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Autonomous Robotic Sea Creatures Map, Monitor the Waters

Aquatic robots equipped with computer vision allow researchers to monitor marine biodiversity and habitats without disturbing the creatures they are observing. Eventually these devices can be used to map ocean floors and detect ships.  

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Smart Sensors Detect Vaping, Threats in School Settings

Teen e-cigarette use is on the rise across the US, and many students report vaping on school premises. At the same time, students, teachers, and staff face myriad threats in school settings ranging from chemical exposure to active shooter situations. Smart IoT sensors that can detect substances and sounds can help minimize dangerous situations in educational environments.  

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ASU Brings IoT to Sun Devil Stadium FTW

Innovative uses of IoT make life on campus easier for Arizona State University students. The real fun happens at the stadium, where technology tackles entertainment and efficiency. Here’s a look at some of ASU’s IoT-powered projects.

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The Future of Education is Bright with Smart Digital Highlighters

Digital highlighters offer new ways for students to read. After scanning text, students can transfer, edit, and listen to the text via connected computer applications. The tools also offer text translations in multiple languages and provide assistive technology for those with learning difficulties by enhancing comprehension and reading ability.  

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Smart Robots use RF to Find and Grasp Hidden Objects

X-ray vision may be out of reach for humans, but artificial intelligence is gifting robots with superpower senses that could prove to be vital on the warehouse and manufacturing floors.  

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IoT and Mesh Networking Promise Faster Wildfire Detection

The Department of Homeland Security and SCITI Labs continue their multiphase plan to test sensors for detecting wildfires in the western United States. Meanwhile in Germany, startup Dryad is developing a wireless environmental sensor network based on LoRaWAN. All groups expect IoT technologies to identify fires and provide alerts more quickly than satellites and cameras.    

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Walmart Embraces Store Automation Technology

Online grocery sales are driving traffic to brick-and-mortar stores, which are becoming inundated with shoppers. To combat congestion in the aisles, retailers are turning to automated micro-fulfillment centers, which use artificial intelligence and robots to fulfill orders in record time.  

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Smart Grow-Bots Put to Work on the Farm, Increasing Yield

Artificial intelligence and machine learning enable autonomous robots to grow, analyze, and harvest produce in greenhouse environments. Robots reduce labor costs, increase crop yield, and improve sustainability.  

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Robots Bring Contactless Food Delivery to Urban Areas

Autonomous delivery robots powered by IoT meet changing consumer needs. The robots are contactless and can navigate their environment without help.   

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The Urban Institute Uses AI to Help Fight Inequality in US Cities

IBM and the Urban Institute are using the IBM Cloud Pak® for Data as a Service to identify neighborhoods at risk of community decline or gentrification and enable timely policy proposals to prevent displacement. The project will use deep data analysis to create machine learning models that will shape policy suggestions.  

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