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The Future of Sex Dolls Are Sex Robots

Here’s a good long look at the sex dolls of the future, which are technically Real Dolls with AI that can’t walk, but can talk, learn new information …

Robotics

User-friendly drone flies like a copter and like a plane

Fixed-wing drones are more energy-efficient than quadcopters, and can cover long distances more quickly. Quadcopters, however, require less space to …

Drones

Airspace Systems’ ‘Interceptor’ can catch high-speed drones all by itself

San Leandro-based Airspace Systems is making a business out of solving the toughest problems facing the emerging drone industry.<p>The company designed a drone of its own, jam-packed with sensors and machine intelligence, to autonomously intercept threatening drones at high speeds and carry them away …

Drones

Top 10 DIY Projects That Will Teach You A Ton About Tech

DIY isn’t always the easiest way to do something, but it’s usually the most informative and educational one. This week, let’s check out some great …

Raspberry Pi

DARPA is building a drone to provide 'persistent' surveillance virtually anywhere in the world

If it's implemented, the Tern program would see fully-autonomous drones on small-deck ships throughout the world that can take off and land vertically. Once in flight, they transition to wing-borne flight at medium altitude and become the eyes and ears for its ship for long periods of time.<p>Among …

Aviation

Here's everything you need to know about Tesla's home battery

Shareholders voted in favor of Tesla buying SolarCity in a deal worth about $2 billion on Thursday, placing greater importance on Tesla's at-home battery.<p>Tesla unveiled its newly improved at-home battery, Powerwall 2.0, during its big solar-roof unveiling at the end of October.<p>The battery comes …

Tesla

A small startup has figured out how to deliver super-fast internet to your home wirelessly

Few experts argue that. AT&T says it. Verizon says it. Google and Facebook are experimenting with it. But a Boston-based startup is actually doing it.<p>Starry, an internet service provider (ISP) that promises to deliver super-fast internet access wirelessly, launched its first closed beta in the …

Telecoms

Entrepreneurs’ Top 10 Mistakes from Apple’s Former Chief Evangelist

Guy Kawasaki's 10 tactical tips for entrepreneurs, including focusing on sales and product rather than pitching and projections.

Two Trends That Are Transforming Venture Capital

There are two macro trends occuring within venture capital (VC) which are combining to have a transformative impact. As has been noted repeatedly over the past several years, the VC landscape has morphed into a barbell structure, with lots of small funds on one end and a handful of large, megafunds …

Venture Capital

10 Reasons Why Your Startup Idea Is Terrible And Won't Get Funded

As a venture capital and angel investor, I get bombarded with proposals to invest in startups. Many of them are terrible and just not fundable by angel investors or venture capital funds. Here are 10 common mistakes I have seen startups make that have resulted in their inability to raise</b> …

Venture Capital

This company helps HSBC, Santander, and Visa decide on startups to partner with or invest in — here's what it looks for

The company claims to be the world's first ratings agency for startups. But unlike the global players it aspires to be, Early Metrics does not rate the credit-worthiness of businesses but instead looks at its growth potential, rating the business out of 100.<p>CEO and cofounder Antoine Baschiera told …

Startups

'Most VCs are full of sh*t:' meet the anti-venture capitalist with more than 1,600 startups

Dave McClure doesn't like venture capitalists. "Most VCs don't work that hard," he says. "They think they're great stock-pickers. They're all full of …

Venture Capital

A 12-Step Guide to Picking a Name for Your Startup

<i>This piece originally appeared on AllBusiness.</i><p>Finding the right name for your startup can have a significant impact on your success. The wrong name …

Small Business

Video Shows Drone Hacking Smart Lights From Outside A Building

The internet of things has the potential to truly change the way we live our lives, and in some ways, that has already begun, but there are still …

Xiaomi is making a Lego-like coding toy robot you can control with your phone

Xiaomi is producing a plastic toy robot that you can assemble into different forms, and control with an app.<p>Called the Toy Block, the coding toy …

