|By Matthew Lobas||
|May 28, 2014 08:00 PM EDT||
McDonald’s UK will replace the iconic design of its red fry boxes from today with original football-themed artwork to mark the upcoming FIFA World Cup™ in Brazil. The new fry boxes can be used in conjunction with an innovative augmented reality (AR) app, McDonald’s GOL!, to play a virtual trick-shot game.
When McDonald’s GOL! app users hold their mobile device up to the specially-designed fry boxes, an AR scene appears and the fry box becomes a goal. The objective is to ‘kick’ the ball with the flick of a finger and avoid or use obstacles to score.
Britain’s Ben Mosley and 11 other artists from around the world were chosen to design the new artwork that will appear on medium and large fry boxes in restaurants throughout the UK as well as the majority of restaurants worldwide.
Alistair Macrow, Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer, McDonald’s UK, said:
“As one of the world’s most popular and hotly anticipated sporting events, we want to share in the excitement of the FIFA World Cup™ with our customers. The new fry boxes and app are a fun and interactive way for customers to get involved using their mobile devices and compete with people from around the world.”
McDonald’s GOL! is compatible with most Android and Apple mobile devices and is available to download in the Google Play™ store and Apple App Store™. Download instructions are available on the back of each specially designed fry box and on gol.mcd.com. The new fry boxes are available from 28 May and for the duration of the 2014 FIFA World Cup™, while stocks last.
Created for McDonald’s in collaboration with Qualcomm Connected Experiences, Inc. and Trigger , the McDonald’s GOL! app brings an innovative mobile play experience to customers using the Qualcomm® Vuforia™ mobile vision platform. The app showcases the Vuforia platform’s cutting-edge Smart Terrain™ feature, which allows users to build their own play spaces using everyday objects.
McDonald’s has been an Official Sponsor and the Official Restaurant of the FIFA World Cup™ for 20 years. To support the global launch of its FIFA World Cup™ activity, McDonald’s has created a video featuring real-life football trick-shot talent from around the world. For more information about McDonald’s global sponsorship and activation programmes, including fact sheets and visuals, visit news.mcdonalds.com.
McDonald’s UK press office: 020 8700 7320; [email protected]
McDonald’s Europe: 0207 800 4884 / 0207 800 4828; [email protected]
McDonald’s Global: Becca Hary, McDonald’s, +1-630-623-7293; [email protected]
Melissa Layton, McDonald’s, +1-630-623-3238; [email protected]
NOTE TO EDITORS
The artists showcased on the new fry boxes designs include:
· Australia: David Spencer, artwork title – ‘The Perfect Kick’
· Brazil: Eduardo Kobra, artwork title – ‘O mundo unido pelo futebol’ (translation: ‘The world united by football’)
· Canada: Mügluck, artwork title – ‘Unite Together’
· China: Hua Tunan, artwork title – ‘World of Victory’
· England: Ben Mosley, artwork title – ‘Fans of the World’
· France: Skwak, artwork title – ‘The Maniac Football Party’
· Germany: Roman Klonek, artwork title – ‘Freaky Fan Club’
· Japan: Doppel, artwork title – ‘Kick the One’
· Russia: Egor Koshelev, artwork title – ‘The Perfect Goal’
· South Africa: Adele Bantjes, artwork title – ‘Heart of the Game’
· Spain: Martin Satí, artwork title – ‘Flamenco Number One’
· USA: Tes One, artwork title – ‘Formations’
About McDonald’s UK
· McDonald’s currently operates over 1,200 restaurants across the UK, serving more than three million customers every day.
· McDonald’s is a longstanding supporter of grassroots football in the UK. Since 2002, McDonald’s has been the official Community Partner of the Home Nation FAs in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The McDonald’s grassroots football partnership supports objectives such as increasing the number and quality of accredited clubs, raising standards of coaching provision, improving the technical development of young players, and increasing participation to include previously under-represented groups, such as women and girls.
· Website: www.mcdonalds.co.uk
McDonald's is the world's leading global food service retailer with more than 35,000 locations serving approximately 70 million customers in more than 100 countries each day. More than 80% of McDonald's restaurants worldwide are owned and operated by independent local business men and women. To learn more about the company, please visit: www.aboutmcdonalds.com and follow us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/mcdonaldscorp) and Twitter (http://twitter.com/McDonaldsCorp).
About McDonald’s and the FIFA World Cup™
· McDonald’s has been a supporter of football at both a grassroots and global level for over 25 years. As part of this commitment, McDonald’s has been Official Restaurant and Global Sponsor of the FIFA World Cup™ since 1994, helping fans get the most out of the world’s most prestigious football tournament.
