COVID-19 Sensors in Development

COVID-19 Sensors in Development

June 7, 2020

Will bomb sniffing dogs find themselves out of work?  Technology originally being developed to identify chemicals or explosives in airports and planes is now being repurposed to seek and find people carrying coronavirus.

Airbus and California tech start-up, Koniku, are developing a contactless screening sensor that can detect the presence of COVID-19 in people’s breath or sweat, even if they are unaware that they are infected.  Sensors can be mounted on airport or airplane walls. An alarm would sound if an infected person walks by.

Testing in airports could begin as early as the end of the year.


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This post is based on the Fox News article, Airbus eyeing “smell sensors” capable of detecting coronavirus on planes, by Brooke Crothers, May 7, 2020, and the YouTube videos in the Spotlight. Image source: Westend61/Getty Images

Discussion Questions:

1. Where in the product life cycle is the idea of using smell sensors to detect disease?

Guidance: While dogs have Continue reading

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Will Beauty Bounce Back?

Will Beauty Bounce Back?

May 29, 2020

Will beauty bounce back?  In the midst of the COVID-19 lockdown, many people are not spending as much time or money on some of the daily routines like shaving, hair styling, or elaborate makeup.

Many beauty purchases revolve around going out and socializing, which the current crisis has curtailed.  Forecasting for the beauty industry in the upcoming months may prove challenging, as so much remains up in the air.


Video Spotlight: Huda Kattan: Coronavirus has fundamentally changed the beauty and blogging businesses (Apr 24, 2020, Yahoo Finance)


This post is based on the CNN article, Our grooming habits are changing, by Fiona Sinclair Scott, May 6, 2020, and the YouTube video in the Spotlight. Image source: Plush Studios/Blend Images LLC

Discussion Questions:

1. What changes in demand have the beauty industry experienced in recent months?

Guidance: Sales of some beauty products are down, including color cosmetics, fragrance, and lipstick, as women spend more time at home, and public mask-wearing becomes commonplace.  At the same time, sales of eye makeup on retail sites is up, with Alibaba reporting 150% increase in mid-February.  Since the eyes are the most visible facial feature Continue reading

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Drones to Deliver Floridian Meds

Drones to Deliver Floridian Meds

Florida’s retirees can soon receive their prescription drugs from CVS delivered by UPS’s drones.

The touchless prescription drug delivery helps protect seniors from COVID-19 as they are more vulnerable to contracting the virus, and have a higher risk of severe illness and death.


Video Spotlight: UPS and CVS make residential drone delivery (Nov 5, 2019, UPS)


This post is based on the Tech Crunch article, UPS and CVS will offer prescription drug delivery to Florida community via drone, by Brian Heater, April 27, 2020, and the YouTube video in the Spotlight. Image source: Shutterstock / happyphotons

Discussion Questions:

1. Is the drone prescription drug delivery a successful service design for CVS? Explain.

Guidance: It is a successful service design because it focuses on delivering prescription drugs safely and efficiently to its most vulnerable customers, i.e., seniors.  The human factor is key to CVS’s operations. Drone delivery enhances its customer satisfaction, particularly with seniors.

2. How does CVS manage logistics challenges in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic?

Guidance:  CVS has partnered with UPS to use drones to deliver prescription drug to retirees in Florida. This addresses the logistics challenge of limited Continue reading

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