Rise of the Robot Security Guards

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We may not be ready to see robots hanging around in our neighborhood, but they are coming. As an update to our previous post on the K5 robot created by Knightscope, MIT Technology News has just confirmed that the startup company is preparing to roll out human-size robot patrols. We think that this particular smart object has the potential to make big implications on our daily lives.

The K5 is especially designed to mimic the kind of work human security guards usually do by utilizing its cameras, sensors, navigation equipment, and electric motors. Connected to the internet, the K5 will make available crucial information in pursuit of increasing the society’s safety level. Below is a statement said about the K5 by Knightscope cofounder:

“This takes away the monotonous and sometimes dangerous work, and leaves the strategic work to law enforcement or private security, depending on the application,” Knightscope cofounder and vice president of sales and marketing Stacy Stephens said as a K5 glided nearby.

It is interesting to note the development of the K5 and how we, as the public, will respond to such development in our areas. What do you think of the K5? Are you pro or against it? Tell us more in the comments section below. You can read the full article on the K5 here.


LEO Intelligent Fitness

Smart Objects

There seem to be so many fitness wearables out there now, but they all tend to perform very similar functions to one another. This time, we’d like to introduce you to LEO, a fitness wearable that is significantly more intelligent and forward-thinking in nature than other fitness technologies that it may have potential to put FitBit and other competitors in the dust.

LEO is a stretchable band that is worn thigh-high around the user’s leg that continues to get to know the user over time. It has a long list of basic and unique features, including:

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Having such a large variety of features allows LEO to familiarize itself with the user’s body, workout style, and then makes educated recommendations to the user based on its findings. It does all of this through a mobile application that is currently available on iOS, Android, desktops, and wil be compatible with Smart Watches and Google Glass in the near future.

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Does LEO seem like something that would fulfill your smart fitness needs? Check out this great video from the company to learn more! LEO: Fitness Intelligence


Smart Objects

With similar capabilities to the FitBit or Nike FuelBand, Carre Technologies has developed a wearable piece of technology called HexoSkin, a hi-tech fabric shirt with built-in sensors that can measure an assortment of fitness data. HexoSkin is able to measure a user’s heart rate, breathing rate, and step count.

Carre Technologies also developed a few different mobile apps that pair up with their wearable to provide users with an in-depth analysis of whatever it is they are using the device for. The main application is called HxDashboard, and is used to display the fitness data and analyze individual fitness performance. The HexoSkin contains 150 hours of data storage and is constantly in communication with all nearby mobile devices to provide real-time results.

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This is just yet another smart object that may be used in the future for health insurance companies, or possibly by cardiologists looking to monitor patients post-surgery. With more and more devices performing similar functions, there will surely be a technology developed that combines all aspects of each device to create extremely intelligent objects with much greater potential.

Interested in purchasing one? Check out http://www.hexoskin.com/



Smart Objects

Turn off lights from your phones, turn the heater on before you reach your house, lock and unlock doors to let guests in when you are away; SmartThings is a new technology company that lets you operate things in your home quickly and conveniently from your smart phones.

Here’s a little clip of how a house equipped with SmartThings will function:


Furthermore, SmartThings will allow you to know who is going in and out of the house by showing the name of the people present. Due to constant monitoring, a home equipped with SmartThings may be able to appeal for a discount on home insurance because technically, users will be notified every time something amiss is going on in the house.

On the side note, SmartThings may make users feel uncomfortable because constant monitoring will means that a user’s privacy can be easily invaded. Would you be comfortable with devices monitoring your presence in your house? How do you think SmartThings can be improved? Let us know in the comments below!


Bionic Pancreas

Smart Objects

We often think of wearable technology as an item of clothing or jewelry, such as the Nike FuelBand or the Apple Watch. However, the Internet of things is not limited to items that simply collect data and report it, it is starting to serve a much more important purpose.

Combining forces, researchers from both Boston University and Massachusetts General Hospital developed what is known as a bionic pancreas, a smart object that emulates the physiological function of the human pancreas to assist with patients dealing with type 1 diabetes. Basically, this smart object regulates the amount of insulin (which lowers blood glucose levels) and glucagon (which raises blood glucose levels) injected into the body throughout the day.

The bionic pancreas needs to be paired with an iPhone smartphone application to wirelessly control the algorithms that dictate when each injection should take place, as well as how much of either chemical is necessary. Additionally, the phone must be placed in a G4 Platinum continuous glucose monitor cradle for the iPhone to communicate with a sensor worn by the user.

So this is how it works:

  1. The sensors/transmitter unit worn by the individual communicates glucose levels to the receiver.
  2. The receiver passes data over to the smartphone
  3. The mobile application makes a decision to dose either insulin or glucagon every 5 minutes.

After their first round of research was conducted (albeit on just 52 candidates), it was found that overall, the use of the bionic pancreas resulted in better glycemic control than is possible with the current diabetes monitoring methods and technologies.
This is yet another example of a wearable object that may have drastic implications regarding insurance costs or anything else of the sort.

To learn more about the bionic pancreas, check out this video!