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Paris Bars Using Beacon Tech to Deliver Specially-Crafted Remy Martin Cocktails

In celebration of Paris Design Week, Rémy Martin has partnered with Labwerk and students from Ecole Cantonale d’art de Lausanne to create an app and exhibit that brings users on a journey of historically famous Parisian bars, each featuring an exclusive Rémy Martin cocktails.

The app uses Apple’s iBeacon technology that provides location-based information and services to iOS devices. Small transmitter devices are planted in each bar and when users’ devices detect these iBeacons, the application sends a message to their iPhone about the Rémy Martin cocktail available at that location along with bartender notes, images and the ingredients used.


The ‘Futur Héritage’ pop-up exhibit (also the name of the app) explores the theme of Rémyxology, a term derived from the cocktail world and focusing on the mixture of flavors, colors and materials. The students present creative interpretations in the form of ten imaginative concepts. The exhibit is also iBeacon-enabled, unlocking additional content for a richer experience.


The Rémy Martin cocktails will be exclusively available from September 6-13 in the following locations:

Lipstick – 5 rue Frochot, 75009 Paris
Andy Wahloo – 69 Rue des Gravilliers, 75003 Paris
Le Royal Monceau – 37 Avenue Hoche, 75008 Paris
Lockwood – 73 Rue d’Aboukir, 75002 Paris
Calbar – 82 Rue de Charenton, 75012 Paris
Molitor – 2 avenue de la Porte Molitor, 75016 Paris

Futur Héritage is available in the AppStore or from Remy Martin’s website.

Futur Héritage app
Remy Martin

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Endangered Plant Species on Display in Capsule Series

Dutch designer Morgan Ruben Jansen op de Haar likes to combine natural elements with cutting-edge technology to create micro environments and products that not only celebrate science, craftsmanship and design, but also integrate organic materials with man-made components.

His project, Sanctuaria, is a series of capsules designed to carry and preserve miniature pieces of endangered flora such as orchids, ferns and mosses from tropical rainforests located all over the world. The capsules become the last refuge of these endangered plant species as their natural habitats are being destroyed by both natural and human-related factors. According to the designer, they “become a monument to the wilderness they once belonged to” and the series of capsules become “a collection of timeless objects.”


There are currently three Sanctuaria prototype models – the OLED mini model, the reclining model, and the suspended model.

The OLED mini is about the size of a hand. The model includes OLED (organic light emitting diodes) sponsored by Fraunhofer COMEDD. The OLED is placed on a sheet of copper and installed at the back of the capsule.

The Reclining model is a bigger prototype with a wooden frame constructed out of oak wood and a Chinese hardstone base. The prototype includes a custom lamp that is made of brass and fitted with an LED.

The Suspended model is the biggest Sanctuaria prototype with a tall wooden frame made out of oak wood and a Chinese hardstone base. Like the Reclining model, it also has a custom-made brass lamp with a small LED.


The capsules are handcrafted from borosilicate glass by artisans at the Utrecht University Glassworkshop, and are designed to maintain the micro climate required by the endangered plant species.

Most of the plant species carried by the capsules are epiphytes or plants that grow in a non-parasitic way on another plant. According to the designer, rare species of orchids, ferns and mosses exist in each capsule. They are grown on synthetic growth fabrics like hygrolon and perspex, and get their nutrients from the air, water and debris from the host.

The Sanctuaria series currently features two species of orchids that were cut from trees in Asia. The two orchid species are unnamed at the moment.

Morgan Ruben

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Busboys, You Might Be Out Of A Job Thanks To Boris 2

Ladies and gentlemen, in the very near future, we’ll have access to robots that are capable of loading and unloading our dishes. Busboys, beware – you might soon be out of a job. Bear with me, folks – this is actually significantly more impressive than you’d think.

Earlier this month, a robot by the name of Boris 2 made its debut at the British Science Festival in Birmingham. The result of five years and $570,000 worth of research, the robot manages to solve one of the oldest and most complex problems in the world of robotics – how can one teach a robot to accurately assess the size, weight, and shape of an object it’s never seen before? How can a robot be taught to pick up an object with which it’s unfamiliar – preferably without breaking everything in the process? 

