Ramble by Sunil Bahl @SunMatrix
16Jun/17Off

The Moby Mart

The Moby Mart is set to turn every parking space in the world into a new 24-hour store. About the size of a small bus, the store carries a selection of everyday products like snacks, meals, basic groceries, and even shoes. To use the store, you have to download an app, register as a customer and use your smartphone to unlock the doors.

The store is currently undergoing trials in Shanghai, thanks to a collaborative effort between Swedish startup named Wheelys Inc and China's Hefei University. For now, the trial prototype is stationery i.e. based permanently in a carpark. But the company says that it is currently working with tech companies to develop its self-driving technology as seen in the below video.

For more information visit www.themobymart.com.

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24Sep/16Off

Microsoft HoloLens redefines elevator maintenance

The future of elevator maintenance is here. ThyssenKrupp recently announced the implementation of Microsoft’s Hololens out in the field where its technicians and engineers will benefit from minimized delays and matchless workflow. Fusing cloud computing and digital IoT solutions with an augmented reality interface, ThyssenKrupp will facilitate real-time prediction of repairs and component replacements while priming their experts on potential issues before they arise.

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19Feb/16Off

Volvo Keyless Cars

For decades, drivers have been accustomed to accessing and driving cars with physical keys. But no longer. In a ground-breaking move for the automotive industry, Volvo Cars plans to become the world's first car manufacturer to offer cars without keys from 2017.

Volvo customers will be offered an application for their mobile phones to replace the physical key with a digital key. The innovative Bluetooth-enabled digital key technology, will offer Volvo customers far more flexibility, enabling them to benefit from entirely new ways to use and share cars.

The new Volvo app would enable the digital key on the customer’s mobile phone to do everything a physical key currently does, such as locking or unlocking the doors or the trunk and allowing the engine to be started.

Volvo plans to roll out the technology to a "limited" number of commercially available cars in 2017 and will test it in the real world from spring 2016 via its car sharing firm Sunfleet, stationed at Gothenburg airport, Sweden. Physical keys will continue to be offered for people who want them.

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5Jan/16Off

Hyundai Virtual Guide

To make life easier for car owners, Hyundai has built an augmented reality app called the Virtual Guide. It allows Hyundai owners to use their smart phones to get more familiar with their car and learn how to perform basic maintenance without delving into a hundred page owner's manual.

Here is a short demo video of the app from The Verge at CES 2016...

The Virtual Guide app will be available in the next month or two for the 2015 and the 2016 Hyundai Sonata and will come to the rest of the Hyundai range later on this year.

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13Nov/15Off

360 Videos on Facebook

In September, Facebook launched 360-degree video support. Disney was one of the first companies to use it to announce the new Star Wars film: The Force Awakens...


(Note: View the video directly on Facebook by clicking on the above image.)

Now GoPro has announced its newest 360-degree video: surfing in virtual reality with Anthony Walsh and Matahi Drollet...

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(Note: View the video directly on Facebook by clicking on the above image.)

The GoPro video release has also coincided with Facebook's announcement that 360 video support is now rolling out to mobile devices (meaning it will no longer be limited to the desktop).

With more than 8 billion video views from 500 million users on a daily basis (announced during the Q3 2015 earnings call). Brands will clearly want to pour in time, money, and other resources to exploit this new marketing opportunity.

To support the growing ecosystem of 360 video creators, Facebook has also launched a new 360 video Microsite. This site is dedicated to providing relevant resources and information like upload guidelines, common questions, and best practices.

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