• Bluetooth Comes of Age

    To this day, the name Bluetooth brings back bad memories of the wireless cell phone earpiece that was more personal statement than practical tool. It seemed as if every small-time baller had to show he was successful enough to own one and in demand enough to keep it on him all the time, even when out to dinner with his girlfriend’s parents.

    But Bluetooth has come of age. It has become the muse of several start-ups and established companies that are finding new and creative ways to take advantage of Bluetooth’s drastic uptick in efficiency, from the Nike Fuelband to the Pebble Smartwatch, which we previously featured on “This Could Be Big.”

    This week we spoke with a start-up out of Southern California called Tethercell, whose founders, Trey Madhyastha and Kellan O'Connor, are former rocket scientists who designed mechanical and fluid systems for the Falcon 9 rocket.

    They were at CES this year, showcasing their new technology, which brings the tried-and-trusted AA battery into the 21st

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  • Become Your Own 3-D Producer

    CES is a technology behemoth, blanketing Las Vegas for one week a year with the newest televisions, tablets, headphones, indestructible smartphone cases and Bluetooth beer koozies.

    But at “This Could Be Big,” we’re looking for innovation that goes beyond upgrades and modifications, that changes the way we interact with technology.

    We found that this year in a young company from Hungary called Leonar3Do. Their 3-D graphic design program blew us away with its ease of use and ability to change education and the way we create art.

    The $500 Leonar3Do package comes with the software, special 3-D glasses and a four-sensor stylus, which they call “the bird.” When you first put on the glasses and pick up the bird, you need a second to get used to manipulating a 3-D digital image in space, but within a few moments it feels like you’re manipulating a piece of clay or drawing with a pencil.

    As consumers, we’ve been offered a steady diet of 3-D for years, with 3-D TVs available at every

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  • No Driver Needed: A Self-Parking Car

    If you're on the Las Vegas Strip this week and see a car drive past you at the entrance of the Mandarin Oriental without anyone in the driver's seat, it's not because the spirit of Hunter S. Thompson slipped something in your drink.

    German car manufacturer Audi is demonstrating their brand new driverless car at the Consumer Electronics Show, which parks itself and picks you up with the assistance of a smart phone or tablet app.

    It's hardly ready to go into production just yet, a point that was proven when the system miscalculated and drove the rigged A7 onto the curb during the first demonstration without anyone in the car.

    But unlike Lexus, who is also showing a driverless car at CES, Audi gave us a full demonstration, letting us ride in the back seat while the car backed into a parking space between two cars with the assistance of sensors placed throughout the parking lot.

    Even though this technology is in its infant stages it's exciting and impressive to see the development.

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