The court system should know as much about electronically stored information as does your teenager

esi-law Devices that compile, analyze and store electronic information are everywhere. Known as the Internet of Things, the number of devices connected to the internet is already double the number of humans on earth. Electronically stored info from smart appliances, home security systems, fitness trackers and personal assistants are compiling a mass of info that is making its way into U.S. courts. Read More

The Swift is a programmable robotic arm for the masses

laser-1 As a child I always lusted after the Armatron robotic arm. Oh, the amazing things I would have done! I could have assembled miniature cars! Pinched my sister remotely! Gently squashed bugs to paste! But, alas, the Armatron was too expensive and I never got one. Now that I’m old and wizened I can finally get one. Or at least something like it. The Swift by UFactory is a crowdfunded… Read More

Don’t expect uplift in delivery drones for years, says Gartner

prime-air_03 While delivery drones might be an excellent PR vehicle for Amazon’s Prime membership brand, they will not be an excellent vehicle for very much else — at least not in the short term. Read More

Pixl is the child-proof smartphone case that masquerades as a camera

541c44a337b355de2bc253f91f83fce0_original As a father I try to remember two things: my biological mission is complete and I am essentially fodder for the grave and my kids will probably destroy my smartphone. That’s why Pixlplay is particularly interesting. The Pixlplay is a smartphone case that looks like a big, bulky camera. You stuff the phone inside – it works with iOS phones for now – and plug a cable into… Read More

The Analogue Nt Mini is the perfect NES console for video game lovers

analogue-nt-mini147a0419 The Analogue Nt Mini is the NES console you’d create in your imagination if you were dreaming one up today, without concern for cost and with a focus on most perfectly recreating the Nintendo experience, but with support for modern TV hardware. I’m lucky enough to have scored an NES Classic, despite the general lack of supply and continued sellouts, and yet during my time testing… Read More

Zuckerberg shows off Oculus gloves for typing in VR

oculus-gloves Oculus wants to one day let you fingerpaint, act like a super hero, and even type in virtual reality. Oculus already has its Touch controllers that are great for wielding virtual guns or picking up digital objects, but today Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed a new prototype for VR gloves in photos from his tour of the Redmond, Washington Oculus Research. Zuckerberg writes,… Read More

Cassie the ostrich bot does the bipedal robot chicken walk

cassie_head Bipedal robots are one of the most intensely researched areas of mechanical engineering, and while it’s a notoriously difficult problem, there’s no shortage of material from which to draw inspiration. Cassie, a new robot from Agility Robotics, is a great example of that: its stable yet precise gait and was based on that of birds — specifically, ostriches. Read More

A Nike HyperAdapt teardown might hint at what’s to come for the self-lacing shoes

img_0080 Surely everyone who picked up a pair of Nike’s limited-edition HyperAdapt self-lacing shoes had at least some small desire to rip them open to find out how they worked. But at $700 a pop, it’s an easy enough urge to suppress. The nice thing about the internet, however, is that we often can count on someone else to do our dirty work for us. Bay Area-based engineering company… Read More

VAVA’s new dash cam lets you video while you voom

vava-dash-product-2 I usually don’t like to post Kickstarters unless I’ve seen the product firsthand but I also love dash cams. What was I to do? Luckily VAVA was able to supply a demo unit so I can report that this $99 dash cam is real, works, and could let you make some clever Russian-style road videos or record conditions before an accident. Most of the dash cams I’ve seen so far have been… Read More

WTF is lidar?

wtf-is-lidar Long ago, people believed that the eye emitted invisible rays that struck the world outside, causing it to become visible to the beholder. That’s not the case, of course, but that doesn’t mean it wouldn’t be a perfectly good way to see. In fact, it’s the basic idea behind lidar, a form of digital imaging that’s proven very useful in everything from archaeology… Read More

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