Shell’s Eco-Marathon is a brilliant concept, bringing together teams of students from all over Europe who use their creativity and ingenuity to develop ultra-fuel-efficient vehicles. Vehicles are entered in one of seven fuel categories – petrol, diesel, biofuels, fuel made from natural gas (GTL), hydrogen, solar or electricity. The challenge involves doing ten laps of
At the UK’s 2013 Total Processing and Packaging Exhibition Omron showed a ‘smile calibrator’ with OKAO technology designed to measure, compare and even calibrate the smiles of visitors. People were invited to check the quality of their smile and even compare it against that of a friend.
This article was featured in the Controls, Drives & Automation magazine sept 2013
While undoubtedly good fun, the ‘smile’ calibrator with OKAO technology carries a serious technological message: people are surrounded by all types of machines and devices that provide many kinds of information and services. Omron believes that it is important to create machines that are capable of adapting themselves to individual users, thus providing information services and interfaces that are optimised for each person. To make this possible, machines must be able to recognise each person and make judgements about what that particular individual needs.
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