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Xbox One creator: how to design a games console

Carl Ledbetter led the team that designed Microsoft's latest games console. But how did he set out to create a games machine? And did he mean the new Kinect to look like a smiling face?<p>You might not know Carl Ledbetter by name but you'll have seen his work. After all, it's plastered across …

Holy hubs! Lutron builds its own bridge for the smart home

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: Lutron<p>Lutron, a company that has built out some damn fine lighting controls found in millions of homes, plans to launch …

Snazzleberries!: 3-D Printing Mixed-Fruit Flavored Berries

Berries: everybody loves them. One time in college I was wandering around campus high when I stumbled across a wild blackberry patch. I sat there in …

MIT iPhone App Makes You Intimate With A Stranger

Over 20 days, MIT’s new app gives you a peek into someone’s life. Caveat: You never speak.<p>20 Day Stranger, an iPhone app by MIT Media Lab’s Playful Systems group, wants to burst the sociographic bubble of our “friend” network.<p>Our social media world, after all, is highly curated–it’s filled with …

Why Your Employees Should Be Playing With Lego Robots

Two years ago, Swedish communications technology giant Ericsson found itself looking for a way to explain the value it saw in the Internet of Things. Rather than publish another whitepaper on the topic, the company struck on a different communication tool: Legos. More specifically, Lego …

With This Robotics Program Thriving In Public Schools, It's 'Cool To Make Mistakes Again'

Joe Dixon is Chief Learning Officer of Teq, a professional development company for teachers that aims to "champion the continued evolution of the modern classroom." Lately that means getting lots of robots into the hands of schoolkids.<p>Specifically, Teq is bringing the NAO robot, a small humanoid …

Meet The Amazing, Hopping Bionic Kangaroo

As it bounces through the Australian outback, the typical kangaroo can cover around 25 to 30 feet per hop. It’s a model of efficiency: Every time the kangaroo hits the ground, its tendons stretch to store energy like the spring in a pogo stick, so it can easily speed up without getting tired. It’s …

Robotics

Self-balancing MiP robot is ready to roll

You may never be able to afford your own Segway, but soon you'll be able to buy something similar for just a hundred bucks. You won't be able to ride …

There's A Restaurant In China Where All The Food Is Prepared And Served By Robots

The Robot Restaurant in China's Heilongjiang Province is a conventional restaurant in every sense, save the glaring exception that the food is prepared and served entirely by an army of 20 robots with just a modicum of human oversight.<p>The BBC just took a tour to see what it's like. Cabinets are …

'Friendly' drone on dog leash takes off

<b>Drones are becoming more common in our skies, performing a variety of tasks, from taking photos to monitoring crops and potentially even delivering broadband.</b><p>But there are strict rules about their usage, which has led some to come up with innovative ways to fly such vehicles more safely.<p>"I'm using …

Drones

Speedy swarms of tiny robots build things in 'microfactory'

Stop whatever you are doing and watch these microrobots zoom around a "microfactory" like ants.<p>These magnetically controlled construction robots -- …

The maker of Roomba says its robots may someday recognize everything in your house

The Roomba has been cleaning apartment floors for years now, but its creator sees a future where the popular household robot carries out far more useful chores. "Consumer research tells us that laundry is the number one household task that people spend their time on, so a laundry robot would be on …