For our final Who Cares Wins inspiration session of 2016, we thought we’d finish off the year with a Mega Dinosaw Edition – aka all the coolest, most curious, most inspiring innovations of 2016 you should know about.
Condensing 12 months into 1 hour, Dino Burbidge – our much loved Head of Tech and Innovation – presented an action-packed romp through the best of the Dinosaws (plus previously unseen cool stuff).
Featuring everything from wee powered batteries, audio make-up tutorials and AI lip reading tech, to real holograms, Snapchat’s latest World Lenses and Facebook’s AI image captioning, here are just some of the innovations we loved:
- ELECTRIC FORK CREATES SALT TASTE
By sending a small electrical charge through the tongue, the brain can be tricked into tasting salt. Great for reducing salt intake.
- FACEBOOK USES AI TO DESCRIBE PHOTOS
Facebook’s AI can attempt to recognise what’s in an image. This is ground- breaking for blind users navigating with screen readers.
3. GAME DETECTS DEMENTIA
Alzheimer’s Research produced a game that tests for poor navigation, an indication of possible dementia. It’s been played over 2.5m times.
4. AMAZON GO
Special Amazon stores where you swipe in with your phone, simply pick up products and walk out. It tracks your purchases automatically.
5. SEE WITH YOUR TONGUE
Visual information is passed through the camera, turned into electric impulses and relayed to the brain through the tongue.
6. FIRST HUMAN HEAD TRANSPLANT
In 2017, Italian neurosurgeon will transplant the head of a terminally ill Russian citizen, Valery Spiridonov, on to an entirely new body.
7. LIPNET: AI LIP READING
The University of Oxford has created LipNet, an AI lip reader. Now audio isn’t needed for computers to hear what you are saying. Beards anyone?
8. BEST EVER KITE
No caption needed, it’s just a cool kite.
9. FIND YOUR PORN DOUBLE
A slightly creepy use of face recognition… upload a photo and it will find a currently live adult cam performer that looks similar.
10. TOUCHABLE MEMORIES
And lastly, one of our favourites…3D printed scenes and objects that act as 3D photographs for the blind.
For a full version of ‘what Dino saw’, click here.
There’s also a new Dinosaw every month, so do get in touch if you want to see more.