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DroneBase raises $12M in Series B funding, announces enterprise AR tool

If you have purchased a drone in the last year or two, there’s a high likelihood that it only emerges from your gadget closet a few times per year, if that. That probably doesn’t leave you feeling too great about your purchase, but it also leaves an expensive piece of professional equipment lying …

Drones

Future Transport

For the Future Transport report, the <b>Transport Committee</b> has focused on technological change in three different, but closely related areas.<p>The …

Robots had their own skiing competition at the Winter Olympics

The Olympics aren't just an event for the most talented athletes to strut their stuff on the world's stage. No, The Games are where robots can find honest work and leisure, too. Some 85 robots (spread across 11 different models, humanoid and otherwise) have been serving drinks, cleaning floors, …

Boston Dynamics unveils robodog that can open doors

A leading robotics company has revealed footage of a canine-inspired robot that can open doors that is certain to draw parallels to man's worst nightmare, rather than his best friend.<p>Boston Dynamics on Monday revealed footage of its SpotMini robot, which has four legs, a trunk and long reaching …

Porsche and Audi will share an electric car platform

Porsche and Audi are no stranger to sharing car innards (the Cayenne and Macan use the same basic chassis as the Q7 and Q5, for instance), and that's holding true in the electric era. Porsche's Oliver Blume and Audi's Rupert Stadler told <i>Stuttgarter Zeitung</i> in an interview that the two …

Robots will compete for attention at 2018 Olympics

After heavy investment, the Winter Games in PyeongChang will be much more than a showcase for athletes.<p>When the 2018 Winter Olympic Games kick off in …

Netgear is spinning off its Arlo security camera business

Netgear announced this afternoon that it plans to spin off its Arlo wing into a standalone business. The networking hardware giant’s board of directors has unanimously approved the decision and plans to have the separation to be completed by the second half of this year.<p>Netgear is planning an IPO …

Home Security

Mercedes and Bosch will test self-driving taxis in a few months

Mercedes (or rather, its parent Daimler) and Bosch aren't far off from making their self-driving taxis a practical reality... in a manner of speaking. Bosch chief Volkmar Denner has informed <i>Automobilwoche</i> that the two companies will put test vehicles on the road within a few months. He didn't …

Japan lays groundwork for boom in robot carers

Japanese government wants to increase acceptance of technology that could help fill the gap in the nursing workforce<p>Japan’s elderly are being told to get used to being looked after by robots.<p>With Japan’s ageing society facing a predicted shortfall of 370,000 caregivers by 2025, the government wants …

Robotics

Hate your boss? B12 is designing work without (human) managers

Online labor marketplaces have been around since the dawn of the internet. Post a task, select a worker, verify the work, and submit a payment. There are dozens of companies that broker labor services, and the rise of these marketplaces has been a large factor in encouraging as many as a third of …

Computer Science

WebVR is now 'WebXR Device API', supports augmented reality

The first version of WebVR was announced in early 2016, with both Firefox and Chrome being early supporters. The idea was to bring virtual reality …

Report: Tesla is partnering with companies to build on-site charging stations for its Semi truck

Companies include Anheuser-Busch, Pepsi, and UPS<p><i>Reuters</i> is reporting that Tesla is collaborating with several companies that have placed large orders of its Semi truck to build on-site charging stations to charge the vehicles when they’re rolled out next year.<p>Details of the partnerships haven’t …

Tesla

Tesla to help build on-site charging stations for its first Semi customers

Tesla is going to be working with its first pilot customers for its all-electric Semi truck to build charging stations at their shipping facilities, Reuters reports. We know relatively little about how Tesla will be piloting its truck thus far, but this new info sheds some light on the charging …

Tesla

Nuro’s self-driving vehicle is a grocery-getter and errand-runner

Not every self-driving car has to be able to move passengers from point A to point B. Take, for example, Nuro: The startup just revealed their unique autonomous vehicle platform, which is more of a mobile small logistics platform than a self-driving car.<p>The company, which has been working away in …

Autonomous Cars

An ETF tracking robotics companies took in $650 million from investors in January