· For more information visit: http://www.mcdonalds.co.uk/ukhome/Sport/Football/Inspiration/2014-Fifa-W...
About the Qualcomm® Vuforia™ Platform
Vuforia is a mobile vision platform that enables apps to see and connect the physical world with digital experiences that demand attention, drive engagement, and deliver value. Vuforia is supported by a global ecosystem of more than 100,000 registered developers in 130 countries and has powered more than 9,000 apps for iOS and Android devices. Additional information is available at www.vuforia.com.
Qualcomm Vuforia is a product of Qualcomm Connected Experiences, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. Qualcomm and Vuforia are trademarks of Qualcomm Incorporated, registered in the United States and other countries, used with permission.
Founded in 2005, Trigger is a company of inventors that blends Hollywood Creative with Mobile Innovation, working with a number of global brands like McDonald's to prototype concepts, market initiatives and develop new digital products. With world-class creative teams in Los Angeles and Shanghai, Trigger transforms great visions into ground breaking mobile experiences for a global audience. Trigger is a pioneer for the movie industry with digital marketing, mobile gaming and augmented reality, developing worldwide campaigns for a variety of top franchises. In addition, Trigger is a Qualcomm portfolio company and a preferred developer for their Augmented Reality technology, Vuforia. For more information about Trigger, please visit www.triggerglobal.com.
Distributed by http://www.pressat.co.uk/
In addition to all the benefits, IoT is also bringing new kind of customer experience challenges - cars that unlock themselves, thermostats turning houses into saunas and baby video monitors broadcasting over the internet. This list can only increase because while IoT services should be intuitive and simple to use, the delivery ecosystem is a myriad of potential problems as IoT explodes complexity. So finding a performance issue is like finding the proverbial needle in the haystack.
Jul. 28, 2016 05:45 AM EDT Reads: 2,314
The 19th International Cloud Expo has announced that its Call for Papers is open. Cloud Expo, to be held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, brings together Cloud Computing, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps, Digital Transformation, Microservices and WebRTC to one location. With cloud computing driving a higher percentage of enterprise IT budgets every year, it becomes increasingly important to plant your flag in this fast-expanding business opportuni...
Jul. 28, 2016 03:15 AM EDT Reads: 2,636
Large scale deployments present unique planning challenges, system commissioning hurdles between IT and OT and demand careful system hand-off orchestration. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jeff Smith, Senior Director and a founding member of Incenergy, will discuss some of the key tactics to ensure delivery success based on his experience of the last two years deploying Industrial IoT systems across four continents.
Jul. 28, 2016 03:00 AM EDT Reads: 1,621
The Internet of Things will challenge the status quo of how IT and development organizations operate. Or will it? Certainly the fog layer of IoT requires special insights about data ontology, security and transactional integrity. But the developmental challenges are the same: People, Process and Platform. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Craig Sproule, CEO of Metavine, demonstrated how to move beyond today's coding paradigm and shared the must-have mindsets for removing complexity from the develo...
Jul. 28, 2016 02:30 AM EDT Reads: 1,544
SYS-CON Events announced today that MangoApps will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. MangoApps provides modern company intranets and team collaboration software, allowing workers to stay connected and productive from anywhere in the world and from any device.
Jul. 28, 2016 02:15 AM EDT Reads: 1,403
IoT is rapidly changing the way enterprises are using data to improve business decision-making. In order to derive business value, organizations must unlock insights from the data gathered and then act on these. In their session at @ThingsExpo, Eric Hoffman, Vice President at EastBanc Technologies, and Peter Shashkin, Head of Development Department at EastBanc Technologies, discussed how one organization leveraged IoT, cloud technology and data analysis to improve customer experiences and effi...
Jul. 28, 2016 02:00 AM EDT Reads: 2,057
The IETF draft standard for M2M certificates is a security solution specifically designed for the demanding needs of IoT/M2M applications. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Brian Romansky, VP of Strategic Technology at TrustPoint Innovation, explained how M2M certificates can efficiently enable confidentiality, integrity, and authenticity on highly constrained devices.
Jul. 28, 2016 01:45 AM EDT Reads: 1,109
In today's uber-connected, consumer-centric, cloud-enabled, insights-driven, multi-device, global world, the focus of solutions has shifted from the product that is sold to the person who is buying the product or service. Enterprises have rebranded their business around the consumers of their products. The buyer is the person and the focus is not on the offering. The person is connected through multiple devices, wearables, at home, on the road, and in multiple locations, sometimes simultaneously...
