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How Squishy Robotics created a robot that can be safely dropped out of a helicopter

By | Gadgets, Hardware, Robotics, Squishy Robotics, TC, TC Sessions: Robotics + AI

If you want to build a robot that can fall hundreds of feet and be no worse the wear, legs are pretty much out of the question. The obvious answer, then, is a complex web of cable-actuated rods. Obvious to Squishy Robotics, anyway, whose robots look delicate but are in fact among the most durable out there.

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Meet the first judges for The Europas Awards (27 June) and enter your startup now!

By | Apps, Enterprise, Europas, Europe, Fundings & Exits, Gadgets, Mobile, Social, Startups, TC, the europas

I’m excited to announce that The Europas Awards for European Tech Startups is really shaping up! The awards will be held on 27 June 2019, in London, U.K. on the front lawn of the Geffrye Museum in Hoxton, London — creating a fantastic and fun garden party atmosphere in the heart of London’s tech startup […]

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Xbox One does away with discs in new $249 All-Digital Edition

By | Gadgets, Gaming, Hardware, Microsoft, TC, xbox, Xbox One, Xbox One S

Discs! What are they good for? Well, if they’re nice if you don’t want to be tied to an online-only ecosystem. But if you don’t mind that, Microsoft’s latest Xbox One S “All-Digital Edition” might be for you. With no slots to speak of, the console is limited to downloading games to its drive — which is how we’ve been doing it on PC for quite some time.

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Amazon launches a certification program for Alexa skill developers

By | Alexa, Amazon, amazon alexa, Amazon Echo, Amazon Web Services, AWS, Gadgets, smart speakers, TC

Developers building voice-enabled applications for Amazon Echo and other Alexa-powered devices will now have a new way to validate their abilities, with Amazon’s launch of a new AWS Certified Alexa Skill Builder – Specialty certification. This is the first time Amazon has offered a certification program for Alexa developers, the company says. Certification programs are […]

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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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David Copperfield’s secret magic techniques crash-landed on the Moon

By | beresheet, Gadgets, Israel, Space, spaceIL, TC

The loss of Israel’s Beresheet lander during its descent to the lunar surface was unfortunate, but the mission was still largely a success — and has certainly created an interesting cultural artifact on the moon where it impacted. Perhaps more interesting than we could have known: It turns out David Copperfield stashed the secrets to his illusions onboard, and they may have survived the crash.

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This little translator gadget could be a traveling reporter’s best friend

By | Crowdfunding, Gadgets, Hardware, Kickstarter, machine learning, TC, Translation

If you’re lucky enough to travel abroad, you know it’s getting easier and easier to use our phones and other gadgets to translate for us. So why not do so in a way that makes sense to you? This little gadget seeking funds on Kickstarter looks right up my alley, offering quick transcription and recording — plus music playback, like an iPod Shuffle with superpowers.

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DroneBase raises capital and partners with FLIR Systems to train pilots on thermal imaging tech

By | dronebase, drones, electronics, Gadgets, Hardware, Los Angeles, Media, targeting, TC, Technology, telecommunications

Publicly traded sensor technology developer FLIR Systems is investing in a strategic round of funding for the outsourced drone imaging company, DroneBase. The two companies are also partnering to provide FLIR’s thermal imaging technology and training services to DroneBase’s stable of pilots. Terms of the investment were not disclosed. “Our investment in DroneBase helps expand […]

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