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Wearable Technology aids Parkinson's disease research

Wearable technology in the Healthcare sector is becoming increasingly more popular thanks to innovative designs that are useful, yet compact and comfortable. We’ve seen many devices that measure different body functions such as heart rate or glucose levels, and now the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research has partnered with Intel to create a health device for patients with Parkinson’s disease.

The devices collect over 300 observations per second from the wearer about the measurable features of Parkinson's disease such as tremors, sleep patterns and balance. Using the data produced from these devices could help with the progression of drug development to help relieve symptoms for sufferers.

"Data science and wearable computing hold the potential to transform our ability to capture and objectively measure patients' actual experience of disease, with unprecedented implications for Parkinson's drug development, diagnosis and treatment," said Todd Sherer, chief executive of The Michael J Fox Foundation.

Intel and The Michael J Fox Foundation also plan to launch a new mobile application later this year that allows patients to report their medication intake as well as how they are feeling.

Parkinson’s disease affects one in 100 people over the age of 60 and currently there is no test to diagnose the disease. With the help of wearable technology, scientists will be able to learn more about diagnosing and treating Parkinson’s.  

To find out more about Wearable Technology aiding Parkinson's disease research click here

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On Monday, Eseye launched an exciting competition in which one lucky twitter follower will win an amazing HERA200! This competition is to both our 1000th tweet and the launch of the HERA200. Here’s why you should enter and be excited about the prospect of owning a HERA200!

The HERA200

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The HERA200 is a compact Arduino-enabled 2G gateway that gives anybody an open-standard and easy way of connecting to mobile networks and integrating sensor equipment into M2M platforms. The router is optimised for cellular sensor or command/control applications and integrating sensor equipment into M2M platforms enables cost effective industry specific M2M applications.

The best part about winning a HERA200 is the ease of use as well as the extensive possibilities of what you can create! The sheer simplicity of the Arduino programming language makes it accessible to all age ranges, even children, the platform is being built and improved for learning, building on lessons and sharing code.

So what are you waiting for? The 1000th tweet has already been posted and there is a limited time to enter! Make sure you’re following us on twitter and RT the 1000th tweet which is currently pinned to the top of our twitter feed!

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We are so excited to mark the conjunction of our 1000th tweet and the launch of our HERA200 Arduino gateway that we’re giving away a unit of the HERA200 to one lucky tweeter!

This compact Arduino-enabled 2G gateway is a world first for M2M applications and puts Eseye right at the forefront of the Internet of Things giving developers an open-standard and easy way of connecting to mobile networks and integrating sensor equipment into M2M platforms and in turn enabling cost effective industry specific M2M applications.

The HERA200’s Arduino compatibility is perfect for hackers and the sheer simplicity of the Arduino programming language makes it accessible to all age ranges. From children to teachers right the way through to engineers building a large scale connected M2M application, the platform is being built and improved for learning, building on lessons and sharing code. There are endless opportunities for a creative mind, a business or a hacker with a HERA200 and Eseye can’t wait to see what fantastic creation the winner will think of!

How to enter

To enter you need to follow us on Twitter @eseyem2m and retweet our 1000th tweet - simple as that! The winner will receive a HERA200 with 6 months of data at 2Mb a month. The closing deadline is August 20th and the winner will be selected at random by Eseye after this date. Eseye will contact the winner to obtain shipment details after that date too.

So, if you think you could use a HERA200 make sure you follow and RT us on twitter to be in with a chance of winning this exciting prize!

Good luck!

 

 

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We were a little quiet on the blog front this week and that's because we have an exciting competition coming your way next week to celebrate Eseye's 1000th tweet.

To find out more about the competition keep your eyes peeled on Monday for more information via our blog and also make sure to be following us on twitter to be in with a chance of winning!

