Google is testing its ad technology on outdoor billboards
The search company is testing the automated selling and buying of digital billboard ads using technology from its DoubleClick subsidiary, reports Business Insider. Google purchased the ad space—including billboards in London’s Waterloo Station, Euston Road, and Vauxhall roundabout—and is using its technology to display different billboard ads relevant to passersby, depending on the time and location.
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Imagine a company that retrieves your checked luggage, then delivers it straight to the Next pod you’ve hitched a ride home on from the airport. Or a business that lets you summon a bathroom on-the-go. What if Starbucks could deliver coffee to your car? These ideas were too futuristic for the firm [Tomasso Gecchelin] was working for at the time, so he struck out on his own and founded Next.
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Jawbone countersues Fitbit over activity tracker patent ‘abuse’
Robocalypse Meanwhile at DARPA. pic.twitter.com/2Uy4Uru8nP
— Michael Oman-Reagan (@OmanReagan) October 29, 2015
Protopiper Fabrication prototyping tech from the HPI Human Computer Interaction Lab is a computerized tapegun that can produce 3D forms to help visualize objects in spaces:
Protopiper is a computer aided, hand-held fabrication device that allows users to sketch room-sized objects at actual scale. The key idea behind protopiper is that it forms adhesive tape into tubes as its main building material, rather than extruded plastic or photopolymer lines. Since the resulting tubes are hollow they offer excellent strength-to-weight ratio, thus scale well to large structures.
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These 3D-printed antimicrobial teeth could one day replace fillings Researchers in the Netherlands have successfully created a 3D-printed tooth implant made from an antimicrobial resin that kills harmful bacteria in the mouth. In other words, this is a tooth that effectively cleans itself.
Oculus Social Alpha launches on Gear VR Today is a big day for virtual reality. It is the first day in history when people owning consumer VR headsets, running publicly available software, were able to connect with one another in a virtual space using the Internet.
The social VR features launching in a public testing phase from Oculus allow five people to watch a Vimeo or Twitch video together in a shared virtual home theater on the Gear VR. I just emerged from a session watching videos together in a room with CorvusVR, Will Mason and a guy named Steve.
I used a pair of wired earbuds and found myself laughing and talking with these avatars as if we were actually sitting in the same room together. When one of us spoke little circles appeared in front of the speaker’s mouth to indicate who was talking. I didn’t have to speak loudly to make sure they could hear me. It was just crisp, clear conversation while watching videos together as cats, robots and aliens.
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Motobot Ver.1 - Autonomous motorcycle-riding humanoid robot Not sure if the (slightly) creepy robotic voiceover “I was created to surpass you. I’m improving my skills everyday. But I’m not sure if I can even beat the (…?). Perhaps if I learn everything about you, I will be able to catch up. Look, I can ride like this now. The way you ride is most beautiful and exciting. I am not human. But there has to be something only I am capable of. I am MOTOBOT. I was created to surpass you.” is appropriate. But the balancing and self-driving technology from Yamaha is staggering.
Yamaha R&D is currently underway with the goal of developing the robot to ride an unmodified motorcycle on a racetrack at more than 200 km/h. The task of controlling the complex motions of a motorcycle at high speeds requires a variety of control systems that must function with a high degree of accuracy. We want to apply the fundamental technology and know-how gained in the process of this challenge to the creation of advanced rider safety and rider-support systems and put them to use in our current businesses, as well as using them to pioneer new lines of business.
“New lines of business” sounds promising. Perhaps a groundbased long-distance high-speed deliverbot service? Similar to Pedl Co or Transweel? Or a efficient individual last-mile transfer? What about possible misuse of the technology? And would it not be better to call all autonomous objects (from the driverless mining truck in Western Australia to urban pods in Milton Keynes) “drones”?
Anyway, see the impressive action below:
Ink Mapping: Video Mapping Projection on Tattoos, by Oskar & Gaspar “The first live event of Tattoo Video Mapping. No post-production was used.“
Image mapping just keeps getting more and more amazing,.. :D