June Links

Spain’s startup Agrobot has developed a smart strawberry harvester that automatically manoeuvers the field. Via camera and image analytics it determines autonomously which strawberries are ripe enough for picking.

Monitoring horses and equine facility management just got easier thanks to Spanish IoT startup EIOT: EOIT developed Smart Horse, a platform that uses wireless sensor networks to monitor horses’ health and control the condition of stables. This is part of a Smart Farm application that brings together sensor data collection, alerts, and data analysis for use with other information management systems.

Smart Mocha is a Portland, OR based sensor & data analysis platform with applications in agriculture, building management, energy management. The startup aims to build particularly resilient remote monitoring solutions that are modular and plug-and-play, and hence easy to combine and deploy in a wide range of circumstances (from agriculture to building management).

DroneDeploy’s technology is an image capture, mapping and analytics app that takes the video feed of a drone and generates (in near-real time) actionable data from the visuals. A key focus is on the app’s quick and simple deployment.

In their very accessible design fiction Uninvited Guests, UK-based design and research studio Superflux explores what happens when smart homes and appliances are not quite as respectful as they should be.

O’Reilly’s new design conference Design the Future is hosted remotely as a webinar. It’s a design/UX conference with a strong focus on connected services and new interactive experiences – and a strong presence of connected products/smart home/iot industry members. The conference’s Call for Proposals is open until July 20th.

Earlier this year, University of New England (UNE) launched a $2 million SMART Farm Innovation Centre (SFIC), that serves as a research, education and outreach facility – not only for the SMART Farm itself but for UNE-led advances in agriculture R&D worldwide.

Thingclash is a recent initiative launched by independent futures research studio Changeist to anticipate – and hence avoid – “clashes” both among connected services (like smart home appliances) and between these services and their users. They aim at developing both a larger framework for ethical design in IoT and hands-on tools, the first of which (a set of cards to conceptualise potential clashes) is scheduled to be released this summer. They are currently looking for research partners.



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