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Posted on November 16th, 2016

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11/16/2016 @WeWork, 115 West 18th Street, NY, 4th floor

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The speakers were

Charlie Key @Losant  talked about asset tracking.: fleet managment, shipment tracing, equipment tacking, heavy duty parenting. The package often consists of two parts: GPS tracking + communication (usually cellular). Hologram allows purchase of data by the byte with data sent every 5 minutes.

Use Google’sAPI to look up locations. Then check if inside a geofence.

David Lyman@BetterView captures and analyzes drone data. They have analyzed 4200 rooftops for insurance companies. Experts currently analyze the images. They are moving toward deep learning. The main drivers of the increased use of drones are Regulation, hardware, experience.

He sees a longer term opportunity: 5mm workers that should have a drone in their trucks – fence installers, HVAC maintenance.

Vaughn @Temboo: SAAS to connect actuators and sensors to the cloud, gave several examples of IoT in industry:

  1. Monginis Foods Ltd. – cakes and pastry in India, UK, EMEA: retrofit equipment and processes to implement IoT. Examples include
    1. retrofitting x-ray machines that scan every cake and pastry – automate alerts.
    2. Monitor freezers and refrigerators to reduce food spoilage.
    3. Place temperature sensors as oven monitors
    4. Integrate with payment and logistics systems to make everything more efficient.
  2. One customer monitors soil moisture, electrical conductivity, light – in agriculture
  3. Aircraft repair company – monitor parts storage and temperature and humidity of storage for audit. Tracks technical manuals.
  4. Manufacturer of lawn mowers includes sensors in motors

The usual configuration is Sensor monitoring – triggered notifications — actuator control. Vaughn gave the following advice to IoT startups:

  1. Start with a small but real, concrete problem
  2. Focus on saving time or money to create real value at the start
  3. Quick wins help build confidence and expertise
  4. Get internal backing based on having a a working system
  5. See how the data and functionality create additional uses
  6. See how existing application can be modified for other users
  7. Build new Iot capabilities on top of existing ones

Leif@Righthand robotics: Intelligent robotic order-picking systems, talked about opportunities he sees in the industrial robotics space.

Existing industrial ecosystem: build components + system integrators -> end application

Most of the cost is in integration, so he is looking for systems that  are configurable by end users (simpler integration) . Examples include: Universal robotics (UR5), ReThink robotics (Sawyer), Franka produce collaborative robotics that users can program.

He gave some examples of industrial robotic applications:

  1. Robots as a service – a machine that thins the small lettuce plants. Farmers can rent when they need it.
  2. Navii is used by Lowes to tell customers were to find items in inventory.

He sees the key is having machines learning to handle variation as manual labor is hard to scale.

Finally, Roli, demonstrated a music technology that increases the flexibility and capabilities of accomplished musicians while being easy enough for beginners to create their own music.

Their original device in 2012 replaced a keyboard with a continuous sensitive surface: The Seaboard. They are introducing a more general devices (the block) that has the flexibility to play the sounds of multiple instruments, but in a simple and elegant package.

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