In the meantime, take a look at the top M2M news of the week and Eseye's previous blog posts:

UK to get driverless cars by January 2015

A £10 million funding boost to driverless car technology in the UK has been announced, with the government promising that autonomous vehicles will be allowed on public roads by January 2015.

Future-proofing your M2M solution

M2M technology can offer a variety of benefits to businesses. There are so many opportunities now to make the most of digital technology and data to add to our already advanced Smart Cities, but how exactly can businesses make sure their solutions are future-proofed in a rapidly evolving environment.

The Value of Trust for Utilities

Energy is a huge discussion in most parts of the world—and now new international research puts a number on the value of utility companies building trust with customers. Read more about the value of trust when it comes to Energy and M2M technology.

What's next for the Internet of Things in Education?

The speed at which M2M technology is being developed means that the Internet of Things using M2M technology is already a part of our everyday lives in a variety of different ways. It's clear that this change offers schools new ways in which they can teach children which in turn helps the children become familiar with and creative around advanced technologies. It’s intriguing to see what new innovative products will be entering our schools and education facilities to connect more things.  

 

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What's next for the Internet of Things in Education?

The speed at which M2M technology is being developed means that the Internet of Things using M2M technology is already a part of our everyday lives in a variety of different ways. It's clear that this change offers schools new ways in which they can teach children which in turn helps the children become familiar with and creative around advanced technologies. It’s intriguing to see what new innovative products will be entering our schools and education facilities to connect more things.  

Future-proofing your M2M solution

M2M technology can offer a variety of benefits to businesses. There are so many opportunities now to make the most of digital technology and data to add to our already advanced Smart Cities, but how exactly can businesses make sure their solutions are future-proofed in a rapidly evolving environment.

Tube to adopt contactless payment cards

London’s Tube network will accept contactless payment cards from 16 September, Transport for London has announced. The cards will work for pay-as-you-go fares and eliminate the need for users to top up Oyster cards at machines.

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Eseye Insights: What's next for the Internet of Things in Education?

Mae Fuller - Marketing Intern:

Mae is a studious summer intern working alongside the Marketing department at Eseye. Mae is interested in the education sector, social care and psychology and has been collating marketing analysis, data cleansing, communications and research.

The speed at which M2M technology is being developed means that the Internet of Things using M2M technology is already a part of our everyday lives in a variety of different ways. It's clear that this change offers schools new ways in which they can teach children which in turn helps the children become familiar with and creative around advanced technologies.

PC driven whiteboards, electronic and interactive learning tools as well as internet portals which can be used to hand in homework, receive timetable, worksheets and important updates, have been available for some time and it's intriguing to see what new innovative products will be entering our schools and education facilities to connect more things.  

It is evident that schools are adapting and developing new ways of learning using M2M technology and the Internet of Things. Many schools are investing in technology-based products and services to improve learning outcomes and thereby making lesson significantly more advanced and fun. To enhance learning in science and other subjects some school are already doing laboratory experiments using sensing devices which measure and control temperature, or using devices to control a lamp during photosynthesis experiments to only expose the plant to light during certain times and much more.

Schools can also use M2M to help keep schools safe and monitor energy consumption to save money. Connected technology can also be used by the school facilities management team to improve safety and security of schools with devices such as smart ID cards (RFID technology) which can be used to track the whereabouts of students will on school grounds.

M2M technology is already changing learning itself making it more accessible to a generation brought up in a world of endless possibilities. I wonder what exciting innovations will be next.

- Mae Fuller, Eseye

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Future-proofing your M2M solution

M2M technology can offer a variety of benefits to businesses.. There are so many opportunities now to make the most of digital technology and data to add to our already advanced Smart Cities, but how exactly can businesses make sure their solutions are future-proofed in a rapidly evolving environment.

The ever-changing and ever-moving Smart City is flexible and adapts the way it functions to suit human needs. These solutions are flexible themselves and therefore need the M2M technology they use to be equally as flexible much like Eseye’s AnyNet SIM. The AnyNet has a Multi IMSI option which essentially future proofs solutions, perfectly suited to global roaming and ready for whatever changes lie ahead.

