Boston Dynamics stuns us again with rolling ‘Handle’ robot

Hopefully, good Karma for the bottom line, too

After a three-month hiatus that saw GoPro’s Karma drone miss the entire holiday shopping season, the quadcopter is now back up for sale. Rolled out to great fanfare last fall, GoPro eventually recalled every Karma they sold after reports that the compact 4K–shooting aircraft were dropping out of the sky mid-flight. GoPro says a problem with the battery contact system was to blame, and the Karmas on sale now have been redesigned.

That’s good news for drone pilots – and GoPro, of course – as the Karma has many cutting edge features – plus a handy small size. A base Karma setup will run you $800, adding a GoPro camera if you don’t already have one adds a few hundred more.

Is a tech company shopping spree in the works from Apple?

Apple is feeling the love after reporting a robust quarter that saw sales of the iPhone 7 and the new touch bar Mac power profits to over $7 billion. And that’s just for the last quarter.

Apple says they shipped over 5 million of the new MacBooks, which reversed a key trend of declining Mac sales. And all the doomsayers moaning about iPhone sales number? Wrong again: Sales were even higher than analysts expected, but iPad tablet sales numbers did keep sliding.

The good news punched up Apple’s stock by almost six percent, which added another $36 billion to Apple’s market cap – in just one day.

Tim Cook and company are also sitting on nearly a quarter of a trillion dollars in cash, meaning they could buy some small countries or perhaps some well-known tech targets: some rumors suggest Apple could be eyeing Netflix or another big media player to jump-start their content creation plans.

And on the horizon: The new iPhone 8, which many feel could be a monster hit for Apple later this year. During the earnings call, Cook said “exciting things” were on tap for the new iPhone and also for the iPad line, so this could be an even bigger year for Apple.

OMG, did that robot just…. yep, it did

Remember Boston Dynamics? They’re the team that came up with robots that can be Skynet-nightmare inducing creations, even though we secretly love them.

Well, after Google scooped up the company in 2013, a video of their Atlas humanoid robot went viral and Google decided that, maybe they didn’t want to be accused of launching Skynet deathbots after all, and put the company back up for sale. However, Alphabet has been unable to shed Boston Dynamics, and now, the BD team has revealed a new future overlord of a robot, known as Handle.

Looking like a cross between the Atlas humanoid bot, a Segway and a mechanical T-Rex, the self-balancing Handle is another materials-handling robot that Boston Dynamics says is much more efficient than its legged robots because, of course, it has wheels for legs. Cool as it is, we’re sure some Alphabet folks are face-palming themselves right now after Boston Dynamics presenter and founder Marc Raibert called Handle “nightmare-inducing” during the presentation.

OK maybe it is, but like a lot of nightmares, it’s pretty hard to look away, and we gotta say, Boston Dynamics never fails to amaze us at the same time it’s giving us the willies.

Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: inflatable backpacks and robotic submarines

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the Web this week. You can't buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!

Photo FOMO: VSCO makes harsh sun look cool, Apple wants to make 360 look better

In this week's Photo FOMO, see how VSCO is trying to improve photos in harsh sunlight with new presets, how Apple thinks they can make 360 look better, and find out just how many photographers actually read licensing agreements.

Apple Car may make its debut in the middle of the next decade

Apple likely won't become a full-fledged manufacturer like General Motors or Ford, but the tech giant is diving into the auto industry pool. Here's everything we know about the company's automotive efforts.
Emerging Tech

Bizarre stork robot uses a drone to compensate for its weak, twig-like legs

Developed by engineers from Japan’s University of Tokyo, Aerial Biped is a robot whose top half is comprised of a flying quadrotor UAV that's rooted to the ground by thin stork-like legs.
DT Daily

The sound of silence? Jaguar gives iPace electric car a Jetsons buzz

Jaguar gives their new electric car a bit of a buzz, Apple plans on blocking new way law enforcement accesses locked iPhones, Sony has its hands full of complains about Fortnite access on the Nintendo Switch.
DT Daily

Be the king of Kong again as the iconic game lands on the Nintendo Switch

Rescue the princess and find true (retro) love as Donkey Kong comes to the Nintendo Switch, Grayshift says they can beat Apple's new security move, foldable Samsung phone may be just months away.
DT Daily

Apple iOS 12 update will include precise location data if you call 911

Apple says tech from RapidSOS will pinpoint your location in a 911 call, Microsoft snaps up student video maker company FlipGrid, we bring the bump and new audio tech to a DT staffer's mature car.
DT Daily

Call the Beastie Boys, Elon says there’s sabotage going on at Tesla

Apple fined millions by Australia for 2016 'Error 53' debacle, Elon says everyone is out to get Tesla including a disgruntled worker, Google's Messenger gets a long-awaited Apple-ish feature.
DT Daily

Not another notch: Oppo’s Find X smartphone camera pops up for pix

Honda's Insight hybrid grows up and turns 20, Microsoft plugs their new News app into an AI, Oppo Find X smartphone camera plays hide and seek.
DT Daily

IGTV video app rolls out right as Instagram tops a billion monthly users

Now you can start losing your digital car keys as well, Instagram (and by extension, Facebook) takes aim at YouTube with the new IGTV app, and Apple wrestles with their complicated wireless charging technology.
DT Daily

Latest LCD Apple iPhone rumors point to cost-cutting design, lower price?

New clues to a possibly less-spendy iPhone X variant emerge, The Glitch Mob takes EDM into VR and on the road "live", Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom opens tonight and we have a review.
DT Daily

Why are some monitor makers using 4K panels in lower resolution models?

German site claims some monitor makers are down-rezzing 4K monitor panels, Apple may debut upgraded AirPods, we have some design idea changes for the next iPhones.