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Robotbase Wants To Put An Intelligent Robot In Every House

LR3A0218 If it’s up to Robotbase, you’ll soon be coming home and a robot will greet you at the door. While you were away, the Robotbase Personal Robot patrolled your home, made sure the temperature was lowered when you left, maybe locked the door after you were gone and, through its built-in camera, allowed you to check in on your dog, too. Robotbase is launching its Kickstarter campaign… Read More

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Frederic Lardinois

January 7th

Gadgets

FAA Allows First Real Estate Company To Use Drones For Aerial Photography

Phantom 2 Vision+ | DJI Douglas Trudeau of Tierra Antigua Realty in Tucson, Ariz., today became the first real estate agent who can legally use a drone for real estate photography. If you have recently looked at the listings in your local MLS (or on Zillow and Redfin), you have likely seen plenty of images that could have only come from a drone. Under the FAA’s strict definition, however, those weren’t… Read More

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Frederic Lardinois

January 6th

Gadgets

The Parrot Pot And H2O Give You A Robotic Green Thumb

Parrot Pot 02 When you think of Parrot, chances are you are thinking about the A.R. Drone or it’s recently launched Bebop drone. But as the company’s CEO Henri Seydoux told me in an interview earlier today, drones are only one area of interest for the company. Parrot is interested in everything that connects to the smartphone and these days, that includes your house plans. The company today… Read More

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Frederic Lardinois

January 5th

Gadgets

Nvidia Announces Tegra X1 With Maxwell GPU

IMG_4854 At a press conference in Las Vegas, Nvidia today announced an update to its highly successful Tegra K1 mobile processor. The X1 combines a 64-bit ARM_based processor with a graphics chip based on the company’s Maxwell architecture. The K1 used Nvidia’s older Kepler GPU technology. The X1 will feature a 256-core Maxwell GPU and an eight-core 64bit CPU. That, the company says, makes… Read More

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Frederic Lardinois

January 5th

Gadgets

Meet The Apple Watch

apple0224 Apple today announced the Apple Watch, its first foray into the world of wearable tech during its iPhone 6 launch event this morning. A smartwatch with inductive charging, a square face, sapphire glass, swappable bands, a heartbeat sensor and a rotating digital crown. Users will be able to  choose between six different straps, including a sport band, a leather loop, a classic leather buckle… Read More

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Frederic Lardinois

September 9th

Gadgets

New Microsoft Project Turns Boring First-Person Videos Into Awesome Hyperlapses

Microsoft hyperlapse video There’s barely a mountain biker, climber, skydiver or skier left who doesn’t have a GoPro camera attached to his helmet. Nobody really wants to sit through an hour of video of you heading up and down the slopes, however. You could just speed these videos up, but then they become completely unwatchable. Thanks to a new Microsoft Research project, however, you may soon be able to… Read More

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Frederic Lardinois

August 10th

Gadgets

With 1M Sold In The Last Quarter, Google’s Chromebooks Are A Hit With Schools

black-white-chromebook During its earnings call this week, Google announced that it — and its partners — sold a million Chromebooks to schools in the last quarter. Overall PC sales worldwide were about 76 million in the last quarter, according to Gartner’s latest numbers, so a million Chromebook sales just to the education market is a pretty good number. Read More

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Frederic Lardinois

July 19th

Gadgets

Mobile

Google Now Is The Killer App For Android Wear

IMG_0322 Google’s I/O keynote may have been a bit of a jumble of different product announcements — many of which won’t be available until later this year — but Android Wear was what most people in the audience wanted to hear about. While there is plenty of Android in Google’s smartwatch operating system and while developers will be able to develop apps specifically for… Read More

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Frederic Lardinois

July 5th

Gadgets

The Story Behind Google’s Cardboard Project

Cardboard The surprise hit of Google I/O was without a doubt Cardboard. Google’s paper product — or phone-based VR viewer — made its debut during yesterday’s keynote, and today, David Coz, the project’s founder, revealed its origins. Read More

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Frederic Lardinois

June 26th

Gadgets

Google Launches Full Android Wear SDK, Lets Developers Create Custom UIs And Access Sensors

IMG_0116 At its annual developer conference, Google today announced the launch of a full SDK for Android Wear. After a short preview period that mostly allowed developers to push notifications to Android Wear smartwatches, the full SDK will now allow developers to create their own custom apps. Read More

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Frederic Lardinois

June 25th

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