Just in time for Christmas, you may have noticed the most enormous vending machine you've ever seen in the main entrance lobby of the Kirkland Fred Meyer. This big boy is about 5 feet wide and contains Pokémon goodies such as full games, stuffed animals, cards and more all arranged by character and ranging in price up to $50. I barely even know what this means, can someone help me out here? Will we start seeing zombie kids on their phones hovering by this machine? I spoke to John Ashmore, the Regional Store Services Supervisor for Fred Meyer, who explained how Pokémon International out of Bellevue approached him with the idea of testing the market with these new machines. There are four kiosks in the State of WA, three of them at Freddie's locations: Kirkland, Bellevue and Greenwood and one at Northgate Mall. The Pokémon product in a vending machine is different from what you'll find in the store. As this pilot moves forward, future technology will be added such as social media games and upgraded forms of payment. If the concept does well, you may very well start to see more machines in other locations. Good to know for last minute gifting for Pokémon fanatics.
And in other local technological feats you should know about...
Google's big musical holiday light show on the Cross Kirkland Corridor is this Fri 12/8. There will be caroling, hot cocoa, photo booth (starting at 5), the Seahawks' Blitz and a llama. Yes, that says llama. At 5:30 Mayor Amy Walen will flip the switch to start the 10,000 LED lgiht show that is custom programmed to holiday music by Google Kirkland engineers.
Join your Kirkland neighbors on Friday December 8th for an evening of caroling, hot cocoa, photo booths (open at 5pm), hanging with the Seahawks’ Blitz and a llama (yes that says llama) at Google's third-annual musical holiday lights on the Cross Kirkland Corridor! Head to the Family Fitness and Play Area near Google's campus. Directions here. At 5:30 p.m. Mayor Amy Walen will flip the switch to kickoff the show featuring 10,000 LED lights custom-programmed to holiday music by Google Kirkland engineers. Parking is limited, so those who can are encouraged to take public transportation, bike or walk to the show. It's free and extra awesomeness points are given when you bring a donation of unwrapped toys, gift cards and non-perishable food.