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The Marc Newson Hourglass For Hodinkee shows us time is a nanoball

Fri, 2017-05-26 12:17
 “Can anyone tell me what this is?” the teacher asked. Outside the rust rains had come again and the building reacted by assembling a nano sphere shield. They would be inside until it stopped. None of the children were old enough for the skin adaptation. She might as well keep them busy. She held up half of a glass object, the top edge crude and sharp. “A cup?” asked… Read More

Feast your eyes on this 600-DPI e-paper screen

Thu, 2017-05-25 19:12
 I have to say, I really like e-paper. And it’s come a long way since the crude early Kindles — nowadays you have e-readers that are as high-resolution as the best phones and iPads. And they’re set to get even better if E-Ink’s latest screens make it into a few products, as I hope they do. Read More

These flat-pack turtlebots will crawl across minefields for safety’s sake

Thu, 2017-05-25 18:33
 The threat of minefields is an ongoing and horrifying one, and the duty of clearing them is as difficult as it is dangerous. All the more reason, then, that it should be done by robots! A new type of inexpensive, versatile bot modeled after turtles could be a great tool for this and other jobs. Read More

Sony’s revamps its Digital Paper tablet with new screen and interface

Wed, 2017-05-24 18:09
 Sony’s mammoth 13-inch Digital Paper tablet, essentially a huge Kindle you can write on, is still a pretty rare sight, but I’ve always had a soft spot for it. So I’m glad the company is doubling down on this unique device type and making some significant improvements with a new model. Read More

This ultra-twee soft robotic gripper was inspired by Venus flytraps

Wed, 2017-05-24 17:33
 The problem with tiny robots, if there can really be said to be one, is that you can’t put enough stuff on them. Cameras and motors don’t shrink down very well, meaning if you want your robot to grab something, you’d better come up with a new way to see it and hold onto it. And that’s just what Finnish researchers have done with this bio-inspired, super-small gripper! Read More

Boeing will build DARPA’s XS-1 experimental spaceplane

Wed, 2017-05-24 15:00
 You can hear the champagne corks popping here in Seattle as Boeing is awarded the contract to make DARPA’s cool experimental spaceplane. The XS-1, as it’s called, would allow for relatively cheap and simple trips to space for launching and testing satellites and all that sort of thing. The goal is to get costs down to as little as $5 million per launch all told, and be able to fly… Read More

DJI’s GO 4 control app adds automated flight modes to its new Spark drone

Wed, 2017-05-24 12:18
 At today’s media event in NYC, DJI announced its new Spark drone, destined for the entry-level market as an everyday portable solution for capturing aerial footage. To go with your shiny new Spark, DJI is releasing a new iOS control app, dubbed GO 4. The new app features a new set of four automated flight modes, which allow you or I to pull off advanced flight maneuvers that would… Read More

Circle with Disney raises $10 million for its parental control device for families

Wed, 2017-05-24 11:47
 Circle Media, the company behind Circle with Disney – a device that helps parents enforce their home’s internet rules and restrictions – has raised $10 million in Series A funding, the company announced this morning. The round was led by early stage venture fund Relay Ventures. There was other private equity investment in the round, but the parties didn’t want to… Read More

Xbox Game Pass launches June 1 with over 100 titles

Wed, 2017-05-24 10:53
 Xbox One owners get a new reason to fire up their consoles on June 1: Xbox Game Pass, the download service Microsoft created to deliver subscription-based gaming with a library of Xbox One and Xbox 360 games in an all-you-can game model. The service is similar to PlayStation Now, Sony’s PlayStation 4-based equivalent, and also to Nivida’s GeForce NOW streaming service for its… Read More

Robotic toymaker Sphero unveils Ultimate Lightning McQueen — a chatty, smartphone-controlled car

Wed, 2017-05-24 10:00
Ultimate Lightning McQueen While Sphero has released a whole lineup of robotic, Internet-connected toys, it remains best-known for its BB-8 droid from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Today it’s launching its next Disney tie-in — Ultimate Lightning McQueen. This is a car that you can control from your iPhone or Android, based on the Owen Wilson-voiced character from Pixar’s Cars franchise. (Cars 3 is… Read More

