CVR 2017, Canada’s Biggest Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Conference is Coming to Vancouver from May 5th-7th

CVR is the premier event to experience groundbreaking new virtual and augmented reality technology
The Virtual and Augmented Reality community will descend on Vancouver during the month of May as today Archiact announced CVR 2017. The three-day event, which goes from May 5-7, will showcase a world-class selection of top industry experts, the latest technologies, and hands-on demonstrations of the latest products.  The event will be open to industry professionals on Friday and the general public for two days over the weekend.
“We are excited to bring back CVR to Vancouver for another fantastic virtual reality show,” said Anne-Marie Enns, Executive Producer of CVR. “This really is a collection of the best and the brightest products in virtual, augmented and mixed reality – all under one roof. CVR is the biggest AR/VR conference in the Pacific Northwest and it will allow the general public to try out the newest, cutting-edge products right here in Vancouver.”
CVR 2017 is sponsored by BCLC, Creative BC, VEC, Microsoft, YDeams and Cloudhead Games among others, and will feature speakers from some of the biggest companies in the world including NASA, Ford, Delta Airlines and Super Ventures. Representatives from these companies will speak about topics such as solving problems in outer space with VR, designing the future of Virtual Humans, and featuring the latest evolution in entertainment.
“I’m very excited to be presenting at the CVR 2017, the Canadian’s premier VR/AR/MR conference,” said Evelyn Miralles, Lead VR Innovator, NASA, “VR’s a technology that has been with us at NASA for several decades used for astronaut space training. But the technology has now come of age and it’ll be changing the way we interact with people and the environment around us.”
In addition to the VR/AR companies participating, the industry event will be kicked off by welcome remarks from Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson.
CVR 2017 will be held May 5-7th, 2017 in West Exhibition Hall A of the Vancouver Convention Centre.  The show hours are as follows:
Friday, May 5 (Industry Only): 9:00am-6:00pm
Saturday, May 6 (Expo Days): 10:00am-6:00pm
Sunday, May 7 (Expo Days): 10:00am-4:00pm
For more information on CVR 2017, such as ticket or specific show programming information, please visit:
About Archiact
Archiact is a premium virtual and augmented reality studio headquartered in Vancouver, Canada with an additional office located in Shanghai, China. Archiact specializes in virtual reality game development, publishing, and custom business solutions. As the host of CVR, North America’s first consumer-facing VR/AR/MR conference and expo, Archiact actively powers the growth of the virtual reality industry for both businesses and customers alike. Founded in 2013, Archiact is now one of the world’s largest dedicated immersive reality studios.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Rumors


Rumors swirl for the next big smartphone release and with the Mobile World Congress just days away, Samsung is reported to be releasing a new Galaxy S7 and a curved Galaxy S7 Edge.Samsung Galaxy S6

Now Internet rumors and speculation usually mean this is going to happen and Samsung itself won’t confirm what the S7 will look like or what it will do.

Here are some things we do know.

Look for a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display on the 7 potentially and a 5.5 inch screen on the S7 Edge. A 6-inch model that could be a  successor the Galaxy S6 edge+ might come at a later time.

The Exynos 8890 chipset or the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, will likely be the processor in the phone while RAM is set at 4GB with 32GB or 64GB of onboard storage.

One of the most exciting features has to be the waterproofing on the Galaxy S7 as well as its bigger 3,000 mAh and 3,600 mAh batteries for the S7 and S7 edge.

Stay tuned for more updates and releases on the Mobile World Congress and phone releases.

#BCTECH Summit showcases best and brightest of the B.C. Tech Scene


Two weeks ago I attended the first #BCTECH Summit at the Vancouver Convention Centre West. The BC Government and the BC Innovation Council (BCIC) along with Microsoft were responsible for the event. The Summit was meant to inspire and allow British Columbians and BC businesses to embrace technology and new innovations.

I spent over 3 hours at the event and attended the networking lunch and visited Startup Alley, Research Row and the Industry Pavilions. I was impressed by what I saw to say the least. I did not get chance to catch any of the guest speakers which was a bit disappointing but it was a who’s who of the tech world.

