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The Chicago Auto Show gets an update with the swipe of a phone

A 16-year-old multimedia company is gaining recognition as a go-to expert on connected devices, wearable gadgets, and tag-and-touch technology.

The firm, Specialty Publishing, owner of Connected World magazine, is hosting its first pavilion and conference at the Chicago Auto Show in February to showcase how motorists of the future can connect their cars to their homes, doctors, health monitors and to other vehicles.

Auto show attendees will get to see and experience the latest tech breakthroughs, including wearables, fitness gadgets, connected apps and tracking devices. "We want to educate people about the connected technologies that are all around us and which many people still are not taking advantage of," says Peggy Smedley, who runs Carol Stream-based Specialty Publishing with her husband, Dave.

5 reasons to geek out at the Chicago Auto Show

The Chicago Auto Show is getting to be as much for tech geeks as car enthusiasts.

Many of the 1,000 vehicles on display will be tricked out with sensors, wireless connectivity, hands-free controls and lightweight infrastructure.

"Consumers will see a renaissance in the auto industry, with a lot more vehicles of interest to a broader range of people than they've seen in quite a while," says Jamey Power, an automotive consultant whose father, Dave, founded J.D. Power & Associates.

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Connected World Conference to Feature Latest Tech at Chicago Auto Show

In today's world, it's easy to be connected to everything. And with new advancements in technology, it's about to get even easier.

That's why the Chicago Auto Show has partnered with Connected World magazine to bring the latest in-car technology to consumers with the Connected World Conference.

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NFC Bootcamp

The Internet of Things and Near Field Communication on Display at Connected World Conference at the Chicago Auto Show.

There has been a renewed interest in the Internet of Things (IoT) and "connected" devices since the recent CES show in Las Vegas. Driven by industry leaders like Cisco and Intel, people are taking a new look at just how "connected" our world will be. And near field communication (NFC) certainly has its role to play in that new world.

Enter the Connected World Conference. While we have seen NFC being used at major conferences like CES, there has never been a more pervasive use of NFC at a conference than we'll see on display at Connected World, with Tap "GO."

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Smartphones Demonstrate Tap and Go Technology at the Auto Show

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Near Field Connects' Theresa Mary Gordon presented Tap and Go, which was hosted by Connected World Magazine, at the Chicago Auto Show Friday.

Tap and Go is a smartphone technology with an educational component that allows information to be adopted immediately from anywhere. By connecting a smartphone with an object, information is instantly gathered and redirected to a source.

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2014 Chicago Auto Show Is About to Begin!

The Connected World Conference partnered with baubleApp, Goggles, Ingage Solutions, Insteo, NFConnects, and Tap4Mor to bring NFC technology to show attendees. We are able to show how quick, easy, and simple NFC (near-field communication) can be used to receive or share information.

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Connected World Conference 2014

The Connected World Conference is the global expo for the connected technologies that are transforming our professional and personal lives. The only expo that provides access to the players and the products in front of and behind the Internet of Things: discover not only what the devices are, but what makes them tick.

Don't miss this special expo within the 2014 Chicago Auto Show in a 35,000-sq.ft. pavilion, designed to create awareness around connected devices within transportation, health/fitness, energy, and home.
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NFC World Congress 2014

Now in its 4th edition, NFC World Congress explores the emerging ways we shop, spend money, travel, connect, play, etc. through the mobile proximity technologies: NFC, QR Code, Bluetooth LE, HCE/Cloud-based, LBS... All are revolutionizing the user's experience in retail/e-commerce, marketing, transport and many other verticals!

From start-ups to leading players including all the verticals, over 600 attendees will gather to boost adoption and advance the mobile proximity business. The Congress combines a high level 3-day conference, a large exhibition and multiple "live experiences" to multiply opportunities to learn, meet, experience, network and innovate.

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From Our Blog

  • Functionable Fashion! From Connected World
    Time to get smart and slip into something more connected. Ah, yes; wearable technology. On-the-go from head-to-toe, these fashionable devices are giving a whole new meaning to the term "dress for success." Wearable technology, considered the "it gift" by many this past holiday season and the hottest fashion trend of the last year, continues to grow, bringing in its wake many novel new applications. Wherever you turn, you can see examples of companies slipping tags, sensors, and other technologies into their products, creating a nascent wearable tech market ready to explode ... and go, go, go!Wearable technology is simple, easy, practical, mobile, functional, and yes, fun. I can't help but laugh as I review many of these new wearable tech items being unveiled, thinking of how such things were once only portrayed as ideas in movies and cartoons.
    Written on Tuesday, 04 February 2014 00:00 in News Be the first to comment! Read 8606 times Read more...
  • The Power of NFC: When Tapping Points Hit the Tipping Point - From Connected News
    NFC is the new buzz word—or acronym, to be more precise. Short for near-field communication, NFC is seemingly everywhere these days, from blogs to boardrooms, and beyond. This "tap technology" is being investigated by everyone from marketers to product developers, and even executives. It's no wonder; it is an exciting, innovative technology that, when combined with mobile and cloud technologies, offers a new layer of disruption that provides an array of possibilities for real and unforeseen change across numerous activities, industries, and ecosystems.
    Written on Monday, 16 July 2012 00:00 in News Be the first to comment! Read 8075 times Read more...
  • Getting Your NFC On - As seen in Connected World June/July 2013
    Something cool happened in Italy a few years ago. It became the birthplace for hip hipsters turning NFC into a fashion statement. It was here where the idea of using your clothing to connect socially with your friends through touch seemed like the next logical step and wearing NFC took flight. Put NFC in the pocket of your jeans so those in the know can tap, touch hips, and share their contact information. This was the idea of the popular fashion company Angel and Devil. To do this, the company reached out to the NFC event specialists at Poken, an NFC touch company that "collects people and things with a touch" and together they created "Angel and Devil Touch" jeans. These hip new jeans let us all communicate by tapping our NFC-enabled hip-pockets together. It gives a whole new meaning to the term "bump."
    Written on Tuesday, 18 June 2013 00:00 in News Be the first to comment! Read 6829 times Read more...