Trends of the Week 2018 – CW 20

Trends of the Week 2018 – CW 20

FOOD FROM THE 3D PRINTER

Researchers at Ewha Womans University in South Korea have developed a device that enables 3D printing of personalized food. The food is made from nutrients in powder form. To do this, various ingredients are first pulverized at almost minus 100 degrees Celsius, mixed with a binder under the action of heat and water jets and printed layer by layer until the food is ready. The microstructures can be precisely controlled in the nanoscale by 3D printing so that users can produce food that fits their personal nutritional needs and eating habits.

ROBOTS FOR WATER SUPPLY

A team from Glasgow University and Amrita University has tested a remote-controlled robot system in southern India that facilitates the delivery of water. The robot was a modified version of the "Husky" developed by Clearpath Robotics. He carried three 20-litre bottles on his shelf and was able to communicate with the residents thanks to his artificial voice. For example, he offered his help and asked for directions for the delivery. The researchers investigated in the project how robots can be received in rural areas and have a positive influence on life there.

AUDIENCE CONTROLS INTERACTIVE FILM

Twentieth Century Fox and Start-up Kino Industries have announced an app that will enable the cinema audience to control the story and characters of the film "Choose Your Own Adventure". The underlying technology "CtrlMovie" by Kino Industries allows viewers to vote on what the characters should do at crucial points in the story during the film. Depending on the viewer's preferences, different plots, ends and playing times can be created during the film without interrupting the scenes.

INTELLIGENT VOICE RECORDING

The Washington-based start-up Wrappup has developed the mobile app "Voicera" for intelligent voice recording, which summarizes conferences and highlights important points. The software processes language and uses artificial intelligence to create playable summaries. Users can record a video conference, for example, with the app transcribing what is said in real time and users adding comments if desired. They can then search the recording to find what a particular person has said, for example, and easily share session reports with colleagues.

APP TESTS WHETHER USERS ARE PEOPLE OR ROBOTS

To market its science fiction series "Humans", the British television station Channel 4 has developed the "The Human Test" app, which determines whether its users are humans or robots. The app can be used with the language assistants Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. It asks users various questions, such as whether sentient robots should be granted human rights. Users are then redirected to a microsite where the trailer of the third season is shown. They can also learn more about their test results and get more information about the series.