The shopping lists we used to scribble on the back of an envelope are increasingly already known by the supermarkets we frequent.
Firstly via the loyalty cards, we scan at checkouts, and more and more so from our online baskets, our shopping habits are no longer a secret.
But now more retailers are using AI (artificial intelligence) – software systems that can learn for themselves – to try to automatically predict and encourage our very specific preferences and purchases like never before.
Retail consultant Daniel Burke, of Blick Rothenberg, calls this “the holy grail… to build up a profile of customers and suggest a product before they realize it is what they wanted”.
So the next time you dash into your local shop to buy certain snacks and a particular wine on a Friday night, perhaps you can blame AI and a computer that has learned all about you, for the decision.
Will Broome is the founder of Ubamarket, a UK firm that makes a shopping app that allows people to pay for items via their phones, make lists, and scan products for ingredients and allergens.
“Our AI system tracks people’s behavior patterns rather than their purchases, and the more you shop the more the AI knows about what kinds of products you like,” he says.
“The AI module is designed not only to do the obvious stuff, but it learns as it goes along and becomes anticipatory. It can start to build a picture of how likely you are to try a different brand, or to buy chocolate on a Saturday.”
And it can offer what he calls “hyper-personalized offers”, like cheaper wine on a Friday night.
Ubamarket has struggled to persuade the UK’s biggest supermarkets to adopt the app, so it has instead done deals with smaller convenience shop chains in the UK including Spar, Co-op, and Budgens, stores not traditionally associated with hi-tech.
Take-up of the app remains low but it is growing, in part thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, which has made people more reluctant to touch tills or stand in queues.
“With the app, we have found that the average contents of a basket are up 20%, and people with the app are three times more likely to return to shop in that store,” says Mr. Broome.
In Germany, a Berlin start-up called SO1 is doing similar things with its AI system for retailers. It claims that nine times more people buy AI-suggested goods than those offered by traditional promotions, even when the discounts are 30% less.
Getting offers on goods that you actually might want to buy rather than random coupons is great for consumers. However, Jeni Tennison, who heads up the UK’s Open Data Institute, a body that campaigns against the misuse of data, remains cautious about the vast amounts of information on people that is being collected.
“People are happy to be recommended products, but start to feel more uncomfortable when they are being nudged, or manipulated, into particular buys based on a caricature of who they are rather than the full complexity of their personality,” she says.
And she adds that there are bigger societal questions raised by the use of AI in retail.
“We need to ask how equitable and ethical the data collection is. So, for example, are middle-class white women being offered money off fresh vegetables, but it is not being offered to someone who could really benefit from it?” says Ms. Tennison.
“What we really need to understand is what impact data collection and profiling has on different sectors of society. Is it profiling people based on race, social-economic status, sexuality?”
Online giant Amazon is no stranger to data collection. It has vast amounts of information on its customers from their online purchases, and via its products such as Ring doorbells and Echo speakers. It is now making a move into physical retailing, with bricks-and-mortar shops packed full of AI-aided computer vision technology.
It means that in its Amazon Go grocery stores, currently up and running at 27 locations in the US, people can shop with no interaction with a human or a till.
They simply swipe their smartphones on the scanner when they enter the supermarket, pick up what they want to buy, and then just walk out. The AI is watching of course and sends you a bill at the end.
The first Amazon Go stores were small sites, because of the expense of the sensors and equipment needed, but the company is gradually expanding to larger stores.
Amazon is also working on tech for supermarkets that don’t want to retrofit their stores with such costly systems. This is where its Dash Cart comes in, a supermarket trolley that is packed with sensors to detect and collate everything you put in.
In the Los Angeles store where it is being tested, it has a special fast lane to check out, without the need for a human, of course.
Another US retailer, Kroger, is experimenting with smart shelves fitted with LCD displays that beam contextualized content designed to draw customers towards them. Some display offers and personalized content by connecting via Bluetooth to loyalty apps on phones.
