Thousands of Chinese holidaymakers flocked to the world’s most crowded swimming pool to cool off in an effort to escape the scorching heatwave. But while there was barely enough room to tread water, the pool – known as the ‘Dead Sea’ of China – was brimming with people in Daying County, Suining city in China’s Sichuan province over the weekend. The indoor salt-water pool became a vibrant display during a spell of sweltering temperatures as swimmers grabbed their inflatables and packed every inch of the resort in a kaleidoscope of colour. Continue reading »
The Algonquin Hotel in New York City offers a unique amenity in the form of Matilda, a cat concierge whose main outpost is laying above the luxury hotel’s welcome desk. The experience is aimed at replicating the comforts of home and the Algonquin Hotel is one of many incorporating such mascots or concierges. Continue reading »
SoftBank’s human-like robot named “Pepper” poses for pictures in its role as a PR manager of Tottori prefecture at the prefecture speciality store in Tokyo, Japan, July 1, 2015. Pepper will work at the store until July 2, as the first workplace venue for its temporary staffing service. (Photo by Yuya Shino/Reuters)
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A creepy new robot has been revealed in China this week – showing lifelike expressions that mimic that of a human. “Yangyang” was presented at the Global Mobile Internet Conference in Bejing with the aim of getting younger people interested in studying robotics. Dressed in a long red coat, the android can move its head, raise its hands and speak – fooling many into thinking it’s a real woman. The machine was produced at the Yangyang Intelligent Robot Science Service Centre and gave a demonstration of its range of emotions at the show. The eerie creation is the latest advancement in robotics that are swiftly becoming all-too-human.
A humanoid robot named “Yangyang” smiles during its demonstration at the Global Mobile Internet Conference (GMIC) 2015 in Beijing, China, April 29, 2015. The android was produced jointly by China’s Shanghai Yangyang Intellegent Robot Science Service center and Japanese professor Hiroshi Ishiguro, with the aim of popularising robotics among the young. (Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters) Continue reading »
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