My first stop was at the iHeart Booth. It is a fingertip pulse reader that detects and records arterial pulsations in your finger. The iHeart device transmits these recording to your iPad or iPhone, where the iHeart app translates them into a pulse wave for analysis and display. In other words you get to look at you pulse and it also tells you your internal age. Great tool!

Another vendor that I checked out was Mojio, which I had previously met up with at Grow 2014 in Whistler. Mojio was founded by Jay Giraud and uses a device that plugs into any car’s On-Board Diagnostic (OBD-II) port. This enables a suite of apps to make your car like your smartphone. How cool is that. Now at the Beta Test phase, I’ve signed up hoping to get the chance to use one of these in my vehicle over the coming months.

Axine Water Technologies prove to be a bit more of a difficult booth for me to understand not because of their product or any type of explanation but because I have no engineering or any type of heavy science background. I strongly urge you to check out their website and learn more about what they are up to. Very interesting stuff.

I also met with people from Drivebi. and Aurora, which is run by Limbic Media. Drivebi is a customer loyalty and retention type software that immediately resonated with me because of my sales background. This seems like a powerful tool for restaurants and other businesses looking to enhance both the customer experience and ultimately sales.

Limbic Media’s Aurora has both plug and play wearables and interactive displays that transform regular outdoor art projects or lighting into interactive experiences. I loved the Aurora product because of music background as well and immediately took to what they had to offer.

The 4D Portal was a cool feature of the event and took delegates on a journey of BC tech, from deep below the earth’s surface to outer space. While it didn’t capture my attention as I thought it would, it was still very entertaining.

#CES2016 Highlights

CES 2016 is on this week in Las Vegas and has brought a oculusnumber of new developments in tech and gadgets. Whether the annual show has become a bit overblown in recent years given the hype that surrounds it, here are some key highlights worthy of attention. They include:


This is an interesting bit of news to come from CES 2016 as virtual reality and wearables continue to excite people worldwide. Oculus has been at CES before and is again this year, but now it will be selling for $599 with units shipping March, 2016.


The popular streaming service announced it will expand its service to 130 new countries. Netflix is available in the Americas, Western Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand while China, North Korea, Syria and Crimea can’t access it due to U.S. government policy.

Canadians still have to get access to titles available in the US by using a VPN or IP masking technology which means that without doing so it seriously diminishes the power of the service. One wonders if this will apply to other countries outside of the U.S. too based on licensing agreements or other restrictions. We certainly hope not.


News about Blackberry may interest Canadians more than most and now it looks as though BlackBerry 10 might be out the door. CEO John Chen said that one, and possibly two, phones that the company pl ans to introduce will run Android. Chen also said the Priv will land on the US carriers Sprint, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile this year.

Stay tuned for more CES 2016 highlights and a recap of some of the key things that have happened.

The #BCTECH Summit features Ray Kurzweil as Guest Speaker

#BCTECH summit

Technology is reshaping how we do business, transforming customer experiences and driving growth across all segments of our economy. The #BCTECH Summit is a two-day event that will showcase BC’s technology industry, build cross-sector opportunities for businesses and explore the latest ideas that will drive a competitive advantage for BC.

The Trade Show will showcase world-class BC technology, providing companies and researchers the opportunity to demonstrate their products and services to potential customers and build networks across sectors.

Meet tomorrow’s tech success stories at “Startup Alley”, where up-and-coming technology companies will demonstrate BC’s newest tech innovations.

Some of the guest speakers at this year’s conference include:

Ray Kurzweil

Inventor, Futurist and Director of Engineering at Google

“Kurzweil has authored seven books, five of which have been national bestsellers. The Age of Spiritual Machines has been translated into 9 languages and was the #1 best-selling book on Amazon in science. Kurzweil’s book The Singularity Is Near was a New York Times bestseller, and has been the #1 book on Amazon in both science and philosophy. Kurzweil speaks widely to audiences public and private and regularly delivers keynote speeches at industry conferences like DEMOSXSWand TED. He maintains the news website, which has over three million readers annually.” [Wikipedia]

