What Would You Do to Never Lose Your Keys Again?If you frequently lose track of your car keys, how far would you go to keep them within arm’s reach at all times? Would you try a device implanted into one of your limbs? Texas-based software engineer Amie DD posted a video on the development community page Hackaday.io that details how she “bio-hacked” her body, as reported by TechCrunch. As an owner of the Tesla Model 3, which uses radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology to unlock and lock the vehicle without a key, Amie implanted the RFID tag to her vehicle’s keycard into her arm. According to The Verge, Amie dissolved the keycard containing the RFID tag in acetone and had the tag encased in a biopolymer, with the help of a company that specialises in implantable chips, called VivoKey, as reported by Business Insider. The chip was then implanted into her forearm by a body-modification specialist, according to Amie’s blog that details her process. Amie has a separate RFID tag that was previously implanted into her hand for what she calls “access control,” allowing her to do things like tap her hand to your smartphone and automatically pull up her webpage, or unlock her front door. The Tesla RFID that was successfully implanted now allows Amie to unlock and start her Tesla with no key fob or keycard needed. Talk about a Tesla fan!
Meet My Roommate, AlexaSt. Louis University is the first U.S. University to provide each of its dorm rooms with a second-generation Amazon Echo dot smart speaker. Through Amazon’s Alexa for Business platform, each of the 2,300 University’s Echo Dots can answer over 100 questions about the campus and its events, hours and food options according to Engadget. The Echo Dot can also stream live music and podcasts and make phone calls, including the University’s Student Services Directory, according to CNet. The University’s Vice president, Chief Information and Innovation Officer and overseer of the IT department, David Hakanson, is the man behind the movement. His goal is to improve the students’ campus experience and acclimation to college life, with no additional cost to the students. The SLU website confirms that tuition wasn’t increased to provide the voice assisted smart speakers, and instead cites that costs were offset by capital funding and its partnerships with Amazon and n-Powered. In terms of privacy, because recent headlines confirm ever-present concerns and skepticism, CNet reports that no personally identifiable information is stored or provided to the SLU team. No details are recorded that can be used to identify a specific student, or even a specific dorm room. "Alexa voice interface means that students can instantly gain access to university information without referring to complex intranet sites or student support services which may mean long wait times,” says IHS Markit senior research analyst Daniel Sutton.
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