May 10 – 5 Key Stories From The Digital World

By May 10, 2019 Insight

1. Jeff Bezos reveals his ‘Blue Moon’ lunar lander

  • Blue Moon initiative seeks to build infrastructure on the surface of Earth’s natural satellite to the point that entrepreneurs can start building space businesses
  • possibility of harnessing resources there for energy back home, since ours are bound to run out in the future
  • said the moon is a good place for manufacturing, since it will take 24 times less energy to haul materials from its surface compared to the Earth due to its lower gravity

2. Nike Fit AR tool looks to help you find your perfect shoe size

  • new scanning solution that uses a proprietary combination of computer vision, data science, machine learning, artificial intelligence and recommendation algorithms to find your right fit in every Nike style
  • Nike will offer a “best fit for you” recommendation for footwear, whether you prefer shopping in-store or online
  • more accurate fit can contribute to everything from less shipping and fewer returns to better performance

3. Real Estate Startups Raise Massive Rounds To Change The Way People Buy and Sell Homes

  • In 2018, U.S.-based real estate companies as a whole raised a combined $4.99 billion across 105 transactions
  • down from the $5.8 billion raised in 95 deals in 2017, it’s still a staggering 10 times higher than the $520 million raised by such startups in 2013
  • 2019 is starting out strong…$1.9 billion invested in 32 general real-estate related venture deals during the year so far

4. Super League Gaming triples its esports movie theater presence with NetLevel

  • bring its live esports competitions — featuring games like League of Legends, Minecraft, and Clash Royale — to hundreds of movie theaters in the U.S., tripling the number of locations it’s currently in
  • …partnership with NetLevel allows the company to expand its movie theater presence while also “reducing its theater event-based operating expenses.”
  • goal is to make it possible for every amateur gamer to play in esports experiences in a venue near where they live

5. Crypto Fashion

  • Two of the more interesting and “out there” trends in tech are NFTs (non fungible tokens) and virtual celebrities
  • NFTs are crypto-assets that are unique and can only be owned by one person at a time. A well-known example is a CryptoKitty.
  • wearing a dress that is actually a unique crypto-asset…world’s first couture digital outfit on the Ethereum blockchain