=16 These Intralox conveyor belts are just fascinating to watch. Source: YouTube Date: November 1st, 2016 Link to video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqLYhhV7u7Y&list=PLKfWL8IXgKBte4TfD53pLaHONfSYCX0RH&index=16 Discussion 1) As amazing as this is to just watch, what practical applications can you think of that could use this technology? 2) How might Amazon use this technology?
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WALT MARTIN IS kneeling, legs folded behind him, butt resting on his heels. “I’ve got to practice my yoga,” he says, clearly joking. Never mind that we’re in the cab of an 18-wheeler cruising through Colorado at 55 mph and Martin was, until a moment ago, the guy at the wheel. Source: Wired Magazine Date: November 1st,… Read more »
Last year a new Japanese celebrity burst onto the scene. But “Saya” was a different kind of star, because she is the product of a Tokyo computer lab. And like all “parents”, her creators have big ambitions for her. Source: BBC Asia Date: October 25th, 2016 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37548733 Discussion 1) Why is the development of completely a realistic… Read more »
Emojis are fun, and funny, and that’s why we use them. That’s why I thought I used them. But is it possible we use yellow faces because we actually have yellow bellies when it comes to getting real? Have emojis stripped us of our ability to use our words when we’re, you know, feeling things?… Read more »
No Smartphone. No Google. No Twitter. No texting and no music — except for a Walkman. Source: Toronto Star Date: October 21st, 2016 Link: https://www.thestar.com/life/technology/2015/11/13/how-i-survived-my-two-week-digital-diet.html Discussion 1) Is there anything a company could learn from this non-tech experience? 2) Why, or why not, would you be able to do this too?
Samsung has been forced to recall thousands of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones because some of the batteries in the devices overheated and exploded. The company hasn’t yet explained the cause. And it’s curious, because lithium-ion batteries — the kinds used in the phones — are safely used in millions of wireless devices around the world. Source: CBC News… Read more »
Not only are light bulbs getting sharper and more energy efficient as they are upgraded to LEDs, but they increasingly help fight crime, promote safe cycling and even protect turtles. That’s because street lights are also becoming the eyes and ears of “smart” cities. Lamp posts double as data collectors, communicating with a central control… Read more »
High-speed fibre-optic internet could finally be coming to Nunavut, with two groups now competing to run subsea cables through the Arctic archipelago. For the past year, Nunavut Resource Corporation, which is partly owned by the Kitikmeot Inuit Association, has been lobbying the federal government for support for a new $850-million plan to build onto existing fibre optic networks in Labrador, Quebec and the… Read more »
Is the smartphone app doomed? To look at the stats you wouldn’t think so: Apple has two million of them in its App Store and Google Play has a few hundred thousand more than that. Total app downloads have passed the 150 billion mark. But some are wondering whether apps are about to be replaced… Read more »
Customers at Royal Bank of Scotland and NatWest may soon be sorting out issues with help from a virtual chatbot. Web-based Luvo will be able to answer simple queries such as how to order a replacement card. Designed using IBM Watson technology, the virtual agent is able to understand and learn from human interactions. Source: BBC… Read more »