Meet Tori, artificial intelligence for your fast food order
by Gio Battaglia | 8NewsNow

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Extra mayo? Side of fries? Chips instead of bread? Tori can help with that.

Tori — an artificial intelligence (AI) launched by OpenCity, a Boston based company — is described as the restaurant industry’s first conversational robot voice in the drive thru.

At a Panera Bread in Webster, New York, Tori is already taking orders. (If you want to hear Tori in action, see the attached video at the top of the article.)

OpenCity’s CEO Nick Belsito said he was ready to debut Tori at drive-thru restaurants after the peak of COVID-19 led to a worker shortage.

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McDonald’s Launches AR Lunar New Year Campaign
by Kyle Melnick | VR Scout

AR filters, NeRF technology, and VR come together for a futuristic McDonald’s AAPI campaign.

As part of its commitment to serving communities and celebrating culture, McDonald’s is celebrating major cultural events such as Lunar New Year, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Mid-Autumn Festival, and Diwali.

To celebrate the Year of the Rabbit, McDonald’s has partnered with Karen X Cheng, a viral content creator who is known for her innovative creative designs, according to an official release. The company behind those famous french fries and Big Macs aims to connect with its consumers through an immersive metaverse experience and a cool augmented reality (AR) filter.

As a long-time fan of the Golden Arches, Cheng is excited to celebrate the rich culture and heritage of Asian Americans through this campaign.

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MLK: Now Is The Time Is Available Now On Meta Quest
by Kyle Melnick | VR Scout

You can also watch The March 360, a “digital reenactment” of the 1963 March on Washington.

Available now on Quest 2 and Quest Pro headsets, MLK: Now is the Time allows you to experience Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech like never before. Brought to us by TIME Studios and Flight School Studios, the thought-provoking VR experience combines real footage of the historic speech with interactive elements designed to teach you more about the issues raised by Dr. King.

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🌙 NASA - Best Photo from Last Week
Atlanta Shines at Night

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthplace, Atlanta, Georgia, is seen on January 20, 2013, in this image from the International Space Station as it flew approximately 240 miles above the city.

NASA honors Dr. King’s life and legacy by expanding mission equity, engaging in public service, and sharing knowledge for the benefit of all humanity.

Image Credit: NASA

Last Updated: Jan 13, 2023
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