Weekly 'Pulse' Issue 56

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The Speed of Light

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Fiber optic internet connections were once seen as the pinnacle of networking solutions, capable of transferring data at gigabytes per second and heralded as one-day forming the backbone of a connected society at unprecedented levels. However, as we have seen from our own NBN woes, physically wiring every home and office in Australia, let alone the world, is laboriously slow and extremely expensive.

German researchers have discovered a way to “twist” light particles through a hologram so that it can transmit wireless signals through open air, impervious to potential interference and turbulence from buildings and other urban objects. The specifics of how this process occurs are somewhat lost on the layman, however the future potential for this technology to remove the barriers of physical cables and usher in a new generation of wireless communication are significant.

Read more here. 

How else could removing physical limitations of technology promote a more connected society? 


Robot in Aisle 5

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We’ve looked at the growing use of robots in retail experiences in previous weeks, however this latest example from Walmart is yet another reflection of their growing use cases, as well as the willingness of major players to understand how they can benefit from robotic assistance in their customer-facing experiences.

Walmart is piloting the use of autonomous robots that will roam the aisles, monitoring stock levels, identifying misplaced items and catching pricing errors. These “shelf-checks” drain countless hours of manpower, costing the business millions each year.  

See it in action here.

How else can robotics augment humans in the workplace to increase efficiency and free up human capital to focus on value-added service experiences? 


Amazon Locks Down Remote Access

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Amazon are continuing their push for a ubiquitous, tech assisted shopper journey with the introduction of a new smart-lock meets home security solution. The Amazon Key system allows owners to remotely lock and unlock their front door, allowing temporary access to friends, couriers, cleaners and anyone else you’d like.

The included Amazon Cloud Cam integrates with the smart-lock and begins recording the moment a visitor enters the house. This footage is streamed to the home owner and stored on their Alexa system for 24 hours in case of any issues.

Read more here

How else can connected devices increase flexibility in the way we live and receive services, without compromising on our security?