Smart watch, transport of the future, and selfie payments: IoT news digest
In the 21 century, people are extremely mobile and want to move freely around the world. The imperfection of the transport network is an obstacle, as traffic jams are common for cities and communication routes are not always available beyond their borders. To solve the problem, people are developing unmanned transport, small air fleets, and smart traffic control systems. The last week brought the news about the transport of the future and several interesting messages about smart devices.
MasterCard: payments made in a twinkling
MasterCard international payment system is working on selfie payments – a new payment technology. To make a purchase, a customer would have to blink looking at the camera of a smartphone or a tablet. According to MasterCard, pilot projects involving credit organizations are scheduled for this November.
Selfie payments have the following operating principle: a customer signs in any application that allows making purchases and leaves a selfie with blinking as an authentication method. Afterwards, every time when you need to make a payment, the application will turn on the camera mode, and the customer will have to blink with both eyes to be recognized. MasterCard emphasizes that selfie payments will be also available in stores, but does not specify how they will work at checkouts.
A flying off-roader designed in Russia
Impassability will not scare you anymore: under the auspices of the Russian Foundation for Advanced Research Projects, scientists have designed a machine with vertical takeoff and landing. The flying vehicle is intended for rescuers and the military. It has a weight carrying capacity of around 500 kg, flight range of 1000 km, and average speed of 315 km/h.
According to the Foundation, two groups of scientists were involved in the development. Both of them offered solutions not similar to any of the existing aerial vehicles. Now the Foundation has to make final calculations and gather prototypes of flying off-roaders. The model that shows itself in the best light will go for batch production; it is expected to happen in 2022.
Yandex, GAZ, and KAMAZ will develop self-driving transport for Moscow
A five-year agreement for implementing self-driving technologies for all kinds of public transport was signed in Moscow. The task involves creation of the regulatory framework and business models for innovation technologies, training of specialists in new professional areas, development of cyber security solutions.
Representatives of Moscow City Government and top executives of Yandex, GAZ, and KAMAZ signed the agreement: these companies will be looking for required solutions.
It is planned that a complex traffic management scheme and an intellectual transport system (ITS) will be developed and implemented in Moscow. They should become a technological basis for the launch of autonomous cars in Moscow. The ITS will comprise of traffic lights, cameras, detectors, transport trackers.
Project members have relevant experience in the development of self-driving transport: a driverless car powered by Yandex software successfully drove 789 km, and KAMAZ presented an autonomous bus called Shatl.
A smart watch saves lives
Inventor Ryan Howard has created iBeat Heart Watch that can give the alert in case the user’s health deteriorates.
The device records the user’s pulse data 100 times per second, and the neural network processes the obtained information. The watch warns the user in case his or her heart rhythm goes abnormal. If the user confirms that he or she is feeling badly or does not respond within 10 seconds, iBeat Heart Watch will make an emergency call and send a message to relatives. SOS feature will help to call the ambulance if the user falls or in any other emergency.
The problem that the product challenges is the fact that the ambulance is not able to arrive to the place of action within 5 minutes, which is crucial for saving life in case of a heart attack. Therefore, Ryan Howard is working on the Heart Hero app. It will allow the user to call for help of the closest person and tell him or her what kind of help is required.
A new traffic control method invented in the US
Members of Carnegie Mellon University (the USA) tested “a personal virtual traffic light”: artificial intelligence collects data of all the cars that approach the crossing (GPS coordinates, speed, driving direction) and generates a traffic light signal on the fascia panel of every car. Scientists suppose that the product will save up to 20% of time for drivers.
In the US, every car should stop at uncontrolled intersections, due to which drivers waste a lot of time. A virtual traffic light can resolve this problem. However, it is not clear yet how it can be embedded in the pedestrian system and vehicles without an on-board computer.