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Friday 5 : How a Wireless Device Can Drive Innovation

Good afternoon and Happy Friday! If you are a Canadian reader happy Canada Day to you (Sunday marks the 151st anniversary of Confederation). But before we start our celebration, let’s take a look at the future and how a wireless device can us into an era of innovation and efficiency.

Locking your keys in your car may be one of the worst feelings in the world. Lucky for you, wireless technology is here to save the day! Tech and automobile firms are teaming up to create a new standard digital key that can unlock a vehicle and start the car through the use of a mobile application. There will be security measures for this new device to ensure that the app can open your car – and only your car. Connected car technology and IoT are passions of ours here at Lixar, as we’ve recently expanded our contextual audio platform LWAYVE for an in-car experience like no other.

Airports and airlines are constantly looking to innovate, to keep up-to-date in a world that is wirelessly connected. We are all about customer experience when it comes to airlines and flying, and blockchain technology is here to help us provide a better experience. The technology can be used for securing our online identities, meaning we can fly through customs by using biometric scanners such as eye or fingerprints. Blockchain can also be used to improve luggage tracking as you travel through international customs: wireless devices can help increase the efficiency in the supply chain tracking system. Ultimately the blockchain technology can help streamline all the data that goes into the travel industry and process accurate and efficient results for a pleasant experience every time.

It’s been said that a cell phone is the business person’s sword, a parent’s shield, and a teenager’s castle. What’s your first reaction when your phone slips out of your hand and falls to the ground? If you’re like me, you would kick your foot out in attempt to catch it with your toes… sometimes punting it into a nearby fountain or sewer grate. But clumsy hands (and feet) need no longer fear, as Philip Frenzel at Aalen University, Germany, has developed a phone case that uses sensors to detect when the device is falling and will deploy metal curls to act as an airbag to protect your wireless device as it plummets to the ground. This phone case has the potential to eliminate all possibilities for damaging the phone – let’s just hope you don’t drop it on your face, or fall with it in your pocket.

There is a lot to talk about with this week’s events at the World Cup, not least of all that Germany has been eliminated in the group stages, continuing the curse of past winners. Starting in 2002, past winners of the world cup have been routinely eliminated before the knockout rounds. But today we’re talking about the success of VAR! The video referee made its debut not to long before the world cup; however, in its early stages it has had a lot of pushback. The device has helped provide smoother gameplay and less referee errors, with 8.8% less fouls, 14.7% less cards shown, and most impressively 43% less dives/fake fouls! Since the implementation of VAR players are focused more on scoring a goals and playing the game than diving for a foul, leading to a better game to watch and a better experience for fans at the pitch. Here at Lixar we are all about fan experience and want to get the most out of every opportunity, as you can see from our work with NASCAR on the credentialing system.

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What if a life-saving organ came from 3-D printed plastic instead of an organ donor? Sure it may not be the real deal, but it could be save lives quicker and with higher rates of success. MBC Biolabs and a team of scientists from Prellis Biologics have taken a huge step forward in impacting the development 3D printed organs for humans. They’ve done this “by using light sensitive photo initiators with bio inks that allows the cellular material to undergo a reaction when blasted with infrared light, which catalyzes the polymerization of the bioink.” Ultimately this will lead to a future where doctors can safely use their patient’s cells to form around the printed organs and grow from there.