Believe it or not, the calculations behind such a feat are positively
herculean. There are literally hundreds of variables, and thousands of
calculations that go into picking up even a simple cup – calculations
that even a toddler can do subconsciously.  Really, even the lowest
order of monkeys is capable of picking up an object without too much

Robots don’t quite have that capacity yet, but thanks to Boris 2′s creators, they soon might. It’s one of the first of it’s kind that’s capable of picking up objects in a truly humanlike fashion – most robots can only pick up stationary objects of a fixed size. Boris 2, on the other hand, is able to calculate 1000 possible ways to grab an object in the span of ten seconds. 

After performing those calculations, it’s capable of gripping the object in a number of different ways; objects are located using depths sensors situated in the robot’s arms and wrists..Currently, it still has issues discerning the location of shiny objects, whose sheen confuses its sensors. So…admittedly, it’s not quite as good at its job as a human being would be – but it’s still capable of doing more than any robot before it.  

The research team responsible for Boris 2′s development – consisting of mostly computer scientists based out of the University of Birmingham – believe that, by April of next year, their creation will be capable of carrying out tasks as complex as loading and unloading dishes. According to Professor Jeremy Wyatt, that’s the bare minimum of what Boris 2 and its kin will be capable of. Eventually, he hopes to expand it far beyond the role of a simple robotic busboy.

“It’s a really interesting technology you can apply in many circumstances,” said Wyatt, speaking to Business Insider. “Our next step is working with tech organizations to see how we can use robots to assemble industrial parts.” 

He was quick to caution that his team is by no means designing an alternative to good, old-fashioned flesh and blood workers; however. Boris 2 isn’t made to replace human beings, but rather to work in tandem with them. “We want to augment existing human abilities, but still get the human to do the parts of the job the robot can’t do,” he explained.  

Eventually, Wyatt hopes that the research his team performed to create Boris will lead to a revolution in the world of robotics – similar to the automation seen in the 1970s and 1980s. 

“Over the next four to five years, we will see a whole series of algorithms for different robot manipulations. In the seventies and eighties, we saw robotic manipulation under structured and controlled environments, like in factories. Now, we can produce robots that navigate around unstructured environments and identify and grasp unfamiliar objects. That is what is coming to the market now.”

Alright, so maybe bus boys won’t be out of a job in the immediate future. Thanks to Boris 2, their job might simply get a whole lot easier. Time will tell, I guess? 

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Driverless Search-and-Rescue Boat Can Think for Itself in Crises

There’s no shortage of online chatter about driverless cars, but on the other side of the world a team of young roboticists have been working hard on the world’s first driverless search-and-rescue boat. Originating from Queensland University of Technology (QUT), the team are designing vessels that can search for oil slicks, track down missing debris, and rescue anyone who’s gone overboard.

At this point in time, autonomous boats can get from point A to point B, but aren’t capable of dealing with constantly changing variables that are typical of a rescue situation. That could all be changing very soon however, thanks to the first-ever international marine robotics competition taking place in Singapore next month. “This competition is a test bed for creating the technology needed to build robotic boats that perform the dull, dirty and dangerous jobs human mariners can’t or don’t want to do,” explained QUT roboticist and team advisor, Dr Matt Dunbabin.


The Maritime RobotX Challenge will see QUT and other competitors put their robot boats through five marine missions, ranging from simple navigation through to complex docking and detect-and-avoid manoeuvres. “It was a competition just like this one that drove the innovations that led to the driverless car – we’re confident we can do the same for maritime technologies,” says third-year mechatronics student Riki Lamont.

Even though the competition is the perfect place for the undergraduates to showcase their skills, they’re still in search of funding. “Without some more sponsorship we won’t be able to get our boat and team to Singapore,” adds second-year mathematics and IT student Chris Dirkis. They’re mainly looking for help from local businesses in Australia, but it’s unlikely the team would say no to support from international companies interested in putting their name to autonomous search-and-rescue technology.

Queensland University of Technology

Images by QUT

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