HotSpot Episode 15: Mercedes-Benz Debuts Life-Saving Codes

Fri, 05/31/2013 - 11:20am
Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development

In this week's episode of the HotSpot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices:

  • Mercedes-Benz is set to use QR codes on all of its future cars to help rescuers reach victims quickly and safely. Two stickers will be placed on the cars: One under the fuel tank, and the other on the B-Pillar on the opposite side. Rescue crews can use their smartphones or tablets to scan the codes, retrieve correct and up-to-date information on the car, and create a plan of action for a safe and speedy recovery.
  • The BBC and R&D’s Future Media North Lab and Mudlark have created the Perceptive Radio, which uses local data and onboard sensors to adjust itself and alter the script of a radio play in real-time to reflect local conditions… Kind of like attending live theater. Inside the radio is a Minit-ITX PC system with various sensors that help it to react to the listener and where it is. The chief data used is location, movement, time, and spikes in ambient noise, taking narrative back to something more aligned to a storyteller and an audience around a campfire, using Internet technologies and sensibility to create a personal theater experience right in your living room.
  • The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command’s communications-electronics center, or CERDEC, has developed a military-grade Universal Battery Charger to help soldiers keep their electronics powered without the added weight. The new charger is the size of a shoe box, weighing only six pounds, and can work with any power source from a generator to a car cigarette lighter. It even has a built-in solar panel for when no other energy source is available.
  • Scanadu is seeking crowd-funding for its Scout diagnostic device, which is a small disk that is placed against the forehead to provide information about the wearer’s current state of well-being; such as heart rate, blood pressure, and core body temperature. The devices is not fully accurate, but Scanadu hopes their Indiegogo campaign will gain the support of backers who can test the device to help gather the data needed to gain FDA approval.

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