I mentioned before that I had wanted my own ’80s arcade in my home since Silver Spoons was on the air. Arcade1Up has been peddling smaller sized arcade cabinets that look like those classics from the ’80s, and packing multiple games.
These arcade cabinets launched at an MSRP of $399, and Walmart was kind enough to offer them for as little as $299. Now, the big box retailer has a smoking hot deal going on, and anyone who likes retro arcade games will want in on this one. For a limited time, the 4 foot-tall Asteroids cabinet can be yours for $199 with free shipping.
Asteroids was one of my favorite Atari games back in the day. The cabinet also has Lunar Lander, a game I spent who knows how many quarters on at the arcade. It also includes Major Havoc and Tempest (though you might want to loosen or replace the spinner for best gameplay). While it doesn’t have the actual vector monitor found in the original arcade machines, the emulated version on the 17″ LCD screen still looks good.
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Walmart is always looking for ways to save, and with its $15 an hour minimum wage, it should come as no surprise that some workers are due to be replaced by automation. The first replacements were cashiers, with most Walmart locations now offering self-checkout lanes where you don’t have to listen to the cashier talk when all you want to do is pay and leave.
Now it’s the custodians that are being replaced with a ride-on floor scrubber that no longer needs a person to operate it. The robot is powered by BrainOS and has sensors to allow it to drive around the store, and to safely clean around customers.
Already more than 100 of the floor cleaning bots are in stores around the country. The retail giant plans to add 360 autonomous floor-scrubbing ‘bots to stores nationwide by January. The announcement was made jointly with Brain Corp, the company who makes the OS for the robot.