wieczko-Zurek B.,Technical University of Gdansk |
Ejsmont J.,Technical University of Gdansk |
Motrycz G.,Military Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology |
Stryjek P.,Tech Armor
Fire and Materials | Year: 2015
To reduce tyre/road noise, the concept of poroelastic road surfaces (PERS) was invented. PERS is a road surface material that is porous, and at the same time, it is flexible because of the substantial amount of rubber granulate content (from 20% to 85%). The rubber and stone particles are bound by polyurethane resin instead of bitumen. It was feared that in case of fire, because of the high content of rubber and polyurethane, there may be considerable emission of potentially hazardous substances (such as hydrogen cyanide) from burning PERS. Tests performed by the Technical University of Gdansk show that the emission of toxic gases is rather small and that the surface does not promote car fire, even when soaked with fuel. Car fire with fuel spill on PERS is less dangerous for passengers than car fire on dense road surface as the fire is spreading much slower. The article presents results of laboratory and road experiments carried out within FP7 'PERSUADE'. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
News Article | March 1, 2017
LOS ANGELES, Calif., March 01, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Tech Armor, the leading screen protector and mobile accessory brand, today released findings from its March Mobile Madness 2017 Survey, showing that the while the TV is the most popular device for watching the tournament games (62 percent), the mobile phone is the most popular for getting news about the games (70 percent). Tech Armor surveyed 352 fans in the U.S. to understand how they will use mobile devices to experience this year’s NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament: the games, their brackets and other related tournament news. A infographic accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/961f7276-68fa-4c09-8693-a46216ab6060 Tweet this: Tech Armor #MarchMadness survey: how fans use mobile tech for NCAA tourney http://ow.ly/PwJg309sFG4 @TA_TechArmor The Tech Armor March Mobile Madness 2017 Survey revealed that millennials (age 18-34) are more than twice as likely to spend extra money to enhance their NCAA experience compared to non-millennials (age 35 and over). Thirty-four percent of millennials were somewhat likely or very likely to pay for a mobile app to follow the tournament (compared to 14 percent for non-millennials). Additionally, one in four millennials were somewhat likely or very likely to increase their data plan to stream games, compared to one in 10 of non-millennials. Social media continues to play a role as a viable source for news, coming close behind TV and even sports-specific websites. Thirty-two percent of all respondents would use sports-specific websites as their primary source for getting news about the tournament, with 22 percent TV and 20 percent social media. Breaking it down by age demographic however, more than one in four millennials will use social media as their primary source to get news about the tournament compared to just 12 percent for non-millennials (age 35+). When asked to select all devices they planned to use to watch or get news, smartwatches came in at five percent of all responses, while mobile phones edged out TVs at 74 percent and 72 percent, respectively. The Tech Armor March Mobile Madness 2017 Survey also showed that two-thirds (62 percent) of respondents would use their TVs the most to watch the NCAA games while only 15 percent would use their mobile phones the most. Almost three quarters of respondents will use their mobile phones the most to get news about the NCAA, while 9 percent will use their TVs the most. “Although relatively low, the smartwatch made an appearance at 5 percent of all responses as a device used to follow the tournament, and it’ll be interesting to see if and how much this number increases next year,” said Joe Jaconi, general manager and co-founder of Tech Armor. “It’s also fascinating to see how social media has gained traction as a source for news, especially amongst those aged 18-34, with more millennials choosing social media as their primary source for news at 28 percent, even over sports-specific websites at 26 percent. The social media channels are certainly picking up on this with Twitter livestreaming NFL games this past season.” Approximately two in five respondents plan to use two or more devices simultaneously to keep up with the tournament. Of those who plan to participate in a bracket pool, 71 percent of total responses will use an online service (such as ESPN or Yahoo!), while 43 percent of total responses will use a written bracket that is run offline. The survey was conducted online by Tech Armor in February 2017, and the margin of error is +/- 5 percent with a confidence level of 95 percent. The full findings of the Tech Armor March Madness Survey can be found here and infographic here. About Tech Armor Since its inception in 2012, Tech Armor has quickly risen to the top of the mobile accessory industry by addressing the customer’s need to protect and connect their smartphones and tablets with high quality solutions at budget-friendly prices. Tech Armor’s portfolio includes Prime Glass screen protectors featuring Accessory Glass 2 by Corning®, Ballistic screen protectors, powerbanks, cases and MFI-certified cables. Tech Armor products meet the highest quality standard in the industry, which has been through diligent product development and testing. For added peace of mind, Tech Armor establishes lifetime connections and trust with their customers through exceptional customer service and an industry-leading Limited Lifetime Warranty. To learn more, visit http://www.techarmor.com/. Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.
