Fitness tracking wearables have exploded onto the market and Motiv’s fitness tracking ring has incrementally improved on the wristband and watch options. This titanium-encased wearable tracks sleep and fitness − including steps, calories and distance. It even has an optical heart rate sensor and boasts a battery life of three to five days. Waterproof up to fifty metres and available in seven different sizes, it features an LED band − for charging and syncing notifications to your phone − and is available in two colours: grey or rose gold.
The challenge that nearly every bookmarking site on the internet has is one of organisation. Sites such as Pinterest use ‘boards’, but require users to spend time meticulously categorising their own bookmarks. New bookmarking site, Stash – nicknamed the AI Librarian – automatically organises your bookmarks by category, such as articles and recipes. There is also a search functionality and tags can be added to create sub categories. It's social component allows users to send and receive bookmarks, plus snooze bookmarks for a later stage.
Google has introduced three new products, all with Google Assistant at their core. This shift from ‘interface’ to ‘interaction’ highlights how the company’s work in AI is leading its products away from screens and materials… and toward conversational interactions with machines themselves. Essentially, it concentrates on ‘Conversational Actions’, where you ask Google Assistant various questions in return for pre-scripted answers, much like Apple’s Suri. By having these branded personality ‘chatbots’, which control the conversation, companies such as Google could benefit from being able to (subtly) suggest what we buy and where we go – if users are happy to buy into this human-machine interaction, going forward.
An overhaul of long distance travel is underway, thanks to the new hyperloop transportation system from Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), which utilises direct point-to-point connections. The main objective is to eliminate waiting time, increase convenience and reduce interruptions for commuters. Passengers travel in various 6-person pods, connected to a ‘transporter’, which can be accelerated to 1 100 km/h. ‘On-demand’ travel is achieved, as passengers simply board the next available pod. The pod can also operate autonomously on regular roads, thus increasing efficiency.