Tom Emrich

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IBM’s Watson Wants To Help Pick A Therapist For You

Gone are the days of physically taking yourself to a new therapist and hoping it’s a good match. IBM is working with text therapy startup Talkspace to help find the best therapist for you within its list of online counseling specialists. But it could also help the IBM Watson computer to make …

Drone Startup Sky-Futures Secures $3.8M From MMC To Scale Up Oil And Gas Inspections

Startups dealing in the world of drones have been given a boost today with the news that Sky-Futures, which flies drones around oil rigs and gas pipelines, has raised $3.87 million (£2.5m) in a Series A from London-based venture fund MMC Ventures. The funding is believed to be Europe’s largest-ever …

NASA thinks a robotic eel might be the key to exploring Europa

We've seen the submarine that NASA wants to explore Saturn's moon Titan with, but compared to what the aeronautics outfit's looking at for icy climes like Jupiter's Europa it's downright pedestrian. The wormy-looking contraption up above is actually considered a type of amphibious rover and it's …

Astronomy

Yangyang is an eerie female robot that can talk, smile, shake your hand, and hug you

Yangyang is a female robot that will cause you to marvel at the capabilities of modern technology, creep you out, or remind you of Sarah Palin — or …

Robotics

SnoSoot wearable sled ready to shred snow

Sleds like the Snolo Stealth-X, Zibock and Backyak make sledding more portable by folding up or breaking down on the trip up the hill. Instead of …

Wearable Tech

The latest small-business productivity tool: The robot

Robots aren't just for corporate Goliaths; even the little guy on Main Street is adopting them. Their goal: to boost sales and productivity. But at …

'VR is the Next Frontier': The NYT's Branded Content Boss Dishes on the Future of Marketing

‘VR Is the Next Frontier’: The NYT’s Branded Content Boss Dishes on the Future of Marketing<p>Any conversation about the branded content space must …

Microsoft's HoloLens is new, improved, and still has big problems

HoloLens can deliver amazing illusions, but only on a small scale<p>Microsoft's HoloLens is the kind of thing that science fiction has been preparing us for for decades. From the moment I saw it, I knew exactly what I wanted it to do: project a heads-up display around real life, let me play with …

You Can Now Experience Lip Sync Battle in Virtual Reality

Virtual reality hasn't had a viral hit yet. The technology is too new, and in too few hands, to hit Star Wars Kid levels of "Have you seen this?!" …

Virtual Reality

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 resort, parallax barriers that simulate 3D in the same way those gaudy pictures of waterfalls and …

Tiny robots pull objects up to 2,000 times their own weight

The equivalent of a human dragging a blue whale<p>Engineers from Stanford University have created miniature robots named "MicroTugs" capable of pulling and lifting objects more than 100 times their own weight. The strongest of the bots weighs just 12 grams but can pull objects 2,000 times heavier than …

Identified Technologies’ Drones Will Automatically Map Your Job Site So You Don’t Have To

Mapping a job site – be it a construction site, oil field, or giant human battery pod factory – is a tough job. That’s why Identified Technologies’ Dick Zhang wants you to send in the drones.<p>His company, which is funded to the tune of $2 million, allows you to send a quadcopter around your job site …

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Oculus Rift and Robotic Heads: A Match Made In Geek Heaven

Can virtual reality make telepresence bots useful?<p>Like its namesake, DORA was born to explore. Specifically, the robot—which was built by a team of students at the University of Pennsylvania—is designed to be a kind of exploration surrogate, able to move its head with the same speed and flexibility …

Comic Artist Brings His Tattoo To Life Using Augmented Reality

When Australian comic book artist Sutu created his interactive comic Modern Polaxis, little did he realise that he'd be able to bring so much more …

How The NY Times Is Sparking the VR Journalism Revolution

Street artists normally work in the shadows. But on April 11 French artist JR threw up a new stunning piece right in the heart of Manhattan in broad …

Virtual Reality

The Mighty Mini 3D Printer

Small in size, but big in 3D printing abilities, the Ultimaker 2 Go is one of the most powerful little printers around. And with a compact design, …

3D Printing

When Robot Personalities Mimic the Dead - Lovesick Cyborg

By Jeremy Hsu | April 26, 2015 12:58 am<p>Albert Hubo is a battery-powered, untethered walking robot based on the Hubo robot developed by the Korea …

Why the VR waiting game is great for those who dare to dream

How's that Steam Machine under your TV doing? The wait for virtual reality to become the future is proving quite torturous really, especially since …

Chill out with this 'holographic' virtual aquarium

There's something inexplicably tranquil about gazing at fish in an aquarium as they swim back and forth, darting about rocks or that tacky plastic treasure chest sitting in the corner. But what if you could have one on your desk, without all the water changes, filter cleaning and general …

Aquariums

Smartphones Become Smarter with Robotics

It’s no secret that the world of <b>robotics</b> is swiftly changing and increasing its relevance in the human world. With every day yielding a new …

GadgetellSolutions Media

18Apr/18<p>As the owner of a retail business, you’ve probably dreamed about getting some extra help. Advertising a retail job for your store(s) can …

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What Really Scares Tech Leaders About Artificial Intelligence?

Does artificial intelligence represent an “existential threat” to humanity? Some very smart people think so: Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates, Sam Altman and particularly Oxford Professor Nick Bostrom. He wrote the book, <i>Superintelligence</i> that got Musk so tweetably exercised. Technologists are …

Artificial Intelligence

The Apple Watch Can Be A Sixth Sense

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Dan Kaplan helps startups tell their stories. He blogs about</i> <i>marketing, storytelling, and growth at Threadling</i> <i>and is preparing to launch</i> <i>Dispatches From The Future</i><i>, a podcast about the future of humanity.</i> <b></b><p>The world around us is screaming with signals our original five senses don’t …

Luxottica CEO says company is working on Google Glass 2.0

When Nest CEO Tony Fadell took over Google Glass back in February, he pledged to redesign the headset "from scratch." Well, it looks like that process is well underway. In a company meeting today, Luxottica CEO Massimo Vian said the Italian eyewear company is working with the folks in Mountain View …

Wearable Tech

Hands On With PlayStation’s Virtual Reality Headset

Earlier this week, I had a chance to meet with PlayStation R&D senior director Richard Marks for a hands-on demo with Project Morpheus, Sony’s attempt at making a virtual reality headset.<p>I got to try two demos during my time with the headset. The first was a simple intro experience, giving you a …

Marvel movie producer Avi Arad co-founded a virtual reality company

Movie producer Avi Arad, the man behind the <i>Blade, X-Men, Spider-Man,</i> and <i>Iron Man</i> films, helped transform Marvel Studios into the powerhouse that it …

The Robots Are Coming for Your Paycheck

Technological progress isn’t always a good thing. A paper out this month concludes smart machines, such as robots, have the potential to destroy good-paying jobs and damage the economy.

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These 3D Printed Organs Beat Just Like Your Heart

The rhythmic beating of these clumps is mesmeric—but it could be life-saving, too. These are tiny 3D printed versions of hearts and lungs, which work …

Wake Forest University

Forget Text Messages--Send Emotions Over The Air

Technology gets the touchy-feelies<p>It used to be the case that if you wanted to reach out and touch someone, you had to use your hands. But thanks to scientists in the U.K., you might some day be able to use technology--and no, we're not talking the telephone--to transmit the emotions you experience …