Yao C.,Jilin University |
Yao C.,Tech Armor |
Si Y.,Jilin University |
Lang L.,Jilin University |
Zhao T.,No 63867 Unit Of Pla
Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering | Year: 2012
The ECG parameters extraction and ECG identification serve as the foundation for ECG Automatic Identification, which has become the hot issue in the field of signal processing . This paper makes a study on the existing QRS complexes detection algorithms, and makes an analysis of the characteristics of differential operator. Based on the real-time feature of ECG automatic detection, this paper puts forward a precise positioning for QRS Complexes, by the means of both positive and negative difference thresholds. This paper uses the order of the positive and negative difference scores of R point to detect inverted R wave. Eventually, this paper uses MIT-BIH ECG database and the clinical measured data to verfiy the above method. The experimenatal results shows that this method is simple, effective, highly accurate and fast operation speed. The detection rate of QRS Complexes is 99.62% or so, which can meet the requirement of ECG real-time detection. © 2012 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.
News Article | November 15, 2016
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 15, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Tech Armor, the leading screen protector and mobile accessory brand, today launched its 3D-Curved Ballistic Glass Screen Protector. Designed to hug your iPhone display for complete edge-to-edge coverage, its distinct molded glass design wraps around your iPhone ensuring protection against scratches and drops. Tweet this: New Tech Armor 3D-Curved Glass Screen Protector hugs your iPhone screen for edge-to-edge coverage bit.ly/2g9fgMa @TA_TechArmor With the popularity of new curved displays comes increased vulnerability to physical impact and damage. The Tech Armor 3D-Curved Ballistic Glass Screen Protector uses precision-molded contouring to adhere with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus display. Tech Armor’s unique heat-bending technology carefully shapes the glass to wrap around the front face of the iPhone and provide complete protection without compromising the strength or integrity of the material. Finally, powerful silicon adhesive binds to the iPhone for a seamless look without affecting clarity or touch accuracy while also preventing dust and debris from creeping underneath. “Even with manufacturer warranties, it’ll still cost you anywhere from $50 to $300 to replace a broken screen on your iPhone,” said Joe Jaconi, general manager and co-founder of Tech Armor. “The Tech Armor 3D-Curved Ballistic Glass Screen Protector offers complete edge-to-edge coverage to help you protect your investment from the start.” 3D-Curved Ballistic Glass Screen Protector for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus - $19.95 Available on November 22, 2016 on Amazon.com and TechArmor.com About Tech Armor Since its inception in 2012, Tech Armor has quickly risen to the top of the mobile accessory industry by addressing the customer’s need to protect and connect their smartphones and tablets with high quality solutions at budget-friendly prices. Tech Armor’s portfolio includes Prime Glass screen protectors featuring Accessory Glass 2 by Corning®, Ballistic screen protectors, powerbanks, cases and MFI-certified cables. Tech Armor products meet the highest quality standard in the industry, which has been through diligent product development and testing. For added peace of mind, Tech Armor establishes lifetime connections and trust with their customers through exceptional customer service and an industry-leading Limited Lifetime Warranty. To learn more, visit http://www.techarmor.com/. Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.
