Amazon Astro: Ruh, Roh George!
What falls down stairs (alone or in pairs), rolls over your loved ones’s canine? What sees you as a snack? Higher watch your again! It’s Amazon’s Astro!
It’s Astro. It’s Astro. It’s recording your neighborhood. It’s Astro. It’s Astro. It’s higher than dangerous, it’s good? (Anybody else watch Ren & Stimpy?)
Nice Ones, did you catch Amazon.com’s (Nasdaq: AMZN) gadget-fest yesterday? It was packed stuffed with digital odds and ends, updates and new merchandise. That stated, if it wasn’t for the laughable but oddly fear-inducing Astro private residence robotic … it could’ve been about as dry as an iPhone reveal occasion.
What’s Astro, you ask? We’ll get to that in a minute. Let’s get the boring stuff out of the best way first.
So, Amazon launched a digital ton of latest updates and merchandise yesterday, together with updates to the Ring residence safety system and the Echo Alexa-enabled residence touchscreens, a brand new Blink video doorbell and a brand new Amazon Sensible Thermostat.
Solely barely extra thrilling have been the brand new Amazon Glow, a brand new kid-friendly video conferencing system; the Halo View, a brand new health tracker with a video subscription for studio-quality exercises and a brand new Alexa improve known as “Hey, Disney!,” which lets you work together with Disney, Pixar and Star Wars characters.
Simply … don’t let your younglings discuss to Anakin unsupervised. You recognize, for causes…
Clearly, these new merchandise and options are designed to additional entrench customers within the Amazon Alexa market. Sure, all the brand new merchandise are Alexa voice assistant enabled. You recognize, the identical voice assistant on the heart of a class-action lawsuit for spying on prospects.
However Astro … that’s an entire new stage of uncomfortable residence invasion.
Amazon’s Astro is an Alexa-enabled residence robotic. If you happen to’re bored with carrying round your Alexa-enabled sensible system or don’t like looking for your Echo to ask Alexa one thing … Astro is most actually for you.
This little robotic is in regards to the measurement of a small canine, has a cutesy show display screen for a face and follows you round like a creepy little automaton. In different phrases, Amazon now not has to pressure its “ears” to listen to you within the different room … it could possibly simply observe you there.
Ah sure, one other robotic apocalypse rant. Give it a relaxation, Mr. Nice Stuff. Robots aren’t that dangerous.
Actually? Then I suppose you wouldn’t be fascinated by leaked paperwork from Astro builders … hmmm?
What may the builders probably say? How about that Astro is a “catastrophe that’s not prepared for launch?” Or “absurdist nonsense.” Or “horrible.”
One developer even known as Astro’s data-collection habits “a privateness nightmare.” The paperwork additionally present that Astro does lots of facial recognition surveillance. Like so much.
Astro makes use of facial recognition to establish not solely relations however anybody who enters your home. In actual fact, in accordance with Astro’s builders, the robotic will doggedly observe individuals it doesn’t acknowledge so it could possibly add them to its database.
Amazon’s Astro has iRobot written throughout it. Or perhaps HAL 9000:
Mr. Nice Stuff: Astro, name 911! I’ve fallen, and I can’t stand up!
Astro: I’m sorry, Joe. I can’t do this.
Fortunately for you — and Sarah Connor — Astro has a essential weak point. No, it’s not an exhaust port the dimensions of a womp rat.
It’s stairs. Sure, stairs.
In accordance with the leaked Amazon developer paperwork, Astro apparently is not going to hesitate to “throw itself down” a set of stairs “if introduced the chance.” Feels like Astro is a bit suicidal, in the event you ask me.
In the meanwhile, although, it’s good to know that the robotic apocalypse may be averted with stairs … a minimum of till Astro hooks up with its cousins over at Boston Dynamics and learns easy methods to parkour.
Oh, you most likely need me to drop some investing information on Amazon whereas we’re right here. Astro is a nonstarter for traders, however the remainder of the merchandise introduced are good creature comforts that might enhance Amazon system gross sales — although not sufficient to essentially make a giant distinction in AMZN’s inventory value.
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From “Oeuf” To “Ooof…”
Omelet you end, however egg producer Cal-Maine Meals (Nasdaq: CALM) had one of the best earnings report of the week. Properly, Cal-Maine doesn’t make eggs; it has the hens that produce the eggs, after which — effectively, you get the gist.
Within the land of inflated egg costs, Cal-Maine sits atop an eggshell-colored gold mine. Neglect the walrus — Cal-Maine actually is The Eggman.
Increased egg costs final quarter helped Cal-Maine twofold: Income ticked up 13% 12 months over 12 months to $331.7 million, whereas earnings per share got here in at a lack of solely $0.37. That’s three cents higher 12 months over 12 months — and CALM traders have been completely eggs-hilarated!
