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Toilet Seat Detects Congestive Heart Failure

Toilet seat that detects congestive heart failure getting ready to begin commercialization

Researchers developed the seats to measure biometrics during ‘natural’ processes

With 1 million new cases of congestive heart failure diagnosed each year, a revolutionary product is making it easier for hospitals to monitor patients with the condition in the comfort of their own homes.

A toilet-seat based cardiovascular monitoring system created by a team of Rochester Institute of Technology researchers, aims to lower the hospital readmission rates of patients with congestive heart failure. The toilet seats, which will be brought through the FDA clearance process by the researchers’ company Heart Health Intelligence, would be purchased by hospitals and issued to heart failure patients after discharge. The toilet seats are equipped to measure the electrical and mechanical activity of the heart, and can monitor heart rate, blood pressure, blood oxygenation levels, and the patient’s weight and stroke volume, which is the amount of blood pumped out of the heart at every beat. Algorithms analyze the data, and with further development, will alert advanced practice providers of a deteriorating condition. A report will be passed along to cardiologists who will then determine if intervention is necessary.

Nicholas Conn, a postdoctoral fellow at RIT and founder and CEO of Heart Health Intelligence, is part of the university team that developed the toilet seats.

“Typically, within 30 days of hospital discharge, 25 percent of patients with congestive heart failure are readmitted,” said Conn. “After 90 days of hospital discharge, 45 percent of patients are readmitted. And the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is penalizing hospitals for readmitting patients for heart failure.”

Conn, the company’s chief executive officer, further explains that using the national average for readmission rates, the penalty alone for readmitting 150 patients is approximately $500,000 annually. The total cost of providing 150 patients with their own monitored toilet seats from HHI is $200,000. With that investment, he says, hospital systems will save more than double their initial investment within one year.

According to Conn, who earned three degrees from RIT—a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in electrical engineering in 2011 and 2013, respectively, and a doctoral degree in microsystems engineering in 2016—the system will pick up deteriorating conditions before the patients even realize they are symptomatic. And with the rapid data analysis, interventions can be as simple as a drug change or short office visit, instead of an admission to the hospital.

HHI, which joined RIT’s Venture Creations business incubator earlier this year, is now focused on moving the product forward. The team is heavily involved in writing grants for additional funding and networking, and human-subject testing and pre-clinical studies are well underway. Conn and his team are working on approving the product with the FDA and rolling it out across the country.

To read more about the research behind the project, go to here.

For more information, contact Vienna McGrain at 585-475-4952 or Vienna.Carvalho@rit.edu.

About Rochester Institute of Technology

Rochester Institute of Technology is home to leading creators, entrepreneurs, innovators and researchers. Founded in 1829, RIT enrolls about 19,000 students in more than 200 career-oriented and professional programs, making it among the largest private universities in the U.S.

The university is internationally recognized and ranked for academic leadership in business, computing, engineering, imaging science, liberal arts, sustainability, and fine and applied arts. RIT also offers unparalleled support services for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. The cooperative education program is one of the oldest and largest in the nation. Global partnerships include campuses in China, Croatia, Dubai and Kosovo. To follow RIT on social media, go to www.rit.edu/socialmedia.

Dramatic Improvement in Neutral Machine Translation

There has been a dramatic drop in the cost of translation services for major corporations in the past year and the savings amounts to at least 30%, according to One Hour Translation (OHT). The company, the world’s largest online translation agency, attributes the drop to the improved capabilities of NMT (Neural Machine Translation) technology.

The downward trend in translation costs is expected to continue as NMT engines are being trained to identify thousands of new words and phrases using the latest machine learning technology. That is good news for global e-commerce companies like Booking.com, Hotels.com, Agoda, Trivago, Amazon, Alibaba and others who depend almost daily on quality translation of large volumes of content for their millions of customers worldwide. 

“Around third of corporate content that we assess can already be translated using only NMT with no need for human input in the process,” said Ofer Shoshan, CEO and co-founder of OHT. He adds that the percentage is increasing all the time as the capabilities of the various translation engines continue to improve. The remainder is translated using hybrid translation that combines NMT and human post-editing, a process pioneered by OHT and utilizes human translators. 

