Boston Dynamics showcases new uses for SpotMini ahead of commercial production

Boston Dynamics showcases new uses for SpotMini ahead of commercial production

Last year at our TC Sessions: Robotics event, Boston Dynamics announced its intention to commercialize SpotMini. It was a big step for the secretive company. After a quarter of century building some of the world’s most sophisticated robots, it was finally taking a step into the commercial realm, making the quadrupedal robot available to anyone Read more about Boston Dynamics showcases new uses for SpotMini ahead of commercial production[…]

Notes from the Samsung Galaxy Fold: day four

Notes from the Samsung Galaxy Fold: day four

Apologies for skipping day three. This kept me extremely busy yesterday. Though the Galaxy Fold remained a constant companion. Before you ask (or after you ask on Twitter without having read beyond the headline), no it’s hasn’t broken yet. It’s actually been fairly robust, all things considered. But here’s the official line from Samsung on Read more about Notes from the Samsung Galaxy Fold: day four[…]

Boston Dynamics debuts the production version of SpotMini

Boston Dynamics debuts the production version of SpotMini

Last year at our TC Sessions: Robotics conference, Boston Dynamics announced that SpotMini will be its first commercially available product. A revamped version of the product would use the company’s decades of quadrupedal robotics learnings as a basis for a robot designed to patrol office spaces. At today’s event, founder and CEO Marc Raibert took Read more about Boston Dynamics debuts the production version of SpotMini[…]

Formlabs offers more accuracy and larger print sizes with latest 3D printers

Formlabs offers more accuracy and larger print sizes with latest 3D printers

MIT Media Lab spinoff Formlabs is one of the few 3D desktop 3D printing companies that has managed to buck the trends of a shrinking field. The startup found success by embracing stereolithography (SLA) printing, a technology that was previously the realm of hulking, industrial printers. Previously far too expensive an unwieldy for many prototypers Read more about Formlabs offers more accuracy and larger print sizes with latest 3D printers[…]

A look at new power banks from OmniCharge and Fuse Chicken

A look at new power banks from OmniCharge and Fuse Chicken

When you’ve been doing this job long enough, you start to develop strange interests (though some might compellingly argue that strange interests are a prerequisite). Lately for me it’s been power banks. Quite possibly the least sexy product in all of consumer electronics outside of the ever-ubiquitous dongle. I don’t know what to tell you. Read more about A look at new power banks from OmniCharge and Fuse Chicken[…]

Google has scaled back, moved forward with robotics

Google has scaled back, moved forward with robotics

In 2013, Google went big on robotics. Under the leadership of Android father Andy Rubin, the company went on a shopping spree that included marquee companies like Boston Dynamics. The division was named Replicant, in an homage to Blade Runner that worked with the whole Alphabet motif. It was big and secretive and expensive, and Read more about Google has scaled back, moved forward with robotics[…]

Live from Apple’s media special event

Live from Apple’s media special event

You know Apple’s got something big in the works when it went ahead and launched new iPads, iMacs and AirPods in one week with little fanfare. And while this week’s event was a bit of a surprise, Apple’s clearly been working to it for a long time. The company sent out invites for “Show Time” Read more about Live from Apple’s media special event[…]

Peek into an empty Steve Jobs Theater before tomorrow’s big Apple event

Peek into an empty Steve Jobs Theater before tomorrow’s big Apple event

What are you up to this afternoon? If your answer is anything “watching the livestream of an empty Steve Jobs Theater,” honestly, I’m not sure how you call yourself an Apple fan. A day before the company’s event in Cupertino, Apple’s streaming video of what looks to be an empty theater, bathed in darkness, with Read more about Peek into an empty Steve Jobs Theater before tomorrow’s big Apple event[…]

Nintendo’s Labo: VR Kit is not Virtual Boy 2.0

Nintendo’s Labo: VR Kit is not Virtual Boy 2.0

Even the most successful tech company is going to have a stumble from time to time. Nintendo’s 45 years in the video game industry is spotted with a few doozies, but none are more infamous than the Virtual Boy. The 1994 portable console was marketed as an early home entry into virtual reality, but in Read more about Nintendo’s Labo: VR Kit is not Virtual Boy 2.0[…]

Google filed a folding phone patent application, too

Google filed a folding phone patent application, too

Does a patent application mean a company is particularly serious about a technology? No. Is every company that makes a phones at least toying around with a folding model? Yes, probably. It’s tough to know from a series a crude drawings and technical details filed with the USPTO how seriously an individual company is taking Read more about Google filed a folding phone patent application, too[…]