Each week our intranet news channel editors provide a round up for Capgemini colleagues of the business IT news that drives and inspires us. We publish some of the highlights here.
Smart clothes that can be electronically controlled
Google is working with the US jean maker Levi Strauss to make clothing from specially woven fabric with touch-screen control capabilities. The internet titan used its annual developers conference in San Francisco to reveal its so-called Project Jacquard and to spotlight Levi Strauss as its first partner. Named after a Frenchman who invented a type of loom, Project Jacquard is in the hands of a small Google team called Advanced Technology and Projects, which is different from the Google (x) lab that develops big-vision innovations such as self-driving cars.
Get the details on The Sydney Morning Herald
French-made humanoid robot, Pepper, to go on sale
Recently Innorobo, Europe's largest robotics event, featured Pepper, the most advanced robot to go on sale to the general public. When this French-made humanoid robot companion was offered to Japanese consumers last month for quite a hefty price, it sold out within a minute. The intelligent robot is designed to engage with you on an emotional level and is packed with sensors which can for instance detact a sad face or intonation in your voice, so this internet-connected device may decide now is not the moment to read out the news headlines. This robot is solely devoted to being your companion, sensitive to your every mood - it can even dance with you!
Meet this amazing robot on BBC Tech
Fully electric double-decker bus to hit London's roads
London is about to get its first all-electric double-decker bus. The capital's streets are already teeming with hybrid double-deckers and all-electric single-deckers, but an all-electric double decker will be a world first. It's taken until now to overcome the technical challenge - such a large vehicle will need more battery power to keep it running through the day. London City Hall doesn't mention the exact specs of the bus, but does say it will be made by BYD, a Chinese firm known for making electric vehicles and the batteries that power them. The first all-electric double-deckers will enter service on route 16, which runs between Cricklewood and Victoria Station. Later this year, London will also have its first pure electric bus route, the 312, which runs between Norwood and South Croydon.
Read the story on T3
Long-term life support possible on Mars
When the first two human colonists land on Mars, they could step into their ready-made living quarters, remove their space helmets and inhale deliciously breathable air. The quarters would have an optimal mixture of gases for human respiration, and be perfectly pressurized, air-conditioned and thoroughly filtered, if a design paper by a space life-support company becomes reality. Mars One, the Dutch nonprofit company, is determined to send crews to Mars and never to bring them home to Earth. This would cut out the massive expense of a return trip. Watching the colonists finish out their lives and eventually die on Mars would make for good entertainment, Mars One believes, and it plans to finance its mission by turning it into a reality TV show.
You can find the intuitive story on CNN Tech
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