Kids these days can be said to be exposed to extremely sophisticated devices and toys right from an extremely young age, so much so when you pass them a piece of paper and some crayons, they look at you bluntly, wondering why the “stylus” leaves a mark on the “screen” which cannot be turned on. All right, I might be exaggerating here, but you get the idea. Technology has more or less infiltrated every aspect of our lives, and ZowPow hopes to bridge the traditional with the new by introducing plush toys which function as controllers for iOS mobile games.
In fact, the first plush controller from ZowPow happens to be meant for a game known as Tiny Plane. The toy itself resembles that of a plane, where it will be able to connect wirelessly to a mobile device via Bluetooth LE (Low Energy). Should the toy be held near the mobile device, it will be able to automatically hook up the two. There are sensors and accelerometers within the plush toy which would enable the game to know just where the plane is, so that the game plays along just fine. The Tiny Plane plush “controller” would retail for $25, which is 25 times more than the mobile game itself.
Amazon has certainly raised a fair number of eyebrows recently with its Amazon Prime Air delivery system, and it does seem as though Amazon has ruffled the feathers of its competitors somewhat. Since their announcement, we have covered news concerning UPS performing research into delivery drones, while the folks over at Deutsche Post DHL have successfully completed their first successful drone delivery yesterday, where a robotic craft as seen above managed to deliver its 3kg medicine package to the intended recipient.
Coming in a shade of yellow that is unmistakably DHL’s signature shade, the “Paketkopter” managed to make its way across the skies at a height of 50 meters across the Rhine, where it managed to carry the package from a pharmacist in Bonn to the DHL head office that was located roughly 1km away. DHL manager Ole Nordhoff shared, “We are at the beginning of the research project. It is an exciting bit of technology.” Ultimately, do you think that drones will make it big in the delivery service market segment? Why not use drones to deliver pizzas and other kinds of food, too? There is a danger of someone actually bot-napping the delivery drone in order to gain access to its contents, but I guess companies would cross that particular bridge when the time comes.