Controlling smart home with LED modules

The Canadian start-up Nanoleaf has updated its smart LED modules with the "Touch Actions" feature which allows users to control their smart home devices with a personal touch. The LED modules that ensure a personalised light setting in the home can now be touched to control all the devices integrated in Apple's HomeKit. Users can decide if they wish to trigger or end an action with one or several touches. They could, for example, press an LED panel after waking up to switch on the best kind of light as well as the kettle and a ventilator.

 August 20, 2019

App lets users enjoy their athletic achievements

PepsiCo is promoting its Gatorade drink among young people with the campaign #ThisHighlight and the app "Highlight". The focus of the campaign are 13-17 year old sports enthusiasts, who can use the app to edit their sporting achievements and share them over social media. The app has features that allow them to add animated stickers, personalised intros, team names and strip numbers to their videos. The campaign also aims to use interactive and playful sports-based approaches to raise awareness in the physical world.

 August 20, 2019

Identifying auricular fibrillation in unremarkable ECGs

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Florida have developed an AI that can identify auricular fibrillation even when an ECG determines it to be unremarkable. They have trained a neuronal network with 650,000 ECG reports from 180,000 patients. The software identifies recurring auricular fibrillation from an ECG report with around 80% accuracy. According to the researchers, it is uncertain which signal in an ECG is responsible for the AI's diagnosis. Untreated auricular fibrillation often leads to a stroke. The AI could be used to identify and treat such cases in time.

 August 20, 2019

App excites people about Bitcoin

The New York start-up Gracias has launched an app of the same name to excite more people about the cryptocurrency Bitcoin. "Gracias" is explicitly aimed at young people who don't typically use financial services. The app features social media features such as a messenger, emojis and GIFs to allow users to send small amounts of Bitcoin to friends in a playful way. The first 10,000 users of the app will each receive 5 dollars worth of Bitcoin and will be rewarded with Bitcoin for successfully recommending the app to others.

 August 20, 2019

Social network for solo travellers

The British start-up Travellar has launched an app of the same name that helps solo travellers find like-minded people and discover travel destinations together. A map helps them find other users in the vicinity so that they can contact them and swap news. Solo travellers who want to do certain activities at a location can post this and invite others to join them. "Travellar" users are rated according to their reliability to help prevent nasty surprises during jointly planned activities.

 August 20, 2019

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