Healthcare by drone, wearable personal trainers & disaster zone aids - Recommended Reads (week ending 28th Sept)

The tech world is rapidly evolving and it’s hard to keep up! To help you get up to date we’ve rounded up the best tech articles from this past week that you should be reading.

Fingertip sensor gives robot unprecedented dexterity

"Although there are several ways of measuring human tactile acuity, one is to determine how far apart two small bumps need to be before a subject can distinguish them just by touching; the answer is usually about a millimeter. By that measure, even the lower-resolution, robot-mounted version of the GelSight sensor is about 100 times more sensitive than a human finger."

Wearing the cure: Five diseases wearables are tackling

"A survey of the field suggests that new wearables currently show promise for addressing Alzheimer’s and dementia, diabetes, neuropathic pain, depression and macular degeneration."

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RE.WORK Technology Summit London 2014

Check out the summary for last week’s RE.WORK Technology Summit in London. We heard fascinating presentations on a wide range of emerging technologies including applications for swarm robotics in healthcare, ultrasonic haptic feedback, 3D printing educational projects, the future of virtual assistants, computational molecular design and much much more.

Office buildings are key to workers’ health, wellbeing and productivity

For architects and designers, the idea that buildings influence the health, wellbeing and productivity of their occupants is not new. But this type of thinking is still not influencing most design, financing and leasing decisions – beyond perhaps the odd high profile Silicon Valley tech company.

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Radio Waves Offer Cheap Gesture Detection on Smartphones

"The researchers say this kind of gesture recognition could be added to smartphones using antennas already within the phone or by printing additional antennas on a phone’s circuit board."

Delivering Health Care By Drone

"Could the use of technologies that distance health care providers from the first-hand experience of the suffering of those they care for (such as telemedicine platforms and other forms of “virtual visits” or self-care tools) lead to a collective “stumbling over lines” with unfortunate consequences? On one side of these lines is empathy and understanding of the nature of suffering, and on the other, a loss of that perspective."

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How technology is changing disaster relief

"The solution was to develop a technology that allows mobile phones to communicate directly with each other even where there is no network coverage, or when mobile masts have been knocked out of action - a system known as "mesh networking" … It is just one example of the dozens of technologies developed in the wake of Haiti to help relief efforts in disaster zones."

Wearables: The New Personal Trainer?

"We’re aiming beyond the basic action-reaction automations seen in proximity sensors and automatic doors. I believe the future of IoT tech is driven by predictive and effortless solutions that begin to simplify complex tasks and provide deeper insight."

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A Promising Step Toward Round-the-Clock Solar Power

The solar water splitter stores 12.3 percent of the energy in sunlight in the form of hydrogen. That might seem like a small amount, but consider that most solar cells convert only 16 percent of the energy in sunlight into electricity, without the added step of turning that energy into easy-to-store hydrogen.”

Signaling Post-Snowden Era, New iPhone Locks Out N.S.A.

"The policy described the encryption method used in iOS 8 as so deep that Apple could no longer comply with government warrants asking for customer information to be extracted from devices. “Unlike our competitors, Apple cannot bypass your passcode, and therefore cannot access this data,” the company said."

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The Future of Healthcare: Cancer Killing Robotic Swarms are just the Beginning

"Sabine Hauert designs swarms of nanobots for biomedical applications. Her research uses machine learning and crowdsourcing to create nanobot swarms for cancer applications such as the detection and treatment of tumours."

Crystal skin patch monitors cardiac health

"Beyond cardiovascular problems, the patch could also be used to take skin hydration levels, the team suggests, taking its applications into the commercial, cosmetic sector."

 

Check out our Linkedin showcase pages for more interesting links and articles:

Internet of Things 

Edtech 

Robotics 

Deep Learning 

Technology 

Cities

Health

Wearables: The New Personal Trainer?

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Peter Li is CEO and Co-Founder of Atlas Wearables, best known for their fitness tracker that replicates the experience of having a personal trainer. Peter’s background and focus revolve around data analytics and machine learning techniques that vastly improve user experience for wearable technologies.

We caught up with Peter ahead of the Internet of Things Summit San Francisco to hear his thoughts on the wearables and Internet of Things (IoT) industries.

What is the greatest opportunity in your industry to positively impact business and society? 

One of the most interesting opportunities to me in this industry is the potential of technology to simplify and automate impact and business and society. We’re aiming beyond the basic action-reaction automations seen in proximity sensors and automatic doors. I believe the future of IoT tech is driven by predictive and effortless solutions that begin to simplify complex tasks and provide deeper insight.

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What challenges does integrating IoT entail? 

I think privacy plays a big role here. I don’t think integration on its own spawns challenges but in the interest of protecting user data, integration between services creates risk. The challenge lies in maintaining security. 

 How can we encourage a more bottom-up approach to IoT applications and innovation?

