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Some robots would be no good at mixing a martini. C3PO, for example, would no doubt bruise the gin with those inflexible elbows of his, despite his plummy butler act. But these ‘guys’ put the most balletic of bartenders to shame. Fresh from MIT’s Senseable City Lab and rocking the bar in Milan is Makr Shakr: three robotic arms that can mix any drink you desire.
Head to the Galleria del Corso, download the app and design your own cocktail – or choose from a literally endless list, before pinging it off to the barbots. And then watch in stupefied, puny human wonder at the poise and precision of the robotic arms at work, synched to mimic every action of a real barman and the style of ballet dancer, Roberto Bolle, whose grace was filmed and captured in the programming. Sponsored by Coca-Cola and Barcardi, it’s really raising the bar for drinks brand experiences.
First we fell in love with the synchronized-swimming Waterbabies. Then, those lockin’ n’ poppin’ Rollerbabies. Now, it’s time to connect with your own inner baby. Evian’s newest CGI tots are taking the Viral Video Chart by storm, as “Baby & Me” has topped the No. 1 spot with around 50million views, generating more than 80 related clips, 740,000 Facebook shares, and 11,000 comments.
Continuing the ever-popular Live Young campaign, the latest cutefest shows adults discovering and interacting with their baby-selves in the reflection of a store window. Watch out for the mirror-image posters and the app to generate your own mini-me, coming soon.
James Bond’s video wristwatch. Captain Kirk’s communicator. Wearable technology is no longer a fantasy, but coming soon to a body part near you. And the battle for who’s going to own the platform, set the standards and attract the world’s top developers is about to start raging.
Wireless headset company Jawbone (the maker of life-tracking wristband, Up) have announced their intention to buy wearable sensor maker BodyMedia for an estimated $100 million. These exciting times mean technologies like Google Glass eyewear, the Nike+ FuelBand, personal heart-rate monitors and running shoe sensors will soon be part of everyday life, not yesterday’s sci-fi.
Today is your other half’s birthday. A big one. Only you haven’t got them a present. And you’re on the other side of the world. What do you do? There’s a new app with the answer: Jifiti. It lets you scan product barcodes and instantly send a voucher, for your specific, hand-chosen gift. (How thoughtful Tim!)
Currently, you’ll need to be shopping in stores like Barnes & Noble, Sears and The Body Shop to make use of this handy app. Then your beloved can pop into their local branch to collect their present, or view it online and arrange to have it delivered. Groups of friends can also set up joint Jifiti gifts, or you can share a wish list of what you really want for your own birthday, meaning the end to duff presents you can’t wait to put on eBay…
eBay is literally taking window-shopping to a whole new level. This summer they’re revealing a giant touchscreen pop-up store in partnership with NY retailer Kate Spade Saturday.
It’s interesting to see the e-commerce giants filling the holes in the high street – holes conveniently caused, many would argue, by their own success. Consumers want to have a closer experience with products and still enjoy offline shopping, which eBay is cannily tapping into. The move ties in with their ‘shoppable storefront’ concept of last year, which allowed shoppers to scan products with QR codes and the eBay app.