The AnyNet is not tied down to one network and therefore is both flexible at the same time as being reliable. The fact that it is entirely mobile network independent gives the customer the freedom to deploy M2M devices wherever they want, without being held back by prohibitive data costs from the major MNOs. Flexibility is the key to scalable solutions.

To find out more about the AnyNet SIM and future-proofing your M2M solutions click here

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Tourism gets tech savvy in Southern and Eastern Africa

The most recent innovation has been the creation of a mobile visitor information vehicle known as Thando. The vehicle offers visitors free wi-fi along with LCD screens and the ability to make bookings and secure trips at roving locations. Find out more about the latest technology in tourism.

The M2M Shepherd

Norway is a beautiful country full of large mountainous and relatively uninhabited areas.  Picturing a shepherd’s life in one of these regions may bring to mind pictures of peaceful beauty and tranquillity; however, this landscape can sometimes prove to be somewhat stressful for them. The vast area means their sheep have lots of room to roam around, but also lots of room to get lost in. Take a look at the M2M technology helping these shepherds keep track of their sheep.

Tech giant licenses smart contact lens technology

Google first unveiled the smart contact lenses in January. They use sensors that are sandwiched between two soft layers to measure the glucose levels in the wearer’s tears, transmitting this information wirelessly to connected smartphones. Google said it hoped the technology would help diabetics around the world by removing the need to perform regular, painful blood tests.

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M2M in the News: The M2M Shepherd

Norway is a beautiful country full of large mountainous and relatively uninhabited areas.  Picturing a shepherd’s life in one of these regions may bring to mind pictures of peaceful beauty and tranquillity; however, this landscape can sometimes prove to be somewhat stressful for them. The vast area means their sheep have lots of room to roam around, but also lots of room to get lost in.

This is where the Globalstar’s FindMySheep collars come in. The collars have a long-life lithium ion battery and can be recharged through an inductive charging system. The collars collect data including a time stamped latitude and longitude of each sheep making sure the shepherds always know exactly where their sheep are. The collar also sends back a status on how much battery time they have left so the shepherds know when they need to bring the sheep back for recharging.

The large-scale field trials that were conducted in 2011 and 2012 were successful, so the FindMySheep collars were launched commercially in time for the 2013 grazing season and 3,500 were sold.

To find out more about the FindMySheep collar, read this informative article.

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M2M is good for your health and wellbeing

Take a look at wellness gadgets that monitor your health ranging from a sports perspective to a more medical one.

Remote Control Contraceptive Chip

MicroCHIPS, a startup based in Massachusetts, has developed an implantable contraceptive chip that can be wirelessly controlled. The chip lasts up to 16 years and can be switched on an off via remote control. The chips are designed for compatibility with pre-programmed microprocessors, wireless telemetry, or sensor feedback loops to provide active control.

Cars and Clouds – the rise of the smartphone on wheels?

Both Connected Cars and mobile app technology have come a long way in the last few years. The merging of these two worlds looks set to drive yet another wave of unpredictable innovation.

Behind the scenes of IBM's Wimbledon data bunker

IBM's near real-time Wimbledon data is powered by county tennis players from across the UK, patiently recording the dynamics of every serve, slice and volley.

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M2M in the News: Remote Control Contraceptive Chip

MicroCHIPS, a startup based in Massachusetts, has developed an implantable contraceptive chip that can be wirelessly controlled. The chip lasts up to 16 years and can be switched on an off via remote control. The chips are designed for compatibility with pre-programmed microprocessors, wireless telemetry, or sensor feedback loops to provide active control.

The chip is a 20x20mm and approximately 7mm thick. Each day, the chip will dispense 30 micrograms of a hormone called levonorgestrel, a second generation progestin that is already commonly used as a contraceptive.

