Top Articles Consumer Tech Association Unveils A Consumer’s Guide to mHealth Wearables By Eric Wicklund, mHealth Intelligence The Consumer Technology Association has partnered with the Heart Rhythm Society to develop best practices for consumer use of mHealth wearables, including the growing array of smartwatches, fitness bands, eyeglasses and sensor-embedded clothing measuring cardiovascular activity. The document, unveiled during CES 2020 this week in Las Vegas, aims to give those who are using mHealth and digital health devices guidance on how to understand and manage the capture, storage and use of personal health information. Read More The Medical Wearables Dilemma:The Power and Security Challenges Inherent in Wearable Healthcare Devices Medical wearables are disrupting the healthcare industry. The majority (60%) of healthcare organizations globally have already introduced IoT devices into their facilities. According to Juniper Research, the Healthcare Wearables Market will reach $60 billion — with 5 million individuals remotely monitored by healthcare providers — by the year 2023. In our latest e-book, we discuss the various power and security challenges that are inherent in wearable healthcare devices. Read More Consumer Reports warns IoT camera makers to improve their security By Ryan Daws, IoT Tech News Consumer Reports has sent a letter to 25 manufacturers of IoT cameras with a call to improve their security. “In response to multiple reports of hacks and unauthorized access of smart cameras and doorbells, Consumer Reports writes to urge your company to raise the standard of security for your connected camera, doorbell, or security system,” wrote the company. Read More The easy route the easy way:New chip calculates the shortest distance in an instant Scientists have developed the world’s first fully coupled AI chip that can solve the traveling salesman problem for 22 cities instantly, something that would take about 1,200 years for a high-performance von Neumann CPU. Combinatorial optimization problems are problems that arise in everyday situations, involving the puzzle of determining the shortest route that can be taken between multiple points. Researchers at the Tokyo University of Science have developed a new chip that uses special components to calculate the shortest distance between up to 22 cities in a very short time. Read More Voler Product Feature Challenging designs completed on-time and on-budget Bartending Smart Spout and Charging CLIENT PROBLEM Liquor pour accuracy Data mining Tight packaging VOLER SOLUTION Valve control Wireless communication Pour volume control Charging/cleaning solution POS interface Data analytics Bars have a big problem with overpours that add about 25% to the cost. Bartenders with limited training may have trouble pouring all the mixed drinks they need to know. Voler developed for our customer a set of devices that solve this problem and provide data for better management of the bar. There is a smart spout mounted on the top of each bottle (pictured), a WiFi gateway to communicate with the Point of Sale (POS) system, and a wireless charger. The smart spout measures the flow of alcohol and closes a valve when the right amount has been dispensed. It has Bluetooth communication and wireless charging. All of this fits into a small device that is sealed so it can be washed. When a drink order is entered into the POS, LEDs light up on the smart spout to identify the bottles that are needed for the drink. The bartender pours each one into the drink until the alcohol stops flowing. Then next bottled is poured. It is almost impossible to make a mistake, and overpours are prevented, paying for the cost of the system in a very short time. When the pour is complete the smart spout relays the information by Bluetooth to the WiFi gateway where it is sent to the POS. This data assists with monitoring inventory and drink usage. When the bottle is empty the smart spout is removed for washing and charging on a device that charges several spouts at once. Wireless charging allows the spout and charger to be completely sealed. Voler provided electronic design, sensor integration, tight packaging, wireless communication, wireless charging, firmware, and software. Our experience with sensors, wireless systems, and IoT made us the clear choice for this work. Read More Upcoming Events Feb 20th 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Santa Clara, CA Cloud + Cellular + IoT: An Insider’s View On Trends IoT Fast Track: Learn how new approaches in IoT connectivity, cloud integration, and network management are helping startup and enterprise developers launch projects into the ﬁeld quickly and succeed at scale in categories from consumer electronics and wearables to agriculture, energy, industrial, POS, asset tracking and wellness/medical. Stick around for a drawing for a free IoT Starter Kit and other giveaways. Learn more by clicking here. Mar 12, 2020, San Jose, CA Talk: Walt Maclay Talks About 5G Technology at PATCA Dinner Voler Systems President and founder, Walt Maclay, will give a talk about the promise of 5G technology and what it means for the future at the Professional and Technical Consultants Association (PATCA) dinner. The dinner is open to everybody (reservation required) and will be held on Thursday, March 12, 2020, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Holder’s Country Inn in San Jose, California. Learn more by clicking here. Mar 17-18, 2020, San Jose, CA Conference/Show: Healthcare Sensor Innovations 2020 Voler Systems will be an exhibitor at Healthcare Sensor Innovations 2020, held at the Crowne Plaza, San Jose. Voler President Walt Maclay will be one of the featured speakers, and he will discuss the many challenges in performing biometric measurements, along with how new technologies are dramatically reducing the cost of biometric sensors. Learn more by clicking here. Mar 18, 2020, MindRome, Santa Clara, CA Talk: Key initiatives to Derive Intelligence Out of Internet of Things (IoT) Viji Krishnamurthy, a Sr. Director at Oracle who leads analytics for Oracle IoT and Blockchain apps, will discuss three key initiatives, namely analytics, recommendation engine and integrations that help to deliver desired autonomy. He will demonstrate these intelligence initiatives via Oracle IoT applications and several customer use cases. Learn more by clicking here.