IOH! Today’s Smart lighting system

In today’s society, people always look for internet of things. They want to link all the information together, and make all devices linked. Recently, there is an internet of house. People can live in a house that most functions are connected. One of the interesting elements in the internet of house is smart bulb or smart light. According to “The Telegraph”, smart lighting is one of the “ten technologies that will make the internet of things a reality.” There are many different kinds of smart lighting product now. One of the most famous smart lighting systems is Philips Hue.

Philips Hue is a smart bulb that allows users to control the lightness and colors. People can adjust it by using their smart phones. Philips Hue’s colors can also be picked from images.

Philips also has another smart lighting product, Philips Hue Go. According to Wareable.com, Philips Hue Go is a “portable, bowl- shaped lamp which is perfect for balconies, gardens and terraces.” Users can not only adjust it colors and brightness, but also use it as an alarm with its gradual wake-up feature.

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Another popular smart lighting system is Sony LED Light Bulb Speaker. It is not only a smart lighting product. It can also be used as a speaker. Same as other IOH (Internet of house) product, it can also be adjusted through smart phones.

In conclusion, there are more and more IOT products today. It is really important for people to keep learning about these new technologies every day.

 

Sources:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/ces/11340738/10-technologies-that-will-make-the-Internet-of-Things-a-reality.html?image=1

https://www.wareable.com/smart-home/best-smart-bulbs-for-your-tech-home

 

Tinder for Sperm Donations: How The London Sperm Bank Can Change How Women Choose Donors

Women seeking sperm donations now have the ability to choose the perfect “dad”.

The London Sperm Bank just released an app which allows women to choose their donor based on ethnicity, occupation, personality, eye color, staff impressions, etc. All donor results still remain anonymous. The women are even given the option to create a wish list of desired traits. This allows women who know what they want to be notified if a surrogate father matches the traits that they want. The app even allows the user to order and pay for the donation from the app.

picture courtesy: CNN

Creating the perfect child. Picture Courtesy: CNN

The London Sperm Bank has over 25,000 vials of sperm available at any given time so women shouldn’t have a problem trying to find “the perfect match.” Each treatment is ~$1200 and costs the same as if you were to order through their catalog.

This app is interesting because it could change the way that people could make babies. Women can now choose only “desirable” traits for their children without any of the hassle involved. They can simply filter out traits that they do not want and create “the perfect baby”.

Picture Courtesy: play.google.com

App logo. Picture Courtesy play.google.com

The are some eugenics issues involved with picking out traits for your baby however. Creating a baby based upon traits you desire seems to be something straight out of the movie Gattaca. Furthermore, decreasing the genetic diversity pool may leave some unintended health side effects to the general populations. Another concern that critics have for this app is the objectification of men. The mens’ sperm is chosen solely by their appearance, occupation, etc.

Reproduction via a mobile app could be something that will shake up how babies are being born in the future. Swiping right for the perfect father could be something that we see in the future. Who knows, maybe we’ll see an entire generation of children who all look like Scarlet Johansson or Ryan Reynolds.

http://money.cnn.com/2016/09/28/technology/london-sperm-bank-donor-app/

Swipe right for a sperm donor

UPS Begins Emergency Drone Testing

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Most of the “buzz” around drone delivery in recent months has been over Amazon’s new Amazon Prime Air drone delivery system that is planning on being implemented sometime in the near future. However, this delivery method is a little far out of reach because Amazon would be populating the airspace above hundreds of thousands of homes, posing a threat to people all to deliver a package a few hours early. While this does seem to be useful, it’s efficiency and reliability still needs to be improved upon before its total implementation.

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UPS is working on its own drove delivery system that is much more realistic and applicable than Amazon’s Prime Air. UPS has been in collaboration with the drone company CyPhy in creating a drone delivery system that would not be used for every order, but limited to those in which are deemed emergencies. An example provided by UPS would be air delivering medical supplies when someone is in need of them. If a child that has asthma is away on a camping trip and the parents forgot to pack their inhaler, the parents could send the son the inhaler through ups to the camping site.

By limiting this delivery system to exclusive medical supplies, it would be much easier to get permission from local governments to send the UPS drones up into the sky. This drone delivery system has more leverage over other drone delivery companies because it can be the difference in a life or death scenario. It will also not involve too much drone air traffic due to the limited amount of drones being used in the sky (when compared to Amazon Prime Air)

Much like the Amazon Prime Air drones, deliveries would require a small landing zone for the drone to place a package and would even contain technologies that allow the drone to dodge incoming birds in its path, making the concept not only live saving for humans, but wildlife as well.