Siminski P.,Tech Armor
SAE Technical Papers | Year: 2010
One of the priority for military force is modern land platform development. Similar goal is in European Defense Agency, there plan to future fighting vehicles develop. The paper present simulation research of future wheeled Armored Fighting Vehicles. The paper included original simulation model for AFV taking in consideration EBS and ABS systems and simulation test result for typical road test also present experimental verification. Experimental research studies of vehicles are of high cognitive importance. However, they are expensive, time-consuming and sometimes dangerous, especially when they refer to edge safety parameters of a vehicle motion. Their scope can be limited if researchers conducting the studies have at their disposal a mathematical model of the vehicle motion and dynamics and a simulation program allowing for carrying out research in "virtual space." A start-up of the simulation process requires gathering a relevant and require amount of data. If the simulation research studies that have been conducted are used for experimental verification, it is essential to obtain them to carry out a "package" of a series of experiments and a detailed design documentation analysis. Copyright © 2010 SAE International.
Tech Armor | Date: 2015-08-05
The present invention relates to a body armor system designed to maximize protection, optimize mobility and reduce fatigue. More particularly, the system consists of a set of external, highly ergonomic hard armor plates in both ballistic and non-ballistic (riot) configurations, some of which utilize articulating, and/or interleaving segments, in combination with ballistic fabrics and or highly contoured pressed foam padding and harness systems that is flexible and lighter but still provides maximum protection. According to a preferred embodiment, an articulating plate assembly is formed by using plate segments that have at least two (2) step variation in the thickness of each plate along the adjoining seam line between each plate segment so as to facilitate an interleaving, articulating plate system that aids in defeating projectiles that may strike along the seam of adjoining plate segments.
News Article | November 3, 2014
External battery packs can be the business traveler's best friend. You charge them up and throw them in the gear bag, ready to plug in a gadget with a dying battery. They come in a variety of sizes and capacities to handle anyone’s power needs. The ActivePower line of chargers from Tech Armor consists of four units with varying battery capacities. They range from a very small smartphone charger to a version big enough to keep everything in the gear bag charged. The four units tested each have one of the following battery capacities: 3,000, 6,000, 12,000, and 20,800mAh. Those wanting a tiny charger for a smartphone will find the ActivePower 3000 to be sufficient. It has a single USB port to charge one device at a time. It is quick to charge up and will replenish the battery of any smartphone one time. It weighs only a few ounces and takes up little room in the bag. Update: The user manuals that ship with the ActivePower 6000, 12000, and 20800 incorrectly state the voltage of the tablet USB port. Tech Armor has indicated in the comment section below that both ports are in fact 5V. I have updated the tablet above and elsewhere in the article to accurately reflect this. The next three chargers in the ActivePower line can charge a phone and a tablet at the same time. The two USB ports are marked for tablets and phones, outputting 5V/2.1a and 5V/1.3a or 1.0a, respectively. They can charge a phone and tablet one or more times, depending on the capacity of the charger being used. The largest ActivePower, the 20800, can probably last the duration of a short trip. The three largest Tech Armor mobile chargers have an integrated flashlight. Having a flashlight can be useful on a trip, and it's nice having one on the ActivePower units. All of the ActivePower batteries are charged via an included USB to microUSB cable. Phones and tablets are charged using the appropriate (clearly marked on the units) USB port. You have to use your own phone or tablet USB cable to charge your device. All but the smallest of the chargers are activated by a quick tap of a power button, which readies them to charge and displays up to four LED indicators. These indicators show the remaining charge of the ActivePowers. The ActivePower 3000 automatically charges when a device is plugged in and turns itself off when the gadget is disconnected. In our testing, all four Tech Armor chargers performed as expected and without issue. Recharging the ActivePower battery took a reasonable amount of time for each, which varied based on capacity. The charge time for phones and tablets was roughly equivalent to plugging them into a power outlet. A good use for portable batteries like these is to plug in your phone or tablet and throw it in the gear bag. This will top off the gadget while you're en route to your next appointment. The ActivePower chargers aren't intended to recharge laptops. They will handle most smaller gadgets, including e-readers. The ActivePower chargers from Tech Armor are good options for the frequent business traveler who needs to keep gadgets up and running under the most trying conditions. The larger capacity chargers can last for entire short trips, even if device power adapters are mistakenly left behind. The Tech Armor ActivePower chargers range in price from $14.95 to $44.95. They are available from Tech Armor and online retailers.
