Posted by:Nithin Rao January 7th, 2016

Day one of the year’s biggest global consumer electronics and consumer technology tradeshow saw a keynote address by IBM’s CEO, Ginni Rometty. She announced IBM’s push into the cognitive era and how Watson would have a transformative impact in making sense of all things big data.


From a single computer that won on the game show Jeopardy way back in 2011, Watson has come a long way. It now includes 28 cognitive services and has spurred IBM onto the path of cognitive computing. Designed to leverage the massive amount of data collected today, cognitive systems analyze the information, learn from interactions with data and people, thus enabling people and organizations to predict and take better decisions.

This can be especially useful in the field of medicine. There are many key partners that IBM is working with that use Watson. A couple of them that were announced during her keynote address included –

Medtronic :

Medtronic CEO Omar Ishrak, spoke of his company partnering with IBM to create a diabetes management alert that uses behavioral tracking to help people manage their condition better. This technology also helps warn patients three hours in advance before an hyperglycemia incident. This could potentially save millions in healthcare costs.

Under Armour :

Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank joined Ginni Rometty on stage to demo their health and fitness tracking app, Record. Record tracks and analyzes data from the user’s workouts, sleep patterns and nutrition. It collects this data from fitness trackers, smart watches, third-party apps and of course, user inputs. This is where Watson steps in. Watson will analyze the data and provide the user with personalized training, nutrition and health tips. By taking into consideration data collected from various other users with similar profiles, the app is able to serve valuable insights on a personalized, individual level.

With cognitive IoT , IBM is in a position to leverage its industry and domain experience along with its big data and analytics prowess.

This was just a part of the glitz and innovation on display on Day 1 and wearables and IoT are taking the center stage. According to a report from CNET, the square footage of the wearable tech area at CES has quadrupled and the number of wearable tech exhibitors has tripled. We look forward to more exciting announcements from companies as the second day rolls around.

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