More than three-quarters of large retailers around the world either have AI systems now in place or plan to install them before the end of the year, according to research group Gartner.
Its analyst Sandeep Unni says the global pandemic has accelerated this trend because it has dramatically changed consumer habits.
“People panic bought, and focused on essential rather than non-essential goods, which in turn created a huge supply-demand imbalance,” he says. “This meant that we saw shelves becoming empty, and demand forecasting was suddenly not working.”
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US firm Afresh makes AI-based supply systems for supermarkets to help the best plan for what stock levels are required.
Afresh founder Matt Schwartz says that staff has to teach the AI systems about key events in the calendar, such as the recent Halloween.
“Historically taking account of things like holidays [and other events] has been one of the biggest challenges for AI,” he says.
“[And] we can’t fully automate away the humans. The AI may suggest 20 cases of pumpkins for October, and the humans can adjust that if they need to.”
Motorcycle Tech in 2022
Looking to enhance your motorcycle riding experience in 2022? Here are the 10 motorcycles tech for riders to consider. From GPS systems to audio and video enhancements, these tools can make your ride more enjoyable and informative.
1. Bluetooth Helmet:
Bluetooth technology is becoming more and more popular on motorcycles, with a lot of riders opting for standalone Bluetooth systems like the Cardo or AGV helmets. There are also a number of motorcycle-specific Bluetooth systems on the market, the most popular brands are Sena, Cardo Systems, etc. One advantage of standalone Bluetooth systems is that they can be used with any helmet, no matter the brand. This means that riders can select a system that fits their budget and their style.
Some motorcycle manufacturers even offer special deals on standalone Bluetooth systems if you buy a helmet from them, like Shoei, Scorpion, and Bilt. Another great benefit of Bluetooth systems is that they are compatible with most smartphones. This means that you can use your smartphone to control music, navigation, lighting, and other bike features without having to take your hands off the handlebars.
2. Heads-Up Display:
A heads-up display (HUD) for motorcycle riders can provide important information such as speed, distance traveled, and current location on the map while keeping your eyes focused on the road. Bluetooth technology makes this capability easy to use, and an optional camera attached to the mirror provides a clear view of the surroundings. This type of display is becoming increasingly popular because it provides riders with critical information without taking their eyes off the road.
There are a few of these devices on the market, but most of them have a pretty high price tag. The recent addition to this list is the DVison Heads-up Display. It seems to mount like the CamBox Camera right behind the helmet’s visor. As for compatibility, DVision’s heads-up display can fit a variety of helmets. It makes use of a clip that mounts onto the inside of your helmet’s shell and can be used on everything from full-face helmets, modular helmets, and even jet helmets. The current kicker is that is not yet available in the United States, you can however purchase and have it shipped to Germany and surrounding countries. you can learn more about DVison at https://dvision-hud.com
UPDATE: TILSBERK has informed our staff that they are hoping to be able to ship out the DVison Heads-Up Display to US customers in 2023. Once we get a hold of one we will do a Review.
3. Motorcycle Cameras:
Camera technology is always evolving and advancing, which is why motorcycle riders need to keep up with the latest trends. One of the latest camera technologies to hit the market is helmet cameras. Helmet cameras can be a great way to capture footage of your ride and share it with friends or family. Sena has several helmet camera models that are compatible with GoPro cameras, such as the 10C/10C Pro and the new 50C with Premium SOUND BY Harman Kardon.
These models offer great quality footage and are especially useful for drifting and racing. Cambox is another popular option for helmet cameras. Cambox offers excellent quality footage at an affordable price, making it a great choice for riders who want to capture footage of their ride but don’t want to spend a lot of money. Bell Helmets just recently released a Built-in helmet with a camera at the top to provide much-needed footage for motorcyclists in case of an accident.
