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?
This fall a parking system called Trafficpass will be introduced in the Austrian market. Trafficpass provides a cash-free and ticket-free paying solution that allows people to have pre-paid accounts, which are debited whenever they park in selected car parks. This means consumers no longer have to worry about having the right change on them when they need to park.
If a Vodafone customer rings the call center, the new Voice Signature software will recognise the consumer by the tone of their voice. This allows for quicker and personalised customer service as well as making all transactions more secure.