Interstellar Drones

In a recent article on the website, DailyMail, the development of extraterrestrial drones is discussed. On a distant Jupiter moon, Europa, there is believed to be oceans. NASA scientists and engineers are working to develop submersible drones that can gather data and detect microbial life by operating in these icy waters. A major requirement for these drones will be for them to operate autonomously and manage their own resources. Only time will tell if these drones will accomplish the mission NASA hopes for.

Smart Bulbs at Risk?

In a recent article on the website, govtech.com, the idea of cybersecurity for smart light bulbs is discussed. With regard to ZigBee and Z-Wave protocol, researchers have found major security flaws in smart light bulbs. Tests conducted on Phillips Hue light bulbs showed that they were able to be ‘infected’ with a code that can spread from lightbulb to light bulb. This is done by having a drone fly within a close proximity and transmit to the light bulbs and then control them remotely. How will companies in the IoT business combat these potential security breaches? Will this slow the growth of the IoT industry? What negative impacts will be felt?

Schoolyard Brawl

In a recent article on the website, yahoo.com, they discuss the hostile environment in the Japanese Diet over the ratification of the TPP. Japanese lawmakers recently voted to ratify the TPP, but the sensitive top quickly dissolved into and Jerry Springer episode as fights broke out on the committee floor. Many lawmakers disagreed with many of the provisions. While the deal will lower many of the tariffs for Japanese exports, the open markets will create more competition for Japanese farmers and businesses. Will more fights break out as they try to reconcile their differences? Will the deal get ratified? Will other countries show the same hostility toward each other as they attempt to ratify the deal?

 

A New Hope

In a recent article on the website, sfchronicle.com, the development of a new type of commercial drone aimed at upgrading the construction industry is discussed. As of late, 3D Robotics has seen huge losses in its consumer drone products and hopes that its shift to the commercial sector will aid in its turnaround. Their new drone, Site Scan, is marketed as a technology that will move the construction industry out of the paper era and into the digital era. Will 3D robotics be able to make the transition? What challenges may they face? What must they do differently from their last drone to be successful?

Drone Patrol

In a recent article on the website, Digital Trends, a new type of drone based home security system is discussed. Drones are being used more and more in our day to day lives and these drones are providing extra security for our homes and families. Hi-tech sensors can be placed around the perimeter of your property and will provide updates and alerts based on what is going on within your property. You can then choose to further investigate these problems further, by deploying a drone for surveillance footage. Only time will tell if these becomes the next step in home security systems. Would you buy this? Will this type of system keep home invasions to a minimum? How reliable are these sensors?

Losing Steam

In a recent article on the website, SBS.com, they discuss the dissatisfaction that many Japanese are feeling with the proposed TPP deal. Japan is trying to become the first member nation to ratify the TPP deal in parliament, but are facing growing skepticism by the public. Only a little over one third of the population want to ratify the deal and many more are unsure whether or not this is the course to take with respect to the Japanese economy. Will the deal get done? How might this affect other countries? How will this affect the Japanese economy?

Sensing Change

In a recent article on the website, Shanghai Daily, smart manufacturing and its impact on industry is discussed. Internet-connected sensors, a major facet of the emerging internet of things, is allowing for more efficient machines, lower costs, and more accuracy. Maintenance sensors are now able to monitor machines and robots through sound and provide quick and accurate diagnostics. New scanners are able to read color codes and store large amounts of information. Large industrial upgrades to enormous machines, are now identified by small sensors. In what other ways may these sensors be put to use? How can color coding be used in other functions? Will color coding replace bar and QR codes?