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Every school in New Zealand needs a data scientist, Microsoft says

As schools become digitally savvy and more personalised to student needs, computer giant Microsoft says data scientists should be installed in every school to map students' futures. Jessica Long reports.At Wellington's Raroa Normal Intermediate School year 8 student James Wembridge is considering a world where everything is computer operated, mulling over whether we will all wear virtual-reality glasses for good measure."I reckon (the future) will get real technical. Something real futuristic."R...

May 12, 2019

Home-grown technology monitors penguin movement

There is safety in numbers. And little penguins group together offshore to form "rafts" of birds when they return to the Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony at night.But visitors ask a common, confounding question, Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony science and environmental manager Dr Philippa Agnew said, which until now staff had been unable to answer - "Is it always the same birds that come first?"However, since the end of April, Dr Agnew had been using a "No8 wire" copper-wire reconstruction of the microchip...

May 11, 2019

Are autonomous 'air taxis' the way of the future?

New Zealand is leading the charge to bring autonomous everyday air travel to the masses, with testing of a pilotless aircraft continuing in the skies above Tekapo.The fully-electric, emissions-free vehicle, called Cora, takes off and lands vertically with the aid of a dozen fans. Once airborne, it flies "on the wing" like a plane. Cora is being developed by California-based Kitty Hawk Corporation and its New Zealand operator, Zephyr Airworks, which began testing the airc...

May 10, 2019

Group forms to drive regional and rural innovation

Regional and rural innovation is the goal of a new group bringing together Microsoft and several New Zealand institutions and businesses.The Primary Industries and Regional Innovation Collaborative (Piric) was announced today at the Just Transition Summit in Taranaki.Drawn from across the technology, innovation and primary sectors, the group - Microsoft, The Collaborative Studio, Massey University, Scion, Kordia and The Factory - say the initiative aims to accelerate the adoption of digital tech...

May 10, 2019

Space 3.0 – how it will solve problems here on Earth

In Space 3.0, "conquering the final frontier" is no longer the driving mission, but breakthroughs in the space tech industries will ultimately transform the technology used in every organisation, across every sector.Setting aside the cool factor, why should we care that, within two years, New Zealand could be launching more rockets into space than any other country on Earth?Read more...

May 9, 2019

Sweeping changes about to flow through fintech in NZ

New Zealand should change its financial tech systems to drive the Kiwi economy or the country may miss out on sweeping changes, FintechNZ general manager James Brown says.One of the biggest banks in the world, JP Morgan, is worried about the impact of AI and fintech so much that it is sending some of its executives to China to find out what they are doing and what is coming next.JP Morgan has a handful of top-tier custody clients in New Zealand including the almost $40 billion ACC fund...

May 8, 2019

We need to chat about chatbots

In the not-too-distant past, chatbot developers sold their solutions as a way for clients to differentiate themselves from their competitors.When everyone else was still heavily reliant on email, self-service forms and telephone support, a personalised chatbot was something to behold, and a great self-help solution for forward-thinking brands. But what happens when the disruptors are disrupted? In record time, chatbots have gone from ‘new’ to ‘mainstream’.Read more...

May 3, 2019

A drone with thermal imaging technology used to spot water leaks in Waipā

A council drone has been scanning the countryside for leaks. The trial project led by Waipā District Council's water services team has been using a drone to locate leaks in a major water supply pipe. The small, unmanned quadcopters were fitted with a thermal imaging camera, the only one of its kind in the country. Read more...

May 1, 2019

Health apps come with warnings after private data given to Facebook, Google

New Zealand doctors and patients are being warned to be cautious when using digital apps to help with things such as depression or quitting smoking. The warnings follow an international study that found many apps prescribed to patients pass on private data to outside sources, such as Facebook or Google. Researchers from the University of New South Wales and Harvard Medical School examined highly-ranked apps used for depression and quitting smoking. Of 36 apps they looked at, 33 sent data to outs...

April 29, 2019

The headset that allows you to use a computer just by blinking your eyes

For most individuals, using a phone or laptop couldn’t be easier. But for thousands of people around the world, scrolling, swiping and clicking can be a lot harder, even impossible, to do. They might be paralysed from the neck down or they might have difficulty speaking, leaving them excluded from a major tool for communication in today’s world.This is where Nous comes in. Developed by Auckland-based social enterprise Thought-Wired, Nous consists of a wearable headset tha...

April 27, 2019

Silicon Valley with cows: Building a world-ranked IT industry in the Waikato

A Waikato technologist, David Hallett, who with his business partner, established a Silicon Valley level company in the Waikato, is a finalist in the New Zealand Hi-Tech Awards, in the IBM Most Inspiring Individual Award category with the winner to be announced on May 24.Other finalists in the category include Rocket Lab chief executive and technology officer Peter Beck, Xero managing director Craig Hudson, and Spark managing director Simon Moutter.Mr Hallett, along with his business partner Jer...

April 26, 2019

Chat and chatbots help Spark cut customer service costs

Since mid 2017 Spark has reduced its customer service costs by 25 per cent and call volumes to its contact centre by 33 per cent through the use of human online chat and virtual assistants – chatbots.The figures were revealed by Daniel Cooper, head of care, transformation and premium care at Spark, and John Wood, virtual assistant product owner, in a keynote presentation at Verint’s customer conference, Verint Engage, in Sydney earlier this month.Cooper said that, in mid 2017 Spark had 1350 ...

April 24, 2019

Smoke mapping technology could change face of firefighting

As climate change increases the risk of bush and other large fires, Crown research institute Scion, is developing new ways to predict how a fire will spread and its impact on nearby communities. They have been working alongside organisations at the coal-face of large-scale firefighting including Fire and Emergency New Zealand. The research could even debunk firefighting science that's been widely accepted for decades. The Pigeon Valley Fire earlier this year was the perfect testing ground for ne...

