Friday Five: February 19 - 23
- Read in: 4 mins
- by: Jerry Caggiano
This week the Friday Five covers technology that will revolutionize the world like AR, smart speakers, wearables, and Geo-fencing/Micro-Fencing.
With the goal of launching in the next couple years, Nissan and DeNa will begin testing their self-driving taxi service next month. The self-driving taxis will begin running on a set 4.5 -kilometer drive. The goal is to have the self-driving taxi service ready by the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games.
With the public release of the ARCore 1.0, developers are able to publish augmented reality apps to the Google Play Store. The ARCore 1.0 allows developers to create an augmented reality app, and then place those virtual reality images in the real world. This will allow more developers to create apps that are similar to the Pokemon-Go app that utilizes AR and geo-location.
MIT and Cornell have created a joint project that allows designers to create 3D printed models faster, and easier. The project is called the Robotic Modeling Assistant, or RoMA for short, and uses AR, robotics, and a 3D printer.
With wearables revenue growing 70% last year, Apple announces that it has a few upgrades for their very successful AirPods. The new AirPod2 will be able to more readily access Siri and become water resistant. The AirPod2 is said to be released as early as this year.
As the world's largest music streaming service, with over 60 million paying users, Spotify may be entering the smart speaker and wearables markets. The company posted three jobs that stated: “Spotify is on its way [to] creating its first physical products and set-up an operational organization for manufacturing, supply chain, sales, and marketing.”