Beware: The following clips of the worlds creepiest robots are real and may keep you awake at night.
Beware: The following clips of the worlds creepiest robots are real and may keep you awake at night.
and it will do it in 10.75 seconds
don’t believe me, check this out
We blog about robots quite a bit. Here’s one that finds objects it can turn into drums, beats the object, records the sound and then plays with it until it gets bored.
(As far as drumming goes it’s almost as cool as this: https://amnesiablog.wordpress.com/2008/02/07/best-product-demonstration-ever-m/ )
The Share.tv video is from a while back. It’s an interview of creator Frits Lyneborg of letsmakerobots.com.
Interesting thoughts on AI.
A group of academics is attempting to use flying "quadcopter" robots as a means of deploying self-assembling ad-hoc wireless networks.
The system uses cheap "quadcopters" – autonomous flying helicopter-style robots equipped with satellite navigation – bearing radio equipment based on VIA Pico-ITX computers.
there are still some issues with it though – the batteries cost approx. 1000 Euro and the flight time is only 20 min.
Mind you that 20 minutes is for flight time, giving the robots enough duration to position themselves and land on "high ground or a building somewhere", and provide network coverage for several hours.
The project is looking for research students to continue the work.
ObamaBot’s University of Florida creators see the world as so imperfect, that they’d prefer to pal around with robots who would target their own planet.
The $250 ObamaBot stands 6-feet tall and regurgitates stump speeches by the president-elect while presumably cleansing the Earth of any naysayers.
You know you have made it when even the robots vote for you.
I have nothing to add, except “Go, Puppy!!!!111!”.
Happy Monday, everyone!
Has anyone seen this ad? http://www.mcsaatchi.com/work_detail.php?workid=168
I quite liked it when it aired, and being an ANZ customer, it filled me with warm fuzzy wonderful emotions. OK OK, not really.
The basic premise is that all other call centres are answered and run by robots, but somehow ANZ‘s call centre is full of people…
…Seriously, this is quite deluded as I found out today.
I spent a good 20 minutes pressing hash this, pin that, card number this, #1 #3 #2 and several redials … before I got to speak to someone in person, who ultimatley gave me the phone number of my local branch.(Yes that was all I needed, and no, ANZ don’t include branch contact numbers on their website).
The best bit of all was that I jokingly asked the nice lady who finally answered if she was a robot, and she told me I was the third person that day to ask her the same thing. There you go.
ANZ, unfortunatley I have to say in the nicest possible way, your TV ad is a load of b@LL#cks.
It’s a shame because it is a good ad.
If you feel compelled to try it yourself… here’s the number : 13 13 14
Reader comment challenge:
Eventually someone will find this rant through search so if anyone is really bored, I challenge you to post your times trying to speak to someone in person at ANZ using the number above.
You’re watching a video of a what’s billed as the worlds first life form. Pleo is a one-week old infant Camarasaurus – apparently. He sniffs, yawns, reacts to light and where you touch him. As far as consumer robots go, it’s fairly impressive although it does seem kind of slow to watch. I just kept waiting for it to jump up and start running around, but no such luck.
I guess we’ll have to wait for the final price tag, but the speculation is around $US 250, and is due out for Xmas.
I’ll ask the staff tomorrow if we should swap our office dog Hank for one of these… hmmm.
Pleo’s website is here: http://www.ugobe.com/pleo/index.html
I have to start this post with a whinge, I pre-ordered Xbox Kinect from JBHifi. When I pre-order something I do expect it to get to me on the day it gets released or at least the day after. We finally got our Kinect here at the office after it was already released for over a week. I could have just walked down the street and picked on up.
but that is not what I want to talk about here. It is all setup in our reception area and we already had a lot of people trying it out and loving it.
There are some very smart people out there and it only took 3 hours before the Kinect was hacked and an open source driver was created so you can use it on your PC, a little later on your Linux box and then on your Mac.
and what are people doing with it? They are creating some awesome things. Here is a small collection of the things I came across:
Best interactive Puppet
Have your own lightsaber
Capture yourself in 3D
same guy in 3D with a little awesome surprise at 0:53 – watch it it’s worth it
use Kinect to control Windows 7
there are heaps more videos after the break
created by the Robust Robotics Group at MIT it responds to natural language voice commands that are sent to the helo and off it goes.
check out the video
(photo by Sherbet)
The recent launch of Microsoft Surface in Australia last month is a reminder that we are entering the digital era of retail shopping.
