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Amazon Dash revolutionises grocery shopping

13 Apr

Shopping just got savvy with Amazon’s new toy: Amazon Dash.

The Wi-Fi enabled barcode reader is probably the most accommodating aid in its field, as all you have to do is scan the item you’re running low on – or use the microphone to verbally record the item – and it’s automatically added to your AmazonFresh account. The scope of this tool covers pretty much anything on Amazon.com too, with deliveries able to arrive the next day – if you order before 10am.

Currently, it’s only available to AmazonFresh Prime users (so if you’re not in Western America, that’s not you) and will set you back $300 annually. However, this has great potential and could ignite Amazon’s quest for global grocery dominance if competitors don’t react quick enough.

Check out the video to see it in action:

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Refresh your phone with O2

16 Apr

24 month phone contracts are such a pain. A first world problem it may be, but considering that technology can advance in a heartbeat – it’s an awfully long time to wait for a new mobile.

Thankfully, O2 have caught onto this and have launched their new “refresh” tariff to tackle just that.

This new price plan launched today and allows you to separate your phone and airtime charges, so you’re always eligible for an upgrade. So has that got you hungry for a new handset? Then make sure you’re out on the streets of London this Thursday as the incredible magician, Oliver B, will be on hand to blow your mind – and transform your old phone into a brand spanking new one.

I was lucky enough to get a sneak preview of Oliver B’s skills – which you can check out below – but if you want to experience it all for yourself, then visit @O2 on twitter or http://www.facebook.com/o2uk and see where you can get your mobile magically refreshed.

Online In The Real World

15 Aug

How many times have you been given a flyer with a hyperlink on, gone home and checked it out? I’d say…none? Once at a push; but OKSU is here to change that.

Alex Zhulin of the British Higher School of Art and Design (oddly based in Moscow) has developed this nifty little box that acts as a printer with NFC technology.

What this means is that by using the box, anyone can create their own solid post-it using a screengrab. The chip inserted into this wallet sized note can then be read by touch screen devices or by another user with the box – thus disposing of ugly QR codes and timely hyperlinks.

The easier something is to do, the more likely you are to do it; and a piece of kit like this will encourage user interaction dramatically if used in the right manner. But don’t just take my word for it, check out the video below for a full demonstration and you’ll want an OKSU yourself:

Moonpig Launch Greeting Cards Into The 21st Century

3 May

The debate rages on as to whether augmented reality (AR) is a fad or fantastic, but here’s a development that should convert more to the latter.

Moonpig have joined forces with AR experts Zappar to revolutionise the way we look at the humble greeting card.

These new cards feature a personalised image from the sender on the front, but when the recipient scans the image with their smartphone, the picture comes to life as a video!

I think it’s a great development that combines the sentiment of receiving a real card through the post whilst utilising the technology available to bring the experience into the modern age.

It’s also a little reminiscent of the newspapers in Harry Potter – bar the fact you have to view it through your phone using the free Moonpig UK app.

If you still can’t quite picture it then check out the ad below for a full demonstration – and just in case you were wondering, these Video Cards cost £4.99 from the Moonpig website.

Seeing is Belieiving

18 Apr

The Cure, Bruce Springsteen and Stevie Wonder; three distinctly different artists but all with one thing in common: they’re all still at it and ready to own stages across the country at this summer’s music festivals.

The cry of ‘never say die’ amongst musicians has rung out for a good few years now with bands like The Police and Pulp having rejoined the festival circuit a couple of years back too – and it’s a philosophy that aims to please. To have the opportunity to see these greats in 2012 is a dream come true to many and long may it continue.

However there are some artists which, tragically, will never grace the stage again…or so we thought?

At the world famous Coachella festival, arguably one of the greatest rappers of all time came onto the stage announcing:  “What the f*** is up Coachella?” before tearing the house down! And that man was Tupac Shakur:

This amazing spectacle was created by AV Concepts, who developed a very convincing hologram of the rap legend to ‘wow’ the sun-drenched Californian crowd – and it worked.

As you can imagine, this technology holds some amazing potential. Imagine seeing Jimi Hendrix shredding his guitar at Glastonbury, Freddie Mercury with the crowd in the palm of his hand again or James Brown getting his funk on one last time.

Only a few months ago this seemed like an impossible dream but now, especially since a whole holographic Mariah Carey concert has been already been created, perhaps it’s only a matter of time.

What’s on zeebox?

27 Nov

 

No that’s not a Frenchman wondering what’s on TV, zeebox is now “the best thing to happen to TV since TV”; or so they say.

The premise of the idea is basically to bring TV guide’s into 2011. Thus as you can imagine it all starts with a list of “what’s on”, with full details of all programmes just a click away; but there’s a few extra add-ons that really make it stand out. By linking zeebox to facebook, you’re able to see what your friends are watching. Now I seem to know a few people that watch TOWIE, Made in Chelsea and just about any pseudo-reality show where no-one has a job so if it were me, I wouldn’t be paying attention to everyone. However, loads of people seem to be talking about Frozen Planet at the moment and I’ve only just started to catch on, so this would have been a great little tool for me to avoid missing out. You can also invite people to watch programmes with you, enjoy instant chat and browse through relevant tweets to the show you’re watching on a side tab.

Now it’s all set with your social media, it still has one more trick up its sleeve. zeebox goes out of its way to make it easy to find out more information about whatever you are watching. Whether it’s the actor, the location or the product you just saw, there will be what Techradar.com have called a ‘rolling ticker’ of all these things (called zeetags) so that all the information you could want is at your fingertips.

As a student, I know a lot of us watch TV whilst on our laptops or smartphones so zeebox isn’t necessarily asking for a huge behavioural change. Plenty of people now tweet or make statuses about what they’re watching too (especially during X Factor. I seem to know most of their names and I don’t even watch it!), so it’s a clever idea to link all of these things into one easy platform. The popularity behind these kind of applications tend to rely on creating a fear of missing out among potential users – that by just watching TV you’re not making the most of the experience with the programme and your friends. Nevertheless I think it’ll be the zeetags function that will cause the apps initial popularity, with the social media aspect then drawing in the belated adopters and multiplying its popularity.

So if after all that you fancy giving it a go, just click here!