Circular 'anti-smartphone' aims to never interrupt you (Tomorrow Daily 382)
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There is a 3D printed self driving bus that someone has let loose on the streets of Washington D.C. Olli was made by Local Motors and it has some neat tricks up it's sleeves.
There is an app that allows passengers to summon ollie for pick up and drop off And 30 sensors on board which collect data from every trip.
It can analyze the data quickly, thanks to help from IBM's Watson technology and then make decisions about traveling and even answer passenger requests in the future.
Olli can be printed and assembled in about 11 hours total which is an impressive feat.
And Locomotor's plans to make micro factories around the world To supply these little buses to major metropolitan cities.
Is this the future of metro travel?
I think so, I think self-driving cars that you can summon, have it taxi you wherever you need to go, and then go and pick up the next fare, really that's the future of metropolitan travel.
But it's even cooler because it seems so easy, I mean, eleven hours to build a car, that's insane!
I love that it's actually in use, that's my favorite part.
We don't have to wait, it's here.
Well you have to wait at the us stop.
That's a good point well made.
If you have thought to yourself smartphones are not gonna change from this Square rectangular boringness, you were wrong.
Check out Runcible.
Runcible is a circular phone.
It's meant to remind you there's other similar, yet more traditional devices like the pocket watch.
Not only is it shaped hoping to disrupt the marketplace, its function is too.
Runcible doesn't have a notification system, and it's designed to never interrupt You can make calls with it, you can take pictures with it, you can surf the web with it, and get directions with it, but Runcible isn't made to do much more than that.
They're still in design and testing mode but if you want an early adopter version, you can back Back a Runcible for $399 on Indiegogo.
What's the use case for this thing.
I want my phone to interrupt me.
I mean it's annoying sometimes but sometimes I need to get interrupted.
But some people don't want that.
They get very annoyed by notifications.
I think we are power users.
We forget that most people have one email account, they don't have to check it all the time.
They don't need to be immediately up to date on everything and this would be.
Kind of a nice alternative.
And they have sort of recycled plastic backs and also, I just find that circular form factor really cool.
Yeah, new form factors for phones I think is really gonna shake things up.
Everything looks like an iPhone now.
Yeah, everything is just a rectangle.
That's just the way it all is.
And before that phones, now that they're phones, they look like little TVs.
So we gotta switch it up.
I like it.
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Are you ready to look at a selfie or two?
[LAUGH] I'm excited about this.
All right, let's check out our Phonetographer for the day.
Holly wrote in and sent these two photos and says
Want to share this photo.
It's the first ever selfie that my then 10 year old son Nathan ever took.
We were at Mount Rushmore and he saw his older brother take a selfie, who I;m guessing is on the right.
He asked to borrow my phone so he could do the same.
I love the look of concentration on his face I've also included he original selfie taken by said older brother, Alex.
So we have Alex and Nathan here.
That's awesome, I like how he's trying to mimic the look of shock.
Yeah, I love it, she said they were both taken on iPhone 5s.
Thanks, love the show, frequently share clips with these boys, Holly McIlvoy.
I always love a selfie that has sunglasses in it cuz then you can see the reflection of the hand taking the selfie.
Yeah of the phone taking the selfie.
It's very meta.
I dig it.
But yeah, awesome picture.
Thank you Holly for sending in not one but two selfies.
Yeah, pretty good stuff.
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