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IoT weekly round-up: 11th January 2018

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Happy New Year! Welcome to this year’s first instalment of the IoT weekly round-up. It’s January, so naturally our crew are scoping out the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2018) for the juiciest new developments in connected gadgetry goodness. Read on for some of the highlights so far.

Highlights from CES 2018

Automotive is the name of the game at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. We’ve seen a B2V (brain-to-vehicle) demo from Nissan that anticipates driver actions before they occur, AR in the car and new AI platforms from Nvidia, and a step in the right direction for accessible mobility with Olli, our very own self-driving shuttle bus. There have been other surprises too – including a significant presence from Google (boothed for the first time) and, in a moment of droll irony, a power cut that plunged attendees into darkness. IBM-ers Laura Langendorf and Kal Gyimesi are on the scene, so keep an eye on the blog for their coverage of #CES2018.

LifeDoor automatically closes doors in case of fire

There’s a new player on the safety gadget front, and it’s beloved of firefighters the world over. It’s called LifeDoor, and works by automatically closing your home’s doors in case of fire to prevent the spread of smoke and flames. The idea is to prevent deaths from smoke inhalation and toxic gases that could have been avoided by containment. It’s child-friendly – the doors aren’t so much slammed shut as gently closed, and can easily be pushed open again if need be. There’s planned smart home integration on the horizon, which will mean the device can sense whether or not someone is inside a room. Pre-orders will be available soon, with shipping expected for Autumn 2018.

Under Armour releases new connected shoes

Sports wearables manufacturer Under Amour has released two new pairs of connected running shoes: Hovr Phantom and Hovr Sonic. Both boast embedded Bluetooth module, accelerometer and gyroscope in their foam soles, which are triggered by movement. They sync with a connected handset to display metrics on distance travelled, stride length and running cadence. If you want a pair, they retail at $140 (Hovr Phantom) and $110 (Hovr Sonic.)

The AAA and Torc Robotics talk safety for self-driving cars

The American Automobile Association is working with Torc Robotics to establish a set of safety criteria for self-driving vehicles. As a starting point for this work, it will be testing Torc’s self-driving vehicles on public streets. The tests represent one part of a larger testing programme, involving a partnership with GoMentum Stadium, a testing facility for autonomous vehicles in California.

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