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Ep. 42: Grocery roboticsSelf-service checkout is for suckers. The future of grocery shopping is a robotic clerk/bagger developed by Willow Garage. Eric and Donald also argue over the best way to spend $500, the best ball-based game machine to alienate you from your loved ones,...
It's Tuesday may seventeenth and you're watching me crave podcast I -- Donald bell I -- Eric. And -- game we are asking you. Paper -- plastic and that we're nastiness. The robot. -- top person of the future is going to be bagging your groceries and asking you. Paper last night in this case it's going to be the robust and achieve for you -- -- yet -- -- this media demonstration of the PR two personal robot. Bagging your groceries. He's going nagging them to a paperback. -- -- -- get a look at this video. At -- pretty neat in the robot is doing -- -- -- of the table. Choosing an item putting in front -- and scanning it. -- -- And moving it around in the bar code information and drop in the -- and that's pretty -- -- -- -- when you look up in the top right hand corner this video showing how much they're speeding up the video tour guide imparted to you the demonstration bearable. I mean patients right. So. You act as though they're working on it -- the the grocery experience worth it shoots. This month -- -- There's also business will react to put it down and scan it again and again it being quite. And quite work. Poses different in the the rate -- -- -- won't what's the point service as it could put a human being -- jobs again. Once again we'll these robots -- the bartenders well let's let's talk about I think what we found is that. Having humans -- -- -- care to. -- we're fine now if we put people aren't people wondered cheap groceries right we regard passed the bottom so Wal-Mart account. And that was lower than Wal-Mart is that if -- -- replaced everyone who works there with room. Theater assuming. That -- yet -- accepted. -- And the second thing -- that they've introduced the self check out where you have to be. Yet to put yourself. Mounted -- level where you're checking -- own groceries and going through that whole process and haven't done. You've never done that now plan is like a principle thing you -- I just I'm just like. I prefer going to we in the long line is and there's an indignity to it. Blaylock -- my mind who am I saving any money by -- -- -- is -- at any time that -- we. I don't know. For that's kind of fallen apart now the than did. Healthy balance in between -- -- to have a robot that. Right now. And -- about how that way well what where how that a healthy balance. I would what would you don't have to go through -- operations here and everything my -- making a letter dated back of -- you know and -- tone of voice to urge that you know what you can be that you can -- your ultimate condescending moment. Yeah the -- bagging groceries there robot now. And then they're gonna and they can process flooring and in the -- assuming this is gonna be. And a sped up by the time it was the right with this is early early as well there robotic in -- what I'm saying what my point is what are. Why get rid of the cache news. In the same because of money it's -- really geared go to. You see in the hope that the going to be less calls left to develop. And pay cash you're -- overtime themselves the -- closely what about buying various maintenance. I'll let you know. What ericsson's why it was amazing I think if you know yet to bring him -- at the counter has announced it out there it's another thing if you're -- -- self service and on -- clean. And like. It falls -- -- -- no matter where Anderson they and they got a call someone calls on Italy America on -- price Jack or I mean mr. Donald bell and -- -- -- his site CNET. -- eight that the road light is it time to do that party -- he thought for known embarrassment. Right and evening and I am sure that the stacking of the items in the bag of can be perfectly the by exercised its -- -- -- everything fits like a Gallagher of adults play Texas Industries in this bag. I'm looking forward I do you think -- needs to -- spent. -- -- to worry that you know some items like in light bulbs there. Something exit in the crashed in the process that's -- that's. Coming up for going the right direction and that it by -- folks at will finally I think is this image pioneering. The a more practical level this is actually one of the hottest. Stories most commented stories of the past week on the crave blog. If -- is the poll. And kind of -- -- -- here from Scott's -- saying it yet for 500 dollars you now have. Three. Four. And will cost computer options you've got Android tablet. Like -- do you guys the iPad. Got a window seven netbook okay. And now you've got this new this new Chrome opera. And Chrome look at -- so. All things in a price being equal -- which when you go for and I encourage anyone listening the podcast of interest in this just last announcement about phones -- If my iPhone yes. So he he'll go through -- he got the news and finance and face five to crumble content. Which is 429 for 99 has opened VG connections -- and price point. -- -- -- the pavilion DM when the 449. Dollar. Net. That's yeah but yet -- easy option iPad -- -- -- Which one which -- I think -- I think it. Yeah yeah. All I have spent a lot of time. With the -- recent. That finally figured out if only something about. I. Can't get it out of it I can -- what you think infineon. I know also -- yes and the things with you most of my iPad time and now allotment money. Is the Marvel Comics. I've been catching up on my -- events. All lately the big like summer events they do they've had those on there so I had -- in using the iPad -- It is in the feel about what the other day is like when I go to bed. In an iPad to my bet at that table. -- grab that thing it flip it over to me. It's so light and -- that I don't have any problems doing manipulate and know that be -- public if I have isn't. May cause its a lot thicker old heavy lifting -- -- Davies. What -- the new one cents cents and Red -- template -- And they do I think they do have a Marvel Comics -- I suspect you don't have as many apps though. I like having that choice of land -- have a lot of apps like games. -- iTunes but I. It can sync my iTunes already use iTunes just for me I have an iPhone from me it works. I'm gonna play devil's advocate here and I got our hands on the crumbled last week -- Google Chrome -- and I actually think about I think the Chrome -- is going to be the from. Potentially. The thing that -- -- this. Delusional fog of tablet fever and gets people thinking you know what. What I really want is actually fast way to get on the Internet and check -- right which would be great way for us. In our careers event happened rights is how we -- tablets well seeing -- how them even though I'm I'm paid to cover the tablet space cannot logically figure out why the hell anyone actually wants to buy these things at the end of the