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34 Tu e sd a y, Ja n u a ry 7 , 2 0 1 4 XOEYE LEVERAGES WEARABLE COMPUTING TO SUPPORT BLUE COLLAR INDUSTRY In December 2013, hundreds of entrepreneurs and industry leaders converged on Universal City, Calif. for the most recent Wearable Tech Expo. Over the course of the two-day event, panel discussions and keynote speeches addressed the current state of wearable technology, where it may be headed and what capacity for growth would be in both the consumer and commercial spaces. Interestingly, there did not appear to be any clear consensus on the potential size of the market, how it will grow in the short-term or even how the category of "wearable technology" itself is defined. Despite the uncertainty on some ideas, there was a strong sense of optimism that wearable technology will play a significant and positive role in measuring and shaping key elements of people's personal and professional lives. XOEye Technologies shares in this optimism, and believes it can leverage existing and emerging wearable technologies to change the way blue collar industries operate. As a company focused on creating solutions for manufacturers, construction companies and businesses that deploy field service technicians, XOEye is developing proprietary software (Vision) and firmware (XOLinux) that allows busi- ChargePoint (Cont'd. from p. 1) ChargePoint becomes the first EV charging company to integrate fully into an EV. ChargePoint's real-time data, providing charging station location and availability, will be integrated into the navigation system of the all new BMW i3 and i8. This will provide the ease and convenience of hands free, turn-by-turn navigation to an available place to charge. Additionally, all cars will also come with a ChargePoint charging card so that drivers can access the more than 15,000 locations on the ChargePoint network as soon as they leave the dealerMonoprice Inc (Cont'd. from p. 1) AK: Thriving for more than a decade, mostly through strong word-of-mouth of our devoted tech-savvy customers, Monoprice has quietly built a stellar reputation as an "in-the-know" e-commerce destination that delivers high-quality electronics and tech accessories at bargain prices. Our website more than 5,000 Monoprice branded products, including a wide variety of electronic cables, AV and home theater equipment, networking and IT gear, mobile accessories, PC accessories, pro audio equipment and other tech-related items. We're poised to capitalize on our recent rapid growth, as evidenced by our appearance on the Inc. Magazine 5000 list of America's fastest growing companies for the fifth straight year. Monoprice plans an expansion into new product markets and an increased presence at industry trade shows in the coming year, including its exhibition at CES 2014. ness to capture data and video like never before, and turn that data into intelligence that will support more efficient operations and even tap into new revenue streams. Utilizing the XOne device to capture content, businesses will be able to locally record, live stream or take still photos to capture data. This data supports a variety of applications, including managerial telepresence, employee training, remote equipment diagnostics, and safety/compliance monitoring. Alongside its development efforts, XOEye Technologies has been actively engaging hundreds of companies in the blue collar verticals to understand how this technology can be best applied in solving specific issues. These interested companies themselves generate billions in revenue each year, and have already identified opportunities to save millions in costs through a variety of applications, including those previously noted. The projected short and long-term ROI has businesses eager to explore the technology immediately. Having identified a market that represents over $100 million in annual revenue opportunities with companies that recognize the value wearable technology can bring to their businesses, XOEye Technologies remains confident that despite some collective uncertainty that exists within the industry, wearable technology can thrive as an enterprise solution. Visit XOEye at booth 74511 at Eureka Park. For more information, visit www.xoeye.com, call 800-230-7047 or email info@xoeye.com. device charger, the Phone Boost 800 mobile device charger, power packs and car and wall USB power chargers each provide users with a new level of power and performance. Rayovac will demonstrate how people can stay connected through the use of sleeker, smaller devices that are not only portable, but also have the capability to be recharged. Each of these new offerings and technologies, including several new rechargeable devices, highlight how Rayovac products are shaping a new, connected lifestyle. With the unlimited capabilities of today's handheld devices, it has become increasingly challenging to keep devices up and running all day long. Rayovac's 7 Hour Power Recharge mobile device charger provides phones with a full charge without the use of outlets or electricity. The 7 Hour Power Recharge is powered by four AA batteries of any cell chemistry, providing