Altia wins 2010 Celebrate Technology Award

If Altia had parents, they’d be so proud of us right now. Celebrate Technology has named Altia the winner of the 2010 Information and Communication Technology Company of the year.

2010 Celebrate Technology award
2010 Celebrate Technology award

Each year, Celebrate Technology honors companies in the Colorado Springs area in several categories related to technology, entrepreneurship, and innovation. In the past, the award has recognized companies in biotech, web/internet and e-commerce, defense and security, and aerospace.

A neighbor of ours won last year: Bluefolder whose offices are literally just down the hall, won the 2009 Richard Petritz Rising Star Award at the Celebrate Technology awards ceremony. The north end of the second floor of this building is good luck, I guess.

So next time you’re in our Colorado Springs office, add your smudgy fingerprints to the shiny award. Congrats to the whole team for all their hard work!

For our official press release, you can read it here.

Altia CEO at CES 2011: Part 4. Final Thoughts

From January 10th

“After a whirlwind 48 hours, I made it back safely, tucked into the serenity of my winter abode in Colorado Springs.  A profoundly provincial and somewhat mundane life compared to the hectic world of CES in Las Vegas. Two days there feels like a weeks. After the second and final day , here’s my summary.

You won't see many of THESE in Colorado Springs
You won't see many of THESE in Colorado Springs

Yes, tablets and 3D TVs were everywhere, and ironically, the most boring part of the show.  I was more fascinated with the quirky and creative.  My absolute favorite was Mattel’s Hot Wheels car complete with a tiny camera in the windshield and thumbnail sized, full color LCD display underneath. Mattel also had a cool game that measured brainwave activity and moved a ball back and forth on a track depending on how hard you concentrated.  A few decades ago this was million dollar technology. Now it’s a $59 toy.

CES 2011: Hot Wheels display screen
CES 2011: Hot Wheels display screen

As far as favorites, the kitchen appliances came in at a close second to the toys. Like smart phones, appliances with large color displays have finally hit the useful stage. Helpful, attractive touch screens replace the myriad of confusing knobs and buttons. My favorite, the Kenmore Elite washing machine.  It was quite responsive, attractive and easy to use.  Well done.

“Connected” was the buzz word of the show.  Ovens that text you when dinner is done.  Security systems that you can set from your phone. Cars that tell you everything you need to know about your vehicle, surroundings, traffic and other cars.  Speaking of cars.  Displays and touch screens in the car have hit the big time. Instrument clusters, infotainment, rear seat entertainment, passenger multifunction displays.  Very soon, physical components and moving parts will be a thing of the past – and not just in luxury cars.  From Jaguar XJ to the Ford Fiesta, everyone is getting a piece of glass.

All in all, it was a fruitful way to spend 2 days.  And unlike recent years, CES 2011 was a nice, upbeat way to start the year.”

Altia CEO at CES 2011: Part 3

From January 7th:

Time to swing by the Kenmore booth and check out some of our handy work.

CES 2011 Kenmore washers
CES 2011 Kenmore washers
Kenmore Washer touchscreen display, CES 2011
Kenmore Washer touchscreen display, CES 2011

Beauty in action. Check out the new Kenmore line of washers and dryers. Coming soon! I wonder how that lime green will look in my house…

Engadget  had a great write up about Kenmore’s connected line of products.

“all of which will be able to be controlled via a “smartphone or smart tablet” (Apple and Android devices were specifically mentioned as getting a free app), or via a large touchscreen on the device itself … What’s more, the appliances all boast Kenmore Connect, which allows for remote diagnostics that can be used to prepare technicians for in-home repairs, and they pack an array of energy management features that will let you conserve energy and keep watch on how much you’re using”

Tomorrow: my final thoughts on the show. Overall impressions. Interesting trends. How Altia fits. Ciao for now.

Altia CEO at CES 2011: Part 2

CES 2011 Show floor
CES 2011 Show floor

From January 7th:

It’s official: they’ll put a touchscreen on anything.  Thursday was all meetings so I didn’t get much time to walk the floor.  But I did come across this little gem of a machine with a color display that paints fingernails.  It even snaps photos and will transfer them to your nails.  Oh my.

CES 2011: nail painting contraption
CES 2011: nail painting contraption

I ran by the Ford booths — both inside and outside in the courtyard.  Fiesta was front and center in both cases.  The “connected car” theme and infotainment were clearly the focal point the car.  I think we are on the right track.  (To read how Altia partner Visteon used Altia’s tools in the Ford Fiesta, click here)

2011 Ford Fiesta at CES 2011
2011 Ford Fiesta at CES 2011
Ford Fiesta at CES 2011
2011 Ford Fiesta at CES 2011 - Center console

The entire venue was packed. Taxi lines around the block.  I think CES is back with a vengeance. Visitors from China seem to dominate the crowd.  Today I have more meetings but should get a few hours to walk the floor and take some more snapshots of interesting display GUIs… or at the very least, an Elvis impersonator.

Altia CEO at CES 2011: Part 1

From January 6th:

“We’re off to CES in Vegas for a couple days. Paul de Curnou (one of our salesmen) and myself will join the throngs. Parting words from my beautiful wife, ‘Don’t be fooled, what happens in Vegas eventually gets back to me.’

Las Vegas Sky. CES 2011.
Las Vegas Sky. CES 2011.

First impression:  45 minute wait at the Las Vegas airport taxi stand.  It felt like I was waiting for a Disney ride the way the queue ran through a maze with no visible end in sight.  But the line was moving and the arrivees were in good spirits. People are pouring in from around the world.  There’s a nice mix of American, Asian and European visitors. The weather is perfect for such an event. 50 degrees. The sky is blue and the mountains are gorgeous. There should be no excuse to get around and see all the action.  Next stop: registration at the convention center.”

Part 2 coming soon.