AMAZON CREATES A MIRROR THAT DRESSES YOU VIRTUALLY
Amazon’s latest patent may be a sneak peek into the future of how we shop for clothes. The patent is for a blended reality mirror that uses “a combination of mirrors, lights, projectors, displays and cameras to project the image of a certain setting onto the display.” This means it can superimpose virtual clothing onto your reflection while also putting you in a virtual location. Theoretically, you could see what your summer bathing suit would look like while hanging out at the beach, when in reality you’re huddled next to your fireplace in December.
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NEW START-UP DELIVERS GROCERIES TO YOUR DOORSTEP
The latest start-up trying to make grocery shopping more convenient is Robomart, an autonomous grocery store on wheels that will bring groceries, baked goods and prepared foods directly to users’ front doors. Shoppers will use an app to locate the nearest Robomart and summon it to their house. When it arrives, the app unlocks it, and shoppers choose what they want. Then they close the door, which allows the vehicle to move on to the next customer. Shoppers will automatically be charged based on what they take. Instead of competing with traditional retailers, the vehicles will be licensed for use by the retailers.
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ACTION HUNGER OFFERS THE HOMELESS FREE FOOD
In the UK, Action Hunger has created vending machines that are only accessible by the homeless. Users are issued a card that grants access to the machine, allowing them to receive up to three free items per day, such as “fruit, sandwiches, energy bars, clean socks, toothbrushes and other necessities.” For their card to stay active, users must check into designated shelters at least once per week. The machines were developed based on the insight that in many countries, homeless shelters only have limited hours when people can come in for food and other necessities, which makes it more challenging to hold down a job or visit friends and family. The Action Hunger machines allow 24/7 accessibility.
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