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Glasswing Ventures closes its artificial intelligence-focused fund with $112 million

One year after receiving a whopping $75 million commitment to invest in early-stage companies applying artificial intelligence to various industries, Glasswing Ventures has closed its debut fund with

Disney Imagineering has created autonomous robot stunt doubles

For over 50 years, Disneyland and its sister parks have been a showcase for increasingly technically proficient versions of its “animatronic” characters. First pneumatic and hydraulic, and more re

Inside Atari’s rise and fall

By the first few months of 1982, it had become more common to see electronics stores, toy stores, and discount variety stops selling 2600 games. This was before Electronics Boutique, Software Etc., an

Some of the top female founders in the U.S. are backing the latest Female Founders Fund

Roughly five years after the launch of its first fund in 2013, Female Founders Fund (F3) has closed on $27 million for its latest seed fund — backed by some of the startup world’s top w

Glowforge opens public orders for its desktop 3D laser cutter

Hardware startup Glowforge, which makes a desktop laser cutter and engraver for home or office use, has finally opened up sales to the general public. The maker-targeted device, which can ‘pri

Dutch uni spinout gets $1.2M for its zero ink printing tech

Tocano, a spinout from Delft Technology University in the Netherlands which is working on an inkless printing technology, has closed a €1 million angel round to fund the next stage of its tech dev

Omega takes us to the Dark Side with their new moonwatch

Omega has just announced a new version of their iconic Moonwatch, the chronograph that was worn most notably by Neil Armstrong on the surface of the moon. Their new model, the Dark Side of the Moon Ap

Fret Zealot adds lights and learning to your guitar

I’ve been messing around with LED-embedded guitars since the original GTar. Designed to help beginners learn and players look like all supersonic freakadelic on stage, they have quickly become c

Graphene-based edible electronics will let you make cereal circuits

Researchers at the have successfully etched edible circuits onto the surface of food, paving the way for RFID tagged edibles that can help us track food from farm to tummy. The project, which uses som

New LIDAR package makes it easier to add smarts to your smart car

Osram Opto Semiconductors has announced the availability of a LIDAR package – essentially the spinning laser array found on self-driving and mapping vehicles – that costs $5 and works as w

Wazer brings water jet cutting from heavy industry to mass market

On the TechCrunch Disrupt Battlefield stage today, Wazer showed off its $6,000 desktop water cutter for the first time. Competing against huge industrial units costing upwards of $100,000, the compan

Facebook wants to use fluorescence to make its laser drones work better

A team of physicists and electrical engineers at Facebook published a new idea for using luminescence to improve signal detection in free-space optical communication today. Facebook, in a partnersh

Gravitational waves have been detected for the second time in history

For the second time in history, scientists have directly detected gravitational waves. And just like that, a new era of astronomy is underway. Like the first gravitational wave detected, scientists b

New Materials Could Make Star Wars-Style 3D Screens

Everyone's favorite wonder material, graphene, could soon create realistic 3D screens for mobile devices and smartphones. Whereas most 3D displays have thus far depended on fancy glasses or, in a last

XPRIZE Contender Astrobotic Strives To Be FedEx To The Moon

Astrobotic Technology, a leading Google Lunar XPRIZE competitor, is setting up to become the first delivery service to the Moon. With a low-cost launch, they now have a lander with the potential for p

This DIY Raspberry Pi Laptop Is Perfect For Your Weekend Machinations

My favorite DIY projects are ones that an idiot like myself can do in a few days. To wit, this Raspberry Pi laptop that lets you create a portable computer with keyboard and mouse with only a few part

mDrawBots Will Draw On Your Wall, Floor And Eggs

mDrawBots, a Kickstarter project from MakeBlock, are very reminiscent of old-timey Erector sets with one interesting difference: These robots can actually do cool stuff. Designed to be customizable

HTC And Valve Have Cracked The VR Code

“I’ve been doing this for fifteen years,” I told HTC’s mild-mannered demo wrangler at MWC today. “And this is the first time I’ve been actually excited about a tech

MIT Students Use Lasers To Restart Failed 3D Print Jobs

OMG Lasers! A group of MIT students have built a scanning system that allows 3D printers to restart prints after a failure. Why is this important? Because there is nothing more frustrating than runnin

Spike Kickstarter Project Puts Accurate Laser Measurement Hardware Right On Your Smartphone

Smartphones have pretty good cameras, but nowhere near good enough to do the kind of high accuracy measurement work that's required for engineering or remodelling projects. Enter Spike, a new smartpho
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