While the prospect of building immersive digital retail solutions in malls and stores is exciting, the luster of $50,000 in quarter inch thick screens and multi-touch tables will turn dull if the installation does not increase foot traffic, lift sales and/or enhance the customer service experience.
With this is mind; this post is a first draft in an evolving guidebook for delivering effective digital retail experiences.
At a high level, there are three digital opportunities available in most retail environments.
(1) Product & brand visualization: Sales tools that show shoppers the potential of a boxed up widget, break down complex products, or open up a window to the full product inventory.
(2) Branded entertainment: Installations that draw the attention of foot traffic through an interactive solution and/or provide valuable content on behalf of the brand.
(3) Branded information services: Solutions that add value to people with a form of some kind of practical application (a way finding tool, a calculator, some tips or tricks, etc.)
All of these activities hold the prospect of being interactive, traceable, personalized, integrated, manageable, and innovative digital solutions.
For anyone of these activities to become a success, you must build upon a strategy based on the needs of the users in each scenario. That’s the philosophy the Amnesia Razorfish Emerging Experiences Team is guided by as we begin our journey into these new digital sales & marketing scenarios.
During a shopping experience there are number of players but at the heart of the situation are a) the shopper and b) the sales team. The question becomes: what can we do to amplify the sales experience for both players and not get in the way of the sales process?
One way of avoiding the latter is by understanding what services customers currently value. The American Customer Satisfaction Index (ASCI) publishes quarterly reports that show which brands are delivering quality customer service across a variety of retail verticals (department store, specialty retail, supermarket, banking, insurance, gas stations, to name a few).
According to ACSI commentator Professor Claes Fornell analysis of Q4 2009 polls, while the harsh post GFC climate in the U.S. forced the overall rating down by 1.4%, each vertical had a strong performer from which key assumptions can be made:
Nordstrom: The Seattle based department store company prides itself in informed and helpful customer service. Customers agreed and gave them a 83% on the scorecard for a satisfying experience.
Small Banks: In a vertical that saw zero overall improvement and was hit hard this year, small banks scored well because they specialize in personalized customer service.
Publix Supermarkets: Although Wal-Mart grocery chains beat Publix on price, Publix scores high in another sector (Grocery & Pharmacy) that customers are generally not thrilled with the current experience. Their secret: in-store demos and organic goods.
These top performers give us three important insights when thinking about digital retail possibilities.
(1) People are not necessarily unhappy with their current human-based shopping experience. This makes sense because humans are not robots and we generally enjoy communicating with one another; even in a sales situation. Therefore, sales personnel are staying put and the goal of what we build should be to help the sales team convert and up-sell, not to erase the sales team.
(2) Grocery & pharmacy environments are filled with so many choices that customers need additional experiences to help them make a purchase. This insight parallels a survey of 5,000 U.S. grocery shoppers in 2008 that found that 65% of shoppers thought they did not have enough information to make an informed purchase (as quoted in Burke, 2008).
(3) Personalized services are greatly appreciated by shoppers; especially during major decisions like selecting a mortgage or investing for retirement.
While these conclusions are the tip of a very complex iceberg and the specific approach will vary from case to case, the major point to be made is that it is important to balance the thrill of amazing new technologies and possibilities with a foundation of strategic thinking. The novelty of new technology should never take backseat to delivering on practical business objectives.
The next chapter in this thread will be about the spatial dimension of out of home and retail digital strategy. Stay tuned
Brett Robinson, Emerging Experiences Program Manager
2.Behavioral Effects of Digital_Signage (2008). University of Indiana Press.
Been impressed by all the little RC planes and helicopters in the toystore windows of late? Hirotaka Sato and his team at Berkeley have gone one or two steps further with this RC beetle, and no, it’s not a volkswagen.
Instead of building a robot from scratch, they use the insect’s own flight capacity and control it with pulses of electricity to its optic lobes.
The purpose of the game is to escape on rooftops – running along and jumping over crates, chairs and robots.
All you need is 2 keys on your keyboard and no you don’t need a mouse.
Good luck – my record so far is 2295 meters.
here is the game: http://adamatomic.com/canabalt/
They build a life-sized Gundam. That lights up at night. And Moves.
Naturally, the internets are filling up with amazing shots of this thing. Particularly over at Pink Tentacle.
Why put up a giant Gundam? Oh, the 30th anniversary of the show or something. Not important. What IS important is that there is a GIANT ROBOT. In TOKYO. Hang on. This always ends badly.