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  • Boston Dynamics’ Handle robot dominates parkour on wheels in new footage

    Boston Dynamics’ Handle robot dominates parkour on wheels in new footage

    Boston Dynamics’ wheeled Handle robot received much fanfare earlier this month when DFJ partner Steve Jurvetson slipped us an early video from a company Keynote. Today we have more details on Handle in the form of a shiny HD video. We already knew Handle could manage some pretty sick hurdles and spins, but the new video shows us how the robot can operate in tough environments —… Read More

  • The Swift is a programmable robotic arm for the masses

    The Swift is a programmable robotic arm for the masses

    As a child I always lusted after the Armatron robotic arm. Oh, the amazing things I would have done! I could have assembled miniature cars! Pinched my sister remotely! Gently squashed bugs to paste! But, alas, the Armatron was too expensive and I never got one. Now that I’m old and wizened I can finally get one. Or at least something like it. The Swift by UFactory is a crowdfunded… Read More

  • Sewbo is getting closer to disrupting the sweatshop

    Sewbo is getting closer to disrupting the sweatshop

    Jon Zornow, the founder of Sewbo, made waves in September after announcing that he had built the first robot to sew a t-shirt without human intervention. Using a robot arm and an automatic sewing machine, Zornow took some carefully prepared material and ran it through a pre-programmed series of moves. It worked. Out popped a t-shirt. This seemingly simple process is actually wildly important. Read More

  • Crunch Report | Kickstarter Acquires Huzza

    Kickstarter acquires video streaming company Huzza, Amazon is planning to build a $1.5 billion air cargo hub and MIT creates a robot with a soft touch. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

  • Boston Dynamics adds wheels to its already chilling robots

    Boston Dynamics adds wheels to its already chilling robots

    Alphabet subsidiary Boston Dynamics doesn’t have much to prove when it comes to producing the robots of your nightmares. Previous iterations of the company’s prototypes have been kicked over by humans only to stand right back up, for example. But at an event this week, founder Marc Raibert managed to unveil something simultaneously more unsettling and technologically… Read More

  • Crunch Report | Tech Execs Are Matching Donations to ACLU

    Tech execs are matching donations to the ACLU, Starbucks unveils a virtual assistant, Dropbox touts a $1 billion revenue run rate, robots are making coffee and Fitbit cuts six percent of its workforce. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

  • Kubo, the robot that teaches kids to code, is now available for preorder

    Kubo, the robot that teaches kids to code, is now available for preorder

    We saw tons of new stuff at CES this year. But one thing that particularly caught our eye was Kubo, the robot that teaches kids how to code. Kubo is a pretty simple robot – it’s about the size of a can of soda and has two wheels that allow it to roll around a desk or table. But what it lacks in advanced physical ability it makes up for in brains. Kubo comes with its own… Read More

  • Peeqo is a robot that responds entirely in GIFs

    Peeqo is a robot that responds entirely in GIFs

    Abhishek Singh graduated from NYU’s ITP program and clearly he learned a lot about the future of computing. During his tenure there he quickly fell in love with hardware startups and, with a little grit and programming work, he created Peeqo, a robot that responds only in GIFs. That’s right: this is a robot that replies only in animated video clips. God help… Read More

  • Our robotic overlords have written us a Christmas Carol!

    Our robotic overlords have written us a Christmas Carol!

    As we roll toward the end of humanity and the moment of robot takeover, it’s important to start learning the songs and customs of our inhumane artificial overlords. Researchers at the University of Toronto, for example, showed an AI a picture of a Christmas tree and asked it to write a song about it. The result? A song that we will soon all be singing as we huddle in the dark while our… Read More

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