For decades, we’ve dreamed of robots that can be our companions.

Now, Danielle Ishak is trying to build one. Named ElliQ, this robot is aimed at the elderly who live alone, and it’s in the homes of about a dozen beta testers in the Bay Area. Ishak’s task is to study these seniors’ interactions with ElliQ to make sure the robot is something they actually want. This is the fifth episode of Next Jobs, a mini-documentary series about careers of the future hosted by Bloomberg Technology’s Aki Ito.

How does Azure Stack fit in the Internet of Things story? What are the plans to support Azure IoT services on Azure Stack? Rita Cao, PM in the Azure IoT platform team joins Olivier on the IoT show to shed some light on this topic.

Humanitarian Toolbox (HTBox) is a charity supporting disaster relief organizations with open source software and services. They are a community of developers, designers, testers, and industry professionals who want to contribute our unique skills in disaster relief aid.

In episode, Bill Wagner (Bill Wagner) joins Rich to discuss the charity, their impact and what they’re working on next. We’ll also find out how to get involved and contribute to the open source projects.

  • [01:25] – What’s the goal of Humanitarian Toolbox?
  • [02:35] – Where has the software been used?
  • [05:38] – What technology is powering the software?
  • [08:38] – How does the project engage with NGOs ?
  • [09:42] – What frameworks and APIs is AllReady using?
  • [11:25] – What are the future plans for the projects?
  • [12:21] – Can these projects be used by organizations other than NGOs?
  • [13:00] – Where can the public learn more about the projects?
  • [14:57] – Can developers and NGOs from outside the US participate?

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Did you ever notice that the chip on your credit card looks an awful lot like a SIM card? I never really gave it much thought until my son asked why credit cards with chips are more secure than those with just the magnetic strips. It turns out that there’s a lot of high tech encryption and security going on and this video by LiveOverflow explores it all.