Being friends with a cartoon character is a common childhood dream that is mostly forgotten in adulthood. Not in Japan! The Land of the Rising Sun always surprises the occidental world. Gatebox is bringing cartoons to reality in a way that seems to wink at the movie Her by Spike Jonze or to this Black Mirror episode. Just take a look at their video to get an idea of what life with a virtual anime assistant would look like.
In March Amazon launched a game on their Echo smart speaker, inviting users to solve the fictional murder of Bruce and Martha Wayne, Batman’s parents. Needless to say the adventure was a marketing plug to promote the upcoming Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice movie. Surprisingly the fiction became a reality, when local police in Arkansas obtained a warrant for Amazon to turn over recording data from an Echo device to help prosecute a suspected murderer. Reportedly, Amazon has declined giving such information, twice.
Make sure to check out the new website of fashion designer specialized in wearable technology and NNN fellow Pauline van Dongen. Besides her interesting work and vision, the website now offers insights into how her studio operates and how she continuously reflects on marrying technology with fashion. Without spoilering too much about the experience, do keep in mind van Dongen is not afraid of programming pixels. Find more at paulinevandongen.nl
As Pokémon Go is currently available in 90 countries over the world, the game is slowly taking over our planet. Nowadays people know more Pokémon than bird or tree species. However, avid players have probably noticed that some of the first generation Pokémon are not obtainable in the game yet.
Before 1985 the virtual world was yet an uncharted space, an aerea full of potential but devoid of activity. Then in 1985, the online world has been permanently linked to the physical world. This happened when it was agreed that each country has to own its piece of virtual space, encapsulated in a two-letter code within the Domain Name System. Thirty years later, the online world counts 3.2 billion “citizens”, Internet users. But like our cities transformed the natural environment, the online domains shaped the virtual landscape.