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Interview: The Promise of AI for IoT Based Medical Devices


(Note: Voler Systems President Walt Waclay was recently interviewed by Towards AI. We’re sharing an excerpt below.)

Interactive AI, like the chatbot, voicebot and intelligent assistant, has seen widespread adoption in the market including in the enterprise. IoT is one of the primary use cases of interactive AI and the duo make a very good pair. IoT allows real-time connectivity, signaling and data exchange while AI improves the decision making capabilities of an IoT device.

This week we had a chat with Mr Walt Maclay, founder and president of Voler Systems, who educated us on what is the state of AI in his company, that designs IoT devices, and on what the future will be like. Here’s the excerpt.

TAI: Tell us briefly about your background and Voler Systems.

Walt Maclay: I studied engineering and my company does electronic design for firmware and software. And we are focused on IoT and wearable devices. We are doing a lot of devices that have sensors, wireless communication and batteries. Customers keep wanting smaller and longer lasting batteries in products when it comes to wearable devices. It’s an interesting field.

TAI: What industries is your business mainly focused on?

Walt Maclay: Half of what we do is medical devices. We do consumer products and industrial products. Our skills apply to pretty much any field.

TAI: How deeply is AI integrated into your devices? What is the current state of mixing AI with IoT?

Walt Maclay: Not very much AI integration is happening into IoT devices or the wearable devices. But it’s starting to change. You are starting to see edge computing. People are doing the learning off the device and then integrating the algorithm to execute the learning into the edge device or even the IoT device. Since, processing power is not too large and the battery usage is not very high it can be done pretty efficiently. This is not happening a lot but people are talking about it and planning it. There are chips being designed to support this. So I’m expecting to see a lot of AI on IoT devices in the future.

TAI: What is the thought process of the client, how do they perceive change?

Walt Maclay: You don’t perceive a change when it is happening, then after a few years you see a lot of things have changed…

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