#FridayFiver 🧼✋ – Updates For October
Wait, it’s October already?
This crazy year is flying by faster than a witch on a high-speed broomstick, and it’ll be Halloween quicker than you can say ‘pumpkin spice’.
As always, we have another great Friday blog to kick off the spookiest month of the year.
💻 Klaxoon Shakes Up Your Zoom
Your average video meeting is pretty awkward – staring down the webcam at your co-workers’ awkward faces, avoiding the temptation to open another tab and check your emails. But with Board, a new release from French start-up Klaxoon, you and your colleagues will instead see a virtual interactive whiteboard that shows you everyone’s ideas in one place on-screen.
🎥 New Releases From Amazon
Amazon’s Echo 2020 event launched last week, and brought with it big news for tech fans. Amongst them a gaming services entitled Luna, to rival Google’s Stadia, and more controversially, the Amazon Ring, an autonomous security drone reminiscent of a Black Mirror creation. The announcements have been met with mixed reviews, but could the Ring be a major innovation in security tech?
🌍 Attenborough Breaks Instagram Records
Last week, national treasure David Attenborough broke the Guinness World Record for the fastest time taken to reach a million followers, attaining the milestone in just over four hours. He claims the title from Friends star Jennifer Aniston, who managed it in five hours and sixteen minutes when she joined in 2019.
🤖 Meet The Robot Roommates
From switching on our lights to making our morning coffee, robots are entering our homes to make our lives easier. And for users of assisted living services, these machines could be a game-changer. Heriot-Watt University’s project at the National Robotarium explores just that, with a domestic laboratory setup equipped with sensors, cameras, IoTs and cloud facilities to explore the future of independent living, and so far their results are impressive.
💬 Could Telepath Change The Face Of Social Media?
Social media can be a brilliant tool to connect with like-minded individuals who share your interests. But it can also be a hostile and toxic environment when mis-used. Richard Henry and Marc Bodnick, two former Quora employees, hope that their new platform Telepath, with its strict guidelines centred around kindness and positivity in all interactions, can be a breath of fresh air for social media users.