We’ve all been waiting for the day that self-driving vehicles not only become safe, but for when they become mainstream. Though that day has yet to arrive, that doesn’t mean that one company hasn’t already released a self-driving vending machine that also doubles as a moving billboard. Designed by PerceptIn, a Chinese company based in Silicon Valley that specializes in robotics, the DragonFly Intelligent Advertising Vehicle is deeply unsettling. As it rolls around advertising products, it’s also designed to let you pay it directly.
In the company’s promotional video, the machine is shown as it stops a runner, who has clearly been consumed by thirst. Just in time, the commercial suggests, as the vending machine within is fittingly equipped with bottles of water. Of course, as any “smart” service is required to do these days, individuals can also order the vending machine to their location whenever thirst or hunger should strike.
One of the biggest questions the company is asking is whether or not mobile advertising in this style is more engaging than more traditional forms of advertising, such as stationary billboards, website banners, or sponsored content on social media. According to PerceptIn, during one of their first trials with the DragonFly Intelligent Advertising Vehicle, they managed to get more than 1,000 people to take notice. They also noted that many of them even looked at the advertisement for more than five seconds, which is a notable amount of engagement.
However, what they haven’t quite accounted for is the novelty of the vehicle. As long as it’s either new or relatively rare, it seems like a great way to attract attention that might otherwise not be turned towards advertising. Once there’s a glut of DragonFlys roaming the streets, however, engagement is a different story entirely. The first model is expected to sell to companies for the low price of $40,000.
Back in 2002, the world got to learn a new name: Amanda Bynes. The actress was the star of Big Fat Liar, and it seemed as though her career was about to go from strength to strength.
She had everything a young star starting out in Hollywood needed to climb to the top. Amanda was passionate about her work, determined to work hard, and had the likeability that many fell for. Sadly, it wasn’t long before things seemed to change…
Taking A Turn
In 2019, it seems as though Amanda Bynes has all but disappeared from the limelight. She was once at the top of her game, so what happened?
The media has been filled with rumors and stories about her life away from the screen, but it seems as though it could have all started earlier than we once thought. Although Amanda had the makings of a permanent mark in Hollywood, it wasn’t long before things changed…
Earning Her Degree
It turns out that Amanda has still been working hard, but not on her acting career. No, it seems as though Amanda’s life is set to take another turn as the former actress has recently received a degree in fashion after studying at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles.
However, it seems as though Amanda had to work a lot harder than many of her other classmates, as the star has been battling many personal struggles, too.
Dedicated To Learning
Amanda first enrolled at the school back in 2014. However, she was kicked out of her class at the beginning of her studies. Thankfully, she later returned to complete the rest of her course.
It turns out that Amanda has been enrolled in a rehabilitation center for the last few months of her studies as the star works to overcome her personal demons and get her life back on track. She might have once seemed to have it all, but things changed…
The Start Of It All
It wasn’t long after Amanda broke onto the acting scene that she was cast as the star of the sketch show The Amanda Show.
The show first premiered in 1999 as Amanda took on a whole host of roles and sketches, including Judge Trudy, Blockblister, Moody’s Point, and The Girl’s Room. Who could forget the dancing lobsters? It was everything that youngsters needed to pass the day as Amanda brought a new passion to the screen.
Sadly, it seems as though all good things must come to an end, as the writers of the show wanted to pursue an idea with fellow stars of the show, and Drake and Josh was born.
Thankfully, Amanda soon had What I Like About You. The show was a huge success after it debuted in 2002, and this was only the beginning. It wasn’t long before Hollywood wanted more, and Amanda was there to keep the fans happy.
Starting The Spiral
The best bit? Amanda was soon moving from the small screen to the big one as the actress took parts in the likes of She’s The Man and Hairspray.
However, the star’s final acting credit was all the way back in 2010 when Amanda took one of the leading roles in Easy A. She was supposed to star in Hall Pass, but later pulled out after she was unhappy with her appearance in the trailer for the movie.
Changing Her Behavior
Unfortunately, it looked as though this was the beginning of the end for Amanda. Many noted how the star was never able to break from the goofy and loveable characters that she had played throughout her teenage years to the mature actress that she wanted to be.
To top it off, many professionals said that Amanda was starting to behave erratically on sets and was no longer a person that people wanted to be around while working.
Struggling To Cope
It turns out that Amanda’s worries all started back when she was 16 years old. She started taking illegal substances after She’s The Man hit the big screen.
