Ring discusses the smart home, choosing IoT standards, and its mission to reduce crime

IoT News caught up with Ring at IFA Berlin to discuss the smart home, how it chooses what standards to use, and its mission to reduce crime.

A vast number of Ring customers likely picked up a video doorbell primarily for uses such as avoiding missed packages. The ability to be almost anywhere in the world and be able to speak to a delivery driver at your door still feels futuristic even several years later.

While a large number of people consider video doorbells a convenience, Ring wants to make clear...

By Ryan Daws, 06 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, IoT, Smart Homes, Standards.

Aurora: Individual state rules are problematic for autonomous vehicles

Charity Allen, head of regulatory at self-driving car startup Aurora, has posted a blog highlighting the current problem facing autonomous vehicles of individual state rules.

While some American states are yet to even formulate laws regarding self-driving cars, others have developed their own individual regulations. 29 states so far have passed autonomous vehicle laws to...

By Ryan Daws, 29 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

The BBC plans to launch its own virtual assistant next year

The BBC has announced plans to launch its own virtual assistant next year in a surprising move that will see it go head-to-head against established giants.

You’d be forgiven for double-checking it’s not April 1st today, but the British broadcaster’s plans are very much real. Although it’s a working title, the wake-word “Beeb” is currently being considered to activate the assistant.

The BBC believes having full control over its own assistant will allow it to experiment...

By Ryan Daws, 27 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, IoT.

Misty Robotics on the Misty II, AI, and the future of robots

IoT News caught up with Ian Bernstein, founder of Misty Robotics, during this year’s Twilio Signal in San Francisco to discuss the robotics industry and the upcoming Misty II robot.

Bernstein has been building robots since the age of 12 and continues his passion today. Many will know him from co-founding Sphero, but Misty could be about to become as iconic as the BB-8 Sphero that ended up on Christmas wishlists of all ages.

Misty Robotics was founded around the same time as work...

By Ryan Daws, 14 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, IoT.

Artificial intelligence and driverless cars: Does it lead to an ethical trade-off?

Opinion Who lives? Who dies? Who decides?

The ethics surrounding driverless cars and autonomous decision making are hotly debated subjects.

In a situation of certain fatality, should the driverless car hit A and B to save C, or swerve to hit C to save A and B? The moral conundrum is hopelessly difficult to resolve. The scenario echoes the renowned...

By Frank Ryan, 09 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, Development, IoT.

Cloudleaf raises $26 million in series B funding to improve supply chain operations

Cloudleaf, a California-based provider of digital supply chain software, has raised $26 million (£21.4m) in a series B funding round with the aim of market and customer base expansion.

The funding was led by Intel Capital and WRVI Capital, with participation from BluePointe Ventures, Bold Capital Partners, Mahindra Partners, and Tandem Capital.

Cloudleaf, which serves a range of...

By IoT News, 08 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Data & Analytics, Development, IoT.

Exploring emerging technology convergence and its wider impact – from IoT, to AI, to 5G and more

Opinion Technology buying, adoption and development have their own cycles; their own circadian rhythms which are difficult to modify, if you will. It is through looking at these theories as well as current emerging technologies that the latest pattern of convergence can be pegged and prophesised.

Moore’s Law may soon run out of steam, but it continues to shape the semiconductor industry lifecycle. Gartner’s regular hype cycles have outlined a long-running pattern of confidence with the arrival of a new...

By James Bourne, 07 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Data & Analytics, IoT, Standards.

Wayve joins Britain's most-funded driverless car startups

Cambridge-based firm Wayve is joining the ranks of Britain's most-funded driverless car startups.

Wayve was launched by Cambridge PhDs Amar Shah and Alex Kendall. The company's technology aims to enable driverless cars to navigate even on unknown roads.

The startup is now set to secure around $20 million in funding from investors which include Lastminute.com founder Brent Hoberman and Silicon Valley fund Eclipse.

Lior Susan, Founder of Eclipse, is leading the funding round according to Companies House...

By Ryan Daws, 05 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, IoT.

Smart Roads: The UK will use AI to determine the condition of roads

The UK is planning to harness AI to help determine the condition of roads and where investment should be prioritised.

British drivers are well-accustomed to poor road conditions, especially potholes and the long delays in getting them fixed (one ingenious man has even come up with an innovative way of getting the council to fix them faster...)

To be fair to councils, keeping all the roads in top condition is expensive. Factors like...

By Ryan Daws, 22 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Smart Cities.

Whoop whoop: Juggalo makeup blocks facial recognition

Juggalo makeup, worn by fans of hip hop duo Insane Clown Posse (ICP), has been found to be a particularly effective way of blocking facial recognition.

Ticketmaster and Live Nation invested in a military-grade facial recognition company last year. Concertgoers who are concerned about such technology may want to consider becoming a Juggalo/Juggalette.

Twitter user (@tahkion) describes himself as a ‘Prominent Security Juggalo’ and found the black-on-white facepaint tricks...