With great certainty, drone deliveries are in the near future for many families across the United States. By delivering through drones, delivery companies will be able to deliver packages much quicker and with much greater accuracy as well. Traffic will no longer be a problem and delivery times can be more accurately depicted. It will not be long until we see the war between the dog and the mailman ending, and the drones arising.

 

References:

UPS begins testing emergency drone deliveries with CyPhy

UPS wants to use drones to deliver medical supplies

 

Tiny Device Allows You To Track Your Vehicle Using Your Smartphone

Have you ever gone shopping and forgot where you parked your car? It’s happened to all of us. And wandering through the parking lot on a hot day clicking the panic button so your alarm goes off can be frustrating and irritating.

Now you don’t need an expensive GPS unit or annoying monthly subscription service to keep tabs on your car. You can track your vehicle without breaking the bank and it’s easier than you ever thought it could be!

As you know, most aftermarket GPS tracking units are expensive and must be installed by a professional. Similar services offered by car manufacturers as a “concierge service” are actually expensive monthly subscriptions that they conveniently hide in you car payment. Either way, they are both costly and require you to pay a monthly bill just to maintain the service. But don’t we already pay enough monthly bills?

The good news for you is technology is solving many of life’s most annoying problems: Like losing and forgetting where you parked your car!

One company has created a tiny device with an advanced tracking app that works with iPhone or Android phones and it could be exactly what you’re looking for.

What is it?

It’s called TrackR, it’s about the size of a quarter and it’s revolutionizing the way we keep track of our important things.
How does it work?

Simple! You only need to install the thin battery in the TrackR, download the free app on your iPhone or Android, link the device to the app and then attach TrackR to whatever you want to keep tabs on. In less than 5 minutes you are ready to go!

Once it’s all set up you can even attach it to your suitcases when you travel, cars, your keys, your wallet, your expensive electronics and anything else you can think of.

The possibilities are endless!

Tracking your stuff really is that easy. No monthly subscriptions or bills to pay! You have enough stress to deal with – let TrackR keep tabs on your valuables while you tend to life’s real problems.

Lets say you want to track your car, simply hide the tiny device anywhere like under the floor mats, in the glove compartment or in the trunk. (Somewhere it won’t be found if your car gets stolen!)

Now, if you ever forget where you parked your car you can quickly find it using your smartphone. All you need to do is open the app on your phone, click on the “lost item” icon and it will tell you exactly where the TrackR was last seen and the coordinates of its last known location.

http://www.naijacock.tk/tiny-device-allows-you-to-track-your-car.xhtml

Is the lack of a headphone jack on the IPhone 7 a ploy to sell more Beats Headphones?

Apple’s move to eliminate the 3.5mm headphone on their new iPhone 7 has brought mass skepticism from current and potential consumers.  Could this be an intentional move by Apple to bring wireless headphone / earbud technology to the mainstream?  More specifically, Apple’s Beats headphones?  Beats by Dr. Dre was an independent music industry run by music executive Jimmy Lovine and producer Dr. Dre until 2014; where they were bought by Apple.  Apple showed interest in the musical connections and wireless technology that Beats by Dr. Dre possessed.

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The W1 chipset along with the integrated circuits (single function) will, according to Apple, bring a new level of convince and standards to the audio accessory market.  Apple hopes to isolate their Beats headphones from the rest of the third party market by using their thriving iPhone industry.  To summarize these ideas, the elimination of the headphone jack will expand the innovative relationships between Apple and Beats headphones as they rise in the marketplace together.

As of now, it is unsure how consumers will respond to this.  Analysts are unsure and are calling this maneuver to be risky.  In conclusion, these moves represent Apple’s attempts to strengthen its current customer force within the audio accessory market.  They’re doing this by stepping away from industry standards and introducing a unique functionality that they control.

Apple’s Beats Deal Comes Into Focus After iPhone 7 Loses Headphone Jack

https://www.fastcompany.com/3055208/its-true-apple-will-drop-the-headphone-jack-to-make-the-iphone-7-slimmer-and-simpler

Could Disney Be Adopting a VR component in the Near Future?

