Trend Topics - February 2016

Internet of objects (IoT) and Uberisation


The Internet of Things (IoT) is a network of networks enabling the transfer of data between physical and virtual objects.


A movement focused on a new system for providing services (virtual economy around everyday services). An economy driven by collaborative practices, in which startup companies are rewriting the established rules

The Internet of Things is made up of 6 different types of systems

  • identification: allows the objects to be identified and enables the gathering of information from them
  • sensors: gathers information on the environment in order to improve the device
  • connection: connects the systems together
  • integration: integrates the systems together
  • data processing: stores and analyses datanetworks: transfers this data back and forth between the physical world and the virtual world

E-health: A team of researchers from the National University of Singapore developed a robotic glove which allows people who have suffered serious hand injuries to perform rehabilitation exercises at home.

This glove, called EsoGlove, targets people who have lost the use of their hands due to serious injuries or nerve-related conditions. It is small, lightweight, flexible, and intuitive, enabling patients to perform rehabilitation exercises at home without assistance from therapists. The sensors detect and interpret muscle signals and adapt to the natural movements of the hand, reducing the discomfort and risk of injury during rehabilitation

Connected bathroom mirror

Max Braun, who lives in the United States, is a product engineer working for Google teams. He developed a Smart Mirror, a system that allows you to transform your bathroom mirror into a very discreet connected object. Smart Mirror uses an Android API which enables it to display a lot of information such as the date, the weather, and the news you are interested in, directly onto the mirror. As of now, Smart Mirror is only at the prototype phase.

Concierges 2.0 

Whether virtual or physical, new conciergeries are now accessible to the general public via mobile apps or text messages and take the form of personal assistants, exclusive clubs, personal shoppers in stores or for e-commerce, etc. The hospitality services at the root of conciergerie are also moving toward a reinvention of this rapidly changing sector.

Conciergeries: Clac des doigts, Miilord, Quatres Epingles, Magic, Alfred, and Instacart