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FedEx seeks to automate much of the package delivery process

FedEx is looking at everything – replacing drivers with autonomous delivery trucks and small robots, integration with Google Echo and Amazon Alexa to request package delivery via voice command, using “platooned” semi-automated truck caravans to reduce the number of drivers and reduce fuel consumption, and more: The shipping giant is investing in autonomous trucks, and is interested in delivery robots and an Alexa app. Source: FedEx Bets on Automation as It Prepares to Fend Off...

Consumers goods packaging to tie in to #IOT

Recent IoT technology partnerships with three global packaging giants will bring connectivity to everyday consumer products. Source: Packaging Deals Bring IoT to Hairspray and Tomato Paste | Data-Driven Marketing – AdAge It’s called “Connected Packaging”. Namely, by using existing bar codes, QR codes and perhaps new coding technology, purchasers of consumer products will be encouraged to interact with the manufacturer or retailer by pointing their smart phone at the package. In this way, the manufacturer...

It’s over! “What happened to #virtual reality?” as we hit that phase in the news cycle! #VR #VR360

The virtual reality industry has achieved – again! – that point in in the product life cycle where the media declares it’s death! Over the past year, evidence has stacked up that VR isn’t as hot as everyone thought it’d be, and it feels poised to go the way of the smartwatch. Source: What happened to virtual reality? – Business Insider Per the reporter, Facebook’s Oculus Rift is a failure, the HTV Vive is a...

Are we over hyping the #IoT opportunity? Yes and no.

The post this quote is from is primarily about the Internet of Things (IoT) and the new buzzwords “Smart Cities”. The post brings people back from the hype to address the reality of getting stakeholders to agree on initiatives and the necessary steps to make them happen. The post notes we have gone down this path of hyping the latest technology (many times!) only to collapse later. “Soon, they claimed, we will be able to...

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