Startup Spotlight: TypingDNA

 

Biometrics, as defined by Techtarget.com, is “the measurement and statistical analysis of people’s physical and behavioural characteristics.” Biometric systems are used to identify a person’s identity through ways such as iris scan, voice recognition, palm prints, fingerprints, facial recognition, and DNA. They record information about a user and capture an image or recording of a specific trait. They then store that information as a code or graph for future use and, when employed, they compare the information at hand to the stored version and this either accepts or rejects authentication.

An industry analysis: the ghost of gaming’s past, its present and future

 

The gaming industry made its first baby steps in the late 1960s and early 1970s America. In 1967 a team lead by Ralph Baer, a German-born American inventor and engineer, now known as “The Father of Video Games” released the Brown Box, a vacuum tube circuit that allowed users to connect control cubes to their television set and chase each other on the screen. Although minimalist, the game system received interest from Magnavox, a powerful company of consumer electronics products founded back in 1915. Magnavox licensed the Brown Box and released it for commercial home use as the Magnavox Odyssey in 1972.

Startup Spotlight: Scooterson

Forbes defined the Internet of Things (IoT) back in 2014 as “the concept of basically connecting any device with an on and off switch to the Internet (and/or to each other). This includes everything from cellphones, coffee makers, washing machines, headphones, lamps, wearable devices and almost anything else you can think of”. Since smartphone penetration is growing steadily, the founders of Scooterson thought about connecting a vehicle to an app.

Based on one of the founders’ previous experience with building drones, they created an intuitive electric kick scooter managed through a predictive app that registers riding patterns and adjusts energy consumption. The light electrical vehicle is seamlessly adapted to today’s urban life and uses a combination of mobile technology and big data to enhance riders’ experience, maximise energy efficiency and safety. Scooterson has no acceleration lever or gear shifter – it simply understands how fast to go by analysing the rider’s body moves.

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