Smart shelf for astronauts and IoT lab: about main news of IoT technologies
Microsoft launched its new IoT lab, the ISS has a new smart shelf, and Nike offers self-lacing sneakers. Read further in the digest about these and other events in the IoT field.
Smart carts will replace checkouts in supermarkets
The US startup called Caper has developed a smart cart that can weigh products, calculate the total cost, and accept payments.
The cart recognizes products thanks to embedded cameras and uses embedded scales to weigh vegetables or fruits. If a customer decides not to buy some product, the latter is excluded from the total costautomatically.
Goods, discounts, and offerings are displayed on the screen. Customers can pay for purchases with Apple or Android Pay.
Microsoft launches an AI and IoT lab in China
Microsoft will open the artificial intelligence and Internet of Things lab in Shanghai. It will be the company’s third largest lab as well as the first one in Asian-Pacific Region.
Together with various companies, the lab will train industry-specific specialists, build prototypes, and provide consultations.
Besides, the lab is intended to integrate AI and IoT technologies in production, commerce, healthcare, and public services. The launch is scheduled for April 2019.
Nike released self-lacing sneakers
Nike presented new basketball sneakers called Adapt BB with laces that can be adjusted using a smartphone.
The company released a video that shows athletes checking them out. Lacing takes just four seconds.
Additional settings are available through a special smartphone app. One pair will cost $350.
New Bluetooth chip works without a battery
Israeli startup Wiliot presented an autonomous sensor with ARM processor and Bluetooth that does not use a battery. The company raised $30millionin investments.
A tiny chip can be printed on any label and can derive the energy from radio waves in the environment thanks to nanoWatt technology.
The chip can be placed on goods and items making them connected to the IoT ecosystem. The company is planning to use the development in commerce, logistics, and production.
Limited production is planned for 2019, and fully-fledged production will start the next year.
A smart shelf installed at the ISS
A new smart shelf is used on board of the ISS capable of housing many small items marked with RFID tags. The device was installed by the Russian astronaut Oleg Kononenko.
The shelf looks like a small cabinet containing 240 cards with RFID tags. Medication, clinical thermometers, and other small items are attached to cards.
To find a required item, the astronaut has to enter the name in the special app on the tablet. The app will show where the item is located and will provide additional information about the item.