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  • FlyPulse drone

    Drones are already hitting the skies to conduct specialized tasks, such as delivering packages, shooting aerial surveillance photos, and even dipping and diving to create spectacular light shows. But the sky is the limit when it comes to all the possibilities for drones. A Swedish startup, FlyPulse, is bringing the benefits of IoT transportation to healthcare, building a high-speed drone that can transport life-saving emergency gear—an automated external defibrillator (AED)—to a person’s doorstep.    

Virtual reality (VR) can bring users to new worlds and environments both above ground and under the sea, but it is often only available at a high cost. Oculus, a subsidiary of Facebook, has pledged to make its VR technology more accessible to low-income families by donating 100 or more Oculus Rift headsets, touch controllers and computers equipped with VR software to 90 California libraries. With this project, the wonders of VR will reach demographics that previously weren’t able to experience VR. 
If you take a good look around cities across the country, the rise in bike sharing offerings is plain to see. Self-checkout rentals are cropping up on the corners near universities, next to coffee shops, in public parking lots and more. Designed to make shorter trips more convenient, users can simply unlock and checkout a bike from a local docking station and return it to another at their desired destination. 
Fitness bands are a useful way for consumers to measure steps, movement, calories and sleep. However in the industrial world, these IoT tools take on a more critical role, as a device that can accurately measure quality and quantity of sleep can be a lifesaver. A new wearable device from Peoria, IL-based Caterpillar, Cat® Smartband, provides a fresh solution to a tired problem, giving machine operators real-time insight into how sleep impacts operations. 
IoT is in the air—or rather is testing the air. In a year-long project conducted by the Environmental Defense Fund, Google Earth Outreach, Aclima and the University of Texas, a collaborative team used Aclima’s mobile sensing platform to gather granular air quality measurements block-by-block in mixed industrial and residential neighborhoods in Oakland, CA. With its sophisticated IoT air monitoring platform, the team gathered one of the largest data sets of urban air pollution ever assembled. 
Retail stores are experiencing a harsh reality of declining foot traffic. However, once a customer comes into a store, there is a good chance she or he will buy something. A recent survey from TimeTrade Shopper reports that 73 percent of shoppers say they prefer to browse online and make purchases in a physical store. To turn browsers into buyers, solution providers need to help retail customers accelerate their use of IoT, artificial intelligence (AI), augmented reality (AR), digital signage, and next-generation point-of-sale (POS) technologies. 
LiDAR has fallen in cost and increased in performance to the point that it will be one of many sensors in tomorrow’s automobile. IoT solution providers need to choose their LiDAR option quickly and get in early, as automotive sensing platforms need to be fully integrated. 

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