By Ryan Daws, 09 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Smart Cities.

How artificial intelligence is driving IoT growth across utilities, telecoms and more

There’s no doubt about it: artificial intelligence has become a buzzword in mainstream tech, with every industry talking about how they can leverage AI to do things like serve food, review video footage, drive cars, automate business processes and more. 

Investors are pouring money into AI-based SaaS and hardware startups, and large companies are investing in finding ways to implement AI to better improve on operational, supply...

By Mitchell Klein, 02 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Development, IoT.

Overperformers in digitisation see IoT and AI technologies as key, study argues

A new study has revealed that more than one in three (37%) medium-sized companies with above average returns see technologies as the Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI) as a key part of ongoing investment planning.

The study, the Finanzierungsmonitor 2019 from Creditshelf and TU Darnstadt, also revealed that only 18% of companies with an average or below-average return put these topics at the top their...

By IoT News, 25 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Development, IoT.

The future of factories in an IoT-driven world: Budget and data challenges and opportunities

The Internet of Things (IoT), as an acronym, can potentially have a double meaning. Naturally, while the term came to pass and be accepted to describe the process of connecting sensors in physical objects to wireless networks, the industry continues to get to grips with the coming together of information technology and operational technology. So not so much IoT - perhaps more IT/OT.

Nowhere is this IT and OT fusion more pronounced than in a factory setting. An engaging panel debate at

By James Bourne, 20 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Data & Analytics, Enterprise, IIoT, IoT.

Study: Business leaders want the EU to prioritise automation technologies

A study has found top business leaders want the EU to prioritise and support technologies relating to automation such as 5G and AI.

The survey (PDF) was carried out for the European Round Table (ERT) of Industrialists and features the views of CEOs from member companies such as Nestlé, Shell, Volvo, Siemens, and Heineken.

“We need the right policies to ensure our economies can take advantage of innovative technologies, our companies...

By Ryan Daws, 17 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Enterprise, IoT, Smart Cities.

Amazon plans drone-based deliveries ‘within months’

During this year’s Re:MARS conference in Las Vegas, Amazon said it will deliver packages to customers using drones “within months”.

The world’s largest retailer has been experimenting with drones for several years.

In December 2016, Amazon ran a successful trial in Cambridge using a drone to deliver a package within 13 minutes. In 2017, IoT News reported Amazon was adding 400 staff...

By Ryan Daws, 06 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, IoT, Smart Cities.

World Economic Forum launches global councils across IoT, blockchain, AI and more to ‘restore trust’ in tech

The World Economic Forum (WEF) has launched six Global Fourth Industrial Revolution Councils to help policymakers and businesses strike the right balance between enabling emerging technologies and effectively alleviating social risks in order to benefit the society.

The Councils - which will bring more than 200 leaders together from the public and private sectors, civil society and academia from across the world - will cover...

By IoT News, 04 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Data & Analytics, IoT, Standards.

India’s new government plans IoT and AI workforce reskilling

India’s new government plans workforce reskilling in areas like the IoT and AI to become a world leader in emerging technologies.

The government plans to expand its ‘Skill India’ initiative with dedicated policies which ensure the nation’s youth can grasp important new technologies.

“Reskilling and upskilling is big on the incoming government's agenda,” a senior government official

By Ryan Daws, 28 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Development, Enterprise, Healthcare, IIoT, IoT, Manufacturing, Smart Cities.

Consumer Reports: Tesla’s Autopilot isn’t safe at changing lanes

Consumer Reports has slammed Tesla’s Autopilot as being unsafe when changing lanes and behind the average capability of a human.

A recent Tesla update enabled certain models to automatically switch lanes, in what the manufacturer said is to make driving “more seamless”.

In testing, Consumer Reports found a range of dangerous problems. The feature had a tendency for cutting in without leaving enough space, and even breaking state laws in terms of passing other vehicles.

Jake Fisher, Senior...

By Ryan Daws, 23 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Amazon debuts first premium Alexa skills in the UK

Amazon has announced the first batch of premium Alexa skills launching in the UK aiming to offer users a higher quality experience.

Earlier this month, Amazon announced ‘in-skill’ purchases were coming to the UK. Much like in-app purchases, developers can offer feature unlocks for one-time payments or subscriptions to access premium content for a limited time.

The ability enables developers to monetise their Alexa skills while subsequently incentivising them to create great experiences....

By Ryan Daws, 17 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Development, IoT, Smart Homes.

Microsoft and SK Telecom join forces on AI, 5G, and cloud technologies

Microsoft and SK Telecom have signed an MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) to collaborate on AI, 5G, and cloud technologies.

Under the MoU, the companies will share knowledge to further each other’s ambitions in areas which make use of such technologies like the IoT.

Jason Zander, Executive Vice President of Azure at Microsoft, said:

“Through the strategic partnership with SK Telecom, we will play a key role in shaping the future and accelerating the digital transformation of...

By Ryan Daws, 13 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, IoT, Smart Cities.