Elyse Allan

President and CEO, GE Canada

“Elyse works to advance innovation and entrepreneurism through her role on the MaRS Discovery District Board of Directors and the leadership council for Scale Up Ventures. She has been recognized as a Top 100 Women of Influence by the Women’s Executive Network, is a YWCA 2012 Woman of Distinction (Business), and by Maclean’s and Canadian Business Magazines as one of Canada’s most influential business leaders.” [GE Canada]

Eric Ries

Author, The Lean Startup

“He serves on the advisory board of a number of technology startups, and has consulted to new and established companies as well as venture capital firms. In 2010, he was named entrepreneur-in-residence at Harvard Business School and is currently an IDEO Fellow. Previously he co-founded and served as CTO of IMVU, his third startup. In 2007, BusinessWeek named him one of the Best Young Entrepreneurs of Tech.” [The Lean Startup]

The #BCTECH Summit 2016 will be hosted in the Vancouver Convention Centre. You can register for the event here.

Traction Conference [#TractionConf] in Vancouver on June 17 and 18

Traction Conference Vancouver

The Traction Conference will be kicking off in Vancouver on June 17 and 18. The event is sold out and for the lucky ones whom got tickets an opportunity to hear from over 40 company founders with respect to company growth strategies.

Some of the growth experts at the event include Ryan Holmes from Hootsuite, Lynda Weinman from and Markus Frind from PlentyOfFish. To see the full speaker list click here.

The schedule is packed with some intriguing topics:

  • The Mobile Growth Ninjutsu speaks to the issue where “60-80% of users who download your app don’t open it a second time.”
  • Growth Hacking – Myth or Reality is a session that explains that growth hacking is “about continuously trying to find scalable and repeatable ways to grow using the power of people, data, technology, marketing and creativity.”
  • Persuasion Tactics and Behavioral Economics focuses on the fact that “products are designed by people for people.”

The conference has some big companies and organizations behind it including BDC Capital, DMZ at Ryerson University, CBC and CKNW. A full list is available here.

This event is gearing up to be one of the hottest technology conferences Vancouver has hosted in 2015. I for one am really looking forward to this.



SID Display Week 2015


Society for Information Display’s Display Week 2015 will be held at the San José Convention Center from May 31-June 5, 2015. The Display Week technical program starts with Short Courses on Sunday, May 31, continuing with technology Seminars on Monday.

Vancouver Gadgets attended the 2013 Display Week in Vancouver.

Tuesday morning starts with the keynote speakers, followed by the Symposium Tuesday through Friday. This year’s Symposium consists of technical tracks with over 70 technical sessions comprising nearly 400 oral and poster presentations.

For management and business people, the Business Conference takes place on Monday, followed by the Investors Conference on Tuesday, the Market Focus on Touch Wednesday, and the Market Focus Conference on Wearable-Flexible on Thursday.  Other events include the Monday evening International Awards Dinner, and the Display Week 2015 Best in Show and Display Industry Awards Lunch on Wednesday. Almost these business-track and awards events have receptions with ample opportunities for discussions of business and technology, while the Special Networking Event on Wednesday evening will offer further such opportunities. Meanwhile, you can see all the technology in action during the Tuesday-Thursday exhibition, featuring pre-commercialization prototypes in the I-Zone on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Display Week 2015 covers the hottest technologies in the display marketplace, including:

• OLED displays
• Advanced LCDs
• HD and 4K TV technologies
• Digital signage
• e-Paper
• Flexible displays
• Solid-state lighting
•Touch and other interactive interfaces
• Display electronics
• Advanced optical films
• Oxide TFTs
• Materials and processes for display manufacturing
• Plasma displays
• Projection displays
• Display metrology
• Wearables-flexible

Only one week until digital strategy conference


Digital Strategy Conference Vancouver – May 12-14 is just around the corner. Join us for three exciting days of case studies, best practices and candid discussion. Is your organization ready with the insight, capabilities and resources necessary to meet its customers’ needs?Digital Strategy Conference brings it all together: content, social, data, channels, people & technology.

Become better prepared, better informed and ready to meet your customers’ needs. See the full line-up of over 40 speakers and the agenda overview for session details.