OHT has developed a content assessment process for its corporate customers that is conducted by five or six experts who review the content. They quantify the content into three distinct categories that are defined and based on the amount of human input that will be necessary. The range is from no need for human input with the translation solely based on NMT engines, hybrid translation which combines NMT and human post-editing and a final category where human translation is required. As part of the process, OHT also recommends to its corporate customers the NMT engine that is best suited for a specific translation. 

“The translation services industry is being revolutionized with the cost of translation declining at a time when demand for rapid quality translations is skyrocketing,” noted Shoshan. The technological advances in the field, he believes, will lead to a further savings as the percentage of content translated by NMT or by hybrid translation approaches 50% or more. That process is enhanced as the NMT engines are trained and constantly updated to identify more and more words and phrases. In the coming years the trend is expected to completely change the global translation service market and sharply reduce the number of human translators. 

Lexus IS 350 F Sport

By Tara McDonough × Vaughn Lowery

As of late, 360 MAGAZINE took a road trip from Los Angeles to Palm Springs in the new 2019 Lexus IS 350 F Sport. The Friday midday drive took around 3 hours with heavy traffic and the Lexus handled like a dream, providing a comfortable and quiet ride.

With a red carpet ready exterior combined with the public presentation and speed of a cheetah, the $53,000 2019 Lexus IS 350 F Sport effortlessly combines luxury and performance. The clear and alluring looking vehicle makes a bold statement for Lexus brand sedans. The vehicle is intuitive and dynamic with brakes that feel stronger and suspension that feels tighter.

PERFORMANCE

The IS 350 F Sport gets a combined 23 mpg city/hwy. It uses 4.3 gallons per 100 miles. With a 311 horsepower and 280 pound-ft of torque, the Lexus leaps across the pavement, while maintaining a smooth ride. The vehicle is fitted out with a 3.5-liter V6 24-valve, dual overhead cam, direct injection, adaptive variable suspension and variable timing intelligent wide intake and exhaust. It boasts an 8-speed sport shift transmission with driving modes such as ECO, normal, sport and snow. The visibility and force in a car this size is impressive combined with less road vibration and responsive brakes. Very reminiscent of the 2003 Infiniti G35, Lexus really does it all in this 2019 IS 350 F Sport.

EXTERIOR

The appearance of the IS 350 F Sport combines dark chrome with a pronounced mesh grille which pairs nicely with its large black 18’’ split 5-spoke wheels. The motorcar is a compact and speed oriented vehicle enhanced with triple beam headlights.

INTERIOR

The inside holds a geometric style allowing for a sturdy yet cozy appearance. The sharp black interior is matched with leather and imitation grain wood paneling. It’s bolstered F Sport seating is heated and ventilated as well. In addition to its leather stitching, the left and right positions of the steering wheel are manually heated as well. This model comes with the classic F Sport gauge which which is controlled by the tinge of a button. Back seats fold down for additional storage, making the IS 350 F Sport the only Lexus Sedan model with the option.

SAFETY & TECHNOLOGY

The Lexus IS 350 F Sport received government 5-Star Safety Ratings in Overall Vehicle Score, Frontal Crash, Side and Rollover. It owes its safety capabilities mainly to the technology implanted into it.

Just a few aspects of the Lexus’s technology which works to ensure the safety of passengers are it’s blind spot monitor with rear cross traffic alert, it’s intuitive parking assist and the Lexus Enform Safety Connect & Service Connect. Other mentionable features include the Lexus Safety System+ which includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, high speed-dynamic radar cruise control, lane departure alert with steering assist and intelligent high beam headlights. This model also takes into account the safety of our environment with a Fuel Economy & Greenhouse Gas Rating of 5 due to it’s eco mode gas saver. Due to this feature the 360 team was able to race from Los Angeles to Palm Springs and back with animalistic stamina and no need to refill the tank.

