News Roundup: March 27

More trouble for Uber, Disney prefers AR and more hardware developments in this week’s roundup.

Autonomous and connected vehicles

Uber stops its self-driving program in Arizona following crash (The Arizona Republic)
An Uber SUV in self-driving mode crashed into a car that failed to yield while making a left-hand turn and a third vehicle was impacted during the crash. No one was injured. Uber is now halting the self-driving program in the state in response.

Uber Executives went to Escort bar in Korea, resulting in HR report (Engadget)
Uber Vice President of Business Emil Michael, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, Kalanick’s girlfriend Gabi Holzwarth and other employees went to an escort karaoke bar in Seoul. One of the female employees in attendance quickly left and filed an HR report a year later. Michael contacted Holzwarth recently, asking her to tell press they just went to karaoke and had a good time.

Kia promises autonomous cars within a decade (Auto World News)
Kia Motors UK CEO Paul Philpott said he believes the adoption of autonomous vehicles will start firstin closed areas like airports and university campuses before spreading worldwide. The company plans to have a partially autonomous car by 2020 and fully autonomous vehicles by 2030.


Disney CEO chooses AR over VR (LA Times)
Disney CEO Bob Iger said he believes augmented reality is more immersive and better suited to Dinsney parks, instructing his teams to stay away from the “reality-destroying” headsets of VR.

Startup Magic Leap develops combination of AR & VR technology (Wired)
An in-depth look at MR leader startup Magic Leap. The startup developing semitransparent goggles that allow you to see both projected images and your natural surroundings, creating mixed reality or MR. It could be a step towards finding a happy medium between AR and VR technologies that could be easily embraced by consumers.

Are AR and VR Ads Compelling Enough?(eMarketer)
A 2017 Vibrant Media survey finds that while ad executives are excited about the potential of advertising in AR and VR mediums, many are holding back on actually purchasing advertisements.

Smart Living

Thinking of Rigging Your Home With Smart Devices? Start Here (New York Times)
The New York Times offers a guide to setting up a smart home.

One in 10 households opt in for smart-home technology (ConstructionDive)
A survey by Gartner found that one in ten homes in the U.S., U.K. and Australia have smart home devices or systems. The U.S. had a higher adoption rates than other countries and 60 percent of respondents said they preferred standalone devices. Home security alarm systems were the most likely to be adopted compared to other smart home devices.

Renters opting for smart housing (Multi Housing News)
A survey by Multi Housing News and Kingsley Associates found that more renters are opting for housing equipped with smart technology.

Apple and Amazon take fight from smart home to hotel room (Mac World)
Apple and Amazon have started bringing their smart home assistants into high-end hotel chains to encourage their spread in the industry and to encourage greater adoption by consumers in their homes.

Robotics & drones

Supreme Court Printer Cartridge Case Could Be the Citizens United of Products (Gizmodo)
The Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark International, Inc. court case, headed to the Supreme Court, could drastically change patent exhaustion law, potentially requiring licensing for each component of a device.

Bill Gates vs. the Robots (The Wall Street Journal)
The Wall Street Journal looks at Bill Gates’ stance against robots.

China’s Rise in Global Robotics: Toward Consolidation(ValueWalk)
ValueWalk looks at how investment in China is driving robotic development and innovation in the country.


New Ripple device detects admiring glances at its wearer(Tech Crunch)
The device, developed by four designers from England, combines sensors and computer vision tech with a series of slender protuberances that tremor when mutual attraction is detected through a pair of on-board cameras.

The Best Wearable Tech And Fitness Gadgets Of 2017(Forbes)
Forbes offers a look at some notable wearable tech from this year.

How to fix wearables (Barron’s)
Barron’s posits that wearables have tried to stretch themselves to far, but believes that wearable makers who focus on a few key functions will be able to see significant growth this year.

IoT and Big Data

Forecasting Profitable Models For The Internet Of Things (Forbes)
Forbes explores models and uses for IOT that can enable better data analysis and monetization.

Seven tips for protecting your connected devices with IOT security (Geek Times)
Geek Times offers a list of things to keep in mind when securing IOT devices.

Privacy, Law & Security

Food supply technology has been slow to update security, leaving it vulnerable to hackers (Quartz)
Food shipping containers, trucks, cooled storage systems, RFID tags and other machinery are becoming increasingly smart to help food companies trakc and manage their inventories, but the smart devices they’re using are often using poorly secured or outdated code, leaving it vulnerable to hacking. The interconnected nature of the industry’s system also provide the potential for hackers to use a single entry point to tamper with large parts of the system.

Right to Repair (Wired)
Wired takes an in-depth look at the Right to Repair movement and device producers’ continuing efforts to force consumers to come to them for repair and replacement.

Time to get smart about ‘dumb’ homes (NewsWeek)
NewsWeek offers an in-depth analysis about the failing cybersecurity of smart homes and what’s needed to ensure they aren’t left vulnerable to hackers.


Android O devices are going to sound way better thanks to Sony (Tech Radar)
Sony will be collaborating with Google to bring its LDAC codec to Android O devices.

Frontier Smart Technologies to power audio devices for US brands (Digital Look)
Frontier Smart Technologies will power nine new smart audio devices using Google’s Chromecast technology built-in for three US brands, Brookstone, Jensen and Solis.

Discogs launching audio hardware marketplace Gearogs next month (Fact Mag)
Discogs is expanding into the world of second-hand music production gear with the marketplace launch of its new Gearogs site next month.

Medical Technology

Australia will lead world in medical technology, says Bill Ferris
Innovation and Science Australia chair Bill Ferris said he believes Australia could become a leader of genomic medicine and that it will be a innovation leader by 2030.

U.S. featured innovative medical technologies at Riyadh event (Arab News)An event held by the United States Commercial Service emphasized medical products and procedures of four leading American companies (3M, DaVita, Johnson & Johnson and Medtronic) in Saudi Arabia, emphasizing growing collaboration between U.S. and Saudi health care partners.

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