4. GPS Trackers:
A GPS tracker is a helpful tool for motorcyclists. GPS Trackers can provide peace of mind while riding and when your bike is parked. . There are a few different types of trackers available, so it is important to find the one that is right for you. There is a handful on the market that are the most popular like the SPOT Me LTE GPS tracker. The SPOT ME acts like a beacon that marks your location every time it’s in motion and when it stops. You can view history in the Android/iOS app or on the web on their website. Another option is the RLink tracker which is actually plugged into your motorcycle’s electrical system and can track ignitions, tilts, and movement.
You can also export your rides into the Rever ride tracking app (RLink comes with a year free of Rever Pro). The new player in this field is the MoniMoto, touted as “The Smart Motorcycle GPS Tracker”. It allows you to track your bike’s whereabouts and monitor your ride stats in real-time, even when you are not riding. The Morimoto also has a built-in phone alarm that will notify you if your bike goes out of range or gets stolen!
5. Heated Grips:
The cold winter weather can be a real challenge when it comes to riding a motorcycle. Many riders turn to heated grips to help them stay comfortable and safe on their rides. Here are some of the best-heated grips for motorcycle riding in the winter:
- Kawasaki has been making motorcycles for over 50 years and they know a thing or two about keeping riders warm. Their Heated Hand Grips come with three heat settings and are available in both right and left-hand versions. The grip is also waterproof and windproof so you can rely on it in any weather condition.
- BMW also makes excellent motorcycles, and they understand how important it is to keep riders comfortable in the cold weather. Their Rocker Warmers are perfect for motorcyclists who ride in colder climates, as they come with three heat settings as well as an auto shut-off feature.
If your bike did not already come with heated grips you can find many Universal Heated Grip for Motorcycles out there. No matter what type or size of motorcycle you ride, an Oxford Heated Grips makes riding in cold weather much more comfortable. These grips are made from durable, heat-resistant materials, and have a built-in thermostat that maintains a constant, comfortable temperature. The Oxfords come in both left and right-hand versions, so you can choose which grip is best suited for your dominant hand.
6. Tire Pressure Monitoring System:
Looking to save on tire maintenance costs? Consider purchasing a motorcycle tire pressure monitoring system. TPMS systems alert riders when their tires are dangerously low on air, saving them money and time in the future. FOBO is one such company that offers motorcycle TPMS systems but harnesses Bluetooth. FOBO has come up with a Bluetooth motorcycle tire pressure monitoring system that has a Smart processing function that works for every rider.
You have found the right tool to check your tires through your phone! The TPMS has a view of on-demand tire pressure and temperature that displays quickly. This indicates the level of pressure and temperature. With the quick monitoring process, the miniature equipment monitors 24/7 to check the condition of your tires. You can check your tires at different times, thanks to the frequent update. There are a few cons with this product though, though research on the interwebs, it looks like the product is not fully waterproof, so if you forget they are on it might be a costly mistake, as they retail around a hundred dollars on amazon.
7. Ride Saftey System
A ride-sharing company is using a 360-degree artificial intelligence (AI) system to help drivers avoid blind spots and stay alert to potential distractions. The Ride Vision 360-Degree AI System was developed by a startup called Blindspot. The system uses sensors in the cars and on the roads to create a 3D map of the area around them. It then uses that information to provide drivers with warnings about potential dangers ahead, including people or objects in their blind spot. Ride Vision 360-Degree AI System is currently being used by the company GoGet, which operates a ride-sharing service in Sydney, Australia.
Everything is hard-wired to your bike’s battery, so no worries about having to take another device inside with you to charge. Ride Vision claims the power draw is less than if you were charging your phone, which is always a plus. The company has been working on this tech for the past few years, and just raised $7 million in additional venture capital to help it launch its first product in early 2021. The initial launch will see Ride Vision units sold in Austria, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, and the U.K. Other countries should follow at later dates, including Australia, Brazil, China, India, Japan, and the U.S. Exact dates for any launches have yet to be announced.
8. LED Lighting:
The popularity of LED motorcycle lighting continues to grow as riders opt for brighter and more efficient headlights and taillights. Lights that use LEDs are more expensive than traditional lights, but the benefits of using them far outweigh the cost. XKGlow is a leading supplier of LED motorcycle and ATV lighting. they offer a wide range of lighting options, from simple on/off switches to Bluetooth-controlled LED kits.
