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Healthcare at |your fingertips

Posted by pakin On May - 9 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

KING MONGKUT VARSITY STUDENTS DO THAILAND PROUD BY WINNING |THE IMAGINE CUP IN |SOUTHEAST ASIA WITH THEIR UNIQUE INVENTION AND NOW SET THEIR SIGHTS ON THE WORLD FINALS IN SEATTLE IN JULY

A NEW INVENTION by a group of students from King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi promises to break new ground in helping people’s healthcare.

The university’s Team Welse has developed a portable Internet of Things (IoT) device that facilitates clinical lab tests on blood samples, so that people can easily monitor their health by testing their blood.

Team Welse, who were winners of the Imagine Cup Thailand 2017, made their impact in the region when they beat teams from nine other countries in the inaugural 2017 Imagine Cup Southeast Asia, held in the Philippines on April 24. They are now one of seven teams to reach the World Finals in Seattle, in July.

Kanes Kemiganithi, a member of the Team Welse, said their aim was to come up with an invention that would enable people to monitor their health and detect any problems instantly without having to rush to a hospital.

Welse developed the project over a year, before submitting it for the Imagine Cup Thailand, which they won.

“Competition taught us a lot; feedback is very important to help us improve our products. Other teams and expectations also gave us the inspiration to do better and improve our product,” said Kanes.

Welse’s concept is: early detection will |save cost, time, and offer the opportunity to recover.

The concept operates through a platform and a device. The platform collects health information of people from existing medical devices such as iHealth, detect glucose in blood, Fitbit, Kinsa, and Jawbone. Meanwhile the device, designed as a lab on a chip, will test the blood and send the data up to the cloud.

The existing device mostly is a single test or single monitoring health information. “The beauty of Welse is it can perform multiple tests that can detect three things in the same device. It changes a chemical substance on the chip to detect different matters. A single drop of blood can be used to detect three different enzymes,” Kanes said.

“We bring the existing technology in the lab, condense it to make it practical enough to be used on a small device, and digitalise the device to send the data up to |the cloud,” Kanes explained.

Their project received support from many quarters. Siam Photon assisted with design and manufacture of the chip and device; the District Health System Programme provided collaboration for testing; and Mahidol University supported the reagents and samples.

Welse is a rapid test that provides a screening test. Target users are both healthcare units and individual users.

By the end of 2017, it aims to create a Welse device with a plastic chip for testing the functioning of the liver and by the middle of 2018 the plastic chip can detect the body’s fluid data analytic.

Siriporn Pajharawat, the director of Developer Experience and Platform Evangelism (DX) Group, Microsoft Thailand, said that Imagine Cup Thailand 2017 was held under the theme “StudentsInSTEM”, with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines that equip students with the necessary skills in critical thinking, problem solving, and creativity essential for successful implementation of Thailand 4.0.

“We are entering what is widely referred to as the 4th Industrial Revolution, an era where the development of new materials, breakthroughs in the field of genetic engineering and digital transformation are increasingly blurring the lines between the physical, biological and digital worlds,” said Siriporn.

According to a list of the Most Promising Jobs of 2017 published by LinkedIn, all the top 20 occupations require STEM skills. Moreover, a World Economic Forum survey revealed that a digital transformation era will make STEM professions one of the fastest-growing in the next five years.

“To prepare for this new digital era, Thailand needs to focus on equipping the future workforce with technological and critical thinking skills, and inspire Thai youth to innovate and develop. The recent Microsoft Asia Digital Future Survey showed that Thai youth feel the winds of change |as 70 per cent of them agree that the country is ready to adapt to digital disruptions. We very much hope that Imagine Cup will serve as the platform for our next generation to further develop their STEM skills, and most importantly their creativity as prospect innovators.

“That’s why for Imagine Cup 2017 this year, we were looking for deep technology integration in fully formed apps and devices that have real-life implementation potential,” said Siriporn.

 

Google Maps has added a new feature that will help you find where you parked your car.

The new feature is available on both iOS and Android, Google said in a blog post.

To enable the feature, Android users just need to tap on the blue do that reveals their location and then tap “save your parking”.

The location will then be saved and a label added to the map showing where the car is parked.

Users are then able to add additional info to the label and can even add an image of where the car is parked or send the location of the parking spot to friends.

For iOS users, they can follow similar steps to enable the feature on their iPhone. Start by tapping on the blue dot and select “set as parking location”.

“This is in addition to the automatic parking detection you might have already noticed in Google Maps for iOS. If you connect to your car using USB audio or bluetooth, your parking spot will be automatically added to the map when you disconnect and exit the vehicle,” Google said.

The news comes after Google has rolled a number of useful new features to its popular navigation app.

Earlier this year it began displaying real time traffic info that gives drivers information on how congested a road is.

Google also added a new feature that lets users share their location with their friends.

 

Messaging app Line soars in stock market debut

Posted by pakin On July - 15 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

NEW YORK – Shares in the Asian hit messaging app Line, Thailand’s favourite smartphone app, surged 40% in opening trade in New York Thursday in a market hungry for the newest technology IPO.

The largest new tech stock on the market so far this year drew strong support as Wall Street overall pushed to new record levels.

Over the day, the stock climbed $8.74 and closed at $41.58 (1,457 baht) 27% above the targeted IPO price.

But Line remains challenged to boost its popularity beyond East and Southeast Asia, and some Spanish language markets, amid a field crowded with innovative mobile messaging services like Facebook Messenger, WeChat, WhatsApp, Skype and Snapchat.