The star later confessed that she was unhappy with the way that she looked when she was playing a male character and wanted to find a way to help deal with her new emotions. For Amanda, falling for banned substances appeared to be the easiest answer to move forward.
Own Worst Critic
Although Amanda was struggling with her body confidence, the actress wanted to continue appearing in many films. That was, until her bad habits started to take more effect.
Amanda admits that her mental health took over for many months, while the banned substances began to make it hard for her to remember her lines. Amanda became her own worst critic as she says that she was no longer happy with her performance on screen. It was something she couldn’t ignore.
A Change Of Pace
At 25 years old, everything was about to change. Amanda decided to retire from the world of acting altogether and head out partying instead.
It was here that her pull to these substances grew stronger, and her thoughts became public knowledge. Amanda would often take to social media where she ranted about her feelings toward presidents, other celebrities, and about how the illegal substances were now a huge part of her life – whether we liked it or not.
Now, Amanda’s social media profiles are rarely updated, as the star prefers to keep her personal thoughts to herself. In fact, the actress admits that she wishes there was a way that she could take back everything she said.
Amanda lashed out toward many other celebrities along the way and says that she even lied about some of the things she posted over the years. However, Amanda never wants to go back to that place and wants to move forward instead.
A String Of Accidents
One of the first major incidents that the world got to learn about was Amanda’s DUI charge back in 2012. All of a sudden, Amanda was arrested and charged after the star apparently hit another car while she was driving.
Although she was charged, Amanda got back behind the wheel just four days later. Sadly, things weren’t to last. Amanda allegedly hit another car on the highway and drove off before a handful of other incidents occured over the next few months.
Creating A New Life
There were soon a handful of other strange incidents, including sending harsh messages via social media, getting accused of living out of her car, and getting thrown out of her spin class after the teacher allegedly said that Amanda was behaving erratically.
However, things were all about to change. Amanda announced that she would be heading to New York to work on her fashion degree and that she would no longer be acting. That wasn’t all…
Amanda’s management team decided to drop the star as Amanda no longer wanted to be a part of Hollywood. Many of us have tried to reinvent ourselves over the years, and it seemed as though the star was no exception.
However, no one had any idea that Amanda would take things so far. Amanda uploaded several snaps to social media, where she showed off her new wig collection as well as her facial piercings. The Amanda many knew and loved was gone.
Taking It Back
It once seemed as though Amanda blamed her parents for a lot of her downfall. To top it off, the star wanted to let the world know that she didn’t want either of her parents to have access to her funds.
Amanda worried that her parents would try to live off of her earnings. However, the star now says that her mom and dad have been fundamental in getting her help, and they were a huge part of her recovery.
By Her Side
Back in 2014, it was Amanda’s parents who placed the actress in a rehabilitation center. The media had spent years following her every move in a way that had rarely been seen before.
We have seen other stars have come into tough times over the years, but the news always took a few days before it reached the media. However, Amanda was sending out messages and giving the world a live update on her journey every step of the way.
Too Much Time
Amanda admits that it was her sudden free time that led her down the dark path in the first place. The star had always been so busy with her acting.
However, that all changed when she stepped away from the spotlight. In fact, Amanda says that she needed something to fill her days, so she started to hang around with a seedier crowd and eventually changed her life. All of a sudden, she was no longer the goofy actress.
Under a Conservatorship
Following a 2013 incident in which Amanda Bynes allegedly set fire to a driveway, the actress was put under a conservatorship. If this term sounds familiar, it is because another former child actress has also been put under one – Britney Spears.
A conservatorship is when a judge appoints a trusted guardian or a protector to manage the everyday life or financial activities of a person deemed unable to. The actress remains under conservatorship almost a decade later.
A New Year, a New Start?
Though many of us associate Amanda Bynes with her roles as a child actress or teen, she is actually in her mid-thirties. While it may seem like the past decade or so has been filled with everything from substance abuse to strange social media posts, her lawyer hopes that the actress will find some inner clarity.
He told one media outlet that the actress is living by the beach as she attends classes and that she fills her time with meditation and spinning classes.
A Promising Music Career
Fans of the actress know that she has some serious musical talent. Not only did she act in the film adaptation of Hairspray, but she also contributed two songs to the film’s soundtrack. In January 2021, she shared a snippet of her rap song called “Diamonds”.
The song featured her fiancé, Paul Michael rapping under the stage name Precise. Though the song was a departure from the songs featured in Hairspray, fans were still supportive of her burgeoning rap career.