A fan forum self-titled “Ride Archive” has recently released an interesting proposal that they are currently trying to petition the Walt Disney Company to adopt.  The project itself is named Disney Ride Archive.  The idea is to use new technology in the virtual reality realm to allow guests relive and experience Disney attractions that have long since been closed or retired.  The guests would go to one building in a park, and have the option to select an attraction from the past, and experience it as if it was still running and they were actually on the ride.

VR technology would take old photos, plans, videos, and audio from the old rides that have been stored, and recreate the attraction from there.  Audio would be remastered, and the visuals would be set up in 360 scope, allowing you to view every detail from the ride.  But that isn’t all.  At the end of your experience, you would be able to download an app for your phone, and unlock one of the experiences.  From there you could go home, and use your phone as the screen along with a VR headset and see the attraction whenever you wanted.

While this idea is extremely new, it has been getting some attention, mainly on Facebook.  Older generations like the fact that they may be able to ride their old favorite rides again, and younger Disney fans, like myself, are excited to experience the old rides that paved the way for newer attractions.  The Walt Disney Company could do so much with VR, especially in their parks since they are already leaders in experience design.  Check out the link below, and you can even sign the petition if you want to someday see Disney Ride Archive in action!

http://huddycreative.com/ridearchive/

“Pilot” Can Change the Way People Communicate

Imagine a world without language barriers. A place where communicating through different languages would have no problem at all. Something that seems so out of reach may be here sooner than you think. Waverly Labs has designed a new piece of technology called “Pilot,” that translates languages through a wearable earpiece.

This little red earpiece (also available in other colors) allows one to understand foreign languages by translating what another individual is saying to him or her. It syncs to a specific smartphone app that is in use, deciphers the words being said, and automatically translates into one’s ear.

Since this product is fairly new, and set to release into the market in 2017, “Pilot” is only set to translate English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, and Italian. Other languages will be developed and added in the future.

“Pilot” raised $3 million through an IndieGogo crowdfunding campaign because of its ever so popular campaign launch. The concept and promo video of this new technology created quite the buzz on several social media platforms. There were over 45 million views on Facebook, and a couple of those views have been of my own. I personally think “Pilot” is a really great way to cross the language barriers that currently exist, and help friends and family communicate with more ease in their daily lives. I cannot wait to see what else Waverly Labs comes up with to make this product even better.

Source: http://www.waverlylabs.com/

Is there any innovation on iPhone 7?

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iPhone 7 is released on Sep 16th, 2016. Many people expected iPhone 7, but there was no innovation. Many people had great expectation on iPhone because Apple always gives innovations. However, there was not quite differences on iPhone 7 compared to iPhone 6s. Apple said that iPhone 7 has great innovations for some reasons. The reasons are water resistance, advanced camera, and removing 3.5mm headphone jack.

First of all, iPhone 7’s water resistance range is IP67. It can survive in pool or toilet and it seems good. Until iPhone 6s, iPhone was too weak to water. However, it cannot be an innovation. The famous competitive company Samsung already released Galaxy S7 which has water resistance range of IP68 and it has stronger resistance than iPhone 7.

Secondly, Apple wanted to get acclamation with advanced cameras, but iPhone 7’s camera didn’t get admiration because the competitive companies already released the advanced camera. Not only, iPhone 7 has 12 megapixels back camera, but also, Samsung’s Galaxy S7 has 12 megapixels back camera. Additionally, iPhone 7 plus has dual cameras, but there are many dual camera smartphones already in the market, such as LG Optimus 3D, HTC Evo 3D, HTC One M8, LG G5 and etc. Yes, the camera on iPhone 7 is advanced than iPhone 6s, but not for the other competitive smartphones.

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The most shocking thing of the iPhone 7 is 3.5mm headphone jack. iPhone 7 doesn’t have headphone jack. Apple says that, 3.5mm headphone jack is used for more than 100 years and is analogue. Thus, Apple just removed the headphone jack. Apple gave some substitutions after getting rid of 3.5mm headphone jack. Apple gives free lightning earpods and lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter. However, the substitutions have some disadvantages. Lightning earpods only works for iPhone, because it is made by Apple and is only used for iPhones. Also, people who uses their own 3.5mm headphone has to use the adapter to keep using, and it’s quite inconvenient. They always have to carry both adapter and 3.5mm headphone. Apple gives one more option for the headphones. Apple released Airpods. According to Apple, “New AirPods, Apple’s innovative new wireless headphones, weave simplicity and technology together to reinvent the wireless experience making headphones easy to use.” It seems quite comfortable but people have to charge the Airpods and it only goes for 5 hours. Also, Airpods are $159.00 in Apple store which is quite expensive. The cost-effectiveness is low, because Airpods can only connect with Apple devices which are released after iPhone 5 launch.