Founder and chief executive Jungho Chin told the US business CNBC-TV network Thursday that the company now dominates the Japanese market and that the IPO will boost its expansion.

“Ultimately we believe that this IPO will accelerate our growth,” he said.

Mr Chin told CNBC that the company’s aim right now is to expand Line’s functionality rather than focus on building it in other countries.

“Every smartphone user needs a messaging service, music service, and a gaming service, and they want a one-stop service. If the users can serve their needs with this one-stop service we can satisfy customers,” Mr Chin said.

“The short-term view will be to focus on expanding the domain, and not so much the geographical expansion.”

In early trade the shares rocketed to $43.70 (1,530 baht, or 4,620 yen), on the New York Stock Exchange, compared with the initial public offering price of $31.20 (1,093 baht, 3,300 yen) early Thursday New York time (Friday, Thailand time).

Priced at the high end of its original estimates amid heavy demand, Japan-based Line raised about $1.3 billion in the share flotation.

The shares will trade on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, and on the New York Stock Exchange as ADR depositary receipts under the ticker sign “LN”. Trading in Tokyo will begin Friday.

Known for its cute and innovative digital stickers, Line is hugely popular across much of East and Southeast Asia and is widely used in Spain and Mexico as well.

It counts about 218 million active monthly users, and is strongest in Japan, Thailand, Taiwan and Indonesia.

Owned by South Korean Internet provider Naver, the app combines attributes from Facebook, Skype and WhatsApp.

It lets users make free calls, send instant messages, and post photos or short videos, along with a host of other paid services. Games and a mobile payments function are also on offer.

It is best known for letting users send each other cute cartoon “stickers”, and is hugely popular among teenagers.

Line’s sells thousands of the stickers, many of them animated and noisy, from Hello Kitty and Super Mario to Manga and Disney characters.

One service allows users to create and sell their own characters, while Line’s homegrown stable of stickers include the duck Sally, a sad-face bear called Brown and Cony the rabbit.

“The stickers are so good at explaining how we feel,” Nanako, a 25-year-old tech industry worker from San Francisco, said at the retail store in Tokyo’s youth fashion district.

Last year, Line posted revenue of 120 billion yen (39.88 billion baht, $1.1 billion), up 40% from the year before, but a small overall loss, which it blamed on rising staff costs and other expenses.

Line said it would use proceeds of the stock offering to help it expand in Asia, and tap the US and European markets where it is not yet a major player.

It also said the funds could fuel takeovers of other services and apps.

Line, Facebook look to benefit as online shopping via mobile devices takes off

Three new e-payment services from Line and Facebook will become available to Thai mobile users by the end of this year, as the social-media companies gear up with a view to tapping into high growth potential in the domestic market.

Jin-Woo Lee, chief executive officer of Rabbit Line Pay, told the “Thailand E-commerce Summit 2016” that the company would provide two new services in the near future under the Rabbit Line Pay brand, enabling mobile payments via a smart phone using any operating system.

Mobile users will simply need to download the Rabbit Line Pay application to their device in order to use the system, he said, adding that the new payment services would be piloted at retail outlets such as McDonald’s in August.

“I believe Thailand is the first country in which we will provide the new e-payment service. In the next couple of months, we will test it with retail shops, and then with the Skytrain in December, before making it

officially available in the market,” the CEO said. Another new offering under Rabbit Line Pay services is a logistics service available to mobile users who already have the Rabbit Line Pay app.

Under the logistics service, the company has joined hands with Kerry to deliver products to customers when they order from the Line shop. Kerry will provide a same-day delivery service for users located in Bangkok, with cash on delivery being a payment option. The new service will initially be available in Bangkok.

“For Line, Thailand is the second biggest market, after Japan. I believe there is high market potential in Thailand for the provision of services that support mobile users in a simple and convenient way,” Lee said.

The company is currently working with four commercial banks – Siam Commercial Bank, TMB Bank, Bangkok Bank and Kasikornbank – to support e-payment transactions under its new offerings, he added.

Line now has around 40 million users in Thailand, the chief executive said.

Onsite social commerce

Rathiya Issarachaikul, manager SMB (small and medium-sized businesses) at Facebook Thailand, saidFacebook would be offering a new e-payment service under what it termed “onsite social commerce”, which would allow users to buy and pay for products via their Facebook home page.

The service will provide easy access to chat and respond quickly, with the emphasis on “human-touch services to support the customer journey”, with everything able to be done on the Facebook platform with no shopping card and the initiation of a transaction basically being done by chat, she said.

Users can experience the concept at m.me/myshop, she added.

“Social commerce has come to our region, Southeast Asia, [for which it is] an emerging market. Facebookhas 40 million Thai monthly users, and 1.55 billion global monthly users,” Rathiya said.

Facebook is rumoured to be testing the onsite social-commerce market in Thailand, and will provide its new e-payment services via a 2C2P application.

Meanwhile, PwC conducted its annual “Total Retail” survey in April, in which it questioned 23,000 shoppers in 25 countries around the world and found Thailand to be the leader in terms of the ratio – 51 per cent – for those having bought products by interacting with merchants on social media.

India had the next highest ratio at 32 per cent, followed by Malaysia (31 per cent) and China (27 per cent), the survey found. An analyst told the summit that the giant social-media firms would now increasingly tap into the potential offered by Thai mobile usage, in light of behavioural change towards shopping via social media and mobile devices.

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