October 26, 2017 | Written by: Jen Clark
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Welcome to the IoT weekly round-up. This week, LinkedIn’s smart reply function keeps the conversation flowing, a table-tennis-playing robot can teach humans to up their game, and The Weather Company teams up with TripAdvisor to make weather-based activity recommendations for travelers.
Forpheus is a table tennis playing robot
Omrom have unveiled their latest incarnation of Forpheus, the table tennis playing robot. The robot can serve, return shots and even read its opponents’ body language to detect when they are attempting a smash. The machine was developed in order to help human players improve their game.
BuddyGuard raises €3.4 million for AI security camera
Berlin-based startup, BuddyGuard, has raised €3.4 million in new funding to help market Flare, its home security camera. Unlike many other security cameras, Flare uses AI to recognize faces and monitor suspect sounds, so that it can alert home owners to the presence of possible intruders without them having to keep an eye on the screen. It won’t bug you with every little thing, either. Flare runs facial and audio recognition on the device, instead of the cloud, so that it can locally process footage to recognize potentially dangerous situations. In other words, it will only alert home owners when absolutely necessary.
The Weather Company collaborates with TripAdvisor on new app
The Weather Company (an IBM Business) announced a collaboration with TripAdvisor last week. The two companies worked together on The Weather Channel Made for Samsung App, which analyzes calendar events, forecasts and TripAdvisor attractions to give users recommendations within a 25-mile radius. In fair weather, the app might suggest outdoor activities such as a walking tour or boat trip, while downpours prompt suggestions for indoor sight-seeing.
LinkedIn introduces smart responses in messaging
LinkedIn is unveiling a smart reply feature in its messaging app, prompting users with suggested responses as they chat. While it is currently available only in English, LinkedIn plans to introduce further languages in due course. The tool uses machine learning and natural language processing to help it understand the tone and gist of a conversation, and suggest appropriate responses.
Nissan’s IMx electric concept car would do the driving for you
Nissan’s IMx latest electric concept car focuses on self-driving technologies and on getting to know its users so that it can cater to their individual preferences. Among the many smart features on board are Nissan’s self-driving ProPILOT system (complete with retractable steering wheel, brake and gas pedal), which takes over driving duties and leaves the human driver more space to stretch out. The interface uses AI and cameras around the car to interpret commands and anticipate user needs. At present, it’s just a concept, but an interesting one at that.
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