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UK’s extended 5km airport drone ‘no-fly’ zones in force next month

By | Aircraft, airmap, airports, Civil Aviation Authority, DJI, drone, Drone Bill, drone restrictions, drones, Europe, Gadgets, Gatwick Airport, Home Office, Robotics, United Kingdom

The UK’s Department for Transport has said today that an expansion of drone ‘no-fly’ zones to 5km around airport runways will come into force on March 13. Anyone caught and convicted of flying a drone inside the restricted zones could face a fine and years in prison. Last month the government said it would tighten […]

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Litho is a finger-worn controller for augmented reality, IoT and other ‘spatial’ interactions

By | Europe, Gadgets, Litho, Startups, TC

I first encountered the founders of Litho, a new hardware and software startup developing a new finger-worn controller, at London’s Pitch@Palace last April. The event sees startups pitch in front of the British royal family and other esteemed guests, and naturally the company’s young founders, 24-year-old Nat Martin (CEO) and 25-year-old Charlie Bruce (CTO), were […]

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Audio tech supplier to Rolls Royce and Xiaomi secures another $13.2M in funding

By | Europe, Fundings & Exits, Gadgets, Mobile, OnePlus, TC, Xiaomi

As autonomous driving eventually transforms cars from transportation devices to mobile theaters or conference rooms we will need better audio inside them. And we’ve already seen that VCs like Andreessen Horowitz say ‘audio is the future.’ So it’s interesting that Swedish sound pioneer Dirac has completed a new $13.2 million round of financing led by […]

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DJI is updating its geofencing system across Europe after Gatwick drone debacle

By | airmap, Altitude Angel, DJI, Drone Bill, drone regulation, drone safety, drones, Europe, Gadgets, Gatwick, Heathrow, Robotics

Following the pre-Christmas drone debacle in the UK — which plunged thousands of people into travel misery after repeated drone sightings closed the runway at Gatwick, and later also briefly suspended departures at Heathrow — consumer drone maker DJI has announced it’s upgrading its geofencing system across Europe. It says its Geospatial Environment Online (GEO) 2.0 system […]

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Devialet’s Phantom Reactor turns music into an emotional experience

By | Devialet, Devialet Phantom Reactor, Europe, France Newsletter, Gadgets, Startups

French startup Devialet has done it again. The new Phantom Reactor is a smaller, more effective speaker that packs in everything that made Devialet speakers good in the first place. Devialet’s first speaker, the Phantom, attracted rave reviews a few years ago. The egg-shaped speaker promised no background noise, no saturation and no distortion in […]

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pi-top’s latest edtech tool doubles down on maker culture

By | drone, edtech startup, Education, electronics, Europe, Gadgets, Hardware, learn to code, London, pi-top, pi-top 4, Raspberry Pi, Robotics, Startups, STEM, TC, United Kingdom

London-based edtech startup, pi-top, has unboxed a new flagship learn-to-code product, demoing the “go anywhere” Pi-powered computer at the Bett Show education fare in London today. Discussing the product with TechCrunch ahead of launch, co-founder and CEO Jesse Lozano talked up the skills the company hopes students in the target 12-to-17 age range will develop and […]

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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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CERN’s plan for 100-km collider makes the LHC look like a hula hoop

By | CERN, colliders, Europe, Gadgets, Government, large hadron collider, LHC, particle colliders, particle physics, Physics, Science

The Large Hadron Collider has produced a great deal of incredible science, most famously the Higgs Boson — but physicists at CERN, the international organization behind the LHC, are already looking forward to the next model. And the proposed Future Circular Collider, at 100 kilometers or 62 miles around, would be quite an upgrade.

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