Contraceptive chips could mean less scheduled contraceptive appointments with doctors and nurses as when the patient wants to be taken off birth control she can just turn the device off with a simple click and the same to turn it back on again. This could free up more appointments for people at their local GP.

MicroCHIPS are currently working on some finer details of the chip, such as encrypting them to keep the wireless information secure.  M2M technology is the future for healthcare and it’ll be interesting to see what innovative projects they come up with next.

The project has been backed by Bill Gates and will begin pre-clinical tests next year, hopefully to be available to the general public by 2018.

For more information about MicroCHIPS click here

 

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Connected tennis - the future of Wimbledon

Wimbledon is turning out to be a very exciting year for up-and-coming tennis stars with Australian rookie Nick Kyrgios beating world number 1 Rafael Nadal in four sets on Centre Court yesterday. The future tennis stars may well be more accurate than ever and give Nadal even more of a run for his money with the help of M2M technology.

Government investment drives UK lead in IoT

A consortium of more than 40 UK-based technology companies funded by the UK’s innovation agency, Technology Strategy Board, has delivered on the first phase of its initiative to accelerate the widespread move to the Internet of Things.

10 Marvellous M2M creations

Take a look at the wonderful world of M2M and the Internet of Things. From nifty nappies all the way to the smart wheel, here are 10 of the most marvellous M2M creations.

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Wimbledon is turning out to be a very exciting year for up-and-coming tennis stars with Australian rookie Nick Kyrgios beating world number 1 Rafael Nadal in four sets on Centre Court yesterday. The future tennis stars may well be more accurate than ever and give Nadal even more of a run for his money with the help of M2M technology.

The Babolat Play is the world’s first connected tennis racquet that helps players from all age ranges and abilities access the information they need to analyse their game and technique to help improve their skills. The tennis racquet can analyse pretty much everything about the player’s performance like their power, serve speed, endurance and overall strokes.

The Babolat Play app can also show an overview of how the player's game evolves over time, as well as showing how they stand in comparison to friends (nothing like a bit of friendly competition).

A cunning player could even use shared friends’ data to discover weaknesses and change the way they play to take this as an advantage while at the same time forcing the other player to develop their own skills to become better.

The future of Wimbledon may well be even more exciting than it is this time around with expertly precise players. If you want to find out what tennis star Rafael Nadal thinks about the Babolat Play take a look at this video.

 

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  1. The Data Lobster
    Hack the Space at the Tate Modern was an art hack that took any form of data, big or small, and turned it into digital artwork. One group created Pharmaceutically Active Crustaceans which was a toy lobster that reads out a gloomy tweet when you give him a hug. The data lobster was a visual representation of how depositories from human antidepressants can affect wildlife.
     
  2. FlyKly’s Smart Wheel
    The wheel fits onto practically any bicycle frame with a lightweight 250W motor and battery attached. While riding, Smart Wheel keeps you safe as it spares your energy and allows you to keep your focus on the traffic. The Smart Wheel can be charged within a few hours, and even recharges while you’re cycling. Not to mention the fact that it can also safely charge your phone as you ride. The app can also be used as a GPS system to track down the location of the bike if it is ever stolen.
     
  3. ReaDIYmate
    Have your adorable reaDIYmate dance and sing whenever you receive a notification on social media. You can also have them post a status or send a tweet just by pressing a button. ReaDIYmate is a great example of creativity and innovation in the Internet of Things.
     
  4. Smart Wine
    Smart wine couldn’t possibly be a bad idea, right? Wine Quality Enhancing uses the Internet of Things to monitor soil moisture and trunk diameter in vineyards to control the amount of sugar in grapes and overall health of the grapevine.
     
  5. A Talking Home
    Talking to inanimate objects is not usually a good sign, but now you can chat to you fridge without getting weird stares from your neighbour. LG’s HomeChat allows appliances to chat with their owners via a texting app so you can now text your fridge asking whether you need more milk or your washing machine when the laundry will be done.
     