Let’s be actual, although: It’s a tragic day when egg inflation is the one optimistic lifting the inventory greater…
A Spectacle Spectacle
Robotic spies, egg-spensive yolks and designer glasses — if right this moment’s inventory lineup isn’t a well-diversified and balanced breakfast, I don’t know what’s.
E-commerce eyewear knowledgeable Warby Parker (NYSE: WRBY) had its direct itemizing right this moment, debuting at $40 a share and instantly falling as little as $24.53 on the open. However doesn’t Warby Parker simply promote glasses on-line … what’s there to mess up?
Rather a lot, really: We had raised some profitability issues about Warby getting too uppity with opening new brick-and-mortar places … throughout a pandemic.
Wall Avenue analysts at the moment are crying out about Warby’s obscene valuation. Even Jim Cramer — keep in mind that dude? — declared the inventory useless on arrival except Warby Parker begins to really make a dent within the glasses-buying market.
You collect that laundry checklist of negativity … after which throw Warby Parker’s debut into every week rife with development inventory slaughter? That’s simply not good. It’s no marvel WRBY dropped 38% nearly as quick as you lose sun shades over the aspect of a cruise ship.
Oh … Y’all Had been Critical?
I’ll give them some credit score — Netflix’s (Nasdaq: NFLX) dedication to dominate your TV display screen is aware of no bounds. I assumed Netflix was joking about turning into a sport firm — sorry, an “interactive expertise” developer — however sadly, right here we’re.
Netflix simply purchased its first sport studio, snatching up Oxenfree maker Evening College Studio. I imply, you didn’t suppose Netflix would make all these interactive experiences alone, did you? Puh-lease…
It’s clear that, to get off the bottom a minimum of, Netflix is selecting the “purchase to compete” mannequin that Huge Tech’s laid out … and I’m questioning simply when the streamer will begin to attract some antitrust consideration of its personal.
Shopping for one sport studio may not be a giant deal … however Netflix wants greater than only a few Stranger Issues video games to face out as a gamemaker, and I may see it getting ravenous for each movie and gaming content material.
AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV) ticked up 1% right this moment after the FDA permitted its migraine-preventative drug Qulipta, which is a reduction, as a result of normally these medical check outcomes simply give me a migraine headache. (Sinking right down to your stage!)
No extra sweating bullets, ABBV traders … however y’all weren’t too anxious about this drug getting permitted, proper?
In terms of pharma shares, AbbVie is Huge Pharma. And in contrast to tiny biotech shares that actually put all their Cal-Maine eggs in a single basket with one drug … like Forte Biosciences, as an illustration … Qulipta is AbbVie’s third migraine drug amongst its already stuffed arsenal of on-the-market medicine.
Migraine meds are a crowded market anyway, however analysts suppose Qulipta may deliver AbbVie $640 million in gross sales by 2025. And who can’t use an additional $640 million?
It’s ballot time! Polls … we do these on Wednesdays, keep in mind?
I do know, we took Wednesday off final week to let you know all about Adam O’Dell’s Wednesday Windfalls — which closes for brand new signups tomorrow, trace trace — so let’s go over our earlier ballot outcomes from two weeks again.
For these of you who forgot, we requested you if COVID-19 affected your journey plans and willingness to take business flights. (Not everybody has a non-public airplane, Ken — don’t suppose I didn’t see your electronic mail.)
29.4% of you stated nothing would maintain you from reaching your Last Vacation spot (destiny and COVID however), whereas one other 29.4% of you wished to cancel all of your flight reservations and ask the airline to chop you a journey voucher.
Simply take note of the expiration date in the event you go this route — most vouchers are solely redeemable as much as one 12 months after your canceled journey, and no quantity of begging or bribery will transfer the stone hearts of these airline customer support reps.
Shifting on, 21.2% of Nice Ones have been anxious about flying due to COVID-19 however have been finally prepared to take the danger. Better of luck to you lot!
And eventually, I admire the remaining 20% of you who stated flying’s for the birds — you favor to maintain ground-level anyway. Frankly, I get it … in the event you’re going to have a panic assault, greatest to not do it 35,000 toes up within the air.
Now, judging by what number of of you ranted and raved over Elon’s oh-so-creative “Tesla Bot,” I’m prepared to wager y’all have sturdy opinions about Amazon’s new free-roaming robotic, Astro.
Why not channel these ideas into one thing constructive and take part on this week’s ballot?
Inquiring minds need to know: Would you drop 10 Benjamins on Amazon’s Astro robotic? Or are you, like me, anxious in regards to the privateness nightmare this insentient sentry poses?
Tell us within the ballot under:
And in the event you don’t see a solution you want, make up one among your personal and electronic mail us at GreatStuffToday@BanyanHill.com.
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