Want a hyper-hot Nintendo Switch gaming system? Good luck, and bring money

Remember, the Switch does have an “off” switch

The reviews are pouring in for the new Nintendo Switch gaming system, and the general consensus? It’s a home run for Nintendo, with a few caveats. One big one: it’s sold out just about everywhere, except eBay where systems are going for over $1,000. Many gamers who ordered early and often did receive their Switch systems beginning on Friday, and for some reason were hardly heard from all weekend.

So what’s our take on the Switch? It’s solid, with a few minor complaints, so check out our review here. And as we keep playing, we’ll keep you updated on all the latest Switch news and game updates. OK, time to put those joy-cons down and go to work, or school, or to sleep…

Wake me when I’ve gotten enough exercise in my sleep

After a not-so-great financial report a couple of weeks back and layoffs that sent about 100 workers packing, fitbit has rolled out another new fitness tracker, the Alta HR.

You can be excused if you think the Alta HR looks just like some of the other thin fitbit fitness bands, but it includes two new features: a new heart rate monitor and Sleep Insights, which don’t just track your sleep, it will also use machine learning, a facet of A.I., to analyze your daily hours of unconsciousness and make recommendations on how to improve it, something we could probably all use. Pretty cool, we must admit.

Anyway, fitbit is also probably hoping it is indeed something we think we can all use, and if you’d like to improve your fitness and your shuteye, you can order an Alta HR in April. For fitbit Blaze and Charge 2 owners, the Sleep Insights feature will be coming soon in app updates from fitbit.

No, the plutonium goes over there

Speaking of machine learning – and unlearning – the smart folks at MIT have created a system that uses human brainwaves to tell robots when they’ve done something wrong. This could be very handy in the coming robot apocalypse. Anyway, the smart humans at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, or CSAIL, have fitted some human subjects with a sensor cap and then told some robots what to do while they watch.

If the robots do the task wrong, the human watching immediately generates a certain kind mental signal, letting the robot know essentially in real time that it’s making a mistake. For the humans in the test, they don’t really have to do any new mental gymnastics, we generate the “you’re doing it wrong” brain signal in milliseconds automatically.

The researchers hope that their work will lead to better accuracy from robots that are overseen by humans – which we hope is all of them. Robots working on extremely dangerous tasks – say, in a nuclear plant – could have human overlords watch their work by remote, and if they mess up, they’d be able to quickly correct their actions before disaster strikes. And one kind of robot where this tech could prove invaluable: self driving robotic cars.

Of course, the human part of the equation would have to know how to drive, that would be important. Check out more details on this very interesting story here.

We’ve got more news on our Facebook page and YouTube channel, and be sure to tune in to this week’s DT podcasts: Close to the Metal (computers and such) on Tuesday, Trends with Benefits (general tech shenanigans)  on Thursdays, and Between the Streams (movie and TV topics) every Friday.

Product Review

The Galaxy Watch Active is the right size for you, no matter how big or small your wrist is

Launched among a massive array of other new products, the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active could easily have been missed at Galaxy Unpacked 2019 -- which would be unfortunate. This is a sensibly designed, correctly sized smartwatch suitable for…
Deals

This discounted smartwatch is a cheap Apple Watch or Fitbit Versa alternative

The Amazfit Bip isn't an Apple Watch or Fitbit Versa, but at the discounted price of $67, it's a very affordable alternative packed with useful features. With built-in GPS and 30-day battery life, this cheap smartwatch is a great option to…
Deals

Amazon slashes prices on Fitbit Versa smartwatches for Presidents’ Day

Amazon is offering a solid $30 discount on this great fitness tracking smartwatch right now. So if you're looking for a wearable that can help you track steps, sleep, and activity, now is a great time to pick one up for less.
Deals

Make some time for the best smartwatch deals for February 2019

Smartwatches make your life easier by sending alerts right on your wrist. Many also provide fitness-tracking features. So if you're ready to take the plunge into wearables and want to save money, read on for the best smartwatch deals.
Digital Trends Live

Original ‘Shark Tank’ star Kevin Harrington on what he loves about CES

Broadcasting from CES, the hosts of Digital Trends Live had a chance to talk to entrepreneur and original Shark Tank star Kevin Harrington about his love of trade shows and how he invests.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: Highlights from day 2 of CES 2019 outline future of tech

In our second day of coverage for the annual tech conference in Las Vegas, Greg Nibler and Maude Garrett welcomed guests from industry leaders like Verizon, Intel, and Microsoft and we went out on the floor to discover new tech.
Digital Trends Live

TEST

  dsfsadfas
Digital Trends Live

On the last day of CES, Digital Trends Live hands out awards and more

On the third and final day of CES, the annual tech trade show in Las Vegas, the Digital Trends Live team interviewed guests, dissected all the trends on display at the show, and gave awards to the very best tech.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: New Motorola flip phone, ads in space, smart umbrella

On this episode of Digital Trends Live we discussed trending headlines like foldable smartphones and advertising in space. We also sat down with Caleb Denison and Ronan Glon to talk about the world of tech post CES 2019.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: Netflix price hike, Starsona’s celeb connections, and more

On episode 48 of Digital Trends Live, hosts Greg Nibler, Adrien Warner, and Drew Prindle explored the tech news of the day, including Netflix’s controversial price hike, and an interview with Digital Domain’s Darren Hendler.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: The dark age of streaming, booze delivery, and more

On the latest episode of Digital Trends Live, DT's daily morning show, hosts Greg Nibler and Nicole Raney explored the biggest news from the tech world. On this week's episode: A massive data breach, the dark age of streaming, and more.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: Oscar nominations, the future of blockchain, and more

From Oscar nominations, to the latest Spotify and Uber features, there was a lot to discuss on this episode of Digital Trends Live. Journalist Rachel Wolfson also joined the show to talk about the future of cryptocurrency.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: Double-folding phones, the best gaming laptops, and more

AirPod rumors and the latest news about foldable phones highlight Wednesday's episode of Digital Trends Live. We also sat down with Calvin Iverson to talk about how to travel on a budget and how millennials are changing the travel industry.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: Amazon Scout, Soraya Darabi, and Joey Ricard

On episode 53 of Digital Trends Live, DT's live morning show, hosts Greg Nibler and Drew Prindle discussed the latest in tech news, including Amazon's new delivery drone, CRISPR babies, and more.