Dr. Petar Kormushev sure has a sense of humor. Not only is the learning algorithm use by the robot his lab built called ARCHER, but its first lesson involved shooting suction-cup arrows. For extra tongue-in-cheek effect, we hereby confirm that’s an Indian headdress it’s wearing. Oh wait, we almost forgot to mention the disturbing bit: Wielding a bow and arrow, the bot managed to perfect its aim after seven tries. That’s deadly impressive if you ask us.
Sure, you wish Amazon launched a Space Invaders app instead to enliven your dreary reading. Alas, a word game is what coming to the Kindle family thanks to the team at Electronics Arts Inc. The app is compatible with either second or third generation Kindles and the DX. At $4.99 it’s no sleeper either. The app has cracked the top 10 of Amazon’s bestseller list right behind Stieg Larsson’s scorching novels.
Feeling paranoid lately? If a revamp of your home security system has been swirling around your head, it’s best you wait until spring for these new deadbolts from Yale (the lock makers, not the university) to hit stores. Having just been introduced during this year’s CEDIA EXPO (which ends today), the lever and deadbolt locks are the first in the company’s Yale Real Living portfolio.
It all begins with White Space and a historic 5-0 FCC vote last Thursday. The former consists of the unused airwaves between television channels. The latter is a green light for everybody—and we mean everybody—to start tapping into a new medium for wireless data. At the top of the list is Google followed by the biggest companies in the tech world and then some.
There seems to be a lot of confusion at the moment about when Apple will start shipping the new Apple TV, earlier in the week we reported that Apple hard started taking payments from people’s credit cards.
Then we heard that Apple had started refunding express shipping charges to customers, which could mean that the Apple TV was delayed, but it seems it may still be on track for a September release.
Apple has updated iTunes, the latest version is iTunes 10.0.1 and it comes with a range of bug fixes, as well as a range of new features.
The bug fixes in iTunes 10.0.1 include addressing an issue with picture quality in video’s, and also resolves incompatibility issues with some third party shared libraries as well as some minor other bug fixes.
Eschewing the blatant narcissism that sucks millions of souls into places like Myspace or Youtube, Disney has just launched DisneyParks. It’s a thinly veiled memory bank where the Jonas Brothers/Miley Cyrus worshipping set can upload their viral memories in or near or somewhat connected to a Disney park. That’s a pretty broad criteria if you ask us, cos not only can you submit that kooky footage with Donald Duck but include the noisy road trip to Disneyland as well.
Mr. Barry Lee has a lot to be proud of these days. Not only is he competing in a drag racing tilt at the helm of his own custom-built racer, it’s also powered by no less than six circular saws. To think the competition arrayed against him includes a team of Royal Navy engineers, power tool companies and other DIY diehards.
Are you the type who has an iPad, a 17 inch laptop plus a ton of other gadgets besides? Then you’re just in time for our brief review of Booq’s new line of Cobra bags. We showcased those Boa’s last time, but if space is what you’re looking for when it comes to lugging your stuff around, check these new bags out.
With Japan’s elderly population growing and growing with no commensurate rise among the younger set, such a demographic is pushing indigenous electronics giants to innovate. Panasonic has been ahead of the pack lately and retains its place with this new system for elderly care. We call it a “system” because aside form the hair-washing robot, there’s also its “dumb” sibling: an electric care assistance bed with integrated wheelchair.
Last week UK mobile phone operator Orange announced their first own branded Android smartphone, the Orange San Francisco, which is designed to be a budget Android handset, and Orange have now started selling this new smartphone.
The Orange San Francisco comes with Google Android 2.1, and it features a 3.5 inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, plus there is also a three megapixel camera.
There was a rumor about a week ago that Target would start selling the Apple iPad from October the 3rd this year. Target has now issued a press release and confirmed that they will start selling the iPad in their retail stores from October 3rd.
Target will sell both the WiFi and WiFi + 3G models of the iPad, in sized ranging from 16GB to 64GB and they will retail for the same price as they are sold in Apple stores.