In these heady days of digital disruption, you never know what odd-ball invention is lurking around the corner. Self-driving slippers? Check! Car Vending machines? You betcha! Brewing beer with Internet of Things (IoT)? Cheers!
Yes, these amazing oddities are real. Let’s take a closer look, shall we?
Car vending machine captivates China
Count me as one of the skeptical when I first heard the news that Alibaba launched a car vending machine. But the more I thought about it, the more it made sense. And hey, if there’s room for a caviar vending machine, why not one for cars? Alibaba’s ultimate goal is to make buying a car as simple as buying a can of Coke, and it plans to open dozens of additional outlets across China this year.
Smart slippers: Nissan extends self-parking technology
Leave it to car giant Nissan to create a system for slippers to “park” themselves at the push of a button. At Japan’s ProPILOT Park Ryokan Inn, slippers are equipped with two tiny wheels, a motor, and sensors to “drive” across the wooden lobby floor using Nissan’s ProPilot Park technology. This self-driving system is also rigged into the hotel’s tables and floor pillows. When not in use, they automatically return to their designated spots at the push of a button. Nissan says the technology entertains guests and reduces staff workload.
Learn to brew beer with Internet of Things
“Almost everyone likes beer,” according to Frederik-Claud Dimmer, who published a really great how-to blog post on the SAP Community, called “Beer, Beer, Beer – Brewing with IoT.” Dimmer, who works for German tech company Sycor, said he wanted to enjoy his own craft beer but “without having to deal with all the manual labor” so he came up with the idea of building his own automated microbrewery. “On top of this challenge I wanted to manage the process through SAP Cloud Platform for Internet of Things and OpenSource technologies.” Was Dimmer successful? You’ll have to read his ongoing series to learn more and, if you’re up to the technical challenge, perhaps build an IoT-powered microbrewery of your own.
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