High Tech Hotel

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Do you love traveling? If you do or even if you don’t, you may have encounter that exciting moment when you walk into a hotel room with a little nerve-wracking anticipation at the back of your mind about how the hotel room will looks or feels like.

Technological innovations is gravitating towards the hotel industry as they aim to make your hotel stay feels more like home. From choosing the types of wake up calls you will receive to making a request for pillows or a toothbrush with one touch, technology aims to revolutionize the way you feel staying in a hotel. Experts working on this project commented:

Welcome to today’s hotels, driven by the Internet-of-things technology, allowing it to personalize guests’ experiences. As far as it has come, it is still evolving to create an even more customized experience over the next few years.

That’s just the beginning of this high-tech hotel experience; when you leave your room, the corridors ring with the sound of crowing roosters in the morning—and hooting owls at night. Full article here.

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This may seems a little unusual at first but almost all of the new technological inventions seems unusual when we first heard of them. As hotels are constantly fighting new competitors like airbnb, it is interesting to note that they are planning to create a competitive advantage with hopes to attract more guests passed their front doors.

What do you think about this upcoming high-tech hotel experience? Do you think they will make you feel more or less like home?

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How to Secure Your Internet of Things?

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We are more connected than we think and because of that, it is important to know how to secure our internet of things. The article below give insights to how we can manage connected devices properly to ensure highest privacy and ultimate data handling.

The Internet of Things includes pretty much any device capable of connecting to the Internet. The smart refrigerator is a popular example, but the category goes beyond electric appliances to include thermostats, automobiles, and wearables. Even though there is a lot of conversation about ways to bake security into these devices, the bottom line is that they are all vulnerable…read more here.

Article: Internet of Things Will Transform Life, But Experts Fear for Privacy

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image via Flickr user Marcus Brown

image via Flickr user Marcus Brown

Checkout Government Technology Magazine’s article about officials’ privacy fears when it comes to the rapid expansion of the IoT. Read the full article here.

Just what happens to the data spewed out by all these interlinked machines is a deep concern shared by many security researchers, legal authorities, government officials and consumer advocates.

 

Bionic Pancreas

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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!

 

Shellshock: The IoT’s Equivalent of Heartbleed?

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Many recall the Heartbleed vulnerability and its bleeding heart logo which was thrust into the public by a Finnish cyber security firm. Heartbleed, a bug which uses OpenSSL, has the ability to steal data like cookies and user passwords. An equally disturbing vulnerability recently emerged, this time known as Shellshock.

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Heartbleed, a logo which has become synonymous with Linux based vulnerabilities

Shellshock, like Heartbleed, targets systems which run Linux. The open source operating system is not only popular among hobbyists, but it is also used in applications like smart objects. What makes Shellshock different is that it has the ability to take control of almost any infected OS rather than just steal information. The National Cyber Awareness system has even given it a score of 10, or the highest possible security risk score possible.

This along with the fact that the bug may be “wormable”, or able to self-replication, raises serious questions about the OS which many smart objects are built upon. While hacked Nest Thermostat  may not seem like the biggest problem, the fact that the IoT is poised for significant growth means that devices will continue to grow in complexity and numbers. As the segment matures, the incentive for those with ulterior motives to exploit these devices will only grow.