This thing could actually make scrapbooking kind of cool.
Telemarketing Robot Won’t Admit She’s A Robot
So, apparently this is a thing that telemarketers are doing now. This chick totally sounds like a real person… until she starts sounding like a robot. Creepy stuff.
The phone call was recorded by TIME Washington Bureau Chief Michael Scherer.
When Scherer asked point blank if she was a real person, or a computer-operated robot voice, she replied enthusiastically that she was real, with a charming laugh. But then she failed several other tests. When asked “What vegetable is found in tomato soup?” she said she did not understand the question. When asked multiple times what day of the week it was yesterday, she complained repeatedly of a bad connection.
Over the course of the next hour, several TIME reporters called her back, working to uncover the mystery of her bona fides. Her name, she said, was Samantha West, and she was definitely a robot, given the pitch perfect repetition of her answers. Her goal was to ask a series of questions about health coverage—”Are you on Medicare?” etc.—and then transfer the potential customer to a real person, who could close the sale.
The robot voice’s name is Samantha West and the company behind the calls denies that she’s a robot.
It’s all very weird and just makes me think of HAL from 2001: A Space Odyssey and you should read the whole and listen to more calls over on the TIME website.
BatteryBot Kickstarter Funded
Congratulations to Mimoco, who have successfully funded their BatteryBot project via Kickstarter. They’ve even unlocked their first stretch goal of licensing Adventure Time designs. There are three days left to unlock the next stretch goal and another set of licensed BatteryBots, so head over to the Kickstarter page and check it out.
Kickstart This Shizz:
Mimoco, creators of the Mimobot, a USB drive / platform toy hybrid featuring artists like tokidoki, friendswithyou, Gary Baseman, and more, have just launched a Kickstarter for a battery backup device called the BatteryBot. Just like the Mimobot, the BatteryBot is a designer toy at heart.
Hit the link for photos and incentive details, or visit the Kickstarter page.
Nikon Introduces The World’s First Waterproof & Shockproof Interchangeable Lens Camera
This is the Nikon 1 AW1. It’s essentially a tougher version of the Nikon 1 J3, only you don’t have to shell out the extra $500 or so for a seperate underwater case. It’s waterproof up to 49ft., shockproof up to 6.6ft., has Wi-Fi, a depth gauge, and GPS. Definitely a must-have for new photographers trying to get their Jacques Couseau on, but if you just want a solid entry level camera with lens options, we’d recommend the Sony Alpha NEX- 3N or the Sony Alpha NEX-5T.
Sony’s Newest MP3 Player is Also a Pair of Headphones that Turn Into Speakers
It’s one thing to have a pair of headphones with a built-in MP3 player, but when they can be turned into a speakers with the flick of a switch and have a battery life of 20 hours, then you’ve got our attention.
Sony “SmartShot” Digital Lenses for iOS & Android Cameras
Sony is about to turn your your smartphone into a photo-snapping beast with their new line of snap-on lenses for iOS and Android devices.
Meet theQ - The World’s First Social Camera
What happens when you aren’t a fan of the point-and-shoot digital cameras currently on the market? You design your own, obviously! At least, that’s what Scandinavian based friends Joe, Brandon, and Andrea did.
Resin DJ Turntable iPhone Dock
Although it doesn’t function as an actual turntable, this iPhone/iPod speaker dock from SKU Style is impressive nonetheless. Sculpted in resin and painted white to give it a porcelain look, this dock classy and edgy at the same time without taking itself too seriously. Scoop it from Etsy for $400.
Water Surface Interface Turns Your Bathtub Into A Touchscreen Computer
Using a PC, projector, and a Microsoft Kinect, you can have a bathtub that would make even Tony Stark a bit jealous.
Kickstart This Shizz: Lomography Petzval Lens
Sure it looks utilitarian, but this EF and F mount compatible lens from Lomography pulls in some amazing images. The subject stays sharply in focus when in the center of the composition, but trippy bokeh and swirls fill up the sides and background. Lomography are taking this nearly 200-year-old design and are updating it to be compatible with today’s digital and analog SLR cameras. A lot of the pledges that get you the lens at a discounted price are already taken up, and the Kickstarter project has already surpassed its goals tenfold, but the lens should be available for $500 when it’s publicly released in the Spring of 2014.
Sounds Like A Bargain: Have Your Dead Ashes Tossed Into Low Earth Orbit For just $2,000.
Elysium Space are sending people to space for an obscenely cheap rate, but there’s a minor stipulation: you must be dead as shit and in cremated ash form. And they mix your ashes with a bunch of other peoples, so I hope you like sharing. Oh, and it’s not really space per se, but “low earth orbit,” which is basically space’s less attractive and less hip sister that you’d probably get it on with anyway if you were dead as shit and in cremated ash form.
iPhone 6 Wrap-Around Screen Concept Is Gorgeous, But Would Probably Make You Drop Your Phone A Lot
Beautiful wrap-around display designs by Michael Shanks, Ali Rahmoun and Sebastian Scheer. Totally reminds us of the flexible OLED display Samsung showed off at CES back in January.
We can already envision all the cracked screens dropped by users while fumbling to read side-displayed notifications. Pretty, though!
Custom Akai MPC from Distinct Life x USUAL
I’d take a Boss Dr. Rhythm over an Akai MPC any day, but this custom is pretty nice. Almost every piece of the beat composer is painted in a camo color scheme. Even the rubberized drum pads are colored.
Source: Hype Beast
Projecteo: The Itsy Bitsy Instagram Projector
Sick and tired of looking at your Instagram pictures on the sleek screen of your mobile phone? Projecteo is an adorable little projector that hearkens back to the glory days of photo sharing. Each Projecteo projector is just $34.99 and comes with a slide wheel that can fit up to nine of your favorite Instagram pics. The projector on its own is $25.99 and extra wheels are $8.99. Get it at GetProjecteo.com.
Se it in action below.