Using footprints to keep babies safe and more in this week’s staff picks

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Hope you had a good week! Here are the most interesting tech stories we read this week.

When it comes to smart tech, these are the 8 companies to watch in 2017 (Read by Heidi B.)

The Internet of Things (IoT) is on the brink of becoming a household staple. IoT funding has more than tripled in the past five years, but so far no company has had an “iPhone moment.” That is, none have created an IoT technology that is universally necessary for the masses. From a pay-per-mile car insurance startup to a company that creates smart medicated skin patches, this article lists the IoT players most likely to make a big splash this year. It certainly seems like IoT is going to make its way into the hands (and cars and homes) of everyone–not just early adopters–very soon.

Footprints keep babies safe for lifetime (Read by Alexandria H.)

No two fingerprints are the same, which is why they’ve long been used as a way to confirm a person’s identity. The same rings true for footprints. This is the premise behind a new program at Saint Peter’s University Hospital that digitizes newborn’s footprints as a way to keep them safe and secure. The footprint technology scans the baby’s footprint and uploads it to a high-res digital capture system, making it easy to identify newborns and protect against lost or missing children. My favorite part about this article is that Saint Peter’s, which is located near SHI’s HQ, is the first hospital in the tri-state area to implement a digital footprint program for newborns!

When you should (and shouldn’t) share your location using a smartphone (Read by Kelly O.)

Whether you’re uploading a picture or checking in on your favorite social media app, your smartphone has the ability to share your location with anyone, anywhere. While security experts have warned against this practice for a number of reasons, the location-sharing trend isn’t slowing down. This article explores the different apps that use your location, warns readers about the pitfalls of sharing location data, and also discusses the less frequently examined benefits.

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