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How to View Augmented Reality Experiences Hiding on Your Amazon Boxes

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Amazon is changing its packaging to use less material, but it’s also adding quirky QR codes to its new boxes that let you scan and play with 3D models on your phone using Amazon’s AR Player app. The augmented reality experiences work on iOS and Android.

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The first of Amazon’s QR codes is for an AR Pumpkin that changes appearance when you draw on it, like carving a digital jack-o-lantern. The pumpkin will show up on packages shipped between now and Halloween, so it’s possible some of your Prime day purchases will show up in one of the new boxes.

You can also download, draw on, and scan the AR pumpkin without a box.

  1. Download the Amazon AR Player app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
  2. If you don’t have a box to scan: open this link on your smartphone. Scroll down to “Didn’t Get a Box?” and tap the “follow these steps” link.
  3. If you’re using a QR code on a physical box: draw on the blank pumpkin with a black marker to give it a face. Once you’re ready, scan the QR code in the AR Player.

After scanning, the 3D pumpkin will appear in the AR Player’s camera mode. You can then customize the “carved” pumpkin with different color options and accessories like bat wings, hats, eyewear, and more. The model normally just floats in the viewfinder, but new iPhones can use the 3D pumpkin as a selfie filter that tracks your head movement. Photos taken in the app can be shared with your contacts or posted on social media (oh, and don’t worry—Amazon doesn’t access or store the AR Player’s data).

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The jack-o-lantern is the first of Amazon’s AR experiments, but it’s probably not the last. Amazon’s promotional material shows how the app can turn a box into a tiny AR car, conjure a digital corgi, and more.

When you’re done with those boxes, remember to recycle or repurpose them into something else—like a fort for your kids, emergency fire starters, or even substrate for growing oyster mushrooms at home (that’s what I use ‘em for).

[Tech Crunch]

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Keep That Hotdish Hot With 65% Off a Luncia Casserole Carrier, Only $11 With Promo Code

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Luncia Double-Decker Dish Carrier | $11 | Amazon | Promo code SDDU9S7F

It has been a long time since the days we could safely have a potluck or other gatherings, but we have a fantastic deal perfect for once those times return. These double-decker Luncia dish carriers can be had for 65% off when you add promo code SDDU9S7F at checkout and clip the coupon on the site (it’s just below the price). These holders fit 9″x 13″ sized baking dishes.

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That means you can insulate and keep two dishes of food warm for only $11 instead of $30. What’s more, your Luncia carrier will arrive by Christmas if you order today as a Prime member.

Just add promo code SDDU9S7F and clip the 5% off coupon to bring the price down to $11 for the blue or the grey option.

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Grab this offer while it’s still around!


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Conquer Your Pup’s Dander and Fur With $700 Off a Cobalt or Charcoal Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum

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Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Cobalt) | $200 | Best Buy

Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Charcoal) | $200 | Best Buy

Allergies can be bad enough as the seasons change. Don’t let pet hair and dander add to that by vacuuming it up early and often. That chore is easier said than done— unless you have a robot vacuum to do the work for you. This lovely bright cobalt Bobsweep PetHair Plus robot vacuum and mop, only $200 today at Best Buy seems like an ideal option. That’s a whopping $700 off, by the way.

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You can get the same deal for the charcoal version of the robot vac, too. This model is not only specially made for picking up pet hair, it self docks and charges when it’s finished with the work.

It also comes with a mop attachment, so it can take care of those kitchen floors for you as well. Grab it while it’s still available for this fantastic price!

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Apple will replace AirPods Pro for free with faulty noise cancellation, static or crackling

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Today, exactly one year after Apple first launched the AirPods Pro — and thus the same day the very first AirPods Pro owners will see their one-year warranties expire — Apple has launched a repair program that offers free repairs or replacements for another whole year if your AirPods Pro experience issues with noise cancellation or static.

Specifically, Apple will fix:

Crackling or static sounds that increase in loud environments, with exercise or while talking on the phone

Active Noise Cancellation not working as expected, such as a loss of bass sound, or an increase in background sounds, such as street or airplane noise

Apple says only a “small percentage of AirPods Pro” are affected by the issues, but it apparently wasn’t just an early batch — Apple says affected units were manufactured “before October 2020,” meaning every AirPods Pro ever made might be eligible. That’s quite a recall if so. Apple says it will repair faulty AirPods Pro for two years after you first buy them.

We’ve heard complaints about degraded noise cancellation before, and at least one Verge editor has replaced their AirPods Pro under warranty. It’s nice to hear that Apple isn’t just cutting buyers off as soon as that warranty expires.

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