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Beer’d Beauty, a gentleman’s dream

Every year, Movember shines a spotlight on man scaping, and this time Carlsberg are getting involved. The Danish beer company has launched a set of limited edition shaving products made from beer as part of a contribution to men’s health issues for the Movember Foundation. Apparently, the main ingredients of hops, barley and yeast have true beautifying properties for the hair and skin. They also found that these ingredients are great for facial hair due to the antioxidants and antibacterial acid that help men grow and groom inspiring beards and moustaches. So they’ve aptly called their products ‘Beer’d Beauty’. Shave responsibly.

Room service? There’s an emoji of that

Aloft Hotels are capitalising on the rise of emojis as a second language and turning it into a complete service. Text it, Get it (or TiGi) allows customers to use emojis to order room service by displaying a key on the menu. Customers can order anything from a pizza to a wakeup call and there’s even a nice little ‘Hangover Package’ which includes vitamin water and pain relievers. At the moment the emoji options represent a small portion of their entire room service menu but they plan to expand the plan if the services proves to be popular, which is likely to happen.

The Block on Top

The Block – Sun Ch 9 1,209,000
The Block – Mon Ch 9 1,015,000
800 Words – Tues Ch 7 1,005,000
The X Factor – Mon Ch 7 1,004,000
The Block – Tues Ch 9 993,000
Highway Patrol – Wed Ch 7 992,000
The X Factor – Tues Ch 7 988,000
The Block – Wed Ch 9 951,000
The Big Bang Theory – Tues Ch 9 899,000
Blindspot – Wed Ch 7 888,000

How Volvo are saving our Kangaroos

Over 20,000 kangaroos are killed every year, resulting in more than $75 million in insurance claims – not ideal. So, Volvo’s global safety experts decided we were in need of a kangaroo detection and collision avoidance system. The team travelled to Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve in Canberra, a hot spot for Kangaroo collisions, to study their roadside behaviour and have now developed something pretty amazing. A light sensitive, high resolution camera in the car windscreen detects moving objects and helps the computer decide which action to take. It only takes 0.05 seconds for the system to react accordingly, which is astounding considering the human reaction time is around 1.2 seconds.

Sorry Heidi Klum, Google won Halloween this year

Google Photos’ #PumpkinPatchNYC activation won Halloween. New Yorkers who were too busy to go country side were treated to an incredible display of Pumpkin bots, carving incredible images for mass crowds. People could pose for photos with their pumpkins and later see it displayed on a billboard in the heart of Manhattan. While the robots were sufficiently awesome, Google also brought in the experts from Maniac Pumpkin Carvers to showcase their talents. Watch this video to see them in action:

Outdoor advertising just got a whole lot creepier

Armed with DoubleClick online advertising technology, Google have taken to high traffic areas of London. By collecting data in real-time, including weather, audience, travel information, sport scores and more, the technology decides which ad a passer-by will be fed. While other advertising companies have tested similar technology, this trial is particularly significant due to the vast web reach of DoubleClick. In future, this means that when you’re out and about, Google can hit you with a super accurate ad based on real-time events like the Rugby World Cup or the anticipation of a wild thunderstorm.

Calling all Cyborg enthusiasts

It looks like this Texas-based startup plucked Tony Stark’s design straight out of the Iron Man movie. The Gest lets you control your device by waving around your fingers and hand, allowing you to do things like adjusting the brightness of an image in photoshop, save files and mute your computer. The device has at least 15 sensors and uses an algorithm to allow its computers to know the exact, 3D form of the hand which is calculated at least once every 40 milliseconds.

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