IoT weekly round-up: Thursday 16th November 2017

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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IoT weekly round-up: Thursday 16th March 2017

This week, a new book explores eerily human-looking robots, Tag Heuer bring out the big guns with their $ 1,600 smartwatch and Nvidia partners with Bosch on an AI supercomputer for autonomous driving.

Tag Heuer announces $ 1,600 smartwatch with Android Wear

Following the success of its $ 1,500 connected smartwatch, Tag Heuer is back with an (even) pricier option: the Connected Modular 45, retailing at $ 1,650. The Swiss company has teamed up with Google and Intel to bring the new creation to market. Those willing to pay for it will enjoy super customization – choosing from over 500 combinations of colours, accessories and modules.

New book explores the human side of bots

Doctor and photographer Max Aguilera-Hellweg has released a new book of portraits of humanoids and androids. Humanoid, published by Blast Books, explores the point at which robots become less machine-like and more human. The depicted bots range from CB2, an infant robot built at Osaka University in Japan to understand how robots learn, to Joey Chaos, an android rockstar complete with opinions on economics, politics, and the meaning of being a punk.

Smart products IoT platform Evrythng, scores $ 24.8M Series B funding

Evrythng has closed $ 24.8 million Series B funding in a round led by San Francisco-based Sway Ventures, who joined existing backers Cisco Investments, Samsung, BHLP, Atomico, Dawn Capital and Advance Vixeid Partners. The smart products platform gives a ‘digital identity’ to any physical object – effectively turning ordinary objects into connected things.

Livongo Health raises $ 52.5M for smart diabetes management

Startup Livongo Health offers a bloody glucose monitor accompanied by a service that is designed to help its users manage diabetes. The connected blood sugar monitor takes your bloody sugar readings and sends that information to Livongo Health’s monitoring services, where intervening action (like taking some exercise) can be recommended if the reading is away from the norm. If it’s far out of whack, a specialist will call with more specific recommendations and talk you through what to do next. To achieve this vision, Livongo Health has raised $ 52.5M in a round led by General Catalyst and Kinnevik.

Nvidia has a new partner for self-driving AI – and it’s Bosch

Bosch is Nvidia’s new partner in bringing AI-powered self-driving to a mass market. Bosch will build a supercomputer to work in vehicles using Nvidia tech. Bosch joins Nvidia’s other partners Audi and Mercedes-Benz and brings to the table sales operations and relationships with impressive scale and reach.

Payments company WePay accepts Apple Pay and Android Pay on the web

WePay announced this week that it will expand acceptance of Apple Pay and Android Pay to the web to help businesses take online payments. The news will help both Google and Apple drive higher usage of their services for e-commerce transactions. Apple Pay transactions are already growing fast – by 500% in the last year, according to Apple CEO Tim Cook.

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