Innovation Igniter offers insights into some of the major trends in topics like healthcare, drones, robotics and consumer goods. This week, we highlight some of the top news stories in these categories, from NASA software that “kills” trespassing drones to Amazon Echo’s Prime Day success to a Google robot that will release 20 million mosquitoes in California.

New NASA Tech Kills Trespassing Drones Without Touching Them >

Safeguard is a software system that uses algorithms to keep track of drones’ locations relative to geofences and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-designated no-fly zones. If drones fly too close, they receive instruction to land. As a last resort, if they continue course and ignore the instructions, the software cuts off power and the drones fall to the ground.
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Amazon has Taken Over Your Home and is Now Becoming Your Social Network >

Amazon’s Echo Dot is on the rise. On Prime Day last week (July 10), the Echo Dot was the most-sold item, discounted to $34.99 for the annual online shopping extravaganza. Seven times more Prime members around the world bought the Echo Dot on Prime Day 2017 than on Prime Day 2016.

This is impactful because of the communication component of the Echo Dot; people can now make phone calls to each other through the devices. So if Mom and Dad and your two best friends got an Echo Dot after Prime Day and you didn’t, there’s a good chance you’ll now consider getting one too to stay in their network.
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Google Robot Produces a Million Mosquitoes a Week to Release into Wild >

One of the world’s largest companies has taken measures to combat the world’s deadliest animal by lowering their reproductive abilities.

Alphabet’s life sciences division, Verily, built a robot that will cultivate and release one million sterile male mosquitoes per week in California. This will continue for 20 weeks, totaling 20 million mosquitoes.

Why? Because mosquitoes kill up to 800,000 people per year by transferring deadly diseases to them. The Aedes aegypti mosquitoes to be released by Verily will be males (only females bite) infected with a bacteria called Wolbachia, which does not affect humans or other animals but will make the mosquitoes unable to breed.
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Our Authors: Matt Suits and Andreya Carlson

About The Author: Matt Suits

Matt has always loved interacting with clients to find solutions for their challenges. He was drawn to business development at Kaleidoscope because of the great potential he saw. After graduating from the Lindner College of Business at the University of Cincinnati, he worked with two startups, a marketing consultancy, a financial services company and the non-profit 3CDC. He believes that listening is the most important part of sales. In his free time, Matt enjoys movies, trying new foods, traveling and the great outdoors.

About the Author: Andreya Carlson

Andreya has always been fascinated by language and the written word, which drove her to earn a degree in Journalism from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. She additionally earned a degree in Psychology, which kindled her interest in the healthcare industry. Her experience in marketing, communications, writing and editing includes work with a prominent human rights organization in England and a Cincinnati-based book publishing company. Andreya’s appetite for knowledge and passion for purposeful creation led her to cover design and healthcare advancement news for Kaleidoscope.

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