I believe Indiegogo, Kickstarter, and the crowdfunding startups are creating very good opportunities for a bottom-up approach. Many companies are developing great platforms that enable DIYers to get their hands dirty! I think the next step involves an extension of software libraries on these hardware kits. The Apple Watch will likely enable many DIYers/Devs/App devs

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What are the key factors to plan for post-implementation of IoT - both the opportunities and challenges this entails?

In short, this new level of data creates a lot of opportunities for innovators to dig through and create new types of analytics. As with any new data stream there are similar challenges in privacy and security.

Peter Li will be speaking at RE.WORK Internet of Things Summit in San Francisco on 6-7 November. For more info & to register visit re-work.co/internet-of-things

Join the conversation on Twitter with @atlaswearables & @teamrework by using #IoT2014

The Future of Healthcare: Cancer Killing Robotic Swarms are just the Beginning

The RE.WORK Health Summit is to be held in Dublin, Ireland, and will bring together global experts to showcase the opportunities of accelerating technologies and their impact on health and medicine.

RE.WORK Health Summit will be held in Dublin on 12-13 February 2015, and will provide a unique opportunity to interact with leading scientists, entrepreneurs, physicians & exciting startups in the very same place. Meet fellow innovators with the same passion to change the world.

Discover cutting-edge technologies on the horizon from the world’s leading innovators & scientists. Learn from the experts in personalised medicine, medtech, biotech, neuromedicine, regenerative medicine and big data. Discover the future of health & medicine.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Personalised Medicine
  • Robotics
  • Diagnostics
  • Big Data
  • Synthetic Biology
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • 3D-Printing
  • Neuromedicine
  • Quantified Self

Following his appearance at the last RE.WORK summit, Aubrey de Grey featured in many national newspapers, such as The Times, The Independent and The Guardian, for his presentation sharing current and future developments in regenerative medicine, including the possibility of halting the menopause within the next 20 years. We also heard about world-changing technologies from Elaine Warburton of QuantuMDx, who have developed a device for rapid response and monitoring of outbreak areas to prevent spreading of diseases.

At the RE.WORK Health Summit, you can expect even more ground-breaking technologies with the potential to positively disrupt the future of healthcare and medicine. The initial speaker line-up includes:

 

  • Sabine Hauert, Lecturer in Swarm Robotics, University of Bristol, designs swarms of nanobots for biomedical applications. Her research uses machine learning and crowdsourcing to create nanobot swarms for cancer applications such as the detection and treatment of tumours.
  • Juan Moreno, Coordinator, Bioengineering Group, is part of the BioMot project which develops exoskeletons for humans to aid walking in unconstrained daily-life environments. The work in BioMot is founded on the idea that new interactive technologies, if based on a unified theoretical framework would enable positive co-adaptation of humans and wearable robots.
  • Vanessa Diaz, Senior Lecturer in Bioengineering, University College London, is an expert in computational biomedicine. The main focus of her scientific work is in the development and use of multi-scale computational tools and models in digital healthcare, especially in the cardiovascular field.
  • Stephen Dunne, Director, Neuroscience Research at Starlab, is currently leading the Neuroscience team at Starlab that also created Neuroelectrics, one of the world’s leading wireless, neuro-monitoring and neuro-modulation technology companies. Stephen and the team are now developing a new line of neuroscience data services focused on human experience, human performance and disease biomarkers.
  • Mario Ettore Giardini, Lecturer in Digital Health, University of Strathclyde, will present Peek, a toolkit that harnesses the capabilities of smartphones for testing eyes in any situation, which enables eye examinations in even the remotest of settings, simplifying management and monitoring of treatment anywhere in the world.

 

SUPER EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT ENDS THIS FRIDAY 26 SEPTEMBER – Book before the end of this week to save €350!

Super Early Bird passes are available until 26 September. For further information and to register, go to: re-work.co/health

Tickets for Startups, Students and Academics are available at reduced rates. 

Want to send a team from your company? We can offer you discounted rates - 20% off for 3+ and 30% off for 5+.  Email hello@re-work.co for group bookings or any other enquiries.

Visit the official event page here: re-work.co/health

What does the future hold for our cities?
Discover the latest breakthroughs in technology that are going to disrupt and inspire change for the cities of the future.
Early Bird passes end on 10 October! Book now: re-work.co/cities

What does the future hold for our cities?

Discover the latest breakthroughs in technology that are going to disrupt and inspire change for the cities of the future.

Early Bird passes end on 10 October! Book now: re-work.co/cities

RE.WORK Technology Summit London 2014

The RE.WORK Technology Summit held in London at LSO St Luke’s on 18-19 September 2014 was a two-day summit to discover emerging technologies shaping the future of business & society.

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We heard fascinating presentations on a wide range of emerging technologies including applications for swarm robotics in healthcare, ultrasonic haptic feedback, 3D printing educational projects, the future of virtual assistants, computational molecular design and much much more.

