Inside IoT - February 28th, 2020

Inside IoT (Feb 28th, 2020)

Customer suing Wyze after data breach / Remote ID for drones / Microsoft Soundscape

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1. A customer is suing Wyze Labs for negligence after last year's data breach that exposed the personal info of 2.4 million people. At the time of the data breach, Wyze said it was a result of human error — from an employee who still works at Wyze — and it happened while developing new ways to measure metrics. The type of data that was leaked includes user name, email address, API Tokens, user health information and lists of cameras in each home. — GEEKWIRE

2. DJI’s Go 4 app now points out any additional costs and restrictions that would come with the Federal Aviation Association Remote ID for drones policy. The rules proposed under Remote ID are restrictive and bring additional costs to drone operators. Now, when users open the Go 4 app, a pop-up message appears and alerts the user about the proposed rule and where they can learn more. The public is invited to send comments on the Remote ID policy through March 2. — DRONE DJ

3. #FollowFriday: I came across Ed Walters (@EJWalters) on Twitter when I was looking for commentary on the Tesla crash investigation from 2018. Walters is the CEO of FastCase and teaches about the laws of autonomous vehicles and robots at Georgetown University. FastCase is a legal research service that builds a comprehensive national law library that’s accessible online and easily searchable. Walters’ Twitter feed is mostly content on law covering driverless vehicles, robots and related research. He’s a good follow if you’re interested in the future of autonomous vehicles, as more legislation surrounding them is expected to come to light.

4. Microsoft announced that Microsoft Soundscape now works with Bose Frames, which can stream music, take calls and access virtual assistants. Soundscape is a research project that uses audio-based technology to enable those with blindness or low-vision by offering audio feedback and descriptions of surroundings. Sensors in the Bose Frames allow Soundscape to understand head movements and offer audio cues of nearby landmarks. Early testers of the combination have reported positive feedback. — MS POWER USER

5. Maryland-based company, Robotic Research, will start testing fully-autonomous, unmanned shuttles this spring. The testing will begin with no onboard attendants, but there will be attendants at nearby location  just in case. The shuttles will be able to drive up to 15 mph and eventually, Robotic Research would like to be able to control these shuttles remotely. — TECHNICAL.LY

6. The Sacramento Kings’ arena has implemented IoT devices into bars inside the suites and lofts. The system, called NINA, is made up of a tablet and IoT bottle caps. Users enter the drink they want on the tablet, and the associated caps for the alcohol needed in that drink light up and then measure the right pour. — GOV TECH

7. Sprint is collaborating with Swisscom and Telia Company to expand the Sprint Curiosity IoT platform to Europe. Curiosity IoT allows customers to activate their IoT solutions on local networks around Europe. This partnership will help improve the performance of associated IoT appliances. — AI THORITY

8. Best Buy unveiled the Lively Wearable2, a wearable device providing seniors with access to emergency services. The device connects to the Lively app, and detects falls and daily steps. The app can also connect with emergency response teams and will notify family members or caregivers when an emergency occurs. — BECKER'S HOSPITAL REVIEW

9. SkyBitz and the American Trucking Association (ATA) are partnering to educate on and advance IoT initiatives within fleet management. The partnership is hoping to provide an educational platform that will help deliver new ideas and solutions. SkyBitz helps providers with logistics and ATA has been a leading advocate for the trucking industry since 1933. — SDC EXECUTIVE

10. The bathroom is the final frontier of smart gadgets, said Scott Richardson, Webb & Brown-Neaves designer. Toilets, shower heads and mirrors are all getting smart upgrades to create a sanctuary for the user. Richardson said as gadgets become more affordable, smart bathrooms will complete the smart home experience. “Technology can range from high-tech toilets with heated seats and self-cleaning functions, to anti-fog mirrors with built-in backlighting and Bluetooth speakers,” Richardson said. “Other products include showerheads with digitally controlled temperature and pressure, as well as switch glass which can turn from clear to opaque in an instant.” — THE WEST AUSTRALIAN

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 Beth Duckett, staff writer at Inside.

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