A new twist on man love, eating in and a deterrent for air sickness are all part of the technology wave.
A new twist on the ‘dining in’ experience
AirBnB opened homes up around the world to travellers to experience local hospitality in a whole new way. Now, the same approach is being taken to dining.
EatWith is creating a global community that invites you to dine in homes around the world. Founded in 2012 it connects diners and hosts over home cooked meals. The company pre-vets all hosts to ensure that they’re good cooks, friendly and have the skills to get along with and host strangers in their home.
Talking to TechCrunch, one of the founders said there are three main “ingredients” it looks for in a host: the ability to host and communicate; ability to cook; and the ambiance of their home. Each host’s home and menu is reviewed before being added to the platform.
The service is available across Europe, the Americas, parts of Asia and in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
Ladies, ever wanted a tall, well-built man to cater to your every whim? To open doors, run errands, do housework, hold the umbrella up while you enjoy drinks by the pool? Well, in San Francisco, that is all possible via a new service offered at www.manservants.co.
For $USD125 per hour, a man with movie star looks and a body to match will cater to anything within reason and you get to name the hunk as well.
The founders are busy expanding their business beyond the borders of San Francisco and are also in the middle of raising a seed round of funding and building an iOS app akin to Tinder.
Soon you’ll be able to go through and order a man servant to your liking with just the touch of a button on your phone. There are currently 12 men on staff and the co-founders are looking for more to join.
A price of snobbery
Tired of Facebook, tweeted out or LinkedIn just too corporate for you? Well, dig out the credit card and join netropolitan for a cool $USD9,000 pa. The site bills itself as "the online country club for people with more money than time."
Founder James Touchi-Peters, 48, a composer and former conductor of the Minnesota Philharmonic Orchestra, told CNN he had trouble finding people to whom he could relate on other social sites.
"I saw a need for an environment where you could talk about the finer things in life without backlash – an environment where people could share similar likes and experiences," he said. The hefty initiation fee, he said, "ensures that our membership remains exclusive, but also private."
Phone lanes? Really?
You may have seen this story make the social media rounds recently, with the Chinese city of Chongqing – population 30 million –introducing the country’s first ‘mobile phone sidewalks.’
One side would allow those not using their handsets to walk normally while another lane is formed for those using their devices, and the phone lane split into two further lanes to ensure users move in the same direction while fiddling with their phones.
However what was often missed in the reports is it was not a serious innovation, more a public safety publicity stunt to raise awareness of texting while walking. Still, may not be a bad idea…
Scared of flying?
Airbus has filed a patent for what appears to be a virtual reality headset for passengers who have anxiety about flying to use.
Each helmet is designed to provide customers with "sensorial isolation with regard to the external environment," Airbus writes in the filing. "This isolation can be more or less pronounced according to the configuration of the helmet and the functionalities which are associated with it."
Each "headrest" – as the company calls them – in theory will allow customers to watch movies, listen to music, play video games, and otherwise shut out the airplane cabin around them. Check out the designs in this Wired article.
So, hot on the heels of the iPhone 6, Apple Pay and Apple Watch announcements came the release of iOS8. But in the avalanche of hype over the last couple of weeks, there is one thing that might have passed you by.
Ukrainian band, Brunettes shoot Blondes, used the new iPhone6 and other Apple devices to make a video for their new song. It tells the story of a rabbit man trying his best to catch up with a beautiful girl crossing from one Apple device to another.