5 Key Stories From The Digital Worlds

May 14

BY NABYL CHARANIA

1. 

DRIVING INVESTOR ENGAGEMENT

  • Median retail investor logged onto his or her account six days per year, while the median DC-only investor logged on only three days per year.
  • Investors who are 55 or older actually spend a lot more time accessing investment platforms on mobile devices (over 120 minutes a year).
  • Demand is there, and it’s just a matter of a few years before virtual assistants can engage investors effectively.

2. 

MICROSOFT LAUNCHES DECENTRALIZED IDENTITY TOOL ON BITCOIN BLOCKCHAIN

  • First decentralized infrastructure implementation by a major tech company that is built directly on the bitcoin blockchain.
  • Open source project, called Ion, deals with the underlying mechanics of how networks talk to each other.
  • Ion handles the decentralized identifiers, which control the ability to prove you own the keys to this data.

3. 

FDA CLEARS FIRST 6-LEAD CONSUMER ECG

  • Palm-sized device is roughly the same size as a thin, small TV remote control, and fits easily into a pocket or purse.
  • Scans are conducted via an accompanying smartphone app.
  • User forms Einthoven triangles that allow KardiaMobile 6L to gather as much information as a six-lead machine.

4. 

LOUIS VUITTON AND ROYOLE PUT TWO WEB BROWSERS ON A HANDBAG

  • Louis Vitton says that the idea for the handbag is for it to become an extension of the smartphone.
  • Produced using screens provided by Royole, whose FlexPai device is technically the first foldable smartphone in the world.
  • Louis Vuitton has the advantage of being able to sell its bags at a price that could actually cover the cost of a cutting edge display.

5. 

MEET THE WORLD’S FIRST AI-CREATED WHISKY

  • First time that AI has been used to augment and automate the most time-consuming process of whisky creation.
  • Distillery’s machine learning models, powered by Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform and Azure cognitive services, are fed with Mackmyra’s existing recipes.
  • With this dataset the AI can generate more than 70 million recipes that it predicts will be popular.