Echo is hosting the first Wearable Tech meetup for 2015. Below is the agenda filled with some awesome speakers and topics. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone and reconnecting!
Factur: Local Maker Space and Fabrication Lab
An Orlando native, Douglas Brown has over 20 years experience in technology driven companies from education to product development. A graduate of Rollins College, Douglas founded Factur, Orlando’s first Non-Profit Makerspace. As a member-driven fabrication laboratory and coworking facility, Factur serves as a creative home in which people work, learn, and build a community rooted in science, art, and technology. Doug will give us a presentation on how maker spaces are perfect for Wearable Tech enthusiasts and entrepreneurs.
Web: http://factur.org (http://factur.org/)
Wearable Tech in Gaming:
Outhouse Games is a game development studio that was started in 2013 by Phil Bias and Chris Borden. Phil worked in the Computer Graphics/ Post production field for 10+ years before getting his feet wet in game development in 2008. Chris has spent the last 12 years working in IT as a systems/ network administrator as well as location manager. They currently have 4 games on the mobile market with another in Beta test to be released within the next month.
They will demo virtual reality using Unity3d engine and the Oculus VR Headset. They will show how easy it is to develop a basic Unity 3d project and build it to the Oculus headset using the provided OVR. They will take a blank project and within a few minutes import some basic assets and the Oculus provided software/ assets and build a project you can test.
Web: http://outhousegames.org (http://outhousegames.org/)
Wearable Tech in Clothing:
Melissa Saelzer is an Electrical Engineer fascinated with technology, wearables, and fashion. She currently works in Lockheed Martin's Innovators Garage research and development team where she has worked in motion tracking, augmented reality, 3D printing, and virtual reality technologies.
Melissa Saelzer Ventures is a company working in:
- expanding areas of technology into fashion and art to bring more diversity into the engineering workforce and
- providing girls a setting where their technical skills can be further developed and their creativity can flourish
She will be presenting the roadmap for her work and demoing clothing that uses sensors, light, and sounds.
FreeWavz - Smart Earphones
Wireless Smart, Fitness Earphones will be the first 100% wire-free "hearables" to go to market in April of this year. Wearables are projected to reach $50-billion in revenue by 2018. The sub-segment called "hearables" are projected to reach $5-billion in revenue the same year (i.e., so 10% of the wearables market). As a pioneer in "hearables", FreeWavz will be delivering a cutting-edge, differentiated line-up of earphones to the marketplace. FreeWavz won a CES Innovations Award in Vegas and are a finalist for the Bluetooth SIG award. They were featured on the Fox National News the first day of CES: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2015/01/05/ces-leader-welcome-to-2015-golden-age-technology/
Apple recently made the Watch Kit available to developers for the Apple Watch. Echo's in-house developers will give an overview of what to expect and how to integrate with your current app.
Web: http://www.justecho.com (http://www.justecho.com/)
Twitter: @echointeraction (http://www.twitter.com/echointeraction)