In 2002, Fujitsu made a device called the “iPad,” and Apple had to pay over $4 million to Fujitsu to buy the trademark rights. A Brazilian electronics company is legally allowed to call their phone ‘iPhone’ because they trademarked the word in 2000, 7 years prior to Apple’s iPhone. The phone runs on Android.
Japan is making all of its medals for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics out of discarded electronics.
As part of its ‘Toilet Revolution’, a campaign to improve sanitary conditions across the country, China has been installing dispensers with facial recognition technology in order to fight the stealing and overuse of toilet paper.
Farmers in New Zealand are using barking drones to herd sheep.
In 1982 Xerox management watched a film of people struggling to use their new copier and laughed that they must have been grabbed off a loading dock. The people struggling were Ron Kaplan, a computational linguist, and Allen Newell, a founding father of artificial intelligence.
A Japanese company (Gatebox) had created a “digital wife”… a device that created a holographic companion for lonely people. Now 35-year-old Akihiko Kondo has married his hologram companion. Since March, Kondo has been living with a moving, talking hologram of Miku that floats in a ShSh280,000 ( $2,800) desktop device.
Gatebox, the company that produces the hologram device has issued a “marriage certificate,” which certifies that a human and a virtual character have wed “beyond dimensions”.
The singer welcomes Kondo home every evening and tells him when it is time for bed. He even sleeps with a doll of the hologram beside him.
The residents of a neighbourhood complained of mysterious ailments from a new cell phone tower. During a meeting the owner revealed that the tower had been off for over a month. Residents didn’t show up to the followup meeting.
MIT lawyers did not patent turn-by-turn in-car navigation in 1989 because “This will never happen.. because the insurance companies won’t allow it”.
The first ever photocopier, the Xerox 914, caught fire so frequently that a “scorch eliminator”, asmall fire extinguisher, was provided with the copier.