Today’s Tech Sightings:
Voice-activated devices and digital assistants are quickly spreading and Elliptic Labs, which uses ultrasound technology to detect motion, wants to use the technology to help the elderly. The company is launching new software that can be added to digital assistants like Amazon’s Echo. The motion-detection program can send an alert from an elderly person’s home, for example, if it does not sense any movement for a prolonged period of time.
Nonprofit tech movement HackerNest is holding a coding session called DementiaHack in Toronto on March 4. The event is intended to raise awareness about dementia and encourage the development of products to help people with dementia and their caregivers.
A new chip unveiled at this week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, could significantly improve mobile security. The chip, developed by South Korean engineers at SK Telecom, can generate secure random numbers, which are then used to create encryption keys. These numbers have not been generated before with anything as small as this chip, a 5 millimeter square the size of a fingernail.
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