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Smart Products Kuri

Kuri – an electric companion with personality, awareness, and mobility

There have been many announcements of home robots – but hardly any deliveries so far. Mayfeld Robotics, a Bosch startup out of Redwood City, California, showed Kuri at the 2017 CES show, and promise it will be available by year’s end – they are already accepting pre-orders at $699. Kuri is built to connect with people in their homes. It can understand context and surroundings, recognize specific people, and respond to questions with facial expressions, head movements and unique sounds.
“We’re proud to introduce Kuri to the world and can’t wait to see how he touches the lives of everyone, ranging from parents and children to early technology adopters.”
said Sarah Osentoski, COO and co-founder of Mayfeld Robotics. The hardware is impressing: HD-Camera, a four-microphone array, dual speakers, Wi-Fi & Bluetooth, various sensors for mapping and detecting edges and objects, plus IFTTT capabilities to connect within modern smart homes. The battery lasts for ‘many hours’. Kuri is 50 cm tall and weighs about 6.5kg.

Microtronics rapidM2M module M220

Microtronics rapidM2M module M220

Transferring data for years

Microtronics rapidM2M module M220 is an intelligent ultra-low power GSM module for recording, processing and transferring IoT-device information. It is particularly suitable for applications where energy consumption is crucial. The modem is one of the biggest energy guzzlers in M2M and IoT applications. The power consumption rockets upwards enormously during every data transmission. But for many wearables or smart-home devices there is no power supply available. Due to the separation of modem and MCU in the M220 module, it is possible to put the modem into a sleep mode with no impact on the execution of scripts. The modem is only switched on for data transmission allowing a running time of up to eight years with a D-cell. The module works with GSM, LoRa, LAN or Bluetooth.

Share with Oscar

Crowdparking in Sydney

‘Share with Oscar’ was developed in Sydney, Australia, to help alleviate the pain of searching for parking spots in crowded areas. Co-founders Louise Chen and Lisa Qi felt the stress and frustration of finding parking spaces at Bondi beach, and yet they saw so many empty driveways dotted around – so they developed a sharing app. Using their smartphone, owners can easily offer their parking spot for rent whenever they don’t need it themselves – without any pre-planning. Drivers can see in the app which parking spots are available at the time they want, book it, and park instantly. In this way, Oscar not only adds more parking spaces, but also helps community-members to earn additional income. With two clicks on Oscar, owners share and earn from their driveway, no maintenance or effort required. Hopefully, we’ll see similar projects in other places in the world soon.


Track your baby’s temperature with wearable sensors

Smart Products TempTraqParents become nervous when small children get sick. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to track the baby’s temperature all the time? This is possible with the TempTraq wearable temperature monitor. It continuously senses, records and transmits body temperature for 24 hours to a mobile device. The patch eliminates the need to continually disturb or wake a child to get its temperature. After unpacking the patch you press the start button to activate it. The patch is then applied to the underarm of the patient. The carer can review data and receive alerts up to 10 meters away through Bluetooth. Current and historical temperature readings are displayed in graphical or tabular formats, making it possible to see fluctuations and adapt the treatment. For those caring for multiple people, the app allows them to monitor multiple patches simultaneously. It is currently only available in the US.

Smart Products Otto Truck

What was the first delivery of the self-driving truck? Beer, of course!

The self-discription of the startup team of Otto does not sound modest: “We’re a team comprised of the sharpest minds in self-driving technology, and we are committed to reimagining transportation–not just improving it.” This approach has brought the San Francisco company a long way. It was acquired by Uber in 2016, and it made one of its self-driving trucks go a long way, too. In partnership with Anheuser-Busch and support from the State of Colorado, they hauled more than 50.000 cans of Budweiser from Fort Collins, through downtown Denver, to Colorado Springs – a distance of more than 200km. Using cameras, radar, and light detection and ranging (lidar) sensors on the vehicle to ‘see’ the road, Otto’s system controlled the acceleration, braking, and steering of the truck to carry the beer door-to-door without human intervention. The professional onboard driver kept out of the driver’s seat for the entire journey, monitoring the self-driving system from the sleeper berth in the back. Otto is expecting to make transportation safer, more efficient and more cost effective. Cheers!

