SkyScanner Introduces Smart Messenger Bot

Sun, Jun 5, 2016
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SkyScanner, one of the world’s most popular flight search and booking engines has just released its Facebook Messenger Bot, and it’s pretty dam awesome. Perhaps its most powerful feature is the multi-user experience letting friends or family search and book together.

The SkyScanner Bot even lets you split the total booking price how ever you’d like, transact with your credit card right inside messenger, and get your confirmation too. Check it out here.

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Slideshare: 2016 SoDA Digital Industry Forecast

Sat, Jun 4, 2016
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SoDA reveals it’s 2016/17 Digital Marketing Outlook, with research and findings revealing several key shifts in marketer/agency relationships and major discrepancies on topics such as: areas that brands and agencies believe are most valuable to clients, reasons clients walk away from agency relationships and the biggest talent shortfalls within client organizations.

SoDA also continue to explore some of those same findings, offering very different perspectives and lines of reasoning in an effort to challenge our own assumptions and improve our analysis of important industry issues. Grab a coffee and enjoy the read. View more here.

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Volkswagen: The Human Crossing

Tue, May 31, 2016
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In the UAE, most drivers ignore zebra crossings on a daily basis. So it’s no surprise that 20% of all road accidents in the United Arab Emirates involve pedestrians, often resulting in fatalities. So Volkswagen created “The Human Crossing” to make our roads a little more human (and safe), reminding drivers that pedestrians aren’t invisible and are human beings.

Children were given Volkswagen RFID tags, which synced their names to digital billboards which activated as they cross the road in key locations, making them more visible and creating human connections in the attempt to avoid more pedestrian accidents.

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GRIDI: An Interactive Music Making Installation

Sun, May 29, 2016
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GRIDI translates the methodology of composing electronic music into an interactive physical installation that lets anyone make music in just seconds as they experiment with various instruments, sounds and physical objects to create electronic beats.

Powered by Arduino, thousands of hand soldered wires and sensors to detect the coloured objects representing different instruments, the GRIDI installation was created by music producer Yuvi Gerstein, with the simple aim, to demonstrate the world of modern music composition can be accessible and intuitive for all. Check it out here. Or click here to watch the showcase.

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Cornetto: The Netflix Commitment Rings

Fri, May 27, 2016
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Probably the worst thing about streaming services, is when your partner watches the latest episode on Netflix while you’re on a night out, or has friends over and binge watches your favourite series…

Well, Cornetto have a solution! RFID powered Commitment Rings.

Once you’ve scored the rings, users activate the rings’ app, with couples then picking their favourite shows on Netflix, Hulu .etc, and when the rings are close to each other, the app detects you and your partner are together ready to watch the latest episodes and unblocks the series of your choice. Don’t have both rings… Bad luck. No Netflix. Register for yours here.

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Kit Kat: Staring Contest Vending Machine

Wed, May 25, 2016
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Kit Kat take their breaks seriously, so seriously that if you take part in their virtual staring contest and laugh, you’ll lose. With two interactive vending machines placed on two different college campuses in Brazil, and powered by facial recognition systems, each one streamed live video of the other vending machine, inviting students to take the challenge and stare into the face of another at the opposing campus. Then the contestant who held strong was rewarded with a Kit Kat Chunky candy bar. Created by JWT Brazil.

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Meet Allo: Google’s AI Powered Messenger App

Sun, May 22, 2016
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The world of AI powered chat bots is here, and Allo, Google’s new messenger bot, wants to be your favourite messenger app, by fusing all of the power of Google search, into your messenger app.

So, how does it work? Well kind of like your existing messenger app, but with search integrated to the core, and then powered by AI that will read the text, images and video to coming through messenger to help interperate and predict what you might reply with to either enhance or speed up your responses. Pretty cool. Coming in the next few months to iOS, but it’s already out on Android.

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Meet Viv: The Next Gen AI Assistant App

Sat, May 21, 2016
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Hate Siri? Then Viv is for you… Viv is an artificial intelligence platform that enables developers to distribute their products through an intelligent, conversational interface. It’s the simplest way for the world to interact with devices, services and things everywhere.

Viv is taught by the world, knows more than it is taught, and learns every day. So for every developer who builds into the platform, Viv gets smarter. Enjoy the demo of Viv from Tech Crunch Disrupt 2016.

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The Samsung “Blind Cap” Swimming System

Tue, May 17, 2016
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Introducing the Samsung Blind Cap, the world’s first swimming cap engineered with a vibration system and Bluetooth technology so that when synchronized to Samsung Gear S2 or Android, it removes the physical touch system used in professional swimming to alert blind swimmers at the exact moment they need to make a turn.

Samsung are famous for using their technology for good through new and innovative displays of what can be achieved when taking such a powerful brand and inventing on their key products with agencies and other tech companies… Then again, they’ve also been called out for making work just for the awards circuit. What do you think?

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Syrmo: Welcome To Connected Skateboarding

Mon, May 16, 2016
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Syrmo is a new connected “Smart Pad” that skateboarders attach to the trucks on their skateboards, it has a bunch of sensors that track every movement of the skateboard, connecting live to an App on their smartphones and records all the tricks in a real-time 3D space.

