This ultrasonic gripper could let robots hold things without touching them

Gadgets - Posted On:2020-01-22 19:45:00 Source: techcrunch

If robots are to help out in places like hospitals and phone repair shops, they're going to need a light touch. And what's lighter than not touching at all? Researchers have created a gripper that uses ultrasonics to suspend an object in midair, potentially making it suitable for the most delicate tasks.

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Your Sonos system will stop receiving updates if you have an old device

Gadgets - Posted On:2020-01-22 06:44:58 Source: techcrunch

Smart speaker manufacturer Sonos has announced that the company is going to drop support for some of its products. Sonos stopped selling these devices a few years ago. While nothing lasts forever, dropping support is going to have a lot of implications and shows once again that the connected home isn’t as future-proof as expected. […]

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Formlabs CEO on the state of 3D printing and its remaining challenges

Gadgets - Posted On:2020-01-15 13:30:01 Source: techcrunch

3D printing isn’t the buzzy, hype-tastic topic it was just a few years ago — at least not with consumers. 3D printing news out of CES last week seemed considerably quieter than years prior; the physical booths for many 3D printing companies I saw took up fractions of the footprints they did just last year. […]

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The robot homecoming is upon us

Gadgets - Posted On:2020-01-14 10:14:57 Source: techcrunch

Robots were everywhere at CES, as has been the case for at least a decade. But there’s a different tenor to the robots shown off at the recent annual consumer tech event: they’re designed for home use, and they’re shipping products, not just concepts intended strictly for trade show glam. Home robots have already had […]

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Sony Interactive will skip E3 again this year

Gadgets - Posted On:2020-01-13 23:44:59 Source: techcrunch

Sony Interactive Entertainment will skip E3 again this year and participate instead in “hundreds of consumer events across the globe,” the company told GamesIndustry.biz today. The company, which is preparing to launch the PlayStation 5 before this holiday season, missed the show for the first time last year, after two decades of being one of […]

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Kids with lazy eye can be treated just by letting them watch TV on this special screen

Gadgets - Posted On:2020-01-13 19:30:00 Source: techcrunch

Amblyopia, commonly called lazy eye, is a medical condition that adversely affects the eyesight of millions, but if caught early can be cured altogether — unfortunately this usually means months of wearing an eyepatch. NovaSight claims successful treatment with nothing more than an hour a day in front of its special display.

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At CES, companies slowly start to realize that privacy matters

Gadgets - Posted On:2020-01-11 11:15:01 Source: techcrunch

Every year, Consumer Electronics Show attendees receive a branded backpack, but this year’s edition was special; made out of transparent plastic, the bag’s contents were visible without the wearer needing to unzip. It isn’t just a fashion decision. Over the years, security has become more intense and cumbersome, but attendees with transparent backpacks didn’t have […]

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Cherry goes downmarket with its new Viola mechanical keyboard switches

Gadgets - Posted On:2020-01-10 09:14:57 Source: techcrunch

Cherry has long been the de facto standard for mechanical keyboard switches. Since mechanical keyboards are, almost by default, significantly more expensive than membrane or dome-switch keyboards, that has kept the company out a large part of the market. Now, on the last day of CES 2020, the company is launching its new Viola switch, […]

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How Ring is rethinking privacy and security

Gadgets - Posted On:2020-01-09 17:30:00 Source: techcrunch

Ring is now a major player when it comes to consumer video doorbells, security cameras — and privacy protection. Amazon acquired the company and promotes its devices heavily on its e-commerce websites. Ring has even become a cultural phenomenon with viral videos being shared on social networks and the RingTV section on the company’s website. […]

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August Home ditches the bridge, and Yale launches a smart lock in Europe

Gadgets - Posted On:2020-01-09 14:30:01 Source: techcrunch

Assa Abloy, the world’s largest lock maker and the parent company of August Home and Yale, announced some new products at CES this week. The company didn’t talk about doorbell cameras at all — it could be related to recent Ring’s controversies. As a well-known brand when it comes to smart lock in the U.S., […]