Smart Products Rethink Robotics Sawyer
Rethink Robotics Sawyer

Sawyer – a cooperative robot from Rethink Robotics that is able to learn

The name of the company says it all, Rethink Robotics has a whole new approach to the construction of robots to serve industry. The latest development is a robotic arm called Sawyer. While weighing only 19kg, it features seven degrees of freedom with a 1,260mm reach that allows the robot to maneuver in tight spaces and in different configurations of work cells designed for people. With force-sensing capabilities it can ‘feel’ its way into fixtures or machines with varying positions, and work cooperatively with human workers. Sawyer can change applications quickly and is able to perform high-precision tasks that are impractical for traditional automation. It is designed for jobs such as machine tending and circuit board testing that require flexibility, safety and a compliant touch. An embedded Cognex camera allows complex vision tasks and the Intera software features a ‘face’ screen through which it communicates with human co-workers, who can train it interactively. An optional rolling pedestal with industrial grade casters makes it easy to move Sawyer quickly and safely between workstations. The robot is already shipping worldwide with prices starting at $7,000.

Smart Products Kaercher Fleet Dashboard

Neat & clean & smart

A cleaning machine is hardly the first thing that comes to mind when you think about intelligent fleet management. But as cleaning-budgets are usually rather tight, it makes a lot of sense for bigger firms to make sure that all machines work efficiently all the time. The latest generation of Kärcher equipment can transfer data from a telematics control unit (TCU) directly to the cloud using integrated cellular transmission. Older Kärcher and third-party equipment can be retrofitted easily as well. The TCU records both machine data and GPS location information and transfers it to a cloud based server. From here, clients can easily see where all their machines are located, if any of them have been stolen, how much each of them are being used, and if they all work properly. The web interface will even provide information on asset details such as material and serial numbers. If a machine breaks down, a notification will be sent out immediately.



Lock it up!

Smart Products Noke LockMany smart houses can already be accessed securely without a key but, so far, for more remote places or bicycles there was no smart locking solution. Nokē has jumped in with a battery-equipped padlock that will automatically detect when the owner approaches with a smartphone with a Bluetooth connection – an optional Bluetooth key fob is also available. The app even makes it easy to manage multiple locks by giving each one an individual name and defining custom settings. It is also possible to share and revoke access to locked items. The history tab in the app records when, and by whom, the locks were accessed. The padlock is made of boron-hardened steel, making the lock strong and weather resistant. The included rechargeable battery will last for over a year – but jump starting with an external battery is also possible. The padlock is currently available at about €80, a U-lock for bicycles will be introduced later this year, and developers at Nokē are already working on larger products for business use.


Smart Products E-Celsius Performance
E-Celsius Performance

Health surveillance – from the inside Just swallow the pill

For success in high-performance sports you have to get as close as possible to your body’s limits – but going beyond them can result in severe injuries. E-Celsius Performance is an indigestible capsule that stores core temperature data. It weighs only 1.7 grams and stores temperature data sets with an accuracy of 0.2°C. It transmits this information as soon as a the person who took the pill comes close to a dedicated monitor. Data can then be analyzed to correlate thermo-regulation with performance. The pill is already used in cycling, marathon running, rugby and soccer – and by French soldiers.

Smart Products remarkable

reMarkable – an eBook reader – and writer!

A true paper person, Magnus Wanberg, CEO and founder of Norwegian Startup reMarkable, has always brought notebooks and stacks of paper with him to every class or meeting. Like him, many people still love the look and feel of paper– allthough it is disconnected from the digital world. So Magnus developed what the company calls a “limitless digital paper experience”. ReMarkable is a digital paper tablet for reading, writing and sketching. The eInk-Display shows documents, PDFs, textbooks and e-books.
At the same time it is a note taking system, organizing multiple notebooks and capturing thoughts and sketches with virtually unlimited pages. The size of the device is
at 177 x 256 x 6.7 mm and it weighs 350 grams. The 10.3” monochrome display has a resolution of 1872 x 1404 pixels. It comes with 8 GB of internal storage (100,000 pages) as well as WLAN for cloud storage. The reMarkable can be preordered at about 400 Euro and is scheduled for shipping in September 2017.

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Feldsechs PaketButler

Let the butler receive your parcels

More and more goods get delivered to the home but people can’t stay home all day waiting for deliveries. German startup Feldsechs has developed the PaketButler box in cooperation with Deutsche Telekom. Secured with a cord, it is placed outside the door. The deliveryman can open it with a Bluetooth-connection to put a parcel inside. The customer is then informed through a smartphone text message. Multiple deliveries on one day are possible and the box can be used for parcel pick ups as well. The flexible, secured box allows a maximum package size of 30cm x 50cm x 70cm. You can even give access to your PaketButler to anyone by giving them an individual PIN.

