IoT weekly round-up: 15th September, 2016
Welcome to IBM’s weekly IoT round-up. All the latest news on the Internet of Things from around the connected world.
IoT and the world of sport
Two game-changing devices launched in time for the Paralympics, which began last week: Blind Cap, which alerts blind swimmers via a vibration when it is time to make their turn underwater, and eAscot, an app designed by IBM in consultation with blind ultra-marathon runner Simon Wheatcroft.
IoT and medicine
IBM and Medtronic partnered on a predictive diabetes management solution to help people with diabetes take action before the onset of hypoglycaemia.
Pokémon Go’s Buddy Pokémon
Pokémon Go’s latest app update for iOS and Android lets you play Pokémon with a buddy – a Pokémon character selected from your collection of captured critters who will then appear in the training screen next to your avatar. The buddy can earn you candy by walking a certain distance with you.
Uber introduces self-driving car pickups
Beginning this week, Uber will present the option to ride in a self-driving car to a select group of its users in Pittsburgh. Uber will use its fleet of radar and sensor-equipped Ford Fusions to learn how self-driving cars work in the real world, and how they react to passengers.
Martini’s smart cubes: no more waiting at the bar
Martini is trialling an ice cube-shaped device, which alerts bar staff to top up your glass when it senses a lack of liquid. The ice cube is 3D printed and uses NASA’s Aerogel technology to keep cool and stay buoyant. Cheers to that!
Amazon Echo launches in UK and Germany
Amazon is releasing its voice-controlled speaker outside the U.S. for the first time. The machine can control other connected devices, answer questions and link third parties. For the UK, that includes Spotify, BBC News and Uber, while the German version lets you interact with Deutsche Telekom and MyTaxi among others.