FIRSTLOOK360 – The First Wireless Streaming 360° Rescue Camera

FIRSTLOOK360 – The First Wireless Streaming 360° Rescue Camera

We at Agility are incredibly excited to give you the Search & Rescue community a sneak peak into what we’ve been working on. Let me introduce FIRSTLOOK360, the First Wireless Streaming 360° Rescue Camera.  Launching in early 2017, this will be the first camera of its kind offered to the technical rescue market and giant leap in technology in visual search.  It was our goal with FL360 to utilize current consumer technology and mobile to make a product that was simple, modular, multi-purpose, and adaptable.   Any rescuer experienced in the area of technical search can easily point out the weak areas of current visual search camera’s; they’re heavy,  the mechanical articulation of the camera head is prone to damage, quick battery drain, configurations are static and the units are an expensive “one trick pony”. FL360 increases battery power, decreases search time, and allows a multipurpose tool that can be used in various technical rescue applications.  (more…)

Product Management = Incredibly Important

Product Management = Incredibly Important

The role of a Product Manager (PM) is incredibly important to any organization and it’s direction moving forward.  The Product Manager helps keep the company focused, avoiding “shiny objects” that may appear to be good opportunities but in reality are distractions. Products and enhancements are built and marketed based on market needs, regardless of how great a new innovation may seem.  A PM cuts through the noise of hundreds of great ideas and customer requests to guide the organization down a path that results in maximized revenue at minimized cost. It is their role to persuade others to do what’s right for the company.

Josh Elman from Greylock Partners put together a great presentation on the subject and it’s certainly worth a read.  Check it out here……..  “Let’s Talk About Product Managers.”

Agility Technologies sponsors UBC Electrical & Computer Engineering Capstone Project

Agility Technologies sponsors UBC Electrical & Computer Engineering Capstone Project

Agility Technologies Corporation ( “Agility Technologies” ), a Vancouver-based product and manufacturing company, today announced that it has been selected to become a industry sponsor for a Capstone project with students in UBC’s ECE department to co-develop a search and rescue product.
UBC’s Capstone Project is a major component of any engineering curriculum and allows students to showcase the knowledge and skills they have acquired during the previous three years of study.  The objective is to design a product or service of significance and solve an open-ended problem in electrical or computer engineering.
Agility Technologies is very excited to have been accepted and to have the opportunity to work with some of the smartest engineering students from UBC.
For more information about the UBC Capstone Project, please check out the following link – https://www.ece.ubc.ca/courses/capstones
The Future of Wireless Charging

The Future of Wireless Charging

Wire-free power delivers on the promise of true mobility, the freedom to roam where you want to without worrying about your mobile or battery powered devices running out of charge. While power cords and charging pads require you to surrender your device to a stationary location, WattUp™ gives you the freedom to receive a charge from anywhere within a 30 foot space. See more…

Shenzhen – The Insider’s Guide to Manufacturing

Shenzhen – The Insider’s Guide to Manufacturing

Shenzhen is a relatively new Chinese city purpose-built to cater to electronics manufacturing. If you’re serious about taking any type of consumer electronics product to market — robots, microcontroller-based projects, mobile phones, laptops, internet appliances, 3D printers, etc. — there is only one city where you need to be, and that’s Shenzhen.

Some great tips from Make Magazine for the novice product maker looking to China for manufacturing. Read more…..

$19 Trillion Opportunity – Peter Diamandis

Every month I hold a webinar for my Abundance 360 executive mastermind members that focuses on different exponential technologies impacting billion-person problems.

This week I interviewed Padma Warrior, CTO and Chief Strategist of Cisco, to discuss the Internet of Everything (IOE).

Padma is a brilliant and visionary person, one of the most important female leaders of this decade.

She first got my attention when she quoted a recent Cisco study placing the value of IoE as a $19 trillion opportunity.

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Apple’s iBeacon

Just imagine heading down to your local coffee shop for a cup of brew when all of sudden your phone buzzes and let’s you know about a great deal on a pair of shoes from retail store across the way.  You’ve had your eyes on these pair of shoes for awhile and since your phone is motivating you to buy them, why not.  This is what Apple’s iBeacon is all about.

iBeacon is a new technology that extends Location Services in iOS. Your iOS device can alert apps when you approach or leave a location with an iBeacon. In addition to monitoring location, an app can estimate your proximity to an iBeacon (for example, a display or checkout counter in a retail store). Instead of using latitude and longitude to define the location, iBeacon uses a Bluetooth low energy signal, which iOS devices detect.  Sounds a bit confusing but lets just say it will become revolutionary in retail.  Here’s an example:

Hillshire Brands (HSH) sees the promise of Apple’s (AAPL) iBeacon, software that’s been embedded in iOS 7 for a year. With iBeacon, Hillshire can track a shopper wheeling through a grocery store and send his iPhone a coupon or an ad for sausages just as he approaches the right cooler. Hillshire says consumers in 10 U.S. test cities who received iBeacon messages via apps such as recipe service Epicurious have been 20 times likelier to buy its American Craft sausages. Last year, iBeacon promised Apple a new wave of consumer data and looked like a boon to retailers and advertisers trying to reverse a decline in impulse buys. Using a low-energy Bluetooth signal, the software makes an iPhone’s proximity to certain items easier to track with the help of $10 signaling devices—beacons—mounted on shelves and ceilings, each no bigger than a hockey puck. (Bloomberg Businessweek – Why Apple’s iBeacon Hasn’t Taken Off—Yet – August 28th, 2014)

Hardware companies like Estimote have joined the iBeacon craze early could be ready for a massive boom when the technology starts taking off in the retail sector.  Check out this unboxing of Estimote and see how it works.

Estimote Unboxing

 

 

 

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