Attendees came from various sectors and expertise including startups applying new technology, technologists and scientists, investors, entrepreneurs and industry leaders. 

Attendee feedback has included:

"Over the years I have been to many trade shows, exhibitions and seminars specifically aimed at individuals within the Media and Entertainment industry. I can honestly say, that I have never been to series of presentations which have been so mind expanding and inspiring as the RE.WORK event." - Ben Dair, MD, Dair Design & Consulting Ltd.

"RE.WORK provided a unique mix of technology, from the exploration of latest scientific findings to startups that can make them a reality", Aymard de Touzalin, Deputy Head, Future & Emerging Technologies Unit, European Commission. 

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Following his appearance at the RE.WORK Technology Summit London, Aubrey de Grey has featured in many national newspapers, such as The Times, The Independent and The Guardian, for his presentation sharing current and future developments in regenerative medicine, including the possibility of halting the menopause within the next 20 years.

We also heard about world-changing technologies from Elaine Warburton of QuantuMDx, who have developed a device for rapid response and monitoring of outbreak areas to prevent spreading of diseases. 

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Amy Puliafito, Misfit Wearables, joined Jemima Kiss, Head of Technology at The Guardian, on stage to discuss Misfit’s latest release of  ’Flash’, and to share their vision for the future of wearables. There were also revelations from Chris Brauer, who released the exciting results of Project Virtual Assistant, and what it could mean for the future of artificial intelligence.

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During our session on the applications of robotics, Sabine Hauert, who will also be joining us in Dublin for RE.WORK Health Summit on 12-13 February 2015, presented the ways in which swarms of nanobots can be used to identify and treat cancerous tumours.

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If you couldn’t join us this time, you can view the Storify sumary of the event to see what you missed: https://storify.com/teamrework/re-work-technology-summit-london-2014

You can also check out the press from the event so far:

The Times - ‘Science Close to Ending the Menopause’

The Independent - ’Pioneering scientist claims menopause could be eliminated in 20 years’

Tech City Insider - ‘Swarm Intelligence’ (Podcast)

Factor Magazine - ‘Tactile Touchless Feedback Will Let You Reach Out and Feel Virtual Worlds’

Factor Magazine - ‘Lifelong Virtual Assistants Will Know Your Most Intimate Secrets’

Factor Magazine - ‘Wearables in the Workplace: Employers Buy Fitness Trackers to Boost Employee Health’

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Want to join us at future events? Check out our upcoming summits in the UK:

RE.WORK Cities Summit London, 4-5 December 2014

RE.WORK Health Summit Dublin, 12-13 February 2015

Internet of Things Summit London, 12-13 March 2015

The 3rd Wave of Computing, Misfit’s New Wearable the ‘Flash’ & a Health Summit in Dublin

Here’s the latest news and events from the RE.WORK team!

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We’ve got 1 day to go til RE.WORK Technology Summit London!

Over 40 speakers, 2 days, 200 attendees, a showcase area, startups, the latest emerging technologies and a historic renovated church in East London.

We’re talking Human Computer Interface & Social Robotics, Next Generation Virtual Assistants, Sensors and Environmental Monitoring and so much more!

Don’t miss out! Book your ticket here

Follow the discussions on Twitter over the two days with the hashtag #reworktech and @teamrework.

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RE.WORK Health Summit - Advancing Healthcare & Medicine

Join us on 12-13 February in Dublin to meet the latest innovators, leading scientists and discover breakthrough technology impacting the future of our healthcare and medicine.

The RE.WORK Health Summit is a unique opportunity to meet researchers, entrepreneurs, and industry working on:

  • Robotic Technology
  • 3D Printing & Smart Materials
  • Big Data
  • Synthetic Biology
  • Quantified Self
  • Personalised Medicine

Speakers include: 

Book Your Pass

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Forget the Apple Watch: Intelligent virtual assistants are the next tech revolution

We stand on the brink of the third wave of computing, where machines become capable of learning and self reflexively developing knowledge about the people and objects around them.

Results from a new ‘Virtual Assistant’ project will be released at the RE.WORK Technology Summit on 18-19 September by Dr Chris Brauer, Director of Innovation at Goldsmiths, University of London. 

“With the creation and circulation of so many data points defining our behaviours, interactions, activities, and locations, the next step in emerging technologies is a service that consolidates our experience. Think of it as a mash-up of the powerful natural language processing of IBM’s Watson, the voice-activated intelligent assistance of Apple’s Siri, the productivity augmentation of Google Now, and the biometrics and physiological quantifying of the self through wearable technologies”.

Read the full feature here

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Misfit Wearables Announce New Product Flash Ahead of Their Appearance at RE.WORK Tech

Misfit, makers of Shine, today announced its second wearable product, Misfit Flash, a versatile and easy-to-use fitness and sleep monitor. The Misfit Flash is a screenless, waterproof fitness and sleep monitor, available from mid-November.

