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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IDTechEx to explore new opportunities and trends in wearable technology

The IDTechEx Wearable USA event, a unique international conference and exhibition that focuses on wearable technology requirements from big brands and industries, is set to take place in Santa Clara, US, from 18-19 November.

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The Way forward for wearables:  In most cases, the way forward is to abandon the 100 year old components in a box approach of almost all manufacturers of wearable technology today, according to organisers.  “Instead, we shall use structural electronics where smart materials are key. This will be a cornucopia for manufacturers of electronic and electrically functional materials that can be made into structures using those increasingly crucial intermediate materials,” they report.

IDTechEx Research expects that in 2025 US 25 billion will be spent on formulations and intermediate materials, of the US 74 billion wearable technology industry.

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IoT Tech Updated Landscape And New Rankings

Internet Of Things: IoT Tech Landscape And Rankings – New Report One of the most important aspects of any tech analysis is analyzing which players have quantifiably demonstrated their tech leadership in the relevant technological fields.

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Now you too can see with greater clarity who is a trying to be a winner, patent strength will be a key lynch pin in the new IoT frontier.  Kinda funny, or not depending on your p.o.v., that none of the incumbents, let alone the rest, don’t seem to be able to create effective patents to garner important IP space to get their profitability and market segment share.  

The metrics in this report are based on granted U.S. patents and inventions for which U.S. patent applications are pending.  These patents include those invented in-house and those acquired by assignment from third parties. The Portfolio Filing Score on the X axis is a metric of the total number of issued and pending IoT patents by company.  The Portfolio Quality Score on the Y axis is based on LexInnova’s proprietary algorithm that adapts the methodology set forth by Mark A. Lemley, Kimberly A. Moore, John R. Allison, and R. Derek Trunkey in their research paper, “Valuable Patents” to calculate the quality of inventions.   The IoT Tech Incumbents are “players which have a good patent portfolio in terms of quality but miss out on the filing front.”  There is currently no company in the Leadership quadrant (green), due to lower numbers of patent filings relative to some of the higher-filing players (shown in the orange quadrant). However, according to LexInnova’s analysis, Nokia, Somfy, Microsoft and Intel are poised to move into the Leadership quadrant if they increase the number of high-quality patent filings. Also, Ericsson, Qualcomm and LG have the highest number of filings relative to the group, but relatively lower portfolio scores, which kept them from qualifying for placement in the “Leaders” quadrant under the analytics used in this report.  

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9 New Predictions And Market Assessments For The IoT

A number of new reports on the Internet of Things (IoT) provide a fresh look at the state of this hot market and forecasts for its future impact on the world’s economy.

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Profound list of drivers and trends that have been identified in the unfolding development of the IoT, a very worthwhile read.

(1) The economic impact of the IoT will re-shape the world’s economy:  The IoT has a total potential economic impact of $3.9 trillion to $11.1 trillion a year by 2025. At the top end, that level of value—including the consumer surplus—would be equivalent to about 11% of the world economy (MGI). The IoT market will expand from $780 billion this year to $1.68 trillion in 2020, growing at a CAGR of 16.9%.  Sensors/modules and connectivity account for more than 50% of spending on IoT, followed by IT services at more than 25% and software at 15%. (IDC).

(2)  There will be almost 30 billion of IoT devices in 2020:   In 2015, 4,800 connected end points are added every minute. This number will grow to 7,900 by 2020. The installed base of the Internet of Things devices will grow from 10.3 billion devices in 2014 to 29.5 billion in 2020. 19 billion of these devices will be installed in North America in 2020 (IDC). The number of IoT devices installed in cities will increase by more than 5 billion in the next four years (BI).

(3)  The IoT will be primarily an enterprise market:  In 2018, the IoT installed base will be split 70% in the enterprise and 30% in the consumer market, but enterprises will account for 90% of the spending (IDC).

(4) Over the next few years, North America will still be the focal point for the IoT:   The IoT has a large potential in developing economies, but it will have a higher overall value impact in advanced economies because of the higher value per use.

(5)  The telecommunication industry leads other sectors in IoT investments:  The Telecommunications, banking, utilities, and securities/investment services industries are the leading sectors investing in IoT in 2015 (IDC)

(6) IoT adoption is gaining momentum worldwide:  36% of companies in North America have IoT initiatives in 2015 (IDC).

(7) Costs and customers are the key drivers of IoT investments:  Lower operational costs and better customer service and support lead the list of significant drivers of current IoT initiatives. In large companies, business process efficiency/operations optimization and customer acquisition and/or retention also top the list (IDC). 

(8) Security, culture change, determining priorities, and optimizing ROI are key IoT concerns:  Security issues top the list of current barriers to IoT adoption (especially with larger companies), followed by funding the initial investment at the scale needed, determining the highest priority use cases, and changing business processes (IDC). 

(9) Microsoft leads the IoT market

The top 5 vendors mentioned as the IoT provider companies “plan to work with within the next 2 years” are: Microsoft, AT&T, Verizon, Cisco, and IBM. For large companies (more than 1000 employees), Microsoft and Cisco lead the list (IDC).



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