• Domino's Gets OK For Drone Pizza Delivery
    Aerial pizza delivery may sound futuristic but Domino's has been given the green light to test New Zealand pizza delivery via drones. The fast food chain has partnered with drone business Flirtey to launch the first commercial drone delivery service in the world, starting later this year. Domino's Group chief executive and managing director, Don Meij said the company had been investigating innovative and new delivery methods as business had grown. This included looking at robotic delivery, which the government is still considering. Details around where the trial would be held have been kept under wraps - however Domino's said ...
  • Intel Bets Big On Virtual Reality
    Determined not to make the same mistake as it did with its late arrival to the smartphone party, Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) recently announced a new, cutting-edge entrant to the fast-growing virtual reality (VR) market. While the VR device itself offers considerable opportunity, it's also important to investors and the Street that Intel got onboard in the early stages of a market with almost limitless upside. As big as the VR market is forecast to become, most pundits agree that augmented reality (AR), or a "virtual" world in which users are still aware of their physical surroundings, is -- due to its ...
  • Term 'IoT' Slow To Catch On In Market
    Harris Interactive, best known for the Harris Poll, has unveiled the results of its survey of the UK public, the SmartLife report, and has added to the pile of evidence that shows the struggles that the IoT is facing when it comes to spurring adoption. The outlook does look promising, but consumers in developed markets are still slow to adopt the IoT. The full report is rather large, and it does show some strong initial promise for the IoT. Some 48% of respondents said they were aware of the IoT, but just 13% said they were “very familiar.” When ...
  • Citibank Adds Virtual Reality To Live Event
    Citibank is promoting its Private Pass live event tickets program on Friday’sToday Show with an appearance by pop group DNCE that mixes virtual reality, real-time, and on-demand technology. The effort is part of the Citi Concert Series on Today, and it’s specifically meant to highlight Citi Double Cash — and the bank’s ability to expand access to live events both in person and on digital channels. The new campaign positions Double Cash as “a card that is straightforward, honest and means what it says: double means double.” And, through this event, when Citi says “everyone is in the front row,” the brand ...
  • Hotel Installs Voice Control For Rooms
    Here's my pet peeve when staying at hotels: I hate having to get up in the middle of the night to adjust the thermostat. But the thing is, I really need the room to be the right temperature to get a good night's sleep. Between a cold room and thick, fluffy blankets, it's easy to be off by a few degrees. Then I'm wide awake, fiddling with various knobs on the wall or calling the receptionist to figure out why it's so darn chilly in here. This might be more information about my hotel sleeping habits than you ever wanted ...
  • New Google Glass Patent Incorporates Batteries
    Could the next version of Google Glass use … AA batteries? Unlikely, but it’s entirely possible, especially if Google’s latest patent for Glass is anything to go by. The company filed for a patent that sees a number of pretty major changes to the design of Google Glass, not only changing the source of the device’s power, but also changing how users would control it. As part of the newly filed patent, Google Glass would have a control panel mounted on one of the arms. The panel, according to the patent, is basically a touchpad that would house an electronic circuit and a ...
  • Six Flags Adding Virtual Reality To 9 Roller Coasters
    Piloting a fighter jet, dodging skyscrapers and battling alien intruders -- all while barreling along a steel track hundreds of feet in the air. Welcome aboard a virtual reality roller coaster. It's a concept that may change roller coasters forever by combining the traditional steel track with VR technology to place thrill seekers in a completely virtual world. Here's how it works: Before boarding the coaster, riders strap a VR headset across their face. They won't see where the steel track is going, or what's coming up next. As the ride launches into a series of ...
  • Google Investing For Big VR Push
    Google is investing hundreds of thousands of dollars apiece in virtual-reality films and programs, part of a plan to line up exclusive content for the debut of its new Daydream service in the coming weeks, according to people familiar with the matter. Google will help promote projects from Hulu LLC and fund the production of 360-degree videos with YouTube stars like the Dolan twins and Justine Ezarik, said the people, who asked not to be identified discussing private deals. The division of Alphabet Inc. has also partnered with video-game producers and sports leagues to boost its biggest virtual-reality initiative. “It’s ...
  • Ford Promises Self-Driving Car By 2021
    A century ago Ford revolutionised the automotive industry with the advent of the assembly line and its first mainstream product, the Model T. Fast forward a hundred years and Ford is ready to pull off the feat again — this time with the introduction of the first mainstream autonomous car. The company announced last week that it will have a self-driving car for the masses on the road by 2021. To get there, Ford is investing in or collaborating with four start-ups to enhance its autonomous vehicle development. The first of these is a $75M (£57.2M) investment in LiDAR maker Velodyne. Ford also ...
  • Tesla Owner In Accident Won't Sue, But Insurer Might
    A Texas man said the Autopilot mode on his Tesla Model S sent him off the road and into a guardrail, bloodying his nose and shaking his confidence in the technology. He doesn’t plan to sue the electric-car maker, but his insurance company might. Mark Molthan, the driver, readily admits that he was not paying full attention. Trusting that Autopilot could handle the route as it had done before, he reached into the glove box to get a cloth and was cleaning the dashboard seconds before the collision, he said. The car failed to navigate a bend on Highway 175 ...
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