Tomorrow, at the RE.WORK Technology Summit, we’ll be hearing from Misfit in the session on Wearable Technology & Personalised Healthcare. Amy Puliafito will share more about Misfit’s new product and discuss the impact of wearable technology on our daily lives, fitness, healthcare and mobility with Jemima Kiss, Head of Technology at the Guardian.

Read more here.

To hear more about the new product and other Misfit news, joing us tomorrow at RE.WORK Tech. To register, go to: re-work.co/tech or contact RE.WORK by emailing  hello@re-work.co

Misfit Wearables Announce New Product Flash Ahead of Their Appearance at RE.WORK Tech

Misfit, makers of Shine, today announced its second wearable product, Misfit Flash, a versatile and easy-to-use fitness and sleep monitor. The Misfit Flash is a screenless, waterproof fitness and sleep monitor, available from mid-November.

Tomorrow, at the RE.WORK Technology Summit London, we’ll be hearing from Misfit in the session on Wearable Technology & Personalised Healthcare. Amy Puliafito will share more about Misfit’s new product and discuss the impact of wearable technology on our daily lives, fitness, healthcare and mobility with Jemima Kiss, Head of Technology at the Guardian.

The summit taking place at LSO St Luke’s on Old Street, London, will showcase the opportunities of exponentially accelerating technologies and their impact on business and society. Other sessions will include experts in technologies such as 3D printing, robotics, the Internet of Things, data science, regenerative medicine and renewable sources of energy.

Crafted out of a special soft-touch plastic, Flash is comfortable, extremely durable, and waterproof to 30 metres, making it fit for even the toughest uses. It won’t require nightly charging, because it doesn’t have a battery-draining screen, so it can draw power for months from a watch battery. Instead of a screen, Flash will work like one big button: simply pressing it so embedded LEDs to light up and allow you to check progress towards activity goals.

Like the Shine, the Flash can be worn virtually anywhere - on a user’s wrist, trousers, shirt, shoes, lapel, or even on a keychain. Flash includes the very best of the Shine’s user experience and automatically measures steps, calories, distance, sleep quality and duration. It even tracks cycling, and swimming. Flash syncs wirelessly with the Misfit App on iOS and Android phones.

“Flash is the only fully featured activity and sleep tracker in the world for under £50, making it incredible value,” said Tim Golnik, VP of Product and Design at Misfit.

Amy Puliafito, Communications Lead at Misfit Wearables, will be speaking at RE.WORK Technology Summit London tomorrow on Wearable Technology & Personalised Healthcare.

Standard tickets are available now and passes for startups, students and academics are also available for reduced rates. For further information and to register, go to: re-work.co/tech or contact RE.WORK by emailing  hello@re-work.co

Using Robotics in Energy Efficiency & Future Cities: Q&A with Mathew Holloway from Q-Bot

Mathew Holloway is the Managing Director of Q-Bot where he leads the development and commercialisation of innovative robotics technologies for the construction industry.

Q-Bot combines robotics with one of the most pressing needs; upgrading our existing buildings to make them more comfortable, reduce cold draughts and improve energy efficiency.

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What is the greatest opportunity in your industry to positively impact business and society?

Q-Bot’s service has the potential for a massive positive impact on society and business. The robots insulate buildings, reducing heat loss, saving CO2 and most importantly keep our feet warm. Insulating all 7 million of the UK’s suspended timber floors would save enough energy to take off line two power stations.

The service also creates jobs where there was previously none, turning difficult dangerous and disruptive work into clean, efficient, safe and productive processes.

What is the biggest obstacle to integrating your technological development into industry and society?

Robotics involves complex multi-disciplinary systems and we have yet to create building blocks which allow us to abstract the science from the application effectively. Often the development of robotics is a purely technical challenge to fulfill or replicate some function, rather than starting with a human need or desire and deploying design and technology to find the right solution.

As with any new technology where there is potential for massive impact there will be resistance to change until the potential of the technology and actual reality is understood by society. It is therefore up to those working in these fields to challenge common misconceptions about robotics and educate how they can have a positive impact on our lives.

What sectors have the biggest potential to be impacted by robotics?

All sectors have a potential to be impacted by robotics and machine learning. Robotic technologies are already used across the board, from performing works of art to exploring other planets. In many industries there are still examples where productivity is limited by human labour, advanced technologies will empower these workers and allow them to break this cycle.

A good example is in the construction industry where there is huge potential for a wide range of technologies in areas such as reducing the need to work at height, repair and maintenance, remote applications in hard to reach areas, and improving health and safety.

Another might be assistive technology wherever there are mundane tasks to fulfill or people to care for. Machine learning and automation also has the potential to impact many other industries, from legal professions to politics. Like computers, robotic technologies are likely to become ubiquitous in our daily lives, and as such relatively unremarkable.

What emerging technology in robotics are you most excited about - personal or business or society wise?

We now have very small but powerful computers in the shape of mobile phones. The next stage is to develop inexpensive sensors that take advantage of this, Project Tango from Google is one exciting example.

