Innovation | 23 May 2014

Renault Observatory web review: intelligent objects

by Groupe Renault

Every month, members of the Renault Observatory*, an intelligence cell for new technologies, will be sharing news of the latest trends creating a buzz among businesses, consumers, or online. Today, we bring to you Cécile Amar's review. Hot topics include connectivity, augmented reality and ethics.

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The Parrot BeBop drone (photo via

French appreciation for the connected car

According to an IFOP survey for Microsoft, 82% of French people consider that connected objects will be making lives easier. The connected car tops the list of appreciated objects, with a score of 58%.

Read Microsoft press release

Sport for fun

In Germany, students at Miami Ad School Europe have devised an application combining two of today’s most prominent new technologies: Google Glass wearable computer spectacles and the Nike+ Fuelband SE wristband activity tracker. The application takes the form of an augmented reality running game —Nike+ Game Vision— featuring entertaining, interactive challenges along the way.

Watch video produced by Miami Ad School Europe

New-generation drone

Parrot recently presented its new AR Drone quadricopter, Bebop Drone, fitted with a high-definition camera taking aerial photos. The new drone has a flight time of 12 minutes on a full battery charge.

Read presentation of Bebop Drone on Parrot blog

Artificial intelligence: danger?

In an article in the UK daily The Independent, the renowned physicist Stephen Hawking warned of the risks involved in artificial intelligence, noting that, “whereas the short-term impact of AI depends on who controls it, the long-term impact depends on whether it can be controlled at all”.

Read Stephen Hawking’s article in The Independent

* About the Renault Observatory

The Renault Observatory is an intelligence cell, with an eye on all the trends likely to impact our activities in any way. Every day, Cécile, Philippe, Elise and their colleagues comb the press and the web looking for new technologies, new practices, new trends… “The eyes and ears of the company”, as they call themselves. Between two conferences, they have agreed to share their findings with us. Every month, they will report on a high-tech subject that they consider to be particularly interesting, as well as undertaking a web review.

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