Dave Ferguson and Jiajun Zhu, who formerly worked as Lead Engineers at Google, have founded Nuro. The focus of their new company isn’t on reinventing public and large-cargo transportation, but on low-speed, local & last-mile deliveries or groceries, take-out orders (via Seamless) and laundry. Nuro’s goal is to automate these services to shoulder the quick increase in last-minute deliveries, while giving local businesses a boost to compete with Amazon (mainly their Prime Now service).
Today Amazon unveiled the Echo Show, a WiFi-enabled home device — similar to the Alexa-powered Echo family of home hubs that plays media and responds to voice commands –with a seven-inch screen that you can use to make, screen and take video calls. The Echo Show, which comes in black and white versions, will cost $229.99 and will be shipped on June 28 in the US, and pre-orders are available now. It appears that it will be available in the US first, and other countries and territories will get access at a later date. Continue reading Amazon announces the $230 Echo Show, an Echo with a screen for call screening, shipping June 28
What is this? Some kind of Raspberry Pi fan site?!? Well, with projects like this…….MAYBE?….. Anyway, the Amazon GitHub page has an incredibly detailed guide to getting the Alexa voice service up and running on a Raspberry Pi. Amazon’s guide does a great job of walking you through the set up process for this project, and it also features a full parts list so you can easily track down what you need.
Back in the way, way, WAY back world of 2006 — which was only 8 years ago, but that’s a LONG time in terms of technology — Sony was about to make a strong attempt into the electronic reader market with its Sony Reader PRS-500. The PRS-500 was a slim, lightweight 6-inch tablet-like device with an E ink display, boasted a battery-life of the equivalent of 7,500 page-turns, an optional memory card port for SD cards or Memory Stick Pro — by Sony; or course — and came with a dock and USB connector that allowed for transferring purchased from PC to device. With the PRS-500, customers had the chance to purchase and download any e-book of the then-10,000 titles available at launch from the Sony online store. Plus, if you wanted to, you could read your PDF and Word files, look at most image files, and play some MP3 and AAC audio files. Continue reading I Remember The Sony Reader PRS-500. Do You?
It’s time for Episode 96 of WIRed, where Montez McCrary discusses a Mexican winery made of boats and glass, the new Amazon Dash, the Atari 2600-esque demake of The Legend of Zelda and whether or not anyone remembers the WXO! Welcome to WIRed, bringing you the nerdy-geekery on architecture, technology, gaming, and pro wrestling. Continue reading Wine-Boat AmazonDash De-Zelda WXO – WIRed #96
A few weeks ago, Amazon unveiled the Dash, a handheld Wi-Fi magic wand/wrench-looking thingy that helps you keep your AmazonFresh shopping list (consisting of oatmeal, toilet paper, and the like…) up-to-date for-ev-vuur. The handheld Dash device — which is roughly the size of a Nintendo Wii-Mote controller — comes housed with a barcode scanner and a microphone, letting you either scan or say what item you’re running low on without needing to leave your garage, pantry and/or kitchen. Anything you add becomes automatically added to your Amazon or AmazonFresh account, so this stick of magic works as long as it recognizes the item AND Amazon offers it. It starts of easy enough, but as of right now, it still seems that you’ll still have to confirm payment and delivery schedule from the Amazon webpage via browser of something like that… Continue reading Amazon Dash: The Magic Wand That Helps You NOT Run Out of ANYTHING
This week on WIRed, I’ll share a great use of architecture using cardboard shipping boxes, how the ugly Christmas sweater meets technology and gets awesome, how a game gets cancelled after its release, and why WCW didn’t get a proper send-off it deserved. Continue reading Amazon Temple Tech Sweater Canned Cricket WCW Sendoff – WIRed #79
While I remember saving cardboard boxes as a child and turning them into amazing works of engineering and design (as only a child from 6-to-14 years-old-could — I never, NEVVVVVER, pulled off something this detailed or intricate (not even my cardboard replica of the temple from the old Nickelodeon game show “Legends of the Hidden Temple”; oh yeah, I am THAT awesome). Well, NicoNico Douga user Upuaza Touryou took roughly five months to complete this cardboard creation replica of Japan’s most famous temples, the Byōdō-in, which is made up of over five thousand cardboard parts from Amazon boxes. And what do you do with YOUR Amazon cardboard boxes? I bet you just throw them away, huh? Continue reading Turn Amazon Cardboard Boxes into a Beautiful Buddhist Temple
This week on WIRed, Amazon may want their Seattle HQ in biospheres, Germany fights vandalism with drones, Princess Zelda draws her life, and my favorite RKO’s by Randy Orton. Also, my has the “S” on Superman’s chest changed over the years, and E3 2013 STUFF!!!!! Continue reading Amazon Biospheres Transit Drones Draws Zelda’s RKOs – WIRed #51