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As every year, the Consumer Electronics Show 2014 (7-10 January, Las Vegas) is a hotspot where the world’s latest technological developments and discoveries are being showcased. This means: a lot of gadgets and innovations! Which is why we love it.

Without getting into too much depth, we would like to highlight one interesting gadget that received a lot of attention on day 1 of CES (yesterday) which is: Mother.

So what is Mother? Mother is a gadget that was developed by ‘Sense’ and is, as the company describes it, at the head of a family of small connected sensors that blend into your daily life to make it serene, healthy and pleasureable. Quite a promise I would say.

Mother is essentially an Internet of Things driven concept where you have one base station (called Mother – the white thing visualised above) which you connect to your home internet system, and which communicates wirelessly with sensors placed throughout your house (called cookies) which have the power to detect and understand the movements of objects and people. All of the data is gathered into an application which you can access through mobile devices and PC, and which sends you push notifications to keep you informed about your behaviour and that of your family.

So how can it help you? You could paste a cookie on your espresso machine and it will tell you how many espressos you had that day, you could paste one on your daughter’s toothbrush and it will tell you how often she brushes and for how long, or paste one on your door to track whenever it is opened (see images below).

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Similarly, the system can help you to find out whether your son took his medicine (put a cookie on his medicine box), whether you sleep well (put a cookie in your bedroom), and whether someone is home so you can lower the heating (put a cookie on your family members’ keyring). Like the image below shows, all data is collected and visualised in a clear way that help you to stay on top of yourself and your family!

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In other words, Mother will help you to transform your home into an interactive environment which empowers you to learn from people and objects in your home and which will help you to take care of yourself and the ones you care about. Price? $222 and available from upcoming spring!

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Mobile Asia Expo 2013

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Even though part of the Connected Liverpool team is still out there in Shanghai, it is time to have a quick look at some of the highlights of the Mobile Asia Expo 2013 conference which took place last week (26-28 June).

The GSMA reported that 20,500 people from 77 countries visited the 3-day conference¬† which was held in Shanghai….MASSIVE! The conference offered executives from the industry’s largest mobile operators, device manufacturers, equipment providers, software companies, internet companies and government delegations.

In total the conference hosted nearly 200 exhibition stands and occupied 25,000 gross square metres of both exhibition and business meeting space. Well you get the point, this must have been an impressive gathering.

The conference showcased various leading companies across the mobile ecosystem such as Accenture, Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell, Amazon China, AT&T, China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom, Chunghwa Telecom, Dell, Facebook, Huawei, Lenovo, Mozilla, NEC, Oracle, Samsung, Sharp, SK Telecom, Sony Mobile Communications, Telecom Italia Sparkle, The Coca-Cola Company, Toshiba, Ubuntu, Visa and ZTE, among others. Putting these kind of companies under one roof must be interesting (if not mind blowing) to say the least. Lets explore some of the offerings…..

We have been told that the Connected City ‘stand’ was at the Heart of Mobile Asia Expo.
Across 1,600 square metres, the Connected City showcased a range of mobile connected products and services, providing Mobile Asia Expo attendees the opportunity to experience the “Connected Life” first-hand. Connected City partners included China Mobile, Cisco, Ford Motor Company, Huawei, KT and SAP.

As with the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona earlier this year, also this conference offered a NFC experience. The attendees with a NFC-enabled phone were able to use it at several locations throughout the exhibition. China Mobile was the NFC Experience Official Operator Partner next to its Supporting Partners including Samsung, Huawei, China UnionPay, Sandpay, Shanghai Pudong Development Bank and Shanghai COS Software Co., Ltd.

It also offered a Public Policy Forum. Given the importance of a supportive government policy to the mobile ecosystem and the impact the Asia Pacific has on a global scale, the GSMA held a Public Policy Forum at Mobile Asia Expo, bringing together more than 70 key stakeholders from governments, regulators, international organisations, mobile operators and industry manufacturers across the region. The forum mainly examined the regulatory environment that will help to deliver services, create growth and improve lives in the Asia Pacific and beyond.

Additionally, The Connected Liverpool team in Shanghai happily informed their colleagues back in Liverpool about some amazing projects like a robot for educational purposes and a camera that cannot only recognise your face with human recognition technology but also your age and gender….. As you can imagine, us being tech geeks are awaiting our colleagues and their amazing stories with a lot of (im)patience…

For now, good night!


Innovate Dementia Workshop

Today, Connected Liverpool traveled to The Indigo Training Centre at Maghull on the Ashworth site for the Innovate Dementia Workshop organised by Mersey Care NHS Trust and Open Labs.

Presently, 700,000 people in the UK suffer from dementia, one of the chronic or persistent disorders that causes the most anxiety. It costs the UK an estimated £17 billion to deal with dementia and provide its nationals with the necessary support. In the next 30 years, the number of people with dementia in the UK will double to 1.4 million, with the costs trebling to over £50 billion a year. Shocking figures that show the importance of finding remedies and innovative ways to assist people suffering from dementia in the best possible way.

