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CES 2016: Best of baby tech

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The Bump Best Baby Award winners were announced last week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, with companies coming to the fore that excelled in tech innovation, design and utility.

When it comes to raising babies, what tech gadgets should parents turn to? The Bump, a pregnancy and parenting resource, together with Living in Digital Times, producers of the Baby Tech Summit at CES 2016 in Las Vegas, last week announced the winners of The Bump Best of Baby Tech Awards at CES.

The winners, who have excelled in tech innovation, design and utility in the fertility, pregnancy and baby product space, were recognised at The Bump Best of Baby Tech Awards ceremony hosted by The Bump site director, Julia Wang, and one of the judges, founder and CEO of Zuckerberg Media and New York Times bestselling author, Randi Zuckerberg.

In addition to being named The Bump Best of Baby Tech Award Winner, each winner will receive a one-year distribution contract with Best Babie, the largest national distributor in the baby, children and toy market, allowing their product to be distributed in top US baby retailers, electronic retailers and/or online e-tailers.

“According to a survey of more than 9,000 moms on The Bump, 78 percent say that technology helps make parenting easier,” said Julia Wang, site director of The Bump. “The Bump is excited to help make the lives of these moms, and all parents, easier by introducing them to transformative technologies and new products.”

“We all know how important technology is to our lives and now it’s being used to make parenting much easier,” said Jill Gilbert, producer of the Baby Tech Summit. “The Bump Best of Baby Tech Awards winners underscore that technology is redefining everything from conception to how we care for and raise babies.”

Results were based on a compilation of online votes, in-person votes at CES and expert judges.

The Bump Best of Baby Tech Award Winners were:

Baby Eats

Baby Learn & Play

  • The Starling by Versa Me word-tracking system nourishes a child’s brain during the most rapid stage of development through activities that encourage talk and feedback between parent and child.

Baby On the Go

  • Evenflo ADVANCED Evenflo SensorSafe™ Embrace™ DLX Infant Car Seat reminds the driver that there is a baby in the car upon arrival of their destination.

Baby Safety

  • Owlet Baby Monitor is a smart sock monitor that uses hospital technology—pulse oximeter—to alert parents if baby stops breathing or heart rate fluctuates.

Fertility & Pregnancy

  • Univfy IVF Prediction Tests are online tests that provide fertility patients with personalized probabilities of their likely success with in vitro fertilization (IVF).

Healthy Baby

  • Kinsa Smart Ear Thermometer uses the latest technology to take a one-second, one-button temperature reading that syncs wirelessly to a smartphone to keep a record of your child for yourself, a caregiver or doctor.

Audience Favorite

  • Owlet Baby Monitor is a smart sock monitor that uses hospital technology—pulse oximeter—to alert parents if baby stops breathing or heart rate fluctuates.

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Earth 2050: memory chips for kids, telepathy for adults

An astonishing set of predictions for the next 30 years includes a major challenge to the privacy of our thoughts.

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Buy 2050, most kids may be fitted with the latest memory boosting implants, and adults will have replaced mobile devices with direct connectivity through brain implants, powered by thought.

These are some of the more dramatic forecasts in Earth 2050, an award-winning, interactive multimedia project that accumulates predictions about social and technological developments for the upcoming 30 years. The aim is to identify global challenges for humanity and possible ways of solving these challenges. The website was launched in 2017 to mark Kaspersky Lab’s 20th birthday. It comprises a rich variety of predictions and future scenarios, covering a wide range of topics.

Recently a number of new contributions have been added to the site. Among them Lord Martin Rees, the UK’s Astronomer Royal, Professor at Cambridge University and former President of the Royal Society; investor and entrepreneur Steven Hoffman, Peter Tatchell, human rights campaigner, along withDmitry Galov, security researcher and Alexey Malanov, malware analyst at Kaspersky Lab.

The new visions for 2050 consider, among other things:

  • The replacement of mobile devices with direct connectivity through brain implants, powered by thought – able to upload skills and knowledge in return – and the impact of this on individual consciousness and privacy of thought.
  • The ability to transform all life at the genetic level through gene editing.
  • The potential impact of mistakes made by advanced machine-learning systems/AI.
  • The demise of current political systems and the rise of ‘citizen governments’, where ordinary people are co-opted to approve legislation.
  • The end of the techno-industrial age as the world runs out of fossil fuels, leading to economic and environmental devastation.
  • The end of industrial-scale meat production, as most people become vegan and meat is cultured from biopsies taken from living, outdoor reared livestock.

The hypothetical prediction for 2050 from Dmitry Galov, security researcher at Kaspersky Lab is as follows: “By 2050, our knowledge of how the brain works, and our ability to enhance or repair it is so advanced that being able to remember everything and learn new things at an outrageous speed has become commonplace. Most kids are fitted with the latest memory boosting implants to support their learning and this makes education easier than it has ever been. 

“Brain damage as a result of head injury is easily repaired; memory loss is no longer a medical condition, and people suffering from mental illnesses, such as depression, are quickly cured.  The technologies that underpin this have existed in some form since the late 2010s. Memory implants are in fact a natural progression from the connected deep brain stimulation implants of 2018.

“But every technology has another side – a dark side. In 2050, the medical, social and economic impact of memory boosting implants are significant, but they are also vulnerable to exploitation and cyber-abuse. New threats that have appeared in the last decade include the mass manipulation of groups through implanted or erased memories of political events or conflicts, and even the creation of ‘human botnets’. 

“These botnets connect people’s brains into a network of agents controlled and operated by cybercriminals, without the knowledge of the victims themselves.  Repurposed cyberthreats from previous decades are targeting the memories of world leaders for cyber-espionage, as well as those of celebrities, ordinary people and businesses with the aim of memory theft, deletion of or ‘locking’ of memories (for example, in return for a ransom).  

“This landscape is only possible because, in the late 2010s when the technologies began to evolve, the potential future security vulnerabilities were not considered a priority, and the various players: healthcare, security, policy makers and more, didn’t come together to understand and address future risks.”

For more information and the full suite of inspirational and thought-provoking predictions, visit Earth 2050.

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Pizoelectrics: Healthcare’s new gymnasts of gadgetry

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Healthcare electronics is rapidly deploying for wellness, electroceuticals, and intrusive medical procedures, among other, powered by new technologies. Much of it is trending to diagnostics and treatment on the move, and removing the need for the patient to perform procedures on time. 

Instruments become wearables, including electronic skin patches and implants. The IDTechEx Research report, “Piezoelectric Harvesting and Sensing for Healthcare 2019-2029”, notes that sensors should preferably be self-powered, non-poisonous even on disposal, and many need to be biocompatible and even biodegradable. 

We need to detect biology, vibration, force, acceleration, stress and linear movement and do imaging. Devices must reject bacteria and be useful in wearables and Internet of Things nodes. Preferably we must move to one device performing multiple tasks. 

So is there a gymnast material category that has that awesome versatility? 

Piezoelectrics has a good claim. It measures all those parameters. That even includes biosensors where the piezo senses the swelling of a biomolecule recognizing a target analyte. The most important form of self-powered (one material, two functions) piezo sensing is ultrasound imaging, a market growing at 5.1% yearly. 

The IDTechEx Research report looks at what comes next, based on global travel and interviewing by its PhD level analysts in 2018 with continuous updates.  

Click here to read how Piezo has been reinvented.

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