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Devin Coldewey

Stanford’s Doggo is a petite robotic quadruped you can (maybe) build yourself

By | Gadgets, Hardware, Robotics, Science, stanford, Stanford University

Got a few thousand bucks and a good deal of engineering expertise? You’re in luck: Stanford students have created a quadrupedal robot platform called Doggo that you can build with off-the-shelf parts and a considerable amount of elbow grease. That’s better than the alternatives, which generally require a hundred grand and a government-sponsored lab.

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Why is Facebook doing robotics research?

By | Artificial Intelligence, Facebook, Gadgets, Hardware, Robotics, robots, Science, Social, TC

It’s a bit strange to hear that the world’s leading social network is pursuing research in robotics rather than, say, making search useful, but Facebook is a big organization with many competing priorities. And while these robots aren’t directly going to affect your Facebook experience, what the company learns from them could be impactful in surprising ways.

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Minecraft Earth makes the whole real world your very own blocky realm

By | Apps, Augmented Reality, Gadgets, Gaming, Microsoft, Minecraft, Mobile, niantic, TC

When your game tops a hundred million players, your thoughts naturally turn to doubling that number. That’s the case with the creators, or rather stewards, of Minecraft at Microsoft, where the game has become a product category unto itself. And now it is making its biggest leap yet — to a real-world augmented reality game in the vein of Pokemon GO, called Minecraft Earth.

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ObjectiveEd is building a better digital curriculum for vision-impaired kids

By | Apps, Blindness, Education, Gadgets, Gaming, Hardware, objectiveed, TC, visual impairment, visually impaired

Children with vision impairments struggle to get a solid K-12 education for a lot of reasons — so the more tools their teachers have to impart basic skills and concepts, the better. ObjectiveEd is a startup that aims to empower teachers and kids with a suite of learning games accessible to all vision levels, along with tools to track and promote progress.

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ObjectiveEd is building a better digital curriculum for vision-impaired kids

By | Apps, Blindness, Education, Gadgets, Gaming, Hardware, objectiveed, TC, visual impairment, visually impaired

Children with vision impairments struggle to get a solid K-12 education for a lot of reasons — so the more tools their teachers have to impart basic skills and concepts, the better. ObjectiveEd is a startup that aims to empower teachers and kids with a suite of learning games accessible to all vision levels, along with tools to track and promote progress.

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Rivals in gaming, Microsoft and Sony team up on cloud services

By | Gadgets, game streaming, Gaming, Google, google stadia, Microsoft, playstation, Sony, streaming, streaming games, xbox

For the last two decades, Sony and Microsoft’s gaming divisions have been locked in all-out war against one another: on price, on hardware, on franchises, on exclusives… you name it. But it seems they’ve set their enmity aside temporarily that they might better prevent that filthy casual, Google, from joining the fray.

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