So skaters can re-live their tricks and share them on social media, analyse tricks and improve their form, beat rankings, challenge friends or other skaters. Syrmo hopes to become the biggest real-time social network for skaters. Created by the crew at Syrmo and McCann Madrid.

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McDonald’s Australia Snapchat Filter Series

Sun, May 15, 2016
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This week McDonald’s in Australia launched a series of iconic branded Snapchat filters to mark the official launch of sponsored ads by Snapchat downunder. With Snapchat the fastest growing social platform in Australia, the McDonald’s filters delivered millions of branded impressions and hundreds of thousands of branded snaps in the very first 24h sponsorship from Snapchat.

The only question now, is what will brands and agencies do with the rocketing platform?

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Intel Drone 100: The Future of Fireworks

Sun, May 15, 2016
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Intel and Ars Electronica Futurelab recently showcased how they broke the world record in the slightly unique category; Most Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) Airborne Simultaneously. Except they did it in style, launching a synced virtual “Fireworks” show to a live orchestra, where the “Fireworks” were actually the effects of LED drones flying amazing patterns and sequences to create an amazing visual experience. See the full article on Intel.com Or watch the making of here...

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Mila: The Live Fish Pack Experiment

Tue, May 10, 2016
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Fresh Fish? Maybe it’s not… Just because its on ice doesn’t mean its fresh, and Mila a leading FMCG company in Poland wanted to show that their latest technology actually makes their fish as fresh as the moment you catch it, even after being frozen.

So, they created “The Live Fish Pack” experiment, where they staged a supermarket activation in the freezer section, packing their boxes with animatronics to show just how fresh their fish are! Enjoy. Created by the crew at Y&R Poland.

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Burger King: Facebook Messenger Bot Demo

Sun, May 8, 2016
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Here is a quick demo of the upcoming Burger King Facebook Messenger Bot, which in all it’s glory will allow you to order on the fly without ever having to talk to a human. Just hit the bot up, tell it what you want, and it will guide you through an instant ordering process, before asking you what store you want it from, and processing the request.

I’d have loved to see the payment flow, but the work in progress demo stops just short of diving into payments… So here comes the rush of AI Bots to market, not that this one is driven by an AI engine, more so predicted-paths, so it’s more a dumb-bot so to speak, but it will take your order!

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Nivea Nose: Smartphones Detect Body Odour

Sat, May 7, 2016
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So Nivea has invented a phone case, that when paired with an app, detects your body odour and provides a level of alert dependant on the severity of smell… But I’ve only got one problem with this play, and that’s the use case of the product, because I’m struggling to see who might actually use it. From an interaction and usability standpoint, putting on a special cover, opening an app, and then holding your phone under your arm is quite an ask… which makes me think, if you’ve taken the time to test your own smell, you probably already know you smell. problem solved! Apply Nivea.

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Sweden Tourism: The Swedish Phone Number

Wed, May 4, 2016
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So in a World First campaign, you can now call Sweden and be connected to a random Swede who will tell you anything you want to know about their fine country, where to holiday and generally how great Sweden is.

Just in case you didn’t know, about 250 years ago, in 1766, Sweden became the first country in the world to to abolish censorship. To honour this anniversary, Sweden is now the first country in the world to introduce its own phone number. Call +46 771 793 336 and get connected to a random Swede, anywhere in Sweden and talk about anything you want. Check it out here.

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Puma: Introducing The BeatBot Racing Robot

Mon, May 2, 2016
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The PUMA BeatBot is a new, programmable, autonomous-driving, lane-following racing robot that pushes runners of all levels to go harder and run faster by giving them a visual target to beat, in-fact, it’s a training partner that never gets tired… so you aren’t just trying to beat the time on a stopwatch.

The BeatBot is capable of beating Usain Bolt, but you can slow it down on the mobile app so it can actually be a training partner. The PUMA BeatBot also comes with forwards and backwards GoPro cameras and LED lights on its tail to track it in a race. Created by a crew from MIT & JWT.

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Smart Gloves Turn Sign Language into Speech

Fri, Apr 29, 2016
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This is such an amazing invention, and I know a few groups have been playing around with the technology, but this latest iteration from SignAloud really steals the show. Gloves that turn Sign Language into Speech in real time. There really isn’t that much more to say, other than please do spend the 2-3 minutes to see how this actually works, as it will change the lives of millions of people around the world. Wow. Enjoy.

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LUCA: Meet HBO’s Silicon Valley Chat Bot

Fri, Apr 29, 2016
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So Season 3 of HBO’s Silicon Valley launched this week to much fan fare. And a new AI Bot startup called LUCA decided to build in some functionality to let fans of the HBO show chat to each of the main characters in the series.

All you need to do is go here to download the app, then get chatting. And once you’re done, maybe explore the rest of their AI chat bot and see what you think!

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Lockheed Martin: The VR Mars Experience Bus

Sat, Apr 23, 2016
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Imagine driving across an inhabited Mars? Well, Lockheed Martin did, helping children to truly believe in their own potential, by taking them further than they ever dreamed they’d go; To Mars.

The Lockheed Martin Virtual Experience Bus travelled to Mars, where the windows of a bus were turned into HD screens to create a group VR experience, making school children feel like they were traveling around the surface of the Red Planet, as the bus took them to/from school. Very cool. Created by the crew at Framestore, McCann and Lockheed Martin.

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