  6. Smart Bulb
    LG’s Smart Bulb could prove revolutionary to deaf people. Linking the system to their smartphones, deaf people can set the bulb to flash whenever they receive a phone call. The bulb will last for over a decade if switched on for around five hours per day - an amazing 80% energy saving compared to traditional incandescent bulbs, according to LG. 
  1. Goal-line technology
    The 2014 World Cup is the first ever to incorporate goal-line technology. The 14 cameras record 500 images per second and will send out a vibrating goal alert to referees within a second of the ball crossing the line. Unbelievably, goal-line technology officially measures correctly within a +/- margin of 1.5cm which is about the same size as a peanut M&M if you’re wondering (I’m sure you were).
  1. Nifty Nappies
    These nappies send a text alert when the embedded chip senses that the nappy is wet. (Certainly useful for the years before your child can text you to say they’ve wet themselves)
     
  2. Egg Tray
    The connected egg tray constantly monitors how many eggs you have in the refrigerator and display the information on a mobile app. You can then check the app when you’re out and about to see if you need more eggs.
     
  3. Dog fitness tracker
    As if a fitness tracker for yourself wasn’t enough, you can now get one for your pet too. It tracks the dog's daily activity, so that owners know exactly how much exercise their dog is actually getting.

 

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Pizza on your wrist

Smartwatches are hitting the headlines this week with companies battling to make their watch the best. Google has now announced that there will be an app for your smartwatch that allows you to order pizza from your wrist into your hands.  The pizza lover app will be available for Android Wear smartwatches, such as the LG G Watch, Samsung Gear Live and Moto 360.

Nest Labs brings the 'smart home' to life

Nest, thermostat and smoke alarm maker, has announced a new programme to encourage developers to integrate their products and services with their own devices, bringing the idea of a connected home to life.

The AnyTracer and the AnyNet

The AnyTracer is a DIY GPS tracker that can be used to track just about anything you want. The tracker is the smallest complete GPS GSM tracker in the world, measuring in at a tiny 25 x 25mm. The onboard STM32 microcontroller means you can program it yourself with Arduino or online with Mbed.org or in C using Keil or the opensource CooCox IDE. There are so many possibilities with this device due to its size and programming capabilities.

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The AnyTracer is a DIY GPS tracker that can be used to track just about anything you want. The tracker is the smallest complete GPS GSM tracker in the world, measuring in at a tiny 25 x 25mm. The onboard STM32 microcontroller means you can program it yourself with Arduino or online with Mbed.org or in C using Keil or the opensource CooCox IDE. There are so many possibilities with this device due to its size and programming capabilities.

The AnyTracer will use Eseye’s embedded AnyNet SIM to make sure that the trackers will always stay connected. Using an embedded SIM like the AnyNet is one of the reasons why the AnyTracer can be so small. The size of the product means that you can track anything with ease, whether it is luggage, a parcel, a boat or even your child; the AnyTracer is so discreet and easy to use that the possibilities are endless.

The AnyTracer is currently raising money for the project via indiegogo. The creators behind the AnyTracer are also running a competition to win one of five AnyTracers, so if you have a creative or innovative idea on how to use the tracker let them know and you could be in with the chance of receiving one for free.

For more information on the competition and the AnyTracer check out the indiegogo page here

To find out more about the AnyNet SIM click here

 

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Smart glasses 'for the blind' developed at Oxford

Visually impaired people could regain a degree of spatial awareness, thanks to some specially-developed smart glasses

Big data, art and a lobster

On Friday evening the Tate Modern launched the first ever art hack. The participants had one agenda; to take any form of data, big or small, and turn it into digital artwork. Hack the Space included 40 different projects all using datasets that ranged from Facebook profiles to deforestation statistics.

Health and fitness apps booming ahead of Apple's iOS 8 launch

Flurry a mobile analytics company tracks more than 6,800 apps in the health and fitness category, and claims that usage has grown by 62% this year, compared to 33% for apps in general.

