Fresh N’ Fruity

Fruit Shaped Sensors

The Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology is  trying to enhance fruit freshness by placing fruit shaped sensors in packaged fruit. The sensors come in shapes of apples, mangos, bananas, and oranges. These sensors can detect drops or changes with the fruits’ cooling processes, notifying the company so they can replace or rearrange the fruit. This process can help prevent fruits from perishing before they reach their destination, saving companies money and inventory in the long run. (Source: BBC News)


Hearing Detected with App

In parts of the world, including some areas in Africa, access to things like hearing tests can be limited. Mobile app HearScreen can detect hearing loss with a low-cost smartphone and a pair of headphones. The exam takes less than 60 seconds, is 6 times cheaper than traditional testing, and derives data for specialists to analyze. For so many, hearing is something we take for granted. This technology is not only allowing more people to be active in their lives and education; it is reminding us all that technology truly does make a difference.  (Source: BBC News)                                                                                                                                                                               


WhatsApp to Launch Digital Payments in India

As the largest messaging app in India, WhatsApp, has stated it will launch a digital payments service in the country some time in the coming months. India has been experiencing a boom in mobile payment apps, and WhatsApp hopes to contribute to the country’s vision for digital commerce. With Amazon launching their Cash program and plans to expand in India, it will be interesting to see who rules the mobile payment race. (Source: Engadget)

About the Author: Erik Qualman

Often called a Digital Dale Carnegie and The Tony Robbins of Tech, Erik Qualman is a #1 Best Selling Author and Motivational Keynote Speaker that has spoken in 49 countries.

His Socialnomics work has been featured on 60 Minutes to the Wall Street Journal and used by the National Guard to NASA. His book Digital Leader propelled him to be voted the 2nd Most Likeable Author in the World behind Harry Potter's J.K. Rowling. Qualman is a sitting professor at Harvard & MIT's edX labs.

His latest book What Happens in Vegas Stays on YouTube is a Pulitzer Prize nominated work.
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