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?
A mobile phone has been specially designed for pensioners. The functions and design were based on the findings of a survey conducted by PRO (Pensioners National Organisation).
Online newspaper ELPAÍS.com has launched an iPhone application that allows readers to read articles, photos and videos from ELPAÍS in a format created especially for the device. ELPAÍS.com is the first online Spanish media to launch such an application.