The IS 350 F Sport Model also comes equipped with a Mark Levinson audio which includes a navigation System with 10.3-in Color Multimedia Display, Mark Levinson 15 speaker and 835 Watt, 5.1-channel Surround Sound Audio System. In addition to the audio package the model comes with voice command, siri eyes free and Scout GPS Link TurnStrem(™).

CONCLUSION

The Lexus IS 350 F Sport is a vehicle made for successful self-motivated individuals who have a strong appreciation for extremely dynamic vehicles while additionally having the capabilities to comfortably seat five. Nevertheless, Lexus truly has found a means to win back car enthusiasts with this newly imagined entry level sports sedan.

Pre-order now!

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How to Design Your Own Interactive Magic Mirror

Interactive magic mirrors are an interesting piece of tech. In an instant, they are able to provide those that look into them with all sorts of information, from personal skincare tips to what the weather outside is like on that day. They are also transforming the way people are now shopping for clothes and makeup, as they are able to show customers what they look like in certain styles.

If interactive magic mirror tech has taken your fancy, why stop at being a consumer of it? Why not go the whole hog and design your very own? To see what you need to do in order to set about this somewhat difficult yet highly rewarding task, make sure to read on.

Source the right tools and equipment

When it comes to designing an interactive magic mirror, you need an abundance of tools and pieces of equipment by your side:

• Computer screen, mouse, and keyboard

• Basic mirror

• Raspberry PI (extremely important)

• USB power cord

• 8GB SD-card

• Adapter

HDMI-to-VGA adapter

As this is fundamentally a piece of IoT technology, you’re also going to need tools that help you to build a circuit board. The first thing that you need to source in this regard is a PCB design tool. By installing and implementing such a tool into your working process, you will be able to design PCBs from idea to manufacture with ease, especially when you allow the CircuitStudio how-to video to assist you along the way. Other tools needed in this instance include a breadboard, a soldering iron, and etching equipment.

Get your sizes spot on

It is incredibly important that you take the literal size of your task into consideration — if something is even just an inch out of place, the whole project could be ruined. This sentiment rings especially true when it comes to matching your mirror with your computer screen. By choosing a screen that doesn’t fit your mirror, the render that the screens gives will be out of place and, subsequently, made to be all but redundant.

Install your Raspberry PI

The previously mentioned piece of equipment known as the Raspberry PI plays a pivotal role in proceedings, so make sure that you don’t forget to source one. When it comes to installing this equipment, just make sure that only one cord is pulled through the bottom of the mirror’s case — this will stop the tech from becoming overloaded with data and, ultimately, it will stop it from overheating.

Don’t forget to install the Raspbian operating system, as doing so will give you free rein to tap into the PI boot sequence as and when you see fit going forward.

Connect your mirror to the Internet

After all the hard work that you put in, it would be a shame to ruin it all by forgetting to connect your magic mirror to the Internet. Once this connection is forged, your mirror will be able to display real-time information, such as weather reports and news bulletins.

When you decide to design a magic mirror, you will be sure to be occupied for months on end. It will all be worth it in the end, though.

Energias de Portugal and Sepio Systems

EDP, One of Europe’s Major Electricity Operators, Completes a Strategic Investment in the Cybersecurity Company Sepio Systems

Energias de Portugal, which ranks among Europe’s major electricity operators, and is one of Portugal’s largest business groups has completed a strategic investment in the Israel- and US-based cybersecurity company Sepio Systems. EDP is a vertically integrated utility company that has electricity, gas and renewable energy operations in 16 countries and EDP Renewables is the fourth wind power operator worldwide.

EDP is expanding partnerships in Cyber Security to further strengthen connectivity and resilience that are vital to the infrastructure, and advance new business opportunities. Over the last couple of years, attacks on critical infrastructure have surged, and the potential repercussions are significant. A loss of data is concerning, but a loss of electricity is catastrophic to both businesses and society.

“Sepio’s approach to protecting enterprises against attacks arising from rogue devices is very creative and a well-executed idea in the cybersecurity space, and we were even more impressed after experiencing it firsthand.” Said Luis Manuel, Board Member at EDP Ventures. “The software provides granular visibility into our assets and, best of all, allows us to define and enforce a security policy for hardware devices. We believe Sepio is well-positioned to protect assets in both the IT and OT domains and we look forward to supporting Sepio Systems to help them grow further.”

