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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Nivea Second Skin Project

Christmas is a time for love and affection, and what better way to to show it than with a hug?

So Nivea Crème and Leo Burnett Madrid unveiled the “Second Skin Project” – a technological development that not only helped bring a mother and son together just in time for the holidays, but also showed the importance of human touch.

With the help of nanotechnology experts they used a fabric that simulated human skin and at the same time transmitted the sense of touch over a long distance. Then they got Laura and Pablo to test the product. The results…

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Amazon Dash Button

In April last year, Amazon launched Amazon Dash, a first of its kind ‘magic wand’ that acts as a handheld, personal shopping assistant.

Now taking that further, they have launched an Amazon button to ensure that Amazon Prime customers never, ever run out of coffee, toilet paper, razors, trash bags etc again.

The Amazon Dash Button is a small oval electronic device about the size of a pack of chewing gum. On pressing the button, the device uses Wi-Fi to send a message to your Amazon account, automatically ordering a new stock of whatever you’re about to run out of.

Here is a list of products that will be supported by the Dash Button.

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Jibo

A robot that provides a personal and meaningful human experience is set to become reality through Jibo, a 11 inch tall, 6 pound, swiveling circular robot. 😎 Friendly, helpful and intelligent, Jibo is the world’s first social robot for the family.

Here is a short demo video created for its crowdfunding campaign…

More infos on pre-ordering Jibo are available at www.myjibo.com.

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Oscar Mayer Wake Up & Smell The Bacon

If you would like to wake up to the sound of sizzling bacon on the stove and its aroma drawing you out of bed, then head over to www.wakeupandsmellthebacon.com and answer 3 questions for a chance to win the special bacon-scented iPhone attachment.

The contest is being run by Oscar Mayer (an American meat and cold cut production company) and they are giving away 4700 bacon-scented iPhone attachments over the next month. Winners can then use a custom Oscar Mayer alarm app to automatically activate the iPhone attachment every morning.

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Polar Cell Phone Nullifier

There is nothing more annoying than going to a bar with friends and then watching them focus on their smartphones. Since this is a worldwide problem. Polar, a beer that is sold only in one state in Brazil decided to take things in their own hands and solve this world problem.

A special beer cooler was created that blocked 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi and GSM signals to any device within a 5 foot radius. People who then ordered Polar, got served in this unique cell phone nullifing cooler that allowed everyone to interact more with their friends and less with gadgets.

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