Frisk #168

Chase the ace, it’s Frisk #168! Tracy 168 is an iconic New York graffiti artist who popularised the ‘Wildstyle’ aesthetic of interwoven letters and shapes. There you go, you’ve learned something – anything else you read hereafter may be considered a bonus.


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Pilot
When I was about seven or eight years old, I visited the Bayeux Tapestry. Back then (and I don’t know if this is still the case), you’d rent a headset to wear as you wandered around which told you what was going on at various points throughout the tapestry. I couldn’t really make out what was happening. I was about halfway round before I realised that I’d actually been given a Dutch headset by mistake.
This was around the time that I got into The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and I was really taken with the idea of the Babel fish (http://bit.ly/2ne9Ez5) – which, of course, made the whole Dutch tapestry debacle all the more upsetting. But now, glory be, the Babel fish actually exists!
…well, sort of. It’s an app, named ‘Pilot’, with an earpiece for you to wear which translates what you’re hearing in near-to-real-time. It already works with English, French, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese (along with a variety of further written languages), and they’re introducing more languages later in the year. So, as with so many things these days, you don’t need to bother learning anything because technology is easier.
http://www.waverlylabs.com/


Anti-venom drone
We talk a lot about drones in Frisk, don’t we? It’s not a particular obsession, it’s just that the trend wires are always buzzing with interesting new developments in the world of small flying-about-type machines.
This one concerns a company by the name of WeRobotics, who’ve been flying anti-venom snakebite medication into remote Amazonian communities. They’ve modified basic (and inexpensive) terrain-mapping drones to carry refrigerated boxes containing the medication, and flown them on pre-mapped routes to cover journeys in half an hour that would take over six hours by boat. They even bring back a blood sample on the return flight. Smart.
http://werobotics.org/blog/2017/02/13/cargo-drones-amazon-rainforest/


Delta food
The first bite, they say, is with the eye. This has traditionally been an issue with airline food (if hackneyed comedy clichés are to be believed), as your eye immediately tells your tongue ‘look out, there’s a wedge of amorphous Styrofoam in dysentery sauce languishing in a foil container down there, and it’s heading your way’. So Delta Air Lines have come up with a cunning idea to make their in-flight meals more bearable: they’re not actually changing the food itself, but the presentation of it.
I know, it’s clever isn’t it? They tested serving the same meals in a variety of ways – china plates, colourful bowls, sturdy trays, and so on – and found that people thought it tasted best when served on a proper plate with some nice chunky silverware. It’s all about ‘sensation transference’ – if it looks like it’s just been microwaved, your brain says ‘urgh, it’s not fresh’. If it’s on a plate, that changes to ‘mmm, your mum could have made that’.
http://www.delta.com/content/www/en_US/traveling-with-us/onboard-services/food-and-beverage.html

Daniel Bevis, Senior Knowledge Editor

8th March 2017

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