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Trends With Benefits

Jun 1, 2017

Our latest weekly episode of Trends with Benefits features Rick Stella, Holly Smith, Caleb Denison and Greg Nibler.

Siri Smart Speaker: Apple will reportedly debut a Siri-enabled smart speaker at next week's WWDC. Clearly designed to compete with Echo and Home, there are some key functionalities that seem to be lacking. However, advanced acoustics technology among other features are what they think will set them apart.

Essential Phone: The co-creator of Android, Andy Ruin, left Google several years ago and now has a new venture. He is backing the Essential Phone, which is primed to take on LG and Samsung in the high-end smart phone market. At $700, would you be willing to give it a shot?

Donut Drone Delivery: In the latest attempt to demonstrate delivery of products via drone, Drone Dispatch is taking advantage of National Donut Day. Are you excited about the possibility of receiving donuts, among other products, this way?

Jet Blue facial recognition:  Jet Blue is testing out a new way to make the boarding process faster for it's passengers, on one of it's flight lines. By using a biometric scanner, they will scan your passport and face to allow you to directly board. If implemented, would this technology actually speed up boarding, or do you feel it will still be a while before this could be adopted by the public?

Ready for a Robot Preacher?: Whether you're religious, or not, the idea of a robotic religious leader seems like something out of a futuristic sci-fi movie. An Evangelical Church is currently testing one out in Germany, complete with arms that raise and blessings in various languages.