Connected AI Device Detects Drownings, Improves Pool Safety

Plus, the predicted growth of 5G adoption worldwide, drones that navigate via bat-like echolocation and a new ride-sharing app that proved far more popular than Uber when it first hit the streets of London.

by / April/May 2020
Coral Manta 3000

Safety First

Swimming pool safety just got a little more high tech. The Coral Manta 3000 is a solar-powered device that uses artificial intelligence to detect swimmers at risk of drowning within seconds of when it notices they’ve stopped breathing. It also connects to smartphones and sends alerts when someone is at risk or simply enters the pool, and can also provide real-time underwater images. While the Coral Manta is not intended to replace human lifeguards, it adds an extra layer of defense for home and public pools.
Source: Markets Insider

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5G, the next big thing in connectivity, particularly for those eyeing the growth of smart, connected technologies, is now live in two dozen markets worldwide, according to GSMA, an industry organization representing mobile network operators. The group predicts 5G will make up 20 percent of global connections in the next five years.
Source: TechCrunch

44,337

Two days after Indian ride-sharing app Ola hit the streets of London in February, downloads reached an all-time daily high of more than 44,000 in the UK, according to a report from Boston-based Apptopia. Uber, the dominant player in London ride-hailing, averaged only 13,471 daily downloads in February. Incentives for new Ola passengers included a £25 credit, and drivers got to keep 100 percent of the revenue earned during the app’s initial rollout.
Source: Quartz

Batmobiles

Researchers have found a way that drones can navigate in much the same way bats do — via echolocation. Mathematicians from Purdue University and the Technical University of Munich, Germany, used microphones to pick up echoes as they bounced off walls and calculated the time difference between when the sound was made and when it was recorded. Once outfitted on a drone, the microphones use an algorithm to determine which distance belongs to which wall. Researchers see potential applications for the tech including underwater and nighttime drone navigation.
Source: Purdue University

Lauren Harrison Managing Editor

Lauren Harrison is the managing editor for Government Technology magazine. She has a degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and more than 10 years’ experience in book and magazine publishing.

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