Also participating in the investment is Mindset Ventures, an international Venture Capital firm that supports the growth and development of innovative companies that provide solutions to the relevant markets in Latin America, and the existing investors – Pico Venture Partners and Founders Group.

The partnership with EDP will help Sepio Systems accelerate the development and deployment of Sepio’s Rogue Device Mitigation solution among utilities, financial institutes, and large enterprises in Europe.

Sepio Prime is the world’s first end-to-end solution that offers comprehensive mitigation of hardware-based attacks, including rogue peripherals, invisible network devices, and manipulated firmware. Sepio Prime has been successfully deployed in over 20 mid-sized to large banks, insurance, and telecom companies in the U.S., Singapore, Brazil, and Israel. The current install base secures over 600,000 workstations and network ports.

“The massive cyber-attacks and data breaches we see lately are due not just to the rise of cybercrime but also to the ease of getting hold of attack tools that were accessible to governments and intelligence organizations until only few years ago”, said Iftah Bratspiess, CEO of Sepio Systems. “We founded Sepio to help organizations address the rapidly growing threat of malicious hardware devices. By applying deep intelligence and hardware fingerprinting technology we can instantly and accurately detect and identify manipulated peripherals and network devices.”

Mr. Bratspiess added, “Having a top global vertically integrated utility such as EDP invest directly in Sepio is not only a vote of confidence in the company, but a testament to the significant risk organizations see in the uncontrolled use of hardware devices. In addition, the support and network of Mindset Ventures provides a huge leap forward in successfully engaging with top tier companies in Brazil. The new funding will fuel our technology roadmap as well as the expansion into new verticals and territories.”

About EDP Ventures

EDP Ventures is the corporate venture arm of EDP group, an early-stage venture capital mainly focused in Seed and Series A, aiming to support and stimulate the open innovation process in the energy sector. Currently managing +70M€, EDP Ventures looks for disruptive technologies and business models focusing in Renewable Power technology, Smart Grids, Energy Efficiency, Electric Mobility, Energy Storage, AI and ML, Cybersecurity, Digital and Predictive analytics. It is located in Lisbon and São Paulo. For more information visit www.edpventures.vc

About Mindset Ventures

Mindset Ventures is an international Venture Capital firm with investment focus primarily in the United States and Israel. We support the growth and development of groundbreaking companies by providing them with access to advisors and potential clients, especially in Latin America. For more information visit https://mindset.ventures/

About Sepio Systems

Sepio is disrupting the cyber-security industry by uncovering hidden hardware attacks.

Sepio Prime provides security teams with full visibility into their hardware assets and their behavior in real time. A comprehensive policy enforcement module allows administrators to easily define granular device usage rules and continuously monitor and protect their infrastructure. Leveraging a combination of physical fingerprinting technology together with device behavior analytics, Sepio’s software-only solution offers instant detection and response to any threat or breach attempt that coming from a manipulated or infected element.

For more information visit http://sepio.systems

Data Security is a Major Issue for the Music Industry

In 2013, Grammy nominated producer Ryan Leslie made the headlines for being ordered to pay a public $1.2 million reward after a laptop containing his music collection was lost, but returned without the musical files. This is one glaring example of how poor data security practices can have a devastating effect for creators in the music industry. But there are many other data breach and security issues the music industry has to adapt to, and many solutions are being proposed to reduce the probability of important data breaches that could compromise artists’ intellectual property.

Digital Distribution Platforms Are at Risk

Not all digital distribution platforms are as rigorous when it comes to data security. And smaller, newer platforms are especially at risk, as we learned after music distribution platform Tunecore was hacked.

What’s scarier is that music is not the only information that can be compromised, as personal payment information and other sensitive information about artists is at risk as well. In the Tunecore case, it was revealed that billing addresses, bank routing and bank account numbers, as well as credit card digits were breached too.

