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This week in Tech: detective robots and the future of cooking


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From detective robots to technological entrepreneurship, here are some of the technology highlights this week.


 Tommy Hilfiger logo

The blending of fashion and gaming has continued with the launch of Tommy Hilfiger’s Tommy Jeans XPLORE range.

The items in the range are fitted with smart-technology chips, which connect to a dedicated app via Bluetooth. The game works in a similar way to Pokémon Go, allowing you to accumulate rewards if you travel to different locations whilst wearing the clothes.


Matt Reed of Redpepper has designed a robot that can find Wally in less than 30 seconds. The use of Google’s Cloud AutoML was instrumental in the design process - it allows you to programme a robot without having extensive knowledge of coding. Reed’s ability to create the robot in a week suggests that more people could code to solve other pressing issues!

Technological entrepreneurship

Jack Ma

Jack Ma of Alibaba has announced that he will oversee a competition that will assist African entrepreneurs, primarily working on internet-based projects.

The winners of the ‘Netpreneur’ prize over the next ten years will receive up to $1m of funding and support to expand their technological businesses. The competition has the potential to boost economic development across Africa. 

The future of cooking

Drop logo

Drop has incorporated the use of its app and weighing scale to make the cooking process more seamless and accessible.

The app contains a plethora of recipes and allows you to rapidly change the required quantities of each of the ingredients depending on the food you have available.

The inclusion of step-by-step videos that demonstrate how to create the final dish also looks very useful and could make you reconsider ordering a takeaway!


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