News Article | June 16, 2014
The first thing I saw when I walked into Amazon’s Phoenix warehouse was a man riding on a giant tricycle. Behind him, yellow plastic tubs the size of office recycling bins whizzed by on a conveyor belt. On the wall above, six massive words called out to the 1,500 workers who pass through metal detectors each day as they enter this million-square-foot cavern of consumerism: “work hard. have fun. make history.” Tricycle aside, the “fun” quotient was hard to spot. But I couldn’t help but register a certain historical significance to the operation humming inside this enormous building erected in the industrial flats of Phoenix. The Amazon warehouse–known in company jargon as a “fulfillment center,” or FC–is a uniquely 21st-century creation, a vast, networked, intelligent engine for sating consumer desire. The FC is the anchor of Amazon’s physical operations, the brick and mortar behind the virtual button you tap on your phone to summon a watch or a shirt or a garden hose or Cards Against Humanity or just about anything else to your doorstep. Unlike past advances in retail gratification–the emergence of the supermarket in the mid-20th century, say, or the more recent rise to dominance of Walmart superstores–the workings of Amazon are almost entirely hidden from view. Amazon doesn’t want customers focused on the mechanics of its seemingly magical powers. But last month, the company gave WIRED a rare glimpse into one of the more than 90 warehouses it operates across the globe, looking to show that its fulfillment machine is finely tuned not just to serve Amazon itself but anyone else who wants to sell stuff on its site. The Amazon warehouse is a uniquely 21st-century creation–a vast, networked, intelligent engine for sating consumer desire. More than 2 million third-party vendors now use Amazon to hawk their wares, their names appearing beside that “sold by” caption in product listings on the company’s website. Amazon keeps its brand front-and-center in these listings, but make no mistake: these sellers are crucial to the company’s future. They now supply about 40 percent of the items sold on Amazon annually. Last year, Amazon says, third parties sold more than a billion items worth “tens of billions of dollars.” Through a program called Fulfillment by Amazon, or FBA, the world’s largest online retailer not only lets other sellers list their items on its website but lets them outsource shipping as well. As we saw when we toured the Phoenix facility, third-party products come into the fulfillment center like any other inventory and sit on the same shelves as stuff sold by Amazon itself. Then these products can also go out the door just like Amazon inventory. Sellers even have the option of offering free two-day shipping through Amazon Prime. The arrangement lets Amazon vastly increase its selection without sinking its own money into inventory while laying the groundwork for a potentially pervasive change in the way consumer goods are bought and sold. In the past, sellers just worried about competing with companies like Amazon. But by opening its fulfillment centers’ doors to them, Amazon is offering businesses access to an infrastructure they could never replicate on their own. Fulfillment by Amazon is strangely reminiscent of another big Amazon idea. Through its Amazon Web Services (AWS)–a menu of products that pioneered the idea of cloud computing–the company has transformed the internet startup economy by opening up its digital infrastructure to anyone. Now, instead of spending wasteful amounts of money and time on backend basics, startups can simply pay Amazon to manage their servers for them. Freedom from IT tedium has created the foundation for companies like Netflix, Dropbox, and Foursquare to prosper. In many ways, Fulfillment by Amazon is like a physical version of AWS. Through the engineering of its fulfillment centers, Amazon has built the world’s most nimble infrastructure for the transfer of things, a logistics platform that dramatically amplifies any one person’s ability to move matter to anyone else. As Amazon expands that capacity to include its own trucks and someday flying drones, the physical reach it can offer other businesses extends even further. Much in the way cloud services and the data centers that house them have become the foundation of doing business online, Amazon’s fulfillment centers have the potential to become the networked hubs of the consumer economy, the biggest of big boxes that free up businesses to focus on making things rather than moving them. Entering the fulfillment center in Phoenix feels like venturing into a realm where the machines, not the humans, are in charge. Also known by the codename PHX6, the place radiates a non-human intelligence, an overarching brain dictating the most minute movements of everyone within its reach. At 