Bridge Brief: August Tech News

This Post was written by Bridge Technical Talent
Date posted: August 28, 2015

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We love keeping up with the latest news in the tech world because it’s a field that is constantly evolving each day. If you’re looking for some great articles to peruse we’ve put together some of our favorite stories from this month:

Everyone can relate to the frustration of losing their phone. To combat this, a startup called Tile created a bluetooth tracker tag. A new version of the tag was released this month with features that allow you to turn your phone into a tile and track it online, as well as the ability to utilize community find. If you mark a tile as “lost,” the community find feature will use all Tile apps to help find that tile. If another Tile user comes in close proximity to the one you marked as lost it will anonymously ping you the location.

One small device could be changing the way we transmit data in the future. Only 75 nanometers across, this cube is made up of gold and quantum dots. It can flash 90 billion times per second, which could lead to transmitting data at 90 Ghz.

Using technology to track your health habits is no new concept, most people have heard of Fitbit or Polar, but Sony will be releasing a promising update to their SmartBand technology. SmartBand 2 is a fitness tracker, a heart rate monitor, and also part smartwatch. You can control your music and receive notifications via vibrations that let you know when you have an email, call, or message. The device comes with its own app as well.

Amazon Echo is a device that is similar to Siri. You can use it to listen to the news, add items to a shopping list, play music, or surf the Internet and it is now compatible with SmartThings devices. This means that as long as you have a device plugged into the SmartThings Power Outlet, you can control it using Amazon Echo. Turn lights on, off, or dim them just by starting with the command “Alexa.”

Finally, a roboticist in Tokyo,Tomotaka Takahashi, has a goal of becoming “the Steve Jobs of robotics.” He wants to create a world where we have robots with us at all times the same way we do our phones. He’s preparing the release of small, pocket-sized smart robot to function as a smartphone but act as your lovable sidekick.

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