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Inside IoT (Aug 23rd, 2019)

Hello all, 

After yesterday’s Throwback Thursday, I started an “Inspector Gadget” Twitter thread on @IoT_Inside if you’d like to participate. 

Also, what's your best recently purchased gadget? Hit reply to share some thoughts on what you think of it and I’ll feature it in the newsletter. You can always email me reviews or feedback to Thank you for reading!

– Holly

Now, for the news:

1. A new ThinQ app is coming in the next few months, giving LG users the ability to control Wi-Fi connected smart appliances by voice. This app will replace the SmartThinQ app, using Google Assistant for voice recognition and smart home integration. ThinQ users will be able to voice commands into their handset and, as long as it’s connected to the home network, it will control any LG smart appliances, including washers, dryers, fridges, ovens and dishwashers. The app will be introduced in Korea, followed by North America by the end of the year. — POCKET LINT

2. Food delivery service DoorDash has acquired Scotty Labs, a tele-operations company that is developing technology for autonomous vehicle remote controls. DoorDash already has a partnership with General Motors’ Cruise Automation, which focuses on driverless vehicle technology. DoorDash hasn’t commented on its intentions for acquiring Scotty Labs, but it also recently bought out the founders of Lvl 5, an autonomous vehicle startup. — AUTOMOTIVE IT

3. Follow Friday: Anne Hobson is the Program Manager at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Her Twitter feed is a combination of IoT, AR and cybersecurity, but she comes from a unique point-of-view with law and policy. She has written for the Wall Street Journal, Slate and The Hill. Last summer, she wrote “How IoT Devices can help Victims of Domestic Abuse” for The Bridge, a publication at George Mason University.

Recently, she published “The Resilience Approach to Cybersecurity Policy in the Internet of Things Ecosystem” for Utah State University. Hobson is the latest addition to the @IoT_Inside Top 100 IoT Handles list. Give the handle a follow and subscribe to the list if you’re on Twitter. As always, I’m accepting any suggestions for the list so I can make it an evolving resource for the Inside IoT community. 

4. Thailand’s Department of Marine and Coastal Resources is developing an IoT robot with AI to trap plastic bags before they reach the sea. The robot is programmed to collect plastic waste by trawling the river, guided by a mobile phone signal. It has the capacity to collect five kilograms of plastic, but there are plans to increase the capacity to 100 kilograms. The robot is powered by solar panels and communicates with humans via a mobile app, mostly so they can empty the plastic and take it to a storage facility. — BANGKOK TIMES

5. Google announced updates to the Lenovo Smart Clock that will put it more in line with the Google Hub Home. The automatic software update will allow users to have conversations without having to start with “Hey Google” and it will work with most Assistant-compatible cameras. — ENGADGET

6. In the last two years, Amazon has taken steps to get into the health care market, including several hires focused around wearable devices that would collect data and recommend medical treatment. Industry experts say the next step would be for Amazon to acquire a complementary business, such as FitBit or Garmin. — BORN 2 INVEST

7. Atmosic Technologies is focusing on low-power Bluetooth 5 wireless platforms to enable networks of IoT devices, and these applications may not even need batteries. Atmosic has been testing energy harvesting, which uses environmental sources that provides unlimited operational life for low-power equipment and eliminates the need to replace batteries. — E E TIMES

8. India-based IoT provider GND Solutions announced its integration with LoRa devices from Semtech Corporation, bringing smart refrigeration solutions for restaurant applications. These solutions provide humidity and temperature monitoring and help eliminate human error in food handling and storage, reducing restaurant operational costs by 40 percent. — RESTAURANT TECHNOLOGY NEWS

9. A recent report from Gartner outlines three technologies that will transform business in Africa over the next 10 years: smart cities, IoT and low-Earth orbit satellite systems. Gartner’s Research Vice President Jeffrey Mann said Africa has many resources to use basic technologies and can achieve interesting progress adapted to the continent. — BUSINESS GHANA

10. Gizmodo has put together a field guide on how to reset almost any gadget, so you might want to bookmark it just in case you need to troubleshoot. The guide includes instructions for resetting the Amazon Echo, Google Home, Sonos speakers, Apple TV and the Apple Watch, among others. — GIZMODO 

Holly A. Phillips has a passion for storytelling and uses her craft to promote brands around the world. She is a Blogging Instructor at the University of Texas at Austin and is always looking for a new adventure. Keep up with her on her blog or on Twitter at @orangejulius7.

Editing team: Kim Lyons (Pittsburgh-based journalist and managing editor at Inside), David Stegon (senior editor at Inside, whose reporting experience includes cryptocurrency and technology), and Bobby Cherry (senior editor at Inside, who’s always on social media).

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