The inventor who may kill the power cord

Meredith Perry is working on a technology that would allow us to walk into any uBeam-equipped room and find that our electronic devices immediately begin charging, writes Marco della Cava in Change Agents.

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Here’s how it works. uBeam’s transmitter is a wafer-thin square the size of a salad plate that punches out ultrasonic frequencies much like a speaker creates sound. The receiver, currently in the form of a smartphone case, resonates at the same high frequency and turns that imperceptible movement into energy, charging the phone.

uBeam’s transmitter doesn’t go through walls, so a square tile is required for each room. Although uBeam is still a few years from being consumer-ready, Perry is convinced her “competitively priced” creation will find its way into our homes and any commercial space where devices are used.  

According to CEO Meredith Perry  “What I’ve seen over the years is people making tiny improvements in existing technology as opposed to saying, ‘Let’s throw this all out and do something new,'” she says. “I know the odds are so against me. But I wouldn’t start a company and bust my (rear) for years unless we were working on something orders of magnitude better than anything else out there.”

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Wearable Camera That Tracks Your Meals Has Started Human Trials

Do you want to change your eating patterns? Would you like to lose some weight? Do you have an eating disorder? In

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The device calculates the energy content and mass of the food based on the pictures of the meal and how many times the person chewed and swallowed during a meal. Sazonov said that the number of chews is proportional to ingested mass and energy intake. At the moment the images taken by the camera are analyzed by a nutritionist who identifies the food and then gives an estimate on the size of each portion but that should be automated in the future by a computer doing a 3D analysis of the images.

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3 out of 4 doctors have used health apps and wearables

It’s hardly news that wearable technology is big business, and as the hyped industry grows, it may even play a role in making us healthier.

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80% of UK doctors agreed that digital health was here to stay, and according to Ipsos Mori new tools help solve the challenge of ageing populations and limited health budgets.  However, it seems most doctors are still unsure of what role these will play, as seven out of ten doctors say they don’t know exactly what they want from digital health solutions. Most disagreed that new technology could ever replace physical check-ups, but it does seem that it could complement them. More doctors agreed than disagreed that health and lifestyle apps would “form part of” treatment plans in future.

It’s not all rosy, however, as a quarter of doctors are concerned that mobile apps for patients will create more conflicts between doctors and patients. The biggest concern is that patients will misunderstand the information.

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Wearables The Promise And Peril For Medtech Companies

From smart clothing to wristwatches, wearables that extract biological data are pouring into the digital health domain. Major consumer electronics…

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These are questions about how to apportion value to devices, raw data, analytics, and behavioral change in support of truly improved health outcomes and lower costs.  Among them:

*  What is the value of consumer-generated biological data, and to whom and when?

*  What are the relevant data points and insights that impact consumer health and should cause a change in behavior? 

*  What is the value of modified consumer behavior that improves health, and who captures that value?

Consumers expect wearable health technologies to be engaging, intelligent, and integrated into their daily activities, just as mobile technologies have helped transform how we socialize, shop, and bank.  Most importantly, these devices’ wearers use the captured data to understand differences and translate those differences into knowledge and actions that improve health. 

Historically, only trained physicians and nurses, with their years of training and rounds of appointments, had the ability to apply perpetual learning in healthcare.  Wearable health solutions, and the learning they provide, collapse the information asymmetry that has existed between the health practitioner and the consumer. 

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The IoT and the Inevitable Collision with Products Liability

This is the third in a series of blogs examining the rapid development of the Internet of Things (IoT) and its consequential impact on product liability risk. The development of the IoT…

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Some Takeaway Considerations:   Some articles suggest Fiat Chrysler is working with the software vendor to correct the problem. If so, it may present a liability exposure to the software vendor depending on, among other things, what is contained in the contract between Fiat Chrysler and its software vendor for defects in the software.  –  Product liability recall insurance can be expensive. If the software vendor is on the hook to absorb part or all of the recall expenses, those expenses may come directly out of its own pocket.   –  In the immediate aftermath of the publication of the vulnerabilities of motor vehicles to Internet hacking, U.S. Senators Edward Markey of Massachusetts and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut introduced legislation that would empower NHSTA and the Federal Trade Commission to establish rules to secure vehicles from hacking threats and maintain driver privacy. (See Spy Car Act of 2015.)

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The IoT Is About Data, Not Things

Companies today are grappling with the Internet of Things (IoT), a large network of physical devices that extends beyond the typical computer networks, encompassing devices, industrial equipment, sensors, and extended products. For some manufacturers everything they build could feed into IoT, from cars to buildings or even consumer products. While […]

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Where This Leaves Us:  As businesses begin to sit down with the purveyors of IoT solutions, be it companies like Dell or Hewlett-Packard on the systems side, Cisco Systems or Intel on the networks and gateways, or companies like Tableau Software Inc. or SAP SE for the analytics, it is important to think through the real aspects of what you are trying to accomplish and how you plan to use the data. With multiple handoff points you’ll need to ensure that you are securing and maintaining consistency of that data for a clean chain-of-custody on the information. Finally, don’t just view IoT as the means to an end for near-term decision making. Keep in mind that the data being generated may need to live for long periods of time, and your corporate data handling and data retention policies may need to be aligned to the new reality of this type of data, because it is a whole new world in IoT and the data old rules may not cleanly apply.

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The $11 Trillion Internet Of Things, Big Data And Pattern Of Life (POL) Analytics

Pattern of Life analytics (POL) is a new predictive data analytical method that is similar to profiling. The implications of POL in the context of the Internet of Things (IoT) are far-reaching for both governments and business. With the recent estimates of IoT financial impact being in the trillions of dollars, Big Data is getting exponentially bigger and data analytics is becoming increasingly important and complex. Security, privacy and data protection legal compliance are paramount; the laws and regulations are rapidly changing and becoming more strict.

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POL, to vastly simplify the definition, is a computerized data collection and analysis method used to establish a subject’s past behavior, determine its current behavior, and predict its future behavior. 

Deeper Dive: POL Analytics  –  POL analytics is an imprecise term that was first used in social sciences including psychology and anthropology. The term has been used in data analytics for decades or more, primarily in the context of spatial analytics, including location analytics.  Pattern of life data analytics didn’t go truly mainstream until September 2013, when The Guardian headlined how NSA’s “Marina” metadata application “offers the ability to export the data in a variety of formats, as well as create various charts to assist in pattern-of-life development.”

POL and IoT:  POL analytics is not restricted to military applications, although the recent uses of the term generally derive from military documents, specifically those of the NSA .  As mentioned, the closest, most popular analogous term is “profiling”.  The first highly-publicized incident of commercial application of computerized consumer profiling was Target TGT +0.33%, Inc.’s use of collected and (allegedly) purchased information about customers, first reported by the 2012 New York Times. The reported incident was about use of the information to focus marketing efforts on women it had identified as likely to be pregnant. Based on its data analytics, Target had sent pregnancy-related information to a high-school girl at her residence, also the residence of her parents. The angry father complained to Target, and then followed up with his daughter,  about whom he had not yet been informed that she was indeed pregnant.  That incident is an early, classic case of POL intelligence that illustrated the point that consumers do not welcome evident invasions of their privacy. This Target case could be considered to be classic POL analysis, or profiling.



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