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Drone-delivered donuts? Check (Tomorrow Daily 397)A YouTuber uses a robotic arm to create tactile feedback in virtual reality; also, 7-Eleven partners with Flirtey to complete the first ever commercial drone delivery in the US.
[MUSIC] Greetings, citizens of the internet. Welcome to Tomorrow Daily, the best [UNKNOWN] talk show in the known universe. I'm Ashley Esqueda. Jeff Cannata will be out until Thursday's deep dive show. But for now, let's hit some headlines. This is a really interesting solution that adds an almost realistic sense of touch to objects in virtual reality. YouTuber Scott Devine uploaded video to his channel a few days ago showing off an interesting feedback solution for VR apps, a robotic arm. This is a Baxter robotic arm, which we've talked about before on the show. In this demo, the user pushes wooden boxes off a little ledge, using its HTC Vive controller. What makes it different is the Baxter arm is holding out a wood panel and repositions itself according to where the controller is. So that when the user pushes the box they actual feel a slight resistance that's the same texture they'd expect if they were pushing an actual box in the real world. This is a super expensive way to make a haptic feedback solution though because this arm cost around $25. But it's still really cool to see the way fans have adjusted and experimented with the VR experience. Awesome stuff. Snack fans, rejoice. The future is now. The very first commercial drone delivery took place here in the US a couple of weeks ago, tech start up Flirtey partnered with convenience store chain 7-Eleven deliver donuts, coffee, candies, and even a chicken sandwich to a private home in Reno, Nevada. Put it the fact that fact that nobody ever eat the chicken sandwich they sell at seven eleven, this is pretty cool. The drums load two containers that is have autonomously load under the ground and then return to its base. Other grounds have been delivering things like medical supplies and emergency rations but this looks like the first time we've seen someone. Actually place an order for a product and then receive it via drone. I am still worried though about the person who, might have been bold enough to eat that chicken sandwich. Cuz honestly that feels slightly more dangerous than drone deliveries. That is it for our headlines though. If you guys wanna talk about it I feel like we need to talk about, they're both really good stories but I think I'm gonna go with the drone deliveries because there are so many things going on with drone deliveries that have been happening recently and I think Jeff and I should talk about it. So if you guys wanna get in on that conversation you can hit us up at #HEYTD. Tell us what you think, tell us what you'd want delivered via drone. If there was a snack, what's your favorite snack food that you would have delivered all the time? Or what's the dangerous snack food that you probably shouldn't eat? I'm gonna go with egg salad sandwich from a truck stop just like in Futurama. That's a terrible idea. But that is it, and if you wanna use our hashtag, we'll put it in Thursday's show if you send us something fun and interesting and it amuses us, because It makes us feel like kings when we take out your tweets. That is it for our headlines. Let's check out our phonetographer of the day. [MUSIC] This amazing picture was snapped by Greg who took this on his iPhone 6 Plus. Greg writes, Hi Jeff and Ashley, here are Stella, my 11 and a half year old, Stafford Sher Bull Terrier, and Sydney, my boa constrictor. Stella loves going everywhere with me, and sometimes I take Sydney out too. You have my permission to use my photos on the show, it would be great to see a British entry, wink, note the car has the steering wheel on the correct side. [LAUGH] That's from Greg. Greg, you have some pretty interesting pets. First of all, the fact that your dog tolerates boa constrictor hanging out is pretty cool and also the fact that your boa constrictor hangs out in your car while you drive around. Also pretty cool. That is our pet photography. That's the theme of this month's photography. You've got a couple days left. Maybe we'll extend it. Maybe we don't. I don't know. Who knows what is going to happen? We're going to tell you whatever the next theme is. Maybe we'll keep going because you guys have sent some really great pet pictures in. But if you want to get in on the action email a picture of your pet anyway to tomorrow at cnet.com. And you gotta do four things. Give us permission. We gotta get your permission to use your picture on the show. Tell us your name and how to pronounce it, if there is a remote chance of us mispronouncing it. Make sure you tell us a story about your pet, and preferably give us your pet's name. That's always helpful. And also, tell us what device you took it on, cause I love to know what What phone you're using as your [UNKNOWN]. That is it for today's show. We will be back tomorrow, or I guess I will be I'm pretty sure Logan but Jeff is out and about working for other people. We're so sad, we miss you Jeff come home. He's out working for other people, he'll be back on Thursday So tomorrow I will be back with Brandy Dockett of Weird Science Fact Meeting Science Fiction. So until next time, guys, see you in human. Bye. [MUSIC]