Amazon is testing out delivering packages into homes when the customer isn’t there. The new service, Amazon Key, is making the rounds on comedians’ late night talk shows. Before you start handing out the keys to your house or buying into future-forward technologies, might we recommend a test drive?
That’s the concept of B8ta. For those not fluent in numeral speak, that spells Beta. The flagship store in Silicon Valley’s Palo Alto looks a lot like an Apple store. Not a surprise since the founders are former Nesters. The technologically curious come to fiddle with everything cool and 22nd century related to the Internet Of Things. No guilt. It’s kind of like a wine tasting room. Try before you buy. Pour before you score. Splash a little before you pay cash.
Your time spent at the device is meticulously tracked by B8ta’s dashboards and shared with the makers of the technology since they are the ones who pay to display, to test before they invest.
Go ahead, power on. There’s COTODAMA, the speaker that floats the lyrics as it plays a song ($4,500). There must be more to that, right? Then Activ5, a smart isometric device that measures your strength, personalizes workouts, and tracks progress ($119.90). And the YikeBike, an electric folding bike that appears backwards. Since opening in Palo Alto in December 2015, B8ta opened its ninth store in Manhattan.
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