HotSpot Episode 39: Watson's Return

Mon, 11/18/2013 - 9:54am
Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development

This week on WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by National Instruments:

For all of you credit card, debit card, and gift card hoarders out there, Coin has developed a product that will condense your card madness, and help make more room in your wallets and purses. The coin card is a connected device that allows users to combine multiple accounts and information all in one place, which is managed from a mobile app. All you have to do is take a photo or two of your cards, and swipe them through a small device that Coin provides. Then you're set to go at any gas station, ATM, restaurant, gym, or store.

Recently, IBM announced it will make the Watson technology available as a development platform in the cloud. This would enable a worldwide community of software application providers to build a new generation of apps infused with Watson's cognitive computing intelligence; a move IBM says will help spur innovation and fuel a new ecosystem of entrepreneurial software.

The EnOcean Alliance has specified the first generic language for the communication of energy harvesting wireless solutions: Generic Profiles, which define the grammatical rules for all options of data encoding for ultra-low power and energy harvesting radio communication. Due to this generic language, the same product can be mapped dynamically to different applications. As a result, Generic Profiles offer a standardized path for future applications.

Alternative fuels are great, but what if you have no idea where to go to refuel your alternative fuel car? iPhone users now have access to a free application that locates fueling stations offering alternative fuels, including electricity, natural gas, biodiesel, e85 Ethanol, propane and hydrogen. Part of the Department Of Energy's Clean Cities program, the Alternative Fueling Station Locator App allows users to select an alternative fuel and find the 20 closest stations within a 30-mile radius. Users can view the locations on a map or as a list containing station addresses, phone numbers, and hours of operation.

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