The Night That Changed Everything
By 2013, Amanda Bynes had already shown signs of mental health struggles and issues with substance abuse. Little did fans know that things were about to get worse for the troubled star. That July, Bynes was placed under an involuntary psychiatric hold known as a 5150 hold.
The actress was spotted near a canister of gas and a driveway on fire. Believing she could be a danger to herself or to others, she was held for up to 72 hours. Following this incident, she was also placed under a conservatorship.
Love Is Hard
While Bynes’ erratic behavior and social media posts have typically been the center of attention, her love life has also been making the headlines. After announcing her engagement to Paul Michael in 2020, the two have been involved in an on-again-off-again relationship for years.
With both taking a break from social media, fans have turned to paparazzi shots of the couple to understand their relationship status. As of late 2021, the couple is still together.
In it Together
Many believe that one of the reasons why Amanda Bynes and her fiancé, Paul Michael, have such a strong bond is that they have both faced similar struggles. Bynes met Michael while the two were living in a sober living home.
After dating for just three months, Michael asked the star to marry him. Even as the two work hard to maintain their sobriety and relationship, Michael is very supportive of Bynes calling her his “best friend.”
Cryptic New Ink
In addition to sporting a heart-shaped face tattoo, the former star showed off some new body art with a very cryptic phrase. In the summer of 2020, fans spotted her new ink which reads, “See you on the other side” in small cursive letters.
While many speculate that the tattoo can symbolize a variety of different things, many feel that it may have a darker meaning as the phrase is often used in the context of death or a breakup.
More Than Just a Pretty Face
Although she was an internationally-recognized star when she enrolled in Los Angeles’ Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, she still had to work hard. Many of Bynes’ classes involved learning more about the business side of the fashion industry.
One of her favorite courses was her Merchandising Math class in which she learned about retail mark-up, retail value, and pricing merchandise. Though she was never a fan of math, the course changed her mind.
Her Teachers Loved Her
While Bynes wasn’t getting the best praise from social media followers or the paparazzi, the former actress made a positive impact on her professors. Kathi Gilbert, an assistant dean of admissions at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising told Paper Magazine, “Instructors love her. Love her,” and that she was an “amazing student”.
After earning an Associate’s of Arts degree in Merchandise Product Development, the actress announced that she would like to continue studying in order to earn her Bachelor’s Degree.
She Helped Make Channing Tatum a Star!
Many recognize Hollywood heartthrob Channing Tatum from Magic Mike, but the actor’s early roles were actually far tamer. Tatum got his big break in Bynes’ comedy, What a Girl Wants. Bynes revealed that she “fought for Channing [to get cast in] that movie because he wasn’t famous yet.”
Though producers worried Tatum was too old for the role, Bynes apparently told them, “This guy’s a star — every girl will love him!” It turns out that she was right, Tatum is one of the most in-demand actors at the moment!
At Its Peak
It seemed as though everything culminated in 2014. After many years of trying to get her life back on track, Amanda posted several updates about her family that were later proven to be untrue.
However, Amanda said that it was the microchip in her brain that caused her to post all of the accusations in the first place – a chip that had apparently been ordered by her dad. It wasn’t long before Amanda was back at a rehabilitation center.
Thankfully, Amanda has put the past behind her, as the star has been sober for the last four years. As well as thanking her family for all of their help, it looks as though Amanda is also taking a break from social media and working more on her personal life instead.
That doesn’t mean that things are simple. Amanda has continued support from her rehabilitation centers to try and ensure that she doesn’t head back down the same path again.
A New Spokesperson
Many of the professionals have spoken about Amanda’s recovery and how the star has experienced the worst of the world but has learned how to come out the other side.
In fact, they believe that Amanda now has an entirely new outlook on life as a result. They now feel that Amanda is a great spokesperson for young people who could be tempted by illegal substances as she has been there and seen what they can do.
A New Passion
It turns out that Amanda already has some experience in fashion. The young star teamed up with Steve and Barry’s back in 2007 as she helped to design a range called Dear.
Letting go of acting meant that Amanda had a lot of time on her hands – time that she needed to fill. Amanda started to watch The Hills and realized how much fun some of the stars were having at their fashion class, so she decided to sign up herself.
After many years in the program, Amanda is now a fully qualified designer. It looks as though the world is her oyster. Amanda admits that she wants to focus on the future and recreating the person that she knows she is rather than the one that many people have grown to know over the years.
However, that’s not all. It seems as though Amanda also has hopes to return to acting. That’s right; Amanda would love to get back in the saddle.