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  • This robot can build your IKEA furniture
    by John Biggs on April 20, 2018 at 1:15 pm

    There are two kinds of people in the world: those who hate building IKEA furniture and madmen. Now, thanks to IkeaBot, the madmen can be replaced. IkeaBot is a project built at Control Robotics Intelligence (CRI) group at NTU in Singapore. The team began by teaching robots to insert pins and manipulate IKEA parts, then, […]

  • Don’t just stir; Stircle
    by Devin Coldewey on April 19, 2018 at 11:49 pm

    Although I do my best to minimize the trash produced by my lifestyle (blog posts notwithstanding), one I can't really control, at least without carrying a spoon on my person at all times, is the necessity of using a disposable stick to stir my coffee. That could all change with the Stircle, a little platform that spins your drink around to mix it. […]

  • Technique to beam HD video with 99 percent less power could sharpen the eyes of smart homes
    by Devin Coldewey on April 19, 2018 at 11:13 pm

    Everyone seems to be insisting on installing cameras all over their homes these days, which seems incongruous with the privacy crisis — but that's a post for another time. Today, we're talking about enabling those cameras to send high-definition video signals wirelessly without killing their little batteries. A new technique makes beaming video out more than 99 percent more efficient, possibly making batteries unnecessary altogether. […]

  • SNK may be making a mini-console stuffed with arcade classics
    by Devin Coldewey on April 19, 2018 at 6:49 pm

    If you've worked through the amazing selection of games provided by the NES and SNES Classic Editions, you may be in luck: SNK, the legendary arcade game creator behind the likes of Metal Slug and Samurai Shodown, is teasing what looks like its own tiny arcade cabinet. […]

  • Jaquet Droz is shipping its mechanical signing machine
    by John Biggs on April 19, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    Watchmaker Jaquet Droz announced its Signing Machine — a mechanical device that will sign your name for you using a series of miniature gears and springs — in 2014. Four years later, the company is ready to ship their miraculous contraption just in time for you to ink the deal you’ve made with Cybereus, lord […]

  • Amazon’s new ‘Alexa Blueprints’ let anyone create custom Alexa skills and responses
    by Sarah Perez on April 19, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    Amazon this morning is introducing “Alexa Blueprints,” a new way for any Alexa owner to create their own customized Alexa skills or responses, without needing to know how to code. The idea is to allow Alexa owners to create their own voice apps, like a trivia game or bedtime stories, or teach Alexa to respond […]

  • Watch SpaceX launch NASA’s new planet-hunting satellite here
    by Devin Coldewey on April 18, 2018 at 10:13 pm

    It's almost time for SpaceX to launch NASA's TESS, a space telescope that will search for exoplants more across nearly the entire night sky. The launch has been delayed more than once already: originally scheduled for March 20, it slipped to April 16 (Monday), then some minor issues pushed it to today — at 3:51 PM Pacific time, to be precise. […]

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