8Bitdo’s retro Bluetooth controllers now work with Nintendo Switch

Wed, 2017-05-24 08:28
 Need more controllers for your Nintendo Switch? If you already have some of 8Bitdo’s excellent Bluetooth, classic system-inspired game pads lying around, you’re all set thanks to a new firmware update. Even if you don’t yet have any of these, it’s worth picking some up since they’re very affordable, ergonomic and stylish. The update to the controllers expands… Read More

Crunch Report | Microsoft Announces New Surface Pro

Tue, 2017-05-23 20:00
Crunch Report May 23 Microsoft announces new Surface Pro, Apple and Nokia settle patent dispute, Uber underpaid NYC drivers, Snapchat allows custom stories for friend groups and Pinterest adds dish recognition. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

Minibrew raises $2.8 million to help you make your own beer

Tue, 2017-05-23 17:42
 Netherlands-based Minibrew has raised $2.8 million in seed funding after completing a successful $350,000 crowdfunding campaign to bring some smarts to the home-brew process. The Minibrew is a little keg with a big brain. When we first met the company in 2015 they offered a whiff of high tech to the brewing process, adding a monitored brew vessel and mobile app to the age-old technique of… Read More

Alexa, don’t talk to strangers!

Tue, 2017-05-23 13:00
 “Alexa, how do you hide a body?” Vocal identification is a complicated thing. Alexa doesn’t identify individual users; all us humans are the same. And because Echo has no user identification process, this actually means that anyone within talking range can get access to Echo users’ sensitive emails, documents and other personal data. Read More

Google’s huge 4K touchscreen whiteboard is now on sale for $5K

Tue, 2017-05-23 12:32
 Google’s Jamboard is not a kitchen app for curating PB&J recipes – it’s a 55-inch digital whiteboard, with pen and touch input, companion iOS and Android apps, an Nvidia Jetson TX1 processor on board and 4K resolution. The behemoth is an enterprise-focused collaboration tool, that comes in three fun colors and has a stand that looks ripped from a Herman Miller catalog, and… Read More

The FAA gets a case study with a drone crash inside an MLB stadium

Tue, 2017-05-23 11:06
 PSA: Flying your drone over a baseball stadium with tens of thousands of fans is a really, really bad (and probably illegal) idea. Yesterday someone flew their drone (which appears to be a GoPro Karma) into Petco Park, the stadium belonging to the San Diego Padres, an MLB team. And yes, it was during a game, so of course the event was captured on camera. Read More

Apple and Nokia bury patent hatchet

Tue, 2017-05-23 04:09
 Well that didn’t last long. A fresh patent spat between Nokia and Apple which fired up at the back end of last year when Cupertino accused the former world number one mobile maker of making like a patent troll appears to have been resolved already. Read More

Project recreates cities in rich 3D from images harvested online

Fri, 2017-05-19 18:57
 People are taking photos and videos all over major cities, all the time, from every angle. Theoretically, with enough of them, you could map every street and building — wait, did I say theoretically? I meant in practice, as the VarCity project has demonstrated with Zurich, Switzerland. Read More

Away nears 100K stylish suitcases sold as it raises $20M

Fri, 2017-05-19 13:00
 What do people actually want in luggage? A phone charger, unbreakable exterior, and maximum packing space at a resonable price is what Away discovered. So it built a line of sleek but expansive polycarbonite suitcases equipped with battery packs, and sold them direct-to-consumer. Now after selling nearly 100,000 suitcases and generating $20 million in revenue, Away has raised a $20 million… Read More

Adorable robot friend Kuri can now find its way home to charge

Thu, 2017-05-18 13:00
 s Kuri, the robot companion being developed by startup Mayfield Robotics, is getting closer to production and gaining some new abilities ahead of its planned release later this year. The adorable little bot, which looks like something ripped from a Pixar movie, now does self-charging, topping up his powerhouse when needed. The robot can also map its home environment better, has improved… Read More

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