Inside IoT - February 26th, 2020

Inside IoT (Feb 26th, 2020)

Smart contact lenses / Golden Gate drones / HeartGuide wearable

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1. A team of researchers from the Microelectronic Lab at the University of Glasgow is looking into non-invasive ways to monitor brain activity and other vital signs, including electronic contact lenses. Currently, electronic contacts can detect and diagnose various diseases, such as diabetes and glaucoma. The research team is working through challenges with powering the lens and transferring data, so they’ve created a spiral-shaped antenna that fits inside. The team is using a 3D-printed eye to test for shape and sizing. — ADVANCED SCIENCE NEWS

2. There have been six drone crashes on the Golden Gate Bridge since 2014, and it’s pure luck no one has been injured, says Denis Mulligan, CEO of the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District. There are signs warning people not to fly drones around the bridge, but there are at least 20 reports of them each year. Officers attempt to track down anyone who posts photos and videos online of the bridge taken via drone, and they can be prosecuted for illegal drone activity. The officers are hoping for drone regulation from the Federal Aviation Association — whether by geofence or the proposed drone ID system — to protect everyone’s safety. — SF LIST

3. By the Numbers: Only 17 percent of traffic from IoT devices on corporate networks use SSL for added security, according to a report from Zscaler. All of the devices transmitted information using a mix of SSL and plaintext, never exclusively one or the other, which is risky. Zscaler provides cloud security, and the report revealed that many corporate employees are starting to connect personal devices to a company network. This trend has increased malware threats from 2,000 per month to 14,000 per month, in less than one year. — ZSCALER

4. A wrist-worn wearable device called The HeartGuide tracks a user’s blood pressure, pulse, steps and sleep patterns. The watch-like device inflates to record blood pressure and connects to an accompanying app called HeartAdvisor. The goal is to eliminate heart attacks and strokes, which is why the app data is displayed in a way that users can show their physicians. The HeartGuide is $500, and for another $160, users can get an at-home EKG monitor that pairs with the wearable and the app for a complete picture of heart health. — NEWS4JAX

5. Manna — a Dublin-based drone business — announced it would be launching a pilot program with Cubic Telecom to deliver food via drone. The program will be offered on the University College Dublin campus and will bring takeout orders within three minutes. The pilot program is using the food delivery platform called Just Eat, and delivery will begin next month. — SILICON REPUBLIC

6. The driver of a Tesla SUV who died in a crash in March 2018 was playing a video game on his phone, the National Transportation Safety Board reported. The accident involved a Tesla Model X SUV, which swerved and hit a concrete barrier on the freeway. The Tesla only has partial automation, and the driver didn’t interfere to correct the vehicle when it swerved. — MARKET WATCH

7. Research from IDC predicts wearable manufacturers will ship 30 percent more gadgets this year as a result of the coronavirus. Analysts say smartwatches and fitness bands will be popular purchases, but they also think the virus will spur new wearables with disinfectant features. At-home smart fitness equipment has already seen an increase in sales in China, where many people are under quarantine. — ABACUS NEWS

8. Taiwan had a goal of increasing its share of global IoT output value from 3.8 percent to 4.2 percent this year, but the coronavirus is standing in the way. The Taiwan government set aside a budget of $205 million to support IoT projects, but development and production have slowed because of the virus. The industry is focusing on IoT apps in nine areas: Transportation, logistics, manufacturing, energy efficiency, environmental monitoring, business, home, agriculture, healthcare, and security. — DIGITIMES 

9. Drone pilot and founder of Drone Gear, Alex Kavanaugh, used a drone to deliver an engagement ring during his proposal. After his now-fiancée Lesley Murphy said yes, four additional drones joined in. Murphy is a travel blogger who met Kavanaugh when her drone needed repair. — DRONE DJ

10. Smart home devices were created to make our lives easier in many ways, however some gadgets — such as a smart coffee pot — were made for efficient mornings. The WaterHawk Eco-Friendly Smart Showerhead displays the water temperature so you can always have the perfect shower. The Oral-B Pro 5000 toothbrush sends data to an accompanying app to ensure brushing consistency. — INVERSE

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.

This newsletter was edited by Sheena Vasani, staff writer at Inside.

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