Posts Tagged ‘Inventory’
Fed up with roaming through supermarket aisles in an effort to cross that last product off your shopping list? Specialists at Carnegie Mellon University‘s Intel Science and Innovation Center in Rooted Computing have established a robotic that could alleviate your pain and help shop managers keep products in stock. Called AndyVision, the bot is equipped with a Kinect sensing unit, picture processing and machine learning algorithms, 2D and 3D pictures of products and a flooring strategy of the shop in question. As the mechanized employee roams around, it identifies if products are inexpensive or out of stock and if they’ve been inaccurately shelved. Personnels then get the data on iPads and a public display updates an interactive map with item details for shoppers to peruse. The automaton is presently meandering with CMU’s campus shop, but it’s anticipated to wheel out to a couple of local retailers for screening at some point following year. Head past the break to catch a video presentation of the automated inventory clerk at work.
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Leave it to Motorola to milk the iconic RAZR branding for all it’s worth. A new LTE phone has appeared in Verizon’s inventory system, and dubbed the Droid RAZR MAXX, it seems to be at least a spiritual successor to the original MotoRAZR MAXX. Little else is known about the device, other than some EXIF data that hints at a similar 8 megapixel shooter. Like the variants we’ve seen floating around in China, could this option be sporting a 720p display? Perhaps a beefier battery? Or maybe it’s just “maxxxxed” out with a few design tweaks and a slightly higher price. Place your bets while the gamblin’ is good, folks. Soon enough, we’re going to know what makes this one tick.
Could it be? Are the rumors true? If this screenshot, apparently culled from Radio Shack’s inventory system, is any indication, Sprint will indeed be among the carriers offering the iPhone 5. That lines up just right with previous reports from Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal, slating the phone to hit the Now Network in mid-October. There’s no indication of actual dates at this point, but if Sprint’s getting Apple’s next-gen iPhone, we’re guessing we’ll hear more about it on Tuesday.
Judging from the clandestine screenshot you see above, it most certainly seems like that’s the case. A helpful tipster sent us this tasty morsel, from AT&T’s internal system, listing the “iPhone 4s White” beneath a handful of already familiar Apple handsets. Could it be? Is Cupertino actually planning on bringing a white version of its next iPhone out at launch? We’re afraid only time will tell.
Amazon briefly pulls Cosmo Black Nintendo 3DS due to ‘inventory issues,’ reinstates it moments later
Here’s a weird one. Earlier today, we heard (and confirmed) reports that the Cosmo Black Nintendo 3DS was unavailable for purchase directly through Amazon. We followed up with the company to get to the bottom of things, and were fed this explanation from a company spokesperson:
“We received customer feedback that there may be an inventory issue with the Cosmo Black Nintendo 3DS. The integrity of the product is not under review. Customers are still able to purchase the Amazon.com offer of the Aqua Blue Nintendo 3DS, however the Amazon.com offer of [the] black Nintendo 3DS has been removed until the inventory issue is resolved. There is no problem with the Cosmo Black Nintendo 3DS units themselves. This is an internal inventory problem that was brought to our attention from customer feedback and we are looking into it and will resolve as soon as possible.”
Turns out, “as soon as possible” meant “three minutes later.” As of this very moment in time, the handheld is available and in stock over at the world’s most recognized e-tailer, with the outfit confirming to us that sales “have been reinstated.” At any rate, we suppose this serves to clarify one thing while bringing about a totally separate question — there’s nothing physically wrong with the 3DS so far as Amazon’s concerned, but how on Earth is its inventory team reacting that quickly?
When I sat down with Toshiba executives about a month ago, they promised that the Toshiba Thrive (once known as the Toshiba Tablet) would hit shelves in mid-July. So imagine my surprise when I found that the Thrive was already for sale at a Best Buy in Austin, TX. We’re not exactly sure why Best Buy gets a head start with the Thrive, but in any case, we’re glad to see Toshiba’s tablet venture make its way into the hands of consumers.
Originally, we had our money on a July 10 release, and we still think that other retailers will get the Thrive around that time. Reports suggest that the 16GB and 32GB versions are the only models currently available at Best Buy, for $ 479.99 and $ 579.99 respectively. We’re not sure why the little guy (8GB model) got left behind, but we’re way more curious to find out why Best Buy jumped the gun in the first place.
If you’re unfamiliar, the Android 3.1 Honeycomb-powered tablet sports a 10-inch LED backlit display with a resolution of 1280×800 pixels, an Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core 1GHz processor, and 1GB of RAM. If you’d like a full specs run-down, check out our hands-on impressions with the Toshiba Thrive.
