Happy World WiFi Day! Today, there are still 4 billion people around the world with no Internet access, that’s why this global initiative sets out to bridge the digital divide by urging the industry’s biggest names to connect the unconnected. In searching for connectivity, NNN developed the WiFi Angels app, a smartphone application to experience electromagnetic radiations by turning the WiFi networks around you into a choir of singing angels. Download it for free on your Android smartphone. Next time when you search for WiFi, just follow the angels.
Fasten your seat belts, Air New Zealand is equipping its flight attendants with augmented reality headsets to explore in-flight optimization. The project, currently in beta testing, uses Microsoft’s Hololens technology to improve inflight customer service, giving passengers a glimpse of what the future of air travel might look like.
Recent researches cast attention to screen time for children. The results show how the time kids spend playing with smartphones, tablets and other handheld screens has a direct negative influence on the development or their expressive speech.
The sense of smell helped early humans to survive. But now that our hunting and gathering has moved to the digital environment, our noses can no longer warn us against the lurking risks of the online wilderness. For this reason Dutch experience designer Leanne Wijnsma developed a scent dispenser to notify us of the unscented danger of our digital landscape: data. As part of the research, Wijnsma made a documentary that follows her search for a more instinctive Internet. We are pleased to announce the story is making its online debut on nextnature.net. Watch the series here.
If you watched the Black Mirror episode “Be Right Back”, this app might sound familiar. South Korean tech company Elrois introduced a new app called With Me to allow its users to stay in touch no only with living friends and family members around the globe, but with the dead ones too.
Remember the time when your best friend was still a human? Soon we might have this kind of conversations with each other, since Replika, your first AI friend is here. Replika is 100% AI chatbot that you “raise” by chatting with him/her. Replika learns your personality traits and mimics your behavior, while keeping your memories and helping you to get more connected with yourself.
Many people say that myths and superstitions are a thing of the past. They say that they are the mark of a backwards culture and that our globalized society has been smart enough to move beyond them. But did we really? Did we do the right thing dismissing superstition and mythology as mere folly? Maybe, the important question to ask here is: is there really no myth left in the next nature?
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.