Smartphone app reads blood glucose level by looking into your eyes
EasyGlucose is a concept startup that has won Microsoft’s Imagine Cup innovation competition for students. The company uses an inexpensive lens, attached to a smartphone camera, to scan a person’s iris. The texture of a person’s iris, it turns out, reveals information about that person’s blood glucose level. EasyGlucose’s solution is accurate within 7% of finger prick methods, making it sufficiently accurate for diabetics to manage their insulin levels. TechCrunch
dis-rup-shun: While EasyGlucose has to get FDA approval to go to market, the pace of brilliant innovations in connected care is highly encouraging given that 17.9% of the U.S. GDP is spent on health care (2017). Using the smartphone to quickly and inexpensively read blood glucose enables the data to be quickly transmitted to the cloud for further analysis, storage and additional diagnosis.
Uber drivers strike to demand higher pay in front of giant IPO
In the UK, Australia and the Americas, Uber drivers scheduled a strike on Wednesday to bring attention to low driver pay in advance of Uber’s $10 billion initial public offering, expected to open on Friday. Drivers are stating that they should receive benefits and higher pay for their time behind the wheel. CNN
dis-rup-shun: Profit is the space that exists when the demand curve exceeds the supply curve, and the more drivers that enter the Uber force, the less demand exceeds supply: economics 101. Given the almost perfect information that ride sharing companies have about demand and supply (both sides are logged into their apps), they have the ability to set prices at just the right point at just the right time, to minimize costs and maximize profits. As usual, the technology is on the side of management — workers are price takers — and have little chance of controlling long term pricing.
Tales of a technology cleanse: life without Google, Facebook, Amazon, Apple and Microsoft nearly impossible
Kashmir Hill went on a cleanse — 6 weeks without using any products from the big 5 tech giants. She found that it was extremely difficult to use any technology that wasn’t provided by the big boys. Hill encounters a small but determined population of digital vegans who celebrate a lifestyle mostly independent of technology and especially of technologies that monetize personal information. At the end of the experiment, Hill returns to mainstream technology but uses it with much more deliberation, and more discipline than before the cleanse. Gizmodo
dis-rup-shun: Hill’s journey reveals how very deeply we are connected to these big tech companies and how even the most private web citizens have given away most of their identity long ago. Amazon may have the biggest hold on our lives, with its consumer-to-cloud product line. Government regulations, such as Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) privacy standards, look mild when we understand the depth of our connection with tech providers.
Nest ends its “Works with” Program
On Tuesday, Google informed both Nest device owners and developers that it was folding the brands together and that the “Works with Nest” program, as it is known today, will be discontinued. The company stated that the program will be replaced by “Works with Google Assistant.” The Ambient
dis-rup-shun: The details are still fuzzy, but this change will cause a lot of work for smart home platform providers who currently support integration with Nest, as they will have to wait for new APIs, will have to learn new rules and will have to submit for approval new links or skills to Google Home. This will result in device and software companies continuing to postpone Google Home support well behind Alexa integration, and, if Google’s data sharing requirements are onerous, may discourage incorporation of Google Nest products in favor or comparable alternatives. Now that the sizzle of Nest products has simmered, supporting Nest may not be so important.