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Robots are getting personal during the pandemic
"The. The pandemic could seriously kick start living and working with robots from American public media. This is marketplace tech. I'm Ali would. This week on marketplace tech, we're reporting on the innovations that will help us transition to a post pandemic future. One of those innovations has been waiting in the wings for a long time robots. Robots can do jobs that are too dangerous for humans or just make life a little easier and even offer some friendship during lockdown. A Howard is a robot assist and professor at Georgia Tech. She says, the pandemic has been a push for robotics of all types. One of the things if you think about a human and peoples relationship to robotics, it's been kind of a love hate relationship like most people, they might buy a Roomba, for example, but a lot of like I'm not. I'm not doing that like robots please now. But what we've seen now is Is. There's this adoption of robots in the home in the workplace in hospitals and clinics because it fulfills a need that cannot be filled by people anymore the it seems like there are lots of different aspects to this, and it's and some of it is you know maybe some have their cleaning lady come and and they just need help 'cause we're cooking and home all the time can be a mess, but there's also. Robots in the context of medicine and robots in the context of companionship. Talk a little bit about these various roles that were seeing become more necessary. Yes. So I would categorize them into bucket. So there's the set of robots that are being used for addressing issues with pandemic. So it's robots are being used in hospitals and in stores to clean and disinfect. So that's that's a needed attribute that robots are able to feel. But then there's also the the robots for the home environment that provide us a little bit of the social interaction and is because there are robots, we design them that put in us and understand humans, and so they can be emotional, they can be reactive and because we are are. Not able to interact with those outside of our home as much of the robot, it's it's a replacement, is not the best replacement, but it's gives us a little bit of humanity that we can touch with and interact with, and so there's an increase in these types of devices and development and products. As you kind of look ahead at the next say, six to eighteen months. What do you think is going to happen in this field? How faster companies can remove and pivot and adopt? And I would say exponentially except that you know exponential is based on what the first number is, but I would say exponentially with all the caveats that go with that and it's only because we still need to live, right. We still need to function. We still have human needs and human desires, and we still want to go to work when we can and. Do that safely given that we can't physically do a lot of these things. And robots and fills space. and. So that's in at least in the near future, which is again at least a year based on all the reports. That means it's going to accelerate, and then once we're on the other side of Covid it, we would have become accustom. To adoption become accustomed to robots in the I, and so I think it will become the new norm.
Stephanie Fleming on organization, life hacks, and how she built 'The Happy Planner' and 'Me & My Big Ideas'
"Are so excited to. To introduce incredible Stephanie Fleming. She is a creative entrepreneurs speaker of and wellness seeker. Most notably, she is the CO founder of me and my big ideas creator of the happy planner, and what began twenty years ago as a tiny garage business is now an industry leading lifestyle brand and offers a wide variety of products that inspire customers to live creatively and plan a happy life. Please welcome Stephanie to the show. Okay, we'll Stephanie. We are so excited to have you on the here for her podcast. Thank you so much for joining us. And we are so curious about everything that you've created and your and so I think. Our audience is going to be very very interested in the business aspect of. Everything that we're about to talk about some super excited cool. I'm so excited to be talking to you. Guys for those who don't know. Tell us a little bit about your health. I'm Stephanie. Fleming and I'm a creative entrepreneur. I actually call myself like an accidental entrepreneur. I started my business me and my big ideas with my mom twenty actually over twenty years ago started in my garage with an idea of just one idea for making stickers for the scrapbooking industry at that time and. And really just kind of wanted to do it too. I needed a creative outlet. Yes, but I needed to pay the bills like I. was you know a young mom and struggling to make ends meet, and just really wanting to like. Go out there and I would do anything because I you know I wanted a better life for myself, and for my kids and and so I was definitely you're. You're? The definition of a hustler like I was like I have no money, but I will put in the sweat equity so. We been hustling with me and my big ideas for. Over twenty years now, and we've created everything from paper stickers and now planner, so planners is our latest the happy planners, our latest product line and It's just been such a a wonderful thing for us to get into because we get to share a love for creativity for positively, and that's been kind of where I have fallen in the last probably five or six years which. Not only being an entrepreneur in a business person, but also being able to be the spokesperson for our product and our brand, and that's something that I've been totally passionate about. It's amazing. I'm curious. So, what did you do before you started your business? Were you a stay at home? Mom? Did you have have a job, so I was? I was pregnant when I was eighteen. Not Married had had a baby, and when immediately from high school to I need to find some way to take care of my son and I did in home daycare for eight years, and was daycare provider for six kids usually at one time and it was you know it's honest work? It's hard work. It's eleven hour days for you know for eight years and you know all I to do is be a good mom, and and so I didn't have a college education. I grew up in the craft industry though my. My parents had a manufacturing and distributing business so I grew up from picking orders in the warehouse. To you know watching my parents who are entrepreneurs basically navigate the craft industry and come along with them to trade shows and things like that so I always had that creative bug, and and even as an entrepreneur as a kid I was making little catalog, so you can buy these cards here, my designs and so, but then life hits, and then you have to go out, and you know and do the best you can and and so at the time. In one, thousand, nine, hundred eight. My mom and my mom had sold that business, she and my stepdad divorced and they sold their business, and so she was kind of at this place in her life where she was like okay. I'm ready to start over, I need. She was probably my age now, and it was like thinking I need to start over and figure out what life looks like for me. Now and I was saying I just I want to start something something I want to do anything and so my mom had some seed money and. Like I said I would do. You know so. I stayed up all night trying to find just hustling to find hair. Competitors are advertising in this trade magazine. So that's a potential a mailing list for so anything possible. I was willing to do so. Yeah so it was not like I had this pedigree of an MBA, and I'm going. Go start a business, and that's why I say I'm definitely. An accidental entrepreneur, but I've I've loved it. We'll story. It is very very cool. It seems like you had it in your blood like raped in the beginning. Though like it was something that you're meant to do. I, think so. I think without knowing that that's what it was like. I was just cleaning out. One of the things we've done in quarantine is cleaning out our garage and so all my memorabilia. That's where I found my card. Catalogue of here are the things you combine I'm like I always was. Experiencing entrepreneurship right in front of my is growing up but I never really knew it. In fact, my mom was in charge of all of the creative side of the business, and was the one in charge of new products, and out there trying to find out what creative women were doing next, and so when my mom would go on an rnd shopping trip and take all of us with her. We didn't realize what we were doing was watching her shopping trends and seeing what was out in fashion, and how we can bring that into the craft and creative industries, so when it just seemed like something natural, and now I'm trying to identify people go. Where do you find your trend Mic-? Just Watch I. Just look and so yeah. We were Kinda groomed without knowing that that's what was happening. So cool and so. You had your first business you? You began doing that twenty years ago. And then you landed to the happy planner, which has been a huge success and It's a it's a beautiful book. It's something that you want to. Hold in your hand, and just like carry with you all the time. It's so cute and fashionable. Where did that idea come from? And how? How did you of get to that point? Where like I want to be in this market of making planners? Happy like honestly we've had a lot of great products that of sold weller mckellen's pretty cool, but the happy planner is like it's so me. It's totally me so the the way we came up with. It was pretty much the same process that we did it with anything. As we and my sister is heavily involved in product about men in our company as well, but we watch in decide okay. scrapbooking was huge for a while, and so we were able to kind of ride that. That wave and we've kept coming out with products and line extensions and and then you kind of see that it was kind of starting to taper off. It was not as popular and the products weren't as weren't selling and going doing the having the sell through that they did before, so we're like okay. We need to know what creative women are doing next. which is what my mom did, so we would always be looking for what. What what do i WanNa do what is something that's interesting for me. and and then also kind of searching pinterest looking around water, creative women doing so for some reason on pinterest people were taking just regular planners from staples, or whatever and they were putting our scrapbooking products, stickers and things and making them cute but the scrapbooking don't really fit like they don't fit size-wise. They didn't fit if you're you know the stickers we were. Were to commemorate memories and things, and that's not necessarily the things that you need for planning so I kind of just you know, and they were boring to staples like office supply things. They have black brown different color bays. You know really great. You know what I think. Someone would would think the businessmen would like. And then there was like three designs that were like purple. Paisley or some ugly grandma color. You know I'm a woman, I. I don't want that, so we thought definitely we could do better in design. We could get them more affordable. We could create accessories that would go specifically for them, and then you could put in those accessories like things that are positive so that every single day when you're planning when you're having fun putting stickers out ever, there's this creative positive message that makes you happy that keeps you going, and so it was just a kind of another. Offshoot into what we normally do. What are creative women doing? And at this point? It was like people are busy, and they want to be creative, but they need that little bit of licensed to say it's okay when you're planning your schedule. You can kind of put a sticker downer. Says you can do it or just. Those little positive affirmations make a make a big difference. I love that so much were all about positive affirmations and There's something that I still love about having a planner in front of me like an organizational planner. Where where I. Can you know touch the pages and I can mark things off. It's so different than a calendar on Google you know and I've always I've i. still have a planner, so I love that, but I'm curious because you have built such a successful brand and obviously. You've separated yourself in so many ways by having something very unique You offer as something that's very I would say year to the millennial woman. But how how have you separated yourself with your branding? I'm just so curious about like where your sales come from utilizing social media, you have a huge social media following. So, how what kind of what was your? What was the method to your madness at that point when you started thinking ahead? Yeah, so at that point. We had we had a very successful company in the craft industry and up? Until that point, we had what I figured successful products. We didn't really have necessarily like brand. Following social media was just coming up, but you know there was something about the happy, and I think my own personal passion for the product helped in planning it. No Pun intended. because. I feel like we got to this place or like this product line. I just feel like we need to be able to have a brand. There's gotta be a message behind because the message of the product is so powerful and so really. What happened I mean there wasn't? A Master Plan I love this product so much. That I just started talking about it and sharing on social media back in the periscope days. You remember, periscope yeah. Remember. About it and I just said you know what I would anytime we would come up with something, or we had something new exciting happening in office. I'd like I'm just GONNA share. It's just going to be I wanted to our product and the brand to feel like like we were just friends sharing like. If I was you know to call you up and say Oh, my Gosh I'm so excited. We just got this prototype in, and here's what it looks like. Here's how I'm going to use it and every. Every new products came in. We previewed it on periscope did live Q. and A. is, and and that's before people really doing that and we were sharing the process and the product, and sharing my excitement, geeking out over stickers and a paper planner you know, so. It became I thought there was really no plan other than to share authentically, and that was really before, but you know everything authenticity be authentic was just such a overused catchphrase, but that's what it was because I didn't actually want to be the spokesperson. For our company, and because it's such a team effort, and so I'm not. I'm not maybe maybe I wouldn't had the idea for. Let's let's look into to paper planners, but I didn't create designs, and I not the artist, and I'm not the one who source the product and sold it in such a team so but. In order I felt so passionately that. Don't have relationships with companies. They don't have relationships with products, but they have relationships with people and brands, and if I could be that conduit. To Give A. Personality to our land our company then. I'm like all right. I'm willing to do because I was the one before it was like no, I don't really want to know I'm just I'm fine to not do it, but when I was sharing something, I was so passionate about the following just came. We did not say hey. We want to get to I. Think we're over six hundred thousand on instagram. We didn't have a plan for that. I mean eventually to grow. It takes you get to a certain point. It's like okay now. You have to plan, but we grew our numbers very very organically, and by just engaging with them. You know true engagement and it's. It's not even just the number in the plan, but it's like. Are you engaged? Do you care about your followers? Do you care about your customers and deal you know? Are you engaging that way? Are you doing it for the rise near following? Are you doing it for the sale? Are you doing? Are you doing it because this? Just feel so right to you know. Yeah while you're on that topic, too. Because so cool that you grew organically because. I mean it's such an easily marketable product, but also like how how do you stand out amongst your competitors are? There's other planner companies out there. So what's your differentiating factor with your product? So at the beginning? We were the only ones pretty much doing what we did, so we stood out really quick, and it's almost like I. Always say like it was like. Like when I had my first when I said WHO's very well behaved typical. I am such a good mom. And then my daughter came a second, and she is like great, but she's you know totally like wild spirit and I'm like oh my gosh. I need to to work at this little more. So when we did when all of a sudden you're like It's growing and you're thinking. Oh, my gosh is great. People are just listening, and then all of a sudden when you're onto something, people and other brands and other companies go. They're onto something I. Think I'm going to try that, too. And then what you were doing so authentically is being duplicated right so. So what we have always done I think and even back in the scrapbooking and paper. Crafting days was just advice. My mom gave me is just really don't worry too much about what other people are doing. Find out what you uniquely do. What is it that your company or your brand do what do you? How do you stand out and for US There's a lot of people who have high end stationary and people. People that are saying a professional and I want it to look like this or I. Don't like this about your as well. This is who we are. We are colorful and fun and were affordable. We have a disc bound system where you can change things in and out, and those are some things honestly and with the brand that will turn people off when you really claim like who you are. Some people are going to say. Well, I. Don't know but I. don't like that well, but this is who we are when you can really find that those are the things that just kind of narrowed down, and you nail it down so much that these are the things that make us unique, and so for us. We embraced all of that. That is who we are fun and colorful, positive and an interchangeable, and all these things about the product and about our messaging. That's what we focused on, and I think even especially going forward when it becomes harder and you. Maybe at this point, we're going like you see a slowing in not just gaining followers as fast when you get up high. And there's more people