That’s why it’s essential for artists to make sure that they check if the service they are intending to use has been hacked before, and if so, what were the actions taken to make sure the situation doesn’t repeat itself?

The Importance of Data Security Compliance

Making sure that the distribution service encrypts user data correctly and that their network is secure should be the very first step before choosing one. While distribution platforms don’t necessarily have to have a security expert on staff full time, they should at least have consulted with experts to make sure that their network security is up to par. Artists also have to make sure that they use best practices on their end to prevent data breaches.

What Music Creators Can Do to Protect Their Locally Stored Data

Music creators need to have a clear data security plan to make sure that there are no important breaches and that music isn’t leaked. That starts with making sure that unfinished tracks are sent through secure networks. And keeping a tight and cohesive team is ultimately the only way to reduce the chances of malicious leaks.

In the case of data loss, making sure that data is backed up regularly is the bare minimum. But even in those cases, hard drives can suffer irreversible damage during or in between sessions. A backup hard drive could also suffer from physical failure.

In those case, only the services of specialized data recovery services might help. Data recovery services like those offered by Secure Data Recovery will be able to completely recover files from damaged or failing hard drives and also make sure that the data remains secure and that the artist’s intellectual property isn’t in jeopardy.

Data security will continue to be a pressing issue for the music industry, and one that could mean millions of dollars in lost record sales if it isn’t addressed. Thankfully, more is being done to tighten up controls and make sure that creators are protected.

Rag & Bone AI Dinner Party

RAG & BONE NYFW: MERGING AI TECHNOLOGY AND HUMANS

An unexpected multi-sensory and immersive experience: ‘A Last Supper’, challenging the future of fashion

For the first time, New York fashion week sees an Artificial Intelligence system help showcase rag & bone’s Fall/Winter 2019 through a multi sensory and immersive experience, ‘A Last Supper’.

Hosted by CEO Marcus Wainwright, Christine Jones (Designer of Queen of the Night), Nigel Godrich (Producer of the band Radiohead), ‘A Last Supper’ was created to explore the the relationship between Artificial Intelligence and Humans. From the first toast given by the AI, the system will effectively learn and evolve through the actions of the guests as they perform one of the most timeless and age-old ways to bond and make friends: over dinner. A nod to the way in which we might coexist with an Artificial Intelligence, as per The Singularity.

The night will see guests led by a cast of performers through an immersive and sensory environment woven with the unexpected. Set against the majestic backdrop of The Weylin in Brooklyn (a historic former savings bank), the collection with re-affirm the brand’s dedication to providing functional and authentic clothing which is rooted through a unique fusion of military, American workwear, sport and British tailoring.

The dinner will be curated by Chef Ignacio Mattos (Estela) and Tamar Adler with a special performance developed by Choreographer, Damien Jalet (Suspiria). All guests will arrive for the evening wearing the brand’s new collection.

Selected guests will be captured with depth cameras to generate point cloud data, a representation of how the AI sees the world. In real time, this content will be incorporated into live futuristic video-scapes created by audio-visual composer Tarik Barri.

The dinner explores how we will keep our humanity and experience and celebrate fashion in the future as we embrace an exponentially growing machine intelligence. In a version of ‘A Last Supper’ before the singularity, in which machines exceed human ability, the brand presents a beautiful and twisted vision of how.

This latest project solidifies rag & bone’s position as an industry innovator and a multi faceted brand which is anchored by authenticity and quality.

View web video footage of the event here.

T.I. Launches Tech Cypha

This February, Hip-Hop Entrepreneurs are making black history by advancing the technology industry. Clifford Harris Jr, known as “T.I.,” launches a new syndicated investment vehicle called Tech Cypha with business partner Jason Geter and Brandon “BL” Lewis; son of late great boxing promoter and entrepreneur Butch Lewis. Leveraging technologies such as Airbnb, Lyft and Lime through the eyes of hip-hop culture, the team also launched a Los Angeles-based entertainment startup called Culture Genesis. Together, the new collaborative investment strategy allows high-net-worth individuals to participate in trending tech startup deals.

