Posted By Simon Montford on Feb 12, 2016
As a media partner, WEB3//IOT was invited to cover the IoT Tech Expo, which took place in London on the 10-11 February. The event covered many different industry sectors including manufacturing, transport, health, logistics, government, energy and automotive. Exhibitors from across Europe showcased cutting-edge technologies, and over 200 speakers shared industry knowledge and insights. As I wandered through the expo area, I came across an exhibitor called ThingWorx, that provides an apps platform that makes it easy for developers to build, deploy and evolve applications for the IoT.
Posted By Simon Montford on Feb 10, 2016
Have you ever been dissed by a robot? Until today, I hadn't either. It's a weird feeling, being rejected by an inanimate object that doesn't even know you exist, but yet you can't help feeling dejected. I almost wanted to tap it on the shoulder and give it a piece of my mind and say "didn't your parents teach you any manners?", but what would that have achieved? It isn't human, so has no parents. Instead, I just had to take it on the chin, leave my dignity where I stood, and walk away. Pepper is cute, but boy can it act like a little brat!
Posted By Simon Montford on Feb 9, 2016
As everyone in the free world knows, it was Super Bowl 50 on Sunday, and due to the 8hr time difference between London and San Francisco, live coverage of the game didn't commence till 11pm. This meant that an early night was out of the question; not a great start to my busy working week. In fact, I didn't hit the sack (no pun intended), until 5am so when my alarm went off at the usual time, I felt more than a little bleary-eyed.
Posted By Simon Montford on Feb 1, 2016
As a species we are becoming more and more connected. Today fitness trackers are pretty basic, but tomorrow they will become embedded precision instruments capable of monitoring our health 24/7. Our cars will be self-driving, our homes will be operated by powerful artificial intelligence, and one leading academic recently predicted that robots will be able to read our minds by 2030 - welcome to the future!
Posted By Simon Montford on Jan 4, 2016
Expect to see some very exciting technologies come our way in 2016. There is no doubt that the pace of innovation will continue to accelerate, resulting in a glut of new consumer devices that, only a few years ago, were products of our imagination and props in science fiction movies. For example Tony Stark's A.I. assistant, J.A.R.V.I.S. (Just A Rather Very Intelligent System), featured in the Iron Man series of movies, looks like it will become a reality this year.
Posted By Simon Montford on Oct 23 2015
Earlier this week I attended the Commercial UAV Show, which was a two day event that took place on 20-21st October 2015 at ExCeL, London. I decided against getting a conference pass (you can check out the agenda here), because what I really enjoy about events is the opportunity to network. By meeting the exhibitors, and chatting with attendees I was able to gain a huge amount of industry knowledge within a very short time.
Posted By Simon Montford on Oct 21, 2015
October 21st 2015 was, I mean is, the day that Marty McFly (Michael J Fox) and Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) traveled to, from what was then, the year 1989. They predicted hoverboards (then | now) and Google Glass (then | now), but nowhere in the movie were self-driving DeLoreans ever mentioned. Well a group of Stanford University grads have "hacked" one of Britain's most iconic sports cars and made it drive like a total lunatic! The driverless DeLoren is even capable of drifting like a champ!
Posted By Simon Montford on April 27, 2015
I came across this solar-powered car that is entirely made from 3D-printed parts! It was created by a group of Singapore's Nanyang Technological University undergrads in February. It has around 150 3D-printed parts, and it took 4 months to assemble. It has a top speed of 40 km/h (25 m/h), so I'd imagine it's intended exclusively for urban use.
Posted By Simon Montford on Feb 10, 2015
A US-based startup called NoFlyZone wants to control the airspace above your home in order to prevent drones from flying over peoples' private property. They coordinate with drone OEMs to automatically prevent them from flying where they're not wanted. The company enables anyone to register (US only) via their website, but there is no guarantee that OEMs will honor their requests. Although a few companies have agreed to comply it's early days, so it will probably take time before major players such as DJI will jump on board.