Jul. 28, 2016 01:15 AM EDT Reads: 856
“delaPlex Software provides software outsourcing services. We have a hybrid model where we have onshore developers and project managers that we can place anywhere in the U.S. or in Europe,” explained Manish Sachdeva, CEO at delaPlex Software, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Jul. 28, 2016 01:00 AM EDT Reads: 1,628
"We've discovered that after shows 80% if leads that people get, 80% of the conversations end up on the show floor, meaning people forget about it, people forget who they talk to, people forget that there are actual business opportunities to be had here so we try to help out and keep the conversations going," explained Jeff Mesnik, Founder and President of ContentMX, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Jul. 27, 2016 10:30 PM EDT Reads: 1,412
Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with the 19th International Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world and ThingsExpo Silicon Valley Call for Papers is now open.
Jul. 27, 2016 10:00 PM EDT Reads: 2,676
The IoT is changing the way enterprises conduct business. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Eric Hoffman, Vice President at EastBanc Technologies, discussed how businesses can gain an edge over competitors by empowering consumers to take control through IoT. He cited examples such as a Washington, D.C.-based sports club that leveraged IoT and the cloud to develop a comprehensive booking system. He also highlighted how IoT can revitalize and restore outdated business models, making them profitable ...
Jul. 27, 2016 09:45 PM EDT Reads: 2,012
"delaPlex is a software development company. We do team-based outsourcing development," explained Mark Rivers, COO and Co-founder of delaPlex Software, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Jul. 27, 2016 08:00 PM EDT Reads: 2,040
We all know the latest numbers: Gartner, Inc. forecasts that 6.4 billion connected things will be in use worldwide in 2016, up 30 percent from last year, and will reach 20.8 billion by 2020. We're rapidly approaching a data production of 40 zettabytes a day – more than we can every physically store, and exabytes and yottabytes are just around the corner. For many that’s a good sign, as data has been proven to equal money – IF it’s ingested, integrated, and analyzed fast enough. Without real-ti...
Jul. 27, 2016 07:30 PM EDT Reads: 1,120
"There's a growing demand from users for things to be faster. When you think about all the transactions or interactions users will have with your product and everything that is between those transactions and interactions - what drives us at Catchpoint Systems is the idea to measure that and to analyze it," explained Leo Vasiliou, Director of Web Performance Engineering at Catchpoint Systems, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York Ci...
Jul. 27, 2016 06:45 PM EDT Reads: 2,075
I wanted to gather all of my Internet of Things (IOT) blogs into a single blog (that I could later use with my University of San Francisco (USF) Big Data “MBA” course). However as I started to pull these blogs together, I realized that my IOT discussion lacked a vision; it lacked an end point towards which an organization could drive their IOT envisioning, proof of value, app dev, data engineering and data science efforts. And I think that the IOT end point is really quite simple…
Jul. 27, 2016 06:45 PM EDT Reads: 1,194
A critical component of any IoT project is what to do with all the data being generated. This data needs to be captured, processed, structured, and stored in a way to facilitate different kinds of queries. Traditional data warehouse and analytical systems are mature technologies that can be used to handle certain kinds of queries, but they are not always well suited to many problems, particularly when there is a need for real-time insights.
Jul. 27, 2016 04:30 PM EDT Reads: 1,886
Big Data, cloud, analytics, contextual information, wearable tech, sensors, mobility, and WebRTC: together, these advances have created a perfect storm of technologies that are disrupting and transforming classic communications models and ecosystems. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Erik Perotti, Senior Manager of New Ventures on Plantronics’ Innovation team, provided an overview of this technological shift, including associated business and consumer communications impacts, and opportunities it ...
Jul. 27, 2016 04:30 PM EDT Reads: 229
You think you know what’s in your data. But do you? Most organizations are now aware of the business intelligence represented by their data. Data science stands to take this to a level you never thought of – literally. The techniques of data science, when used with the capabilities of Big Data technologies, can make connections you had not yet imagined, helping you discover new insights and ask new questions of your data. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Sarbjit Sarkaria, data science team lead ...
Jul. 27, 2016 04:15 PM EDT Reads: 1,155
Extracting business value from Internet of Things (IoT) data doesn’t happen overnight. There are several requirements that must be satisfied, including IoT device enablement, data analysis, real-time detection of complex events and automated orchestration of actions. Unfortunately, too many companies fall short in achieving their business goals by implementing incomplete solutions or not focusing on tangible use cases. In his general session at @ThingsExpo, Dave McCarthy, Director of Products...
Jul. 27, 2016 04:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,747