Episode 26 - Weekly IoT News Update
This week we look at how a Dublin-based bakery is using IoT to cut its utility expenses, the use of a video-based eye-tracker to analyse human personality traits, and the UK’s plan to lead a change in future mobility.
A new AI system called Biometric Mirror detects people’s personality traits from only a photo of their face by analysing a range of facial characteristics in seconds. Biometric Mirror is not a tool for psychological analysis, but aims to provoke challenging questions about the boundaries of AI.
Scandit, an enterprise technology platform for mobile computer vision and augmented reality, has raised $30 million in Series B funding. This will enable the company to further develop its mobile computer vision platform to support advanced capabilities across any camera-equipped device, and propel Scandit’s long-term vision of bringing IoT to everyday objects.
IoT platforms connect previously disconnected supply and demand, and therefore create value. This article deals with the core principles of platforms that can help businesses turn IoT technology into a valuable source of business that gets bottom line results.
Continuing its bid to take the lead in the cameraphone industry, Huawei has launched a new, improved mid-priced model intended to capture the interest of photography aficionados. The smartphone features four cameras with improved AI that ensures high-clarity pictures, and can automatically self-adjust its settings depending on the environment.
The University of South Australia and the University of Stuttgart deployed an AI to analyse the eye movement of 42 human participants. The AI successfully predicted whether its subjects were agreeable, conscientious, extroverted or neurotic. This research provides opportunities to develop robots and computers so that they can become more natural, and better at interpreting human social signals.
Entropik Tech, an AI company that tracks consumer’s cognitive and emotional response at its point of origin using cutting-edge technologies like Brainwave Mapping, Facial Coding and Eye Tracking, announced its pre-series A round of $1.1 million. The investments will help Entropik Tech scale their platform Affect Lab 2.0, launch more IP based products, and increase global footprint.
The UK Government has launched its plan to lead a change in future mobility aimed towards improving transport while reducing congestion and emissions. As part of the Future of Mobility Grand Challenge, the government will highlight how UK travel will change dramatically with innovations such as flying vehicles and self-driving cars.
Syniverse launched Secure Global Access, a private and secure network that enables businesses to reliably safeguard mission-critical data. The system connects the enterprise to the Syniverse network, delivering privacy and security that are not available through the public internet, and providing businesses with secure connectivity to mobile operators across nearly 200 countries.
Vodafone and Dell EMC have joined with energy and utility management specialist Utilitywise to develop a new IoT energy and building management platform. It will allow businesses to monitor their energy outputs from different buildings in a single hub, removing the need for numerous data software licenses.
The Dublin-based Bretzel Bakery has installed the operational intelligence portal from Irish firm Cognition to cut its utility expenses. The technology works by capturing automatic live data from 45 IoT sensors, which is then compiled into an online report. As many as 30,000 data points are captured every week and help the bakery understands where improvements can be made.