instant, outlet-free power to any mobile phone and other USB-powered devices. Use alkaline batteries that have a 10-year shelf life, or rechargeable batteries that can be used over and over. After 30 seconds of inactivity, the device will automatically turn off to save battery power. ship. Drivers will also have ChargePoint's real-time data integrated into their BMW i Remote mobile app so that they can search for a station from anywhere. The Silicon Valley-based ChargePoint has also struck a deal to be the preferred public electric vehicle charging provider to all BMW Centers across North America, providing level II chargers to more than 300 dealerships. "This is a game changer for the industry," said Simon Lonsdale, Vice President of Business Development for ChargePoint. As the industry leader, with a market share of over 70 percent, EV auto makers are seeing the value in enhancing the experience of driving an EV by directly integrating our network into their cars. "BMW, like ChargePoint, focuses on the entire mobility ecosystem from the perspective of the driver," said Dimitrios Papadogonas, Vice President of Marketing for ChargePoint. "This is why this partnership made so much sense." Drivers on the ChargePoint network have plugged in to charge their cars over 4 million times, and have driven more than 65,000,000 gas-free miles. ChargePoint's business model is both simple and effective: allow a property owner to own a charging station and provide a robust network for it to connect to, so the property owner can have the control and flexibility to use the station in a way that serves their business purpose. This approach has propelled ChargePoint to a 70 percent share of all public networked charging. ChargePoint also makes mobile apps that allow a driver to find, navigate and start a charging session at any station on its network. The all new BMW i3, with ChargePoint on board, begins arriving in dealerships this spring. CEDN: To what do you attribute Monoprice's rapid growth? rapid growth as a company. This will continue as we strategically expand into new markets and increase our product offerings over time. bination will help elevate the Monoprice business into a mainstream brand. This opportunity secures a bright future for Monoprice. AK: Recently, Monoprice was acquired by Internet services provider Blucora, Inc. for $180 million. Upon completion of the acquisition in August 2013, Monoprice became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Blucora, and will continue its operations in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. as a stand-alone business unit led by the current Monoprice management team. Since Monoprice's founding and throughout our expansion, we have maintained our focus on our mission to deliver the best quality products at the lowest price. Blucora brings decades of experience managing and investing in digitallyenabled businesses. We believe this com- AK: This marks our third appearance at CES, but our first year exhibiting in the Las Vegas Convention Center. We are excited to showcase new products at our CES 2014 booth, including our new model of action camera, a product that created a lot buzz for us at last year's show. Other notable products we will display include our new 19-inch Interactive Pen Display, updated high end IPS Monitors and home theater related products such as our Premium 5.1 Home Theater speaker system. RAYOVAC SHOWCASES MOBILE CHARGING DEVICES Rayovac®, a division of Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc., will showcase its new line of affordable portable mobile charging devices at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Rayovac's new offerings are the company's strongest lineup of portable power products to date. The 7 Hour Power Recharge mobile C o n su m e r Ele c tro n ic D a ily N e ws AK: Our traffic has grown 81 percent, and revenue has surged 141 percent in the past few years at the company. We are in the right place at the right time with our business model. Through working with manufacturing partners in Asia and selling directly to customers via the Internet, we have eliminated an entire layer of markup. This allows us to price our products 30 percent to 70 percent below the price of other famous brands, while having the same quality and features. We built our reputation through offering the best cable prices in the industry, but now Monoprice has expanded beyond our initial core set of products while continuing to keep our customers' pricing and quality expectations as the focus of our business. Customer service is another cornerstone of our business, and has led to our CEDN: How does your recent acquisition by Bluecora fit into your company's future growth plans? Rayovac will showcase its latest products at the 2014 International CES in Las Vegas, Titian #2204. For more information, visit ChargePoint in booth 2830 in the North Hall. After the show, visit www.chargepoint.com. CEDN: What new product categories and products will intrigue those attending CES 2014? Visit Monoprice at booth 36064. For more information, go to www.monoprice.com.

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