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Scan to follow with Instagram Nametags

Scan to follow with Instagram Nametags

Let’s face it, scanning something is a lot easier than having to type it and search for it, in theory (although we can now just ask Google to do our search for us). China is an excellent example of how scanning codes makes for a much simpler mobile experience, with “social QR codes” (amongst other scannable objects) tied to Weibo and WeChat social media channels with quick links to tailored content and mobile pay services. Now Instagram wants to join in the fun with their new Instagram Nametags feature.

Open your Instagram profile and you’ll see a new feature on the top bar. This square-in-a-square icon is your new Nametags feature. Click on the icon to amend your Nametag and open your camera to scan someone else’s Nametag to become their follower.


You can edit your Nametag in three different ways: Colour, Emoji or Selfie. With ‘Colour’ simply tap on the background to choose from a handful of colour schemes. Tap the ‘Colour’ icon at the top to change to ‘Emoji’, where tapping on the background brings up your endless list of emojis. Simply select your favourite (and most inappropriate) Emoji to populate your Nametag background image. Finally, click on the ‘Emoji’ icon at the top to change to ‘Selfie’ where you can replace your tag image with a selfie of yourself with some funky glasses.


These savvy, colourful Nametags are designed for use wherever you want to gain followers. Whether you place your Nametags on posters, flyers, products or in-store, customers and fans alike can simply scan your Nametag to become a worthy Instagram follower. They can also be used to drive traffic from your other social media accounts (because, let’s face it, who needs anything else!)

The Instagram Nametag feature is now available in the Instagram app (for a select number of countries including Australia).

Try out the Instagram Nametag now by scanning the Neo Wireless Nametag below!


Samsung developing world-first foldable smart phone

Samsung developing world-first foldable smart phone

The race for the first foldable smartphone has reached new heights, with rumours Samsung are developing a powerful, folding device to be released next year.

It’s surprising the concept has taken so long to develop since the technology already exists. OLED displays (organic light-emitting diodes) don’t require a backlight – making them more energy efficient and paper-thin unlike traditional displays. These qualities allow for OLED displays to bend and fold without losing image quality or screen functionality. Combine that with the slimline devices we see in today’s market and you have yourself the means to build a foldable phone (maybe it’s not that simple!)


We’ve already seen foldable smartphone prototypes, like Lenovo’s Folio (above) – a tablet which folds to half its size - which it exhibited last year. Just a month ago, Samsung Display Company (aka Samsung) announced a newly developed flexible and ‘unbreakable’ screen panel which has been verified by Underwriters Laboratories (UL). The display underwent testing based on the U.S. Department of Defense military standards, fueling rumors that Samsung may be looking to supply devices to the U.S. military. So why has it taken so long to develop the folding screen?


The rumored Samsung Galaxy X has a few different design concepts – some with a wallet-style fold, others folding more like a double-screen smartphone. Despite the rush to be the first to launch the foldable smartphone, Samsung may delay its release whilst the currently popular bezel-free display continues to sell.

Would you invest in a folding smartphone? Or would you prefer to keep your smartphone and tablet separate?

Source: Metro Online

Ever wanted your own pet robot? Then you’ll definitely want to adopt Vector.

Ever wanted your own pet robot? Then you’ll definitely want to adopt Vector.

How many sci-fi films have you watched where a cute robot on wheels follows its human counterpart around, responding to questions and providing a little humour when needed most? Ever sat there thinking, “I’d love a robot like that?” Well, Anki (the company behind the successful Cozmo toy robot for kids) may have answered your prayers.

Meet Vector – the family-friendly, pocket-sized robot on wheels. Equipped with AI, Vector is not just a cute piece of technology, he’s also a very useful assistant. At around $449.00 AUD (£249.99 GBP) Vector isn’t designed to physically help you around the house - such as washing your dishes or taking out the trash - he’s more like a personal assistant, on wheels! Unlike your standard smart speakers, Vector can take control of his own destiny. If Vector’s battery is running low, he can self-charge by rolling his way over to his charger (if you put his charging station somewhere he can reach it!) Take that Alexa!

Vector will answer simple questions and queries about the time, the weather, setting a timer and can even up your selfie game by taking pictures of you using his 120 degree HD camera – adjusting himself to ensure you’re always in the centre of the frame. Currently, his skill set is reasonably basic, however regular updates will add new features as they’re developed. There may even be opportunities for Vector to interact with your other smart home devices (let's hope he doesn't turn evil!)

If his small size wasn't cute enough, Vector’s IPS screen acts as a colourful face, showing expressions and moods with his responses. He’ll even get angry if you tip him on his side (his touch sensors will know when he’s being meddled with!)

Initial setup is completed on your mobile handset. Once you’ve introduced yourself to Vector, he’ll be able to recognise your face and call you by name. If you call him over, he’ll register where your voice came from using his four microphones and navigate his way over to you. His camera also enables him to avoid objects, remember faces and he even reacts to loud noises just like any human or animal would.

Despite his limited skill set, rumours are that Vector will eventually be able to deliver messages to members of your household (think of all the abuse that would occur!) amongst other useful features. Anki ensure that all data will remain on the device itself and wants to avoid uploading data to the cloud that it will be connected to.

Will you be adopting Vector? Anki’s Vector is available for pre-order on Kickstarter.

Source: CNET