The strategy evolved when Geter and Harris made their first investment 12 years ago into a company called Streetcred.com, a site that allowed fans to go online and share opinions about street culture. While that first deal didn’t work out, Geter and Harris maintained interest in the technology and startup scene to create opportunities for their networks and promote new businesses.

“We learned a lot,” says Harris. “Now, we know where our demographic is.”

For Geter, that demographic is taking advantage of Atlanta’s surging position as a cultural and technological mecca in the United States. Indeed, Atlanta-area startups raised roughly $1.15 billion in 2018, a record for the region, according to data from PitchBook and the National Venture Capital Association.

“Being in the city of Atlanta and with Georgia Tech producing so much talent, and coming from us being within the hip-hop culture, which is always influencing and promoting things, we saw an opportunity,” says Geter. “In the past, we were always looking through the glass window and looking at ways we can participate earlier. And that’s by coming together to pool our resources so we can invest more.”

Through informed mentorship programs and partnerships, Tech Cypha will include using influencers in various fields. Currently, the syndicate includes Lil Duval, Killer Mike, Tamika ‘Tiny’ Harris, Tai Green, Korey Roberson, Stephanie Shirley, and BJ Kerr among others. As an industry leader, Lewis is known for his talent in branding, marketing and partnership deals.

“Often times, we drive technology like social media and apps, but we are never apart of the ownership,” Lewis continues, “Tech Cypha is going to be an investment vehicle looking for promising, early and late-stage startups to invest capital in, assist with marketing and give branding directions. It’s our way of bridging the gap between the culture and technology.”

4K Action Pro Digital Camera

Get all the action with depth and clarity in Ultra High Definition 4K Resolution Action Pro Camera. This little wonder is waterproof, shockproof and dustproof. It records all your action and lets you view it live on your cell phone through a free app compatible with Apple or Android. There are so many features you’ll have to take several vacations to use them all fully.

Features include:

  • Photo Shoot
  • Video Shoot
  • Burst Photo Shoot
  • WiFi Mode connect to iOS or Android App to watch your action Live on your phone
  • Time Lapse Video
  • Looping Video
  • Shoot in 1080p mode
  • 100 ft underwater waterproof
  • Live Action View on Cellphone
  • RF remote (with replaceable battery) up to 50 ft
  • Multiple Mounts and accessory included
  • Rechargeable Battery
  • HDMI port connect to TV or Monitor to view
  • Less than 6 oz wt.
  • 16 Megapixel Camera
  • 170 Deg Wide Angle Lens
  • Built-in Gyro stabilizer
  • In-body sensor stabilization
  • Electronic image stabilization will greatly reduce camera shake and vibration in order to get the perfect shot every single time
  • Record high quality and stable video at 4K 3840*2160 30fps and 1080p@60fps to capture the most memorable moments

Nixon Dork Too

The Dork Too is available February, 2019.

Nixon proudly announces the launch of the original eye-free time teller, the Dork Too. A smart ass watch with a personality all its own.

The Dork Too is iconic Nixon style that doesn’t take itself too seriously, with a mashup of retro electronics, simple, modern forms, and progressive maker culture. Press a button and The Dork yells the time and much more. This fun-loving digital comes fully juiced, but when it does run low just plug in the USB cord provided for easy charging.

This is easy, eye-free time telling that’s easy on the eyes.

Dork Culture

The Dork Too is for the confident culture leaders with Street Geek style that’s a mash-up of retro and modern.

This re-styling of old looks has the fashion world buzzing about terms like “geek chic.” But more than a fashion movement, the Dork World itself is made up of people energized around an experimental blend of hyper-progressive technology with lo-fi materials and construction. Never a style play, the swag of dork culture comes from doing – from being creative, smart, and clever. If you have a love of street culture and great design, the Dork Too is for you.

Key Features:

Retro-Modern.

A contemporary take on a clean timeless style.

It’s Re-chargeable.

Plug it in to your USB for on the go charging.

It Yells The Time.

A watch with a real personality, push the button and it yells the time and much more.

The Dork Too comes in black, gold, rose gold, and silver. It retails for $150.00 and launches globally February 2019, both in stores and online.