Say hello to my Nubot
Employees of a surveillance technology company in Japan created the ‘Nubot‘ – a small robot doll that can hold a smartphone. If someone from far away calls in, his or her face can be seen on the display and the voice can be heard. The calling person can even make the doll move sideways, bow and make it do other movement by using the dial interface of skype as a remote controller.
Why it matters
Communication had been restricted to phones and videoconferencing. Are we now witnessing the first steps towards a more remote controlled communication shape – using avatars that can move in real time? Will this mean that people could be completing physical tasks in two places at once?
Google Goggles solves Sudoku. The new Goggles 1.3 client for Android has improved its scanning capability and now scans barcodes almost instantly. All versions of Goggles can now recognize print ads in popular magazines and newspapers and then search for matches to provide more information. However the trick that is attracting attention is the ability to solve a Sudoku instantly. All you have to do when you get stuck is take a clear picture of the entire puzzle with Goggles and your phone will solve it.
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