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  • Asus skips robots at this year’s Computex event and flaunts super-thin laptops instead

    Asus skips robots at this year’s Computex event and flaunts super-thin laptops instead

    Remember Zenbo, the cute humanoid robot that stole the show at Asus’ Computex press conference last year? Zenbo was absent from the stage this year, as were ZenFones. Instead, in an unusual departure for the event, which took place today in Taipei, Taiwan, the focus was solely on Asus’ new laptops, with the spotlight shining on the newest additions to its ZenBook line: the ZenBook… Read More

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

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

    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

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

    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 revamps its Digital Paper tablet with new screen and interface

    Sony revamps its Digital Paper tablet with new screen and interface

    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

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

    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

    Boeing will build DARPA’s XS-1 experimental spaceplane

    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. Read More

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

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

    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

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

    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 another private equity investment in the round, but the parties didn’t want to… Read More

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