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Robot Room Service: Savioke Aims to Forge New Business Model for Robotics (Video)

A robotics veteran tries to remake the hotel industry.<p>Often, people will see Steve Cousins’s robots — the whirring, intricate fruits of a lengthy career in the futuristic field — and ask him: “Do they vacuum?”<p>After all, that’s the main function of the Roomba, the most quotidian robot. Some 15 …

Robotics

Take An Abstract, Virtual Road Trip With This Music-Video-Turned-App

Tumbling down the highway at full speed, the landscape out the window becomes a blur and passing objects are reduced to just their shapes and colors. This is the scene interactive designer Jono Brandel transports you into with his charming and colorful music video for Kimbra’s single “Carolina.”<p>As …

Apps

Back Up And Sync Your Files Inside A Mason Jar With Raspberry Preserve

Do you like the concept of backup services like Dropbox or Box but don’t want to relinquish control of your data? Well now you can keep your files safely stored in your own pantry, right next to your jars of fruits and vegetables.<p>An innovative DIYer has figured out a way to skillfully merge a …

Raspberry Pi

Playing games on the PC is making a comeback

With a console, you turn it on, put your game in and you just play.<p>Brian Blau of Gartner

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SKEYE Nano Drone (International) | TNW Deals

Meet the SKEYE Nano Drone, the shockingly agile and tiny flying machine, perfect for airborne stunts (like figure 8s, banking turns, flips, etc) both indoors and out. The Nano Drone provides high thrust, low weight, and has incredibly responsive controls that are complemented by advanced hardware …

Weaponizing code: America's quest to control the exploit market

When the US Bureau of Industry and Security published how it plans to implement the sections on hacking technologies in a global weapons trade pact called the Wassenaar Arrangement (WA) last week, it ignited an online firestorm of meltdowns, freakouts, and vicious infighting within the most …

Why the DIY smart home revolution won't work

Do-It-Yourself (DIY) is seemingly everywhere – from home improvement to healthcare. The DIY Network is an entire television channel devoted to projects you can do yourself. When a simple search can find pages of Pinterest projects for every room in your house and day of the year, the allure and …

Meet the robot that will assemble your future iPhones – and everything else

UC Berkley researchers have hit a major milestone in the creation of usable AI. They’ve created a new set of algorithms that will allow robots to learn through trial and error — much like humans learn new tasks.<p>With this kind of educated automaton, there’s nothing they won’t be able to do. Think of …

Ricoh invents super-efficient power-producing rubber

No, this is not an image of a delicious Fruit Roll-Up, it's actually a unique new flexible material from Ricoh that can create electricity from pressure and vibration. Dubbed "Energy-Generating Rubber," this piezoelectric mat combines the best features of existing ceramic and polymeric materials; …

Infosys CEO On Mission To Transform His Company Into Design Thinkers

It’s been just over a year since Vishal Sikka surprised many when he walked away from SAP. Several months later, he shocked a few more when he took the job as CEO at Infosys, the Indian consulting firm. I talked to him this week, and nine months into his new job, he’s making a concerted effort to …

Employment

The Void wants to offer fully immersive virtual reality games

Ken Bretschneider dreams of a virtual reality experience that will have you literally running, jumping around and chasing digital villains. That's why this fall, he'll start building The Void: a virtual reality gaming center with 60 x 60 foot rooms where people can physically play while immersed in …

Terminator-style 3D printing grows objects from a pool of liquid

Let's talk about layers. Traditional 3D printing involves a machine stacking layers of material to create a 3D object. This takes time and leaves ripples showing where those layers were laid down. Now, imagine you could grow an object out of a pool of liquid, much like Robert Patrick emerging as …

Autodesk's new app lets kids design their own toys

3D printers can build anything from prosthetics and musical instruments to Hershey chocolates. But, even as the technology continues to make strides with materials (metal, concrete, etc.) and takes on full-fledged architectural projects, it seems to move further away from the reach of children. …

High Fidelity Raises $11M To Build Deployable Virtual Worlds

High Fidelity, the San Francisco-based startup from Second Life founder Philip Rosedale, has raised another $11 million in funding in a round led by Paul Allen’s Vulcan Capital. The funding was noted in a SEC filing that went through today and was confirmed to TechCrunch by Rosedale.<p>Founded in …

Virtual Reality

DARPA Wants To Make Computer Networks Look More Like Sci-Fi Graphic Novels

An intuitive, visual interface could make cybersecurity way less boring<p>Even for the experts, lines of computer code can be tedious to read. But what if it all looked like a video-game world, or like a rendering of the stars in space?<p>DARPA, the U.S. military’s research arm, has been working on a way …

Internet Archive Brings Oregon Trail, Prince Of Persia, Lemmings And 2200+ Other MS-DOS Games To Your Browser