in the space so for us it's how can we find? What, we, what is it that we offer? That's unique whether it's the message product. And, you kind of have those pillars of our being authentic. Is it something that's different or are we just white noise in the space? Should we be making a change? We be pivoting. Right now do. Is there something we need to be doing to be more aware of the surroundings of the economy of this of society so You're constantly looking for you have to just be aware. Of who you are where you're going and not being paying too much attention to. The competitors and the people aside. It's really hard though it's hard to do because you find yourself looking. They're doing so good over there. Maybe I should change and go that way so knowing who you are is a huge part of that success for us. And, I love how you really made an emphasis on. Being okay with not being a good fit for everyone, and you know we talk about this even on social media. How you know people always give us questions on. You know my Gosh I I lost if I don't post for three days. I'll lose one hundred followers well if those people want on, follow you because you haven't posted three days. They're not your people. Like they were never people anyway, so I love that you have you have a focus and you understand your branch so well. The you know who you're catering to, and also you mentioned pivoting when you need to because. You know I think that people get so focused on the end goal, and if it's not if it doesn't turn out exactly how they anticipated that it would be, they give up right, so I think that's I. Love that so much and it kind of brings me to my next question on. The hardships entrepreneurship because I think that when people look from the outside, they see this beautiful brand that you've built a successful mom who's who's doing it all, but it takes so much work and behind the scenes that the people don't see. Can you walk us through some of those hardships that you faced in how you've kind of gotten through them? Oh yeah and I think. I'm so glad you brought that up because you especially on social media, people will see their, so they'll say. Where were you because I'm pretty active on my own, and then also I with the happy planner, but it like where were you? We Miss John there. I'm like you guys like if I would have shown. What I was doing for the past seven days, it was get up in the morning. Go to work. Stay there till seven o'clock have like meetings altay come home barely figure how I'm going to get the door dash before I wanna fall asleep, and then you know over it over and over again and I'm like it's not glamorous. It's hard There's a lot that goes into it. You know and you have to love it if you are somebody who has your own business or your own brand? You have to love it because it is not I mean I would say. Ninety, eight percent of it's not glamorous, but it's rewarding. You know it's something that you love, but you're GONNA have failures. You can't be afraid to work hard and fail. Because, you're GONNA. Do both of those all the time? And you know and learning from your from your failures for me. It's like you know we've had products that the ones that you've mentioned like happy planner that quadrupled the size of our business in the matter of two years But in the in between, and we had already had like a pretty successful company, and we were like well, but what you don't see, are all of the things where you come out with the product and you're like that's a dog. You Know Kate next. What do we? Can we learn from that? You know that's what you can't. You can't shy away from it, but nobody wants to see that nobody, but those are the lessons. Are you know what you're seeing? When when you see the happy planner is our success of you know Gosh over twenty we did that. It was fifteen years. I think into the our business before we hit that like Grand Slam, we'd had several. You know that was. This product was a triple. This one was a strikeout. This one was a base hit. And then you know, we never know we not. Even we're not even. Promise that we were going to have that big of a success that we just kept going and every time we did we learned something like Oh we didn't do. The packaging wasn't right or you know. Maybe we rent to too early into that trend, or maybe we didn't research it enough or maybe we learned something every time but I mean we've had. We've had product failures. We've had really difficult times in the economy I've been around here through September eleventh through the two thousand eight crash where the business was doing great, and then all of a sudden we've had were having to like have layoffs and figure out how to make the hard decisions. To keep your business healthy and around and surviving, and that's really hard. I mean that's something that right now we're going through. You know we have. Luckily we've got a great basin. We've had a very successful business, but this is a gut punch, and for a healthy business like ours. This has been really difficult and I can only imagine if you're struggling before this, but you just have to figure out you. It's almost like a business as almost like being a parent. You've got to make those tough decisions. Decisions you know that not everyone's going to understand. That's going to be hard. It's going to keep you up at night. and those those you don't see those on social media. No one's sharing like we had to really hard today and or have been meetings all day, and if they are, they're showing you the picture of themselves looking really cute, and you know here I am with my thing and it's. It's just not always like that victims hardly ever like that, so I think it's sometimes i. I've shared lots more real version especially on my own personal social media on instagram. Especially because I, think we do a disservice to. Everybody but to women's in general specifically where it's like if you're trying to be an inspiration and trying to share with other women, this is what if I can, we can all be here for each other. You, know in business, and this is how we can succeed. We are doing a disservice if we are just showing what our lives really never looked like And how how then do those? How'd you push through? How do you push through at the worst times for people that are listening that are entrepreneurs have launched their business or not seeing success right away. Like what have you learned to cut has kept you going. I think i. mean this sounds like something that my husband would go. No, if you can't measure it, you can't manage it because he's. My husband was our CFO CEO and. But for me, I, it's so much into an instinct. And then pushed through because I believe in my instinct very strongly. There's a thing like I feel like you know for us. We were very fortunate that the business that we started stayed healthy, and was viable forever, however I. Kind of look at our product launches in our product releases and different product types almost like many businesses, because there comes a time when you know this isn't working, you know there comes a time when you're like. We just need to let this keep going. We need to work at market. We need and you just you kind of. If you're really being honest with yourself, you know when it's like am I pushing too hard for something. That's not really making. Any headway or do I just need to keep working harder and I feel like You know if we ask ourselves how we done everything. HAVE WE EXHAUSTED EVERY OPTION? That's what I think. We need to kind of listeners, though because I just feel like if you are sitting here like. With a struggling business, let's say whether it's from the economy or just like I'm just not going anywhere It's hard because some people will say just keep going. Just keep going all the time. I don't think you should do that all the time. Sometimes you want maybe need to move onto. Something different doesn't mean you're not going to be. In business or start your own company, or but maybe this, isn't it? Maybe it is? Maybe you're just sitting there going. You know what this is going to be tough times, but I believe in this business i. know we have and we're going to keep going, so you kind of have to listen to that. You know you're got to say. Where are you? Are you? You know? Do I need to keep pushing through this, or is there something else that I need to be? Doing are exploring. It's such a weird time to because with everything going on I. Mean People are obviously doing less news less really to plan but I think there's still an opportunity and it's great that the product isn't just a manner planning out your daily activities that can also be used for intentional set goal setting in just writing down thoughts that you have journaling so I love that it's it's I town that regard Have you guys thought of ways to during this tough time? Kind of still sell your product in different ways or maybe thinking about different product lunches. Were you know what kind of has been brewing in the last few weeks, so it's like a perfect example of. Of evolving and pivoting right so like. Yes, when you're when we're looking at people that are planning your days just filled. My days were just like I couldn't even have the whole damn thinking. How tiny can I right because there's so much going on, but you know one of the other things we have in our product, minus positively journaling and guided journals, and then when you you know for us, it would be so tone deaf to be talking. Talking about we know you're busy. Let's just talk about busy busy busy schedule Hustle. Let's go because this is not the time for that, so we had to look at. What do we have in? You know in our offering. And what do we have What do we think is important or is there something else we can offer so for us? you know slowing down journaling 'cause for me. It's all about putting the pen to paper. I Love I love my. Technology and I. On my computer as well, but there's something to me about writing stuff down whether it's my schedule and prioritizing key efficient or whether it's like you know just journaling what I'm grateful for writing that down I did a whole like wellness like year in two thousand eighteen, where every single day for the entire year I journal. Like what am I feeling I thought it was going to be like more. Of a fitness thinks I like. My cholesterol is high, and I needed to lose weight, and I was going to do all these things I'm going to travel the stuff and what it became was. Oh my gosh, I'm realizing that I'm tagging my emotions now like when I would write things down the journaling became the biggest part for me is what I was feeling like I was really I felt very marginalized that meeting today, and I came home, and I think like I was going into hibernation. You know and I was angry and I was, but I was identifying my feelings. Why was I instead of just going like writing down my food log? You know it's like it wasn't helpful for me. I. Know How to eat healthy. But to realize that when I feel angry, I don't know what to do with those feelings and to eat them you know, or and I'm like an eye stuff them and I. Try and do anything in Canton. and that was like a realization for me, so we're kind of leaning into that and saying hey, right now when you're stressed or you're afraid or whatever it is that you're going through. What can you lean into? And how can you get in touch with your feelings whether it's do journaling or if you really do maybe you're a mom who is trying to work fulltime at home and also. Also home school your kids to the distance learning the. Maybe you need to be really efficient, so you need to you know. What is it that you need and listening to that? Do you need to be productive? Do you need to be kind of moving a little more inward, and then just writing it down and really getting out of your head and onto paper, so you can help process it. Yeah I need to start journaling. That is something that. I know he's for the whole year. Did you notice that it had a huge impact on? It changed the way I thought it totally and I'm the same way because I'm like I'm so famous for starting a journal. And then it's really good for like a couple weeks, and then it's empty, and I keep it and all these like you know journals that have a little bit done in the beginning, and then like I wish I could combine them all. And are they now? It's like so I just said I have never made like a year long commitment to myself I. Will I mean I will do anything for my kids. My husband, my family, my, you know the team of me me and my big ideas, but for me. It'd be like I'm always the first one to get shoved off the list and so I, said I need I was stressed because just like what you were saying. Our business was. Wildly successful that year, and the year before that but I was so stressed out. Because when you quadruple the size of your company, and you're trying to do the same things that you did before scaling it and learning how to do that so quickly is really stressful for a for a creative person who likes to do things like. As I'm inspired. And so. So dealing with that was huge, so all of these things that I saw which were gaining weight having high cholesterol, not sleeping at night, having hiring Zaidi I was thinking, it was because I'm out of shape or this and I didn't really realize accepted the journaling. which that's not what I started to do. That it was more than just that and so this journaling process just gave me. Such clarity and insight into my own feelings that I had no idea and I don't think if I if I just tried to do that at the very beginning for just a little bit I, don't think I would have. Gotten as deep because like doing it every single year someday the destroy today sucked. He knows the worst day ever and I didn't know how to see it through, but then as I got used to journaling just as an exercise every day. I learned to go. You know to just kind of. I guess like look a little deeper. Really. Shed light on stuff that I had no idea I was looking for. I feel like now. I'M GONNA. Go buy one of your journals because I'm so inspired by that by just what you said and I think that I'm someone that just keeps everything in my head and I talked to myself all day every day just. All the things that have to do all the things that should you know that are behind me? That I should have done yesterday it's that's great. I love that with you. You know you don't realize that when you're not like kind of emptying out. It's like for me I was not able to. I was not able to like think of I was kind of creatively blocked, and then I was like even motion. Lee blocked and they just didn't realize because I'm the same. I am an over thinker. I like I process everything and I just I kinda hold onto it and I get very wrapped up in my own head, and so it was just almost like an emptying of it and helps me sleep. Helped me do all that stuff, so my guys. I think you'll love it. Okay. I'm sold. journaling. Borsch, now let's talk a little bit about living intentionally, which is very much related to what we're talking about now, bite. What does it mean for you to live intentionally? And how can people cultivate a more meaningful life? Because obviously you found your passion, you work really hard at you. Know keeping your mind rate, and it seems like you're a very self, reflective person, but how how have you gotten there? I think. I've always been somebody who really likes. Growing looking inside I ask a Lotta questions of myself and. Other people like I. Try and tell my husband like I'm not really trying to psychoanalyze you. Even I would love to just get into everybody's head, but I think that there's so much we can learn. And one of the things that I have learned just by trying to grow as a person and being teachable. Has Been You. Know there's nobody in the world that is going to take charge of my life, my happiness, the things that I want that me. Matt what happens around me it doesn't you know we can all we can all be complaining about what's happening in the world with your job with your relationship, but when it really comes down to it, you're the one that's responsible for what it is. You want in your life and how happy you are. And so for me, it started with number one. I needed to. Learn how to love myself because I didn't love and accept yourself believe you're worthy of all those things, and then once you believe that those things started kind of coming into my life and a realize it's like you know. That was something that I had to really focus on. I had to work on with myself I am. We're a project, so if you go out there, and you really want a job, or you really want to start a business, or you want a relationship. You have to almost I think. Go for the life that you want with that same passion and I mean for me. It's just been about really starting to identify. What is it that you want? What is it that makes you happy? And how do you need to get that? I think that's why I'm a planner at heart, because living intentionally as really planning, you're trying to like you have to identify something first and then figure out how you're going to get it right, so it's like for me. Identifying. What makes me happy? What the name of our podcast plan? Happy Life at the Tagline for our company. Or for the for the happy planner, because really feel like you know if if for me, I need to identify what it is, that makes me happy right, and so I'm not somebody who is an Adrenalin Junkie I'm not someone who needs a lot of activity in my life, I need I need serenity a need. Calm I need a place to be creative I want to go travel I want to be with my family so when I. Start to really identify Granular Li, like what it is, that makes me happy and what I want I can easily say you know okay well. Then I am intentionally going to make the choices that get me closer to those things that I want and. It's really a responsibility. You know it's really taking responsibility for For the actions that we take and you know and I think it's empowering I actually feel like instead of going like Oh. My Gosh I'm responsible for all of these things in my life and no one's going to do about me that makes me. I think it just gives it gives me the power back to say you know. Stuff can happen all around me. Crap can just be going on like everywhere and internally I can live intentionally with what makes me happy, which what? And I can be. Responsible for especially this stuff that's going on in my head. You know so setting intentions of you know whether it's daily whether it's setting an intention for a year or whenever you're feeling like you need a little more clarity