the first system to assess and combine a variety of factors that affect health and fitness programs, including: personal, physiological and behavioral data, nutrition, expert training knowledge, and environmental factors. These insights will initially be available within UA Record available now on the App Store.


Medtronic and IBM unveiled a research prototype concept for a first-of-its-kind cognitive app that can help to detect critical patterns and trends for people with diabetes to making daily management of diabetes simpler. In other words the reams of data collected by Medtronic’s wearable devices – the insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors – will be put to work by Watson’s data analytics that can crunch innumerable data points to glean important insignts.  http://www.mddionline.com/blog/devicetalk/what-was-medtronic-ceo-doing-ces


Softbank Robotics and IBM announced plans to take their partnership on a Watson-powered robot global. Through their joint work, Softbank has infused Watson into their “empathetic” robot Pepper, enabling it to understand and answer questions in real time, opening up new possibilities for the use of robotics in business scenarios such as banking, retail and hospitality.


Whirlpool and IBM Collaborate on Cognitive Solutions for Connected Appliances. Whirlpool Corporation, the world’s leading manufacturer of major home appliances, and IBM today announced a new collaboration to connect Whirlpool connected home appliances with IBM Watson services, including cognitive analytics, to provide more personalized services to consumers. http://www.whirlpoolcorp.com/whirlpool-corporation-ibm-collaborate-on-cognitive-solutions-for-connected-appliances/

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