“Flippy” the robot will work at Dodger Stadium through end of season; Ring previews new hardware; WME invests in Panopoly Media
Pasadena-headquartered Miso Robotics Inc. employed a robot to fry chicken tenders at a stall in Dodger Stadium starting June 30, and the bot will remain working there until the end of the 2018 season, the Business Journal reports. Flippy, the aptly titled robot, also received an ETL Listed Mark from Intertek, a London firm which independently tests and evaluates products for compliance to North American safety standards.
Amazon.com Inc. hosted its 2018 hardware event Sept. 20, showcasing new and updated gear including a revitalized Ring Inc. battery-powered security camera dubbed the “Stick Up Cam.” Techcrunch reports the Santa Monica-based security firm’s camera is named for its ability to “stick up” anywhere, and are designed for both indoor and outdoor use. The cameras retail for $180 each and come with motion detection software, 1080p high-definition filming, a siren, and night vision, among other features.
The Hollywood Reporter’s latest analysis predicts the podcast industry, which generated $314 million in 2017, will grow 110 percent to total $659 million by 2020. This explosive predicted growth is already drawing investors, including Beverly Hills-based Endeavor, a subsidiary of William Morris Entertainment, which invested in podcast company Panopoly Ltd. (a subsidiary of Slate Group). The undisclosed WME investment in Panopoly, announced Sept. 19, will help WME adapt its audio stories into live event and film formats. The news comes shortly after several notable outfits, including Slate Media Group and BuzzFeed Inc., announced plans to shut down their internal podcasting divisions and cancel most of their podcast shows.
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