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Uniqlo Japan warehouse now run by 90% robots

They want to fully automate all warehouses

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Ever wondered how that Uniqlo shirt got to your closet? Well, if you bought it just recently, it might have gotten to your local store with help from Uniqlo robots.

You read that right, robots.

The Japanese clothing manufacturer Uniqlo (famous for LifeWear, AIRism, and HeatTech) has jumpstarted its partnership with logistics company Daifuki with the aim of fully automating their processes. How will that look? Well, just like their Tokyo Ariake Warehouse where 90 percent of the workforce are now robots.

From storage to sorting, to even packing, robots take the lead. In fact, we only ever see one human in the whole process. This was not always the case. Opened in 2015, the Ariake Warehouse was tasked to centrally manage Uniqlo’s shop and net inventory. But, marred by poor logistics, confusion ensued.

Reform soon followed and the end result was this automated warehouse which reduces waste from the clothes-making process and is more efficient, as it runs 24 hours a day. Uniqlo claims that this new system also reduces storage costs and allows for faster worldwide delivery.

This Uniqlo warehouse is just the first of many. Fast Retailing, the company behind Uniqlo, is planning to invest JPY 100 billion to fully automate all of its warehouses worldwide. In the not-so-distant future, all your Uniqlo wear will be made and handled fully by robots — that’s a bunch of machines creating literal LifeWear.

If you don’t think that’s ironic, I don’t know what is.

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PhoneSoap Go: A portable device that will sanitize your smartphone

It isn’t called PhoneSoap for nothing!

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That smartphone in your purse can do so much but it also has 18 times more bacteria than the average public toilet. Before we continue, let that sink in.

Before you drop that phone you’re probably reading this article on, know that there’s a way to clean your handset and it doesn’t involve soap and water. Introducing: PhoneSoap.

PhoneSoap Go is the brand’s latest release. It’s a tiny chest that will literally clean your smartphone. It uses UV-C light to kill bacteria on your device. All you do is put your smartphone inside, tap the lightning button, wait 10 minutes for one cleaning cycle, and your phone should be germ-free.

The inside compartment can house your phone, no matter what size. It’s pretty spacious so it can even fit small everyday stuff like keys or wallets. Despite all that space, the PhoneSoap Go is designed for portability. This is PhoneSoap’s smallest device — something you can bring along on trips to make sure your handset is sanitized anywhere you go.

On the back of the chest is a USB-A and a USB-C port. This is because the PhoneSoap Go has a 7000mAh battery built into it. That’s enough for 45 cleaning cycles, or four phone charging cycles.

Yes, I said phone charging cycles. That’s because you can actually use it as a power bank. There’s even a slot for your charging cable so you can charge as you sanitize your phone. That means even if the whole cleaning cycle is just 10 minutes, you can leave your phone plugged in longer. There’s even “acoustic outlets” at the bottom so you can hear phone notifications.

Of course, unless I have a petri dish and some phone swabs, I won’t be able to say definitively that this thing can clean 99.99 percent of bacteria on your phone, as the brand claims. But, I will say that if it does end up sanitizing your phone in any capacity, that’s already a good enough deal considering how dirty these things supposedly are, and how much we’re holding on to them on a daily basis.

But really, more than phone cleaning, what you get is peace of mind. Honestly, my own (many, rotating) devices have been chilling a lot in my PhoneSoap ever since I got it.

The PhoneSoap Go retails for US$ 79.95 and you can get it from their website.

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Fujifilm Instax SQ20 hands-on: How good is it?

Trying out the new Motion Mode on doggies!

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Fujifilm’s sequel to their first ever digital/analog hybrid is here and it’s looking better than ever. The Instax SQ20 is one classy-looking instant camera but what can it do? With a set of built-in filters and new features like the Motion Mode, it looks like a promising device.

I finally try it out, with help from some doggies, on our hands-on video.

The SQ20 retails for US$ 199 in the US, PhP 12,999 in the Philippines, and SG$ 299 in Singapore.

In case you’re having trouble viewing, watch HERE.

READ ALSO: Fujifilm Instax SQ10 review

READ ALSO: Prynt Pocket unboxing and review: A printer that prints videos?

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WATCH: Frozen 2 released its first trailer and it’s awesome

But we also have so many questions!

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I just can’t let go!

Disney’s Frozen has just released a trailer for the upcoming Frozen 2 and it looks all sorts of awesome. Starting with an intense scene with Elsa trying to get through an ocean with her powers, to Anna grabbing Kristoff’s sword… it gets pretty intense!

The trailer also features Sven, their trusty reindeer and, of course, Olaf the snowman. Starring Idina Menzel as Elsa, Kirsten Bell as Anna, and Josh Gad as Olaf in the double Oscar-winning original and bringing back directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, the sequel is expected to be even bigger and more action-packed. Frozen 2 is set to come out in theaters on November 22.

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