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Lets Look Inside ThinkGeek Capsule 2

first_imgStay on target ThinkGeek just sent out its second ThinkGeek Capsule, the company’s answer to Loot Crate (and the countless other subscription boxes out there). And, much like the first ThinkGeek Capsule, Capsule #2 is pretty strong! Even if it’s only called “Capsule #2” and still doesn’t have any specific theme to it besides geek merch. ThinkGeek sent us Capsule #2, which we opened up to check out what’s inside.Inside the box is another box with an ampersand that will look familiar to any tabletop nerds out there. It’s a Dungeons & Dragons t-shirt and patch set. The t-shirt shows a D20 in front of fantasy gear with the message “Born Lucky,” and the patch is a red D20. The patch is adhesive, not iron-on so that you can slap it onto anything.Game of Thrones is back and in its last two seasons, and dragon/wolf/Hodor references are still running hot. Capsule #2 comes with a piece of canvas art of one of four sigils from the show. I got House Targaryen. While it is “canvas,” the material seems to be a very thick paper rather than cloth, and isn’t quite as sturdy-looking as I would have hoped. It’s nice, though, and on a wood frame you can hang up.Even if you think Vulcans suck, which they do, their planet looks pretty rad. Which is why Capsule #2 includes a copy of the Vulcan Travel Guide, a hardcover book highlighting the different places you can visit on Vulcan. It even comes with four postcards. Not bad, for a planet full of uptight self-important hyper-ascetics.I gotta level with you, I have no idea what coloring has to do with the Hulk, but here’s a set of Incredible Hulk colored pencils and some black-and-white mini-posters you can color. Well, our box included Incredible Hulk pencils and posters, but the capsule could have included anyone from Marvel or DC.Once again the ThinkGeek Capsule includes a Pinz collectible pin. This month’s theme is Starstuff, and I got a happy ringed planet badge. They’re nice pins; metal and enamel. They are similar to Loot Crate’s monthly pins.If you got the previous ThinkGeek Capsule, you also got a bonus Doctor Who Funko Pop keychain. That’s like three different things, and I like one of them! You can get either the Fourth Doctor or Twelfth Doctor, both of which equipped with creepy Funko Pop tiny beady-ass eyes and no expression.And, finally, Capsule #2 includes another ThinkGeek mystery promo code. Like the code included with Capsule #1, this code can be worth $5 to $100 credit on ThinkGeek.The ThinkGeek Capsule #2 is still pretty strong, and worth the $29.99 total price tag for all the stuff you get in it. I wasn’t as wowed by it as I was by the first capsule, but that’s because I’m not a big fan of Game of Thrones and think Vulcans suck. It still comes with a great shirt and a bunch of other fun things, and stands as a strong rival to Loot Crate’s monthly crates.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. The Best Wonder Wharf Prizes for Bob’s Burgers FansOpen The Nick Box from CultureFly, Get Amazing Hat last_img read more


FedEx Unveils SameDay Robot Delivery Service

first_imgStay on target Evan Rachel Wood Just As Disturbed by Humanoid Sophia As Everyone ElseMIT’s Thread-Like Robot Slides Through Blood Vessels In the Brain FedEx this week introduced an autonomous delivery robot designed to make same-day drop offs and last-mile transfers.The FedEx SameDay Bot allows retailers to accept orders from nearby customers and ship goods directly to local homes or businesses.Get everything from car parts and DIY tools to medication and groceries from launch partners AutoZone, Lowe’s, Target, Walgreens, and Walmart. You can even score a piping hot dinner straight from Pizza Hut’s oven.“The FedEx SameDay Bot is an innovation designed to change the face of local delivery and help retailers efficiently address their customers’ rising expectations,” according to Brie Carere, executive vice president and chief marketing and communications officer for FedEx.Developed in collaboration with tech firm DEKA, the bot “represents a milestone in our ongoing mission to solve the complexities and expense of same-day, last-mile delivery for the growing e-commerce market in a manner that is safe and environmentally friendly,” Carere said in a statement.“The bot has unique capabilities that make it unlike other autonomous vehicles,” DEKA founder Dean Kamen, inventor of the iBot and Segway, explained.Taking cues from Kamen’s iBot personal mobility device, the FedEx android boasts pedestrian-safe technology for travel on sidewalks and along roadsides. LiDAR and multiple built-in cameras, meanwhile, help the zero-emission, battery-powered machine to be aware of its surroundings.Add to that machine-learning algorithms to detect and avoid obstacles, plot a path, and follow road and safety rules, and you’ve got a highly capable delivery robot that can navigate unpaved surfaces, curbs, and even steps.FedEx plans to test its prototype device this summer in select markets, including hometown Memphis, Tenn.The SameDay Bot made its first public appearance on Tuesday, alongside mini drones and a skipping penguin robot, in The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon‘s Tonight Showbotics segment.FedEx SameDay Bot (via FedEx)This isn’t FedEx’s first robot rodeo: Following a successful trial of five automated “tuggers” in a North Carolina shipping hub, the company announced plans to expand its use of robotic labor.The RT4500 autonomous tuggers, built by Massachusetts-based Vecna Technologies, joined FedEx in 2017—assisting, not replacing, human workers.Eventually, the bots are expected to take over some 25 jobs, in a facility that employs 1,300 people and creates 100 new positions each year.In 2016, FedEx partnered with Savioke to develop a robot delivery service for its repair facility in Collierville, Tenn.More on Geek.com:This Weird Robot Can Fold Your Laundry at a Snail’s PaceStudy: 25 Percent of U.S. Workers At Risk of Job AutomationAmazon Launches Scout Delivery Robots in Washingtonlast_img read more