The Ghosts of Tech Past and Future

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The Ghosts of Tech Past and Future

By Rich Tehrani, CEO, Group Editor-in-Chief, TMC  |  January 16, 2014

If you want to marvel at the future of wearable tech, as well as the future of augmented reality, take a look at a video from Atheer Labs, which shows just how fast things can evolve before our eyes.

Just a few years back Corning wowed many with its Day Made of Glass video series, which envisioned a world in which every surface was intelligent thanks to its smart-glass solutions. Now, however, we see that augmented reality in many ways alleviates the need to add glass to every surface with which we come in contact.

Almost overnight the concept of wearable technology has wiped out potentially tens of billions of dollars of extra spending to touch-and-display-enable our world. Wow. Talk about a disruptive technology – smart glass getting disrupted by smart glasses.

If you want to learn more, check out the Atheer labs Indiegogo funding page where you can donate $10, purchase a pair of Atheer One glasses for $400, a variety of developer and gift kits, and more.

While you’re online, you might want to check into TMC’s (News - Alert) site related to Wearable Tech Expo, which will be held on July 23-24, 2014, at the NYU Kimmel Center in New York City.

Wearable tech is obviously a hot new area, which is why TMC recently launched the Wearable Tech Expo. Our most recent event took place in December in Los Angeles.

Among the featured speakers at the December Wearable Tech Expo was Philippe Khan. He is one of the tech entrepreneurs and visionaries who really defines the term successful serial entrepreneur and inventor. In the 1980s, Khan was CEO of Borland, the company which made a number of programming tools and eventually purchased Paradox, the most-popular full-featured PC database program. TMC ran on both Turbo C and Paradox in the eighties; I know this because I was the person in charge of the programming and running IT at the time. I first used Turbo C in college on a 286 clone that I believe ran at 10 or 12mHz. Thankfully, Turbo C was a fast compiler. To give you an idea of what connectivity was like at the time, the campus mainframe had a 300-baud modem connection.

What is more incredible is what Khan has done since those early days. In the mid-nineties he founded Starfish Software, a pioneer in the wireless synchronization market. The company was later sold to Motorola. Shortly thereafter he founded LightSurf – the first company to integrate the camera and phone. The company was later sold to Verisign then Syniverse Technologies (News - Alert). In 2003 he founded Fullpower Technologies to focus on the convergence of life sciences, wireless technology, accelerometrics, nanotechnology and microelectromechanical systems. The company’s MotionX Technology platform powers many end user solutions from the Nike+ GPS to the Jawbone Up band.

This is where the story converges with the theme of wearable tech and Wearable Tech Expo, at which Paul Gaudino of Adidas, Cary Bran of PLT Labs/Plantronics, and Dan Cui of Vuzix where also presenters. To check out the speaker lineup and get other details about the next Wearable Tech Expo, visit:

Speaking of personal technology, it was clear that Microsoft (News - Alert) had a tough time during the holiday season. Wal-Mart alone sold 1.4 million tablets on Thanksgiving, which is exactly why Microsoft and its hardware retail partners and Intel (News - Alert) desperately need a piece of the tablet pie.

The result? The companies finally put out an ad – really it’s a Dell ad for the Venue 8 Pro – which is worth watching. It features a traveler on an airplane who has no space and is still able to work with his office apps and more.

But I have to wonder why Microsoft, now the proud owner of Skype – a consumer technology that could entice potential buyers – doesn’t mention that fact in the ad somewhere.

In any case, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. You may also want to check out the Scroogled ad Microsoft recently ran, which pokes holes in the Chromebook computer.

It really seems the incumbent providers have finally woken up and are prepared to fight. Now the question will be whether buyers are ready to give up Apple (News - Alert) and Android in favor of Microsoft and Dell.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi