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Talk all things robotics and AI with TechCrunch writers

By | articles, Artificial Intelligence, Automation, deep learning, Emerging-Technologies, Events, Extra Crunch Conference Call, Extra Crunch members, Gadgets, Hardware, Robotics, Science, Startups, TC, tc sessions, TC Sessions: Robotics + AI 2019, Technology, uc-berkeley

This Thursday, we’ll be hosting our third annual Robotics + AI TechCrunch Sessions event at UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall. The day is packed start-to-finish with intimate discussions on the state of robotics and deep learning with key founders, investors, researchers and technologists. The event will dig into recent developments in robotics and AI, which startups […]

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This hole-digging drone parachutes in to get the job done

By | drone, electronics, Emerging-Technologies, energy, Gadgets, nebraska, Nimbus, Robotics, TC, Technology, university of nebraska, wireless

A new drone from the NIMBUS group at the University of Nebraska can fall out of a plane, parachute down, fly to a certain place, dig a hole, hide sensors inside it, and then fly away like some crazy wasp. Robots are weird. The goal of the project is to allow drones to place sensors […]

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UK police to get more powers to curb drone misuse after Gatwick fiasco

By | drone, drone regulation, Emerging-Technologies, Europe, Gadgets, Gatwick Airport, Home Office, UK government, United Kingdom

The UK government has announced new powers for police to tackle illegal use of drone technology, including powers to land, seize and search drones. This follows the recent Gatwick drone fiasco when, just before Christmas, a spate of drone sightings near the airport caused a temporary shutdown of the runway, and disruptive misery for thousands of people at one of […]

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Drones ground flights at UK’s second largest airport

By | Civil Aviation Authority, drone, drones, Emerging-Technologies, Europe, Gadgets, Gatwick Airport, gchq, Hardware, Robotics, TC, United Kingdom

Mystery drone operator/s have grounded flights at the U.K.’s second largest airport, disrupting the travel plans of hundreds of thousands of people hoping to get away over the festive period. The BBC reports that Gatwick Airport’s runway has been shut since Wednesday night on safety grounds, after drones were spotted being flown repeatedly over the […]

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The Zortrax Apoller safely smooths 3D prints

By | 3d printing, Design, Emerging-Technologies, Gadgets, industrial design, microwave, TC, zortrax

The Zortrax Apoller is a Smart Vapor Smoothing device that uses solvents to smooth the surface of 3D-printed objects. The resulting products look like they are injection molded and all of the little lines associated with FDM printing will disappear. The system uses a microwave-like chamber that can hold multiple parts at once. The chamber […]

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Researchers discover a new way to identify 3D printed guns

By | 3d printing, Buffalo, Design, Emerging-Technologies, Fingerprint, Gadgets, industrial design, Makerbot, printer, printing, TC, Technology

Researchers at the University at Buffalo have found that 3D printers have fingerprints, essentially slight differences in design that can be used to identify prints. This means investigators can examine the layers of a 3D printed object and pinpoint exactly which machine produced the parts. “3D printing has many wonderful uses, but it’s also a […]

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French designers build a 3D-printed metal watch

By | 3d printing, Emerging-Technologies, France, Gadgets, industrial design, laser, learning, manufacturing, paris, Stainless Steel, TC

French watchmaker Unitam and 3D printing company Stainless teamed up to build a unique 3D printed watch, essentially the first of its kind. The team created the watch case using laser sintering to melt stainless steel 316L powder on a Renishaw AM250 printer. The watch, which uses French-made hands and a Miyota movement, isn’t completely […]

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D-Wave offers the first public access to a quantum computer

By | api, computing, D-Wave Systems, Emerging-Technologies, Gadgets, Python, quantum computing, Quantum Mechanics, Startups, TC, vancouver

Outside the crop of construction cranes that now dot Vancouver’s bright, downtown greenways, in a suburban business park that reminds you more of dentists and tax preparers, is a small office building belonging to D-Wave. This office — squat, angular and sun-dappled one recent cool Autumn morning — is unique in that it contains an […]

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3DHubs, once a community 3D printing service, is now sourcing all 3D prints internally

By | 3d hubs, 3D modeling, 3d printing, Economy, editor, Emerging-Technologies, Gadgets, industrial design, metal, printer, printing, Startups, TC, Technology

3D Hubs, like MakeXYZ, was a community-based 3D printing service that let anyone with a printer sell their prints online. Founded in the heyday of the 3D printing revolution, the service let thousands of makers gather a little cash for making and mailing prints on their home 3D printers. Now, however, the company has moved […]

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