Time to get nostalgic!<p>Remember when The Internet Archive brought hundreds upon hundreds of classic console games online and made them playable in the browser? And when they did it again with hundreds of arcade games?<p>They’ve done it again — this time with over 2,000 MS-DOS games. Lemmings! …

Oregon Trail

Workflow for iOS Helps Automate Everything on Your Phone

Workflow for iOS takes all those repetitive, annoying tasks you always do on your iPhone and lets you create custom icons or share actions so it’s as easy as one click.<p>Basically, Workflow allows you to quickly wire up multiple services to work together in sequence. For example, a basic workflow …

Watch a Microsoft engineer use Kinect and a Sphero to simulate telekinesis

Telekinesis, defined as the psychic ability allowing one to influence a physical system without physical interaction, lives largely in the world of science fiction. Yet as we continue to see time and time again, technology is quickly helping drop the second word of that phrase and bring what we see …

Watch A 5-Part Series On The History Of Video Game Graphics

This pixelated flashback takes you from Pong to Call Of Duty.<p>Stuart Brown‘s five part YouTube series–where one episode is being released every day this week–takes viewers through the evolution of video game graphics, starting with the most rudimentary games of the 1970s up through today.<p>What makes …

Retrogaming

Nest CEO Tony Fadell's New Startup Wants To Completely Change The Smartphone As We Know It

Silicon Valley startup Keyssa is working on a technology it calls "kiss connectivity," which could allow you to transfer a movie as large as "Avatar" between devices in just five seconds, as Bloomberg Businessweek reported in its profile of the company.<p>You would simply tap your phone or tablet to …

Voltera's circuit board printer wants to be the 'Makerbot of electronics'

<i>Update on Nov. 8 at 11:21 a.m. Pacific: Corrected to reflect the printer’s resolution which is 10 mil, not 10 millimeters, and to the timing of its fundraising plans.</i><p>Cyril Ebersweiler, hardware accelerator Haxlr8r’s founder, believes that if hardware startups learn how to prototype, iterate, and …

The ‘Simply Amazing’ Invention Aimed at Helping ‘Novices Learn to Play the Piano Without Reading Music’

An invention aimed at helping beginners learn how to play the piano took the Internet by storm this week after a video showing how it works was widely circulated.<p>The device, formally called the Projected Instrument Augmentation System, was developed in Germany and projects a stream of colorful …

Dizmo's Multi-platform Virtual Workspace Launches Today

Dizmo, a successfully funded Kickstarter campaign that aims to turn any digital surface into an interactive work space, has officially launched today, opening the platform up to the public for the first time.<p>In a nutshell, Dizmo wants to draw together all the discrete Internet of Things and other …

Microsoft Can Now Turn Any Space Into The Holodeck

Prepare yourself. This is the craziest interactive demo you’ll see all year.<p>Last year, Microsoft Research revealed Illumiroom–which used projectors to stretch the image on your TV to take over a whole wall. Now comes the sequel. Called RoomAlive, this new system can turn every surface in a …

Augmented Reality

USB has a huge security problem that could take years to fix

In July, researchers Karsten Nohl and Jakob Lell announced that they'd found a critical security flaw they called BadUSB, allowing attackers to smuggle malware on the devices effectively undetected. Even worse, there didn't seem to be a clear fix for the attack. Anyone who plugged in a USB stick …

Jacksonville Jaguars Say Fans Want to Watch Games Through Oculus Rift

A startup called 3D-4U lets fans watch through the Rift at the Jaguars' stadium.<p>You may have to skip on the stadium nachos. And probably the beer, too. But those things aside, how does watching a sports game in virtual reality compare to the real thing?<p>That’s the interest of a Washington …

D-Wave CEO: Our Next Quantum Processor Will Make Computer Science History (Video)

In a joint interview, D-Wave's Vern Brownell and DFJ's Steve Jurvetson discuss the weird world of quantum computing.<p>Things get weird at the atomic scale.<p>The rules of classical physics governing the objects we can see and touch break down. Particles can occupy two places at once or connect across …

Engineer Sees Big Possibilities in Micro-robots, Including Programmable Bees

Robert Wood says that medicine and agriculture could be transformed by micro and "soft" robots.<p><i>Editor's note: Robert Wood is one of National Geographic's 2014 emerging explorers, part of a program that honors tomorrow's visionaries—those making discoveries, making a difference, and inspiring people</i> …

Xprize's next big challenge: software that lets kids teach themselves

The Xprize organization has inspired people to take on some pretty lofty goals, ranging from sequencing genomes to literal moonshots. Today, though, it's focusing on a very practical objective: improving education for hundreds of millions of kids. Its new Global Learning Xprize will offer a total …

Tomorrow Daily 053: Incredible multiscreen interaction from MIT's THAW project, and more

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