A hotel managed by robots


If you’re a fan of the Channel 4 series Humans, you may well be intrigued by the latest development in artificial intelligence: a hotel managed by robots.

The Henn-na Hotel (literally ‘strange hotel’) in Sasebo, Japan, has recently welcomed its first customers, who get to indulge in an experience entirely staffed by a crew of robots.

Guests can check in with the help of a dinosaur dressed like a concierge, access their rooms with face-recognition technology, and sit back while a range of robots, humanoid or otherwise, take care of the rest.

Watch how this unique hotel works below and tell us if you’ll be visiting.

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Coca-Cola asks Londoners to ‘Choose Happiness’ this summer


Coca-Cola has decided to measure the happiness of Londoners this summer as part of its ongoing ‘Choose Happiness’ campaign.

The brand has created ‘happiness meters’, using real-time social data and outdoor advertising, which will analyse any tweets using the hashtag #ChooseHappiness.

300 digital billboards in the capital will show the ever-changing results of the happiness meters, along with promotions for the events supporting the campaign, including phone-in competitions and deliveries of chilled Coca-Cola to London parks.

Find out more about the campaign, which is running throughout August and September, here and tell us if you’ll be choosing happiness.

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How the world uses Twitter in 2015


If you’re an avid retweeter or just an occasional user of Twitter, it can be tempting to wonder how your Twitter behaviour measures up to everyone else’s.

HubSpot’s new infographic reveals how Twitter’s 300 million active users behave on the social media platform, giving insight into demographics, engagement, and content.

For instance, did you know that 55% of tweets include an image and that 5pm is the peak time for retweets? Or even that a third of Twitter’s users are based in the Asia Pacific region?

The infographic also reveals how engagement differs for B2B and B2C marketing, and how many languages are supported on the platform.

Take a closer look at the infographic here.

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Pimm’s launches innovative digital posters


Have you always wanted to know in advance if a pub still has seats on a hot summer day? Well, Pimm’s has launched new billboard posters that will let you know.

The brand has installed innovative sensor-activated digital posters throughout London, which will activate when the temperature reaches 16 degrees Celsius and will update you with seating space information in your area.

Using beacon technology to sense when the participating pubs and beer gardens have space, the ads will also change their messaging depending on the weather data they receive.

Learn more about this innovative campaign here and let us know if you’ll be paying attention to the Pimm’s posters.

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KFC’s disposable keyboards


KFC has tried to make life easier for its customers by integrating technology in its stores…in an unusual way. 

The fast food brand reached out to smartphone users by trying out disposable paper typing trays in its German restaurants.

Customers could connect their devices via Bluetooth to thin rechargeable wireless keyboards, which prevented greasy fingerprints all over their screens.

Have a look at the explanatory video below and tell us if you think KFC should launch the trays in the UK.

https://player.vimeo.com/video/126814985?color=c10a27&byline=0&portrait=0

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Mountains of Mouthness


An innovative app allows social media users to experience their tweets being spoken by a mountain.

Goo Technologies’ new app ‘Mountains of Mouthness’ features 3D animated mountains that will recite tweets from people who use the hashtag #Mouthness.

This concept is actually based on a fairytale, in which two mountains in love find themselves separated by a village and have to talk to each other from afar.

Creative Director Magnus Östergren said: “we’re aiming to build the most artist friendly tool for advanced interactive web graphics out there.”

Watch a demonstration of the app here and tweet #mouthness or @MoMouthness to have your message spoken by a cartoon mountain.

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Ofcom reveals latest UK web usage figures


Ofcom has unveiled its latest research on how we use technology in 2015.

The study reveals that the average Internet user in the UK spends twenty hours a week online – a figure which has doubled in a decade.

The report also shows the increasing importance of social media among Internet users, with 72% belonging to a social network.

1,890 adults from across the UK were surveyed for the questionnaire.

Find out more about the report here and tell us if you think it’s an accurate reflection of the way we use the Internet.

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