into. What am I working for I think it's a really powerful thing to do and I know sometimes when things get more popularity. They gained that whole like people in Oh. Yeah, okay. Setting intentions are doing all this, and it sounds a little Wu, and all that and I'm like it, but it really really makes a difference in how we live our lives, and the decisions that we make yeah, and it's all it all goes back to taking accountability, right and totally nine I. always talk about this on the podcast where a lot of people struggle with that I. Think they kind of have this. Poor me, mentality or you know I could never accomplish that I'm not ex- enough. I'm not educated. Enough I'm not. You know fast enough smart enough pretty enough whatever it is, and I just do I. Hope that if pe- when people listen to this episode, they really if they take anything from it. I really hope that they listen to what you just said. Because it's so powerful, that's such a like. I can't I've had a lot of things. People will ask me like well. Of course, it's easy for you to be happy because where you are today, you know and I said, but but here's what you don't understand is that? The reason I'm happy is not because I have all the things that I have the reason I have all the things that I have is because a happy positive person who believes that I have. that. What happens in my life is a result of you know of the way that I go about it and what I believe I deserve and how and then I can have those things I'm happy. And I'm positive period. Doesn't necessarily. Happy happy I just mean like I'm going to be content and positive and optimistic in my life. No matter what is going on and I have lived through a lot of things I've had like I said I shared with you. Guys had some traumatic things in my childhood that have happened I was had a child eighteen I had a lot of money issues. I'm growing up. I was in an abusive relationship with physically and mentally, and there's a have been drug abuse them I mean lots of things that I've had to deal with and. I could very easily any of those instances been. Why did this happen to me? I could never start a business because I don't have a college education and they don't have any money, and they don't have this and you know. What will people think of me and you know a? Growing and believing that you can do something, no matter what like having that resilience and having that. Like I'm just going to figure it out like I said I. It pretty much anything now I'm probably going to be more of a of a jack-of-all-trades master of none but that's okay. That's who I am, and that's really has gotten me where I'm at, but yeah. I just I think if anything I totally agree with you. If I share anything, it would be that no matter what your circumstances are in life. I think optimism and. And believing that no matter what happens to you, you will get through this, and you make something of yourself, and you can get the things that you want in life If you know if you're working, you work hard. You have to be willing to work hard. You have to be teachable if to learn to be confident, but all those things are things you can control. And it doesn't really matter what your circumstances are. So that would be something I mean. Yes. I love the product. Yes, I love our brand. Yes, I love all these other things, but that's just something that I think everyone can take with them throughout their lives. Such great life advice, and it's so true I feel like there's been looking back and reflecting on my own experiences to and the hardships that you know everyone has different forms of adversity, but how you respond and react to that is I think all the difference and I think it was a murray furlough that said everything is figure out. That just. When you said that because it's true like if you have that drive and that hustle enough to do what it is that you WanNa, do you can figure that all out and I think Alex also reiterated several times. There's this concept of just start now. Figure everything else out along the way as you go. Otherwise, you're never gonNA start. You're never going to achieve those goals but in terms of goal, setting and just organizational tips. I mean I feel like the ideal buyer of the happy planner is a very organized individual, or maybe they're aspiring to be more organized. So what are some good organizational tips just in general that people can start practicing and then apply to the happy planner. And I am not a naturally organized person. At like what you see back there on this video that we're recording over is not what it normally looks like I'm a creative person so I'm very like. Just kind of scattered and I will follow an idea like if I have an idea, I'm like I'm down that rabbit hole and. There's a chaos and mastic usually follows so being organized and using happy planner and using organizational tools is actually been essential for me to be like a productive society member of society or running a business, so one of my favorite tools and I think we kind of alluded to this a little earlier was getting things out of your head in getting him down I use a master What I call him Master Action Item List, so it doesn't matter if like you are thinking of I've gotTa. GotTa do cupcakes the Kids School I've got empty. The dishwasher I have a huge project that I'm working on. That's do every little thing. Take space up in your head and It doesn't really you know you're not really. They all have the same weight, so you're thinking constantly of the Dishwasher, the cupcakes and all of these things and you don't have the space to really think about Give yourself like. Hey, now. I'm really focusing on the project because there's so much stuff spinning in your head. And, so I think David Allen I think is his name he said you're. You're headed for having ideas, not storing them so like for me. It's like Oh, my gosh, that is so perfect so I take and had this one massive list actually I have to, but it's ones home in one's work, but usually for most people one will do and. If everything that comes out of my head is something that I have to do if it's an action item. I put it on my list and then I work from that list. Would plan my weeks when I plan my days, so I look at Monday and I think okay. I've got five meetings not lot. Stuff's going to be coming off that to do list, but on Tuesday I have one meeting in the morning and I had the whole day that I. have so I'll go off of my master list and then start working from there. I'M NOT GONNA forget my tasks that way. It's not going to be like oh shoot cupcake sting it. You have your your things that have due dates and everything so when I'm working from it I don't have fifteen sticky notes everywhere and a piece of paper that I wrote over there. That I got lost cause. I left it in my car and you're constantly then figuring out. How do I remember where it was that thing so keeping everything kind of in one place has been a big tip for me. the second organizational tip that I use I plan every Sunday I plan my week out every Sunday so or whatever the day before the start of week.' In for me. Mondays the start, so I sit down I. Take a look at what are all of the to the must do's appointments. The the deadlines that have to happen that week and get all those things in there and I. I plan everything out from date night with my husband every week. we're putting that in their first wins the time that I need one of my GonNa. Go exercise. When am I going to those put in appointments, and then I start to fill in again with things from that master to do. If I don't do that, then you know, there's things that come up and they're just time. Thief's and they come in to take in all of a sudden. You look and you've spent. Monday and you're thinking I've done nothing you know. It could be a week and you're going like shoot. There's nothing off my list. conversely you can take a look at that, and if you've been really productive, there've been times. I had no idea I could get that much done. So those are two tips for me to stay on and just to contend me. Being organized means being productive, because if I'm not productive, my stuff's all over the place. I get very easily overwhelmed, and that is not a good place for me to be. I was GONNA ask as well with with your master. Master list you add everything from like emptying the dishwasher doing laundry like every task so usually I have like if those are ongoing I will have just started doing this, which helped a lot, but all I kind of assign like if something that occurs every week for me I have a list. That's basically recurring tasks, so if you're if it's a cleaning thing, it's like an you know you've got changes sheets. You know the bathrooms or whatever I've got empty Roomba. because. Just, all those little things that are like take the trash out. Those are of things that I put off to the side which are more recurring tasks. And then when I sit down. Unday, I think you know empty room by the today's the in the evenings and do my meal planning here and those things happen all the time. The the Master List for me is you know the things that are their projects or their like like for me for my work one. It's like every time like I need to talk to him about this Call up this person and make sure I return this thing and check out on. All of the let's marketing meetings scheduled out. Make sure to reach out and so then I can cross them off. On Cross them off. And then when they're done, they're done, and of course you know once it gets to about halfway marked off at create a new list because it's prettier. And I like doing that, but yeah, the reoccurred things I keep separately. Of It, so we're GONNA. Get this all in. Your home about really what you're saying is it comes down to time management skills right, and yes, you know like you said there are some days ago by and I'm like. How did I just spent two hours scrolling through instagram? Checking emails bearing bearing myself in emails that really don't I don't need to get back to these people right away and you self reflect and go like that I see I'm busy, but to hours of that time was wasted. Time management is huge, and that was another thing that I uncovered in my memorabilia box that said think I was in like fourth grade and the teacher says like Stephanie needs to learn time management. Because it is true, because I do the same thing and I feel like there's so many times when people say I just don't have enough time and I'm thinking i. just spent four hours binge-watching. Whatever I. We. Do have the time and that's okay. If you're going, you know what I'm going to. It's going to be a binge party like I am going to be watching and It's fine but I think we need to be aware like you don't WanNa miss out on the things that you either want to be doing our need to be doing because you're not managing your time well and like I said it's a constant struggle. This is going to be something that I'm GonNa be. Be doing for my whole life. Because you know because I'm just not naturally inclined to be that way even, but it's a habit you know, and it's easier for me now, but managing your time well and scheduling it out is is a habit that we form you know, and it's just like it just becomes easier and then yeah, you find him. There's nothing to me like when I look at a list I'm like. Oh, my gosh look! How productive I was this week! That is such a good feeling when you even when you finish the day, and you're like man I was on point today like I knocked this off the list and I. Did this and you just feel good? There's just this feeling it brings. There's something about they say like an actual like I don't know what gets release, dopamine, or whatever that when you cross things off your list. That, yes, go. It is what? What are some other resources that you? You've enjoyed yourself or that? You would recommend to listeners in terms of time, management or building, good habits, organizational tools and practices. I think that like to meet. Okay decluttering. Making sure that you like you don't have because again. The more clutter at the worst and I know they say you know a messy desk or whatever they say, but the MESSI dozen. Beans or whatever and it is, but it's probably one who's just driving themselves crazy 'cause they can't find anything so developing somewhat of. Of A protocol for how you're GONNA. Plan your weeks and then also. One of the things I don't know if it's not really a resource, but it's something that I learned that. I kind of tend to first thing in the morning. I want to like answer all like you're saying I. Want to answer all my emails, and then of course I go down. Somebody's asking you know unsubscribe to all these things now and then I started subscribing, and then I go down, and so somebody told me to block off your days and at the beginning. Do the most important thing for you that you need to. To get done in the morning or whenever it is that you work I work best in the morning and freshest van, and then about three o'clock, I'm looking for anything else. I'm looking for something to snack on or any distraction and it, but some people are not also if you're like going, this is when I do my best work. Then make sure you can identify those times because you're gonNA. Find that you have. You're going to get more done. You'RE GONNA feel more efficient more. More productive and I think that's going to help I. Definitely, figure think that if you can figure out how technology and productivity work for you. I am kind of a hybrid between outlook and all of the technology that we can't. We have that really does keep us I've got when I have meetings. All my stuff is stored. I, don't WanNa. Right down the zoom. Call Identification Number and the password, and all these things you know, that's all stored in my outlook and I have a really good relationship between paper planning and my tech, you know. And then but I have a process every time I have like a nice system. I think I think that works I've been I've used a lot of productivity tools into honest with you. Nothing's really kept me more productive than just keeping it simple and planning things out and getting stuff done I mean it. It starts off great, but then it's just something else for me to. Keep track of so having something just right in my face whether it's my outlook, calendar or or my paper planner I just like I, said I've tried I've tried them all I've tried. And I know they were really well for some people, but for me it's just all about keeping it really simple and just getting stuff done. Yeah, and you know what I love the realness because we get questions, sometimes of like. How do you have a business and you work fulltime in your mind like? How do you do all the things? And I always kind of self reflect in its and I always think you know. You make time for what's important to you. That's the bottom line. We all have twenty four hours a day. I think that that hustle mentality isn't always helpful and isn't always positive, but at the same time if you have something that you want to accomplish. You just have to do it. You have to figure it out and do it. That's the bottom line. So Yeah? I love what you said on that. You know what I'd like to ask you Stephanie. If there's some sort of book or podcast or resource that you'd recommend for our followers, I don't know if you have any in mind that something that is is really impacted you in some way. Yes, so two different two different things so a book that basically just changed my life completely were was the gifts of imperfection by Bernard Brown. And it was one of those things where I just realized I don't have to be perfect I'm worthy of just the way I am, and that just really kind of just her whole. I love her so much that book. When I started to believe those things about myself, things change. They think changed in my life. They changed in my business That's why I think that no matter what you're looking at doing that. Inner work is I. Don't don't try and like. Get the promotion or getting the relationship, because you think that's GonNa make you more successful or happier, or whatever, because if you're not okay with that first step I it's all going to be empty. You know you're going to get the promotion, but it's not gonNA. Feel as great as you thought it was. Because you're. There's there's that whole in there that you're trying to fill so. That personally was amazing for me and then I love how I built this by Cairo's and. The podcast and for business. That's something that I listened to and I just. If, you're ever wanting to start a business and you think well I don't fit the typical either entrepreneur or business owner, or whatever I don't fit that mold listen to those stories there from every walk of life and every kind of story. It's so empowering to listen to them, but it's also really interesting to see how some of those people dealt with you know the setbacks, and how they how they innovated, and how they funded their businesses, and it's really interesting, and so, and they've covered just about like every aspect of business so I love those, too. Such third-rate episode actually heard how I built. This I've never listened to it, but I've heard it is great good, so that'll be one that'll that'll be added to my podcast list. podcasts our life right now in quarantine. Basically do anything and just have headphones on and listen to podcasts. For sure so good. Well this has been great. We are so happy that we have had the chance to chat with you and an answer all of our questions. Where can people find you on on social media? And where can they purchase happy planner? So they can find a me personally and INSTAGRAM's. Where is my John? That's what I love the most. People over it Instagram, so you can find me at Stephanie Score, Fleming. And then you can find the happy planner, which on Instagram, as the underscore happy, underscore planner or the happy planet Dot Com. I also have a podcast called planet. Happy Life that host with my daughter, sharing tips about how you can choose to be happier and planned to be happier and. And we love that, so that is planned a happy life. You can find that. At Planet Happy Life Dot Com so and then the happy planner you can buy at craft stores all over Michael's Joanne. Hobby Lobby Walmart and that'd be planner DOT COM, so we're all over. Love it. It's awesome. That is so great. We will link everything in the show notes, and it has been such a pleasure Stephanie you offer so much wisdom. As it relates to not only business but life so thank you for sitting down with us today. Thank you appreciate it. It's been fun talking to you.