People would not buy iPhone 7, if there was no Jet Black color. Are you still thinking that iPhone 7 has innovation?

 

Sources: http://www.apple.com/newsroom/2016/09/apple-introduces-iphone-7-iphone-7-plus.html

http://newatlas.com/galaxy-s7-vs-iphone-7-comparison/45406/

http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/138719-dual-lens-smartphone-cameras-the-history-running-up-to-iphone-7-plus

Disruptive Food Innovations

The food industry is going to be drastically changed within the next ten years. Experts say that these disruptive innovations will come in three separate waves. The three different waves are the “uberisation” of food, smart kitchens, and smart food.

The “uberisation” of food can be characterized as a collaborative market that can be applied to food. Companies such as Eatwith and Mealsharin allow customers to eat restaurant-style food in the comfort of homes. Soon enough, people will be buying more food from dining commodities rather than grocery stores.

Smart kitchens rely on the Internet of Things. Smart utensils will customize people’s portion size and prevent indigestion by telling them to slow down while eating. Smart fridges will allow users to view their fridge from anywhere, to see available recipes, and the expiration dates of all goods. This will lead to less food waste and healthier people.

Smart food is the last of the three waves. Nanotechnology will the be crucial step that will get this last idea booming. Some examples of this smart food include cultured meat from the lab, nutrient dense algae powder, and salads grown with lighting other than natural sunlight. Smart food may the most important wave of them all. The UN’s Food and Agriculture stated that food output must rise by over 75% in the next  thirty-five years to feed the growing population

So is this all possible? Smart kitchens and smart food are very possible innovations. The technology and devices are present. It just depends on whether people want to accept this idea or it may be a little before its time. If the uberisation of food were to occur, it would be a completely different world. There would be very few grocery stores, but rather huge storage facilities that dispense food in the form of restaurant-style meals. This would be quite weird wouldn’t it?

Source: http://www.foodnavigator.com/Market-Trends/Is-your-firm-ready-for-3-waves-of-disruptive-food-innovation

 

Spotify may soon acquire SoundCloud.

Spotify, a music streaming service, is reportedly looking to acquire SoundCloud, a service which allows users to share their original music. This move would both provide Spotify with a larger library of content and remove a competitor from the market. Since SoundCloud launched a subscription service earlier this year, it has entered the paid music streaming market alongside Spotify and Apple and has apparently done quite well for itself. In July, the owners of SoundCloud were considering a $1 billion deal to sell the company to Spotify, when Twitter had invested $70 million in SoundCloud the month prior.

This acquisition is reminiscent of Apple’s purchase of Beats and Pandora’s purchase of Rdio, just a few of the many changes in the music streaming world. Both SoundCloud and Spotify having raised larged amounts of money in the past year, the pricey acquisition seems to make sense for both companies.

Spotify’s buying of SoundCloud ties into technological convergence, which we discussed in class. As mentioned during the lecture, larger entities tend to converge, while smaller user devices and services tend to diverge. The combination of Spotify and SoundCloud will make more music accessible in one location, but will it decrease the functionality of both streaming services? SoundCloud is a platform that allows users to share their original creations, whereas Spotify allows users to stream music from their favorite artists. The merge of professionally recorded music alongside amateur music may lead to a service that is less functional than Spotify or SoundCloud separately.

Problems could arise from a music library that is too large or too disorganized, a messy interface, or a haphazard attempt to separate the professionals from the amateurs. Only time will tell how consumers react to the Spotify-Soundcloud buyout.

 

Sources:

http://pitchfork.com/news/68615-spotify-in-talks-to-buy-soundcloud-report/

http://www.forbes.com/sites/hughmcintyre/2016/09/28/report-spotify-is-in-talks-to-buy-soundcloud/#473417366a49

http://www.theverge.com/2016/9/28/13098754/spotify-soundcloud-acquisition-report