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Technology that gets under your skin

By Jenn Webb
March 27, 2014

Editor’s note: we’re running a series of five excerpts from our forthcoming book Designing for Emerging Technologies, a compilation of works by industry experts in areas of user experience design related to genomics, robotics, the Internet of Things, and the …

Podcast: automation and an abundance-oriented economy

By Jenn Webb
March 5, 2014

What happens if emerging technology and automation result in a world of abundance, where anyone at anytime can produce anything they need and there’s no need for jobs? In his recent Strata keynote, James Burke warned that society is not …

The new bot on the block

By Glen Martin
January 27, 2014

Fukushima changed robotics. More precisely, it changed the way the Japanese view robotics. And given the historic preeminence of the Japanese in robotic technology, that shift is resonating through the entire sector. Before the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami of 2011, …

Four short links: 24 January 2014

By Nat Torkington
January 24, 2014

What Every Computer Scientist Should Know About Floating Point Arithmetic — in short, “it will hurt you.” Ori — a distributed file system built for offline operation and empowers the user with control over synchronization operations and conflict resolution. We …

Robots will remain forever in the future

By Mike Loukides
December 18, 2013

(Note: this post first appeared on Forbes; this lightly edited version is re-posted here with permission.) We’ve watched the rising interest in robotics for the past few years. It may have started with the birth of FIRST Robotics competitions, continued with the …

Democratizing technology and the road to empowerment

By Jenn Webb
December 18, 2013

Advancements in technology are making what once was relegated only to highly educated scientists, engineers and developers accessible to — and affordable for — the mainstream. This democratization of technology and the empowerment it affords was an underlying thread through …

The Amazon whisperer, invisible interfaces, FDA vs 23andMe, and robots usher in a new polical order

By Jenn Webb
November 27, 2013

The Radar team does a lot of sharing in the backchannel. Here’s a look at a selection of stories and innovative people and companies from around the web that have caught our recent attention. Have an interesting tidbit to contribute …

IoT meets agriculture, Intellistreets, immersive opera, and high-tech pencils

By Jenn Webb
November 20, 2013

The Radar team does a lot of sharing in the backchannel. Here’s a look at a selection of stories and innovation highlights from around the web that have caught our recent attention. Have an interesting tidbit to contribute to the …

The Internet of Things Needs the Laws of Robotics

By Rachel Roumeliotis
October 31, 2013

Joshua Marinacci (@joshmarinacci), is a researcher at Nokia, author, and speaker. We sat down recently to talk about the quickly growing internet of things and what the future might hold in terms of consequences both foreseen and unexpected. Key highlights …

Strata Week: Court case sheds light on FBI stingray surveillance

By Jenn Webb
April 12, 2013

FBI and IRS push privacy envelope Details about how the FBI uses stingray or IMSI-catcher technology — and how much more intrusive it is than previously known — have come to light in a tax fraud case against accused identity …

Four short links: 5 November 2012

By Nat Torkington
November 5, 2012

The Psychology of Everything (YouTube) — illustrating some of the most fundamental elements of human nature through case studies about compassion, racism, and sex. (via Mind Hacks) Reports of Exempt Organizations (Public Resource) — This service provides bulk access to …

Industrial Internet links

By Jon Bruner
October 16, 2012

Here’s a broad look at a few recent items of interest related to the industrial Internet — the world of smart, connected, big machines. Smarter Robots, With No Wage Demands (Bloomberg Businessweek) — By building more intelligence into robots, Rethink …

Four short links: 14 May 2012

By Nat Torkington
May 14, 2012

Shiri = Japanese Robotic Ass (YouTube) -- I couldn't watch after 2m30s or so when he starts slapping the robot ass. I never imagined a butt as UI. I eagerly await the hobbyist version, the Arduino Ass Shield. (via Ed Yong) Facebook Tests 'Pay to Promote' Tool (BBC) -- pay to raise prominence of your message, feature being tested...

Four short links: 2 March 2012

By Nat Torkington
March 2, 2012

Interview: Hanno Sander on Robotics (Circuit Cellar) -- this is what Mindstorms wants to be when it grows up. AAA++ for teaching kids. Hanno is a Kiwi Foo Camper. Context Needed: Benchmarks -- Benchmarks fall into a few common traps because of under-reporting in context and lack of detail in results. The typical benchmark report doesn't reveal the benchmark's...

Four short links: 4 November 2011

By Nat Torkington
November 4, 2011

Beethoven's Open Repository of Research (RocketHub) -- open repository funded in a Kickstarter-type way. First crowdfunding project I've given $$$ to. KeepOff (GitHub) -- open source project built around hacking KeepOn Interactive Dancing Robots. (via Chris Spurgeon) Steve Jobs One-on-One (ComputerWorld) -- interesting glimpse of the man himself in an oral history project recording made during the NeXT years....

Four short links: 10 October 2011

By Nat Torkington
October 10, 2011

Why Education Startups Do Not Succeed --This fundamental investment vs. expenditure mindset changes everything. You think of education as fundamentally a quality problem. The average person thinks of education as fundamentally a cost problem. This and many other insights that repay the reading. (via Hacker News) Romo -- smartphone robotics platform Kickstarter project. Google Cloud SQL -- Google offers...

Four short links: 22 August 2011

By Nat Torkington
August 22, 2011

Cities in Fact and Fiction: An Interview with William Gibson (Scientific American) -- Paris, as much as I love Paris, feels to me as though it's long since been "cooked." Its brand consists of what it is, and that can be embellished but not changed. A lack of availability of inexpensive shop-rentals is one very easily read warning sign...

2 makers, 2 robots, 2 visions

2 makers, 2 robots, 2 visions
By James Turner
May 6, 2011

In advance of the upcoming Maker Faire Bay Area, here's a look at two vastly different robotics projects: one aims to change the world while the other wants to roll around (and inspire some healthy creativity).

The Watering Hole - First Robotics

The Watering Hole - First Robotics
By James Turner
January 30, 2011

It was a bizarre day when my son came home and informed me that his FRC team was now using Agile and SCRUM to manage their build. We try to shield our kids from the horrors of sex and drugs, but we let them participate in sprint retrospectives?!!

Robot Knocking

Robot Knocking
By Kyle Dent
December 18, 2009

Yesterday we had a visit from some good folks from Willow Garage. They brought along one of their Personal Robot 2 machines (this one is named Froto), which is a research platform for creating devices to help humans perform their everyday tasks in environments like the home or office.

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