Then if you want to Tron up your look, enter LightMode LED Kits! These smart and colorful light kits are perfect for any helmet. They can be controlled with your Android/iOS phone using their app, providing you with the flexibility to change your ride’s look anytime, anywhere. And don’t forget about their safety benefits—with these LED kits, you’ll be able to see better in low light conditions and stay safe on the road.
What is the best way to protect yourself while riding a motorcycle? The answer, of course, is by wearing full gear. However, not all riders feel fully safe in gear. For those who feel like they need the next level of protection, there are other ways to protect themselves. One option is to wear clothing that includes airbags. CX Air Dynamics just debuted a new airbag pant in 2021, These pants are made of heavy-duty material and are designed to protect you in the event of a crash. The pants also feature a built-in motorbike safety system that will help protect you in the event of an accident. With these pants, you can be sure that you are safe and protected while riding your motorcycle. .
Other products route there include jackets, suits, and vests designed to protect riders from accidents. Alpinestars also produces airbag apparel. Their jackets and suits are specifically designed for motorcyclists and feature ABS plastic shields that protect riders from injuries in the event of an accident. Dainese also makes airbag clothing for motorcyclists. Their products include jackets and suits made of durable materials that can withstand multiple crashes. Klim also produces motorcycle airbag apparel in the form of a vest, but in recent media, had issues with its subscription service following the fire in a french data center, leaving current owners to wonder why a product that is supposed to be always ready to save you could be remotely disabled at the will of the company or a datacenter failure.
10. Adaptive Cruise Control
Now, this is not normal tech you can just buy for any bike, but it’s making a splash on new bikes that are coming out. Adaptive cruise control (ACC) for motorcycles has come a long way since its introduction in 2005 on the BMW S1000RR. Now available on many models from different brands, DCC offers riders increased safety and comfort by maintaining a preset speed, even in situations where the rider may feel nervous or unsure about the road ahead. BMW’s DCC system uses an ultrasonic sensor to keep track of the motorcycle’s surroundings. If the motorcycle starts to drift out of its lane, the system will apply braking until it is back within its lane and then resume cruising at the set speed. Ducati’s Dynamic Cruise Control (DCC) is similar to BMW’s and utilizes a camera to monitor traffic around the bike. The Bavarian and Italian ACC systems use radar to help control the speed of the motorcycle. This means that they can tell how fast other cars are going, and then adjust the speed of their motorcycle accordingly. This helps keep the motorcycle from going too fast or too slow and makes it easier to stay in lane.
What are your thoughts, did we miss a product or new tech that’s out there, leave a comment below, and let us know!
KTM unveils updated 1290 Super Adventure S
KTM needs not to fight its corner when it comes to off-road motorcycling. With 18 consecutive Dakar Rally titles (you read that right) under its belt and a slew of class-leading adventure machines in its line-up, the Mattighofen manufacturer has more than written itself into motorcycling’s history books. But this week it has once again leveled up, unveiling the 2021 1290 Super Adventure S and confidently dubbing it its ‘sportiest and most technologically advanced Adventure bike’ yet.
The third generation of its over-1,000cc adventure family in the last eight years (after the 1090 and 1190 models), 1290 first arrived in 2015, boasting a growling 1,301cc LC8 V-Twin. The ‘S’ And ‘R’ derivates arrived in 2017, and this week ‘the world just got smaller’ with the introduction of the updated model, which promises redesigned ergonomics, performance-boosting tech, and advanced componentry.
So, what’s new? Well, what isn’t… For 2021, the Super Adventure S has seen a comprehensive overhaul, starting with its revered, and now Euro5 compliant powerplant, which has lost 1.6kg thanks to thinner engine cases and a new oil circuit, and gained new, more reliable pistons, an increased service interval of 15,000km and lowers fuel consumption. A new cooling system sees two new radiators channel warm air away from the rider’s legs, thus the whole unit promises better cooling than before. Making 162PS (119kW) and 138Nm (102lb-ft), it also features an upgraded two-headed exhaust and a revised PANKL gear mechanism, which works optimally with the optional quick-shifter.