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With all of the White iPhone 4 news over the past few days, it is now only a matter of time before it hits retail stores.Â 9to5Mac has received few shots of a Verizon inventory listing for the White iPhone 4 32GB (MC679LL/A) and iPhone 4 16GB (MC677LL/A). The screenshot however do not specify the new [...]
Over the weekend, a surreptitious new photo of the new HTC Desire 2 hit the world wide web, and in addition to the image, the new handset has found its way into Vodafone Germany’s inventory system (along with several other goodies) — meaning that the second coming of the Desire is likely imminent. Word on the street is that it has a Super AMOLED screen of unknown resolution and runs Android 2.3.1 (Gingerbread). Examination of the spy shot reveals that HTC swapped out the tactile buttons of the original Desire for the capacitive variety, added a front facing camera, and made it slightly smaller than its predecessor. It seems that HTC has failed on the ‘quietly’ part of its slogan, but at least it looks like the company didn’t botch the ‘brilliant’ bit as well. Stay tuned to find out — Mobile World Congress gets going in under a week, you know.
[Thanks, William and Robert]
HTC Desire 2, Flyer, Pyramid and LG Optimus 3D, Star Tab surface in Vodafone Germany inventory system
There are leaks, and then there are leaks. As you can probably glean from the headline, this is most certainly a case of the latter. FoneArena has received shots of what appears to be a Vodafone Germany inventory system, and it’s a system currently overflowing with both rumored and heretofore unheard of product names. HTC’s Flyer and Pyramid are all but confirmed for a MWC unveiling, while the Desire 2 is popping up on our radar for the first time. We’ve also been told that LG’s Optimus 3D will be fully revealed next week in Barcelona, but the Star Tab? Now that’s a new one. Of course, it shouldn’t come as any surprise to see a swath of new names pop up just days before the year’s most gargantuan mobile show, but it definitely brings about a metric ton of questions. Is the Star Tab a phone? A slate? A unicorn-based gaming console? Will the Desire 2 simply be more desirable than the original, or will it utilize one of those new screen technologies HTC is feverishly working on? Hard to say from a simple list of names, but you can bet we’ll be keeping an ear to the ground for more as Mobile World Congress approaches.
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Chronicles of Mystery: Curse of the Ancient Temple is a hidden-pictures game combined with a mystery plotline and various mini-games. It was originally a PC game (previously titled Chronicles of Mystery: The Scorpio Ritual) but has been re-designed for the iPhone and Nintendo DS. Sylvie Leroux is an archaeologist whose historian uncle has gone missing. Your goal is to find items, use them to solve puzzles, and search for the missing uncle.
I haven’t played the original, but I was a bit disappointed with Chronicles of Mystery. I do like playing hidden pictures games once in a while, but in this case the items aren’t so much hidden as scattered about the room or scene, and the iPhone screen is just a little too small to make that a fun game. In some instances, there’s only one item to pick up to solve a puzzle, and it’s not even really hidden. For example, in one scene I needed a ladder to get into a high window. The game switched into hidden picture mode, listed “ladder” at the bottom so I could tap the ladder, and then switched back to “solve the puzzle” story mode.
The other issue, which may be better on a bigger screen (or the DS’s second screen) is that the score obscures the very top of the screen, and the inventory tab hides the left. There were instances where I could see the item I wanted to tap on the left side, but each time I tried to hit it, the inventory tab popped out. I take it these are issues caused by translation from a different version, and it shows that the game was not originally designed for the iPhone.
Also, it seems like the game was translated into English, because some of the dialogue is just a little off. At one point I was supposed to find a “baseball stick.” Oh, a baseball bat?
The one thing the game does have going for it is the graphics. A combination of illustrations and photography, the scenes are beautiful to look at and the hidden items look like they belong in the space. I did also like the tilt-controlled labyrinth mini-game, in which the maze is obscured until you uncover the path. But some of the other mini-games are extremely simple and I didn’t find them challenging at all.
Finally, the ending was quite unsatisfying. The plotline involves the Knights Templar and some obscure world-ending ritual, but after you solve the last puzzle there’s a short cut-scene which just resolves everything abruptly. Talk about deus ex machina. It’s not even anything that you, as a player, were responsible for, so you get the feeling you’re just watching somebody else save the day.
At $3.99, Chronicles of Mystery isn’t really worth the price of entry. Perhaps younger players may find it more of a challenge, but I hardly think they’ll be interested in a quasi-historical mystery. Chronicles of Mystery tries to be the next Da Vinci Code … but I hated that book, too.
Wired: Beautiful graphics and a few entertaining mini-games.
Tired: Unsatisfying ending and glitchy game mechanics.
Disclosure: GeekDad received a free download for review.