On (most) Fridays I post here a roundup of interesting things I’ve read and/or posted on social media since my last roundup, generally stories about emerging technologies, experiential activations, interactive art, advances in scientific research, and other things I find interesting.
Featured Image: Alibaba

Alibaba made a driverless delivery robot called G Plus that runs 9 mph to deliver packages and a facial recognition storage locker called Cainiao that will unlock when it sees your face:

Image: Alibaba

Researchers at UPenn’s ModLab created simple robots that can perform complex tasks by learning to modify their environment:

Image: University of Pennsylvania/ModLab

Australian ‘techno-artist’ Stelarc is growing a web-connected ear on his arm:

Image: Digital Trends

TIME used 958 of Intel’s Shooting Star drones to create its latest cover image:

Image: Jake Stangel for TIME

In Vanuatu, delivery drones will fly vaccines to isolated villages beginning in September:


French scientists have developed bird-like aerial robots called Dubbed Quad-Morphings that can change shape in flight to navigate tight spaces:

Image: CNRS

Apple has added ‘tongue detection’ to its Animoji facial recognition algorithms, so now you can sext with them or whatever:

Image: Mashable via Giphy

A roundup from PSFK’s NYC Retail Guide of 5 inspired, next-level experiential retail destinations in NYC:

Image: PSFK

Japanese researchers created a robot snake that uses steerable jets of water to fly into burning buildings and extinguish fires:

Image: Tohoku University/National Institute of Technology

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