Japanese toy group Bandai has taken an unusual approach in its attempt to stop UK cowboys from infringing its copyright. Worried by counterfeit copies of its Tamagotchi virtual pet, the company has flown in a detective from Tokyo. Hideo Yamazaki was apparently responsible for defeating epidemics of both Power Rangers and Turtles. Tamogotchis, which do nothing more dangerous than defecate, should be no problem then.
The AI research team now forms part of Google’s Beijing office, and will be working with the tech company’s engineering teams.
A new report by financial consultancy Brand Finance looks at the potential financial impact of forcing big companies such as Pepsi Co and Coca-Cola to have non-branded packaging.
Games and augmented reality features for children sit alongside artificial intelligence features for parents, who can ask questions to find out about their child’s progress.
The winning entry of the product design competition will be awarded £3,000, while a further £2,000 will go to the university they study at.