Qualcomm’s new chips will give rise to more smart speakers

Qualcomm’s new chips will give rise to more smart speakers The smart speaker trend started with Amazon's Echo, and now includes Google Home and Apple HomePod, but it could get a lot more crowded thanks to Qualcomm. It has just unveiled a reference "smart audio" design, including microphone, speaker and voice… Source: Engadget Link: Qualcomm’s […]

Sony's fantastical Toio cubes combine robotics with papercraft

Sony's fantastical Toio cubes combine robotics with papercraft Sony's made some endearingly offbeat electronic toys over the years — looking at you people who gave your Aibos funerals. The company's newest addition to its crowdfunding site, First Flight, is likely to evoke the same response. Say hello to the To… Source: Engadget Link: Sony's fantastical […]

Audi teases self-parking A8 ahead of launch

Audi teases self-parking A8 ahead of launch Audi will launch its next generation A8, which is expected to have level 3 autonomous, on July 11th. Ahead of that unveiling, the company released a video of the new vehicle parking itself. Source: Engadget Link: Audi teases self-parking A8 ahead of launch

Softbank buys Boston Dynamics (and its robots) from Google

Softbank buys Boston Dynamics (and its robots) from Google It's been over a year since we heard that Google's parent company Alphabet wanted to sell its robotics company Boston Dynamics, and now it has a buyer: Softbank. The Japanese company has been working on its own robots for years, including the helpful… Source: Engadget Link: […]

Robotic shorts can shave minutes off a marathon time

Robotic shorts can shave minutes off a marathon time In marathons, milliseconds matter. A split-second can be the difference between victory and defeat; between setting a record and coming in second. So, it's a big deal when a team of Harvard engineers reveal a pair of shorts that reduce an average mar… Source: Engadget Link: […]

Adding a second pair of arms is as easy as putting on a backpack

Adding a second pair of arms is as easy as putting on a backpack There's only so much you can do with two arms and hands. That's basic science. But what if you could add extras without the need for ethically shady surgery or trading your apartment for a hovel in the shadow of a […]

Texas bill could mean jail time for flying a drone over oil facilities

Texas bill could mean jail time for flying a drone over oil facilities The ebb and flow of legal rules when it comes to flying a drone, whether it's a cheap mainstream model or something a little more intense, is confusing. It also differs depending on country, and even state. When it comes to Texas, […]

Google's AlphaGo retires from competition

Google's AlphaGo retires from competition To say that AlphaGo had a great run in the competitive Go scene would be an understatement: it has just defeated the world's number 1 Go player, Ke Jie, in a three-part match. Now that it has nothing left to prove, the AI is hanging up its boots and… Source: […]

Google Home can now recognize more than one person

Google Home can now recognize more than one person Google's Home device is late to the domestic AI assistant game, but it can do one trick that Alexa can't right now: Tell family members apart just by their voices. Up to six people can link their Google accounts to one Home device, then train Google'… […]

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ESPN's Drone Racing League returns with faster, bigger races

ESPN's Drone Racing League returns with faster, bigger races Last year, I asked a simple question: Can drone racing become as big as eSports? While we wait to find out, one of the leading race organizers — the Drone Racing League — is making all the right moves this year to make that answer yes. […]

ICYMI: A soft robot sleeve to keep your heart going

ICYMI: A soft robot sleeve to keep your heart going Today on In Case You Missed It: A soft robotic device made by Harvard and Boston Children's Hospital researchers has been tested on pigs and so far, seems quite promising in treating heart disease. The robotic heart wraps around parts of existi… Source: Engadget Link: […]

DoD shows off its first successful micro-drone swarm launch

DoD shows off its first successful micro-drone swarm launch The US military is no stranger to drone development. Over the past few years we've seen everything from unhackable robot helicopters to harbor-defending pontoon platoons — including the the means to combat them — come out of DoD research efforts. O… Source: Engadget Link: DoD shows […]

Audi And Mercedes-Benz Cars Will Soon Learn How To Drive Themselves By Watching You

Audi And Mercedes-Benz Cars Will Soon Learn How To Drive Themselves By Watching You In partnering with technology company Nvidiathe company that taught a car how to drive from scratchMercedes-Benz announced at the Consumer Electronics Show on Friday that artificial intelligence will be the future of its vehicles. Mercedes also said it will have AI […]

The PowerRay underwater drone finds fish and films them in 4K

The PowerRay underwater drone finds fish and films them in 4K If you're heading out to the coast or the lake for a spot of fishing, you can have the best gear and the perfect bait but you won't land anything if you're set up in the wrong spot. Experience can only guide so you […]

CERN introduces Large Hadron Collider's robotic inspectors

CERN introduces Large Hadron Collider's robotic inspectors Since the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) needs to be in tip-top shape to discover new particles, it has two inspectors making sure everything's in working order. The two of them are called TIM, short not for Timothy, but for Train Inspection Monorail. T… Source: Engadget Link: CERN introduces […]

Sphero's Force Band can now control your home over IFTTT

Sphero's Force Band can now control your home over IFTTT Sphero's motion-tracking Force Band can now control more than a tiny (and utterly adorable) BB-8 droid. The company has teamed up with If This Then That (IFTT) to integrate the "force" with countless apps and smart home devices. IFTTT, if you need a… Source: Engadget […]

ICYMI: Wearable robots will walk all over you

ICYMI: Wearable robots will walk all over you Today on In Case You Missed It: MIT and Stanford researchers created tiny robots that can grab onto clothes and walk on your shirt, with the goal of them one day, forming a swarm to create a temporary video screen and then marching back into a… Source: […]

The Morning After: Weekend Edition

The Morning After: Weekend Edition Letter from the Editor Welcome to the very first edition of The Morning After, Engadget's revamped newsletter. First, I'd like to congratulate you for subscribing to what is undoubtedly the greatest newsletter you'll ever read. Thanks are also in… Source: Engadget Link: The Morning After: Weekend Edition