Australian Woman Sent Robot to Purchase iPhone

If you do not like waiting on queue for too long, all you need do is to send a robot to wait on your behalf. If you do not have time to go on shopping by yourself, you can send a robot to help out. One Australian woman decided to dispatch a robot to do the queueing for the release on Friday of Apple’s new device in Sydney.

Lucy Kelly, a 22 year old lady, was the face and voice of the unusual-looking device, which is an iPad attached to a remote-controlled scooter, which she parked outside the store 27 hours before the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus went on sale.

“It’s a clear demonstration of the future and what’s coming,” Kelly had told newsmen after becoming one of the first owners of one of each of the new phones. The robot waited with other Apple fans until doors opened at 8:00am on Friday and was one of the first inside before being taken upstairs — via a lift in its case — to make Kelly’s purchases. Kelly, whose face appeared on the iPad screen, was able to speak to Apple staff and give her permission to use the credit card she had stuck to her small scooter.

The marketing manager said the idea came about as she was lamenting to her boss that she couldn’t be in two places at once, spending two days in the queue as well as being at work. Between them they hatched a plan to use the robot, which her colleagues checked on from time to time. Once payment was made, the Apple staff “just put my iPhones in a bag for me and hung it on my microphone”, she added.

Kelly then remotely wheeled her robot out of the store and through Sydney’s city centre where some of her colleagues were able to collect her phones for her. Kelly’s robot was one of hundreds queueing for a new phone in Sydney, despite wet and windy weather. “The people in line were so fabulous,” said Kelly who had been able to chat with them via the iPad.

Australia was one of the first markets in the global rollout of iPhones on Friday, which also included Hong Kong, Japan, and China. Thick haze from Indonesian forest fires that was blanketing Singapore did not deter shoppers there, with 23-year-old Kathy Le telling newsmen that she had queued outside overnight. “We don’t mind about the haze. We have face masks already,” she said.

Meanwhile, a Chinese company has created the world's thinnest latex condom, making the Guinness World Record for the barely-there rubber. The name of the condom is Aoni and it measures just 0.0014 inches, that is about 0.036 millimeters thick, beating the previous record-holder, Okamoto of Japan. The ultra-thin condom was manufactured by Guangzhou Daming United Rubber Products, a China-based company that produces roughly 200 million condoms annually.

Currently, the Aoni is available only in Asia, but Victor Chan, who led the project, is eventually hoping to introduce the product to North American markets. He said the design process for the thin but durable Aoni condom was challenging

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