1.2 million square feet, PHX6 consists of two fulfillment operations working as mirror images of one another, a redundancy that lets the FC scale up or down in response to rising and falling demand. A central mezzanine provides panoramic views of both sides of the warehouse, the back walls obscured in the distance. An impossible-to-trace web of conveyor belts and rollers shuttle the ubiquitous yellow totes–the basic logistical units of an Amazon FC–from one point to another, filled with goods destined for warehouse shelves or for customers. Also known by the codename PHX6, the place radiates a non-human intelligence, an overarching brain dictating the most minute movements of everyone within its reach. In the midst of all this, next to a box of police-themed Legos and several shrink-wrapped copies of the Spiderman movie trilogy on Blu-Ray, we find a fog-free shower mirror made by ShaveWell. ShaveWell is a small business based in Knoxville, Tennessee, that Amazon touts as one of its third-party success stories. The company is run by Bill Vogel, a former financial services executive who didn’t feel like moving again after his last job was eliminated, especially for the sake of his son, who suffers from a neuromuscular disease that requires him to use a wheelchair. Vogel says he was at an Atlanta trade show for gear for his son when he had an epiphany: the U.S. had a lot more manufacturing capacity than was being used. Vogel decided he would use some of that capacity to make something. And he turned to Amazon to sell it, tapping into the leverage offered by Amazon’s site and FBA. Vogel says that selling directly on Amazon made getting started much easier than trying to get the attention of buyers from big-name retailers. “When you put all the stuff in the blanks and you approve it, suddenly you have a page on Amazon,” he says of the signup process. As the mirrors started to sell and positive reviews came in, ShaveWell gained a visibility that led him to expand the product line. Because he could outsource so many tasks to Amazon–sales, shipping, even online marketing–he could focus on his product and customer service, the two areas where it was most important to set himself apart from his competition. “It’s truly, if you list it, they will come,” he says. “Amazon’s where the customers are.” ShaveWell ships its mirrors to Amazon, and the company distributes them across its network of fulfillment centers, including PHX6 in Phoenix. At an Amazon FC, “inbounding” is nearly as important a process as shipping orders out. Trucks arrive with boxes of goods that workers open, scan, and put into totes. Conveyors route the totes to different parts of the warehouse, where other workers unload them, scan them again, and then scan the barcode of the cubby where they’re stored. Now the FC “knows” where to find the ShaveWell mirror or anything else when a customer places an order. The inventory at PHX6 is made up largely of “smalls,” merchandise small enough to be stored on shelves about the size of those at a typical library, which is exactly how Amazon refers to the levels of seemingly endless metal shelving at PHX. Each shelf is divided into small cubbies, and each cubby gets a barcode and an alphanumeric ID, much like the Dewey Decimal System. It was in one of these that we found the ShaveWell mirror. Items are simply shelved where they fit, with identical copies stowed in spots throughout the warehouse. But unlike the Dewey Decimal System, the codes don’t signify anything about the category of what’s in the cubby. Items are simply shelved where they fit, with identical copies stowed in spots throughout the warehouse to make them accessible to make it less likely a worker will have to travel far to find one. Every order funneled from Amazon’s website to PHX6 is relayed to a handheld scanner carried by all workers in the library, or “pick mods.” The scanners direct the workers to the cubbies where the ordered items are stored. The item is picked, scanned, then placed into a tote, which is also scanned. When a tote is filled, it travels along a conveyor system made up of ramps, long straightaways, and towering corkscrews to get prepped for shipping back out into the world. Ultimately, the tote arrives at one of many pre-packing stations. At the ones we saw, workers sorted items into small slots on tall, wheeled shelves. Each slot represents an individual order. Those shelves are then rolled to packing stations, where another worker packages orders into the cardboard boxes familiar to anyone who has ever ordered from Amazon. Amazon charges third-party sellers for shelf space down to 1/10th of an inch and takes a cut of orders shipped. Vogel and others say the cost is well worth the speed and convenience that Amazon provides. “Utilizing the fulfillment network takes a lot of the heavy load off our backs,” says Joe