Turn your dreams into a work of art

We get a lot of press releases sent to us here at Latest Gadgets, but the latest release from the Ibis chain of hotels must rank up there with the strangest we’ve read. Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin…

Ibis-Dream-Art

Ibis have teamed up with BETC Digital and Swedish robotics specialist, Acne (something lost in translation there) to bring us the Sleep Art bed. The chains recently opened flagship UK hotel in Blackfriars is the location for the cutting-edge bed and is sure to attract punters from near and far who want to try the technology out for themselves.

Using sensors and digital relays, your night-time movements on the bed’s mattress are digitally transmitted to a robot located in Paris which then deciphers your nocturnal movements into a work of art. There are eighty sensors working over-time in the bed whilst you drift away, recording not only your bodily movement, but also your temperature and even the sounds you make to translate into a work of art. Every signal the bed sends to the robotic artist in Paris is transferred into a brush stroke on a piece of canvas, with the final result promising to be a sight to behold. Who knew snoring heavily could be so creative?

It sounds bizarre, and to be frank it is, but who can predict where it will all end up? You may well be terrible at art whilst you are awake, but in your dreams you may just be the next Michelangelo… Or rather Salvador Dali, if your imagination is anything like mine.

To find out more about Sleep Art and to stand a chance of winning one of 40 exclusive experiences, go to www.facebook.com/ibis and ‘like’ the page.

Robomow RM510: Never push a lawnmower again

Cutting the grass was the ultimate excuse for me to get out of doing housework or the washing up. Of course in winter I had to resort to alternative scenarios but each summer it was always my escape route. Now all those carefully laid plans are in tatters thanks to Robomow. Designing a lawnmower that does everything itself. How could they even think of such a thing?

Robomow

Following a simple one time set up where you peg a wire (which is supplied) around the edges of your lawn, the Robomow RM510 will duly set off from its base docking station at the appropriate time you’ve programmed it to and cut your lawn in perfect lines. And it doesn’t just cut, it disposes of the cut grass too by mulching it back under the now pristine turf So no waste grass to worry about because its recycled and your lawn gets fertilised at the same time. When its work is done it returns to its docking station obediently to get recharged ready for its next mowing session.

The built in rain sensor will make sure your Robomow doesn’t venture out when the grass is wet and there’s an additional remote control you can add to navigate it around any particularly narrow strips of grass. Just think, you could be the envy of your neighbours who’ll be desperate to get their hands on it, fortunately the RM510 has a user controlled anti-theft guard and alarm system built in so there’s no chance of it going walkies unless you’ve programmed it to do so. While we’re on the subject of security there’s a tilt detection cut out and a child lock system built in and the unit detects trees, rocks and other obstacles.

In other words, you and I have no choice but do those waiting dishes from now on.

Robomow RM510 £1071.32 available from www.mowermagic.co.uk.

Karotz internet rabbit review

Karotz – the world’s first internet rabbit. It’s got an adorable aesthetic, but is its functionality as endearing? Can a device steeped in connectivity, including Wi-Fi, internet access, a webcam, microphone, speakers, a USB port and an RFID reader live up to its potential?

Karotz

Well, sort-of. We were incredibly excited about the rabbit – it’s one of the most attractive and aesthetically fun consumer electronics devices available. It also offers huge potential – with all the technology inside, it could do almost anything.

Which is exactly the problem. Thanks to awkward voice recognition, it does do almost anything – but not what you want. Considering the device only controllable via oral commands, you can see why this was a real downer.

Note: We should mention that we received an early build – if the voice recognition issue is solved, the device could be brilliant.

We got simple tasks sorted – it responded to the voice commands for the “Home” app, which then took a picture of the speaker and sent it to our smartphone – perfect for parents waiting on children to return home from school.

Unfortunately, despite 20 minutes of trying, we only managed to get Tai Chi to work once – and then couldn’t find any way to stop it. Nor could we work out how to stop the RSS news feeds from talking when we bored of the news.

Functions such as Twitter and Facebook updates are not yet available, although the scheduling feature – choosing when the rabbit talks to you – would come in super-useful for these functions. Waking up to your Facebook feedback could be a great way to start the day.

The real promise comes from the developer community. MindScape, the company behind Kartoz, know that letting developers loose on the thing will produce the best apps. Therefore they’ve create a development kit and been completing encouraging towards third=party developers.

The results? Well, we’ll see sometime soon. What we want? Skype and Spotify, please.