April 23, 2019

Local businesses benefit from fresh ideas with R&D grant

For businesses looking to benefit from smart, enthusiastic people with fresh ideas, it doesn’t get much better than a Callaghan Innovation R&D Experience Grant.The R&D Experience Grant is an internship designed as full-time, paid work experience over the summer break for tertiary students studying science, technology, engineering, design or business. During the internship, students’ time must be spent helping on a special R&D project or activity.Thanks to the R&D Experience Grant, Cambridge-...

April 23, 2019

The German technology to help prevent New Zealand banknote forgery

Ever noticed the colourful shimmer of the bird in the clear window of New Zealand's dollar notes or the clear black and white replica of your face in your passport?That technology is called the Kinegram and it is just one of the ways New Zealand protects itself from counterfeiters and fraudsters.Stephen Pratt, managing director of Kurz in Australia - whose parent is a privately owned German company - is the company behind the technology which is also used in the Australian, Canadian and Euro cur...

April 21, 2019

Sydney startup Tiliter announces partnership, introducing AI technology to thousands of supermarkets across Australia

Award winning Australian AI technology start-up Tiliter have recently announced their partnership with GaP Solutions which will see their fresh produce recognition software rolled out into thousands of stores nationwide starting in 2019.GaP Solutions as market leaders in Point of Sale software and hardware solutions support supermarkets such as Harris Farm, IGA, FoodWorks, and SPAR.Customers and cashiers alike will find themselves interacting with extremely accurate and speedy tech, propelling t...

April 18, 2019

How robots saved Notre Dame

As the first images of charred wreckage inside the Notre Dame cathedral appeared online Tuesday, engineers around the world said one observation was already clear: To return the ancient structure to its glorious past, builders will likely have turn to cutting-edge technology that many associate with the future.Even before engineers had been able to access the deepest corners of the still-smoldering structure, design experts, preservationists and engineers were contemplating which modern technolo...

April 17, 2019

What AI is doing for business?

As the recent AI-DAY Conference in Auckland emphasised, artificial intelligence (AI) is already playing a vital role within the business community in terms of boosting business efficiency and productivity. However, unless you attended the two-day event you may still be somewhat in the dark about what the technology can deliver; there is still confusion and misinformation out there.One thing is for certain – the technology is advancing rapidly. The question is: how long can you delay your busin...

April 17, 2019

Callaghan Innovation launches free Scale-Up NZ connection platform

A free online platform connecting New Zealand businesses with funders, incubators, multinationals and other collaborators launches today.Scale-Up NZ, from Callaghan Innovation, embodies the vision of the late physicist and entrepreneur Sir Paul Callaghan, who urged New Zealand to build nationwide communities of innovators, entrepreneurs and businesses.Callaghan said Scale-Up NZ delivers accurate insights on ambitious, innovative New Zealand companies, removing information gaps that oft...

April 16, 2019

Ultrafast Fibre to power up Waikato festival events

As New Zealand gears up for its largest ever festival of innovation this May, Ultrafast Fibre is proud to be the platinum sponsor of the Te Waka event series in Waikato.“We are a proud, regionally-based and community-owned business, supporting over 120,000 customer connections on our fibre network across the central North Island,” says Geoff Lawrie, Ultrafast Fibre’s Interim Chief Executive Officer.“Geography should never be a barrier to participation in our growing tech industry, and th...

April 16, 2019

New investment fund to bridge money gap for startups

Three of the country's leading investment groups have joined forces with The Icehouse to create a new funding vehicle for early-stage high growth companies.The new partners include investment banking firm FNZC, Sir Stephen Tindall's investment company K1W1 and KiwiSaver provider Simplicity.Between them they have committed $3 million to help establish Icehouse Ventures, which will take over the previous startup activities of the Icehouse incubator as part of a restructure.Read more...

April 15, 2019

Southern Cross recruits digital human for customer service

Health insurer Southern Cross Health Society is set to become the next NZ company to an artificial intelligence (AI)-powered human-looking digital, in what it claims will be a world-first for a health insurer.Southern Cross Health says the digital human, from New Zealand company FaceMe, will offer Kiwis a new way to learn about health insurance and how it can add value.FaceMe CEO Danny Tomsett said the digital human would be able to engage in “credible, real-time conversations with Kiwis based...

April 15, 2019

The magic behind Usain Bolt’s stride

Biomechanics is assisting researchers to find out more about what powered the success of one of the greatest sprinters of all time.University of Waikato’s Dr Kim Hébert-Losier is based at the Adams Centre for High Performance in Mt Maunganui. She’s used her expertise as a world -leading biomechanics researcher to work with colleagues analysing Bolt’s movement during one of his 100 metre sprint races.Read more...

April 11, 2019

Air New Zealand demos on-demand printing of aircraft parts

Air New Zealand has staged a proof of concept demonstration of on-demand 3D printing of replacement aircraft parts in partnership with Microsoft and aerospace industry players.A digital file for the part was ordered from Singapore-based ST Engineering and sent to a 3D printer operated by Moog in Los Angeles where it was printed and installed within hours on an Air New Zealand Boeing 777-300 aircraft ahead of its scheduled departure.Read more...

April 10, 2019

A faster, more effective way to identify and prevent sports injuries

New research is underway at the University of Waikato’s Adams Centre for High Performance that aims to develop an easy test which will identify those at highest risk of lower body sports injuries.PhD student Ivana Hanzlíková is running the project, working with the latest 3D motion capture technology to devise the sport-related standardised screening system under the supervision of Dr Kim Hébert-Losier, Senior Lecturer in Biomechanics.Read more...

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