Samsung's The Frame TV can now digitally display 40 works of art from the Louvre Museum, including da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" and Veronese's "The Wedding Feast at Cana," in 4K resolution when the TV is not in use. The solution offers interchangeable frame options and a translucent cable.
Texas-based fast-casual chain Freebirds World Burrito has partnered with Now Cuisine to create robotic burrito bowl kiosks called Takeout Stations that it will test in Dallas-area office buildings and multi-family spaces. Each machine will be able to serve up to 150 meals before it needs restocking and the companies aim to ultimately expand the kiosks to hotels, airports, college campuses and other nontraditional spaces.
The pandemic sped the rapid adoption of a host of restaurant technology tools designed to serve customers efficiently and safely in a time when the percentage of meals consumed off-premises jumped from 60% to 90%, according to National Restaurant Association data. QR code menus are now commonplace, third-party delivery apps have become the norm and their orders are now often fulfilled from ghost kitchens.
San Francisco-based SpotOn has raised $300 million in a funding round led by Andreesen Horowitz, which values the tech startup at $3.15 billion. SpotOn will use the funding to acquire mobile commerce platform Appetize, which launched in 2012 and today provides mobile ordering services at a growing roster of major league sports stadiums.
Agot AI is a startup that uses overhead cameras and computer vision to check on restaurant employees to make sure they're preparing orders correctly. The company promises the technology can spot errors in 85% of cases and point them out before the food is served to the customer.
Elon Musk has tweeted that SpaceX's Starlink will be exiting beta next month, suggesting the service has worked out potential issues and is ready for a broader launch, writes Michael Kan. The move could also mean faster speeds are on the horizon, Kan notes.
GoPro's Hero10 Black sports a faster GP2 processor that is said to boost frame rates for an array of resolutions. The updated processor also facilitates HyperSmooth 4.0 stabilization, 3D noise reduction and video algorithms with tone mapping.
Retailers are stocking up earlier and in greater quantities for this year's holiday season, amid forecasts for strong spending and ongoing supply chain challenges. After cutting back in the early months of the pandemic and facing shortages when they started to restock, companies including Walmart, Target and Best Buy have reported increased inventory levels compared to last year.
Nabu Casa has launched the Home Assistant Amber, the Raspberry Pi-powered home automation hub without Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connectivity that opts instead for the stability of an Ethernet connection. The system foregrounds security and privacy, while also letting users operate smart home devices when their internet connection is unavailable.
BenQ has unveiled a duo of portable projectors that support Android TV and 2.1 channel audio, eliminating the need for an additional Bluetooth speaker. The GV3O features a circular design that is easy to rotate for ceiling viewing, while the boxy GS50 can turn itself off if it detects something close to its lens.
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