This past quarter, Netflix added over 7 million new subscribers surpassing its estimates by 2 million. This coincides with their decision to add 600 hours of original content this past year at a production cost somewhere north of 5 billion. This year they plan to add 1000 hours of content with a budget of over 6 billion. All this growth has many speculating that someday they’ll have the power and capital to enter the live sports market. [Source: BBC News]
All this speculation has me wondering if we’ll ever see something like you see in the graphic I made for this post.
Connected technologies offer so many opportunities for innovation in traditional markets. Consider the Luna mattress cover. It offers dual temperature zones, sleep tracking, a smart alarm, it’s auto learning, and it’s mobile controlled.
Luna’s built-in smart alarm wakes you at the right moment of light sleep, so you can say goodbye to groggy mornings. Luna’s sensing technology identifies the correct moment in your sleep cycle to wake you up at your highest energy level. ~ Luna
Meet the “motion microscope,” a video-processing tool that plays up tiny changes in motion and color impossible to see with the naked eye. Video researcher Michael Rubinstein plays us clip after jaw-dropping clip showing how this tech can track an individual’s pulse and heartbeat simply from a piece of footage. Watch him recreate a conversation by amplifying the movements from sound waves bouncing off a bag of chips. The wow-inspiring and sinister applications of this tech you have to see to believe. ~ TED.com
On Wednesday, Google announced that many of its “Captchas”—the squiggled text tests designed to weed out automated spambots—will be reduced to nothing more than a single checkbox next to the statement “I’m not a robot.” No more typing in distorted words or numbers; Google says it can, in many cases, tell the difference between a person or an automated program simply by tracking clues that don’t involve any user interaction. The giveaways that separate man and machine can be as subtle as how he or she (or it) moves a mouse in the moments before that single click. via Google Can Now Tell Youre Not a Robot With Just One Click | WIRED