Jaconi, whose company, Tech Armor, ships its smartphone screen protectors and cases straight from factories in Asia to an Amazon hub in Kentucky. When the company started in 2012, Jaconi says, he and his co-founder were writing delivery labels by hand. Last year, Tech Armor sold 2.5 million units, almost all through Amazon. Despite the success stories Amazon is eager to share, not every third-party seller on Amazon is happy with the experience. Some sellers accuse Amazon of capriciously jacking up its fees, and one lawsuit alleges the company encouraged third-party sellers using Amazon Prime to raise their prices without telling them the increases were mainly to defray Amazon’s shipping costs. Another common complaint seen on seller message boards is that Amazon will come in and undercut third-party sellers on price once an item they’re selling becomes popular. Amazon, the argument goes, lets third parties take the risk but then makes it impossible to compete. But Peter Faricy, Amazon’s vice president of marketplace, doesn’t see it that way. “The stories you’ve heard about competing with Amazon are really not the full picture,” he says. “A lot of our sellers have successful strategies for really serving customers well on Amazon.” Faricy says third-party sellers face competition not just on the site but across the internet. A common complaint seen on seller message boards is that Amazon will come in and undercut third-party sellers on price once an item they’re selling becomes popular. In that contest, he argues, the opportunities, tools, and conveniences they gain selling through Amazon gives them major advantages. “You can self-service register on Amazon tonight and in the U.S. reach over 100 million customers,” Faricy says, and more than 240 million customers globally. In our conversation, Faricy stuck closely to Amazon’s mantra of customer-centrism to explain the business rationale behind Amazon’s strong push for third-party sales. Customers are best served, he says, when they can find anything they want on Amazon. “We really want to bring every piece of selection in the world and serve every customer in the world,” he explains. “When you think about all the different products in the world, it would be very hard for one single company to provide all that selection.” But thanks to its ambition, Amazon has also put itself in a position of constant peril. The retailer has created the expectation that it will indeed have everything. Shoppers take for granted that Amazon will have what they want. The only time they notice is when Amazon doesn’t. “The biggest failure you can have is not to have what they’re looking for,” says Scot Wingo, CEO of ChannelAdvisor, which makes cloud-based software for third-party sellers to analyze their sales and marketing campaigns on Amazon, eBay, Google, and elsewhere. Starting in 2006, the rate of Amazon’s sales growth took off, an upswing Wingo credits to the launch of unlimited 2-day shipping through Amazon Prime the previous year alongside the rise of the company’s third-party marketplaces. The arrival of third-party sellers fueled an “explosion in selection,” Wingo says, that also gave Amazon a powerful way to hedge the risk of stocking products too far out along the long tail of marginal popularity. Instead of sinking its own money into inventory that might sit for 60 days, Amazon could let someone else fill in that gap. Amazon created “intersecting flywheels” that encouraged the growth of third-party sales while at the same time consolidating its brand. As Wingo points out, this strategy could have cost Amazon control of the “last mile,” the actual delivery experience that is the only time consumers come into physical contact with Amazon. But by also offering fulfillment services, Amazon got around the last-mile problem while making life easier for sellers, creating what Wingo calls “intersecting flywheels” that encouraged the growth of third-party sales while at the same time consolidating Amazon’s brand. “Most consumers don’t even realize third parties are involved,” he says. “They just trust Amazon so much that they don’t really know or care.” Ensuring the consistency of that Amazon experience is the clear purpose that drives the fulfillment-center machine. You see this not only in the way that Amazon has automated so much of the system, but in the rapid-fire way that warehouse workers physically move and package items. The packing stations are a whirl of activity where algorithms test human endurance. Orders stream down a computer screen that indicate the proper box size for each. Rollers spit out the bags of sealed air used to cushion items in the boxes and the tape to seal them. Workers whip through the folding, packing, and sealing of boxes at a speed that could only come through days, months, and years of practice. The pace cannot slow if Amazon wants to