Take a look at the unbelievable vending machine that dispenses Summer smells

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Take a look at the unbelievable vending machine that dispenses Summer smells

Over the last few years, we’ve seen incredible vending machines, including those dispensing fresh lettuce, live lobsters, and even caviar – but you’ve never seen anything quite like this. A Holiday Autos vending machine in a Slough train station is dispensing bottles of your favourite Summer smells, including Sea Air, Sun Cream, Barbecue, and Freshly Cut Grass. The vending machine was created in response to Holiday Autos’ research revealing that Britons feel holiday-blues just two weeks after returning home. The study also revealed that 69 percent of British travellers feel that smell is the most effective sense in recalling happy memories from holidays. Suddenly holidays seem not so far away!

Viral Video of the Week

Air New Zealand nails their latest safety video with a Men In Black tribute

After Lord of the Rings and Richard Simmons inspired safety videos, it appears that Air New Zealand‘s now gotten a little help from the Men In Black. In partnership with Sony, the airline’s latest in-flight instructional video features the All Blacks rugby team, singer, Stan Walker, and a talking pug. Although you won’t see cameos by Tommy Lee Jones or Will Smith, the quirky clip is guaranteed for a few laughs – and you might even learn a thing or two about safety, too.

Take a look at it below:

TV Ratings

The Voice holds a high note in the ratings once again

National Free to Air Station Audience
The Voice – Sun Ch 9 1,381,000
The Hotplate – Mon Ch 9 954,000
The Bachelor Australia – Wed Ch 10 922,000
Cats Make You Laugh Out Loud – Tues Ch 7 917,000
The Bachelor Australia – Thurs Ch 10 911,000
House Husbands – Mon Ch 9 848,000
The Hotplate – Tues Ch 9 839,000
Highway Patrol – Mon Ch 7 789,000
Home and Away – Wed Ch 7 786,000
Home and Away – Tues Ch 7 780,000
10/08/15 – 16/08/15

Step aside, Paywave – now you can pay with your heartbeat

Given society’s fascination with wearable technology, it wasn’t long before we saw how we pay revolutionised, too. Nymi, MasterCard and TD Bank Group have partnered up to bring to life a wearable band that authenticates payment using the wearer’s heartbeat. The band uses a person’s unique cardiac signature as a biometric identifier to allow the user to pay for items securely and prove their identity. The Nymi Band will begin rolling out in Canada in the near future, with other countries to follow.

App of the Week

Try on virtually any hair colour with the VS Shades app

If you’ve ever had regret after a particularly bad hair colour choice, Vidal Sassoon‘s here to save you any further pain with its latest virtual reality app. Find your VS Shade lets users change their hair shade in real-time, with social media integration that allows people to immediately consult their friends and family about the colour. The app also features a ‘how-to’ guide that instructs customers how they can achieve their desired hair colour with VS products. The company behind the app, ModiFace, has plans to pair the app with a make-up algorithm to introduce cosmetics giants to the possibilities of VR too.

Meet the first morality bank, where you are given money for doing good deeds

No good deed goes unpunished – or does it? To encourage good will among its citizens, a city in China’s northeast, Yanji, is rewarding people with a ‘morality bank‘. Users can accrue points for a range of good deeds, including handing in a lost wallet, helping somebody in a dangerous situation, and donating hematopoietic stem cells. Points can be redeemed for a range of services, including haircuts, house cleaning, and health check-ups. With over 600 members already, the bank is proving so popular it’s rolling out across China. Goodwill might soon have a new home Down Under – watch this space!

Website of the Week

Is this the nicest place on the Internet?

If your week’s not quite as good as you thought it’d be, happiness is just a click away. A website, self-dubbed as the ‘Nicest Place On The Internet’, is offering people around the world hugs, positive messages and encouragement from total strangers. Website creator, Jeff Lam, says the idea came about when one of his friends mentioned “having one of those days” when chocolate, good music, and even pictures of cute puppies don’t cheer you up. If you’re feeling down, or even if you just want an extra dose of happiness, you can check it out here.

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