Here are just a few of the highlights:

  • Leading the charge: Sport Chek commits to a multi-year initiative to digitize.
  • Going digital and transforming from service provider to solution partner: Verify enables data-centric strategy.
  • Adobe warns and encourages quality over quantity as audiences say no to “content pushers”.
  • Measure what’s critical: Success, failure, disaster, Cisco measures tasks.
  • Not a mission impossible: CP overhauls their lead-generation site in 90 days (and live to tell us the tale).
  • Leapfrog competitors: Mediative shows us how to align local and social audiences.
  • And Score! Canucks deliver more value with content creation and curation.

Why attend the Digital Strategy Conference?

This is your opportunity to take three days and really focus on how-to improve the way your organization approaches, integrates and manages its digital initiatives. Attend and get:

    • Context and perspective on the digital landscape and what it means to be strategic in light of so much opportunity.
    • Best practices and examples of how others are succeeding with digital.
    • Access to over 40 experts who want to share their ability with you.
    • Insights and updates from leading media and technology vendors.
    • Better connected and better informed.

Who Should Attend?

Senior directors and managers from across the organization responsible for planning, managing or integrating digital initiatives, along with the digital team.

Successful digital initiatives are due to the effort of high functioning teams, therefore, we urge a team approach to your conference education.

Participate, Learn and Share:

Join us for three exciting days of insights, case studies and discussions.


OpenMedia throws support behind National Day of Action against Bill C-51

harperprivacyDigital rights group OpenMedia is throwing its support behind a massive National Day of Action against Bill C-51 this Saturday March 14. Sparked by concerned citizens on social media platforms Facebook, and reddit, events are being organized right across Canada, from Victoria to Halifax. OpenMedia is supporting the day of action by launching an online action platform to allow those speaking out against C-51 at

Public opinion is rapidly turning against the bill, with a recent EKOS opinion poll revealing that only 29% of Canadians would give up personal privacy safeguards to boost spy agency powers. Over 75,000 people have already spoken out online in recent weeks calling on Prime Minister Harper to rein in the unaccountable powers and violations of our civil liberties contained in Bill C-51.

“This bill encourages reckless sharing of our sensitive private information, dangerous new powers for CSIS, and offers zero accountability or oversight,” said Steve Anderson, OpenMedia Executive Director. “Everyone knows the Conservative government is bad on privacy issues, but Bill C-51 takes it to a whole new level.”

Anderson continued: “That’s why we’re joining with Canadians from across the political spectrum to take to the streets this Saturday. It’s not something we do very often, but C-51 is so reckless and dangerous it calls for all of us to do all that we can to speak out. There will be a steep political price to pay at election time for these reckless, dangerous, and ineffective privacy intrusions.”

When OpenMedia initially came out against Bill C-51, there were few standing up to oppose the proposed legislation. Now former prime Ministers, independent Conservative MPs, the government’s own privacy commissioner, a huge range of organizations, and even media outlets, have all come out against C-51.

Citizens are concerned that Bill C-51 would greatly expand the powers of CSIS, to the point where the Globe and Mail warns it will create a “secret police force”. If the bill passes, no fewer than 17 government agencies and even foreign governments will be granted access to Canadians’ sensitive private information.

OpenMedia’s core concerns are that Bill C-51 is:
1.    Reckless: It turns CSIS into a ‘secret police’ force with little oversight or accountability.
2.    Dangerous: It opens the door for violations of our Charter Rights including censorship of free expression online.
3.    Ineffective: It will lead to dragnet surveillance and information sharing on innocent Canadians that even Stephen Harper has admitted is ineffective.

Canadians can learn more about Bill C-51 at They can also join or create their own local event at

About OpenMedia

OpenMedia is an award-winning community-based organization that safeguards the possibilities of the open Internet. We work toward informed and participatory digital policy by engaging hundreds of thousands of people in protecting our online rights

Through campaigns such as and, has engaged over half-a-million Canadians, and has influenced public policy and federal law.

About OpenMedia’s privacy campaign led the successful campaign that forced the government to back down on its plans to introduce a costly, invasive, and warrantless online spying law (Bill C-30). Nearly 150,000 Canadians took part in the campaign. To learn more, see this infographic.

