Ramble by Sunil Bahl @SunMatrix
20Dec/16Off

Gatebox: The Virtual Home Robot

Move over Alexa, Siri and Cortana. Gatebox is set to be the worlds first virtual home robot. Gatebox's first character, "Azuma Hikari" is a fully interactive holographic girl, who at her most basic can control your smart home equipment. Additionally, she can recognize your face and your voice, and is designed to be a companion who can wake you up in the morning, fill you in on your day's activities, remind you of things to remember, and even welcome you back when you return home from work.

Gatebox is currently availble for pre-order to customers who speak Japanese in Japan and USA for around $2,600 per unit. For more details visit gatebox.ai.

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16Dec/16Off

Burger King Truckvertising

Due to strict laws, 13,000km of the German motorway network is ad-free. So to convince truckers in Germany to buy freshly grilled Whoppers, Burger King with their agency Grabarz & Partner created ads that only the truckers could see. The ads were place on the roof of multiple cars that then took turns overtaking the truckers.

--> "Hey, you up there!"
--> "You look hungry!"
--> "Why don't you try out the Whopper?"
--> "Fresh and flame grilled"

Once the first few cars got the truckers attention, the remainder then guided the truckers to the next Burger King.

--> "If yes, then wink"
--> "Follow me to Burger King"

As a result many truckers gave into their temptation and followed the cars to the next XXL Burger King Drive-In.

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6Dec/16Off

Amazon Go

The way we buy groceries in stores is going to change forever! The first Amazon Go store is due to open to the public in early 2017. To use the service, people living in Seattle will need to install the Amazon Go app, log into their account, and then simply put goods from the shelves into their bags and walk out.

According to Amazon, the store and shelves are equipped with "computer vision, sensor fusion, and deep learning" technology that can detect when products are removed and returned to the shelves. And only when the customer actually leaves the store is their account charged.

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18Nov/16Off

Volvo Concierge Services

Volvo is one carmaker that is actively experimenting with new ways (Volvo Keyless Cars and Volvo In-Car Delivery) to move beyond simply building and selling cars. In their latest effort, Volvo has created a service ecosystem around its cars that give its customers access to various third-party service providers to remotely fuel up, get a car wash, service the car, and more.

The heart of the Volvo Concierge Service is the digital key, a one-time-use location- and time-specific key that allows service providers access to the vehicle. This is a big advantage as it keeps the car secure and keeps owners from needing to meet someone and hand over the key. The supplier, whether that's a refueling company or a valet parking attendant or Volvo itself (for oil changes and other maintenance), use an app that remotely unlocks the car and allows the engine to turn on.

The Volvo Concierge Services are currently being tested in the San Francisco Bay Area with owners of the new Volvo XC90 SUVs and S90 sedans.

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2Nov/16Off

Crafted By My Heart

"Crafted By My Heart" is an app launched by DDB Group Hong Kong that lets you customise jewellery with your own heartbeat. Using the flash and camera on the smartphone, the app detects changes in the coloration of your finger, which it then uses to measure the heartbeat. The intensity and rhythm of the heartbeat is then translated into a unique digital rendering which is then eventually used to create a one of a kind ring.

The app offers a choice of two base designs i.e. Surge and Sierra along with three different finishes i.e. gold, silver or black silver. Depending on the finish, rings cost between HK$1,198 and HK$1,588 (US$155 and US$205), and take around 15 to 20 working days to complete.

For more infos visit www.craftedbymyheart.com.

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