In this week’s edition, we cover a couple of stories from the medical industry where IoT is helping with breakthrough innovations: monitoring Parkinson’s disease and a new smart thread containing sensors that can help monitor the vital statistics post surgery. We finally take a look at how the demand for memory/storage is likely to spiral with Internet of Things devices playing a huge role in generating the demand.
Student Startup XEED tackling Parkinson’s Disease: A startup by two students of University of Pennsylvania is using an IoT wearable to help tackling Parkinson’s disease. The wearable worn around the wrist is used to track tremors in a Parkinson’s affected person and it gives an indication of the occurrence of tremors and how a patient with his/her activities and even medication could be contributing to tremors. The feedback is provided on the companion phone application. The goal is to continuously monitor and provide feedback to help the patient with certain activities that could help control the disease. A device of this nature as the article describes could be of great assistance to caretakers of Parkinson’s patients. The wearable is planned to go into trial soon and the project was the winner of the President’s Innovation Prize last year.
Smart Sutures May Tell Post-Op Patients How They Are Doing: In another project where IoT is making inroads into healthcare, researchers from Tufts University, Harvard and MIT have created a next generation smart thread that is used to sew up post any operative surgery on the patient. Traditionally the monitoring is done via other sensors that need to be implanted into the body but with multiple sensors being woven into a thread itself, it is a much more flexible approach since it can take any shape and can be mutated into complex shapes. The thread currently under research has sensors that are capable of monitoring stress, pressure and temperature of the patient. The research paper is available here.
The Memory of Cars: An interesting article that explains via the auto industry how the demand for storage is going to spiral in the years ahead. The example taken is that of a modern car where all its parts , sensors are interconnected to give us data that is far larger than one normally thinks. The article gives an example of the Google Autonomous Car which generates about 1GB/second. To quote the article “The average US driver drives about 600 hours/year. Thus a typical US driver of a autonomous vehicle could generate about 2 PB/car per year. “ If you extrapolate this to millions of drivers, the data is just mind boggling. This is turn is going to generate a huge demand for storage (memory) devices in the years ahead. The car is just one element of the Internet of Things landscape and it will be interesting to see how we handle not just large amounts of data being generated but also store, transport and analyse it in a secure way.
To round up this edition, an article 6 Ways in which IoT is going to sway mobile development is a good read for the high-level points that it provides in areas where things will not remain the same. These include new emerging connectivity protocols, hiring of developers, application platforms will change and more.