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?
Project Glass has been in the works for several months at Google. With a minimalist design, the glasses have a partly-transparent video screen that streams data in front of your right eye. The prototype displays information in smartphone-like format. It’s hands free and it interacts with online data via natural language voice commands.
There are 8.5 million disabled people in Turkey. Despite advancements there are still many obstacles to integrating disabled people into society, particularly the workforce. 3G technology is helping Turkcell to change this with video call centres that provide sign language services for customers who are hard of hearing.