(28 Feb 2017) LEADIN:
robots, augmented reality shopping and an indoor farming station are just some of the gadgets showcased on the fringe of Mobile World Congress
The alternative Four Years
From Now sideshow is a place where quirky meets innovation.
Pibo, a friendly dinner table icebreaker for the whole family's benefit. Yes
, Pibo is indeed a robot, and a charming one at that.
His main purpose? Getting you and your loved ones sharing your daily life again.
let his wedding-cake white plastic carcass fool you, this Asian
creation is all warm and fuzzy inside.
He's always eager to provide updates on outside weather conditions, helpful reminders or last-minute messages of the "Sorry
, honey, I'm going to be late again" variety.
It was created by Seoul-based Circulus CEO
who one day decided his fellow South Koreans
needed some dire help when it came to expressing their emotions.
"If you have rest time, Pibo can dialogue with people and share photos using our camera and also playing the music through the internet," he says.
"All information is collected to our global social log and you can summarise that information as a daily dairy."
to Four Years From Now (FYFN) are being handed pairs of these sight-blurring foggy spectacles and asked to stare at a painted portrait of a woman, whose silhouette can hardly be recognised.
Then they're given this innovative Relumino-equipped VR headset
and the focus immediately sharpens.
A much clearer picture, if not perfect, becomes available thanks to cutting edge technology, aimed at aiding the partially blind's daily struggles.
, the misshapen forms of a restaurant menu become legible and surrounding facial expressions reveal themselves in more definite manner.
"If we make our own project like these glasses, people who are visually impaired can walk outside using our glasses and there's a big difference
," says engineer Junghoon Cho.
"What I mean is that, some people avoid people because they can't look (at) people's faces physiologically. So we want to help them have a better social relationship with other people."
There are few things more embarrassing than your other half's admonishing glare after a failed attempt to squeeze that brand-new sofa into your suddenly tighter-than-expected living room.
In order to avoid such domestic disputes, and make some money, Sri-Lanka-based company Liveroom has developed an enhanced augmented reality technology aimed at providing shoppers a direct live glimpse at all kinds of products in stores or warehouses and adjust their personal picks to their surroundings.
You have to be on-site to provide a camera shot of the space in question via the live view button, then consult their catalogue on the app and choose an item, which will then pop up on your tablet or smartphone for you to contemplate, rotate and evaluate while handpicking colours, fabric and material.
"If you're buying online, via e-commerce, you have only images. You have to visualize the product in your mind and maybe the dimensions and the colours are wrong. With this technology, you can see exactly how the products look in your own home," says founder and CTO Sameera
They say green, light and healthy is the way to go these days.
If that's indeed the case, Living
Box might just be the company 21st-Century amateur farmers have been longing for.
start-up has taken on the challenge of providing fresh, homegrown organic veggies to the world's population, from a stressed-out urbanite's Manhattan
rooftop to a survival-challenged nomad in the water-deprived landscape of the Sahara desert
of carrying that heavy burden of a hang to and from yoga and wellness retreats?
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- published: 05 Mar 2017
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