meet the demand the company itself has stoked through the speed and reliability of its fulfillment operation. This is the irony of work in an Amazon fulfillment center: the end result of doing your job consistently well today is that customers will expect that tomorrow Amazon will do it faster and better. Once packed, boxes head down another belt beneath a labeling machine that prints and sticks mailing labels in one swoop. Now sealed and stamped, orders are shunted down their final chutes to await loading onto trucks, a Tetris-like task that involves packing the boxes as tight and straight as possible for delivery to UPS, FedEx, and other shippers. Such power and speed can come at a grave price. Amazon is facing a federal investigation into the death of a worker at a Pennsylvania fulfillment center who was reportedly struck and pinned by a pallet jack she was operating. Much has also been written about how the unrelenting nature of Amazon’s fulfillment system can foster exploitive, sometimes hazardous working conditions that have become the target of at least one set of class-action lawsuits. At PHX6, the climate was temperate, all the more remarkable considering the blazing Arizona sun outside. Natural light streamed from skylights, though the walls were windowless. Water seemed readily available. But like any assembly line, the point of Amazon’s fulfillment system isn’t comfort or creativity but precision–a Taylorist approximation of machine-like behavior by people. Even the one seeming signifier of tech-company whimsy is purely practical: the giant tricycles have baskets where maintenance workers could put their tools while they traversed a space the size of 28 football fields from one job to the next. the point of Amazon’s fulfillment system isn’t human comfort or creativity but precision–a Taylorist approximation of machine-like behavior by people. In a way, an Amazon fulfillment center is like a giant robot, and the way to streamline it would be to roboticize as much of the work as possible. Amazon is slowly working to incorporate more robots into its warehouses, but human hands and brains are still the best tools for many jobs. Ultimately, the company has the algorithmic intelligence to determine what balance of robots and people to strike to keep its global machine moving at peak efficiency. This intelligence is also what gives Amazon maximum advantage over its major retail rivals, none of which were founded as tech companies first. At the same time, no other tech rival–not Google, Apple, Facebook, or Microsoft–can touch Amazon’s physical logistical advantage in retail, and none will anytime soon. Unlike software, fulfillment centers aren’t built overnight. “That stuff is hard to replicate, and it’s really hard to short-circuit as well,” Wingo says, adding that he doubts Alibaba will be able simply to enter the U.S. market and readily replicate Amazon’s infrastructure, contrary to speculation ahead of the Chinese e-commerce giant’s IPO. “There are certain things in the world that you can’t just hack and reverse-engineer quickly.” For now, that on-the-ground superiority means Amazon is defining the 21st-century consumer experience. That power will keep other sellers flocking to cast their goods into Amazon’s flow, like sticks tossed into a rushing river. And everything about Amazon seems angled toward breaking through the logistical barriers holding that river back. Amazon’s warehouses are designed to be wish-fulfillment machines, calibrated to feed our consumer wants with aggressive speed and precision at a scale that has yet to find its limit. We keep supplying more wishes to Amazon, and Amazon keeps turning them into more stuff.
News Article | September 4, 2015
It’s the same old story: When choosing a third-party case for your iPhone, you have to decide if you want it to look good and cost a fortune, or look so-so and cost next to nothing. But why should you have to choose between style and cost when it comes to protecting your iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus? Thanks to a great deal on Amazon right now, you don’t have to choose at all. These ballistic glass full-front screen protectors by Tech Armor have ratings of four-plus stars with 8,000 and 11,000 customer reviews for a reason: they offer terrific protection for your iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and they maintain the sleek and simple look that Apple designed. They were on sale not long ago on Amazon, and now those killer deals offering up to 75% off are back until September 13th. Note that the white version of each screen protector is linked below, but other colors including black are available. Tech Armor Apple iPhone 6 Ballistic Glass Screen Protector, $12.71 with free Prime shipping Tech Armor Apple iPhone 6 Plus Ballistic Glass Screen Protector, $14.95 with free Prime shipping