Intel acquires commercial drone startup MAVinci

Intel has acquired German commercial drone software startup MAVinci for an undisclosed price.<p>Intel’s Anil Nanduri, head of the drone business, said in an interview with VentureBeat that the startup has best-in-class flight-planning software. It may seem odd for the world’s biggest chip maker to …

How smartphones made Shenzhen China's innovation capital

Everyone knows that smartphones are one of the biggest innovations of the past decade. But the technological implications of smartphone technology go far beyond the smartphone itself.<p>If you pry open your iPhone or Android device, you’ll see computer chips that provide the phone’s computing power as …

Google Nexus

Come see Boston Dynamics and its robots stomp on the Disrupt London stage

If artificial intelligence will inevitably be a central part of how we will interact with machines and services in the future, then learning more about who is developing these new AI systems — and what they are making — is essential to us understanding and helping shape that world.<p>And you, dear …

Startups

See inside a robot pizza factory

At Zume Pizza, part of the pie-making process has been outsourced to robots. Here's how it works.<p>Can you taste the difference between a pizza made by a robot and a pizza made by a human?<p>At Zume Pizza, co-founder Julia Collins doesn't think so. Which is exactly why the Mountain View, California, …

Robotics

Future of the NFL: The Virtual, Augmented, 3D, 360-Degree Football Experience

Tom Brady is standing on the pool table in your man cave.<p>Brady looks real enough to reach out and touch as he waits for the snap behind the Patriots line. His receivers hover over the corner pockets. Rob Gronkowski is standing on your pool table as well, though that's somehow less surprising.<p>In …

Virtual Reality

Sence Mindfulness And Productivity Wearable Hits Kickstarter (video)

If you would like more insight into your body’s well-being and ongoing daily health, you might be interested in a new wearable device called the …

BT CEO: 'It's possible that 80% of the jobs people do today won't exist in the future'

Speaking at the second annual HSBC Innovation Summit in London on Friday, Gavin Patterson said: "It's a combination of ubiquitous networks, ubiquitous data, ubiquitous processing capabilities, sensors in everything, augmented reality, virtual reality — the future looks very, very …

The Future

Thumb-steered drone leaves you with a free hand

It is true that getting up to speed as a drone pilot using joystick controllers can take some time. The team behind Shift is aiming to give novices …

Drones

Bixi is another attempt at chasing a gesture-controlled future

Gesture controls is one of those science fiction ideas that always seems a few years away. And while we’ve had a few contenders come and go, like the Leap Motion or the Kinect, nothing has been able to become the next big thing for controlling our computation devices in the same way that the mouse …

Kickstarter

Sage Advice From 10 Failed Startup Founders

Takeaways from 193 failed startups.<p>Fractl recently studied 193 failed startups to uncover the most common reasons for startup failure. Lack of funds was an expected cause, but founders also listed market issues and problems with the business plan that lead to their demise. In fact, 26% percent of …

Startups

Verizon buys IoT startup Sensity to boost smart city portfolio

Sensity's platform embeds networking technology within both new and retrofit LED lighting systems.<p>Verizon on Monday announced plans to acquire …

Internet of Things

Startup Capital Is Ammunition, Not Oxygen

Startups need to balance using their capital to invest in the initiatives that are on their critical path while making their cash last as long as possible.

Startups

10 New Tech Inventions You Didn’t Know Existed #3

Erle Spider<p>Check out these top 10 new amazing technolgies, you didn’t know existed in this World. Here we make a list of best new tech gadgets from …

Everything announced at Microsoft’s Windows 10 and Surface event

Microsoft held a special event today in New York, where it detailed the upcoming Creator’s Update for Windows 10, and launched new hardware including the Surface Studio all-in-one PC.<p>There was big news in everything from VR, to Microsoft Paint (yes Paint) and gaming, including integration of recent …

Windows 10