Today’s Innovate Dementia Workshop was focused on just that, bringing academics, creative technologists, clinicians, and people living with dementia together to stimulate collaboration and develop solutions for everyday dementia-related problems. Some of the problems that were mentioned were the following:

  • difficulty in remembering what day it is
  • difficulty in realising whether it is 7 am or pm in winter
  • difficulty in locating objects in kitchen, bathroom, living room
  • difficulty in remembering when to use the different remotes
  • difficulty in taking the right medicine at the right time
  • difficulty in remembering how to do common things such as making tea or how to dress/undress

These were only a couple of the difficulties that the people living with dementia attending the workshop mentioned. Everyday actions that we perceive as normal but which form a huge obstacle for these people.

Technology was a big topic throughout the workshop. Remarkably, or perhaps not, only 2 of the people that were present and are suffering from dementia use technology. As one of them stated, “the elderly are not used to using technology, we haven’t been computerised”. They seem to be anxious to answer their phone, and experience a certain pressure when their mobile phone rings.

Additionally, it was mentioned that these people do not benefit from pasting ‘post notes’ on e.g. their medicine boxes to remember them to take them or on the fridge to remember them to eat. These post notes become part of the interior, anything static was therefore perceived as useless.

The workshop was a roundtable event. Each table received a different topic for discussion such as Technology, Diet & Exercise, Phones and Medicine. The academics, creative technologists, clinicians, and people living with dementia were mixed up around the different tables which led to enthusiastic and detailed discussions.

One of the major outcomes was the need to provide people that suffer from dementia with incentives. The only way to remember people to e.g. take their medicine is to e.g. enable their medicine box to tell them which medicine to take and when using voice control. The need for physical and mental exercise (gamification) was another major topic. Keeping people active both physically and mentally, proves to be important to prevent the disorder from getting increasingly worse.

Regarding technology, it was said that if the elderly would ever adopt technology, it would be because technology has been made simpler. Currently, it is too complicated discouraging them to use it.

A very good first brainstorm session around the topic of dementia. Many more will follow to narrow down some of today’s discussed ideas and to pilot them. All we can say for now: we are looking forward to the next Innovate Dementia Workshop.


Connected Liverpool in London

Yesterday was another inspiring day at the Connected Liverpool office. CEO Lee Omar and Innovation Lead Jordy van Kuijk traveled to London to meet up with CTO Paul McGrath and the well respected Ajit Jaokar, Director/Principal – futuretext, in London. The Connected Liverpool team was reunited.

After an excellent meeting at the top floor of The Gherkin, the Connected Liverpool team traveled to the Royal Mint Court, the home of Liverpool’s Business Hub in London. The Royal Mint Court is situated opposite the Tower Bridge and the Tower of London and is just a few minutes walk to Liverpool Street Station, an amazing location. Connected Liverpool used the Business Hub’s meeting room facilities to brainstorm and strengthen its strategy to transform Liverpool into the first Smart City in the UK allowing it to sharpen its focus to create one coherent cross-departmental strategy. It was a fruitful brainstorm session full of innovative ideas and thoughts.

At 6 p.m. sharp, the Connected Liverpool team had a meeting with Max Steinberg, Chief Executive of Liverpool Vision, to discuss the journey of making the Liverpool City Region (1.5 million citizens) smarter and better-connected. Meeting Max Steinberg was essential to ensure that Connected Liverpool is heading in the right direction to realise its vision of increasing the quality of life of the Liverpool City Region residents, to empower them to achieve more, and to revitalise the city region economy. Global smart city best practices and initiatives were discussed while considering the aims and objectives as set out in The City Deal and The Mayoral Development Corporation. Additionally, significant attention was paid to the collaboration between the public and private sector in Liverpool and the way Connected Liverpool should be taken forward.

At 7 p.m., Connected Liverpool joined the London Autumn Business Club event which was chaired by Chris Heyes, Head of Liverpool in London. With key note speaker Max Steinberg and networking afterwards, it was an exciting event with entrepreneurs and the public sector both active in Liverpool and London hosted in The Heron Tower.

All together, it was an excellent day full of ideas and thrilling meetings with the right people. Connected Liverpool took the excitement back to Liverpool with only one aim:





Connected Liverpool @ Department for Business, Innovation and Skills – London

Yesterday, Monday 6 August 2012, Connected Liverpool paid a visit to London for a meeting in Whitehall at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

At 2 pm sharp, CEO Lee Omar and Innovation Lead Jordy van Kuijk met up with Allan Mayo, Head of Services Policy Unit at Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to discuss the vision of Liverpool to become a Smarter and better Connected city. We asked them to shortly comment on their trip:

CEO, Lee Omar

“It was great to meet Allan Mayo at the department’s contemporary main office at 1 Victoria Street. You could sense a strong positive vibe both on the streets and within the department due to the presence of the Olympics. It was good to exchange ideas and thoughts about how a smarter and better connected city should be realised on various fields. He really is a thought leader in the field of Business, Innovation, Skills and beyond.”

Innovation Lead, Jordy van Kuijk

“Great to meet such a forward thinker when it comes to enhancing citizen’s quality of life and empowering them to achieve more in life by embracing technology and open data. Allan was keen to hear our initiatives and ideas to raise the profile of Liverpool and to make it a better and smarter city to live.”

Connected Liverpool stays at the forefront of turning Liverpool into the first Smart City in the UK. We are eager to consult anyone with expertise in the field who is keen to contribute to making Liverpool a more efficient and more competitive place to live, learn, work and play.

Any ideas? Contact us at jordy@connectedliverpool.co.uk