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  • MIT Researchers Build Drones That Automatically Provide Picture Perfect Lighting For Photographers

    MIT Researchers Build Drones That Automatically Provide Picture Perfect Lighting For Photographers

    The intrepid researchers at MIT never fail to impress, and a new system they’ve designed that uses fleets of drones to automatically light a shoot for photographers is no exception. The prototype of the system will be on display at the International Symposium on Computational Aesthetics in Graphics, Visualization and Imaging happening in August, and uses a single lightweight UAV to… Read More

  • Kids Can Now Teach Robots To Play Angry Birds – For Science!

    Kids Can Now Teach Robots To Play Angry Birds – For Science!

    In what must be the cutest example of human-robot interaction I’ve seen in recent months, researchers at Georgia Tech are helping kids teach robots how to play Angry Birds and, in the process, help the kids regain muscle movement and control. The process is fairly simple. Kids play games and a little two-legged robot watches. The robot keeps an eye on the score, recreates what the child… Read More

  • The Orange Maker Spins The Plate To Make Better 3D Prints

    The Orange Maker Spins The Plate To Make Better 3D Prints

    We’ve just passed the stage where 3D printers themselves were exotic devices of magic and wonder, and now individual types of 3D printers are exotic devices of magic and wonder. To wit: Orange Maker. This stereolithographic (SLA) printer is fairly standard – a UV light shoots through a special liquid which hardens into an object. However, thanks to a spinning print base, the… Read More

  • Amazon Asks FAA For Permission To Test Its Delivery Drones

    Amazon Asks FAA For Permission To Test Its Delivery Drones

    Amazon has petitioned theĀ Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for exemption from rules barring it from testing drones in the United States. The online shopping company made waves recently by showing off small unmanned aircraft that it claims will be able to deliver parcels to consumers in 30 minutes. The drone delivery service, called Prime Air, could greatly speed up Amazon’s… Read More

  • Apple’s Living Library

    Apple’s Living Library

    Oh the double dip. If you’re a movie fan, especially one who was around for the beginning of the DVD revolution 18 years ago, those words will strike a chord. It’s the practice of a studio putting out a crappy bare-bones edition of a DVD to home video and following it up weeks or months later with a full-on loaded edition featuring extras like director’s commentary… Read More

  • Misfit Moves Further Away From Hardware And Into Platform Territory With New Beddit Integration

    Misfit Moves Further Away From Hardware And Into Platform Territory With New Beddit Integration

    The hardware wearable business is a tough gig, and today brings another reminder: Fitness and activity tracking startup Misfit has announced a new partnership with Beddit, a hardware maker that builds a smart sleep-monitoring system. The Beddit deal brings a co-branded device to Misfit’s lineup of offering, allowing the Misfit app to now also track advanced sleep information. Read More

  • This Humanoid Robot Uses Walking Sticks To Climb Over Rubble

    This Humanoid Robot Uses Walking Sticks To Climb Over Rubble

    Oussama Khatib and Shu-Yun Chung have brought us the SupraPed. Khatib and Chung, researchers at Stanford, are working on a system to allow bipedal robots extra stability by giving them a pair of walking sticks. Unlike us weak humans, however, the robots will bend and twist in all sorts of ways to get across chasms or over large obstacles. Read More

  • Vaavud Takes To Kickstarter Again For A New Smartphone Wind Meter That Tracks Direction

    Vaavud Takes To Kickstarter Again For A New Smartphone Wind Meter That Tracks Direction

    Kickstarter has been around long enough that the Kickstarter double-dip is now a well-established thing – basically it’s the practice of a company returning to the crowdfunding well to secure the resources for a new product launch. The original Vaavud was a wind meter that required no power and plugged into your smartphone’s 3.5mm stereo input jack, but that actually… Read More

  • SoundCloud Lands On Sonos

    SoundCloud Lands On Sonos

    Sonos has today announced yet another way for you to listen to the music you love, wirelessly of course, in your home. SoundCloud, the social sharing platform for audio, has joined Sonos as a music partner and goes live today as a beta for Sonos users. For those of you who are not familiar with Sonos, the company sells a wireless hifi speaker system taht includes multiple speakers and a… Read More

  • Microsoft CEO Gears The Company For Change, And A Renewed Focus On Productivity And Platforms

    Microsoft CEO Gears The Company For Change, And A Renewed Focus On Productivity And Platforms

    Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella released a letter to employees today via the Microsoft website, and while the missive is aimed at employees in terms of syntax, it’s clearly designed to address the public, too. The occasion for the letter is the kick-off of Microsoft’s fiscal 2015, ahead of the final results for FY 2014, which drop July 22. The subject matter is a call to action… Read More