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Apple acquires talking Barbie voicetech startup PullString

By | Apple, Apps, Artificial Intelligence, Developer, entertainment, Exit, Fundings & Exits, Gadgets, Hardware, M&A, pullstring, Startups, TC, toytalk, voice apps, voice assistant

Apple has just bought up the talent it needs to make talking toys a part of Siri, HomePod, and its voice strategy. Apple has acquired PullString, also known as ToyTalk, according to Axios’ Dan Primack and Ina Fried. TechCrunch has received confirmation of the acquistion from sources with knowledge of the deal. The startup makes voice […]

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Xnor’s saltine-sized, solar-powered AI hardware redefines the edge

By | Artificial Intelligence, Computer Vision, Gadgets, Hardware, machine learning, Science, TC, XNOR, xnor.ai

“If AI is so easy, why isn’t there any in this room?” asks Ali Farhadi, founder and CEO of Xnor, gesturing around the conference room overlooking Lake Union in Seattle. And it’s true — despite a handful of displays, phones, and other gadgets, the only things really capable of doing any kind of AI-type work are the phones each of us have set on the table. Yet we are always hearing about how AI is so accessible now, so flexible, so ubiquitous.

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Robin’s robotic mowers now have a patented doggie door just for them

By | Artificial Intelligence, Battlefield, Gadgets, Hardware, robin, Robotics, Startups

Back in 2016 we had Robin up on stage demonstrating the possibility of a robotic mower as a service rather than just something you buy. They’re still going strong, and just introduced and patented what seems in retrospect a pretty obvious idea: an automatic door for the mower to go through fences between front and back yards.

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Don’t worry, this rocket-launching Chinese robo-boat is strictly for science

By | Artificial Intelligence, Asia, autonomous vehicles, Boats, China, climate change, Gadgets, Hardware, Robotics, Science, TC

It seems inevitable that the high seas will eventually play host to a sort of proxy war as automated vessels clash over territory for the algae farms we’ll soon need to feed the growing population. But this rocket-launching robo-boat is a peacetime vessel concerned only with global weather patterns.

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Autonomous subs spend a year cruising under Antarctic ice

By | antarctica, Artificial Intelligence, Gadgets, Robotics, Science, university of washington

The freezing waters underneath Antarctic ice shelves and the underside of the ice itself are of great interest to scientists… but who wants to go down there? Leave it to the robots. They won’t complain! And indeed, a pair of autonomous subs have been nosing around the ice for a full year now, producing data unlike any other expedition ever has.

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Robots learn to grab and scramble with new levels of agility

By | Artificial Intelligence, Berkeley, ETHZ, Gadgets, Hardware, Robotics, robots, Science, TC

Robots are amazing things, but outside of their specific domains they are incredibly limited. So flexibility — not physical, but mental — is a constant area of research. A trio of new robotic setups demonstrate ways they can evolve to accommodate novel situations: using both “hands,” getting up after a fall, and understanding visual instructions they’ve never seen before.

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Wrest control from a snooping smart speaker with this teachable ‘parasite’

By | Advertising Tech, Alexa, Artificial Intelligence, connected devices, Europe, Gadgets, GitHub, Google, google home, Hardware, Home Automation, Internet of Things, IoT, neural network, privacy, Security, smart assistant, smart speaker, Speaker

What do you get when you put one internet-connected device on top of another? A little more control than you otherwise would in the case of Alias the “teachable ‘parasite’” — an IoT project smart speaker topper made by two designers, Bjørn Karmann and Tore Knudsen. The Raspberry Pi-powered, fungus-inspired blob’s mission is to whisper […]

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Put Alexa and a JBL speaker in your ceiling with this clever LED downlight

By | Alexa, Amazon, amazon alexa, Amazon Echo, Artificial Intelligence, Bing, CES 2019, computing, Gadgets, Google, lighting, Online Music Stores, Publishing, residential, smart speakers, Software

This light makes the smart home even more accessible. Installed as any other ceiling downlight, the June AI downlight features Amazon Alexa through integrated JBL speakers. There’s a light in there, too. The idea is great: make the smart home invisible. Instead of having an Amazon Echo sitting on a table, this device sits in […]

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