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: IBM

LG’s CLOi SuitBot exoskeleton, debuting at IFA in Berlin this month, is a pair of robot pants designed to make work easier:

Image: LG

Startups AutoX and GrubMarket have partnered to transport produce and snacks to California residents’ doorsteps via autonomous vehicle:

Image: AUTOX

Apple has acquired the augmented reality startup Akonia that uses holography technologies to create smart glass lenses for AR glasses:

Image: REUTERS/Regis Duvignau/File Photo

IBM tech is everywhere at the US Open. From powering the official app to identifying the highlights in hundreds of hours of match play:

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Autonomous driving developer ZMP and taxi company Hinomaru Kotsu have joined forces to trial the world’s first self-driving fare-paying taxi service in Tokyo:


Yandex is rolling out an autonomous taxi service in the Russian city of Innopolis that it describes as ‘Europe’s first’ self-driving cabs:

Image: Yandex

A first-hand review of Waymo’s autonomous vehicle pilot in Phoenix by Eric Adams who concludes their maligned over-cautiousness is way better than the alternative:

Image: ERIC ADAMS / Waymo

If you’re at the Open check out IBM’s experiential fan experience (my team and I helped create it):

Image: IBM

Fusion is a robot backpack developed by engineers in Japan that provides a helping pair of hands controlled by a remote human operator:

Image: The Verge

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