Humans have proven to be highly adaptable when it comes to replacing personal service with that of a computer. We survive without a ticket agent at the airport, a cashier at the grocery store and a teller at the bank. There are kiosks that identify us by our palms, check out our library books and even make pizza with customized toppings. But what happens when a machine displaces someone we really care about -- someone who knows our personal routines, remembers our quirky tastes and sometimes talks to us before anyone else in the morning? How on earth will humankind react when a robot supplants our barista? One company is betting that humankind will actually dig it. Austin-based Briggo has spent the last 18 months testing a robotic barista at the University of Texas at Austin's Flawn Academic Center. Founded by Motorola veteran and self-professed engineering geek Chas Studor, Briggo produces organic coffee (using fresh, hormone-free milk and natural syrups) with a precision and … [Read more...] about Are we ready for a robotic barista?
Blood pressure monitor calibration services
Sensor-laden smartphones and wearable devices are set to generate vast amounts of activity and other health-related data in the coming years. Fitness bands such as the popular Fitbit and Nike Fuelband, smartwatches such as Samsung's Gear series and Apple's recently announced Watch, and their successors, will deliver step counts, heart rate readings and more. Such devices generally come with companion apps that help to present the data and set exercise targets, but real value will derive from personalised risk assessments for various chronic conditions (such as heart disease, diabetes and back pain) and actionable health targets based on comparative population data. This is where Canada-based Vivametrica comes in. Building on more than decade of clinical research on the science of exercise, the company's goal, according to founder and CEO Dr Richard Hu, is to "take our research information and apply it as a data analytics platform, bringing information in, in a standardised fashion, … [Read more...] about Vivametrica unveils open source healthcare analytics platform for wearables