Preview: Factor iPad magazine Issue 1 – World Cup Edition

With the first issue of Factor’s digital magazine set for release next month, here’s what you can expect from our inaugural edition.

With the upcoming FIFA World Cup being held in Brazil, we will be looking at sport’s relationship with technology, science and innovation.

The issue will be released as a fully interactive iPad magazine with easily digestible features, the highest quality images and video produced by the Factor team.

Inside you’ll be able to submerge yourself in how data is transforming the way sports teams train, approach matches and major tournaments. This will include a look at the latest technologies that are allowing athletes to analyse their every move in a bid to improve their performance.

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The first kick of the World Cup is set to be made by a paralyzed teenager who will walk onto the field using a high-tech exoskeleton. We explore how bionic technology is rapidly developing and giving new possibilities to those who have suffered large traumatic incidents.

Away from the summer of sport we speak to Outernet, the US company that want to provide free internet for the world, as they take on rival projects from Google, Facebook and the other internet giants.

You can find out how to turn your home into a smart house, discover if police in the UK are misusing databases and discover how robots are are being introduced into our lives.

We also explore the history of 3D printing and a take a retrospective look at concepts from the past and see if they managed to live up to their designer’s ambitions.


“Our readers want to know how their life is going to be in 10, 20 years”


Continuing the overarching sporting theme of the issue, we speak to drone operators who are using devices to capture a new angle on the biggest sporting events and there’s also a visual look at the indisputable referee that is Hawk-Eye.

We ask how far we can push the boundaries of the human body as technology and medical science is taking sportsmen and women beyond tradition human capabilities, and round up the latest news and reviews from the world of innovation, design and research.

Factor’s editor Lucy Ingham said: “Our readers want to know how their life is going to be in 10, 20 years, and what technologies are going to change the way they live. We focus on emerging technologies and consider the potential impact they will have.”

Issue #1 of Factor for the iPad will be out in the first weeks of June and then every month after. To keep up to date with the latest developments follow Factor on Twitter and ‘Like’ our page on Facebook.


Drones: Is there anything they can’t deliver?

It may be little more than 100 years ago that the Wright brothers took to the skies as they pioneered the world’s first aeroplane, but now the race is on to conquer the drone market.

In recent months it’s been claimed that pizzas, shopping, government documents and practically anything else you can think of will be delivered by drones. We soon won’t be able to move for them.

Facebook is the most recently reported company seemingly entering the drone market, as its rumoured purchase of manufacturer Titan Aerospace looks more realistic.

There’s no doubting the potential that drones could offer for delivery services and creative marketing departments in the future, but at present there are a lot of crucial problems that need to be solved before they can take off commercially.

Everything from ensuring the product is delivered to the right person, avoiding interception en-route and navigating adverse weather conditions are some of the hurdles that need to be climbed before drone delivery is a realistic possibility.

We’ve looked at some of the most ‘creative’ claims, or stunts, when it comes to companies utilising drones.

Beer

Ice fishers in Minnesota, US, were left disappointed when the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grounded a local brewery’s beer delivering drone as it was outside the rules. Flying drones above 400 feet is not permitted in the country and commercial organisations are not allowed to use them either. The thirsty fishermen will have to return to shore for ice cold beers until the FAA announces legislation in 2015.

Pizza

The ‘DomiCopter’, by pizza giants Domino’s, flies over UK fields and rivers directed by a member of staff to deliver not one but two pizzas to a customer (or a lucky passerby) who happens to be outside waiting for the drone to arrive.

Official documents

In a move that can’t go wrong at all, the United Arab Emirates is set to launch a drone service that delivers government documents, packages and licences to officials. The unmanned aerial vehicles will be equipped with fingerprint and eye-recognition technology to try and prevent theft. The scheme is set to undergo a six month trial period in Dubai and then roll out to other parts of the country if the nation’s secrets haven’t been disclosed.

Parcels

The most high profile of the drone testing/stunts was by online shopping company Amazon who ambitiously stated customers could receive products 30 minutes after ordering them. Unlike the Minnesota brewery the company tested its drones outside of the US to get around the laws.

Finding bigfoot

It technically isn’t a company trying to make money from drones, but one ambitious group, The Falcon Project, are trying to launch a quiet, remote-controlled airship to find the large ape which has reportedly been spotted in the US. It sees the drone approach as being one of the best ways to hunt for the legendary creature over large areas.

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Netflix

In many ways the video streaming company have hit the nail on the head when it comes to using drones. In their parody advert, which mocks many of the above, the company say that its ‘Drone-to-home’ project will deliver your disc to you within seconds of it being ordered.


Update

– It might not be all bad for the thirsty ice fishers as a judge in the US has ruled that commercially using drones is now legal. The ruling has effectively made the FAA’s current ban on drone use for commercial purposes not stand any longer. But if the FAA decides to appeal then the case could go to US Court of Appeals in Washington.



Image of ‘bigfoot’ drone courtesy of The Falcon Project.