KW 46: Vaha fitness mirror helps with lockdown time, Finalists in the Smart Mobility competition, Apple app to fight nightmares


Vaha fitness mirror helps with lockdown time: The fitness studios and swimming pools in Germany will be closed until at least the end of November. As early as spring it was shown that social isolation combined with a lack of exercise can promote depressive symptoms. This is another reason why smart sports apps for at home are booming. The fitness mirror from Vaha is a particularly fascinating device. The device can be operated using a smartphone and offers training programs such as weight training or cardio, yoga flows, meditations or mobility training. Users can also contact a personal coach via the app. Prominent athletes already use the mirror. National goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has been using fitness technology since the first lockdown and has since joined Vaha.,

Finalists in the Smart Mobility competition: On Thursday, the corporate and strategy consulting firm McKinsey and the “Handelsblatt” awarded the German digital prize The Spark. The award is given to startups that help people move faster and smarter in the future. This year, there are companies to choose from that include innovations in the areas of autonomous driving, smart charging infrastructure, local public transport, emission savings, innovative parking space search, and more.

Apple app to fight nightmares: The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the prescription Apple app “NightWare” for the American market last Friday. With it, the technology giant promises to be able to prevent nightmares. “NightWare” runs over the AppleWatch and also transmits your data to a linked iPhone. Overnight, Apple Watch sensors measure the user’s movements and heart rate. “NightWare” then evaluates the measured values using algorithms and can thus recognize when the Apple Watch wearer is having a nightmare. The wearer is then pulled from the nightmare by a gentle vibration without waking up. The app is intended to be used in particular for post-traumatic stress disorders and to supplement, but not replace, therapies.

Analysts predict 26 smart cities by 2025: Spending on smart city technology is expected to reach 327 billion dollars by 2025, up from 96 billion dollars in 2019, according to a new forecast from Frost & Sullivan. The analyst company said an uncertain post-pandemic situation will compel cities to focus on developing collaborative, data-driven infrastructure for use in healthcare, public security services and more. Artificial intelligence and data-driven solutions are expected to be in high demand, with growing opportunities for crowd analytics, open data dashboards and digital city services. Investments in smart technologies are also expected to rise over the next two years. Cities have already invested in contact-tracing wearables and apps, open data platforms, autonomous drones and crowd analytics to fight Covid-19, according to the report, and smart grids, intelligent traffic management, autonomous vehicles, smart lighting and e-governance services are expected to gain traction when the pandemic passes.

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In contrast to spring of this year, internet providers in Germany have so far not recorded any extraordinary increase in internet use during the November lockdown. In the first week of November, the fixed network data volume rose by seven percent. In March it was 40 percent.


Smart district in Dubai has been a pioneer in sustainability for years: Most people don’t tend to associate Dubai with sustainability and climate-friendliness. However, there has been a neighborhood in the city for years that has become a global pioneer in matters of sustainability due to clever digital solutions. Thanks to an innovative concept for climate neutrality, the residents of “The Sustainable City” have a carbon footprint that is 60 percent lower than the average for the population. Right from the start of construction in 2015, attention was paid to environmental friendliness in all areas, from architecture to energy supply. In addition, innovations in agriculture come into play, e.g. eleven Biodome greenhouses with temperature-controlled bio domes that allow residents to grow their own fruit and vegetables.

Technology in the service of people: Barcelona pioneers: In 2008/09, the Smart City strategy was proclaimed in the Catalan metropolis of Barcelona. But the beginning was chaotic. That changed with the promotion of Francesca Bria to Chief Digital Technology and Innovation Officer in 2015. During her term of office until 2019, people were to be placed at the center of the smart city. The digital citizens‘ platform “Decidim” was created for this purpose. There, the residents of the city were supposed to vote, develop ideas, sketch plans and organize meetings. Based on this data, the city government designed its agenda. The additionally founded “Decode Project”, the largest EU project on data sovereignty in Europe, withdrew the data from the platform from private technology companies and declared them to be common property, which should be controlled and used by the entire population.

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„European and German politics must decide in which areas Europe would like to remain technologically and thus economically and politically sovereign in the future.“
Former Burda board member Stefan Winners sees the current lead of American and Chinese technology companies and is worried about the danger of Europe ending up as a “digital colony”.


Amazon must recall 350,000 video doorbells because they can catch fire: Amazon-owned Ring is recalling 350,000 video doorbells sold in the US and Canada because they can catch fire. When installed with the incorrect screws, batteries can overheat and ignite, according to a recall notice posted by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission. Ring has received reports of 23 doorbells igniting, with eight people getting minor burns and some properties suffering light damage, according to Ring. The recall involves Ring Video Doorbell (second generation, model number 57M5E5) smart doorbell cameras sold at electronics and home goods stores nationwide and online at and from June through October.

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