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?
Vodafone sponsors Holland’s answer to X Factor, The Voice of Holland, which is proving a great success on TV and online. During the live shows participants are active on social networks such as Twitter, generating 57,000 tweets per hour.
Doggy Talky is an app for dogs that covers conversation, localisation and services. Launched by a Spanish company, the creators define it as a “Whatsapp for dogs”, where dog owners talk to each other using their dog’s profile.
The app has a GPS system that keeps users updated on the distance between two users, and helps you discover other dogs that live in your neighbourhood. Doggy Talky also includes useful information for dog owners such as pet shops, emergency vets, dog walkers, or adoption centres.
If you have a dog you can get join the community for free by creating a dog profile and explaining its needs: looking for friendship, going for a walk, etc.