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New Tech Tackles Old Age

The aging population of the world is larger than ever before and growing. Yet, the ailments of old age may become a thing of the past due to the rise in groundbreaking technology. Alleviating Loneliness  Intuition Robotics redefines the relationship between humans and machines. The company’s cognitive AI platform enables devices to become context- aware, proactive, personalized and adaptive. Their first product, ElliQ, is an award-winning social robot for the elderly that encourages an active and engaged lifestyle.  Treating Alzheimer’s  INSIGHTEC develops tech that uses sound waves to ablate deep brain tissue (see page 23). Together with WVU’s Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute, a new breakthrough clinical trial for Alzheimer’s is underway. Ultrasound waves are used to temporarily open up the blood brain barrier, to potentially facilitate the clearing of the plaques.  Detecting Falls  Celeno develops innovative Wi-Fi solutions that turn the home router into a Doppler imaging sensor (or simply put, a radar). It can accurately detect falls behind walls and closed doors, eliminating the need for privacy concerns of cameras.  Combating Strokes  BrainQ helps stroke patients get back on their...

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The Next Thing in Cybersecurity Innovation: Securing your future?

Imagine a sense of security on the internet, where the identity of website users is known and secure based on how fast or slow they swipe their fingers across the touchscreen of a phone or tablet, and how much theirs hands shake. The patented cybersecurity system, called BioCatch, also evaluates eye-hand coordination and palm size, combining all of this information to generate what its CEO Avi Turgeman calls a “cognitive signature” for users, able to identify when an unfamiliar person may be using a device. For now, this is a last-line of defense against unauthorized access to data, hacking attempts and other cyber-crimes, but someday this sort of built-in technology may replace passwords. In other words, machines may just know who is using them. It is this sort of technology — and the increased vulnerability of data — that is driving the ever-expanding future of cybersecurity. As the world becomes increasingly digital, and hacking attempts grow increasingly more sophisticated, there is a growing demand for new and expanded security solutions.  And the demand isn’t just coming from IT companies,...

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These Companies are Shaping the Future of Corporate Innovation

By 2020, the laptop will take a backseat in importance to smartphones and wearable devices in the workplace, a recent study by Cisco said; in fact, today’s employees under the age of 35 already complete tasks faster using mobile devices and apps rather than personal computers. More than half of these so-called millennials consider themselves available for work 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and prefer working a flexible schedule, utilizing various mobile devices, rather than a 9-5 job in the office. This changing office culture is just one of the ways that technology is altering the corporate world, from how people work to how enterprises do business to how customers make decisions. The first major shift in the corporate world came in the 1980s, with the introduction of the PC. These computers made it possible not just to organize and store information more efficiently, but also gave professionals the opportunity to write their reports and keep their own records, rather than relying on a secretary or central typing center. The advent of email in the 1990s...

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Internet of Things: The next wave of our connected world

A system called the Iron Dome intercepts rockets before they can hit the ground, saving human lives. A farmer using an application called CropX sets his irrigation system to deliver more water to certain parts of his field and less to others, increasing food yields while conserving resources. Two ancient human challenges, warfare and farming, have been completely transformed due to technology that increasingly connects all objects, ranging from hostile missiles to green sprouts of wheat. About 28 billion ‘things’ will be connected to the internet by 2020, according to a recent Harvard Business Review report. As advances zoom forward with the help of the sector known as Internet of Things, or IoT, the world is on a path to increasing connectivity, setting us up for myriad social and economic changes. The first internet-connected device that was not a computer was a toaster. In 1990, John Romkey created a toaster that could be switched on and off over the internet, following the challenge of Interop Internet host Dan Lynch. Although this started off as nearly a joke, the technology...

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Looking ahead to a more connected era of healthcare

When Frederick Philips bought a small factory in the Dutch town of Eindhoven in 1891, he manufactured light bulbs and exported them globally, just as the world was embracing electrical lighting. In an unexpected twist, in a physics lab opened for research into new and improved electrical products, Philips in 1918 developed a medical X-ray tube and set off on a long journey to become one of the world’s leading diagnostic and healthcare companies. Over the years, Philips has continued to innovate, applying new technology from many disciplines to the world of healthcare. Now, more than ever, the future of healthcare is poised for a revolution; a revolution based on applying the technology of cloud computing, internet of things, and mobile apps to the healthcare sector. Just as Philip’s X-ray tube emerged from a light bulb company, modern disruptive healthcare solutions are emerging from high-tech and data-analytic companies. Such solutions have the potential not only to improve human life but will also save the United States alone as much as $300 billion a year, according to Goldman Sachs. In fact, the...

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