Domino’s have never been a company to shy away from looking at new technology to help improve the takeaway delivery. Two years ago it was suspected that you soon might have a drone deliver your pizza, more recently they even looked at how they might be able to use Twitter to let you order a pizza with a tweet. What could come next you may ask? They seem to be going back to basics, the good old-fashioned car, but with a serious twist.
Introducing the Domino’s DXP, the specialist Dominos pizza delivery vehicle. Let’s start with why this isn’t just another ordinary delivery vehicle, first up is the obvious addition of an oven, designed to keep your pizza hot at 140 Fahrenheit (a toasty 60-degree celsius). As if that wasn’t enough, the car’s got rid of all the additional seating, leaving only the driver and a selection of holders for your drinks, dips and desserts, this means that your food is safe and secure while your drinks won’t bubble over the second they are opened.
We’ve had ice cream trucks for years, but this is the first time a company has gone so far as to design and build a custom set of cars for your take away. After five years of development, the car could soon be finding its way to you but with only 97 available in the US, just how long till the vehicle makes its way overseas?
For more information check out Dominos DXP presentation here.
Nope, we’re not talking about the screeching sounds of a Dial-Up modem from the 90’s – you can (apparently) hear WiFi with the help of some fancy hearing aids.
In comes Frank Swain, not exactly a bionic human, but has the ability to listen out to a WiFi signal. He’s able to do this by utilizing his modified hearing aids installed with his special ‘Phantom Terrains’ tooling.
Designed in conjunction with sound artist Daniel Jones, Swain has reportedly been experiencing a decrease in his hearing abilities since age 20. He applied and was approved for a grant through a UK innovation charity – rending Phantom Terrains a possibility. The software operates through a jail broken iPhone and works by tuning into wireless communication fields. This software picks up information such as the router name, encryption modes and distance to the device.
Swain produced a whole essay on this subject, published in New Scientist. Thanks to IFL Science, we were able to get our hands on an excerpt of it:
“The strength of the signal, direction, name and security level on these are translated into an audio stream made up of a foreground and background later: distant signals click and pop like hits on a Geiger counter, while the strongest bleat their network ID in a looped melody,” Swain writes in an essay in New Scientist. “The audio is streamed constantly to a pair of hearing aids. The extra sound layer is blended with the normal output of the hearing aids; it simply becomes part of my soundscape. So long as I carry my phone with me, I will always be able to hear Wi-Fi.”IFL Science and New Scientist
What exactly is the point of this software function? We’re not exactly sure. But it’s pretty cool none-the-less.
Interested in hearing exactly what it sounds like? Thankfully they’ve uploaded it to Sound Cloud and it mirrors something of a horror movie or space-based gaming cut scene.
Re/Code has just spread the word of a new HP all-in-one system that will be shown at an event in New York on the 29th of October.
Named “Sprout”, some interesting features are set to be included. As the title suggests, this all-in-one system will include a big flat screen display with touch input, and an assembly that doubles as a projector and 3D scanner. With the display said to be using expansive surface technology, similar to their Pavilion Touchsmart series. The projecting capabilities will be used to beam images towards the desk, allowing you to use your hands or a stylus to complete a range of graphical tasks such as re-sizing images, move objects things around or re-arrange colors. This projector also doubles as a 3D scanner, giving you the ability to add objects into your images by setting them down in the beam and scanning them into your projects.
No price has been mentioned as of yet as the ‘sources’, as per usual with leaks, are all unknown and not verified, but all shall be released in one week either way. Said to be released running a Windows Operating System, there have been rumors that Google’s ChromeOS may be a feature in the not-too-distant future.
Targeted towards big business and those with a little extra money to spend, can you see yourself picking up a similar device for your graphical tasks? What price do you think is suitable for this type of advanced technology? Either way, we’re really hoping it scans better than Kinect’s NBA 2k15 disaster – pictured below.
America has been looking for the ‘military advantage’ over the last decade or so, ever since the terror threat was brought to their shores though the disastrous 9/11 attacks.
The Atlantic Council think tank has decided to think outside of the box, hiring Dave Anthony – the creator of the famous Call of Duty franchise. Anthony is said to be playing a part of ‘The Art of Future War Project’ run by the aforementioned think tank in an effort to work on the way that the US military conduct their campaigns. Launching next week, this project will see famous authors, screenwriters and entertainment personalities all banding together to share their knowledge and expertise.
Originally announced by former Pentagon official Steven Grundman, the idea was introduced by him witnessing his son play Call of Duty: Black Ops II, claiming that “he was struck how realistic our portrayal in ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops II’ was of a future conflict.” Grundman, in an interview with the Washington post commented “It occurred to me that the perspective of artists on this question is compelling and insightful, and it’s also different. One feature that struck me was the combination of both familiar technologies and novel ones” continuing to say “I didn’t want to satisfy myself with an approach everyone was doing. It’s a crowded field of ideas”.
A direct statement from the Atlantic Council think tank reads:
“Writers, directors and producers and other artists bring to bear observations derived from wholly different experiences in the creative world. They can ask different kinds of questions that will challenge assumptions and status quo ways of tackling some of today’s toughest national security problems”.
So what will these stars, screen genius’ and game developers actually be working on? That’s classified. But the main question being asked by the public after this release echoes “Is it worth it?”. Many users of online social media outlets have become seemingly outraged since the release of this information, claiming a waste of their tax dollars and the governments time. But as with every negative, there’s also a positive side of views where some are keen to see what this new collection of talent can produce.
Could this be the beginning of game-style technology coming to life? We hope so.
Verizon is straight into the new iPhone market, offering up a potential deal to customers wishing to have the latest Apple technology.
On Tuesday, they announced a new deal offering a 16GB iPhone 6 to users – the catch being that you must trade in your old phone and renew your existing contract for another two years. Doing the math we’ve learned that overall this is going to save you around $199, taking into account all costs and comparing them to the original purchase price of the phone.
They’ve obviously got some competition however, with Sprint offering the new phone on their $50 unlimited data plan, alongside T-Mobile putting up a claim that they will match any other companies trade-in deals and provide consumers with $50 credit on-top.
Missed the Apple iPhone 6 releases? Deactivated your Facebook due to the plethora of incoming posts about peoples sudden ‘expert’ opinions, but still want to know the full information? We’ve covered it too, and you can check it out if you wish.
If you’re keen on a trade-in with Verizon, they’ve said that they will accept the iPhone 4, 4s, 5, 5C and 5S – no Nokia 3310’s this time sorry guys.