As if it were an episode of the dystopian Black Mirror series, the coronavirus is still with us and, unlike the perverse use of technology seen in the successful production of Netflix, in our case it seems that this will serve to help us cope better with the pandemic from a health point of view. Social distancing is the maximum recommended for all citizens and proposals are already emerging from technology companies that seek to avoid contagion in spaces where crowds usually occur, whether they are supermarkets, soccer fields, transport …
Artificial intelligence for the new normal
In this pandemic situation, big tech giants are working on artificial intelligence and robotics. Over the year robots are designed and manufactured for different purposes. Special program and algorithm has developed and launched an algorithm specialized in indoor location. For its operation, it is necessary to install a small device in the shopping trolleys of a supermarket in order to know in real-time the number of people in each of the sections of the establishment.
Thanks to this mechanism, store employees could visualize metrics as useful as the number of times a person approaches others, the number of customers per square meter or possible sources of infection from their own mobile phone or computer. Also, the system allows sending alerts when there are too many people in a certain corridor or safety distances are not respected, as well as making predictions about the influx. The best is thing is that this information can be shared in real time and, with the installation of screens, customers could know at all times the areas to avoid.
The benefits of 3D printing and the ‘blockchain’
You may have seen in the news or the press how 3D printers are helping to prevent COVID-19 infections, producing with this technology, both on a small and large scale, the necessary medical equipment for the work of professionals. These printers have advantages such as allowing factories to customize product design, streamline production, or quickly adapt to changing market needs. In addition, it avoids dependencies on external agents and relocations, since the entire production process is carried out within the same company.
As for the blockchain, it is a data structure in which the information contained is grouped into sets (blocks) to which meta-information relative to another block of the previous chain is added in a timeline, so that, thanks to cryptographic techniques, the information contained in a block can only be repudiated or edited by modifying all subsequent blocks. This would help to manage digital procedures with the administration, for individuals or companies, avoiding both the risk of counterfeiting and physical contact. From this Technology Blog we encourage you to carefully follow all the technological innovations that will emerge during these changing times in order to make things easier for us.