Mathew will be speaking at RE.WORK The Future of Robotics next month on 14 October. Find out further information on how to attend here: re-work.co/workshops/future-of-robotics

Join the discussion on Twitter with @teamrework and @QBot_UK using #reworkrobotics

Apple Watch, squishy robots & connected cars - Recommended Reads (week ending 14th Sept)

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The tech world is rapidly evolving and it’s hard to keep up! To help you get up to date we’ve rounded up the best tech articles from this past week that you should be reading.

Germanene: Have scientists just created the new graphene?

“The discovery coincides with a breakthrough in China, where scientists were able to create germanene on a platinum surface. The advantage that the Europe team has, though, is that on a large scale development on gold would be considerably cheaper than development on platinum.”

When fridges attack: the new ethics of the Internet of Things

“Basic digital personalities can be created through mathematical rules associating the information the device gets from the world with how it reacts to the world. As smart devices start to work with us, and understand our social rules, we may increasingly see them as human like - a world filled with tools designed to be our friends.”

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Forget Apple Watch: Intelligent virtual assistants are the next tech revolution

“With the creation of so many data points defining our behaviours, interactions, activities, and locations, the next step in emerging technologies is a service that consolidates our experience. Think of it as a mash-up of the powerful natural language processing of IBM’s Watson, the voice-activated intelligent assistance of Apple’s Siri, the productivity enhancement of Google Now, and the biometric and physiological quantifying of the self through wearable technology.”

Dirk Gorissen on how data science can help developing countries

“Just like in developed countries there is huge potential value in unlocking, linking, curating, and analysing existing data sets and national statistics. In developing countries the impacts can be more far reaching than in developed countries as the challenges are more fundamental - access to basic resources such as water, health care, power.”

Squishy Robot Walks Through Acid, Fire and Ice

“The silicone rubber that the robot has been made out of is extraordinarily tough, such that it can continue to function in subzero temperatures (tested down to -9 degrees Celsius), 40 km/h winds, puddles of up to 5 centimeters of water, and 3,000 Kelvin methane flames for up to 50 seconds… And this version is completely autonomous.”

Frustration with waiting for computers to learn things inspired a better approach – 35 Innovators under 35

RE.WORK speaker Quoc Le is one of MIT Technology Review's '35 Innovators Under 35'! You can hear more from Quoc at our Deep Learning Innovation Summit, in San Francisco, 29-30 January 2015. Get more info & register for Early Bird passes here: http://bit.ly/1q7B2gz

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What’s Next? V2V (Vehicle-to-Vehicle) Communication With Connected Cars

“Connected cars will be the ultimate Internet of Things. They will collect and make sense of massive amounts of data from a huge array of sources. Cars will talk to other cars, exchanging data and alerting drivers to potential collisions. They’ll talk to sensors on signs on stoplights, bus stops, even ones embedded in the roads to get traffic updates and rerouting alerts. And they’ll communicate with your house, office, and smart devices, acting as an digital assistant, gathering information you need to go about your day. “

Introducing Binatix: A Deep Learning Trading Firm That’s Already Profitable

“Binatix is effectively a deep learning trading firm, possibly the first to use the state-of-the-art machine learning algorithms to spot patterns that offer an edge in investing. The seven-year-old Palo Alto, Calif., company, which is emerging from stealth mode with the publication of this story, says it’s already nicely profitable.”

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A Drone SnotBot And Other Ways That Flying Robots Can Save The World

From collecting whale blow to teaching autistic kids, socially beneficial uses of low-cost drone technology are starting to take off.

Dutch MedTech Startup Team Brings Fresh Hope For Sufferers Of Parkinson’s Disease

“Their next generation technology created a system with 40 individual stimulation points, with the aim of allowing more precise stimulation of the brain, potentially speeding up procedures and resulting in fewer stimulation-induced side effects.”

Other articles & posts to check out:

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Check out our Linkedin showcase pages for more interesting links and articles:

Internet of Things 

Edtech 

Robotics 

Deep Learning 

Technology 

Cities

Health

 

Forget Apple Watch: Intelligent virtual assistants are the next tech revolution

by Chris Brauer

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Dr Chris Brauer is director of innovation in the Institute of Management Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London. 

THE APPLE Watch is just the latest exciting development in wearable technology. But the prospect of consumers interacting with Siri on their smartwatches also hints at another impending revolution in how we access digitised knowledge. Today, we stand on the brink of the third wave of computing – where machines become capable of learning and self-reflexively developing knowledge about the people and objects around them.

With the creation of so many data points defining our behaviours, interactions, activities, and locations, the next step in emerging technologies is a service that consolidates our experience. Think of it as a mash-up of the powerful natural language processing of IBM’s Watson, the voice-activated intelligent assistance of Apple’s Siri, the productivity enhancement of Google Now, and the biometric and physiological quantifying of the self through wearable technology.

