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Cocorobo: Japan’s emotionally needy answer to the Roomba now plays J-pop

If there was one thing missing from the ubiquitous Roomba, it was emotional interaction. Thankfully, developers at Sharp have amended that issue with the Cocorobo.
Podcasts

Trends with Benefits: Oculus Touch, self-lacing shoes, Google runs your life 34:41

The Oculus Touch catches the Rift up with HTC’s Vive, Google’s hardware explosion is going to conquer your home, Nike is making sci-fi real, and soon we’ll all be chatting in VR.
Cool Tech

Like a circus performer, SIMbot balances on a ball, and it only has 1 moving part

SIMbot is a tall, slender robot that moves around by balancing on a hollow iron ball that's a bit smaller than a bowling ball. Not only can it easily move in any direction, but it hints at some interesting use-cases with humans.
Cars

It might save your life: MIT's Moral Machine asks you to answer moral dilemmas

"Self-driving cars are now practically inevitable ... That is a good thing because they would help save countless lives now being lost daily due to human driver error, and can offer independent mobility to countless others who cannot…
Deals

A $25 dash cam could help lower your monthly car insurance

Dashboard cameras come in all shapes and sizes, but unless you're an avid driver, chances are you don't need to spend a fortune on a dash cam. The Sky Innovations DashCam was designed for the budget-minded casual driver and its currently…
Computing

AI in agriculture? Algorithms help farmers spot crop disease like experts

A team of researchers at Penn State and the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland has turned the keen eye of artificial intelligence toward agriculture, using deep learning algorithms to help detect crop disease before it…
Home

Exilong smart home irrigation system promises to save water and frustration

Manuals usually make configuring irrigation systems harder, but the Exilong system promises to clear the confusion, take over, and give you your life back. You can monitor and manage an Exilong system via smartphone or web portal.
Mobile

Samsung is buying the new AI assistant from the masterminds behind Siri

Samsung has acquired Viv Labs, the company founded by the people who created Siri, with the plan on integrating the firm's new AI technology into future Galaxy smartphones and other Samsung products.
Home

Sensory announces a wake word solution for Amazon Alexa devices

California company Sensory's software suite lets Amazon Alexa developers add a "wake word" -- that is, a word that launches Alexa -- to devices of all shapes, sizes, and processing capabilities.
Mobile

Free trip to Mars, anyone? T-Mobile’s CEO is offering a ride to the red planet

T-Mobile's colorful CEO is offering a free trip to Mars if his latest tweet gets 1m retweets. Of course, there's also the small matter of establishing a viable Earth-Mars-Earth service in the near future, though the winner can also take a…
Cool Tech

Blue Origin’s emergency crew capsule test was one of its most dramatic missions yet

Jeff Bezos said he thought this week's crew capsule escape test would send Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket slamming into the desert floor. But not only did the escape test itself go smoothly, the New Shepard, too, survived the…
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SmartRazor is the heated razor that promises you a hot shave every morning

SmartRazor is a razor with heated blades that promises -- in the words of its inventors -- to “slice through hair effortlessly with virtually no tug and pull, like a warm knife through butter.”