Japanese designer Fumie Shibata created this wonder of the 21st century for Japanese beverage company JR East Water Business (Yes, the word Business is in their corporate name). The vending machine pictured above was installed in the Shinigawa metro station back in August, but the company plans to implement at least 500 of the machines all throughout Tokyo by 2012.
Sporting a 47-inch touch screen, a camera, and what can only be numerous environmental sensors, these smart-vendors absorb sensory data to determine the sex and approximate age of the person approaching it, better equipping it to offer personalized recommendations for a potential user. When not in use, the machine displays advertisements for some of its products based on time of day and current weather- on a brisk morning, it might be advertising a hot cup of coffee, whereas a humid day would see colder, refreshing beverages highlighted.
The aCure is connected to servers at JREWB, which constantly update the inventory availability as well as purchase statistics to improve specific-location product marketing.
Say what you want about surveillance culture- no really. Say anything you want. HAL 9000's are selling coffee to children.
YouTube user egorzhun has re-imagined Rovio's popular mobile game Angry Birds as a political farce, touching on recent geo-political events as lightly as a Bomb Bird on a concrete wall.
The short video uses audio from the famous Disney short, "The Three Little Pigs"- and features similarities to the nostalgically poor-quality cartoons of "back in the day."
The story features satirical representations of Tunisian Ex-President Ben Ali, the now deposed "President" Mubarak of Egypt, and everyone's favorite dictator to lampoon, Omar Gaddafi of Libya- all of whose houses get destroyed by reduplicating (re: retweeting) Twitter birds (and a couple of other familiar faces as well). If you wanted to catch up on either Angry Birds or the state of affairs in the Middle East, well...you're probably out of luck. But if you're in the slightest familiar with either of them, you'll probably enjoy the clip.
This is not the first time that someone has creatively framed Angry Birds in a political context- the clip below contextualizes the swine vs. fowl struggle suspiciously similar to the Arab-Israeli conflict. Very amusing. And NFSW (language).
The latest gameplay video for Battlefield 3 is out for everyone to lose a pair of underwear over, this one is named "Get that Wire Cut!" and is explained with some text from DICE/EA as:
"Get that Wire Cut!" refers to the fact that Sgt. Black in this episode needs to disarm a bomb. Episode III starts with Sgt. Black crawling through a ventilation shaft, melee fighting an enemy in a basement, disarming a bomb, then exiting onto the streets for a massive shootout with multiple enemies and supporting friendly troops.
Deal of the Day: Kingston 128GB SSDNow V Series SATA II 2.5" Solid State Drive - $139.95 after Rebate, Shipped Free!
Our Deal of the Day today is the Buy.com - Kingston 128GB SSDNow V Series SATA II 2.5" Solid State Drive - $139.95 after Rebate, Shipped Free!.
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Our Download of the Day today is Windows 7 Codecs 2.7.9.
All the codecs you need for Windows 7 to play AVIs, DVDs and more!
It does not contain a media player and it does not associate file-types. With the Windows 7 codec package installed you will be able to use any media player, limited only by the players' capabilities, to play all movies and video clips. Streaming video is supported in several formats in all popular web browsers. Users of the Windows 7 media center codecs have the ability to choose what is installed and where to install it using the public redistributable. After installation you can select to remove specific portions without removing the entire package. You can also re-add the removed items at any time.
The latest version includes the following changes:
Changes in Version 2.7.9
- update ffdshow 3800
- update Gabest 2996
- fix thumbnails for several filetypes
- fix AVI with suggested settings
The latest happenings from around the web - March 30th, 2011
- Sapphire Mini E350 @ Pureoverclock
- Cryo Nemesis System @ Kitguru
- The Fast-Enough Budget Computer Built and Tested @ Benchmark Reviews
- Biostar TP67XE: Inexpensive LGA1155 Mainboard with Overclocking Potential @ Xbit Labs
- MSI P67A-GD80 Motherboard @ Techwarelabs
- ASRock P67 Pro3 (B3) Motherboard @ ixbtlabs
- ASUS P67 Sabertooth TUF Socket 1155 Motherboard @ Pro-Clockers
- Amd Phenom 2 X4 840 Cpu @ RBMods
This is actually good, just after my editorial are consoles holding back gaming tech, we have AMD saying Fusion would be great in consoles. I see this as a double-edged sword.
Consoles with 10 year life cycles just cannot sustain a single GPU/CPU combo. If the APU selected for a next-gen console is shipped with lets say 40-percent of its performance unlocked and future firmware/updates to the console unlock more and more power, it would allow a much better life cycle to games.
AMD's monthly tradition of driver releases was getting close, with today being one of the last days of the month left but AMD have not disappointed. Catalyst 11.3 is now out and Catalyst 11.4 preview has slipped through also.
There isn't much new with Catalyst 11.3 apart from "seamless GPU Compute support", but things fire up with the Catalyst 11.4 Early Preview driver. The pre-release driver includes support for "the AMD Radeon HD 6790 series of products" which have not been released yet. It also includes changes to the Catalyst Control Center, performance optimizations (which AMD discussed a few weeks back) and miscellaneous bug fixes.
Microsoft are updating Windows Phone 7 nice and fast, the previous update included copy and paste and the next update is rumored to include support for near-field communication (NFC).
They're also rumored to include NFC tech into WP7-based smartphones as early as this year. The tech would allow a WP7 user to bump a Windows Phone-based devices against a compatible cash register to complete the transaction. Three letter word begins with w, ends in n and includes an i in the middle? Win, people, win. This would do away with credit/debit cards in my wallet and would allow coins to finally not weigh my pockets down!
Valpak has got a brand new bag. And it's not a giant blue bag stuffed with coupons, either. It's a mobile augmented reality channel that uses geo-locational user information to display mobile-based deals in or near your vicinity.
With the recent success of Groupon and LivingSocial, it does not come as a surprise that Valpak entered the mobile arena, especially after launching an iPhone app. Unlike a normal app, this one is in full Augmented Reality, so you actually perceive mobile coupon deals overlaid onto the physical world, i.e. wherever you're pointing your smartphone.
The feature runs on junaio, a free application for the iPhone and Android. The Valpak channel uses the navigation features of junaio channels, utlizing a user's surroundings to supply them with relevant hyperlocal information. Here's a demo from Valpak telling you how to use the app:
It's that easy folks.