Even Amazon Prime Day had to bow down to the pressures of coronavirus
"Would means longtime daily charged contributor and Amazon expert. Ben Fox Ruben welcome bent. Hello, so there are a lot of things to get to as always a busy time for Amazon, but let's start with Prime Day yesterday. dake firmed a delay. We technically were supposed to be knee deep in deals right now. So what happened Krona happen? Coronavirus happen to everything this year, and it's actually a little surprising that they took this long to confirm something that everybody already knew was happening. There were rumors swirling for months. The Prime Day was. was going to be delayed because of coronavirus. At first there were rumors. I think they were coming from the Wall Street Journal that it was going to be pushed to September and then business insider more recently, said guess what it's actually going to be October now. It probably will be October because if they delay it any further than that. You're getting into Thanksgiving late. November! Maybe they're going to do that. It's possible that they do that and they just make prime day like a couple of days during the holiday selling season. But. It's a different year for Brian Day. Just like it's a different year for just about everything. And that's an interesting question terms of the timing of this event because. Yet do they just clump it together with the rest of the holiday shopping season two? They have own separate thing. I'm curious how many shopping bonanza vents. The consumer is actually willing to tolerate especially in this condition. Okay, so they've already failed in the General Prime Day mission, which is a summer sale when the summer is usually a relatively slow time in retail. That's not going to happen anymore. That's over. Usually. They announced Prime Day in late June, and then they hold it in mid-july. We're already and later July. So that's that's not going to happen anymore. It's also a great question that you mentioned that like. The sales bonanzas and big summer sales or any sale whatsoever. Can come off as tone-deaf during coronavirus because people are getting sick. People are losing their jobs I. Don't need to tell you what's happening. You know it's terrible so encouraging people to buy a Roomba. That's not so great. One Way to do it, which could work would be to encourage people to go shopping, because it helps small and medium-sized businesses which sell on Amazon. They do that a lot already. Maybe it would work this time. I'm sure they're gonNA. Try to emphasize that but. People are trying to save as much money as they can. So I I. Don't know how successful Prime Day will be, and it's obviously they're gonNA have to thread the needle here as far as what tone they said, that's proper and actually did hold serve a quiet stealth event earlier this summer. They held a fashion centric sale I. Don't know if you've got any read on. How well that's done! No! No I haven-, which means that are probably didn't do that. While usually Amazon likes to promote how their sales do with these vague metrics. They didn't even provide those the reason they did. The fashion centric thing was because people really aren't buying a lot of close other than Pajama Pants and sweat pants, so maybe we can try to convince you to get a blazer. It's thirty or forty percent off. I don't think people are doing that I'm certainly not doing that so I don't I don't really know whether it was successful or not by. I don't I. Don't believe it was in the end. They downplayed it pretty significantly. Because of the reasons, we mentioned
Interview with Colin Angle, Robotics Luminary, Chairman, CEO and Founder of iRobot
"Hello and welcome to the today. Podcast I'm your host Kathleen Walsh and I'm your host Schmeltzer. Our guest today is Colin Angle. Who is the chairman CEO and founder of I robot and in Luminary in the field of robotics so high Colin? Thank you so much for joining us today. A great to be here. Welcome Colin and. Thanks for joining us. We'd like to start by having you introduce yourself to our listeners and tell them a little bit about your background and some exciting things that are going on it. I Robot Short so I'm Colin Angle the CEO Chairman and co-founder of I robot. This is actually a robot. Thirty th year. We were founded back in nineteen ninety a startup company with the mission to really deliver on the promise of robots and we'd been I grew up reading robots. We all some movies about robots. I really didn't have any in our lives on a daily basis and I robot was founded to go and change that and over the years we've been involved in everything from missions to Mars to robots. That went into nuclear power plants. Robots that diffused bombed. But we're boost well known for the room. The robot vacuum cleaner as the first real practical robot that people could just generally own excellent. You know and I think that's part of what's popularized robotics and people are very sort of become more intimately familiar with robots today in the Twenty Twenty S. Surprising that I wrote has been around for thirty years. I'm sure for you. It feels like yesterday for a lot of us who have been around a robot. It's certainly feels that way. And you know. Crow bots have been in constant development for many years for the past sixty plus years even beyond that no longer than than six years and there have been a number of notable successes of course. I robot included and they're also have been some you know troubling starts. Nobody's who are built robotics and tried to build robotic firms. Even some of the big luminaries in this field. So what do you see as the current state of the robotics industry as a whole and what do you see as make some companies successful in this industry and perhaps even to another extent here like what do you see? Some of the roadblocks that are facing widespread adoption of robots in our daily lives in the home in the office. And how far away are we from achieving this ultimate goal? I know it's a lot of parts to this question but just crafting the vision for where to go straight there. You go sure so. I mean robotics tool kit so it's a technology which allows you to go and there's different parts toolkit perceive information about the world use artificial intelligence to think about what you've been able to perceive also in the tool. Kit are the use of computers and microcontrollers to drive motors and actuators to allow machine to do physical work. And this is a really cool tool. I mean you can build machines that you could only dream of the challenges of course finding an application of robot technology where you're really solving a problem. People care about and we've been told all throughout our history that there was an expectation that robots were supposed to clean your home and the idea that you could maybe build a robot that couldn't vacuum which is a subset of cleaning the entire home. But it's a very important part and you could come home every day to freshly vacuumed home and particularly if you have pets well you need to vacuum every day or live with pet hair. Neither of them are particularly exciting options. And the Roomba offered practical solution and because we had a lot of experience in building robots that low price point and using smaller microprocessors to understand the environment sufficiently to go backing thoroughly and completely it all made sense and you had a robot which was both affordable and effective and were well up over twenty five million of these robots sold the Dayton about twenty. Five percent of money spent on vacuums is now spent on robot vacuums which has just been an amazing phenomenon to have start with an idea on a piece of paper and have it turned into reality. Yeah that's I mean. One that that stat is really interesting and also. I think that it's made people more comfortable with robots in their house. You know it's just it's just doing one task and doing it well and not really getting in people's way and getting them familiar with robots. So I know that you've recently wrote a piece about autonomy is not intelligence and we really liked tat because we always say at cognreznick that automation is not intelligence. And I think that sometimes people can confuse the two but they're really not the same so can you break down for our listeners. And explain what you meant by that sure so autonomy is usually where working robot start where the idea is. The robot hasn't task you know go out and vacuum four and then go back and recharge yourself but if you can't direct the robot if you can't interact with a robot it's really not that smart. Imagine if you went to your life unable to listen or interact with anyone else and you just sort of maybe add some instinct on how to survive. But I don't think many people would think you're very smart if you couldn't talk with them and take direction and give direction so what we're trying to do is expand the utility of the robot and expand the ability of the robot to fit into people's lives by working at increasing its ability to interact and understand and take direction and demonstrate that cares about the environment and treat. The environment is operating in a very careful fashion and through doing this. You go from device. That can't listen and can only do what it was programmed to do at the beginning to a device. That really can learn about how it's supposed to do. Its job and that's opens up not just the world of better vacuuming but vastly richer world of tasks that robot can suddenly take on. Yeah that's actually a really good point because you know pretty much anything that people think about what humans can do our animals that used to do with it and they were laboring in the field or animals. We like to have as command. Says well you know certainly. That's what we want these mechanized machines that have some element of intelligence. Who Want to do that as well? So I know you see lots of use cases an examples of robots of of all sorts and as matter of fact when you started talking about the history of I robot you talked about robots in places like nuclear power plants in areas of combat and places like that so. What are some of these standard examples that you have seen especially more recently for robots and places that we may not necessarily have expected these robots to being performing really useful tasks others a great example in warehouse automation and so that some of the tasks the robots where the really making a great inroads today? Or maybe not the most glamorous robots like you know robots come and greet you at the door but robots that are enabling and are involving society to actually work and as we get more and more addicted to ordering things online and expecting products to magically come from. Click on the screen to my front door in a matter of days or even hours were increasing the load on warehouses to sales Toronto disorder toothpaste. I need to go find the toothpaste but in a box. Seal the box and mail out or even have it. Delivered automatically and that's an area where the industry is just exploding where there's demand for automation to accurately and swiftly and cheaply perform that type of service and so that's a big thing and an area maybe on the other side of the field of things we may have heard about contests driving vehicles these are robots and. I think there's a lot of attention and excitement around a when are we going to have and see robot cars and robot buses and robot? Taxis enter into our lives and gradually underway. Where there's different areas where maybe today's state of the art is in a known geographic area potentially operating at reduced speeds to ensure safety. You can get autonomous driving vehicles. Move FROM POINT A to B or highways with certain brands of vehicles. You can start to see things like smart cruise control and other assisted features in our cars and over time these robots that carry around and will continue to get more and more sophisticated until the point where you know driving truly becomes a choice and those are two really big areas where we're seeing a lot of activity and then obviously closer. I robot tone in the home where we're seeing vacuuming become tremendously successful commercially. We see potential for mopping and lawn mowing and then as we dial the clock forward getting into assistive purposes to allow elderly people to live independently. Much more safely
Best-Selling Items on Amazon in 2019
"Amazon says it's had a record breaking holiday season the E. commerce giant announced billions of items ordered around the world including tens of millions of Amazon devices some of the best selling home products in the U. S. included an instant pot iRobot Roomba robot vacuum a curry coffee maker and fryer Carhartt champion in a DDS or some of their most popular clothing brands brought in the Amazon
Amazon announces 'record-breaking' holiday with 'billions' of items sold
"Amazon record sales online retailer Amazon says people bought billions of items via its website and apple over the holiday season including tens of millions of Amazon devices purchased worldwide among its top selling products the echo dot fire stick TV with Alexa voice remote echo show five LOL surprise the glitter globe Dow winter disco series with glitter air and the iRobot Roomba six seventy five robot
"roomba" Discussed on Pat Gray Unleashed
"This is an actual doug this is real. This is real. This isn't one of those video. This is a commercial as they try to sell this robotic dog to agencies like the Massachusetts police ended the play they are. It's unless entering. It's unknown for three months. It's okay and after the three months the they will decide if they're going to buy you know a shipment of these robotic dogs for the Massachusetts State Police and probably eventually I'm I'm connect guns and lasers to them would be my guess. Look at these things they can do. They can open doors ores little spooky and let another dog robot in that it goes through all this fog ourselves or whatever ever. It is all carries a lot of weight on it. I would think eventually they're going to be used in like a bomb detection. Yup Yup that yeah and marching down on city streets with lasers and guns attached to them cry so chilling there you go another chilling advancement that we'd better think twice those dogs. Don't believe on your poop on the rug right now but they could kill. Oh you so. Don't worry about that. Yeah Yeah don't worry about that okay. I'm sure that'll ever had never forget it uh-huh..
"roomba" Discussed on Pat Gray Unleashed
"Just had another airing of Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer boy. And I remember joking joking about you know years ago. I'll Santa is a little mean spirited and nothing like the discrimination grimmer nation seems to be really prevalent At the North Pole people are actually career now yelling and screaming about about the movie and that we shouldn't play it anymore. I don't know should we play it anymore. It is I mean Santa. Santa Sick does get pissed when his you know Rudolph's black rubber snow's pops off and it starts glowing who donor. You should be ashamed of your so why why because I I have a son with a red nose. That's really your nose shaming me because of my son done how. Wow that's hard core. Yeah and then of course you know. Rudolph gets bullied the whole time until the end and when finally you know they can figure out something to do with his nose. And it's a real thing. Now it's surreal. Th We used to joke about this and talk about how this is so means and it's not even it's not funny now because now it's real now wow there. They're upset because the the bullying of Rudolph is the saddest thing ever and the shaming and an mean-spirited Santa is not a good example for kids. I don't know if it's as bad as nestor. The long eared Christmas donkey where his mom freezes to death or something. I don't know Nester Nestor the long eared donkey. Yeah it's the sad story and these are kids shows now. We all watched them growing up so we turned out really well. I don't the but okay. We'll go with that for the sake of this conversation. A kid our children not handle it when we all handled it. Should we just take get off the air now and you can't see it anymore. Delete it from your services. Throw it away if you have it on DVD. I mean I don't know where to stop. Change Our history changer traditions. And we're doing exactly. That is the sad part of that. MHM Michelle Obama thing and that we are going to have sacrifices have to change our conversation. We're going to have to to change our traditions. Our history.
"roomba" Discussed on Pat Gray Unleashed
"Leaders of today doing doing enough to protect future generations from climate. Change if none. What should they be doing? It is big time like really come or doing a climbing shit. That I'd like to hear his explanation. The Nation on that because of Eddie's getting some flack from that did you. Why did you roll your eyes to the scientific consensus proof proving Cliven? I changed question. Now why did you roll your is it my religion climate change right right. I'M GONNA look up and see. This has been addressed just anywhere. I bet it as and I bet he says I wasn't I just I had something in my eye and I was looking up at the ceiling. Oh no she went on to say that was the eventual Joe Winter two. Yeah She went on to say that the planet is dying shut up. That's probably what got probably meanwhile billionaire Bill Gates eight and former vice president. Al Gore responded to criticism that their use of private jets somehow conflicts with their desire desire to fight global warming gates suggested to axios his amy harder. That is heavy investments in Green Energy Eh. This is amazing. I can't believe yeah but his heavy investments in green energy are effectively enough to outweigh outweigh his private jet. Use Shut up you flaming hypocrite. The Microsoft founder owns a private jet of course and is one of the wealthiest one of the wealthiest he is the wealthiest person in the nation or in the world. Right now he just passed up Bill Gates. Didn't we on that story like last week. or The we go go back and forth. But he's one or two Jeff always always hanging out at three Yay okay continue. He said I'm investing in climate change. Very broadly and substantial amounts of money. Okay so you can. You can conduct yourself any way you want even though you believe that were what eight or ten in years away from total destruction so you can continue to dump the CO two from a private jet into the atmosphere and that's not a problem. I'm sorry if you believe as they purport to believe you don't do that you don't conduct yourself that way and you don't say well I'm offsetting that because I donate a lot of money to other causes to the causes causes of Green Energy Sh. That's just that doesn't work. I mean this. Climate change thing is is a fertile field for progressive thought. I mean that's what they do that take you do something. Yes regularly you into a behavior. Don't have to do on our man. We're you follow our example in in other words not necessarily by our deeds. I don't think there's anyone doing more. But if there is congratulations to whoever that is so that exempt tim from acting in a in a responsible way as far as the climate's concerned meanwhile Al Gore politician-turned will healed activist activist Vegan L.. Please I doubt he's a Vegan. I really doubt. He's a Vegan made a similar point when confronted confronted. He he recognizes how important these everyday choices are while spending most of his time working to catalyze a global effort to change laws and policies representatives for Gore did not respond to a request for comment when the daily caller news foundation asked him in two thousand eighteen. If he'd be willing to ban the use of private jets leads to help address. Climate Change and of course the answer's no otherwise. He would have answered that question. The Gates Foundation also didn't respond when daily caller news foundation reached out. Well these hypocrites do as I say not as I do every single full-time it's the same thing..