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OrCam announces new AI-enabled device for hearing impairment

Gadgets - Posted On:2020-01-09 14:30:01 Source: techcrunch

OrCam is expanding its product lineup with new devices that tackle new use cases. OrCam’s best known device is the OrCam MyEye 2 — a tiny device for people with visual impairment that you clip on your glasses to help you navigate the world around you. At CES, OrCam announced that the MyEye 2 is getting […]

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August Home ditches the bridge and Yale launches a smart lock in Europe

Gadgets - Posted On:2020-01-09 14:00:01 Source: techcrunch

Assa Abloy, the world’s largest lock maker and the parent company of August Home and Yale, announced some new products at CES this week. The company didn’t talk about doorbell cameras at all — it could be related to recent Ring’s controversies. As a well-known brand when it comes to smart lock in the U.S., […]

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At CES, Schneider Electric unveils its own upgrade to the traditional fusebox

Gadgets - Posted On:2020-01-08 16:45:01 Source: techcrunch

As renewable energy and energy efficiency continue to make gains among cost-conscious consumers, more companies are looking at ways to give customers better ways to manage the electricity coming into their homes. At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Schneider Electric unveiled its pitch to homeowners looking for a better power management system with […]

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American Airlines starts trialing Google Nest Hubs as translators in its lounges

Gadgets - Posted On:2020-01-07 14:30:01 Source: techcrunch

Delta is keynoting CES today and launching a slew of updates to its digital services. Its competitors don’t want to be left behind, of course, so it’s probably no surprise that American Airlines also made a small but nifty tech announcement today. In partnership with Google, American will start trialing Google Nest Hubs and the […]

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Intel and Google plot closer collaboration around Chromebooks and the future of computing

Gadgets - Posted On:2020-01-07 13:15:00 Source: techcrunch

Intel, the chip-making giant, has been on the road of refocusing its strategy in recent months. While it has sold its mobile chip operation to Apple and is reportedly looking for a buyer for its connected home division, it’s also been going through the difficult task of rethinking how best to tackle the longtime bread and […]

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This autonomous security drone is designed to guard your home

Gadgets - Posted On:2020-01-07 13:00:01 Source: techcrunch

One of the new products unveiled at CES this year is a new kind of home security system – one that includes drones to patrol your property, along with sensors designed to mimic garden light and a central processor to bring it all together. Sunflower Labs debuted their new Sunflower Home Awareness System, which includes […]

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Razer shows off Sila, the first 5G router built for gaming

Gadgets - Posted On:2020-01-07 09:44:58 Source: techcrunch

Gaming — with its huge demands on bandwidth, graphics and overall processing power — is likely to be one of the big use cases for 5G networking in the future, and today one of the big players in consumer gaming hardware showed off a 5G router that underscores that trend. Razer, the consumer electronics upstart […]

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Intel and Google plot out closer collaboration around Chromebooks and the future of computing

Gadgets - Posted On:2020-01-06 20:00:00 Source: techcrunch

Intel, the chip-making giant, has been on the road of refocusing its strategy in recent months. While it has sold its mobile chip operation to Apple and is reportedly looking for a buyer for its connected home division, it’s also been going through the difficult task of rethinking how best to tackle the longtime bread and […]

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Brilliant adds a dimmer switch and smart plug to its smart home ecosystem

Gadgets - Posted On:2020-01-06 13:30:01 Source: techcrunch

Until now, Brilliant only offered its relatively high-end smart switches with a touchscreen, but at CES this week, the company is expanding its product lineup with a new dimmer switch and smart plug. Both require that you already own at least one Brilliant Control, so these aren’t standalone devices but instead expansions to the Brilliant […]

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Watch AMD’s CES press conference live right here

Gadgets - Posted On:2020-01-06 11:30:01 Source: techcrunch

AMD is holding its CES press conference today at 2 PM Pacific, 5 PM Eastern. Expect some news when it comes to consumer CPUs (Ryzen), enterprise CPUs (Epyc) as well as ray-tracing enabled GPUs. It should give us some hints about what to expect from the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X as both of […]

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