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Currently, there are an estimated 31 billion connected devices. By 2021, that number will increase to 35 billion. That high number of online devices correlates with the estimated 60% of buyers who are interested in having Wi-Fi present throughout a property. Another 54% want a community smart app for updates on news and events and 1 out of 2 such buyers are looking for live stream capabilities in shared spaces like parks. 70% said they would be willing to pay extra for virtual doorbells ... The PARO robot is an advanced robot developed by AIST, Japan. It imitates the voice of a real baby harp seal and moves its head and legs in response to being touched. It allows the documented benefits of animal therapy to be administered to patients in environments such as hospitals and extended care facilities where live animals present treatment or logistical difficulties. An hour long session with PARO increased happiness and reduced mild and severe pain. Those with a higher perceived ability to communicate with the robot experienced a greater hypoalgesic effect while touching it ... There are no secrets kept from an iPhone. A more in-depth feature called "Significant Locations" keeps track of where you go ... While our human teammates learn about us too, autonomous cars, robots and other systems typically don’t have the capacity to "sense" how we operate or respond. To effectively work with humans and keep them engaged, robots and other autonomous systems do need to have their own kind of mental model ... Drones and drone software are currently reshaping how many well-established businesses run their operations in a post-pandemic world.
AI Daily
by Amna Zaman
Human-to-human contact has shown signs of increased positive thinking, expands trust, reduces social anxiety, stress and much more. The PARO robot allows the documented benefits of animal therapy to be administered to patients in environments such as hospitals and extended care facilities where live animals present treatment or logistical difficulties.
KOMANDO.COM
by KOMANDO STAFF
The idea of privacy in our digital world seems like, at best, a farce. As we continue to learn about our devices, we see more and more that they are tracking us in many ways, including some that we never thought of. Our iPhones are no different, unfortunately. Even without help from apps like Facebook, they do a good job of following your every move.
Bank Info Security
by Jeremy Kirk
Security expert Bruce Schneier says IoT needs to be regulated for security, just like the nutritional content of baby food or the fire resistance of kid's pajamas is regulated.
Forbes
by Neera Jain
For automation to successfully interact with humans, ignorance is not bliss; both humans and autonomous systems need to develop accurate “mental models” of how the other operates.
iot for all
by Mike Winn
The industrial adoption of drones has been on the rise. Drones and drone software are currently reshaping how many well-established businesses run their operations in a post-pandemic world. From keeping agricultural fields intact to allowing utilities to “keep the lights on” for those sheltering at home, drone technology’s impact is undeniable.
Chicago Agent Magazine
by Sean Hemmersmeier
Technology in the home is a huge factor for prospective buyers and is driving developers to focus on new features in future projects. One thing that builders are pushing to incorporate into their projects is technology that allows homeowners to connect their houses to their phones and other internet-connected devices.
ars Technica
by DAN GOODIN
In March, researchers uncovered a troubling privacy grab by more than four dozen iOS apps including TikTok. Despite vowing to curb the practice, TikTok continues to access some of Apple users' most sensitive data, which can include passwords, cryptocurrency wallet addresses, account-reset links, and personal messages.
ZD Net
by Catalin Cimpanu
Apple claims that the 16 Web APIs above would allow online advertisers and data analytics firms to create scripts that fingerprint users and their devices. Some browser makers have also been deploying countermeasures to prevent fingerprinting operations through the most common methods.
NACS NEWS
by EDITOR
Sometimes an extra robotic hand makes all the difference. Hestia Kitchen in Hong Kong is both a smart kitchen making and serving Chinese cuisine, and a lab where engineers research, design and develop state-of-the-art technologies in food science, automation and robotics.
Smart Cities Dive
by Grant Samms
The collective realization about our acceptance of polluted air has been one of the most spectacular realities unveiled by the new coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). With urbanites around the world expressing a strong and renewed interest in improving air quality, cities might find themselves in need of better air quality data on which to base new policy decisions.

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