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Robots being used to eliminate germs from hospital

DENVER -- Porter Adventist Hospital is now using germ zapping robots that look a lot like R2D2 to help minimize the chance of infections.<p>UV light has …

MB&F x L’Epee Balthazar Robot Clock

Swiss clock maker, L’Epée has teamed up with horological revolutionaries MB&F to create a timekeeping robot that demonstrates the engineering …

Yves Béhar's New Robot Baby Bed Means You Never Have to Touch Your Baby Again

Welcome to the future.<p>From Swiss designer Yves Béhar and Dr. Harvey Karp comes SNOO, a robot baby bed that allows you to sleep soundly while your baby enjoys fast jiggling and gentle womb sounds. Béhar and Karp have clearly never read the Ray Bradbury short story "There Will Come Soft Rains," in …

Pregnancy

Call an Uber, and soon you'll get a robot

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick talks self-driving cars and Uber's future at Vanity Fair Summit.<p>Uber is one of the world's largest ride-hailing services but the company's future holds more, said company CEO Travis Kalanick on Wednesday.<p>"We're at the very beginning stages of becoming a robotics company," …

Autonomous Cars

The 10 Coolest Drones at the World's Biggest Robot War Games

Drones are coming—by land, air, and sea.<p>Unmanned Warrior is the world's biggest robot war game, currently taking place for two weeks off the coast of Scotland. It was proposed by First Sea Lord Admiral George Zambellas to give airborne, surface, and underwater drones from various suppliers a chance …

These tiny, wearable robots can cling to your clothes and drive around your body

They may one day assemble into a screen on your arm.<p>Wearables generally stay in place, like on your wrist or clipped under clothes, but they won’t always be so stationary.<p>At a conference in Tokyo on Monday, researchers from MIT and Stanford shared new miniature on-body robots they’ve developed, …

Robotics

This levitating turntable can play records in the air

Using magnets to defy gravity, MAG-LEV Audio puts a modern spin on a classic listening experience.

Tesla will equip all its cars with full self-driving capabilities

Tesla Motors will now equip all of its electric vehicles, including the Model 3, with full self-driving hardware, the company announced Wednesday.<p>The …

App helps save Seattle cardiac patient

SEATTLE (AP) — If your heart is going to stop, right outside a hospital is not a bad place for it.<p>And if 41 people within a 330-yard radius have a cellphone app alerting them to your distress, so much the better.<p>That's what happened in Seattle last week when Stephen DeMont collapsed at a bus stop …

University of Washington

There's Now An Easier Way To Request An Uber

Uber already feels like the fastest way to get from place to place, but it just got even quicker for those who use Google.<p>Both iPhone and Android …

Google's Android Pay mobile wallet arrives in Hong Kong

Mobile payments system for Android phones can be used at more than 5,000 retail locations in Hong Kong, including 7-Eleven and McDonald's.<p>Android Pay, Google's mobile payments service for phones running the OS, arrived in Hong Kong on Wednesday.<p>The launch will allow Android handset owners to use …

Hong Kong

Facebook now lets you order food and buy movie tickets in-app

Facebook has become as essential a tool for businesses as it is for you and your friends, but now the company is doubling down on getting you to go to or buy from local stores, restaurants and events.<p>First up, the company is making it much easier to poll your friends for suggestions. Now if you …

BBC's student-friendly Micro:bit programmable computer to launch worldwide

By any measure, the BBC Micro:Bit has been a roaring success. The diminutive computer has found its way into the hands of more than one million children, and is a core part of computing education in the UK. It has even attracted the support of Samsung, Microsoft, and ARM, who assisted in the …

A Tool To Make Webpages Load 34 Percent Faster

The developers, at MIT and Harvard, will be making it public soon<p>The worst part of navigating the internet is the wait. While you stare at a white screen, your computer (or let's be real, your phone) is chasing down thousands of little snippets of code, which point to other pieces of code, over and …

