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Architects and Builders Turning to Robots

robotArchitects and builders are turning to robotic technology to realise more complex building designs.

An example is Bond University on the Gold Coast which is studying the use of sensors to guide machines around the similar types of cluttered environments that you would associate with construction sites.

As architects and designers’ quest for innovation  grows, it has resulted in some of the world’s leading architecture firms beginning to integrate prototyping tools, including robots, into their design process.

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Sydney to Trial Bank Card Tapping

opalThe NSW government has planned trials of bank card payments via card tapping on the state’s public transport network in 2017. The development means commuters will be able to tap on and off services with a credit or debit card.

Transport Minister Andrew Constance announced the trial at the Future Transport Summit in Sydney recently.

London’s Oyster card system finalised their rollout of a similar system in late 2014.

The minister reminded us that a lot of work still needs to be done in the first stage of the project such as finalising partnerships, working with the finance and contactless payments sector. Software needs to be develop and a customer trial would also need to be conducted.

Queensland is another state also looking at its own Go Card e-ticketing system.

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New Service NSW app for residents and drivers in New South Wales...

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A simple new app has been launched for NSW residents and drivers.

The app helps drivers who have received a speeding fine.

The app allows you to click “my fines”  and see any outstanding fines listed against your name and driver’s licence.

You can also view the actual photos taken by the Speed Camera in question and view your demerit points as well as other relevant information.


Nintendos First Smartphone App Gets Record Number of Users in First 3 Days...

nintendoMiitomo, the first smartphone app from Nintendo got over 100 million users in the first 3 days, according to a tweet from the Miitomo Twitter account.

The app is topping iOS charts in Japan at the moment despite the gaming company’s first app being a messaging app instead of a gaming app as everyone was hoping.

The cool part about the app is that users get to design their own avatar, called Mii which is based on their own image.

The app is currently free but will allow users to buy accessories for their avatar.

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