Last October, joined with over 60 major organizations and over a dozen academic experts to form the Protect Our Privacy Coalition, which is the largest pro-privacy coalition in Canadian history. The Coalition is calling for effective legal measures to protect the privacy of every resident of Canada against intrusion by government entities. and the BC Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) are working together to put a stop to illegal government surveillance against law-abiding Canadians. has launched a national campaign encouraging Canadians to support a BCCLA legal action which aims to stop illegal spying by challenging the constitutionality of the government’s warrantless collection of data on Canadians’ everyday Internet use.

Bang & Olufsen Opens Second Showroom location in Vancouver

Bang & Olufsen, the Danish provider of exclusive, high quality audio and video products, today announces the grand opening of a new sensory showroom in Vancouver, Canada.  Bang & Olufsen Hi-Fi Centre is located on 433 Carrall Street (in Gastown District) in a shop-in-shop retail format with Vancouver-based A/V retailer Hi-Fi Center.  The new showroom will feature the complete Bang & Olufsen product portfolio of high-end, custom made audio and video equipment as well as the B&O PLAY collection of portable music systems, headphones and premium wireless speakers aimed at the digital generation.  The showroom is significant as it is the first showroom in Canada to introduce the newly redesigned retail concept store and is the second Bang & Olufsen retail showroom to occupy Vancouver (alongside Bang & Olufsen South Granville).

Bang & Olufsen Opens Second Showroom location in Vancouver, Canada

“We are happy to heighten our retail presence in Vancouver and introduce our next generation retail concept to local residents and tourists,” states Jacob Siboni, Director of North American Sales, Bang & Olufsen. “With the opening of the new Bang & Olufsen Hi-Fi Centre showroom, brand enthusiasts will encounter impeccable sound, Danish design and a complete sensory experience.”

Originating from Denmark, Bang & Olufsen was founded in 1925 and offers state-of-the-art audio and video products for music lovers, tech gurus and style seekers alike. Their range of products includes televisions with razor-sharp picture quality, music systems with magical user elements and high-performance loudspeakers with a second-to-none sound experience.  Additionally, B&O PLAY by Bang & Olufsen will feature its new collection of portable sound systems and TV’s aimed at the digital generation.

“We are excited to incorporate the award-winning Bang & Olufsen portfolio to Hi-Fi Centre’s new store location. The new retail concept by Bang & Olufsen, is a perfect fit for our location, and underscores Bang & Olufsen’s commitment to providing extraordinary consumer experiences,” states Igor Kivritsky, owner of Hi-Fi Centre.

A Grand Opening customer event will be held on Friday, Feb 27 at 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Guests will experience the new and award-winning, innovative television, BeoVision Avant – “the one that moves”. BeoVision Avant has sublime Ultra High Definition (4K) video performance and jaw-dropping acoustic authenticity  built in. The new television also amazes with magical convenience and mechanical movement – and of course the discrete but powerful sound panel that unfolds when the television is on.

To preview the revolutionary BeoVision Avant and the new Bang & Olufsen Hi-Fi Centre showroom, RSVP to

To learn more about the new BeoVision Avant, please view its product page:

Bang & Olufsen was founded in Struer, Denmark, in 1925 by Peter Bang and Svend Olufsen, two innovative, young engineers devoted to high quality audio reproduction. Since then, the brand has become an icon of performance and design excellence through its long-standing craftsmanship tradition and the strongest possible commitment to high-tech research and development.

Still at the forefront of domestic technology, Bang & Olufsen has extended its comprehensive experience with integrated audio and video solutions for the home to other areas such as the hospitality and automotive industries in recent years. Consequently, its current product range epitomizes seamless media experiences in the home as well as in the car and on the move. For more information on Bang & Olufsen, please visit

Hi-Fi Centre Vancouver is a 30-year-old, family-owned business, founded by Alex Kivritsky.  It represents some of the finest manufacturers of high-performance audio, home theatre, whole-house audio, compact systems, and headphones.


