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Amazon Go’s cashier-less stores are coming to Chicago and San Francisco

Amazon Go is heading to Chicago and San Francisco, according to a report from The Seattle Times, marking the first expansion of the online retailer’s cashier-less grocery store from its initial Seattle location.

Per The Seattle Times, Amazon has posted job listings for store managers at upcoming locations in Chicago and San Francisco.

An Amazon representative later confirmed that the company is planning to open Amazon Go stores in those cities, although no timetable or date has been announced yet.

The news isn’t a complete surprise to those who have been watching Amazon closely. Curbed reported back in February that Amazon had bought a retail space in Chicago, and The San Francisco Chronicle reported last week that Amazon would be opening a retail space near Union Square, but today’s news is the first official word on the new stores.

The first Amazon Go location opened back in January near Amazon’s headquarters in Seattle.

The automated store has customers scan their phone when they first arrive, and then uses a variety of cameras and sensors to track what items customers have picked up and automatically charge them when they leave the store.

Arca designed a $6,450 pair of leather BDSM headphones

Venezuelan DJ and music producer Arca has collaborated with luxury retailer Ssense and leather company Fleet Ilya to design a £6,450 pair of leather BDSM headphones. Really. The headphones are integrated into a leather cage headpiece with studded details.

It features suede-covered ear pads, a built-in remote, and adjustable collar. Unfortunately, they’re not wireless, so you will have to plug your BDSM headphones into a music source.

According to the product page, the headphones are being sold “exclusively as an art object, and is provided as is without any guarantees or warranty.” In other words, if you’re spending this much on an art piece, don’t expect to get any refunds if the leather starts to wear out. Worryingly, the disclaimer also notes: “Use of the product by a user is at the user’s own risk and peril,” which makes me wonder if the makers actually want people to use this for listening to music at all.

Arca revealed the collaboration in an Instagram post, saying, “hey i designed some headphones it’s casual they’re really cheap pick up a pair or don’t or whatever either way i’m locking you into the sound,” ending with an emoji of red lips.

If you’re really into these headphones, they’re available now.

Be quick, though, as there’s only one pair left.

And if they’re a little bit expensive for your taste, Arca sells just the leather headpiece for £5,275 (no headphones), doing away with the pretense you’ll use these for music at all.

Walmart files patent applications for drone shopping assistants and smart shopping carts

Walmart filed a host of patents today related to how it keeps track of inventory — and the technologies could change the way its customers shop, as reported by Gizmodo.

One of the patents is clearly for the in-store experience, and proposes a sensing device to make shopping carts smart and communicate with a mobile device (presumably to help you navigate to where items are). There’s also a patent that tracks users through wearables, and several for managing / sensing inventory levels.

Walmart has also filed a patent for drones that would assist customers shopping in-store. The patent outlines a method where a drone can be summoned via a mobile device — either personal or one temporarily provided — and then “provide assistance to the user in the form of price verification or navigation assistance.”

There are also two patents for autonomous tech.

One outlines a method for detecting items placed in a container, and the other is a system of sensors, a processor, and a communication interface for automatically gathering information about vehicles (presumably transporting goods), like pre- and post-delivery weight, size, and temperature.

Whether any of this will actually come to fruition is hard to tell.

Companies routinely file patents that are never realized, but the idea of a future where drones are at your command as shopping assistants is interesting at the very least.

Walmart has been raising its efforts as of late to compete with Amazon and other large retailers.

It boosted prices for items bought online versus in-store late last year, made the jump to start producing and selling its own meal kits, and struck a deal with Japanese e-commerce company Rakuten to be the exclusive mass retailer for Kobo e-readers.

Walmart reported in February its US e-commerce sales grew 23 percent over fiscal year 2017 and its online revenue increased 44 percent, but a former employee claims the company lied about results in order to “win the e-commerce war at all costs.” A Walmart spokesperson told The Verge the allegations were “by a disgruntled former associate, who was let go as part of an overall restructuring.”