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Chatbot App

Can chatbots reduce app overload?

Executives of both Microsoft and Facebook think users suffer from app overload, and that chatbots are the answer. “Bots” are stripped-down software agents that understand what you type or say and respond by answering questions or executing tasks. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella unveiled his version at the Build 2016 developer conference in San Francisco, Mark Zuckerberg announced the new Facebook Messenger.

Answer me! Chatbots, or „bots“ for short, will know what you like and remember what you‘ve told them even if you can‘t

They join a growing host of intelligent personal assistants such as Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa or Google Now. Zuckerberg is excited about the marriage of popular text-messaging programs and burgeoning artificial-intelligence techniques, and analysts expect the new bot to boost Facebook’s bottom line. Bots will know what you like, remember what you’ve told them and cooperate to make your life easier.

Connected wine

Smart bottle keeps wine fresh

The Boston startup Kuvée has launched what they call the “world’s first connected wine bottle” – an intelligent flask equipped with Wi-Fi and a touchscreen that they claim will keep an opened wine fresh for 30 days. The system is expected to open up the benefits of a good restaurant-wine for home use. Currently only available in the U.S., the world’s first connected wine bottle comes with a selection of four wines from leading California growers including the famous estate owned by film director Francis Ford Coppola.

IoT News: Startup Kuvee


French retail

French retail facing big change

At a conference in Lyon, France, professionals and industry experts were asked to give their estimates of how new technologies will impact retail. Their answers: Connected devices are changing not only business models but how sales are handled in stores. These products, they believe, are part of a disruptive trend that will see the emergence of new sales techniques or challenge existing models. Some attendees said they were thinking about production-based valuation opportunities as well as ways to offer additional services to improve the perceived value of the products themselves.


Doubts about connecting everyday objects

Lamps, watches and washing machines that connect to the Internet are fine, refrigerators, toasters and coffee machines maybe not so much. In a recent survey the German technology and innovation consulting company Ivensity asked professionals worldwide to choose which everyday objects they believe are best suited to be part of the Internet of Things. Almost two thirds say lighting systems and watches will lead the way. Only two percent believe in connected toasters.

IoT News: Connected Devices
Connect or not?
Lighting systems and watches will lead the way to IoT, many professionals believe.


Talking Machine

Talking to the operating machines

IoT News:  Medical Connected Devices

Thanks to networked medical devices, surgeons can communicate with a hospital’s IT infrastructure in real time while performing an operation., a project developed under the auspices of the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), provides interfaces for data exchange between medical devices from different manufacturers. „For complicated surgical procedures it is important that doctors work fast and accurately and can fully concentrate on the patient. All necessary information must be available at a glance and directly at the operating table”, says Johanna Wanka, the German research minister.

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