Amazon stores coming soon to 100 US shopping malls

first_imgAmazon dominates the online retail game, but they’re always looking for ways to get even more reach, even if it means breaking away from online. Their latest push is going to take them back to real world.Yes, Amazon is going to be setting up shop in malls across the United States. Based on a slew of new job postings and information passed along to Business Insider, they’re currently working on opening up as many as 100 pop-up stores.Amazon is already operating 16 similar stores. Their primary purpose is to put the e-tailer’s numerous devices — Kindles, Fire tablets, Fire TV, and Echo speakers — in front of shoppers. Amazon Basics products will likely be on display, too. You know, things like their Lightning cable, which sells for less than half the price of Apple’s. Those new phones they’re selling online — the unlocked, subsidized Android handsets with Amazon ads on the lockscreen — might make even an appearance.They’ll also give Amazon the opportunity to show off services like Alexa, which has taken an early lead in the home assistant race. Prime Video will also get plenty of attention, as will Prime Music, Prime Photos, and the Kindle Lending Library.Don’t expect to see one in your favorite local haunt this holiday season. The pop-up shops will reportedly be appearing over the course of the next year. While most of the locations aren’t known yet, Amazon’s job listings page revealed stores in Miami, Queens, California, Texas, Washington, Massachusetts, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and a pair in Michigan.In the meantime, you should be able to find Amazon hardware on your local Target store’s shelves again soon. After a four-year break, they patched things up with Amazon last month.Amazon Books store image courtesy of SounderBruce on Wikimedialast_img read more

Ozobot Evo Fits In Your Pocket Teaches Kids How to Code

first_img Review: ‘Daemon X Machina’ Has Big Robots, Small Fun on Nintendo SwitchThis Robot Is Equal Parts Lawnmower and Snow Blower Stay on target When I covered Mindstorms and Lego’s other recent educational efforts, I talked about how much playing with robotics helped me as a child. It stimulated my creative and scientific brains in ways no other toy did, in ways that are still helping me now. But as much as I loved building Lego robots, it wasn’t always the most portable experience. To construct and program my machines, I’d have to messily dump a bunch of bricks onto the floor and hope my parents didn’t have to drag me somewhere else anytime soon.So when Ozobot began its pitch for its new Evo robot by showing off just how tiny it is, I was already intrigued. Fortunately, the company’s newest kid-friendly programmable robot is more than just small. It’s also powerful yet welcoming enough to let kids really express and enjoy themselves through the language of coding.But first, I really do want to stress how small Ozobot Evo is. It looks like a cross between a Star Wars droid and a futuristic marble. You could easily fit several in the palm of your hand, even if you’re a kid. They’re adorable. You could probably even swallow them, so be careful around younger kids who get hungry whenever you talk about Raspberry Pi.Inside the tiny package is a lot of tech, though. The toy features several lights, speakers, and infrared proximity sensors. The wheels and motors allow Evo to roll around with precision. The battery lasts for about an hour off of a Micro USB charge, and you pair Evo to a smart device app via Bluetooth.Even before you pair Evo to a phone or tablet, you can start teaching it various “tricks” thanks to its different programming modes. These modes vary in complexity, allowing kids of all ages a chance to accomplish something simple but then go deeper. The most powerful coding option available, Master Mode, is based on the Blockly JavaScript-language. And once you’ve finished a program, you can store it and several others in Evo’s onboard memory to cycle through when you’re playing off the grid.What’s most impressive about Evo is just the sheer amount of behaviors a clever kid could theoretically program into it and its range of sensors. During our demo we saw several Evo bots synchronize dance, navigate mazes drawn on paper, change the color of their lights, follow a finger, and play music with each other using different instruments. Like Furby, Evo can even speak a fictional gibberish language.I was particularly stoked about the gadget’s gaming potential. You can also use your phone to control Evo directly. And direct controls combined with pre-programmed parameters could allow for some custom BattleBots action or even old Magnavox Odyssey-styled games where the “game” is a physical overlay on a TV and players control a moving dot.Exploring the limits of what Evo could do seemed satisfying in its own right, but to keep the kids extra addicted the Evo app uses a bunch of gamification hooks to encourage more self-teaching. The more they use Evo, sync it up to the app, and pull off cool tricks, the more points and rewards kids will earn. Ozobot also maintains a bustling Evo community where users can share knowledge and show off their accomplishments. Consistent feature updates to the app and community should give Evo owners reasons to return.Obviously a website like Geek.com would recommend a nifty little $99 robot that helps kids learn coding as a fun holiday gift. But over 10,000 schools have also apparently gotten plenty of use out of Ozobot Evo so maybe take their word for it, too. Ozobot Evo is available now.Buy Ozobot EvoLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more