Fraunhofer IAO drafts scenarios for future human-robot collaboration (Video)

Robots are already becoming widely established in German factories. But how can companies be sure to split the work between people and robots such that human workers don’t lose out on the desirable tasks? An event marking the start of the AQUIAS project showcased approaches to guaranteeing quality of work for manufacturing employees, including those with severe disabilities. Continue reading “Fraunhofer IAO drafts scenarios for future human-robot collaboration (Video)”

International congress on sports innovation and technology in Turnhout, Belgium

On March 08, 2016, The Sports Innovation Conference will take place at Thomas More in Turnhout, Belgium.

The conference covers a variety of topics related to sports technology, including wearables, big data, and a key note detailing how Microsoft is working with some of the world’s top brands to digitize and transform the global sports industry. Continue reading “International congress on sports innovation and technology in Turnhout, Belgium”

Much of the innovation in IoT is fueled by young, dynamic companies and the “maker generation”

Much of the innovation in the Internet of Things (IoT) is being fueled by young, dynamic companies, and the “maker generation.” In fact, Gartner predicts that by 2017, 50 percent of IoT solutions will originate in startups less than three years old.

Recent startups, highly focused on one or two products or services, are competing with traditional giants to bring IoT products to business and consumers. They use cloud services by default to provide data analysis, interactivity and customer services, and interact with users through smartphone apps to minimize costs and maximize flexibility. Continue reading “Much of the innovation in IoT is fueled by young, dynamic companies and the “maker generation””

What People Really Want from the Internet of Things

In these early days of the Internet of Things (IoT), much of the focus has been on industrial applications, such as improving operations with autonomous machines, or standalone consumer products, like a Fitbit. But from our research, we’re seeing a more human-centric category of IoT activity starting to emerge. It’s less about automation and more about personal augmentation; less about individual devices and more about “living services” that let people program and connect smart devices however they want. Continue reading “What People Really Want from the Internet of Things”

Which Manufacturing Industries Invest in IIoT and Why?

Medical, automation, automotive, food and beverage, material handling—so many industries plan to take advantage of IIoT. Experts explain why.

Connecting various devices, systems and equipment together through an Ethernet platform has been going on for years in various manufacturing industries. Data about manufacturing machine performance and operation used to be loaded up to “dashboards” monitored by upper management. An overwhelming amount of data, though, shifted this effort from recording every single device operation to “management by exception,” where only certain bits of data were analyzed for importance. Continue reading “Which Manufacturing Industries Invest in IIoT and Why?”

Operators Must Pay Attention to Data Issues around Wearable Tech

If 2014 was the year of the fitness tracker, then 2015 seems destined to be the year of the smartwatch. Whilst there are a range of potential legal consequences for CSPs in becoming involved in wearable tech, from consumer and product liability issues (if the CSP retails such products) to advertising and marketing issues (in relation to the promotion of such products and services), it is the data issues which are potentially of most interest. Continue reading “Operators Must Pay Attention to Data Issues around Wearable Tech”