Welcome to the IoT weekly round-up – your source for the latest from the IoT bizz. This week – IBM celebrates new accolades in recognition of IBM Watson and our IoT global headquarters in Munich, Pinterest Lens provides a cool new way to get outfit inspiration based on what’s in your wardrobe, and Furbo’s AI pet cam gets a snazzy upgrade.
IBM Watson is an award-winner once again
Last week saw IBM turn award-winner once again! IBM Watson was awarded the title ‘Innovator of the Year 2017’ from DESIGN&ELEKTRONIK magazine, while the IBM Watson IoT global headquarters in Munich scooped a Gold Award from the DRIVENxDESIGN New York Awards. There were some other accolades too – check out the full list here. I think that calls for a cocktail.
Pinterest Lens provides outfit inspiration based on your own clothes
Pinterest is letting users search for outfit ideas based on clothes they already own. It’s a simple proposition: take a picture of an item of clothing in your wardrobe. Then Pinterest’s visual search technology will bring up outfit suggestions and images based on that picture. The feature, known as ‘Lens Your Look’, matches your picture with similar images from within Pinterest’s fashion pins. You can then tap around to find inspiration for outfits you might like, based on a staple piece you already own.
Furbo’s upgraded pet cam now provides alerts on your dog’s behaviour
If you’re a proud pet owner who’s frequently from home, you might have heard of Furbo. It’s the AI-powered dog camera that gives you a communication link with your pet (and tosses them treats) when you’re away. Well, now it’s had an upgrade. The new version uses machine learning technology to detect specific behaviours – such as pacing, chewing, or playing – so you can check on them from afar. It also comes with night vision, to protect against would-be Cruella deVils.
Roxy gets $ 2.2 million in seed funding for customized voice-control devices
Seattle-based startup Roxy announced $ 2.2 million in seed funding for development of its voice-controlled devices. While many are happy with Google Home and the Amazon Echo, Roxy is taking a different line. It believes that businesses need a voice system specific to their unique requirements – and where they control the data – and is building customized offerings to meet that need. They’ve already created hardware that can modify to suit different use cases. For instance, adding or removing USB ports.
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