Combine it all together and you have a Virtual Assistant (VA), arriving sometime in the next five years. Companies at the forefront of this development, like Viv Labs, are moving beyond screens and social: the VA will be the new gateway to the internet and all the people and things connected to it. For pop culture references, see intelligent computers like Space Odyssey’s HAL, KITT from Knight Rider, or J.A.R.V.I.S. from the Marvel movies.

Q&A with Craig Hollingworth from Concirrus

Craig is an expert in the emerging technologies, Machine 2 Machine (M2M) and Internet of things (IOT) marketplace, having held senior positions in O2, Telefonica, France Telecom, Orange and Masternaut. 

Concirrus was formed to make it easy for companies to design, build and operate solutions for the IOT. With 10-years of experience combined with a proven methodology and a cloud-based platform for managing ‘Things’, Concirrus has simplified the World’s of IOT and M2M into a multi-award winning service for our customers.

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What is the greatest opportunity in your industry to positively impact business and society? 

The Internet of Things has an impact on literally everything you can imagine.

For businesses it can remove assumption. Businesses can now collect in-depth information about their product or service in real-time. Then by understanding and organising that information, it can allow companies to take a fresh look at their current practices and generate business change. 

We’ve had a client that has literally turned his entire business around because of the Internet of Things; he went from selling cable to selling an entire service.

For Society, it’s also huge.  With everything becoming more and more connected we have the ability to understand so much more about ourselves, our environment, our world.. just everything. Concirrus recently wrote a blog post about the impact the Internet of Things has on healthcare, from assisting in the operating theatre, to helping us loose weight and stay fit, to how we look after our elderly easier… it almost feels like the possibilities are endless.

What will be the key skills/jobs required in the future for your sector? 

We’re looking for anarchists, we want people to break traditional economic models and know how to disrupt standard business processes. It’s the only way we are going to progress. At Concirrus we like to empower our staff to encourage innovation, there’s never a wrong answer.

What are the main drivers for the IOT revolution? 

The recession has been a little bit of a tinderbox in this respect, during the recession people had to look outside of the box to drive down cost, they had limited budget to do so and therefore innovated. Another key factor is simply the advancement in technology - processes are cheaper, sensors are easier to integrate into devices, communication is faster and simpler, everything is much more accessible. What were once ideas can now be made into reality. 

What are the challenges of integrating IOT into your business?

Fear of change is definitely a factor but for those who overcome that fear and integrate, it’s still not easy, there are knock on effects of everything.  We had a client in the North of England who implemented a small IOT project which fundamentally changed everything for them, they had to change their finance department, their software, their sales department…the lot, it even changed how they were valued in the marketplace. This was when we learnt that the final stage of our service, after-care, was critical.

What are the key factors to plan for post-implementation? 

I would say, be agile, be ready to keep improving and making your product and service better and better. At Concirrus we have a 5 step process, Discover, Design, Deliver, Deploy, Debate, this process repeats itself over and over again. After implementation it’s all about Debate. Here we discuss what went wrong, what went well, how the solution is working, what information we’re collecting and how can things be improved. We discuss these things all the time, once assumption is removed, we can really get to work!

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Craig will be sharing his expertise and speaking at many of our upcoming events including RE.WORK Technology Summit London, Internet of Things Summit San Francisco, RE.WORK Cities London, RE.WORK Health Summit Dublin & Internet of Things Summit London.

Connect with Craig & Concirrus on Twitter, Linkedin & Facebook

Our venue for RE.WORK Technology Summit, London!

With only 9 days to go until the RE.WORK Technology Summit in London, we’d like to give you a look at the beautiful venue we’ll be using.

LSO St Luke’s is a restored 18th-century Grade 1 listed church located on London’s Old Street, EC1. 

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The church was built in 1733, but was continually having repairs made until 1959, when during a dry summer columns became so damaged that the building was declared unsafe, the roof removed and the church abandoned. The shell of the church became a ruin for 40 years, overgrown with trees, despite being a Grade 1 listed building. 

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In the mid-1990s, the London Symphony Orchestra raised the idea of rebuilding the disused Hawksmoor church of St Luke’s close to the Orchestra’s home at the Barbican as a base for the LSO Discovery music education programme. 

St Luke’s has remained in the hands of the London Symphony Orchestra ever since. The transformation is incredible!

We used LSO St Luke’s as our venue for RE.WORK Technology Summit in 2013 and we’re excited to be there again on 18-19 September 2014. Check out these pictures from last years Tech Summit at the venue:

You can still register for passes for the event! Check out the speaker line up and get your passes here: re-work.co/tech

This week’s must reads! (Week ending 7 September, 2014)

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The tech world is rapidly evolving and it’s hard to keep up! To help you get up to date we’ve rounded up the best tech articles from this past week that you should be reading.

It’s been a big news week for RE.WORK speakers, especially Megan Smith, as the White House has just named her U.S. Chief Technology Officer. Megan will be joining us at our Internet of Things Summit this coming November.