"roomba" Discussed on Pat Gray Unleashed
"Triple eight nine hundred thirty three ninety-three also a PAT unleashed on twitter. You know we talked about the failing ratings at CNN where they're down to something like six hundred thousand viewers now in primetime cheese and it's it's stuff like We're just about to show you that accounts for it They were taking apart art the Gop as an in the things. They're saying in defense of impeachment especially Ted Cruz calling him a propagandist for Vladimir Putin. Okay now if there's one thing you can't accuse Ted Cruz of being a propagandist for Vladimir Putin it's just ask tonight but here they are going on and on and on about it. Suzanne SAM trump's former top Russia adviser Fiona Hill testified that the idea Ukraine not Russia interfere in our election as they quote fictional narrative errative perpetrated and propagated by Russia. Can you break down the security implications of people like Cruz continuing to push out. This debunk message. It's a home run every time for Publicans further this fictional narrative we have intelligence community. And guess what it's it's not. Based in Moscow. Our own inaugurals have worn lawmakers that Russia is engaged in a campaign to frame Ukraine for two thousand sixteen election interference stories. But Ted Cruz and others are relying on Russia's assessment. Rather than our own intelligence community undercuts our own experts at the same time propagandizing indicting for Putin really detract from air ability to counter Russia's Information Putin used to have to pay Bautzen trolls to spread. Russian lies is now he can count on cruise and on and county. There's further this Russian talking point detracts from another vital interests which is supporting Ukraine crane. And this couldn't be happening the worst time because they're so concerned you know how the Democrats have always been concerned about Ukraine. You remember remember that you remember. When Russia invaded Ukraine in their Crimea region and took took it over to you remember how the Democrats were all yelling yelling? Please please Mr President Obama. Please stop them. Stop them we can't allow them to have our good close personal wonderful friends Ukraine screen. We can't allow them to just march in and take it. Do you remember the outcry from Democrats. Oh they were so concerned about deafening deafening. Ah Well I mean so deafening. I didn't hear any well. It was deafening. It was muffled but by the blankets that Obama sent to Ukraine. That's all he would do to help that country out but the blankets did they put the blankets in the way of the invasion. Yes stop the tanks from rolling. It kept him warm. Russia was marching through their villages juice. Tomorrow cranium presidents Alinsky is meeting with Putin for the first time to engage in peace negotiations related to the conflict in eastern Ukraine. McKee's entering those negotiations at such an advantage Putin knows that trump was willing to put security assistance which by the way is used to deter and defend against Russia trump was willing to put that on hold and now we have American okay. I can't take it anymore. I also have to point out. Just just how concerned the Democrats have always been about Russia man if they've been afraid of Russia for cash it for forever forever ever. They've had beaten that drama. Glad that you recognize that al Qaeda's a threat because a few months ago when you were asked what's the biggest geopolitical Brett facing America. You said Russia he said Russia. Russia are now calling for their foreign policy back because the Cold War's been over for twenty years But governor when it comes to foreign policy seem to want to import the foreign policies in the nineteen eighties. That's what you're seeing. The social policies of the nineteen hundred the and the economic policies and the nine hundred twenty s right. It's so ridiculous that you think Russia's a threat and now they're the biggest threat in the history of the world and I agree Obama. Yeah it's been over for twenty years because you know why would you fight for communist when you have the presidency at that point. Yeah no kidding Oh my goodness this was a CBS news article July two thousand seventeen talking about Ukraine some conservative personalities within without the White House have been talking a lot lately about the links between Ukraine and Hillary Clinton's campaign. Their relationship was exposed by politico reporter. Ken Vogel Who's moved to The New York Times back in January. But some on the right are talking about it again. In defense of Donald Trump junior has been roundly criticized Blah Blah Blah. What if you're looking for an example of a campaign coordinating with a foreign country or a foreign source look no further than the DNC who actually coordinated opposition position research with the Ukrainian embassy? That's according to Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Even Republicans who have been critical of the trump administration over the Russia matter have recently talked about the story. So what happened with Clinton the Clinton campaign in the Ukraine. A Democrat wasn't so much Clinton campaign per se according to CBS but a democratic operative with the Democrat National Committee that they did reach out to the Ukrainian government in an attempt to get damaging information about the trump campaign. Now this is not a hoax. It has not I've been debunked. It is an actual fact that the crane that Ukraine did in fact metal or try to meddle. It'll in the election now. Nobody says that they changed the outcome. Just like nobody says. Russia changed the outcome of the election. Well the Democrats do but no reasonable person person says the Russians change the election results. Because they didn't they tried to interfere. They couldn't really because the elections as for the most part are all controlled locally and they didn't know how to deal with that they didn't know how to break into that and that's really what stopped them This goes into the information about. What's her face? Chalupa that Glenn has talked about. CBS was All over this story two years ago. Now all of a sudden it's debunked conspiracy theory. No it's all right there. They just they don't want you to remember that. Oh that's right. Everybody knew about this at one point. They they are so good at beating down facts at discrediting truth and promoting emoting lies and their own propaganda. That they they can fool the American people. As long as they have the media on their side the mainstream media they can they can pretty much do and say whatever they want and so they are so. They're saying that the Ukrainian interferences complete is a complete hoax. That Russia is the big bad ogre win before it was the eighties called the nineteen eighties call nuance their policy back. Yep I mean it's it should be embarrassing to them and shameful to them onto faced and and duplicitous. They've been but they're not they're they don't care because they've got no shame. No shame and we give trump another four years. Then then it's going to be more of the same. It's just going to be more thrown against the wall and see what sticks to try to impeach the president. They're going to do this right until the moment the man leaves office yet once we get past this. They'll just be another scandal. They'RE GONNA they're gonNA manufacturer. Triple eight nine hundred.
What Counts As Augmented Reality?
"Marco got some augmented reality glasses by which I mean sunglasses with headphones in them and that prompted listener and to ask what counts is augmented reality headphones are headphones any headphones augmented reality. are are glasses are sunglasses are marco sunglasses are the new Alexa glasses that that look kind of ridiculous where you can put them on and talk to Alexa are any of these things what what makes an augmented reality product really I'm reminded of when we discussed smart devices this falls under under similar umbrellas that was like when as wanted something smart appliance smart whatever and it was like after I if it has more computerized stuff than it did before the term smart whatever was coined so augmented reality I mean it's actually been a term for a very long time but the mainstream knowledge of that term is fairly recent and the reason Markos glasses aren't actually augmented reality glasses and to be clear to explain what these are they greg this sunglasses but the they call the temples which is what they're actually called but you might call them the stick men down a whole episode about the things that you name parts of glasses yeah no yeah temple some are very thick and they play sound all right so because things that go on your head I sound vaguely in the direction of your ears long predate mainstream knowledge of the term augmented reality they're not augmented reality is by the fact that a kind of sort of do augmented reality although I would argue in a very limited way really depends on how they're used because I think they're mostly just speaker say it's like plugging a little like little earpiece from a transistor radio in your ear in nineteen seventy eight to at a baseball game is not I guess it's augmenting the reality of you watching the baseball game but I would not in a million years call that augmented reality I mean th the Monitors Bluetooth and in theory your phone could be used in conjunction with them to provide an actual augmented reality like you could be sightseeing when you arrive at a certain location plays the sound of that location or something like that it would be it would be the audio output device it wouldn't actually doing any of those yeah but but because audio has such a precedent of putting thing on your head to play audio they're basically Bluetooth headphones yeah glasses attached so they are not augmented reality I'm originally would would air pods or these Alexa glasses or something like that that is a little more intelligent and I'm just sort of wondering where you draw the line with those beyond reality would could we conceive of an audio product that is augmented reality what if like I could leave the House with only air pods and they knew where I was and I could talk to them and they could tell me stuff can I cross over the line into it being augmented reality or does it really needs to be something that is not in my ears it's not the design your years is just that it's serving as just dumb sort of sound out advice oh to give an example of all only augmented reality device you could have something that goes on your head and like maybe it's for like people with impaired vision You're blind people like there would have radar or something to since the surroundings and give you kind of like clicks or some other kind of auditory who about where things are that would be an augmented reality audio only thing because it's basically like a device that allows you to quote unquote see without action seeing right I was thinking of something like you know a glasses or air pods or something like that that's got you know it's got gps it's got camera it's got all sorts of location sensing it's got machine learning it's on the Internet and even if you're not blind you know if you're standing somewhere and it says your next appointment is across the street and to the right and it'll end it's like telling you like the stuff or or whispering the name of the person you're talking same thing same like that it's it's more than that it's not just playing audio from some other device because unfortunately like here's the thing ar glasses if when they arrive in various forms could end up being intially dumb screens that your phone talks all the smarts glass Google glass not only did it not which is I think there's a definition here the replacing a layer over reality that's the idea here Google glass was just talking to your phone and displaying a little tiny screen that had nothing to do with it you were looking at it was literally just a an apple watch that you didn't have to look at your wrist to see and that's not a are but if I'm overlaying on top of reality I feel like then we have a conversation about if that's augmented reality or not like the unfair thing for audio is exact same situation where you've got a phone that has all the smart attendance basically using your the thing on your head as an audio output device not aarp but if you have a phone that has all the smarts and he's using your glasses as it video up a device suddenly they are yeah yes I were avoiding the obvious definition which is like if it actually overlays things on stuff that you see so it knows which direction you're facing put labels on streets or buildings people's faces like it's obviously a are trying to find like how how far can you go how dumb okay servers audio output devices they don't know call A. R. Despite performing basically the exact same job as visual version of that same thing right I think that there's an or experienced to be had with something like air pods or these Alexa glasses tied in with other sensors and things like that but I I'm not sure I would call the headphones themselves are it's more like you're having an ar experience that is because your phone knows where it is and nobody's got an ultra wideband beacon on them on their person and it's like it knows who everybody isn't all whatever that that thing is or or it's got a camera but the processing is being done and somewhere else then you're having an ar experienced but like you have to get that extra step beyond and I think context is part of it right that that it needs to be seeing in some way what's around you what's real and then replacing it like if a pair of air pods or Alexi glasses or something in the future could hear somebody talking in a foreign language and whisper the translation in your ear I'd I'd say that probably qualifies as a are yeah the audio stuff to get over the hurdle I think actually has to augmented reality has to be aware of what's there has to alter it in some way whereas I think the video one even if you had a video on that was like literally just looking at the screen on your phone but through your glasses I think I would still call that ar even though it sounds like just as dumb display the device it doesn't augment reality in any way but you would say oh it's a are because it's augmented reality by showing me and my phone my phone is actually in my pocket but I look I can see my phone that's right they're just because just because of the unfairness of when the term ar was introduced into the mainstream his injuries before that was the thing see well after audio I don't think like looking at my email on some glasses as they are but if I brought up maps APP and it was tied in with my location but I feel like it needs to do something based on context of of the reality around me if otherwise it's just a separate display if it's interactive in some way I I give wide sued for anything with video because the thing is we can't look around and see our phone we can only see it when we actually physically look at our phones at any instance in which we can see our phone when our phone actually isn't there is is kind of augmenting reality is just a I think you need some kind of interaction with it because the well I don't know I go either way on that I think it'd be a generous but I see what you mean because of the time that term was coined because that's not a thing that people do we know nobody who sees their fallen look around everyone we know has to look physically at their phone that's just the state of technology so as soon as you can see your phone without looking at your actual phone your augmenting reality with a edge case because there will be something like markos glasses where somebody will claim something is augmented reality but it's really just sort of like a phone display for your face it's not not watching TV show or movie like the really like I'm not actually looking at a screen of my device by devices again in my pocket as long flight but I look in front of me and I see the video right and I think that qualifies as the it's the Roomba of reality it is the minimum thing you could say okay maybe if the screen is mapped to the back of the airline seat so that it looks like it's actually there I don't need it to be mapped I just need to look like it's like five feet out in front of you all right
iRobot, SharkNinja Sue Each Other Over Robot Vacuum Patent Dispute
"There's a battle going on over cleaning your floors between Shark Ninja and robot the two companies make the popular vacuum robots that can map and adapt to a homes floor plan and even emptied their own dustbins and they're suing each other the this week I robot Federal Court in Massachusetts to stop US sales of Shark Ninjas Shark IQ robot claiming the shark to robot product line is a knock off that used the I robot technology without permission last week Shark Ninja filed a similar claim in Delaware Federal Court about I robots Roomba is seven and seven plus now the companies are going back and forth about patents a status conference in the Massachusetts case is scheduled for next week
"roomba" Discussed on Friendshipping!
"All bronze come back to plus chromosome because because he eats crumbs he also eats dog hair but that's not as nice of a name he is what he eats crumbs J. dog hair speaking of of neighbors and cleanliness so we love our neighbors. I think I must I live in a duplex upstairs as a couple and they'd just adopted a puppy and we love the puppy everything scrapie but our our neighbors before them that lived there. I believe I've mentioned this to you. Before trend they had a dog who was lovely and adorable but didn't clean up dog poop. That's it's not good ever that is that is much worse than not cleaning your yeah. That's kind of why I am so leaning on you and the fire skipping because I have once picked up forty pieces of poop. That's ridiculous yeah yeah unlike March Day when things were going out and I was like I cannot handle this anymore like it got to the point where like I wouldn't go in our backyard and Matvey wouldn't go in the grass because it's it like it felt like another territory. Dude that is really yeah and people are so shocked when I say this but I I did ask them to clean it up before like wow that's so bold of you know. I'm glad you D. I don't think it's the bold to send a text to my full white. A couple of you know I had a couple Paul Tiers of this. My first one was hey just you know our landlords coming by to clean the a coming by this weekend and he's going to cut the grass so let's make sure that all the dog bruce picked up and I include myself in that because sometimes occasionally Matvey poops clean up. I'll get it the next day or whatever and also that is a really good way to soften that yeah. It was like a nice little text message. 'cause we were on text messaging terms uh-huh that's so good and I believe I believe they responded with something like Oh yeah. Thanks for the heads up. Nothing changed nothing changed at all they even bought a pooper scooper and just set it out there and not even conferred with my husband and I didn't buy that right like we're not leaving that out of here. It's like on a passive aggressive thing which would be hilarious like the bucket because there's only one use for pooper scooper couvert rights for left. No they just never used it never changed. Gosh that's so weird. poop attracts rats from the alley and like that's unacceptable unacceptable. That's really gross so I asked him again like hey just wanted to. I picked up a bunch of poop in the yard. Some of it was probably Matvey is but I think some does your dog. Maybe we can just get better about this. I don't know I said something thing that I wrote rewrote took out. All the harsh words was very polite about instill people were like you Hester neighbors. I stand by This poop poop thing. I just WanNa give you like a spear and like a Lance and I want you to get your warrior bullshit done. This is amazing. That was a really good answer that that one what yeah and then I asked the landlord. I was like man there. I picked up eleven pieces of poop yesterday morning. There flies over the yard saw rat in the alley can you can you help me out with this. I feel weird. I'd prefer it if it came from you man you said yes. I agree. I don't know if you've ever talked to them. So how resolved was it didn't at at all what they didn't fix behavior. Didn't I continued to clean up all the dog poop and then they moved. That's unbelievable unbelievable. I've picked up more poop in my life than most people than is strictly necessary for dog owners like it's not like I had two dogs..
Honda Lawn Mower Goes 0 to 100 in 6 Seconds
"The business wars daily is brought to you by Staples work is changing, but Staples is changing right along with it. The new Staples delivers solutions to help your team be more connected productive, and inspired. Learn more at Staples dot com slash change. From wondering, I'm David Brown, and this is business wars daily. Happy Friday, one and all as you look forward to you weekend to the mountain of chores you neglected during the week when you rather. No, I don't know go skydiving zip lining, or sitting a hammock reading a book than do yard work. I would will not. So sure about the skydiving part, but what if mowing the lawn was faster and more fun. We're all down for that, right? Couple of advancements from the mowing industry, just might make that possible. Sound like a race car. It's not that is the sound of Honda's mean more to speed demon that just won a place in the Guinness Book of rural records with an engine that could go from zero to one hundred miles per hour in just six seconds. It can hit top speeds of one hundred fifty miles an hour. That's so about one hundred and forty seven miles an hour faster than you can push your gas mower at a light jog. The mean mower can actually cut grass at one hundred miles an hour alas, but slow the speed fifty and it can Honda demonstrated that feet with an amusing video showing a man using walk behind mower to cut the vast acreage at Goodwood the Duke of Richmond's English castle, naturally, the one hundred nine horsepower, mean more left the proper Englishman in the dust. So if your yard is anything close to the size of the duke's estate, you might want that mean mower route of luck though there. Not for sale. Got your attention, though, right? Yeah. Yeah. That's the point Honda is fighting to keep its place, as a leader in lawnmowers eco-friendly electric grass cutters have grown up and their performance is now good enough to compete head to head with traditional gas, powered devices consumer reports compared to more from ego electric to a middle priced gas gas-powered one from Honda at close to six hundred bucks. The planet friendly ego will set you back two hundred bucks more than the Honda. But it obviously uses no gas requires less maintenance is lighter and quieter Honda's mower performs. Well, but it's so noisy that consumer reports recommends wearing hearing protection to use it electric lawnmowers like the ego still have one big challenge, though. Just like electric cars. They'll only go so far on charge. The ego will run about an hour before you have to juice it up again. So if a speed demon lawnmower isn't in your future and an electric when makes. Mowing more eco friendly but still a chore. What else could you do? Try a robot roomba the robot vacuum cleaner company promises to introduce a robot mower in Germany in the third quarter and bring it here to the US next year. But you better really hate mowing. Because it will set you back somewhere between nine hundred dollars and oh, ten thousand dollars. I think I'm just called kid down the street. This week's episodes were written edited and produced by lane Appleton grant edited and produced by m equipment, executive producers, marshal Louis created by non Lopez for wondering, I'm David Brown, and we'll see next week. Business. Daily is brought to you by Staples. The world of work is changing faster than ever before a week ago open floor plans were in. Now, they're out the pace of our evolving work lives can feel overwhelming. But Staples can help not the old stables, but a new Staples that delivers solutions to help your team be more connected productive, and inspired work may be constantly changing. But Staples is changing right along with it to support you. Learn more at Staples dot com slash change.
