A company in Tokyo is offering flights from Japan to Paris, Rome, Hawaii and New York without ever leaving the ground. “Passengers” of First Air will board a faux airplane cabin where they’ll dine on a 4 course meal, then enjoy a 2 hour simulated flight, taking in the sights of the city they’re “traveling” to.
Uber is now introducing a new way to ride that’s cheaper than any of their current options. It’s called Uber Express Pool and it’s a way to share your Uber ride (and the cost of it) with one or more other people going the same way. With Uber Express Pool, riders will be directed to a pickup place they can get to with a short walk to optimize the ride and save time and money. Uber Express Pool was launched in D.C., L.A., Miami, Philadelphia, San Diego and Denver, and will roll out to more cities in the new few weeks.
If you had a toilet like this, you might not ever want to leave the bathroom. Kohler’s new Numi toilet has a heated seat, hands-free opening and closing lid (so there are no more fights about what the right way is), a bidet with temperature controlled water, a blow dryer, automatic flushing, a foot warmer, nightlight, bluetooth hookup and a sound system… all controlled with a touchscreen pad. And it could be yours for $6500.
Amazon’s first Amazon Go store must be doing well because they’re about to expand. Amazon plans to open 3 new locations in Seattle this year and one in Los Angeles in The Grove, the 600,000 square foot outdoor shopping mall. And there could be a few other locations they’re looking at as well… the rumor is that they plan to open 6 new Amazon Go stores this year. Cool! I wanna try it!
Grocery stores and restaurants waste a lot of food… and a lot of people go hungry or don’t have the funds to buy the healthiest meals. And the KARMA app hopes to solve both of those problems. Karma helps restaurants and grocery stores sell surplus food that would just be thrown away, to those who need it… at a deep discount.
Facebook plans to thwart election ad fraud by using good old fashioned post cards. As we all know, during the last election, social media was manipulated with all kinds of fake news stories, memes and inflammatory ads. So before the Congressional midterm elections in November, facebook has come up with a new plan for anyone who wants to advertise for a candidate. If your ad mentions a candidate, facebook will send a postcard to your US address with a code you need to enter into the website before your ad will run.
Apple has started moving employees into the new Apple Park… a high tech, futuristic looking campus that will eventually house 12,000 employees. But they’re running into a bit of a safety issue – people keep running into the glass walls. They’re curved and so crystal-clear that some people aren’t seeing them until they hit them. You know what they need? Kids! Unleash some kids in there and the smudges they leave on the glass could save lives!
Hortense Dodo, says food science has been her passion since she was a child and it shows… she earned two degrees in Africa, then a master’s degree in food science and technology from the University of Georgia, followed by a PhD in food biotechnology and molecular biology at Penn State University. And it all lead to her career focus – life-threatening peanut allergies. She’s been working for over a decade to create a hypoallergenic peanut and it looks like she’s done it.
Before you set your new Apple HomePod up you might want to put a coaster under it. A lot of people are noticing the the silicone base is causing a reaction and leaving a white ring on wood furniture. (And it’s not just the HomePod – any smart speaker with a vibration dampening silicone base will do the same thing.) Do yourself a favor and buy a speaker coaster… Pad & Quill already sells one!
— Casey Newton (@CaseyNewton) February 14, 2018
If you’ve ever wanted your own paparazzi to catch all the fun things you do on camera, a startup company called Skydio has some new technology you should check out. They’re launching an artificially intelligent drone called the R1, that is the first drone capable of imprinting on a person and following them around, avoiding obstacles while shooting video.