IoT weekly round-up: Thursday 16th March 2017

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This week, a new book explores eerily human-looking robots, Tag Heuer bring out the big guns with their $1,600 smartwatch and Nvidia partners with Bosch on an AI supercomputer for autonomous driving.

Tag Heuer announces $1,600 smartwatch with Android Wear

Following the success of its $1,500 connected smartwatch, Tag Heuer is back with an (even) pricier option: the Connected Modular 45, retailing at $1,650. The Swiss company has teamed up with Google and Intel to bring the new creation to market. Those willing to pay for it will enjoy super customization – choosing from over 500 combinations of colours, accessories and modules.

New book explores the human side of bots

Doctor and photographer Max Aguilera-Hellweg has released a new book of portraits of humanoids and androids. Humanoid, published by Blast Books, explores the point at which robots become less machine-like and more human. The depicted bots range from CB2, an infant robot built at Osaka University in Japan to understand how robots learn, to Joey Chaos, an android rockstar complete with opinions on economics, politics, and the meaning of being a punk.

Smart products IoT platform Evrythng, scores $24.8M Series B funding

Evrythng has closed $24.8 million Series B funding in a round led by San Francisco-based Sway Ventures, who joined existing backers Cisco Investments, Samsung, BHLP, Atomico, Dawn Capital and Advance Vixeid Partners. The smart products platform gives a ‘digital identity’ to any physical object – effectively turning ordinary objects into connected things.

Livongo Health raises $52.5M for smart diabetes management

Startup Livongo Health offers a bloody glucose monitor accompanied by a service that is designed to help its users manage diabetes. The connected blood sugar monitor takes your bloody sugar readings and sends that information to Livongo Health’s monitoring services, where intervening action (like taking some exercise) can be recommended if the reading is away from the norm. If it’s far out of whack, a specialist will call with more specific recommendations and talk you through what to do next. To achieve this vision, Livongo Health has raised $52.5M in a round led by General Catalyst and Kinnevik.

Nvidia has a new partner for self-driving AI – and it’s Bosch

Bosch is Nvidia’s new partner in bringing AI-powered self-driving to a mass market. Bosch will build a supercomputer to work in vehicles using Nvidia tech. Bosch joins Nvidia’s other partners Audi and Mercedes-Benz and brings to the table sales operations and relationships with impressive scale and reach.

Payments company WePay accepts Apple Pay and Android Pay on the web

WePay announced this week that it will expand acceptance of Apple Pay and Android Pay to the web to help businesses take online payments. The news will help both Google and Apple drive higher usage of their services for e-commerce transactions. Apple Pay transactions are already growing fast – by 500% in the last year, according to Apple CEO Tim Cook.

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