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Minecraft For Real Life: This Video Game Wants To Help Redesign Actual Cities

The game will be open-source and free to play, and as players come up with various designs, they’ll be able to add to a growing database of designs that a city could actually implement. The researchers will also be able to pull data from the game and look for patterns in citizen ideas that official urban planners might be overlooking in their own work.

Biodesign: Why the future of our cities is soft and hairy *RE.WORK Speaker*

"We are working towards an actual reality. Society needs to understand that biotech is the best — and perhaps the only — way to achieve sustainability for the whole planet.

"People need to appreciate the benefits for it. Nature has such huge potential. Humans need to take advantage of it to solve the big challenges in the world today."

Alberto T. Estevez, Director of Genetic Barcelona Project will be speaking about their biodesign project at RE.WORK Cities, London, 4-5 December.

Controlled Crystals Make a New Solar Material Practical

A new way to control the growth of crystalline materials called perovskites could lead to commercial solar cells that hit a sweet spot of high performance and low cost. Although individual perovskite cells have achieved promising results in the lab, until now it hasn’t been clear how they might be made in uniform batches.

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White House Names Google’s Megan Smith Chief Technology Officer *RE.WORK Speaker*

Exciting news for RE.WORK speaker Megan Smith! You can hear more from Megan at RE.WORK Internet of Things Summit in San Francisco on Nov 6-7. 

“Megan has inspired so many people through her commitment to inclusion and innovation,” said co-founder Sergey Brin. “We’ll miss her at Google [x] and are excited to see what the future holds for her in Washington.”

The language of the internet of things

Once more things connect, many scenarios present themselves. Connected smoke alarms could enlist nearby light bulbs to flash and speakers to sound an alert. A warning about the smoke’s location could appear on a television. And door locks could be automatically opened. Many other not-yet-thought-of applications will arise, says Liat Ben-Zur, chairwoman of the AllSeen Alliance. “Unexpected capabilities pop up when devices speak the same language,” she says.

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‘Matchmaking’ site for lonely algorithms can make sense of raw data

If the service is to become fully functioning, companies could simply run their data through a search function that will ‘match’ it with the best algorithm which could then make an understandable pattern to otherwise unintelligible data.

So far, the biggest challenge to the idea could be from academics themselves who might feel uncomfortable with the idea of their research being used for commercial gain but, according to their business model, both the company and researcher who designed the algorithm will receive a cut of any payment by a company.

Jan Peters talks opportunities & obstacles for the future of robotics *RE.WORK Speaker*

“Learning algorithms that allow robots to automatically acquire new skills and refine their task execution will allow for a huge shift in possibilities of robot application.  Robots will be able to do a much larger variety of tasks due to the decreased robot programming cost, reducing the need for slave labor in sweatshops all over the world. Robot programming will be possible for laymen, enabling highly specialized surgeons to bring their expert skills to a much wider application, but also the use of robots at home.”

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Misfit launches a development kit that gives other companies access to its sensor algorithms *RE.WORK Speaker*

Misfit, a company best known for making the Shine fitness tracker, has been in the process of transitioning to a company that sells its sleep and activity tracking algorithms in addition to tasteful hardware. On Thursday, it took that process one step farther and announced the Misfit Developer Toolkit, which will allow interested developers and companies to incorporate Misfit’s activity tracking capabilities into their own applications.

Buses are the future of urban transport. No, really.

As it happens, innovation in urban affairs has developed a distinctly Latin flavour of late. From Porto Alegre’s experiments in participatory budgeting to the cable cars of Caracasthis most urbanised of regions would appear to have quietly stolen a march on the rest of the world. Latin American cities have found great success by deploying existing techniques (material or social) at relatively low cost, in unexpected and startlingly effective new combinations – precisely the manner in which Brazilian and Colombian cities have forged a high-capacity mass-transit system from the lowly city bus.

 

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Sparks fly as NASA pushes the limits of 3-D printing technology

NASA engineers pushed the limits of technology by designing a rocket engine injector —a highly complex part that sends propellant into the engine—with design features that took advantage of 3-D printing. To make the parts, the design was entered into the 3-D printer’s computer. The printer then built each part by layering metal powder and fusing it together with a laser, a process known as selective laser melting.

 The cognitive Internet of Things: an interview with Raffaele Giaffreda *RE.WORK Speaker*

RE.WORK speaker Raffaele Giaffreda took some time out of his busy schedule to speak to Web Magazin about the cognitive internet of things and how this will impact our day to day lives in the future.

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Google Launches Effort to Build Its Own Quantum Computer

Quantum computers could be immensely faster than any existing computer at certain problems. That’s because qubits working together can use the quirks of quantum mechanics to quickly discard incorrect paths to a solution and home in on the correct one. However, qubits are tricky to operate because quantum states are so delicate.

