On a rainy Monday morning, a sign greets everyone coming to the 1776 Crystal City campus stating, “Cyber Timez Interns: Please go to the Thomas Jefferson Room.” Why was this sign so important? Because all of the interns coming in that day are deaf and have no way of communicating with the helper at the desk. It’s just the start of a steep learning curve for the Cyber Timez team working to communicate with these fresh faced college students excited to be in a workplace as unique and with as much buzz as 1776 as they embark on a 14 week internship.
Once in the conference room, the projection screen has large print instructions on how to get logged into the WiFi network and connected to the Slack channel made especially for this team. Everyone quickly became accustomed to a quiet conference room filled instead with the sound of keys being pounded on laptops around the table. Except for the lack of conversation, the orientation was pretty standard…fill out a survey, sign your NDA, introduce yourself to the team, etc.
At 11, a young lady enters the room with her iPhone in hand ready to take the lead. The next step on the agenda is an adventerous one for a team that just figured out how to communicate with each other. They head out on a guided tour of Crystal City including stops in the shops, We Work, We Live and atop a building where they exit to the terrace for a phenomenal view of the capital and all it has to offer. Everyone agrees they definitely need to figure out how to get back to this spot for the 4th of July fireworks!
The continues on with lunch, an introduction to the Cyber Timez toolset and getting everyone ready to start updating and adding to the existing application code. Each team member prepares to leave, getting their instructions for next steps and promising to stay in touch using their Slack channel, project management tools and calendars.
Amidts companies from around the world Cyber Timez took the win for Best Internet of Things company at the annual CTIA Conference in Las Vegas September 8th, 2015.
The conference was huge, taking over the entire Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV for several days. The CTIA teams, however, had a very tight schedule presenting in Vegas and then on a late night flight to San Francisco for two days of programming and introductions with industry leading companies including Samsung, Twillio, Google Ventures, Yamaha, LG, Sprint, Intel, Qualcomm and Orange.
The trip was a HUGE success for Cyber Timez as we made contacts and arranged for follow-up meetings with the juggernauts of the wireless and wearable industries.
EMERGEis aimed at entrepreneurs who have innovative ideas that address the unique needs of the Homeland Security community and whose wearable technology could be adapted for first responder operations. The field includes technologies such as body-worn electronics, advanced sensors, protective equipment and materials, and embedded voice and data communications systems.
We will be working to deploy our wearable technology expertise to develop solutions for our nation’s first responders. We are proud to have the opportunity to serve our nation’s front line defenders and protectors!
Watch the interview video from Dallas Morning News!
After three rounds of voting including an online poll by the Washington Post, live user poll at the event and finally judge’s votes Cyber Timez was victorious receiving the Destination Innovation Award for Wearables and Robotics.
The competition was stiff, but our technology shined with a demonstration table that gathered plenty of wow factor and praise from many attendees. The pitch went fantastic and proved to be the best of the day. A HUGE congratulations to the entire Cyber Timez team for this amazing win.
The team (minus our CEO’s pregnant wife for obvious reasons) had a GREAT Kentucky celebration after the event. We enjoyed our very favorite bourbon “Four Roses Small Batch”.
We are excited to announce that the DC Centers for Independent Living has begun a pilot program working with CyberTimez to provide Cyber Armz, Cyber Eyez and Cyber Earz to their consumers beginning May 4th. The goal of the pilot project is to deliver technology solutions to physically, visually and hearing impaired persons and gather success metrics over the course of a three month trial. The results from the pilot will be presented at the Independence Through Technology Summit near the end of July.
Richard Simms, Executive Director for DC Centers for Independent Living said, “I know these products will help people.” The DC Center for Independent Living will identify multiple people with differing disabilities and allow them to use Cyber Eyez, Earz and Armz for three week periods. At the end of each week the participant will complete a survey helping to provide real world feedback, validation and areas for improvement direct from the consumer.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with a partner like DC Centers for Independent Living. What they do for the community combined with the technology we provide is the best example of a win-win that I can think of in the Accessible Technogy space,” said Sean Tibbetts, CEO of CyberTimez.
On January 7th Cyber Timez will be presenting the Cyber Armz product at the DADO Connected Consumer event during CES. We have pulled together a prototype using a training kitchen that opens and closes the microwave door using voice commands. The team has worked hard with late nights slinging code and days of cutting, sanding and gluing to get it all pulled together in time.
Cyber Armz is a patent pending product that employs wearable devices as the source for automating real world objects and the Internet of Things. After entering some setup details in the accompanying mobile application, the user just has to speak their custom command into their watch and the door swings open! Speak the close command and the door swings closed.
“We believe this technology will revolutionize daily life for persons with disabilities and the elderly,” said CEO Sean Tibbetts. “Additionally, we see huge opportunities in commercial markets with any organization that needs to control and audit access to specific cabinets, drawers, appliances and doors,” Mr. Tibbetts continued. While plenty of organizations are building apps that control devices from phones, tablets and phablets it appears Cyber Timez is ahead of the pack by moving this activity to wearable devices.
At the event, Cyber Timez will have a startup table and our CEO Sean Tibbetts will be on hand giving live demonstrations and explaining the technology we use. The event runs from 9A.M. to 1P.M. and should prove to be an excellent opportunity for the Cyber Timez crew.
Cyber Timez was one of only 6 companies invited to present in Startup Alley at the 2 day MoDevCon 2014 mobile development conference. We presented our latest Cyber Armz prototype to rave reviews. Over 100 people stopped by our table to check out the demonstration and we heard from many that they were told they “…had to check out that cool arms project thingy.” We were one of the most talked about demonstrations at the conference and could not be more proud.
Cyber Armz is a product that aims to help persons with disabilities, the elderly and commercial organizations automate access to physical objects including cabinet doors, appliances and entrances. Using wearable devices like smart watches and Google Glass, Cyber Armz aims to automate physical objects and the Internet of Things with wearable devices.
Our presentation at MoDevCon earned us an invite from Tech Cocktail to join them at CES 2015 in Las Vegas to present during their DADO Connected Consumer event.
We were thrilled to attend the MoDev and ITODC Wearables+Things 2014 Conference. Great presentations, lots of good information and we even won an award from Intel at the Hackathon!
The conference was our first “big” conference in the Washington, D.C. area and we couldn’t be more impressed. The event provided several sessions that covered topics ranging from startup strategies and business management techniques to mobile and wearable development exercises where attendees walked away with functional applications.
The myriad of attendees and sponsor companies made for phenomenal netowrking opportunities and resulted in several follow-on meetings with organizations and individuals that we know will be invaluable to the future growth and success of Cyber Timez. Pete Ericson and the MoDev team did a great job hosting a fantastic conference.
The WNT2014 Hackathon resulted in the very first prototype of the Cyber Earz project. The prototype was capable of triggering alerts to Google Glass when specific events such occurred. This project aims to provide notifications to hearing impaired users and users in noisy environments.
The idea came from a friend who told a story about his hearing impaired mother. He called her one day and heard the oven timer going off in the background. When he told her what he heard, she replied she hadn’t baked anything in over three days. This kind of dangerous situation is exactly the kind of problems Cyber Timez is aiming to solve.
With experienced Google Glass developers, designers, and hard core hackers galore we managed to form a team and build the first prototype of Cyber Earz. The team built a web service, Audrino based listening device and a Google Glass notification all in under five hours! The Intel representatives were so impressed they awarded the team the “Best Use of Intel Technology” award.