Internet-famous feline Grumpy Cat passes away at age 7
"Nine famous feline has passed away and the internet is morning ABC. Sherry Preston with more on the passing of grumpy cat between Instagram and Twitter grumpy Canada over three million followers, people who would wait for the Little Brown and white felines. Every mean, there she was in February writing a roomba earlier this month with a little league on saying may the fourth be awful. She's on calendars and coffee, mugs in pajamas and place mats even Bob's shoes. Little angry face the result of a form of cat dwarfism now. She's gone at age seven urinary tract infections are fairly common in cats, including grumpy ones. Her owner, say the official grumpy cat had one of those and died of
iRobot stock plunges after earnings show slight sales miss
"We're going to start with I robot. And this is ladies and gentlemen, the latest lesson in always look past. The headline always look past the headline because one of the headlines I saw this morning on I robot, which is the maker of the roomba. Vacuum cleaner was this. I robot tops first quarter earnings estimates ups view on tax gain. Well, that's good. That sounds good. Yeah. But yeah, but but top line revenue was life and shares of I robot her down twenty percent. Yes. So so this Leo. Everything that goes up must come down. This has had a fine run public second in two thousand five at twenty four reached a high of one hundred thirty in late February. And here we find ourselves a little bit back there at that one hundred and five but still very respectable. As you say, the big reason for the sell off was just the fact that they were light on revenue as compared to analysts expectations. But overall, it's it's it was a fine quarter. There's nothing to like freak out about if if you're a fan of I robot domestic revenue up almost seven percent stronger than expected demand for the high end, I seven end the I seven plus roomba models, which I don't have one. You don't have. No, no, I don't. But they seem pretty cool. Interestingly they were able to get away with price increases that they really had to implement to offset the impact of tariffs. So interesting to see kind of the how those tariffs actually flow through a business and create consequences for the consumer actually in this case because of higher prices. International revenues interesting up twelve percent Japan. China Europe Middle East and Africa all strong on the I seven I seven plus sales. So really strong quarter. They continue to invest quite heavily in in our in D, which is expected earnings per share up ten percent. But now, here's what you need to look through the headline because of that tax increase tax shar, sorry the tax benefit. That's really the reason we saw nice increase in profits. If you strip that out and make adjustments earnings per share would actually down eight percent. So but again, nothing to panic because they are investing heavily in the business overall. I think it's a fine quarter they reiterated guidance. So that should be indication to investors that even though maybe revenue was somewhat light as compared to expectations. The company thinks everything is on track earnings per share guidance was actually increased but again, just because of that tax benefit. So it sounds like a lot of this was due to the valuation because as you said, it's a fine quarter. Yeah. They were little light. They weren't dramatically like they weren't. Let's punish the stock to the tune of twenty percent light unless you look at this. And you say look this thing is trading. You know, some insane multiple, and it doesn't deserve it. Right. It's actually not. It's only trading around thirty thirty two times earnings so for a high growth company. Well, let's today yesterday it was probably trying to write a little bit higher. But it's a, but it's actually still not that bad. However, even at a ten percent earnings growth giving them the benefit for from the taxes that doesn't support a thirty two PE. And if you strip that out, and you actually see net income contracting that certainly doesn't support a PE that is somewhat significantly higher than the markets overall p, but it's not one of these crazy, you know, hundred two hundred times kind of high-tech accompanies. I'm it's a consumer technology company, which which has quite a strong installed base. They do need to keep. Coming up with better rations because this can get kinda stale and growth will slow over time for sure
"roomba" Discussed on Ear Biscuits
"Network. Meaning that responses are generated on the go buy replicas algorithms enter unpredictable eventually they want it to act as a go-between between real life friends. I thought this is a this is a weird application. It wasn't just to be a friend. But to be as a mediator you mean? Well, it this is the example, they gave quote, maybe I don't have time to ask my grandma questions all the time. But maybe this thing will go and talk to her and I'll get a little summary, and that will be a conversation starter for us. And that will bring us closer. She says, I think that opens a lot more possibilities. I think that part's actually said if you can't I mean, basically, there are people who they're not good at communicating and there's a I that they feel isolated their studies that actually say that anthropomorphized being items e even test where they put a smiley face on a roomba. In people started responding that they could spend more time, healthy time alone. Like it had an impact on them. But smart AI that's empathetic as emotional responses. It can be used to train people who have difficulties connecting with people in conversing. I so that you can actually have a better relationship with your grandma. But I I'm not a fan of that. Well, I think the specific application the way that's described as a little that was that was odd. Yeah. But there is absolutely no doubt that this type of AI is going to be first of all the reason it will have value is because it has value. It will actually have there will be. A tangible application as a mediator. I think being able to what do you mean mediator? Well, I think that. If I have a relationship with a robot who has no social inhibitions and doesn't have any of the hangups at that. I have and doesn't have any of the uncomfortable..
Oregon woman calls 911 over home invader. It was a Roomba.
"Elizabeth I'm always a little nervous that if I have a room by running around my house vacuuming it's going to pick up the wrong thing. And I'm gonna come home to find it exploded and in pieces on the floor. But you have an interesting room, but story for down in Oregon a woman calls one panicked because she says that there's a burglar burglary in progress at her home, and that the burglar is actually in her bathroom. And so the police show up they do the whole loudspeaker things around the home. They they go in. They they tell the burglar to surrender. But it turns out that the burglar was actually just the roomba that was trapped in the bathroom. Oh, no this woman. Remember, she had a I I mean, I don't know they the police did say that the Rumas record was clean, and they weren't sure if they were going to do any charges against it or not invited into the house. It's not burglary.
The Maker Of Roomba Unveils Robo Lawn Mower
"Space some regions are vast empty other areas we call closets. Fortunately, Kevin from the container store has answers. Right. Kevin. What gives you the power over space? I'd say alpha, customizable, closets with free, design and Elvis adjustable shelving and drawers, I can create space in any size closet. Kevin master of space and closets or just Kevin plus right now save thirty percent on elfin installation and earn up to five hundred dollars in credit through February tenth at the container store where space comes from hoop wears music coming from. I'm Palmer Dane with dish in digital sponsored by h New York's ultimate camera authority, the maker of the roomba robot. Vacuum is getting ready to Rome into the great outdoors. I robot has unveiled Tara the company's first lawnmower the square squat mower uses a pair of triple blade mulcher mulches meant to work slowly on a lawn. Terra is designed to move around the law daily or a few times a week. Would it runs out of power in returns to a charging dock and then? Up where it left off to make sure the robo mower stays on the grass and doesn't run over. The flower beds terror uses a radio technology based on Oprah wide. Bandwidths the user sets a beacons around the yard to help guide this autonomous mower. I robots Tara is expected to go on sale in the US next year. No word yet on price dish digital. I'm Palmer inane. There's more a WCBS eight eighty dot com slash dishing digital.
"roomba" Discussed on The Internet of Things (IoT) Show with Bruce Sinclai
"Updates and I'm sure we love to see messages from folks there, but for companies looking for maybe to discuss potential business directions or business partnerships. I'd suggest reaching out to to me on Lincoln would be the would be the would be the best way. All right fantastic. All right, everyone while this was a big opening there in an eye opener to me, I guess to a certain extent. I guess I just yeah. I guess I knew it. But but to the extent that the roomba can build this spatial map is super important and can be used in so many different ways. And I think it's just the beginning. So Chris, thanks for the interview. I appreciate it. And we'll be talking to. Likewise, thanks for your time. Great job. Man was fun. Those thank you know, at those good, and and this whole, yeah. Obviously can only do one thing at a time and step by step in. It seems. I wrote about his very methodical in terms of how it's moving forward. But just this business of incorporating into the bigger ecosystem is really a huge value Popper, and it just creates it crossing exponential value when you can do that. So I do see specifically to home right now. Such a battlefield for that platform. And yeah, you guys are. Yeah. You're you're in a really really good place for I don't know if you necessarily want to be that platform, you could. But you're certainly, yeah. I'm sure you're looking into it. But plug at dominating platforms would be really important. I think for your company. Yeah. Who knows exactly how the future will play out, of course. But you know, we do we do feel as mentioned we have a a pretty unique place in the home that can really help with some of the challenges and barriers to adoption of some of the other smart Home Solutions that are on the market today. So I think it'll be exciting. Time in the in the years ahead. Yeah. And I think that's the, you know, I think it's a mental shift that maybe maybe everyone's made already. But if you look at it. You're not a robot company. You're an IOT company. You're you're and if you think about it that way, it really I think it is a different perspective that opens up a lot more a lot more potential value more business. So absolutely. All right. Well, great all being contacted again. I don't have your Email. But. Minds. Bruce at I o t hyphen Inc dot com. But I'll I'll contact when the when the episode has been produced, and then we'll market it and the and definitely will be in contact again. Yep. Okay. Well, was it. Really good talk with Chris Jones of
"roomba" Discussed on The Internet of Things (IoT) Show with Bruce Sinclai
"You know, we're certainly looking at using it in other places in the future to help the the robot be more effective in its operations in the home. Well, then I guess we'll where I wanna go with this land that with this is the Loris in Westworld. So. So what I've heard in fact, is that there is this emotional attachment that happens between the owner and the roomba and heard it, you know, to the extent where if it breaks they won't even throw the room, but they'll they'll stick it in the garage. Right. And so, you know, there is the I know it's about the maps, and that's huge. But there is also there is also the AI in terms of interfacing with the occupants in the home and all the ethical issues that go around that go around that. So I don't know maybe you can just close off and just talking to a little bit about this emotional attachment that I've heard about and. Yeah. And I guess the can maybe probe a little bit on the ethical issues. But but just just tell listeners of your experience there. I mean, there is a, you know, we have experienced both in consumer products like roomba is well as even our yard. Defensive security products that the folks who use those products in see them on a day in and day out. It's moving around their environment. It's doing something that they perceive as being valuable to them. Do you know seem to form an attachment? You know, it's not a, you know, it's it's it's not for you know, random reason that in the connected roomba mobile app that you can aim your roomba. So people give them names. And that's something that was happening. Even before they're connected. People people would name their robots and in form some type of of an attachment to them. So that is something that happens. And it's you know, I it's something that you know, is certainly something. That's that's exciting to see in the way that I will pair that with you know, it's when someone's value in the product and how it's moving through their home. Let's say informing that connection is is a positive sign that they are seeing that value when they do it. So it's not something that's new, but it it is something that we do see when people respond to their to their robots. Yeah. And where I'm going with this is kind of that emotional attachment in really the value that they they put into the product because you mentioned using the voice recognition, I presume, you could go the reverse direction as well. And speak, and I would see that having a roomba. That has even you know, a bit of interaction now with with the talke pits to grow that attachment even further, but from business perspective. In the process of doing that create a lot more in do a lot more. I guess value in the product. So have you been thinking along those lines in terms of? Just putting more intelligence low pie guess emotional intelligence into the products. Or is that is that something that's still down the road. I'd say putting more emotional intelligence into the product is something that's that's more down the road. You know, as I mentioned, we're very. Practical in terms of the types of products, we make so while there may be some platforms in a home that certainly would be, you know, at their core benefit from having that type of of emotional intelligence. I don't know that you know, a robotic vacuum cleaner is one of those. We'll see Who who. who knows? But. That's not around you. See it. It's doing something for you. It's it's something we think about for for different types of concepts. But it's not something that we're that. I would say that were overly focused on in the near term at least for for the types of products. We have out there today. Chriswell? Well, that's been fantastic. I appreciate it. Where can so we did, you know, where can people find out more about you? And I robot in particular up with us on the show analysis knows in particular. How would they contact the company if they wanted to work with you guys? Sure. So you know, you can find me on on Lincoln. So Chris Jones VP that knowledge that I robot there for the company as a whole, of course on the web. I robot dot com. Twitter Facebook at I robot for general company.