day right -- I can't see what people want to buy them. And who wouldn't want -- that it there's a bit cool this kind of -- such -- the iPad is a kind of man so popular. There's -- -- the I don't I don't own an iPhone iPhone the Android atlas or enter a collaborative. And you know Apple told me that -- really cool it does let things that someone would want to have one and wouldn't I wouldn't expect them to turn that it waived that is given to them free. Right right yet I'm sure I'll believe that but I feel like. In. -- in Paris and everything else is out alternate anon helping -- -- well actually -- -- an equal and is compared to a laptop. Or -- Smartphone. Or something else actually has much more practical appeal and I feel like. Tablet still don't quite. No I agree. I agree cover anything or -- or actually racing option might be still -- can have your laptop in your Smartphone race with the tablet speculate. That the Chrome look really does it does kind of like while you can get ready for teton peak get rid of like every Smartphone -- -- -- laptop through yet. And give -- a faster. -- -- -- secure way to get them yet you actually -- like even with an iPad I'm still going to need. A laptop also like I do you accept liked the idea that tablets are like computers for people who just -- By their own admission aren't as smart -- like -- the patient -- -- Could feel it like a whole -- -- Apple is like a no hitter like computers and our little though the stuff that comes along with -- that the pain in the -- Yeah thank -- and wounded and no matter if your mental level denies that it my computers -- in that opinion that the upkeep yeah. I'm not agree at that the public really addresses that issue and when I played around that one of the after the demo with rate their with the comics on the panel with marvel -- via -- I love that idea of -- comics reading -- -- content haven't room and I do think though battery life. -- -- -- It's I think that the ten hour battery life thing it's like a really cool features that should -- I don't know why Chrome is only running a browser. -- reluctant and -- maintenance person. So take the poll -- -- I wanna see more comments on here I think it's a really good right well below and are priced when all is different options that are out -- foray. I think it's an interesting debate is looking into the Chrome before. -- another way to spend your money. The Tron Legacy. Pinball machines. Pinball and dead people. It's it's just really really really unpopular and treatment. Now this -- one I mean there there are certain. Certain groups yes who are. Really in the Campbell and this is a real pinball machine -- being made -- in full Disney endorsement. That is based around the Tron Legacy film. And it looks pretty cool. There's no surprise you on this but there will be 400 limited edition versions of this -- can't imagine this me more than 400 -- Beyond the limited edition -- Verizon's can be at all affordable for the average person -- But it's also will include. -- wire but now looks like comics and neon from -- EP if you were to make. It radically years you're trying very light -- you'd use policy act. So really cool pictures. Appear. But probably priced out of each -- but still cool -- got the money and the space. Plus you get to have Jeff Bridges looking back at you. And quality while. So relations -- I think she. -- -- from her arms and -- parents that's where the care. She's a she's in the middle -- oh holding Yair whats his name here reduced -- More affordable 500 dollars 500 dollars will get you the tiny ski ball machine. That -- is both adorable. Functional. And that's I can see both of us do things -- -- -- that is is it'll spit out. Tickets for seat that you get the actual -- ball ticket yeah -- a whole experience. Except you carry them to take it out -- elementary -- download that -- animated for another 500 dollars you can get the you know -- Tech ET's. Ticket. Wait senator -- you can -- in the -- In town. -- I would I would probably just take the tickets out there and that try to win them from my own machine as -- no way that the ticket to make this thing this actually the whole thing's controlled by and -- we -- board. And there's I think there's even a schematic and answer if you wanted to build your own version of -- instead of paying for I -- it. This was using little -- when he's obviously litigated yet page -- yet -- that and -- -- -- -- legitimate. When they actually show like the larger shots of them trying to score points on earth like that -- impossible. Actually just maybe I could probably cut out the middleman and get a machine that just -- ticket that means yeah. Or read media like -- a ticket reward system are -- tweeters something or write the blog posts it's not like -- Baseball -- and bring them home so my wife my. -- today terribly you would. That the -- and you with. -- -- Second thoughts penalize them they get them to be there that can come. It's true. This would actually be that you know abatement there which is when I bring this home to my life. An X wing fighter made out of office common office supplies spot -- acute. You like -- stated -- they know what if he had no budget and you're just gonna steal stuff from work you can create your own X wing fighter. Out of thumb pen caps sharp pieces for its little partner likeness and light as the -- And binder clips makes this X wing you know even more felt it was before but you know it's still pretty cool maybe you and functional look at -- right. The sharply opinions and that from the back in against it pattern. I do think that this is a worthy. Enterprise it's -- inspiring and board owners with access to India supply closet yes. And in that news that is entirely. That fictional but and that product the can't actually buy it and get some kick start -- apparently. -- -- ish. IPhone alarm clock about it that is an -- that Otto is kind of a novel idea like a unit effect charging station for your iPhone subjective bad connection economy to iphones and and when the alarm goes -- can actually -- that -- from the pop. And then he -- snooze the -- by pushing them back down. Okay feeding and cute animals and that it doesn't actually house until you -- hung over and you get -- -- alarm you wake up with that thing. You trying to push it down right. You miss it in the iPhone falls on the it would mean it would be better if there is somehow mode leaving that option in the back we can make it actually spring via the phone out so. Rapidly that it goes up in the air and even catch it hits you catches yeah -- better. Many of cool and other reminds them you can request that -- the -- third on the ones that. All right that's it portrayed it -- -- it. We're gonna go to make a fair this weekend yes we are -- yes we're gonna be there we're gonna make we're gonna shoot another off out of the studio at the -- -- to create podcast -- that -- there's so little more toward the back. Nobody went to that. Film this week I and tell -- with the ethnic.