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These Cute SixWheeled Robots Are Now Making Deliveries in DC and CA

first_imgStay on target For now, they’ll only be running routes in two of DoorDash’s markets: in Washington D.C. and Redwood City, California. They won’t be on their own, either. During the testing phase, each Starship robot will be accompanied by a human.It’s about quality assurance, not having someone nearby who can hit a killswitch if one of the robots goes berserk and starts running over people’s toes.Starship is also teaming up with Postmates, the “revolutionary Urban Logistics platform” that’s been delivering virtually anything from any store or restaurant in its service area in 26 states for the past five years. There’s a robot invasion under way in the U.S. They’re not here to bring about the fall of humanity, though. They just want to bring you delicious food and parcels.Starship says its robots are ideally suited to a particular kind of delivery — one that’s not necessarily a great fit for humans. Their robots will stick to a two to three-mile radius, and they’ll handle smaller deliveries. That leaves their fleshy counterparts to handle longer-range and larger orders, on which they generally make better money.At least they do with DoorDash, the food delivery startup that’s partnered with Starship for these early Stateside tests with real-world restaurants and their customers. “These robots are good for the short, small orders that lots of dashers avoid,” company spokesman Eitan Bencuya told Quartz.It’s a safe bet that DoorDash has plenty of data to back that up. Those are still paying customers that need service, though, and Starship’s bots will happily pick up the slack.center_img Review: ‘Daemon X Machina’ Has Big Robots, Small Fun on Nintendo SwitchThis Robot Is Equal Parts Lawnmower and Snow Blower last_img read more


These Are the Games You Should Be Checking Out in May

first_imgFire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of ValentiaPlatforms: Nintendo 3DSRelease date: May 19The Switch may be Nintendo’s hottest system at the moment, but its little sibling, the 3DS, is still churning out great titles. Among these is Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia. This is a remake of Fire Emblem Gaiden, which was the second installment in the series. Though it retains some of that game’s mechanics, most of Shadows of Valentia’s systems have been reworked to be more like those of recent Fire Emblem games. Rumor has it that this may be the final Fire Emblem for 3DS so it would be worth checking out for that reason alone.Pre-order Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Complete from Amazon. Considering how we’re all still playing games from the early part of 2017, we should be thankful May is relatively light on big releases. That isn’t to say that this month doesn’t have some must-own titles, but things have noticeably quieted down after the blitzkrieg of the first quarter. That’s actually a good thing since our backlogs are ridiculous at the moment.May sees the release of several long-in-development titles, a number of anticipated fighting games, and a nice JRPG or two. It’s also worth noting that we’re seeing more third party games on Switch. This is a trend that should continue as the year progresses and as the system grows in popularity. This month doesn’t have us drowning in games, but it still has something for everyone.Injustice 2Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, iOS, AndroidRelease date: May 16Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite won’t be out until September. Thankfully, fans of superheroes beating the crap out of each other can pass the time with Injustice 2. This sequel will have more characters, more environments, and just more of what fans loved about the first game. On top of brutal one-on-one fights, expect Injustice 2 to have another rock-solid story.Pre-order Injustice 2 from Amazon.PreyPlatforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PCRelease date: May 5After being gone for so many years, the Prey franchise makes a glorious return. Though this iteration has no connection to the previous game (it isn’t Prey 2), it stands on its own as a solid sci-fi RPG experience. Considering it’s from Bethesda, there are a lot of eyes on Prey. From everything we’ve seen, the game has the potential to be one of 2017’s sleeper hits.Pre-order Prey from Amazon. RimePlatforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, SwitchRelease date: May 26 (Switch in Q3)Rime has been in development hell for a while but it’ll see the light of day soon. Originally set to be a PlayStation 4 exclusive, Rime is coming to all of the major platforms, including the Nintendo Switch. This looks like a good title for those who finished playing Breath of the Wild and want another lush, stylized open world to explore. Hopefully, Rime’s rocky development hasn’t adversely affected it.Pre-order Rime from Amazon. StrafePlatforms: PC, OS X, PlayStation 4Release date: May 9Originally set to release in March, Strafe is tailor-made for fans of classic first-person shooters. If you loved games like Quake and Duke Nukem 3D then you’ll be right at home with Pixel Titans’ latest. Hopefully the game won’t suffer additional delays. It looks like a whole lot of fun to play.Pre-order Strafe from Steam. Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers Platforms: SwitchRelease date: May 26The Nintendo Switch is severely lacking in the fighting game department. Capcom’s Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers will remedy that. This is a re-balanced version of Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD from 2008. It has two new characters and the ability to play with the original sprites. This is a game that you’ll definitely want the pro controller for.Pre-order Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers from Amazon. Friday The 13th: The GamePlatforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PCRelease date: May 26The legendary Friday The 13th franchise is about to get a brand-new video game. This multiplayer title has seven players controlling counselors from Camp Crystal Lake and one controlling Jason Voorhees. Making this an asymmetrical multiplayer is a bit of a risk (*cough*Evolve *cough*) but it fits with the style of the franchise. Hopefully, this won’t turn out to be dreck like the Friday The 13th NES game.Pre-order Friday The 13th: The Game from Steam. Disgaea 5 CompletePlatforms: SwitchRelease date: May 23The Switch is expected to receive a couple of good JRPGs by the end of the year. Until then, fans can satiate themselves with Disgaea 5 Complete. It may be a two years old, but it has all of the content and DLC from the original release. Disgaea games are notorious for being deeply complex and time consuming. Any RPG fan that picks this up will certainly get their money’s worth.Pre-order Disgaea 5 Complete from Amazon. Star Trek: Bridge CrewPlatforms: PlayStation 4 (PSVR), PC (Oculus Rift, HTC Vive)Release date: May 30If you’re a Star Trek fan whose VR headset has been collecting dust for the better part of a year, boy do we have good news for you. Star Trek: Bridge Crew lets players take on the role of a Captain, tactical officer, chief engineer or science officer. The co-op nature of this game should help it stand out from other VR titles. Star Trek: Bridge Crew may not be enough to save VR from its (apparent) doom, but it should be interesting to play nonetheless.Pre-order Star Trek: Bridge Crew Complete from Amazon.last_img read more