"roomba" Discussed on The Internet of Things (IoT) Show with Bruce Sinclai
"There were very interested in in talking with those types of folks to see you know, what types of partnerships. There might be within the connected home. Excellent. No make sense. Well, why don't we want? We break down the technology little bit for our listeners and start start with the main technical components of the roomba. And maybe take us through through it kind of in have it works. I don't know whatever what you think is the most logical way. But but I think it'd be really. A useful just to to break down a little bit. And talk about how you approach technology. Sure. So probably the easiest place to start just with the chassis itself. The mobility aspect to the room, but self. So room launched in two thousand two so we've had a good fifteen years to to really mature that approach in in. We've certainly done that. There's there's a lot of of challenges in building a robot for the home one of the things that that's kind of a core tenant of of how we think about our products and approach robotics general is that were very practical. So, you know, we are we are looking to build a product that serves a real neat or real need for for the consumer and doing it in a way that provides a very reliable robust capability. So it has to work in homes around the world they in day out in his cost effective. So it has to it has to cost has has a cost. It's commensurate with its value. So getting all three of those legs of that stool, lined up is not is not easy. So over the years, we we've certainly invested in the core ability of the robot. Whereas today, you know, the room buzz are very reliable have a very solid a lifetime and are very good at kind of navigating all of the all of the traps of of the home. So right, exactly. Whether it's things like, you know, certainly, they don't fall downstairs. So they have a variety of sensors that can detect avoid dropouts that's an extremely robust gape ability. They can deal with things like carpet tassels. So, you know, in the early days that was a problem where about with Dr over, you know, the tassels on a rug and Gesta and get stuck. But today for years now, we've had the capability to detect when we're operating around carpet tassels, and and actively disengage ourselves from those environment. So they're not will actually. Hint affect take vase of new verse that free itself of that type of trap, and we have a a whole slew of other technologies in the product now and in the works that will continue to to improve the robot's ability to operate robust is in the home. That's a kind of a core foundation for for the product. So that's you know, that that core chassis is important part, obviously, it has to clean very effectively. So we invest a lot of attention in the the cleaning. If I could see the of the underlying cleaning solution in. It's interesting to note that you know, the cleaning performance of robot vacuums is is is starting to approach that of upright vacuums like this isn't a gadget, right? This is something that that actually performs a valuable mission help people keep their homes clean. A function of the of the size of the the vacuuming. I guess of the engine vacuuming engine. What is what is it a function of the is it suck the air? We talking about suction, and then what creates suction or are you talking about something? I guess broader. There's a there's a whole slew of innovations. It went into into a building ineffective cleaning mechanism. I mean, obviously, we don't have the same power as an upright vacuum. It's plugged into the wall. So we have to wear battery powered or a platform that has to run for for for quite a long time. So we, you know, there are a whole slew of of tricks or a whole slew of components of the cleaning system. Maintaining suction is really not all that important. Surprisingly, there are a lot of things in terms of of just keeping air flow through the system filtration agitation of the floor, the carpets and cover Brie, and so on so there there's a lot of specialization into in in core. I p that we have into how do you go about affectively cleaning the floors? So that's kind of the business end of of of the product. It's gotta be good at cleaning, of course..
"roomba" Discussed on The Internet of Things (IoT) Show with Bruce Sinclai
"Fach inefficiencies in your home that intelligence that temperature information combined with spatial information has a lot of inherent value in it, especially if you're collecting that a consumer might be able to see that on a daily basis to be able to see how they can improve the efficiency of the comfort of their home, given that type of information. In one other dimension on the devalues or the potential ways that might be used just as another simple example is in the kind of connected, home, smart, home ecosystem as you mentioned. You can buy hubs. You know that have different types of connected devices and one of the more popular and of areas as connected lighting. The consumer can go through and set up some pretty interesting rules around, you know, not say using motion sensors to turn lights on and off based or about how they're moving throughout the home. That gets even even though that's a fairly simple sounding typically can get pretty complicated pretty quickly where in effect, you're asking the consumer to program their home logically program their home to say this motion sensor. Terms on these two lights that motion sensor turns on these other lights, etc. It's complicated fairly fairly quickly, actually. But if you have a a map of the home, if you have an understanding of where rooms are, which is what you get from a map, if the home if the consumer can just designate where are the lights where are the motion sensors in the home connected lights emotion sensors on how you can very easily automate that whole process. So that the consumer is removed from the burden of having to try to program their home. They just say here. You're the devices. I have here's where they physically are you can easily imagine a system on the back in that can automate motion activated lighting for them throughout their home without them having to touch any of that logic. So those are a couple examples of a robot. Syncing temperatures, you know, day in day out throughout our I'm sorry every day throughout the throughout the home can help the consumer understand how to make better use of their age fact system or by having that spatial understanding where rooms are rooms are connected or the layout of the home. You can automate smart home functionality in a way that is really not present today. It's not as usable today is it really could be with that understanding space. Yeah. And I think that's to me. Anyway, that's where more the value is the independent mapping of the home. You know, like, for example, if you were to do temperature map, I think it obviously has the, but it's combining the spatial representation as you call it with a temperature map, whether it's from you or another. Where the security map with an occupancy map with the lighting map. And I think it's the Van Dyke gram of these of these different maps that's going to provide a lot of value. So, you know, all all all incremental value from an IOT product comes from transforming state into useful information this data that we're talking about right now spatial data. What other type of data does the roomba collect today? And what do you you've mentioned temperature in? What what are you thinking about in the future? Well, you know in the future..
"roomba" Discussed on The Internet of Things (IoT) Show with Bruce Sinclai
"As a we were robot company, but we definitely see ourselves as a as a valuable member of the connected home Cosette in one way to to think about that. Is that the the rumors that are that are being deployed today? The nine hundred series of the roomba. They're connected. They clean exceptionally. Well. So that's of course, kind of table stakes for for robot vacuum where we're a leader in that space. But another thing that's under the hood that folks may not think about necessarily is that those robots actually have a variety of sensors on them, and in the course of doing their cleaning mission of the home. Yeah. They are building a map of the home. Absolutely imagine. That is a is a two d blueprint of the home that helps the room, but nowhere it's cleaned where it hasn't cleaned. So it can systematically go about cleaning the entire level of a home has the ability of knowing when it's battery's getting low in knows exactly how to get back all the way through the house to the charging station recharge and then go back out and finish cleaning where it left off. All of that comes from that robot building this map of the home. But when you take a step back and think about the value of of a map of the home. Yes. Spatial context the sleigh show. Understanding the home is kind of the reason I was alluding to us occupying a unique place in the home where a mobile. That form that can move through the home. But we're also building the spatial intelligence that we believe can play a very important role in the broader connected, home ecosystem, no other devices. No other device out. There is able to build that same type of of blueprint to the home that can really serve as an as an enabling context to help. The broader ecosystem devices know, how to work with one another no agree. And I was thinking, you know, as you were saying earlier, I was thinking the same thing in you know, we have different blueprint so to speak. I mean, there's a security blueprint, for example of what with the the room provides like you're saying is a three dimensional. I say even three dimensional. Maybe not I guess unless you had a couple of more than one, but let's say two dimensional map or physical map of the home which win which is what you're looting to which when you when you combine that map with the security map or with or with a contextual. Human location mapping system. There's a ton of value there. And like you said, you know, with this map. It's very unique because we'll people aren't gonna sit there and put or take photos. I guess the other way maybe some photographic device. But they're not going to sit there and input or even set up these photographic devices. But but but yeah. So what are you doing with that? Are you are you going to be leveraging that because you're right? It is something that's where you need. Yeah. That's a core. Focus for us at this point is continuing to develop an and start to show more value. We can provide in the connected home in as you mentioned there while there may be other ways to build a, you know, a two d blueprint to the home. There's one other twist all of this. And that is that a robot. Like, the roomba is running in homes around the world almost pretty much on a daily basis. So not only is it building that map it will maintain it over. Time. Right. And if you combine that with, you know, give you a few kind of just examples to illustrate are some concepts that might illustrate how that could be useful in the in the connected home is that you could imagine just simply taking temperature measurements from out from throughout the home as the robot has going about covering every square inch of the of the of the home, it's taking a temperature measurement. Now, you have essentially a temperature map at her home. How much could you tell from that? Could you tell where drafts might be coming from? Can you tell where maybe you can clearly see kind of, you know, temperature differences or h.
ICYMI: Consumer robots not hot
"Talking tech is brought to you by wicks dot com with wicks you can use artificial design intelligence to create a stunning website right from your phone in five minutes or less. Just go to wicks dot com. That's W I X dot com and create your professional website today. Hi, Brett, console from boy spot that a I filling in for Jefferson Graham, who is on vacation. And you're listening to talking tech. Today's topic is consumer robots. It wasn't so long ago that they were destined to be the next big thing. But that optimism hasn't translated into consumer sales. The result Gebo has recently sold off for parts. You don't remember Gebo? Well, it was one of the first social robots the founder mitt robotic Cynthia Brazil was a favourite of tech media Gebo even made the cover of time magazine and twenty seventeen and was listed as one of the twenty five best inventions of the year, the nine hundred dollar robot was delayed many times and at one point had to refund the money of early crowdfunding backers, but it did come to market in late twenty seventeen the problem was it didn't sell well, or at least well enough this past summer, the company laid off staff shut down production and sold off its. But Jeeva wasn't the only robot headed to the SCR heap in two thousand eighteen another robot named curry made by division of Bosch when an invasion ward at the two thousand eighteen Consumer Electronics Show that was in January by summer the product was cancelled. So what happened however prognosticators so wrong about consumer robots or at least have been so wrong about them thus far. Well over the past four years we have seen the rise of headless robots. We know them a smart speakers like Amazon, echo and Google home, whereas g bone curry could play music answer some questions and set a timer for about eight or nine hundred dollars an Amazon echo dot or Google, many can do those same things and much more for under fifty dollars in fact on sale for under twenty five dollars. You don't really need a robot to follow you around the house if you can place a twenty five dollars smart speaker in every room. So the question for consumer robot makers is what is the rationale to own one. Animated facial expressions. Don't actually rise to the level of must have technology. So smart speakers address, many of these needs more efficiently than robots or smartphones. And some ways smart speakers can help facilitate robot adoption because the devices will help consumers become accustomed to speaking technology to get information and perform tasks that's a type of behavior change required for consumers to become comfortable with robots. However, smart speakers also perform many of the functions consumer robots hoped to provide so robots need to identify new use cases that they're uniquely designed to address and an example of this is robot vacuums you may be familiar with roomba and Neto bought vac. These are popular with consumers in part because they perform a useful function that other devices do not they also integrate with smart, speakers, invoice assistance, like Alexa, Google assistant to offer voice control. So the future of consumer robots may not be for general, purpose tasks or even. Social interaction instead single purpose. Robots are more likely to succeed in coordinate. Their activities with Alexis Siri and Google assistant each of which can inhabit any device. So you've been listening to talk and tack. I'm Brechin sell filling in for Jefferson Graham, who's on vacation this week. I invite listeners to check out voice bot that on the web where we cover the latest developments invoice assistant in AI devices in tune into my weekly podcasts voice by podcasts. Which like talking tech is available in every podcast Spotify, Stitcher, and even Amazon, Alexa. Talking tech is brought to you by wicks dot com. When you're ready to get your website up and running you want to be able to do it quickly and efficiently and wicks dot com has got you covered. They developed artificial design intelligence that creates a stunning website for you with wicks, you can create your own professional website right from your phone, which means you can open your own online store portfolio or blog wherever you are. How's that for efficient? Just go to wicks dot com. Decide what you need a website for pick your style at your own images link your social accounts and just like that your website is ready. You'll look amazing on every device desktop and mobile and it takes less than five minutes. Plus, you can do it with one hand. So it's time to get started. Go to wicks dot com. That's W I X dot com and create your very own beautiful professional website today.
"roomba" Discussed on KTLK 1130 AM
"Nine reading and comprehension. It would be a little higher this personally number eight time management, probably a good idea. Although in radio, we we we learned the time man something do. I mean, it's gotta be we're on noon to three it's not from, you know, twelve thirteen or whatever I get here. And then I just, you know, stick around for as long as I one time management number eight number seven housekeeping, skills, something I never learned from my mother numbers six and the worst thing is my wife. You know, she she didn't learn it either way have a roomba. That's why have that roomba. Its way you have kids which by the way, a footnote stop that room. But before it hit another pile of poop. Oh, no. It's winter the cats are rebelling right now for some reason. Box the. Yeah. Absolutely. But they're they're tearing up the teepee role. And then every now, and then that doesn't happen often. But they they leave a. In in a corner in the dining room places like the dining room. It's like they know that's where we eat. Yeah. You know, the rumors going around I better check and make sure that the sure enough it would it would have rolled over it again. Holy cow. I don't think I could take it. Imagining the slow motion died Mars don't even go there launches himself in front of the room. And it was so sick. It was so sick to have to clean that thing out. It just reminded me of you know, when your kid. By two. Let's see six be aware of.
Consumer robots are dead; long live Alexa
"Talking tech is brought to you by wicks dot com with wicks you can use artificial design intelligence to create a stunning website right from your phone in five minutes or less. Just go to wicks dot com. That's W I X dot com and create your professional website today. Hi, Brett consult from boy spot that a I filling in for Jefferson Graham, who is on vacation. And you're listening to talking tech. Today's topic is consumer robots. It wasn't so long ago that they were destined to be the next big thing. But that optimism hasn't translated into consumer sales. The result Gebo has recently sold off for parts. You don't remember Gebo? Well, it was one of the first social robots the founder mitt robotics, Cynthia Brazil was a favourite of the tech media Gebo even made the cover of time magazine and twenty seventeen and was listed as one of the twenty five best inventions of the year, the nine hundred dollar robot was delayed many times and at one point had to refund the money of early crowdfunding backers, but it did come to market in late twenty seventeen the problem was it didn't sell well, or at least well enough this past summer, the company laid off staff shut down production and sold off its IP. But Jeeva wasn't the only robot headed to the SCR scrapheap. In two thousand eighteen another robot named curry made by division of Bosch when an invasion award at the two thousand eighteen Consumer Electronics Show that was in January by summer the product was cancelled. So what happened however prognosticators so wrong about consumer robots or at least have been so wrong about them thus far. Well over the past four years we have seen the rise of headless robots. We know them a smart speakers like, Amazon, echo and Google home. Whereas g Bowen curry could play music answer some questions and set a timer for about eight or nine hundred dollars an Amazon echo dot or Google home mini can do those same things and much more for under fifty dollars in fact on sale for under twenty five dollars. You don't really need a robot to follow you around the house if you can place a twenty five dollars smart speaker every room. So the question for consumer robot makers is what is the rationale to own one. Animated facial expressions. Don't actually rise to level of must have technology. So smart speakers address, many of these needs more efficiently than robots or smartphones. And some way smart speakers can help facilitate robot adoption because the devices will help consumers become accustomed to speaking technology to get information and perform tasks that's a type of behavior change required for consumers to become comfortable with robots. However, smart speakers also perform many of the functions consumer robots hoped to provide so robots need to identify new use cases that they're uniquely designed to address and an example of this is robot vacuums you may be familiar with roomba and nito bought vac. These are popular with consumers in part because they perform a useful function that other devices do not they also integrate with smart, speakers, invoice assistance, like Alexa, Google assistant to offer voice control. So the future of consumer robots may not be for general, purpose tasks remain social interaction instead single purpose. Robots are more likely to. Seed in coordinate their activities with Alexis Siri and Google assistant each of which can inhabit any device. So you've been listening to talk and tack. I'm Brechin sell filling in for Jefferson Graham, who's on vacation this week. I invite listeners to check out voice bot that on the web where we cover the latest developments and voice assistant in AI devices in tune into my weekly podcasts voice by podcast, which like talking tech is available on every podcast Spotify, Stitcher, and even Amazon, Alexa. Talking tech is brought to you by wicks dot com. When you're ready to get your website up and running you wanna be able to do it quickly and efficiently and wicks dot com. Got you covered they developed artificial design intelligence that creates a stunning website for you with wicks, you can create your own professional website right from your phone, which means you can open your own online store portfolio or blog wherever you are. How's that for efficient? Just go to wicks dot com. Decide what you need a website for pick your style at your own images link your social accounts and just like that your website is ready. You'll look amazing on every device desktop and mobile and it takes less than five minutes. Plus, you can do it with one hand. So it's time to get started. Go to wicks dot com. That's W I X dot com and create your very own beautiful professional website today.
