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  • Robots will touch more tenderly when they wear this sensitive skin

    Robots will touch more tenderly when they wear this sensitive skin

    Robots increasingly have to interact with ordinary (that is to say, human-focused) objects and environments, and part of that is imitating the extremely delicate and complex human grip. A new type of electronic skin allows a robot to feel not just the pressure from its grip, but whether and in what direction an object is sliding or slipping. Read More

  • Let’s talk about that Pixel 2 contrast color button though

    Let’s talk about that Pixel 2 contrast color button though

    The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have one of the best features introduced on a smartphone in recent memory: That button. Admittedly, it’s just a superficial design decision, but it’s actually one of the most interesting, and most bold design decisions make in smartphones by a major consumer hardware company in a long time. Maybe that’s a depressing commentary on the state of… Read More

  • Microsoft appeals to power users with the Surface Precision Mouse

    Microsoft appeals to power users with the Surface Precision Mouse

    Once upon a time, Microsoft had a whole line of gaming hardware under the Sidewinder brand, and while they never really put a dent in Razer or Logitech, they put out some decent mice (the X3 “might serve as a good introduction to multiple DPI settings for your mom or dad,” I wrote in 2010). I’m glad to see they’re returning to that advanced-mousing heritage with the… Read More

  • A dormant chip in the Pixel 2 will soon let developers write better camera and AI apps

    A dormant chip in the Pixel 2 will soon let developers write better camera and AI apps

    Here’s a surprise: Google’s Pixel 2 phones include a custom system-on-a-chip (SoC) that’s optimized for image processing — but it currently just sits there, doing nothing. Google says it’ll turn this chip on in the coming weeks as a developer option in the preview of Android Oreo 8.1. Read More

  • Two sizes really do fit all with Google’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

    Two sizes really do fit all with Google’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

    Google’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have a number of strengths to recommend them, but what makes them really unique is that they offer two versions of phone that finally, for Android, will provide everything anyone really needs in a smartphone. Other device makers have realized that different sizes appeal to different customers, but Google’s Pixel lineup offers a true choice, instead of… Read More

  • Alphabet’s Project Wing now delivers burritos by drone in southeastern Australia

    Alphabet’s Project Wing now delivers burritos by drone in southeastern Australia

    It’s been a while since we last heard from Project Wing, X’s moonshot drone delivery project. But after a few fallow months, the team posted an update today and it looks like the project has made quite some progress. Alphabet’s X unit is now testing the Project Wing drones in southeastern Australia, where its flying machines are making deliveries right to its… Read More

  • Samsung’s new connected tags monitor pets or kids for a week on a single charge

    Samsung’s new connected tags monitor pets or kids for a week on a single charge

    Samsung has something worth your time if you like to keep tabs on kids, pets or other cherished items. The Korea electronics giant just announced Connect Tag, a small internet-enabled device that tracks location and lasts a week between charges. In other words, this is a similar offering to existing electronic tagging devices from the likes of Tile, the U.S. startup that pulled in $25… Read More

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