KW 34: Trailerduck is a smart e-bike trailer that will make city life easier, Smartwatch made woman take 900 ECGs in one year, Covid test via voice – AI startup Audeering gets it right


Trailerduck is a smart e-bike trailer that will make city life easier: DroidDrive is a German company currently working on such a trailer. It’s called Trailerduck and, for the time being, it still needs a tow vehicle, even though it’s not technically towed by it. Trailerduck is self-propelled, but it still takes cues from the vehicle in front, which can be anything from an e-bike to an actual car. However, for it to make an actual impact in the crowded urban environment, it works best as an e-bike trailer.

Smartwatch made woman take 900 ECGs in one year: One year after getting diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, a heart condition that causes an irregular heartbeat, a 70-year-old woman was back for another diagnosis: new-onset health anxiety triggered by her smartwatch. Despite not having concerning symptoms, the patient became more and more preoccupied with and worried about notifications from her watch. Over the one-year period, she took 916 ECG recordings through her device.

Covid test via voice – AI startup Audeering gets it right: Quite a few insights can be drawn from the human voice. That’s why startup Audeering has made voice analysis its sole business purpose. But the European legal framework still makes life difficult for startups like Audeering. For that reason, the company currently makes its money mainly by recognizing emotions via voice analysis. The product is in demand by car manufacturers or call center operators, amongst others. Audeering technology is also used to some extent in the headphones of the well-known Jabra brand. The company has developed AI that can detect at a very early stage whether a person has Parkinson’s disease or other forms of dementia based on voice analysis. Audeering has also shown that COVID-19 can be reliably detected using voice data.

Young people feel overwhelmed by a data-driven world: A study shows that many young people in Europe have only a rudimentary knowledge of how artificial intelligence (AI) applications collect, analyze and process data on the web. Emilija Gagrcin conducted an international investigation with six other researchers into the attitudes of young people in Europe toward the use of AI. They surveyed 3,000 young adults aged 18 to 30 in Germany, France, Greece, Italy, Poland and Sweden. 70 percent fear that their data could be misused online and shared unlawfully between companies. At the same time, 40 percent believe that users have little influence over what happens to their data online. „Our findings underscore that young people underestimate the reach of modern data collection practices,“ says co-author Nadja Schaetz. „As a result, they also lack the knowledge to properly assess the consequences and potential dangers of datafication.“

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Security concept for the Internet of Things: Partners from research and industry have developed a holistic security concept for the IoT. The research project „Trustworthy electronics – design methods and hardware/software co-verification for the unambiguous identifiability of electronic components“, or VE-VIDES for short, has begun its work under the coordination of Infineon. The aim is to systematically identify potential security vulnerabilities as early as the design phase and to protect electronic systems against attacks with the aid of automatically generated, reliable mechanisms. The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research as part of its „Trustworthy Electronics (ZEUS)“ funding measure. In almost all areas of life and work, people rely on electronic systems. They are simpler, safer and more environmentally friendly. To ensure that they can really be relied on, we need trustworthy electronics, says the head of the joint project, Djones Lettnin of Infineon. VE-VIDES focuses on securing the trustworthiness of system hardware and considers the immediate interfaces to trustworthy firmware and software components.

Industrial IoT services market is thriving worldwide: The Global Industrial IoT Services Market study describes how the technology industry is evolving and how major and emerging players in the industry are responding to long term opportunities and short-term challenges they face. One major attraction about Industrial IoT Services Industry is its growth rate. Some major key players including PTC (ThingWorx), Cisco (Jasper), Microsoft, Google, IBM, Intel, SAP, Oracle, Amazon, Telit, General Electric, Gemalto, Zebra Technologies, AT&T, Xively (LogMeIn), Aeris, Exosite, Particle, Ayla Networks, relayr, Bosch Software Innovations, Teezle & Toshiba etc have been looking into Industrial IoT Services as a way to increase their market share and reach towards consumers.

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„Smart home applications make life more comfortable, safer and also more climate-friendly.“
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Car thief forgets cell phone at the crime scene: An old police adage says that offenders always return to the scene of the crime – but a car thief now learned that this is not necessarily smart. A 26-year-old wanted to steal a car at night in Frankfurt. While the vehicle owner was on the phone with the police, the suspect returned to the car – because he had apparently forgotten his smartphone inside the vehicle and wanted to get it back. The police immediately arrested the thief. The officers also found a woman’s purse on him, which likely was also stolen.

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