Mayonnaise isn’t just for sandwiches. At a supermarket in São Paulo, Hellmann’s used NFC technology to suggest new recipes to shoppers as they perused the aisles. (Thanks, Tim.)
Some robots would be no good at mixing a martini. C3PO, for example, would no doubt bruise the gin with those inflexible elbows of his, despite his plummy butler act. But these ‘guys’ put the most balletic of bartenders to shame. Fresh from MIT’s Senseable City Lab and rocking the bar in Milan is Makr Shakr: three robotic arms that can mix any drink you desire.
Today is your other half’s birthday. A big one. Only you haven’t got them a present. And you’re on the other side of the world. What do you do? There’s a new app with the answer: Jifiti. It lets you scan product barcodes and instantly send a voucher, for your specific, hand-chosen gift. (How thoughtful Tim!)
Unlike North Korea, where less than 0.1% of the population have access to the internet, China’s generation of mobile web surfers is booming. Tapping into this demographic’s constant need for ‘click and play’ stimulation, retail brand AER have created a concept store that delivers an exciting new experience every time.
Finding a new fragrance is often a daunting task. After hours of sampling, all you’re left with is numbed senses and a pounding head – but now, LA-based start-up Commodity have developed a solution. Their bespoke scent tailoring system enables users to find their ideal fragrance by filling out a set of questions and creating their own personal ‘scent profile’.
Startup Mixee Me want to make 3D printing accessible to everybody. (Thanks, Chris Loud)
Their software enables you to design your own Mixee figurines with their online editor, choosing the hair, eyes, body parts, and even uploading your own graphic for facial expressions and shirt designs. Mixee Me will then make your model real, with innovative 3D printing. The cost? Just $25 plus shipping.
Last week, Polaroid rolled out a retail-store concept at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The store uses ‘patent-pending, proprietary technology’ – allowing customers to select photos on their camera phones and transmit them wirelessly to ‘bar-top workstations’ for printing and framing.
Taking the digital ‘cloud’ analogy quite literally, Air France have recently released a new app that allows users to unlock musical tracks hidden in the sky. The app, Music in the Sky, uses geo-location technology to reveal invisible songs for download when users point their phone in the air. Check out the video above for more info: http://youtu.be/i4DmlcXvTHo