Tecsag Alptracker

Sheep tracking

A mountain high in the Swiss Alps is not the place where one would expect to find advanced IoT technology, but Tecsag found a challenge here begging for a solution. During summertime, herds of sheep are often left out to grass all alone on the high peaks. This leaves them open to the danger of falling into gorges or of predators killing them. The shepherd needs information on such incidents quickly. Alptracker, a tracking system equipped with LoRa technology and GSM connectivity, allows detailed surveillance within a range up to 15km. A collar with the LoRa transmitter is placed round the neck of each sheep to relay its position, at fxed intervals, to a receiver that can be housed in a hut. The receiving station, equipped with a GSM antenna, stores the location data on a server running Tecsag’s mapping software giving each animal’s location to an accuracy of 15 meters. Set to a surveillance interval of 30 minutes, the tracker will work for about 150 days using two AA batteries.
Smart Products Alptracker


Viessmann Vitovalor 300-P, Vitovolt, Vitocharge

Managing electricity and heating with intelligent systems from Viessmann

Smart Products ViessmannBeing independent of external energy providers is one of the big dreams of many home owners. Energy management systems from German heating specialist Viessmann will bring
many people closer to this goal. By combining heating systems that also generate electricity with a solar thermal installation, homes can become up to 95% free of the public power supply. The Vitovalor 300-P heating unit is driven by a fuel cell and generates power to be used in the house while the heat generated is used for creating warmth and hot water. An integrated gas burner will only get active at times of high energy consumption. Additional energy can be provided by the Vitovolt photovoltaic installation. 20 square meters of panels can provide all the energy needed by an average household on sunny days. Whenever more energy than needed is produced, it is stored in a Vitocharge energy storage device – alternatively it can be used to charge an electric car. All components can be installed easily and work together seamlessly with the help of an integrated intelligent management system.

Future Bus

Autopilot for public transport – the CityPilot from Mercedes-Benz

Smart Products Future BusIn 2014 Mercedes-Benz gave its first presentation of an Actros truck that could drive autonomously on highways. Since then, the system has undergone substantial development to become the CityPilot in a conceptual ‘Future Bus’ which can now be used in the much more demanding surroundings of cities. CityPilot can recognize and communicate with trafic lights and safely negotiate the junctions they control. It can also recognize obstacles, especially pedestrians on the road, and brake accordingly. It approaches bus stops and halts automatically, opens its doors to let passengers enter, closes them and leaves. It is also able to drive through tunnels, which is quite ambitious. Cameras scan the road and surroundings, while long and short-range radar systems monitor the route ahead. Data fusion allows an extremely precise picture to be created, which allows the bus to be positioned within a range of centimeters. This semi-automated city bus improves safety, efficiency through a smooth, predictive driving style that saves wear and tear and lowers fuel consumption and emissions. The bus is approximately 12 meters long. The passenger compartment is divided into three zones for different lengths of stay. Operators can relay information and entertainment via large monitors in the middle segment of the passenger compartment. The cockpit is an integral part of the interior space where drivers receive information from a large screen with an innovative display.
The Mercedes-Benz Future Bus made its first public journey on part of Europe’s longest Bus Rapid Transit route which links Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport with the town of Haarlem in the Netherlands. On this very demanding journey, the backup driver hardly had to intervene.


Logicdata The IoT workplace by Jernej Ženko
IoT is rapidly becoming indispensable in our daily lives. Companies are waking up to the fact that they are no longer selling physical devices, but services. As consumers, we are no longer paying a one-time charge but in fact renting. It comes as no surprise that these many services are increasingly competing for our attention in
many fields. One area has remained relatively untouched – our working environment. This causes lots of problems, the first being tables and chairs, normally used together, but produced by different manufacturers. Different technologies and protocols from different vendors and providers create a hodgepodge of ofce systems, and some companies would be very happy to get exclusivity by offering some form of turnkey solution.
And let’s not forget the security issues that have become more virulent, the more players that are now involved. The best technology, of course, is one we hardly notice. One that, through seamless integration and intuitive user interfaces, allows us to benefit without even noticing them. This requires an holistic approach, providing a service everyone needs and enables us to collect, analyze and act upon data, or to execute everyday tasks. As the leading manufacturer of mechatronics for adjustable furniture, Logicdata recognized that it would be virtually impossible to create a fully integrated working environment working on their own. So they created LogicLink, which acts as a communication hub to connect different products, the environment and the user. LogicLink uses low-energy Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, near-feld communication (NFC), and USB communications to create a package, along with APIs for all platforms normally found in an office environment. This allows seamless integration with other products. The result is a user oriented product, one of the first of its kind in the market, which can unlock the full potential of IoT by bringing everything in the office together into one simple solution based on customer demands, needs and wishes. This gives users the tools they need to personalize their own working environment based on their personal preferences and demands, thus effectively bringing IoT into the ofce by creating a truly connected world for knowledge workers.