Japan wants to establish global standards for human-assisting robots

Japan has opened a consultation with the International Standards Organisation (ISO) in a bid to establish standards for human-assisting robots.

Part of the reason for Japan's huge investments into robotics is the country's ageing population. Robots designed to help the elderly are becoming increasingly commonplace.

Japan has already created a national standard for robot-to-human interactions across a large number of settings including medical, commercial, and...

Withings raises $60m to expand into B2B connected health services

IoT device maker Withings has raised $60 million in venture capital as it sets its sights on providing B2B services.

Withings has had an interesting story so far. The company was founded in France in 2008 and went on to build some acclaimed connected health devices, including scales and smartwatches.

In 2016, Withings was acquired by Finnish giant Nokia. The Withings brand subsequently disappeared in 2017 and became Nokia Health.

Nokia Health never really took...

Gartner explores how connected car tech can help reduce Covid-19 spread

How can connected car technologies help against the spread of Covid-19? Analyst firm Gartner has argued in its latest note that vehicle manufacturers can focus their efforts on hygiene and maintaining social distancing.

CIOs at automotive companies 'should work with internal and external technology partners to incorporate technologies that help lessen the risk of the Covid-19 infection to car occupants,' the company said.

The four primary areas of focus are cabin...

Sigfox pens letter calling for IoT projects to fight COVID-19, waives connectivity fees

IoT connectivity provider Sigfox has penned a letter calling for the industry to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As a technology company, we strongly believe IoT can do a lot to help. Today, we are reaching out to all the members of the IoT ecosystem to ask them to join forces to design and implement solutions that can help save lives,” the company stated.

Some of the examples provided by Sigfox of how the IoT is already helping to fight the pandemic includes...

Mayo Clinic begins using driverless vehicles to deliver COVID-19 tests

Mayo Clinic has begun using driverless vehicles to deliver essential COVID-19 tests to a processing lab.

The initiative in Jacksonville, Florida is a collaboration between the local transport authority, Navya, and Beep.

Four autonomous vehicles are initially being used and will transport COVID-19 tests from a drive-through testing facility to a processing lab on Mayo Clinic's campus. The shuttles have been running the route every day since March...

The medical IoT market is to reach $158bn – driving demand for data analytics solutions

A recently released report from Business Insider predicts that the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) market is expected to grow to an estimated $158 billion in the year 2022. This estimate represents a massive leap from the $41 billion valuation that was reported in 2017.

The report follows up on previous research that was published by Business Insider back in June of 2019, when analysts estimated that...

Semios secures $75 million in funding to expand IoT network for agriculture

Semios, a Canada-based precision farming platform for permanent crops announced that it has raised $75 million (£57.65m) in private equity funding to boost the development of its data-driven crop management solution.

To date, the company has secured a total of £88.4m in external capital. The funding was led by Morningside Group, a Boston-based private equity and venture capital firm. Semios...

How the IoT will save lives: Applying IoT technology to emergency communications

Over the last few years, the Internet of Things (IoT) has become one of the most-talked about technologies. Smart toasters and talking fridges may demonstrate its potential to be over-hyped, but there’s no denying that millions of IoT devices are finding a wide range of useful applications.

With so many autonomous devices now connected to the internet, one application that has sparked interest is...

Going smart: How IoT technologies and automation can revolutionise laboratory practice

Despite the risks and fears around the Internet of Things (IoT) and how it relates to wider questions around security and privacy, a number of benefits exist in the field of scientific innovation and discovery.

The adoption of the IoT into laboratories marks a major technological disruption. It’s implementation will replace an outdated and inefficient system with one which maximises instruments and researcher time to full potential, stimulating a new wave of scientific...

Samsung and O2 are building connected 5G ambulances for the NHS

Korean tech giant Samsung has partnered with telecoms firm O2 to help build connected 5G ambulances for the NHS.

The partners will begin testing the next-generation ambulances later this month. Eight ambulances from the East of England Ambulance Trust will be equipped with new technologies including support for real-time video and field data collection.

Derek McManus, COO at O2 said: “It’s no secret there is increasing pressure on our health services. Healthcare is...