In this week’s edition, we share stories about Snapshot Wisconsin, a project that aims to install 5000+ cameras to track wildlife. We also discuss about a breakthrough in Integrated Circuits (IC) that could change the wearables industry along with how the centenary edition of Indy500 made heavy use of Azure and IoT.
● Project Snapshot Wisconsin: NASA, the University of Wisconsin and volunteers from all over Wisconsin are coming together to create a project that is one of its kind. The project aims to track wildlife through the state via strategically placed cameras. Currently they have placed around 500 cameras at key spots with the installation aimed at more than 5000+ cameras. Check out the article and the interesting wildlife that has already been captured by these cameras. The project goes a step further and has enlisted volunteers whose expertise will be needed to help classify the images. This is a great example of using simple tracking mechanisms and effective crowdsourcing to create a great source of reference. Imagine if we could do such projects in and around the areas that we reside in?
● Worlds Fastest Wearable IC to revolutionize IoT: Once again we have the University of Wisconsin over here with a breakthrough that could revolutionize wearables and have far reaching implications from fashion to healthcare. A group of researchers have developed an IC, that consists of several interlocked layers that have got inspired by twisted cables. The IC is a magnitude thinner than the other stretchable ICs, it operaters at 40GHz and will tune itself well with devices supporting 5G. Imagine a scenario where these devices could be embedded on the skin, sending vital parameters over the network to a monitoring system, thereby ushering in mechanisms to monitor patients without lots of wires.
● 100th Edition of Indy500 with Microsoft Azure and IoT:The Indianapolis 500 is considered to be one of the prestigious races in the world. And this year for its 100th edition,they joined forces with BlueMetal, a software development company and Microsoft to collect live statistics across the race and deliver it to the fans. Over the 2.5 hour race, more than 4 millions rows of data across hundreds of metrics were delivered to the Azure IoT Hub and then into Azure Analytics, which finally fed into a real-time dashboard. Race car fans that were earlier only provided simple statistical data like leaders, lap timings, etc were now provided multiple other data like average lap timings across a certain number of laps, ambient race track conditions, pit stop performance parameters and more. The association of Microsoft with Indy 500 is another addition to their technology enablement of other sports events like PGA Tour, NASCAR and more.