New York Times

Tiny body-roaming robots could be the future of wearables

Wearables have gotten smaller and less obtrusive over the years, culminating in today's compact fitness trackers and smartwatches that stay immobile and out of the way. But that doesn't have to be the case. Researchers at MIT and Stanford teamed up to develop Rovables, miniature robots chock full …

T-Mobile will pay $48 million over misleading 'unlimited' data plans

T-Mobile will pay a $48 million for its failure to disclose restrictions on its "unlimited" data plans, the Federal Communications Commission …

Google rumor hints at 'Unplugged' streaming TV service

Since rumors about Apple's TV attempts are in their ebb phase, now it's time for Google to take the stage. In a pattern that seems very familiar, sources tell the <i>Wall Street Journal</i>, <i>Reuters</i> and <i>CNBC</i> that Google has cut a deal with CBS to include its channels in a streaming "skinny bundle." The …

WSJ: Apple to launch new Mac laptops with E-Ink dynamic keyboards in 2018, contextually display emojis and special characters

Last week, we reported that Sonder Design was in talks with Apple to license its futuristic keyboard technology, that replaces the normal printed keys with dynamic E-Ink displays. A new article from the WSJ today confirms that Apple does intend to use the technology and is aiming to ship new …

Facebook embraces utility with food ordering, ticketing, and recommendations

Facebook wants you to participate in your community, not just talk about it, with a slew of new features launching today. From Facebook Pages, you’ll now be able to order food through Delivery.com and Slice, request an appointment through MyTime, get a professional services quote, or buy movie and …

San Francisco

Apple’s holding a Mac event on October 27th: 'hello again'

And we're back to the Mac<p>As expected, Apple just sent out invites for an event in Cupertino next week on October 27th. The tagline on the invite, "hello again," is a clear reference to the Mac, which was originally introduced with the word "hello" in 1984. The event will be streamed live starting …

MacBook Air

Why artificial intelligence will finally unlock IoT – ReadWrite

October 19, 2016 Uncategorized<p>[unable to retrieve full-text content]<p>ReadWrite<p><b>Why artificial intelligence will finally unlock IoT</b><b><br>ReadWrite</b><br>According to …

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Gartner Reveals Top 2017 Strategic Technology Trends

At the annual Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Orlando, Florida this week, over 8000 technology leaders gathered to get analyst predictions on where we are …

Artificial Intelligence

Pixel Phone Reviews: A 'Truly Great Camera' and a 'Home Run' for Google

The first round of reviews of Google's new Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones appeared online this morning. Most sites have come away with largely positive impressions of the devices, hailing in particular the Pixel's camera performance compared to the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.<p><i>The Verge</i> called the Pixel a …

Google: This is the scale of race, gender problem in computer science education

​New research from Google and Gallup shows that race and gender play a big role in whether students even have an opportunity to start a career in …

Education

Google on what’s important for 2017: Machine learning AMP and structured data

We asked Google's Gary Illyes what SEOs and webmasters should think about as this year closes.<p>Every year we like to get a Googler who is close with …

Microsoft's new breakthrough: AI that's as good as humans at listening... on the phone

Microsoft's new speech-recognition record means professional transcribers could be among the first to lose their jobs to artificial …

Artificial Intelligence

A Plan to Teach Every Child Computer Science

A group of nonprofits and educators wants all students, even kindergartners, to know the fundamentals.<p>More and more jobs are requiring some knowledge about how computers work. Not just how to start one up and surf the web, but how they actually run, how—at the simplest level—a series of inputs …

Computer Science

7 Ways to Introduce AI into Your Organization

I’m teaching a new course this semester on cognitive technologies (AKA artificial intelligence) to Babson MBAs. Many of them are new to this set of technologies, and seeing the topic through my students’ eyes has made me realize how overwhelming it can be. There are so many different types of AI, …

Cognitive Computing

Stepping Up Security for an Internet-of-Things World

The finals of the Cyber Grand Challenge, in which contestants had to create automated digital defense systems that could identify and fix software …