Inside IoT - October 21st, 2019

Inside IoT (Oct 21st, 2019)

Hyundai self-learning car / Artificial skin / LIFX smart candle

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Hello all, 

One of today’s top stories is a new skin-like material that can feel touch, pressure and even detect location. While I can see benefits in the areas of safety testing and even trials for cosmetics and skincare products, researchers have paired it with smart devices to send text messages using certain gestures and levels of pressure.

Take a look at the news item below and share your thoughts with me at and I’ll feature responses in the newsletter this week. 

Onto the news: 

1. Hyundai debuted what they claim will be the world’s first autonomous driving technology that self-learns from a driver’s individual style. This comes shortly after the company announced Tuesday it was investing $35 billion into self-driving technology by 2025 and planned to release 23 kinds of electronic vehicles by the same year. This type of AI will allow the self-driving features to replicate the driving habits of a person and will be rolled out via cruise control in all new vehicles first, called Smart Cruise Control-Machine Learning. Sensors all around the car will be used to learn the driver’s style — including acceleration speed, adapting to road conditions and the distance kept between cars — but the technology is programmed to avoid unsafe driving patterns. — IOT TECH NEWS

2. Researchers have developed an artificial skin-like membrane called Skin-On that senses resolution and could be used on smart devices such as watches, tablets and phones. Just like human skin, it has several layers and can detect gestures and “feel” a user’s grasp, pressure, tickling, pinching and caressing. This kind of technology could be used for cosmetic and safety testing. Researchers also tested the technology using a phone case and the intensity of touch controlled the emoji — a strong grip may show anger while tickling displays a laughing emoji. The next step is to make the artificial skin more realistic, including embedded hair and temperature features that would create goosebumps. — USA TODAY

3. By the numbers: Research by GlobalData revealed the global IoT technology market is set to reach $318 billion in 2023 and the potential for security threats increases with market growth. GlobalData’s Cybersecurity Influencer Platform tracks more than 300 global cybersecurity experts and has revealed “smart homes” is the most vulnerable group of IoT technology based on its 1,500 mentions on Twitter in the first quarter of the year. 

Within these tracked Twitter conversations, mentions of smart TVs was the highest, followed by security cameras and kids’ toys. Other IoT technology mentions behind “smart homes” included: 

  • “smart cities” (1,200 mentions)
  • “wearables” (650 mentions)
  • ”gas station systems” (550 mentions) 
  • “smart grids” (300 mentions)

4. Lenovo is looking to enter three sectors of the IoT market: smart workplace, smart retail and smart transportation. Lenovo hopes to help companies use IoT for customer experience, including self-checkout, mobile payment, inventory management and facial recognition. Smart transportation would involve working with transport operators on solutions that would monitor drivers’ behavior in real-time. — FUTURE IOT TECH

5. Australian internet provider NBN Co has revealed the details of its virtual ISP and IoT services useful for cloud-based business applications, e-commerce services and voice communications. NBN Co is also preparing to launch a satellite-based Access Bandwidth Service as part of its portfolio of business-focused satellite services. The satellite-based IoT offering will have wholesale bandwidth, peak information rates and committed information rates that will be available in 2020. — COMPUTER WORLD

6. Equinix Asia Pacific's Eric Hui suggests enabling edge computing will provide better IoT connectivity for businesses. Hui, the director of IoT at Equinix Asia Pacific, made the comments at the recent Cloud Expo Asia. Edge computing allows for faster data processing, improved user experience and further geographic reach. Pairing IoT and edge computing could be the answer to managing and processing larger scales of data on an enterprise level. — CDO TRENDS

7. Talkpool is launching two new IoT indoor air quality products including a CO2, temperature and humidity sensor and a particles, temperature and humidity sensor. These sensors will be used in energy-efficient heating and cooling systems to ensure healthy indoor air quality in commercial buildings, schools and homes. Talkpool works with partners to increase its offerings in the areas of energy saving, damage prevention and improved indoor climate. — GOLDEN CASINO NEWS

8. A report from Germany’s Security Research Labs says there were two possible hacking scenarios for Amazon Alexa and Google Home. Researchers created apps posed to offer horoscopes or generate random numbers, but they could actually record and log conversations from users’ smart speakers. These apps have been removed, and Amazon and Google are reviewing processes to prevent similar apps from being available. — TECH TIMES

9. Writer Kate Kozuch reviewed the LIFX Candle Color Smart Bulb and said it is the best electric candle she’s ever seen. It has several color options, but users can also create a custom color combination on its accompanying application. It’s compatible with Apple Homekit, Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Cortana and SmartThings, and costs $45. — TOMS GUIDE

10. Garmin fans are already predicting what the Fenix 7 smartwatch will have in store, even though the Fenix 6 was released in August. The wishlist for the next-generation Felix includes more training and fitness metrics, new sensors and cellular capabilities, but nothing that would reduce battery life. The Felix 7 is expected to hit the market in mid-2021. — GADGETS AND WEARABLES

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.

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