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Y Combinator Gets Hardcore About Hardware

Y Combihardware “Hey Robot, make me a sandwich”, I yelled over the ruckus of Y Combinator Demo Day’s break room. The traditional catered lunch had been replaced with a new buffet: hardware startups. Sandwichbots, teabots, futuristic shower heads, and Internet-connected mattress covers lined the room’s perimeter inside Mountain View’s Computer History Museum. Y Combinator is known… Read More

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Josh Constine

August 19th

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Fotokite Phi Is A $349 Drone On A Leash That Needs No Pilot, Just A GoPro

Fotokite Leash Drones are the future of photo journalism, but the problem is you usually need a dedicated pilot. Unless you have a Fotokite. It’s a quadcopter on a retractible dog leash. Strap a GoPro to it, and it automatically records whatever you’re doing at the end of its tether while automatically hovering between 1 ft and 26 ft away. Today, the first consumer Fotokite model called Phi… Read More

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Josh Constine

August 18th

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Why Google Became Alphabet, Explained In 120 Seconds

Google Alphabet What are the pros and cons of Google reorganizing itself as Alphabet? Well, Larry gets to play with the future, Google can focus on more ambitious projects, and it could help the company retain top talent. But will the independent Alphabet company CEOs get frustrated relying on Larry for resources? Here’s everything you need to know in a quick two minute video. Read More

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Josh Constine

August 14th

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Graava Is A $249 Action Camera That Edits Highlight Videos For You

Graava Feature Your GoPro is great until you have to edit all those hours of footage to find the cool moments. Graava does that automatically. Starting pre-orders today for $249 (eventually $399), the Graava action camera uses motion, audio, accelerometer, and GPS sensors plus voice cues to detect the highlights of your footage. Choose how long you want your highlight reel to be, Graava’s app edits… Read More

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Josh Constine

August 5th

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“UAVbnb” DroneBase Is DJI And Accel’s First SkyFund Investment

DroneBase 4 Drone manufacturing king DJI has a plot to expand its unmanned aerial empire. It’s teamed up with prestigious VC Accel to launch the $10 million SkyFund, which invests in companies expanding the drone market — and DJI’s sizable slice of it. Today SkyFund revealed to me that its first investment goes to DroneBase, which lets any business rent a drone and pilot. Read More

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Josh Constine

July 30th

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Google Straps Aclima Sensors To Street View Cars To Map Air Pollution

Aclima Google If a city knows what intersections are full of smog, it could add trees or change stop light schedules to improve the air its citizens breathe. Google Earth’s Outreach program that equips non-profits and public-benefit organizations with data wants to give the world these insights. So today, Google revealed that it’s been working with SF startup Aclima for the last year and a half… Read More

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Josh Constine

July 29th

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Matterport Captures $30M To Scan Rooms Into Virtual Reality

This $4500 camera turns the real world into the virtual one. Today, Matterport’s hardware is a hit with real estate agents. But fueled by the $30 million Series C it just raised, Matterport’s software and partnership with Google’s Project Tango could let you wave your phone around to create VR tours of anywhere you want. For example, here’s Matterport’s VR version… Read More

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Josh Constine

June 25th

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Edward Snowden Supports Apple’s Public Stance On Privacy

snowden-apple Edward Snowden says we should support Apple’s newly stated commitment to privacy rather than a business model driven by personal data collection, whether or not Tim Cook is being genuine. Snowden spoke over video conference during the Challenge.rs conference in Barcelona today. I asked Snowden his thoughts on Cook’s recent acceptance speech for an Electronic Privacy Information… Read More

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Josh Constine

June 17th

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Oculus App Store Will Require Pre-Approvals, Comfort Ratings, Tax

Oculus Home Oculus doesn’t want to make you puke or scare you to death. So when its revamped app store launches for its consumer Rift headset shipping Q1 2016, it will review games and experiences for safety, CEO Brendan Iribe tells me. Yesterday Oculus held a press event where it unveiled the consumer Rift headset that will come with an Xbox controller and optical sensor, showed off some… Read More

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Josh Constine

June 12th

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Oculus Previews “Oculus Touch” Handheld Motion-Tracking Haptic Controllers

Oculus Touch Oculus wants to go beyond the Xbox One controller shipping with the Rift, so today it showed off the prototype of Oculus Touch, a set of handheld motion controllers that let you see your hands in virtual reality. Known as the “Half Moon” prototype, they’ll let you pick up objects, fire a gun, or point at things. They include integrated inertial and 360-degree movement… Read More

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Josh Constine

June 11th

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