THESE SMART POTHOLES TWEET REPAIR REQUESTS TO THE AUTHORITIES

It doesn’t really matter the size, scale, or setting, if you live in a city, you’ve driven over a pothole. Some cities are worse than others when it comes to these land mines of vehicular damage, and according to this case study Panama City hosts its fair share.

To help remedy the problem, one of the city’s most popular news shows and agency P4 Ogilvy & Mather created The Tweeting Pothole. They put a small hockey puck-like device in potholes on some of Panama City’s busiest streets and, each time a car drove over it, it would send a tweet requesting to be fixed to the Department of Public Works.

So far, it worked well enough to get the head of public works on the show to talk about the situation. Maybe we can use automated social media to solve all kinds of urban ills—think walls that post Instagram pics of drunks peeing on them. There’s got to be a way to expose people who crowd the street on a rainy day with a golf umbrella.

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Ubi – The Voice of the Internet

The Ubi Cloud Service is the fastest and easiest way to create custom voice interaction with Internet services and connected devices.

The Ubi is a WiFi connected, voice operated computer that allows for handsfree voice interaction in your home. It runs Android to take your commands and turn them into action. The Ubi uses the latest in voice recognition, speech triggering, natural language understanding, and speech synthesis to provide you with a unique experience with the world around you.

The Ubi gets smarter over time. It’s able to better understand you – up to 8 ft away – and can be used to send messages to contacts, look up information, play music, control devices, without you needing to go to your phone or computer.

How is the Ubi different than Siri or Google Now?

  • You can teach your Ubi and it will learn
  • Control dozens of Internet connected devices
  • You can talk to it when your phone’s in your pocket
  • Use your Ubi’s sensors to get data on your home.

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A Smartphone App Helps Blind People Navigate The London Tube With Beacons And Bluetooth

Good news for blind people wanting to travel on the London Tube. While at the moment they still have to rely on station staff to assist them on to their train, a new smartphone app created by the Royal London Society for Blind People (RLSB’s) Youth Forum and digital product studio ustwo could help them in the future navigate the city independently.

The app, called Wayfindr, uses Bluetooth and beacon technology to trace the user’s location in the subway and give him audible directions. A prototype has been recently trialled at Pimlico station, where sixteen beacons have been installed.

The system is pretty clever: it uses bone conduction headphones that rest on the blind person’s cheeks, giving him turn-by-turn directions on where to go and on the obstacles to avoid, each time a beacon’s signal is picked up by the smartphone.

At the same time, the headphones do not prevent wearers from hearing the sounds around them, allowing them to gather more information about the surrounding environment.

Although the tests have been very promising, as Kevin, one the first users said, there is still a long road ahead to Wayfindr being rolled out to the masses, and more testing needs to be done to ensure perfect coverage.

London’s underground is huge, and a very large number of beacons should be deployed. What’s more the whole system will need constant maintenance to make sure there are no blind spots. It is unlikely that will completely replace human intervention and assistance anytime soon.

Still, especially for young people, it could be a real improvement of their travel experience. According to RLSB, there are an estimated 7,000 blind and partially sighted children in the London region (of 25,000 overall in Britain), half of whom have difficulty using London’s transport network independently. This kind of technology could help them feel empowered and more confident about their capabilities.

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The World’s First Smart, Connected Luggage

The innovative technology behind Bluesmart represents a quantum leap for the luggage industry. Bluesmart’s sleek design allows for a seamless travel experience.

Travel smarter with revolutionary features

  • Digital Lock
  • Battery Charger
  • Location Tracking
  • Built-in Scale
  • Proximity Alerts
  • Trip Data App

Control your suitcase from the app.

With the Bluesmart app, you can control your suitcase from your phone, receive smart alerts, and track all your travel data to get insights about your travel habits.

Who knew a suitcase could do so much

We all know nothing can ruin a trip like losing your luggage and its contents. Put your mind at ease knowing that you can lock your suitcase via your smartphone. If you get separated from your Bluesmart, it will lock automatically. The lock is Travel Sentry® approved and accepted by the TSA.

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Augmented Reality Can Effect Communication Strategy

Augmented reality technology is just not set to change the way you shop, it can even affect your communication strategy! It is, in fact, a new tool for companies to engage not only with the customers but also with their employees as well as with the general public

According to Oliver Diaz, the CEO and founder of the Houston-based company FuelFX that used AR technology for turning a flat sheet of paper into a complex, layered 3-D image, augmented reality “melds the physical and digital world together.”

With the help of a viewfinder, most commonly a camera, of a smartphone or tablet AR technology allows users to see an expanded 3-D image of a virtual or real object with the help of a special app. These days, developers are creating augmented reality apps that allow the users to click on particular parts of the object in order to see a movie-like clip or to know more about the product or item.

The company has even posted a video on its website showing more examples of implementation of augmented reality on daily life. The technology has already been used in various industries including gaming, entertainment, retail and marketing. And FuelFX is looking forward to use their augmented reality app for the energy industry as well as the corporate world.

Augmented reality will help to create a world where users will have the power to walk up to a foreign object and get desired information about the same using their smartphone, tablet or augmented eye-wear like Google Glass. In fact, a number of retailers, especially the supermarket and grocery chains are offering augmented reality instruction manual to help buyers gather more information about the products of their choice.

Experiments with augmented reality will hardly stop here. Some of the companies are planning to add augmented reality games for employees to a better engagement with their surroundings. Many believe corporate gamification will become the new augmented reality trend followed by a number of companies. Several insiders are actually waiting for its launch in the marketplace. Now it is to see who jumps on to this augmented reality trend before it hits the mainstream to see the major profits.

Diaz also said that the company is trying to incorporate real-time information to their AR technology. If this realizes, users can use the augmented reality app of FuelFX to check their fuel tank through their AR viewfinder to get information about when they need to fill it again.

25 Disruptive Technology Trends 2015 – 2016

  1. Social Media 1.0 is dead.
  2. The future of search and SEM also lies outside of Google.
  3. Messaging apps become the new social media
  4. Asia and other foreign competitors will compete to gain share and push messaging forward.
  5. Notification windows introduce a thin layer for rapid engagement.
  6. Chinese innovation is going to disrupt the U.S. from the outside in and the inside out.
  7. The Internet of Things is a hot and beautiful mess until it becomes the Internet of Everything.
  8. Wearables will struggle to find their place in everyday life.
  9. Virtual and augmented reality experiment with killer apps for consumer and vertical markets.
  10. Focus on the kids! Generation Z is mobile first and mobile only and they’re nothing like Millennials.
  11. Youtube, Vine, etc., represent “a” new Hollywood.
  12. Cyber security becomes paramount to prevent the next #Sonygate.
  13. Some companies are still greedy and believe the internet should not be open for the sake of profitability. This will impede innovation unless we fight back.
  14. Music streaming will continue to undermine the music business and artistry. Artists will fight back.
  15. Wall Street becomes influential again forcing brands to trump customer experience for revenue.
  16. Crowd capitalization accelerates disruption…everywhere.
  17. Bitcoin and other cyrptocurrencies lose value but teach us about how to think differently about money.
  18. Mobile payments early today, but will soon skyrocket.
  19. The Sharing Economy is really about renting or borrowing.
  20. New enterprise drone management platforms change the game for logistics.
  21. Cyber Warfare.
  22. Your privacy is Gone.
  23. Big data and beacons.
  24. Webrooming becomes more common than showrooming (69% to 46% respectively), according to Harris poll.
  25. Mass personalization and full funnel marketing suites reset vendor landscape and change how brands “think” and work.