Robotics companies are risky investments. The robotics market, though?<p>An Exchange-Traded Fund (ETF) tracking robotics companies just let the …

An electric Harley-Davidson is coming in 2019

Harley-Davidson, the American motorcycle manufacturer famous for its loud burbling, popping engine sounds, plans to release its first electric motorcycle within the next 18 months.<p>An electric motorcycle will, of course, not make burbling or popping noises. Instead it's more likely to emit a …

Motorcycles

Humans and machines will work together, sooner than later

A report from Dell says that partnering with machines will become even more common in the future, even if business leaders are still foggy on the idea.<p>In the future, could your colleague be a robot?<p>There's a good chance the answer is "yes," according to a survey of 3,800 business leaders.<p>A new …

Cows

‘Robotic Habitats’ imagines a self-sustaining AI ecosystem

As artificial intelligence advances at an unprecedented pace, we tend to see its arrival in emotional terms -- usually, either excitement or fear. But Noumena, a collective of designers, engineers and architects, is looking at AI and robots more practically. What form will they take, how will they …

Xiaomi officially announces Mi Box 4 and 4c, available only in China starting February 1st

Following the rumors indicating a forthcoming announcement, Xiaomi has officially announced the Mi Box 4 and budget-minded Mi Box 4c (pictured) for …

Meet The Young Robotics Entrepreneur Who Got A Dream Deal With Apple

Behind the bar of San Francisco’s Four Seasons Hotel last March, a set of doors led into an empty cafe room where an unknown, 25-year-old British-Nigerian entrepreneur named Silas Adekunle was about to meet a senior executive at Apple.<p>If he was nervous, Adekunle didn’t show it.<p>He smiled and opened …

Robotics

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick ignored multiple warnings about hiring Anthony Levandowski

As we’ve seen time and time again in Silicon Valley, the same qualities that can propel founders to incredible success can also form the basis for …

Autonomous Cars

Intel's new cameras add human-like 3D vision to any machine

Intel has released two ready-to-use RealSense depth cameras, the D415 and the D435, that can add 3D capabilities to any device or machine. They both come in a USB-powered form factor and are capable of processing depth in real time, thanks to the chipmaker's new RealSense vision processor D4. The …

Here is the best photo gear to come out of CES 2018

This year’s CES wasn’t the biggest in terms of photography announcements, but a few companies paved the way, launching new and exciting products. …

Cameras

The Enverge is a deadly looking electric car from a company you’ve never heard of

GAC says it’s primed to enter the US market by 2019<p>You probably haven’t heard of GAC, the Chinese automaker with big designs on the US market. At the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, GAC is seeking to up its profile in advance of its 2019 US launch with — what else? — an …

Detroit Auto Show

Jump will be the first stationless, e-bike-sharing service to launch in SF

Social Bicycles, maker of the Jump pedal-assist e-bikes that don’t require docking stations, has received a permit from the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency to launch 250 dockless electric bikes in San Francisco sometime between now and the end of March. This is the first permit the …

San Francisco

Some Gadgets We Might Actually Buy From CES 2018

Twelve Wirecutter reporters and editors spent three days working overtime at the CES 2018 trade show to find just a few things that we might consider …

Consumer Tech

Segway Robotics’ Loomo wants to be your little buddy

Everyone needs a robotic friend and the Loomo might be the best yet. Part pack mule, part Segway, part voice assistant, the Loomo packs a lot of goods into its self-balancing frame.<p>The device is from Segway Robotics, which is backed by Intel and Xiaomi. Intel’s RealSense provides sensors to make it …

Robotics

Sphero spinoff Misty Robotics launches a robot for programmers

Recent Sphero spinoff Misty Robotics brought a decidedly non-consumer-focused device to the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas this week. The Misty I Developer Edition is the first baby step for a startup with even grander ambitions than the one that gave birth to it. In June, the company announced …

Robotics

The best tech of CES 2018

Best Tech of CES 2018<p>Best Tech of CES 2018<p>The new year may start on Jan. 1, but for the tech world it doesn't really begin until CES, the world's …

Gear & Gadgets