Google Lens will ‘shazam’ the world around you

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Yamaha’s latest concept motorcycle can be maneuvered with hand gestures

Yamaha’s latest concept motorcycle, The Motoroid, utilises built-in artificial intelligence to foster a more seamless interaction between man and machine. The Motoroid is self-balancing, with a unique articulated movement that keeps it from falling over and allows it to park itself on its kickstand. It can also move autonomously based on hand gesture commands for short distances. Check it out in action below.

Alibaba introduces an AI fashion assistant

The rise in online shopping is very real, and for most shoppers it’s due to the endless range of products and sales you can conveniently get on the Internet. E-commerce conglomerate, Alibaba, has used the decline in brick and mortar store visits as an opportunity to think outside the box and create a more immersive customer experience with the introduction of FashionAI. Currently installed in some Chinese shopping centres, FashionAI allows people inside fitting rooms with a screen to identify the clothes they have chosen via a chip. The system will then suggest complimentary pieces, in which sales assistants can retrieve for you with a click of a button. The move by Alibaba aims to give offline shoppers the capabilities of e-commerce, so they can find more of the things they want easily.

The Good Doctor continues to be exactly what the doctor ordered

Program Station Audience
The Good Doctor Ch7 1,128,947
Doc Martin ABC 1,126,161
The Good Doctor – Thurs Ch7 1,072,159
The Ashes: First Test – Australia V England Session 3 Ch9 868,439
Have you been paying attention? Ch10 780,133
Seven’s 2017 Rugby League World Cup Semi Final Ch7 675,839
Home and Away Ch7 671,311
Hard Quiz ABC 664,005
The Wall Ch7 659,682
Instant Hotel Ch7 633,405

19/11/2017 – 25/11/2017

UberEATS develops virtual restaurants for picky eaters

“What do you want for dinner?” is a question that plagues many households and often makes food choices a rather tricky situation. UberEATS’ latest update has taken the guesswork out of the equation and will now provide users with suggestions based on their past orders, even pinpointing specific dishes they think they’ll enjoy. To tackle the lack of cuisine variety distribution in some neighbourhoods, UberEATS will also work with local eateries to fill gaps in demand. The company plans to use consumer data to determine the demand for types of cuisine within specific areas, and then give local eateries the chance to open ‘virtual restaurants’ to supply dishes that there is a proven desire for.

Snapchat allows users to try before they buy

In an attempt to create new and immersive advertising formats for brands, Snapchat recently introduced Augmented Reality (AR) Trial ads. The development has transitioned the fun feature to provide a functional purpose, with the format allowing users to overlay and play with an AR version of a product within their own surroundings. BMW is the first brand to trial the feature with their new X2 vehicle, with users being able to change the vehicle’s colour and walk around it like it’s really there. Users can then swipe up to view BMW’s website.

Google Lens will ‘shazam’ the world around you

Google plans to implement its AI-powered Lens tool in the Google Assistant feature on their range of Pixel phones. Lens allows users to identify objects around them, and while it can’t pick up everything, it can help users identify text and save information on things like business cards, movie poster titles, phone numbers and even open maps with written directions to an address. It’s every day “shazam” like capabilities can also spot and pull up information and media for landmarks, artworks, books and movies when the camera is directed at posters, covers and installations.

Animoji karaoke takes centre stage in Apple’s latest ad

The new facial recognition Animoji feature on the iPhone X sparked a large Twitter trend, where users were belting out their favourite tune with their favourite emoji following suit. The plethora of results was pretty entertaining, so Apple decided to capitalise on the fad by creating a new video advertising the feature. The end result is a combination of fun and kitsch – was Apple too late to the party?

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