What you may find in Amazon 4-star
"Been enough either. Amazon recently opened up another retail location, this one in New York City. But this one, the company's third in Manhattan is a little bit different than these standard Amazon bookstore. It's called Amazon, four star in the name gives away the stores premise, Amazon four-star stocks items that have an average customer review rating of four stars on Amazon dot com and above. There are also sections for new trending and top sellers where featured products don't neces-. -sarily have to meet the four star rating. The stores selection will be changed out and refreshed on a frequent basis, how frequent it's not knowing. But in some cases, weekly, according to one employee, there will be mainstays to like Amazon's own hardware products that will obviously be a permanent staple of the store in total Amazon four-star stocks around two thousand items on its shelves and tables. All of them have been curated in picked by Amazon, thus cutting out any companies that game the review system, and there are a few surprises when it comes to brands you'll see besides some items, you'll find a small card with the quote from an Amazon customer review, kind of a cool little touch for now. Amazon is focusing on those areas in what it shows is to sell at four star devices, consumer electronics, kitchen home toys, books games. But there are also many items like a dog. DNA testing kit that don't belong to any of those sections and are placed on a more general gifts wall. If you've ever stressed about what to buy for a two year old in your life. Amazon takes out the guesswork with different gifts sections based on the person's age. There's also a dedicated area for Amazon launchpad that includes products from startups like a gadget meant to help improve your posture, but it's very clear that there's some paid placement involved in the store to take. For example, the giant roomba installation that eats up a fair amount of floorspace you're telling the I robot isn't paying a hefty sum for that exposure on, surprisingly, Amazon's own devices and Alexa or a huge focus out the store, the echoes and fire tablets get their own showcase tables. Same for brings doorbells and video cameras, and there's a small army of third party speakers from San. Bows ultimate ears and many others plus a bunch of Alexa capable gadgets, like headphones, Philips, hue lights, echo be thermostats and much much more. This is tech heavy store. And if you're a fan of the Masan website that you want to be able to browse that in person, it sounds like this is your
"It's recess at what world wind this week has been, and I don't want to alarm you, but it's only Tuesday speaking of which the work week is too long. Why isn't it for days of business and three days of brunch? As would be fair, it's time for the news or as I like to call it your recess from the real news here we go today in news that is great, Meghan Markle and Meghan. Markle's husband, Prince, Harry, I haven't baby. I'm very excited for them. And I know this baby will be very, very cute. But just in case, maybe riana and Archie from Riverdale should have a baby to just so recovered also because Cardi b. chose to name her baby culture. The very, very good name. Cardi baby is still up for grabs. So somebody take advantage of that. Do you wanna party with Ilan musk me neither. But here's the thing. Elon Musk has his own brand of tequila called tesla Keila as in tesla Keila for when you want to get drunk and talk about space and how smart you are and where did everybody go? The k pop group b. t. s. of idle. The song's lash music video of the summer is making a movie. The movie is called burn the stage colon, the movie, and it comes out November fifteenth to screaming. Crowds of me. I'm gonna see it k- pop his gripped me and it won't let go. It feels like eating cotton candy with my eyeballs while various genres of music play all at once and I love it for some reason, Michael boo, Blais who is in many ways. The opposite of k. pop is retiring from using altogether. All Michael boob way don't go when you sing. It's like a roomba made entirely of velvet is rolling through my brain, and there's no way to replicate that no way that is safe. At least as you may remember Willem Dafoe is playing Vincent Van Gogh in a movie because their names rhyme. That's okay. Testing works right. The thing is willing to fo- is sixty three and Van Gogh was only thirty seven when he died. But according to Willem that's no big deal. He said quote, I was surprised that he was only thirty seven years old and then I looked and did some research on what the average age of mortality was in France in the late nineteenth century forty years old. Now it's seventy years old. So without being too cute about it, today's seventy was yesteryears forty and quote, you heard it here folks from Willem Dafoe seventy is the new forty eighty is the new fifty and by nineteenth century French standards. I am a twelve month old baby who for some reason has student loans. All I can think about today is brunch who wants to go get pumpkin spice. Pancakes with me. I'm raising my own hand because that's called self care. Take care guys. I've alluvia Harewood at if you enjoy recess, keep it going by becoming a patron at patriot dot com. I will catch you next time and until then recess journed. The podcast you just heard was published with anchor, got something you want to say to the creator of the show, send them a voice message using the anchor app free for an Android.
Tinder launches its curated ‘Top Picks’ feature worldwide
"I love the fact that tender is like, listen, you're crippled by choice. We get it. Something that's going to cost you money in order to better curate and then give you all these options or sort of hard to follow best of luck. Well, the Cullum packs. So they give you ten top picks you're already paying for gold, the ten top picks and they're like, don't like any of those gives a couple more money. We'll give you a new pack. It's like collecting baseball cards, new Tinder pack. I know I was kinda like to talk about dating up news on the show. You know if it went it, it's warranted, but I, I mean, if this is if this is not the way that people are forgetting that other people are people and taking the humanity out of it. I don't know what it's people should not be sort of like baseball cards or given monetary value and a gold package. I don't know. I think I mean this to me. I'm not gonna say beg another question because people get angry at me when I say something begs the question, but this creates a wonderful on my part of do they. So these topics are people who are more suited to your correspond more to your needs, wants whatever they fit, your criteria more. Does that mean that they could be selecting those for everyone, but they don't end they keep the topics for the paying subscribers. So what are you getting getting the hatch with other already there or else they wouldn't offer it as a package? I if I, if I can make an attempt and I don't work tender, so I don't know. But the the way it reads is there's the algorithm that goes through and says, these are the your matches and everybody gets that for free, right? But if you pay for tender gold than someone will look at your interests and go. Oh, actually out of what the algorithm selected for you. These seem like the best bets, so we'll narrow it down for you. It's it's like a friend going through. And in this case they're not your friend, but they're looking at your profile and saying, oh, you like sports. This one's kinda sporty, you know, and, and so it's, it's basically another level of the algorithms like of the universe of Tinder. Here's everybody that matches you within a certain percentile. And this is somebody picking some interesting stuff out of their more subjectively, I guess. Well, okay. If I, if I compare it to people, you might know that Facebook tries to offer up to me most of the time. It's because I have a lot of friends in common with this other person, and sometimes that's actually very valuable. And sometimes I'm like, I know you or I want to know, you heard this is this is this is good that we would become friends. I'm comfortable with this. So as particularly because tend to tender, takes much data from Facebook and a lot of the ops do that would also make sense. And I think there probably is some fatigue that a dating apps realize that people are like, there's just too many folks out here. I want to do this for five minutes you. I'd rather have a more curated less like that. That is advantageous. I can see why that would that would be attracted to somebody who's a little bit overwhelmed or busy or giving your stock matches two trusted friends, say Heather from have such a day and going to pick ten for me out of here and that you think I might be interested in because I don't want right, right. I, I'd probably wanna know little bit more about all the things that tender is putting together to decide who these people are, but but I, I get the, that's the question. I mean either it is a deeper algorithm or like go one level deeper, the tender algorithm, and like if it's an algorithm than it's a refined version of yoga algorithm that not everyone gets if it's a person I understand the intent of like, yes, someone will hint pick those. I would be very surprised if the people doing this wouldn't be like randomly selecting. After a couple of days. Yeah, that's how we get. Yeah. Yeah. I carefully. Looking at the thing and right, like, all right, this one's ten or so you're real careful. And after a while you get bored knowing is fine. He has a soccer ball for. As it was with a lion. And again, I don't want to seem like I don't believe in the power of dating apps..
"roomba" Discussed on Flash Forward
"And try to take something down and then accidentally knock it off orbit and then it goes and causes an accident than does that company have it's almost like we need a good samaritan law for space of if you're trying to take something out of orbit it causes an accident then there's some sort of mitigation and again we don't have any test cases on this and so i think it's not entirely clear one way that cleaning up all of this space junk might be incentivized is if people figure out how to actually use it and turn it into a valuable resource there are a variety of proposals for how to gather up space junk condense it down separate out the components and actually sell those back to companies that's still really early work but if that works then there's money to be made in my space roomba idea but for now my harebrained scheme of space roomba is probably not actually a very good idea plus i'm sure the alice our space archaeologist would have some choice words for me if i started hoovering up all the stuff out there but this is a future that you're actually about to see come to fruition pretty soon there will be test missions to try and remove space junk and what happens next is going to get weird and probably pretty interesting and if you do want to start space room company call me i'm in that's all for this episode flash forward is produced by me rose ebola the music is by sura and the outra music is by hustle on the space dispatcher from the top of the episode was played by andrew hacker the episode art is by matt lugansky if you want to suggest a future that we should take on send me a note on twitter facebook or by email at info at flash forward pod dot com i love hearing your ideas they're so fun and if you think you've spotted one of the little references that i've hidden in this episode either to if you're right i will send you something cool and if you wanna support the show there are a few ways you can do that too had to flash forward pod dot com slash support
"roomba" Discussed on Flash Forward
"Involved outerspace activity are fully capable of coordinating their activity partly because of the fact that they're aware that if they everyone is contributing to the destruction of the environment there then no one will be able to use it okay but what about this what if i was an eccentric billionaire who decided that after all of my years of polluting the outerspace environment i wanted to put my money into building a giant space roomba that could just suck up all the space junk out there and incinerated or something well in this situation i would probably get into trouble pretty quickly because it turns out you can't just go up there and start pulling things down willy nilly there are some restrictions on satellite specially us restricted hardware that cannot be are known or seen by other other countries and this here i'm not even only speaking about defense satellites even commercial ones people so if that can be a situation where you develop s you say space roomba that could go up to hoover up some of this debris that we could find figure out a way to unpack the legal situation so that you wouldn't be overly disincentivize to do that but at the same time i mean the rules are there for good reason you also don't want it to be a free for all you don't want it to be a free for all for sure but you also don't want it to be so hard to do that nobody even tries to clean the stuff up right considering that it is junk and that ultimately want to incentivize companies to think about wanting to go up there and take it down let's say you go up there.
"roomba" Discussed on Bad Science
"Yeah i've got big metal ball with just a bunch of rotating blades just rides into josh we need a battle bouts i come in here and design something to fight a kite you love get i'll do another episode of this show get like ten battle engineers and i'll fight all their robots just just you you i'll be like a kaija shinned guards and some fucking gloves and i'll fight like a boxer soccer blair going in there and i'll just find a bunch of robots shooting fucking one point two million thermo nuclear pounds and you have to talk like that while you're i think that's because of movies like this that when people picture robots in their head maybe maybe it's getting better because of things like star wars with droids or the fact that we're seeing robots in different forms but i know when i was a kid and i thought of a robot i thought of like a big humanoid android yeah exactly and now we're seeing we're seeing our roomba is a little robot and it's it does its task and you see something else as a robot and that's good to remember that a robot all shape you're you're a quality amongst robot yeah that's really nice you know women's magazines will have you believing that robots look shirt a robot is a robot is a robot okay i self identify as a robot and that's fine and it's all everyone's accepted it's true though it's so true because we think of it like we used to think it was like the iron giant ad that kind of a big like boxy type like rosie from jetsons and then we're like oh no robots are more like robocop in like android and they walk around and now we're like oh a robot could be like a thing that just bounces.
"roomba" Discussed on KCBS All News
"The roomba sony and lg much smaller companies have given us a shot i know sony cells age eighteen hundred dollar dog that barks and play soccer that's a robot in the silicon valley bureau by colgan kcbs sound in syria on wall street and to paraphrase shakespeare signifying very little stocks moved down and then down further but finished close to the flat line the dow fell fourteen the nasdaq eighteen that's a loss of about a quarter percent the snp inched its way above the flat line by a fraction strategists say investors were keeping a close eye on bond interest rates the yield on the ten year bond has reached a level they worry means inflation is on the rise uber helped drive google's parent company alphabet to a big win it stake added substantially to the prophet line but so too did sales of internet ads reuters credits that for a seventy three percent jump in profits during the first quarter of the year sears can only dream about that but the hedge fund that's owned by the man who is the ceo of sears holdings thanks it has a way to inject more cash into the company sell the kenmore brand and other businesses to the hedge fund sears shares jumped nearly eight percent i'm joan doniger radio the market i'm tiffany haddish and i use coupons so much they made me to spokesperson this mother's day use group on the change the mom look you know the look you get mom says i'm just disappointed with groupon you can change the mom look by giving her something she actually wants this mother's day.
"roomba" Discussed on Now Playing - The Movie Review Podcast
"Of war between somebody actually trying to make a dedicated remake of alien somebody trying to rein them back in time and it is telling that the rock says he supposed to retrieve the company property and yet all their retrieving his data when you say property i could see that as meaning maybe the twenty four th chromosome maybe it's a simple as that you're right i'm gonna compliment this movie it looks like the game the barrels the layout and all of that but someone explained to me i get that they're in quarantine that something went wrong with this chromosome thing did something having to the lights why they don't we'll in why does this scientific facility that's supposed to be clean everywhere have always that are dirty and rusty dripping water this just happened an hour ago things should be this much disarray there's no logical reason for it to be like the game yet like everyone's alive and in the foyer and they'd just get evacuated and it's just one the leiria with six effected scientists and they should just have the power hell they should have a button ejects them out into mars and they'd die they shouldn't even need marines like roomba could win this problem as far as the layout goes they didn't build this base this is a really old martian base so the fact that it's in disarray and looks like the game i took as because this is centuries hold it has undergone some retrofitting apparently not for light bulbs right for scientific lab.