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Monthly Archive for: ‘August, 2017’

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#BTATechBytes : Fitness Tech Startups On Track To Break (Another) Funding Record

Fitness tech deals rose steadily 2013 – 2016, and while at the current pace 2017 is on track to see the first dip in deals, this year is also on pace to reach a record funding high. Thus far, 2017 has seen $585M invested across 103 deals, largely driven by a $325M Series E mega-round to cycling startup Peloton Interactive in Q2’17. The round was backed by high-profile VCs (Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Buyers, GGV Capital) and television corporates (Comcast, NBCUniversal), among others. ...
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#BTATechBytes : Bionik’s ARKE Exoskeleton in Clinical Development to Integrate Voice Commands with Amazon’s Alexa

“We are excited to complete the integration of Amazon’s Echo and Alexa into our ARKE exoskeleton, combining the power of Amazon’s voice-activated technologies with our powerful assistive robotic solutions for the next evolution in treating consumer immobility,” Bionik co-founder and COO Michal Prywata said in a news release. “In building ARKE, we had one goal in mind — to empower the user to take back their mobility and regain the ability to complete tasks that the rest of us deem...
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#BTATechBytes – The Smallest Ever Satellite

On June 23, 6 of these smallest ever satellites - known as Sprite - went into low-Earth orbit as secondary payloads on the Latvian Venta and Italian Max Valier satellites carried by an Indian rocket. The Sprite is only 4 grams and looks just like a small 3.5cm square circuit board. Attached to the board are sensors, a low-power transmitter, a microprocessor and a small solar panel. The purpose of this mission is to test how well the Sprite's electronics systems and radio communications...
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#BTATechBytes – Solar panel cleaning robot

At a solar energy farm just outside Budapest in Hungary, a cleaning robot is industriously getting on with today's task. Hundreds of square metres of solar panels are waiting to be cleaned - as quickly and effectively as possible. And without the use of chemicals or any unwanted discharges to the natural environment. The robot is the result of a joint project between Norwegian researchers and the Hungarian company ProDSP Technology. Read more :...
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#BTATechBytes – Researchers have developed energy-absorbing stairs

A group of mechanical and biomedical engineers, along with computer scientists from Georgia Tech and Emory University, have built what they call “energy-recycling stairs” that compress when someone steps downwards onto them, saving energy by dampening the impact. This energy is then returned on the way back up as they rise with the user’s foot as they step up. This can boost a person’s step by up to 37%, the research suggests. Read more :...
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#BTATechBytes – Cybersecurity is a $81.7 billion market

With global malware attacks like WannaCry garnering widespread attention and press coverage, and companies and consumers growing increasingly worried about how security threats are rapidly evolving and diversifying, investors and entrepreneurs alike are seeing big opportunities. “Security is a space where you see a lot of startups,” said Sarah Guo, an investor at Greylock Partners. “Everything is increasingly internet connected and if it’s internet connected, it’s vulnerable....
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