Autocomplete Archive Five Ws is an inquisitive record of what people search for most
Google has led the web searching field since the late 1990s, to the point that its now a household name on the level of Band-Aid or Kleenex. Autocomplete Archive Five Ws is a Google-based project that compiles autocomplete suggestions from Google searches worldwide, showcasing how broad Google’s reach extends. It reports those results in daily updates by taking the most common searches of the day that begin with the six classic question words (something especially familiar to journalists): who, what, when, where, why and how.
Systeme U supermarket in Thourotte is using augmented reality to help foster trust with their shoppers
Finding out about the origins of the products you buy every day, especially when it comes from food in grocery stores, requires quite a bit of research. With food laws allowing companies to make claims that are not always true, it is hard to know if what you’re putting in your cart really is organic or locally grown. However, French supermarket chain Systeme U has decide to present some of that information to its customers using augmented reality technology.
Sony makes music out of celebrity penmanship
Collaborating with culinary innovators Bompass & Parr, Sony’s Multi-Room Sonic Wonderland installation converts the handwriting of iconic people into sound.
Luxury hospitality venture Villa Stephanie encourages guests to "power off" during their stay
For travelers who desire a digital detox but require a third party motivator to power off their phones, a German hotel has implemented an Internet kill switch in each guest room. At Villa Stephanie, silver switches can be turned on to activate a Wi-Fi grid blocker. In off mode, the rooms’ walls keep out 96 percent of Wi-Fi signals, greatly limiting the ability to inundate all free time with Web surfing.
A patent from Amazon uses ear recognition technology to tell who is using a phone and on which side of their face
The iPhone has eliminated the need for a phone password with Touch ID, but a future edition of the Amazon Fire might not even require your fingertips at all—just your ear.
Tzekwan Technology teams up with Tsinghua University to produce a facial recognition ATM
As biometrics are beginning to overthrow traditional PIN and character-based passwords, the financial industry has been making herculean efforts to keep up-to-date with these fresh technologies so as to safeguard consumers from theft and fraudulent activities. Among these monetarily centered companies is Tzekwan Technology, a financial security protection corporation, who recently teamed up with Tsinghua University, an engineering based institution in Beijing, to produce the world’s first facial recognition ATM.
To encourage blood donations, Glorix mosquito repellent made tiny human portraits out of blood from posthumous mosquitos
When asked to create a campaign for mosquito repellent brand Glorix, creative ad agency BBDO Russia Group decided to create micro-portraits from blood traces from slapped mosquitos. The agency wanted to turn the common hate for the blood-sucking pests into something more useful: a concern for the victims of mosquitoes. Sure, you could commiserate with anyone about how awful mosquitoes are. Or, you could consider that the same blood that mosquitos feed on could help save someone’s life.
The Slide looks to be the holy grail for Back to the Future fans, but is it real?
Lexus has released a short video showing what appears to be a working hoverboard. The video posted on their Amazing In Motion site offers a teaser view of the board with what looks to be liquid nitrogen vapors emanating from it.
What happens when five billion new users finally get online?
Companies are on a mission to connect the world—from the treetops to the clouds. Facebook first democratized the idea of ‘connecting the world from the sky’ in a white paper highlighting efforts to provide Internet access to urban and rural environments worldwide. Today, only one-third of the world can access the Internet, meaning that a knowledge gap between the connected and the not connected threatens to further divide us.
Our smartwatches will be gesture-controlled and our cars smartphone-controlled as seen in PSFK's Quick Thinking Roundup
3D-printing bridges midair, controlling a smartwatch with a finger flinch, driving a car from your phone: Some creations need to be seen to be believed.
Studio Dror creates buildings offering unique living environments by turning the inside out
The building boom in New York City continues to race forward. Construction cranes dominate the skyline around the massive Hudson Yards project on Manhattan’s West Side. Downtown Brooklyn is sharing in the high rise race with a number of new residential skyscraper projects in progress. While a few of these projects are architecturally inspiring, there are many more that just resemble bland storage buildings for humans.
'Watson the News' harnesses cognitive computing to help consumers of news become more conscientious and less biased readers
If you had access to the most powerful computer in the world, how would use it to help people live, work and play better? PSFK and IBM Watson have been collaborating through The Good Data Contest to find how IBM Watson’s capabilities can improve communities and spark a conversation around what cognitive computing will mean for our future. Learn about the winning concept Inquisite here.