Top 10 Companies Innovating Using the Smart Grid

Smart grid innovation doesn’t always have to be about technology. Tendril’s Energy Services Management platform helps utilities and energy service providers better understand the uses and needs of their customers. The platform even uses gamifacation in the form of leader boards so one user’s usage can be compared to another.

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Here’s the latest news from the RE.WORK Team - August 2014

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We’re only 2 weeks away!


Our annual RE.WORK Technology Summit is only two weeks away! 

We’re making the final additions to the agenda, preparing the venue and getting ready for two days of mind-blowing tech!

200+ leading scientists, entrepreneurs, influential businesses & innovators will come together at LSO St Luke’s in London to discuss how emerging technologies such as robotics, wearables, the Internet of Things and 3D printing are reshaping society, the workplace and home to create a new industrial revolution.

Don’t miss out on the latest technology trends including:

  • Wearables & Personalised Medicine
  • Internet of Things & Industry Applications
  • Swarm Robotics & Automatic Ensembles 
  • Smart Materials & 3D Printing
  • The Next Generation of Human Computer Interface

Download the PDF agenda here. Book your tickets here.

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DEEP LEARNING: What is it & why should you care?


Deep learning is a set of algorithms used to create contextual understanding in machines. For example, it is the process of teaching machines to think more contextually to recognize specific features that make up an image, or about the relationship between words and how they fit together to form phrases.

Join us at the Deep Learning Summit in San Francisco on 29-30 January 2015 to find out how it will affect industries from healthcare to transport to security. 

The speaker line up so far includes: 

  • Quoc Le, Research Scientist, Google
  • Charles Cadieu, Postdoctoral Researcher, MIT
  • Roberto Pieraccini, Dir., Advanced Communication Technologies, Jibo
  • Richard Socher, PhD Student, Stanford University
  • Peter Sadowski, PhD Student, University of California

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** Save $450: Book by Friday 5 September**

Book your pass now: re-work.co/internet-of-things

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Q&A with Ladislas de Toldi: Using Robotics in Healthcare

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Ladislas is CEO at Leka, a young startup which develops smart and innovative toys for children with disabilities. Former biotech engineer and long time geek, Ladislas started working on Moti, a spherical robotic smart toy for autistic children, 3 years ago.


Q: What is the greatest opportunity in your industry to positively impact business and society?

Providing new technological tools to people who need it the most. Specifically in Healthcare, by building smart autonomous social robots to take better care of the people, in a smarter and more connected way.

Continue reading here


Ladislas de Toldi will be speaking at The Future of Robotics workshop next month in London.

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Other News not to be Missed!

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Intel reveals world’s smallest wireless modem for the Internet of things

Plant Monitoring Devices: is the Internet of Plants Next?

'A glance shows when something's wrong': The IoT startup using 3D interfaces to control smart cities

Check out our weekly updates on the latest tech news: Must Reads

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Until next time!

-The RE.WORK team

Q&A with Ladislas de Toldi: Using robotics in healthcare

Ladislas is CEO at Leka, a young startup which develops smart and innovative toys for children with disabilities. Former biotech engineer and long time geek, Ladislas started working on Moti, a spherical robotic smart toy for autistic children, 3 years ago.

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What is the greatest opportunity in your industry to positively impact business and society?

Providing new technological tools to people who need it the most. Specifically in Healthcare, by building smart autonomous social robots to take better care of the people, in a smarter and more connected way.

What is the biggest obstacle to integrating your technological development into industry and society?

Generally speaking, people have a negative image of robots as evil beings ready to take on the world. Thanks to Disney and Wall.e, robots can also be cute, friendly and save the world. Focusing on healthcare, we often encounter people saying “robots can not take care of the children the way people do!”. Which of course is true. But robots are not meant to replace human beings, they’re here to help, assist and improve our actions.

Still, regarding healthcare, robots must be 100% reliable, which is kind of hard if your robot is also “social”. We all make social mistakes, everyday, but we understand and correct them. It’s harder for a robot to do the same…

Which sectors have the biggest potential to be impacted by robotics?

We’ve already made some great improvements in the cocktail industry (http://barobot.com/), so I think the next revolution will be in space exploration, service and healthcare. From the Mars rover, through telepresence robotics, to social robots for autistic children and robotic surgery.

Which emerging technology in robotics are you most excited about - personal or business or society wise?

I love everything related to DIY, Arduino, Beaglebone, Raspberry Pi and others. It’s becoming easier than ever to build your own first prototype and test your concept. That’s how innovation is driven: by providing opportunities for people to build new robots!

Ladislas de Toldi will be speaking at RE.WORK The Future of Robotics next month on 14 October. Find out further information on how to attend here: re-work.co/workshops/future-of-robotics

Join the discussion on Twitter with @teamrework and @ladisonline using the hashtag #reworkrobotics

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Early Bird passes end tomorrow! Get yours now @ re-work.co/workshops/future-of-robotics