This thing could actually make scrapbooking kind of cool.
Telemarketing Robot Won’t Admit She’s A Robot
So, apparently this is a thing that telemarketers are doing now. This chick totally sounds like a real person… until she starts sounding like a robot. Creepy stuff.
The phone call was recorded by TIME Washington Bureau Chief Michael Scherer.
When Scherer asked point blank if she was a real person, or a computer-operated robot voice, she replied enthusiastically that she was real, with a charming laugh. But then she failed several other tests. When asked “What vegetable is found in tomato soup?” she said she did not understand the question. When asked multiple times what day of the week it was yesterday, she complained repeatedly of a bad connection.
Over the course of the next hour, several TIME reporters called her back, working to uncover the mystery of her bona fides. Her name, she said, was Samantha West, and she was definitely a robot, given the pitch perfect repetition of her answers. Her goal was to ask a series of questions about health coverage—”Are you on Medicare?” etc.—and then transfer the potential customer to a real person, who could close the sale.
The robot voice’s name is Samantha West and the company behind the calls denies that she’s a robot.
It’s all very weird and just makes me think of HAL from 2001: A Space Odyssey and you should read the whole and listen to more calls over on the TIME website.
Amazon Prime Air
I’m flipping my shit right now. Amazon plans on deploying droids to deliver items from their warehouses straight to your doorstep, using its Amazon Prime Air service. This will be rolling out within the next five years. It’s the fucking future and it’s really soon.
ZIIIRO Titan Digital Pocket Watch
Available in five colors, ZIIIRO updates the classic pocket watch with their signature high tech futuristic style. Each one of these aluminum watches features a backlight display and is available for EUR 139.00 (about $192 U.S.) from ziiiro.com.
Robot Masters Custom Light-Up NES
Console customizers Platinumfungi and Custom NES Guy whipped up this ballin’ backlit NES to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Mega Man. It features a sexy blue color scheme with Mega Man’s adorable 8-bit mug on the controllers and lid (and those blue buttons tho!), but the standout feature is the display of robot masters - and they light up!
(via Capcom Unity)
Year Of Luigi 2DS On The Way?
Kotoku is posting this news of a Year of Luigi limited edition 2DS as a rumor for now, but it looks pretty legit. What do you think? Looks like I might be getting myself a 2DS after all.
Behold The Dice Gauntlet - The Most Bad-ass Tabletop Gaming Accessory Most Likely Ever
Make your next saving throw in style with the awesomely epic Role Playing Dice Gauntlet! This custom digital bracer can mimic the rolls of two dice at once using the powers of science, mathematics, and dark arts. Just shake your fist to the gods and you’ll be bestowed the numbers of fate’s bidding.
Whether you need a d20 or a d100, the Dice Gauntlet does it all. It also has a timer and can be used to keep track of life totals for Magic: The Gathering or similar games.
The Role Playing Dice Gauntlet is available from Geekify Inc. for $65.95. Watch it in action in the video below.
Nikon Introduces The World’s First Waterproof & Shockproof Interchangeable Lens Camera
This is the Nikon 1 AW1. It’s essentially a tougher version of the Nikon 1 J3, only you don’t have to shell out the extra $500 or so for a seperate underwater case. It’s waterproof up to 49ft., shockproof up to 6.6ft., has Wi-Fi, a depth gauge, and GPS. Definitely a must-have for new photographers trying to get their Jacques Couseau on, but if you just want a solid entry level camera with lens options, we’d recommend the Sony Alpha NEX- 3N or the Sony Alpha NEX-5T.
Sony’s Newest MP3 Player is Also a Pair of Headphones that Turn Into Speakers
It’s one thing to have a pair of headphones with a built-in MP3 player, but when they can be turned into a speakers with the flick of a switch and have a battery life of 20 hours, then you’ve got our attention.
5 Reasons We’re Pumped For Sony’s Vita TV
Earlier this week Sony announced a home console version of the PS Vita dubbed the PS Vita TV releasing November 14 in Japan for just $100, or $150 for the system, a DualShock 3, and 8GB memory card. The announcement baffled some and enraged others, but here’s 5 reasons to be just plain pumped.
Tokyo Man Already Lined Up for iPhone 5S
Twitter user @xxxprius is already lined up to wait for the iPhone 5S in Tokyo, even though the phone was literally just announced yesterday. His Twitter account has revealed him dealing with rain, reporters, and a bunch of other problems on this
10 9 day wait in front of the Ginza Apple Store. Good luck sir, and I hope you get the iPhone 5S you’ll be dreaming of.
Meet theQ - The World’s First Social Camera
What happens when you aren’t a fan of the point-and-shoot digital cameras currently on the market? You design your own, obviously! At least, that’s what Scandinavian based friends Joe, Brandon, and Andrea did.
Stone Whiskey Dispensers - I’m Replacing All The Sinks In My House With These!
Okay, so technically they’re Stone Drink Dispensers which means you can fill them with whatever sort of beverage you like, but let’s be real: if you’re not using these for scotch, bourbon, or whiskey, you’re doing it wrong. Crafted in New Hampshire, each handmade piece is totally unique and is the perfect mix of Fred Flintstone and Don Draper.
Want to make long exposure light graffiti? There’s an app for that.
Glowee is an app for making long exposure photography full of colorful light trails and it even has a few shapes like hearts and stars for extra fun.
Limited Edition White Xbox One For Microsoft Employees Only
Looks like lucky MSoft workers are getting these super sleek white Xbox Ones complete with “I MADE THIS” printed on the front for the price of absolutely free. Not only that, but they’ll get all first party games, a year of Xbox Live, and a unique achievement. Color us jelly. Or just cover us in Jell-O because we’re totally into that sort of thing.