Tracking The Archers

Eseye were pleased to see the EMIT card tracker being put to good use last week in the hands of Officer Cadet Dan Hebden Lloyd, Will Howard's second role in hit Radio 4 show The Archers. The group, A10A, went for a rather long hike in the Black Mountains in Wales, for Exercise Long Reach. They did not go alone, of course, the group took their reliable tracker the EMIT card along with them for the journey.

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M2M in the News: Big data, art and a lobster

On Friday evening the Tate Modern launched the first ever art hack. The participants had one agenda; to take any form of data, big or small, and turn it into digital artwork. Hack the Space included 40 different projects all using datasets that ranged from Facebook profiles to deforestation statistics.

One group created a rather bizarre and sad toy lobster that reads out a gloomy tweet when you give him a hug. The group called the piece Pharmaceutically Active Crustaceans and was used as a visual representation of how depositories from human antidepressants can affect wildlife. Creatively engaging with this data can help send an important and thought-provoking message in a more emotive way than just reading plain data.

The winning project, $Echo, used data to visualise attacks on people's security and web presence through a series of colours and echoes. The group used Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s data that included the names of the 5,196 children and young people who died in 2008's Sichuan earthquake in China. The Chinese government had previously refused to release the names.

This was the first hackathon for the Tate and we sure do hope it’s not the last. Hackathons can be great for innovate individuals and it’s great to see such creative ways of using data.

For more about Hack the Space click here

 

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M2M in the News: Tracking The Archers

Eseye were pleased to see the EMIT card tracker being put to good use last week in the hands of Officer Cadet Dan Hebden Lloyd, Will Howard's second role in hit Radio 4 show The Archers!

The group, A10A, went for a rather long hike in the Black Mountains in Wales, for Exercise Long Reach – a rite of passage for British Army officer cadets. A10A did not go alone, of course. The group took their reliable tracker the EMIT card along with them for the journey to help keep them safe and on track!

The EMIT card helped the team stay on track to reach one of the highest points of the route at 700m, but even that wasn’t enough to make sure the group were actually scaling the correct mountain! I'm sure we can all imagine how annoying that moment was for the group - scaling a mountain is no mean feat, scaling two is another story!

Not only this, but at one point during the trek, the group thought they had lost their EMIT card and that they would then have to retrace their footsteps to find their tracker. Thankfully, this wasn’t the case and their handy tracker had just been packed into a bag in a hurry, temporarily misplaced, but still on their persons. 

The journey itself was full of highs and lows, with everyone taking their turn to try keep spirits high. It’s great to see connected technology helping enable people to take on such challenging adventures.

To read more about Officer Cadet Dan Hebden Lloyd's journey click here

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M2M in the News: Connected World Cup

It’s kick off for the 2014 World Cup today and while we are waiting eagerly for England to be kicked out on penalties we can rest easily this year knowing that we’ll know the score with 100% accuracy thanks to Goal-Line technology.

England fans will be pleased with the inclusion of this technology as I’m sure we all hate to remember Frank Lampard’s disallowed goal against Germany in the 2010 World Cup – a situation that would have certainly changed if there was an accurate way of knowing exactly when the ball has crossed the line.

Goal Line technology has been discussed for over a decade now, but has never quite been fully embraced by all football fans. The 2014 World Cup will be the first ever to incorporate goal-line technology, so whether they’re watching on a tablet, a smartphone or just a plain old television, this will be the most technologically advanced tournament viewers have ever seen.

The pitch will be set up with seven cameras on each goalmouth. The cameras record 500 images per second and will send out a vibrating goal alert to referees within a second of the ball crossing the line. Unbelievably, goal-line technology officially measures correctly within a +/- margin of 1.5cm.  

As M2M technology is becoming more readily available to companies sporting fans can look forward to more accurate results.

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