IFA International 2019 Day 6 Edition

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HAPPINESS

WITH HAPTICS

Under the tagline “Makes Music

Magic” Berlin-based startup

Feelbelt have created an audio

accessory that adds extra

sensory inputs for most listening

experiences including music, movies

or gaming. The belt contains a

broad array of AI haptic technology

which accompanies music with

corresponding vibrations around

the user’s waist, with the bass

felt in the lower back, the higher

frequency notes on the belly,

within a range of zero to 20,000Hz.

Customisable, controlled by an

app, and with Wi-fi, Bluetooth,

3.5mm jack or USB connectivity, the

wearable tech and its synchronised

pulses are intended to make the

entertainment experience more

immersive “in the same way as,

when you’re at a concert, you feel

the music as well as hear it,” said

Felix Weiss, COO & CTO, Feelbelt.

» HALL 26 / STAND 324

Good vibrations: Feelbelt

ON THE RIGHT

TRACKS

GuideWatch from onTracks

FREEDOM WITH DFREE

There are many reasons why an

individual might have difficulty with

bladder control or other urinaryrelated

problems. DFree – a new

device from Triple W – claims to

be the world’s first toilet timing

predictor. A wearable non-invasive

ultrasound sensor detects changes in

bladder size and predicts the need for

urination, alerting users via an app

that they need to go to the toilet. Its

wellbeing benefits extend past the

incontinent to infant toilet training

and discreet care for people with

disabilities.

» HALL 26 / STAND 213

The DFree system

STRETCHING THE LIMITS

OF SMART APPAREL

Borne out of a project at Tokyo University in 2015,

Xenoma has established itself as a force in the

international smart textile market. A one-stop

developer across various fields including

materials, apparel, mechanics, electronics,

data analysis, apps and cloud technology,

its latest product on show in the IFA NEXT

Innovation Hall, is the e-skin range targeting

athletes and those involved in biomechanics

research. With sensors, stretchable wires

and printed circuit fabric technology the

sports clothing tracks body movements and

animates them via motion capture in real

time, recorded and analysed on the app.

The goal is to improve athletic performance

and reduce injury risk, but there are

broader implications for e-skin, including

infant care, efficiency of workers in IoT

factories and automotive safety.

» HALL 26 / STAND 213

WOODEN TOUCH-SCREEN

FOR CALM SMART HOME

An ingenious wearable from French

start-up onTracks for those keen

on cycling, running or hiking, the

GuideWatch claims to be the

world’s first GPS3.0 watch. Using

a smartphone app into which the

user can pre-programme a route,

and a device on each wrist, the

system eliminates the need to stop

and check one’s location with visual

and vibrating direction prompts

on the relevant hand, alerting the

user to whether they need to turn

left or right. GuideWatch also

offers the features of most GPS

watches including heart rate, speed,

distance travelled and altitude, but

its safety implications – that one

can navigate without stopping or

trying to check a smartphone on

the move – mean it has applications

for motorcyclists too; onTracks has

already developed a bikers’ glove

which can independently house the

GuideWatch unit.

» HALL 26 / STAND 380

Borne out of the family tradition of

measuring a child’s height with marks

on the wall, this innovative piece of

design by Kyoto-based IoT start-up

mui is a slim wooden column and

smart pen which serves as a smart

home control hub. As much a Taoist

art installation as an interactive

touch screen product, the unusual

item is impregnated with an interface

technology which converts the blank

wood into a digital display, with the

aim of creating calm technological

harmony in the home.

» HALL 26 / STAND 210

Taoist art meets tech

www.ifa-international.org IFA International • Wednesday 11 September 2019

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