Jan 2015: Tech Writers Recap CES + OMSignal Biometric Smartwear

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2015 is a brand new year which means new devices, new tech trends and a brand new YOU! Our first event of 2015 features a panel of Tech Writers recapping and analyzing what they saw at CES and a demo and fireside chat from Stephane Marceau, CEO and Co-Founder of OMSignal, a Biometric Smartwear company.

CES (http://www.cesweb.org) is one of the largest consumer electronics show in the world which saw over 160,000 attendees, 3,670+ exhibitors and 20,000+ product announcements last year. The event takes place in Vegas and this year they have over 560 exhibitors in the wearable tech category. We've gathered writers from TechCrunch, MobileSyrup and BetaKit to recap what they saw on the floor and what this means for 2015.

One expected trend next year is in the growth of smart clothing. Gartner recently reported (http://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/2913318) that this category of fitness wearables is expected to go from 0.1 million global shipments in 2014 to over 10 million in 2015, with growth to 26 million in 2016. In fact, Gartner predicts that by 2016, smart garments will be the predominant device beating out watches and bands.

Montreal's OMSignal is a leader in the smart garment space. By Weaving Technology Into Life, OMsignal (http://www.omsignal.com/) develops products and applications to help people live a fitter, healthier and happier life. Over time, OMsignal will enable the crowdsourcing of Health and Wellness through a variety of applications in different sectors. In 2014, OMSignal partnered with Ralph Lauren to power smart shirts for the US Open. The company's own smartwear is currently for sale and shipping.

In our demo area we will also be featuring technology from iHeart, FuelWear and TAD (more on these technologies below). And this month we will be giving away one Samsung GALAXY S5 and Gear 2 Neo package courtesy of @RogersBuzz (https://twitter.com/rogersbuzz) and an OMSignal Gift card for your very own biometric shirt thanks to the team at OMSignal.


6:30-7:00PM: Registration & Demo Area Open

7:00-7:10PM: Opening Remarks & Community Updates by Tom Emrich

7:10-7:30PM: CES Recap panel moderated by Corey Herscu and featuring:

• Darrell Etherington, TechCrunch

• Daniel Bader, MobileSyrup & BetaKit

• Ted Kristonis, Globe and Mail, Calgary Herald, WhatsYourTech.ca and WiFi HiF

• Tom Emrich, MobileSyrup, BetaKit, Designers of Things

7:30-7:50PM: OMSignal Presentation & Demo from CEO and Co-Founder, Stephane Marceau

7:50-8:10PM: Fireside Chat with Stephane Marceau and Tom Emrich

8:10-10:00PM: Open bar, food and demo area with OMSignal, FuelWear, TAD and iHeart

About the Tech

OMsignal (http://www.omsignal.com) designs Biometric Smartwear that tells you what's up with your body so you can better yourself daily. The leading product is a collection of biometric smartwear shirts that track your fitness performance as well as your health and wellness every day, so that you can push your fitness and make live a healthier life.

iHeart (http://www.iheartalive.com/) is a brand new tool for health minded individuals. In an age of fitness measurement tools that assess calories, steps, and sleep, iHeart provides much more. iHeart measures aortic stiffness, a proven powerful indicator of internal health. The iHeart Bluetooth fingertip oximeter takes only 30 seconds to capture and analyze the arterial pulse signal. An iPhone or iPad equipped with the free iHeart Physiological Age app presents the pulse signal in graphic detail. Aortic Stiffness Score and Physiological Age are displayed immediately, stored on an iPhone or iPad and also sent to a personal iHeartalive.com webpage, available for free to all iHeart users.

FuelWear (https://www.fuelyouradventure.com/#defy-the-cold) is the world's first smart base layer. The Flame garment always keeps you at the perfect temperature with our patented Smart Temperature System. No matter your activity, whether it is skiing, biking, running, or simply walking to work, the Flame with keep you warm and dry. It doesn’t matter if you are wearing a heavy coat or just by itself, the Smart Temperature System can adjust to all conditions. The Flame garment will Fuel Your Adventure, no matter what it is.

TAD (http://www.tadsinc.com/) was founded after several years of research, resulting in the first version, the Emoti-Chair, which was used to increase access to sound from movies and music for deaf and deaf/blind audiences. Today, TAD supports several international research collaborations with the leading tactile scientists in computing, engineering, electronics, psychology, and educational fields.

Big thanks to our Sponsors! We couldn't have done this without you!

MaRS Discovery District (http://marsdd.com/) is a mission-driven innovation centre located in Toronto. MaRS works with partners to catalyze, accelerate and amplify innovation. MaRS supports entrepreneurs building Canada’s next generation of growth companies.

Uproar PR (http://uproarpr.com/) is an innovative consumer technology public relations and social media agency. Along with their other technology practices, the firm has successfully built brand recognition for its wearable tech clients. Within the Toronto and Waterloo communities, Uproar works with Thalmic Labs, Bionym Kiwi Wearables and PUSH. With Uproar's media relations experience, those companies have been featured in media outlets including The Today Show, Business Insider, New York Times and CNBC, just to name a few. The firm specializes in developing campaigns that drive awareness and sales, creating industry buzz.

CloudExchange (http://cloudexchange.io/) is a white-labeled app store platform that connects you with your users and developers. Our simple and easy to use platform gets your branded app store and branded developer portal up and running quickly, no big budgets or custom code required, helping you get the very best apps into the hands of your users.

Rogers Communications (http://rogers.com/) is a diversified Canadian communications and media company. We are Canada's largest provider of wireless voice and data communications services and one of Canada's leading providers of cable television, high speed Internet and telephony services. Through Rogers Media we are engaged in radio and television broadcasting, televised shopping, magazines and trade publications, sports entertainment, and digital media. We are publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RCI.A and RCI.B) and on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: RCI).

Interested in speaking at or sponsoring the event? Want to join the team? Or have some feedback? Email Tom Emrich at [masked]