Welcome to the BYTE, where we serve up the latest home and tech news from the last week for you to sink your teeth into.
This week we’re taking a BYTE out of a granny cart, grocery delivery to your fridge, smart suitcases, AMC movie subscription service, and Under Armour space suits. Dig in!
A Personal Robot Companion
Imagine living in a walkable neighborhood where you can walk to your local grocery store or boutique. Now imagine having to carry bags full of stuff for a few blocks until you reach your next destination. That’s where Gita comes in. Gita is the “high-tech equivalent of a granny cart”, and is designed to carry your stuff for you. This small robot thrives in suburbs where walking is common. The downside? Gita can only hold up to 40 pounds and it cannot trudge up the stairs – an inconvenience to those who live above a first floor.
Groceries Delivered Right to Your Fridge
Shopping for groceries has never been easier in this day and age – Instacart, curbside delivery, and now InHome Delivery. Walmart has recently announced a new way to receive your groceries… directly to your fridge. So how does this service work? Like most services, they’re subscription-based. Customers select the items they want from Walmart.com and then wait for someone to deliver the food to their fridge. Of course, this type of delivery service comes with either a smart lock or smart garage door kit that allows the delivery person access to the fridge inside your home.
Charge Your Devices with a Suitcase
Suitcases are meant to carry items such as clothes and shoes, but what if your suitcase came with a charging station as well? Kabuto, a company based in France, is creating a line of smart carry-on suitcases that require a fingerprint to unlock, and include USB ports to charge all of your electronics. However, it does cost more than your average suitcase at a whopping $595.
Get AMC Movies On-Demand
Why head to the movies when you can watch one from the comfort of your couch? Movie theater chain, AMC, is launching an on-demand service that allows users to watch both new releases and old releases for only $5.99 per movie. According to AMC CEO and President, Adam Aron, “Through the launch of AMC Theaters On-Demand, we can reach movie lovers directly and make it easy for them to access films digitally. Will this be the end of an era for movie theaters? Only time – and users – will tell.
Under Armour Astronaut Apparel
Virgin Galactic is no stranger to the space tourism scene. And according to CEO George Whitesides, operations could actually start in spring 2020. But before they fly out, they need spacesuits to combat the surrounding environment. That’s why Virgin Galactic has partnered with Under Armour to design spacesuits that will help manage temperature and moisture. So what makes these spacesuits different from NASA spacesuits? According to Beth Moses, Chief Astronaut Instructor and Interiors Program Manager for Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo operations, they’re built to enjoy and savor space on your own terms in your own way.
Take an Elevator to the Moon
Can we actually go to the moon without traveling by rocket? A few groups think so. The concept is simple, but requires years and years of work as well as billions of dollars.