SOURCE Bang & Olufsen

#CES2015 Blackberry highlights

Last week BlackBerry made a series of announcements during CES that highlighted its broad portfolio and demonstrated how the company is moving forward into areas such as IoT and wearables. Fresh off the release of its Passport and Classic devices, the company formerly known as RIM seems to be making a comeback or at least is trying to make itself relevant once again in the world of technology.

Blackberry highlights from CES included:

BlackBerry IoT Platform

This cloud-based, secure and reliable platform leverages BlackBerry’s extensive technology portfolio. The solution extends the company’s best-in-class security and reliability to emerging IoT applications. Read the complete press release here.

NantHealth HBox blackberry

This software provider powers NantHealth’s Internet of Medical Things device. BlackBerry’s QNX technology powers the HBox, a device that captures and transmits secure medical data between the patient, doctor and hospital. Read the press release here.

BBM for wearables

The popular BBM was previewed on Android Wear smartwatches, which will be available early this year. The new feature allows users to receive alerts, read messages and act on them, and accept BBM invites from their smartwatches. Read the press release here.

About BlackBerry

A global leader in mobile communications, BlackBerry® revolutionized the mobile industry when it was introduced in 1999. Today, BlackBerry aims to inspire the success of our millions of customers around the world by continuously pushing the boundaries of mobile experiences. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, BlackBerry operates offices in North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America. The Company trades under the ticker symbols “BB” on the Toronto Stock Exchange and “BBRY” on the NASDAQ. For more information, visit

#CES2015 will Host Largest Ever “Internet of Things” Showcase

bosch home connect

The 2015 International CES® starts today in Las Vegas and will run until January 9, 2015. It will feature the largest ever showcase of products, services and technologies that make up the “Internet of Things” (IoT), with more than 900 exhibitors planning to share innovations that harness the power of the network to connect everyday devices.

Owned and produced by CEA, the 2015 CES is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies,“The ‘Internet of Things’ is the hottest topic in tech now,” said Karen Chupka, senior vice president, International CES and corporate business strategy, CEA. “It’s all about the opportunity to connect everyday items  like cars, home security systems and kitchen appliances to networked devices like PCs and smartphones for greater control and management of our home connecteveryday lives. We’re excited that the 2015 CES will bring together all the companies and products that are making this a reality.”

The Sensors Marketplace will highlight one of the key technologies that is enabling the IoT. Exhibitors participating in the marketplace include eyeSight Mobile Technologies, Logbar and QuickLogic Corp. In addition, the Smart Home Marketplace will showcase a smarter, more efficient home accelerated by smartphones and tablets interacting with a myriad of connected objects and devices, from basic security systems to connected lighting systems. Some of the 2015 CES exhibitors expected to showcase IoT technologies include Bosch, Lowe’s, Konnect Labs, iDevices, Muzzley and Blinksight among many others.

2015 CES keynoters Boo-Keun Yoon, president and CEO of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., and Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel Corp., are expected to share their insights on IoT innovations. Other CES conference programming will also explore the future of this trend with the following sessions:

Privacy and the IoT: Navigating Policy Issues
Manufacturers and policymakers discuss steps that each can take to build consumer trust in devices and applications while preserving creativity and the flexibility to innovate. This panel will feature opening remarks from The Honorable Edith Ramirez, chairwoman of the FTC.
1-2 PM Tuesday, January 6
LVCC, North Hall, Room N254

The Impact of the Internet of Things
Experts will discuss the impact of IoT products, including what application areas are going to have the biggest adoption or change.
2:15-3:15 PM Wednesday, January 7
LVCC, North Hall, Room N261

The State of the Internet of Things
Part of the Research Summit conference track, this session will explore where the Internet of Things stands today and what its defining trends suggest about the road ahead.
3:30-4:30 PM Wednesday, January 7
LVCC, North Hall, Room N253

The 2015 CES will feature more than 3,500 exhibitors unveiling the latest consumer technology products and services across the entire ecosystem of consumer technologies.

About CES

The International CES is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for more than 40 years—the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace. As the largest hands-on event of its kind, CES features all aspects of the industry. And because it is owned and produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the technology trade association representing the $211 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry, it attracts the world’s business leaders and pioneering thinkers to a forum where the industry’s most relevant issues are addressed. Follow CES online at and through social media.