Cradling the lovely LC8 is a shortened chassis, within which KTM has lowered the center of gravity and enhance agility by relocating the front section of the engine and moving the steering head back by 15mm. Meanwhile, a longer open-lattice swingarm promises more stability under acceleration, while a new generation of WP APEX Semi-Active Technology (SAT) suspension, complete with a 6D lean angle sensor, promises improved damping.
This suspension can be further bolstered with the Suspension Pro package, which features individual damping for the fork and the shock, automatic preload adjustment and an on/off Anti Dive setting. The Rally Pack, meanwhile, adds the Rally riding mode and the MTC slip adjuster, while the comprehensive Tech Pack combines the Suspension Pro and Rally Pack features, with the Quickshifter+, the Motor Slip Regulation, Hill Hold Control, and adaptive brake light.
A lower seat height has made the machine more accessible, achieved via a revised subframe and new two-tiered seat, which in itself is adjustable by 20mm. A front the seat is a new 23-liter, keyless-cap fuel tank, and ergonomically-optimized fairings to bring a sharp new look. Also adjustable are the handlebar levers, the all-new TFT dash, and the windscreen, the latter moving up to 55mm.
Measuring seven inches diagonally, this new TFT display features smartphone connectivity, plus a more practical and more aesthetic display. Underneath is the ‘glovebox’ for which KTM’s adventure machines are known, complete with a USB charging socket. Meanwhile, new switchgear features on the bars.
Among the model’s suite of electronic aids is the innovative new radar-based Adaptive Cruise Control. Developed in collaboration with Bosch, the system automatically adjusts according to traffic ahead, with five levels of adjustment available to the rider. The lean angle-dependent traction control promises to be less intrusive than it was previously and boasts separate controllers and strategies for wheel slip and pitch angle while cornering and off-road ABS come included in the new Bosch Motorcycle Stability Control package.
Triumph Street Triple RS and Tiger 800 get connected technology
Connected technology is fast becoming a standard feature in most premium motorcycles over the last few years. In line with this, several companies have started retrofitting their old models with the latest-generation connected tech to compete with new rivals. One such company is Triumph which has been equipping its older models with new technology. The British motorcycle maker recently revealed that Street Triple RS and Tiger 800 are now available with the My Triumph connectivity system. The company noted that the two bikes can now be fitted with a TFT instrument console which will provide a host of features like telephony, turn-by-turn navigation, etc.
This new feature is available for older models as the BS6 variant already gets the connected technology. Triumph noted that Street Triple RS manufactured between 2017 and 2019 can be retrofitted with the new instrument console and connectivity features. And as for the Tiger 800, the ADV bikes with model years between 2018 to 2019 can be upgraded with the My Triumph connectivity system.
Triumph’s My Triumph connectivity system works alongside the My Triumph app that has been developed as a result of Google’s first partnership with a premium motorcycle brand. This app allows riders to wirelessly pair their smartphone with the motorcycle’s console and access features like turn-by-turn navigation with voice guidance available through a Bluetooth headset is connected. The app also uses built-in what3words functionality to navigate to an exact three-meter.
Another major advantage offered by the My Triumph suite is that it lets riders control the GoPro camera using the TFT console and switchgear. Besides these, the connected tech offers provisions like make/receive calls, check SMS, and control music through the left side switchgear. And let’s not forget that there’s also a dedicated My Garage feature in the My Triumph app that provides information like odometer, average fuel consumption, scheduled service date on the smartphone. Triumph noted that the existing Street Triple RS and Tiger 800 customers will be able to retrofit their bikes with the TFT instrument cluster and connected technology from 21 December 2020. And in case you own a Triumph Tiger 1200, then the retrofit package will be available to you next year.
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