Posted By Simon Montford on Feb 5, 2015
The battle of the smart home is starting to really heat up. Every week a fresh batch of products grab our attention, but how will we choose to control all these new and exciting devices? Will we use something like Reemo or Nod that utilizes gesture control, or will we communicate with an A.I. assistant like Cubic, EmoSpark, Ubi, RobotBase or Jibo using voice command? Will there end up being one device to rule them all, or will we use several methods?
Posted By Simon Montford on Feb 2, 2015
Robotbase, located in New York, is a startup that has developed a robotic personal assistant for the home and office. With only 68 hours to go, the company has smashed its funding target on Kickstarter. The personal robotic device uses advanced facial recognition software to not only identify humans but also read their moods. In addition to doing things like setting alarms and scheduling appointments, it can also control connected devices around the home or office via wifi, Z-Wave, Zigbee, Bluetooth LE.
Posted By Simon Montford on Jan 14, 2015
It is estimated that by the year 2020, up to 100 billion devices will be connected to the web. In technological terms, five years is a blink of an eye, so OEMs need to adapt now or die later. Samsung's CEO, Boo Keun Yoon, recently appealed for more openness within the industry as he wants gadgets and appliances from different manufacturers to easily share data so that conflicting silos won't hamper adoption. He also said that within five years, all Samsung hardware will be IOT enabled. In my mind calling for openness is a euphemism for "if we don't gang up against Google & Apple, we're screwed".
Posted By Simon Montford on Jan 12, 2015
Last year I wrote a guest blog for TechDrive about how I believe the auto industry will be transformed by artificial intelligence. As an addendum, I'd like to briefly explore how smart cars of the future may one day be controlled by us humans. Firstly, I have a hunch that within the next few years almost every major OEM will be selling us an autonomous vehicle, which means in-car systems will be used primary for two purposes - entertainment and productivity.
Posted By Simon Montford on Dec 12, 2014
Cubic has been developed by a team of Russian developers. It understands natural language so humans can control devices, apps, and services by simply speaking to it. The Cubic look very similar to the EmoSpark, which is already on the market and can be purchase for £195 ($315).
Posted By Simon Montford on Nov 25, 2014
"The Cube" by London-based Emoshape has created an Artificially Intelligent (AI) 'emotionally aware' home console called Emospark that appears to 'read' human emotion in order to make the human operator feel better. Did anyone see that rather depressing movie 'Her' (check out the movie trailer on Youtube)?
Posted By Simon Montford on Nov 20, 2014
The Maid smart oven has a touch screen and comes with an inbuilt chef. The "Maid Assist" contains thousands of pre-programmed recipes, however owners can upload their own if they wish. The virtual sous chef uses voice commands to guide you through each step of the preparation process, including cooking time and temperature.
Posted By Simon Montford on Oct 21, 2014
The article was a guest post for TechDrive
It is tempting to hurl insults at your car when it does something to annoy you, like breakdown when you’re late for a meeting, but one day your car may have the intelligence to respond! This is not a scene from the movie “Herbie Goes Bananas”, it’s the future of personal transportation.
Posted By Hermione Way on Sept 19, 2014
Wearables are in vogue right now, but in reality the era of ‘wearables’ is just a stepping stone for a bigger trend of what the technology industry calls ‘The Singularity,’ the meeting point at where computers and humans converge.
The trend of consumer technology over the past 60 years has become smaller and more powerful over time. The end result of this should be that technology is seamlessly integrated into our everyday lives via our bodies. For example, Google Glass should not be extra hardware that you have to wear on your head, but rather their technology should be either integrated via contact lenses or accessible via a chip implanted in our brains. At first you might think this is extreme, but the problem with Google Glass is while the augmented reality experience is supposed to be seamless, the hardware gets in the way.
Posted By Simon Montford on Sept 17, 2014
Posted By Simon Montford on Sept 17, 2014
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