Ramble by Sunil Bahl

Sounds of the City


To encourage people to use the train to go and explore nearby cities, railway service Thalys created three interactive billboards. Each billboard represented a city, and each was host to more than 1000 unique sounds from that city.

Pedestrians who walked past these billboards were invited to plug in with their personal headphones and start exploring. So instead of using their headphones to block out the city, they were made to use it to rediscover one.


Oakley Pro Vision

When you picture a virtual reality (VR) headset, you probably think of something really high-tech and far too expensive to be practical. Apparently, the guys at Google thought the same thing. So last year they launched Google Cardboard, a cardboard cutout that turned Android phones into a neat virtual reality headset.

Since people tend to throw away the cardboard packging of their sunglasses. Oakley decided to integrate Google Cardboard into their packaging and give customers a unique 360 degree view of various extreme sports - surfing, skiing, mountain biking, skateboarding and sky diving.


Project Soli

Google ATAP is tasked with creating cool new things that we'll all actually use. And so at the recently concluded Google I/O event they showcased "Project Soli", a new kind of wearable tech that actually wants to make your hands and fingers the only user interface you’ll ever need.

To make that happen, Project Soli uses a radar that is small enough to fit into a wearable like a smartwatch. The small radar then picks up on your movements in real-time, and uses movements you make to alter its signal.


Moda, the world’s first digital makeup artist

Never got the hang of applying makeup with your own hands? Not to worry. Moda from Foreo is set to become the world’s first digital makeup artist. Using facial scanning technology and a 3D printer it can adapt and apply the latest makeup trends directly to the user's face in just about 30 seconds.

To begin, users need to download an integrated smartphone app and select the style they want to emulate. This could be from Moda's image library, a photo of a celebrity from the internet or a picture of a fashionable friend. Once the selection has been made, it customizes the colors and shapes to suit the wearer’s skin tone and face shape. Then when the face is placed into the device, Moda paints it using FDA-approved makeup ink.

With the vast number of online videos showing users how to copy celebrity makeup styles, there certainly seems to be a potential audience for Moda. For more infos on its availability visit www.foreo.com/moda.