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20 Feb, 2018

Episode 7 - Weekly IoT News Update

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This week we look at how sensors and big data can affect our minds, India’s deployment of smart ceiling fans, and wearable sensors in healthcare. Read on for more!

Pedestrian sensors to track people-movement in Adelaide’s East End

A series of pedestrian sensors will be installed across the East End of the CBD, starting during the Australian city’s festival season, but they will have no capacity to track individuals.  The Adelaide City Council recently completed a two-month trial of 10 pedestrian monitors – including infrared sensors that pick up body heat which was tested in Rundle Mall. 

Sensors and Big data are showing how our minds work 

Big data and personal sensing technology are revolutionising psychology, opening new frontiers in our understanding of how our minds work and how we treat mental illness.

Soon every gadget is going to have a special chip for AI

ARM have announced chip designs for AI called Project Trillium’. Arm is making two different chips that are specially built to run AI operations. One is aptly named the Arm Machine Learning processor, which is for any AI task from translation to facial recognition. The other is the Arm Object Detection processor, which finds interesting bits in images (like faces) and passes them onto the ML processor for processes like facial recognition.

Semiconductor leaders say AI, Cloud and IoT to have greater impact on revenue in 2018

Nearly two-thirds of the 150 semiconductor industry leaders surveyed cited IoT as one of the top revenue drivers this year, making it the second most-cited and up from 56% last year. Cloud computing and AI rocketed into the top 10% as they were each named by 43% of respondents, compared to 27% for cloud last year and 18% for AI.

Google poaches Samsung's technology chief

Google has poached Samsung Electronics' former Chief Technology Officer Rhee In-jong to strengthen it's IoT business, with an aim to connect a wide range of it's services from it's cloud to vehicles, voice assistants, and home security.

Wearable throat sensor holds promise for stroke rehabilitation

A new wearable throat sensor promises to improve stroke rehabilitation by measuring a patient's ability to swallow and patterns of speech. The sensors is designed to stick directly to the skin, moving with the body and providing detailed health metrics including heart function, muscle activity and quality of sleep, it is also designed to minimise irritation on sensitive skin. 

AI-equipped robot ‘Josie Pepper’ to greet passengers at Munich Airport 

In her initial deployment, Josie Pepper, who speaks English, will await passengers at the top of the ramp leading to the shuttle connecting the main terminal to the satellite building. This test phase will be used to show whether Josie Pepper is accepted by passengers. Josie Pepper’s brain is based on IBM Watson technology, a question and answer computer system 

LG plans to launch IoT-based smart ceiling fans in India this June

LG Electronics in India plans to foray into the premium ceiling fans segment this season. The smart fan will bring along features like adaptive speed control and cloud controls as it will be constantly connected with the internet.  The adaptive speed control will allow the fan to adjust according to the change in temperature, and the cloud control will give users access to the fans from any part of the world.  

Nokia and Tele2 sign strategic partnership to provide global IoT services 

Nokia and Tele2 IoT have signed a five-year agreement to enable the delivery of IoT services to Tele2 enterprise customers based on Nokia's worldwide IoT network grid (WING).  Nokia WING will allow Tele2 IoT to rapidly and cost-effectively provide complete IoT services to its enterprise customers in fields including transport, healthcare, smart city and utilities to manage their connectivity needs and assets, such as connected cars or connected freight containers, around the globe.  

Google to acquire Xively IoT platform from LogMeIn for $50M 

In a blog post announcing the acquisition, Google indicated it wants to use this purchase as a springboard into the growing IoT market, which it believes will reach 20 billion connected things by 2020. With Xively they are getting a tool that enables device designers to build connectivity directly into the design process while providing a cloud-mobile connection between the end user app and the connected thing, whatever that happens to be.

Retail IoT: Why Vodafone’s digital fitting rooms are a good fit for Mango

Vodafone is working with high street fashion retailer Mango on a programme to roll out digital fitting rooms to the company’s biggest stores worldwide. In the fitting rooms, clothes-tags are scanned by barcode or RFID and shoppers are able to contact floor staff directly from the digital mirror, which can switch between mirror and display modes shoppers can also request different sizes and colours; also are able to see a curated selection of accessories, complementary choices, or alternative outfits and crucially – add them to their shopping carts.

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