Remember when Sony was the undisputed king of tech gadgets? The Economist tries to.
You can already swap bodies with someone of the opposite sex and explore Seinfeld's Upper West Side apartment using virtual reality. What you haven’t been able to do, though, is punch a gigantic monster in the face.
Thankfully, that will soon change.
Last year we reported on the first machines going into The UPS Stores. How’s it going?
Almost a year ago, The UPS Store in San Diego was the first to launch retail 3-D printing, available to anyone. The experiment was targeted at small businesses and startups giving them access to a 3-D designer and printer in part to assist in building their products. But how did it work out?
The good news is that putting a 3-D printer in a retail store, right next to the regular one-dimensional copy machines, actually works. As such, the company will be announcing expansion plans in the fall to put more 3-D printers in stores across the country. Its expectation that the technology wasn’t just a fad is proving true, but it’s also learned a few lessons over the last year.
More than $23 million in donations poured in from around the world after the disaster hit, one of the largest charitable responses on eBay’s platforms to date.
The Seattle-based company is using data to better inform marijuana consumers and maybe to power an industry.
“We’re constantly asked ‘if you write any code’ when speaking about technical topics and giving technical presentations, despite just having given a talk on writing code.”
It’s been nearly a month since Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez bit Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini on the shoulder in a stadium in Brazil (or, in Suarez’s words “suffered the physical result of a bite in the collusion he suffered with me”). But this week, just a little more than a hundred miles south of where that game took place, one Iranian soccer-playing robot in the RoboCup—the World Cup for robots—malfunctioned, falling on top of one of its Indonesian opponents and ripping off its arm.
Fouls work a little differently at the RoboCup, which for the past 17 years has invited teams of roboticists from all over the globe to pit their soccer-playing machines against one another. This year, the competition is taking place in a Brazilian conference center with a manmade pond and a building shaped like a space-age beard trimmer, where 2,200 human participants (and thousands more spectators) will finish competing for RoboCup titles today.
New predictive analytics are making Moneyball look obsolete.
At a workshop during the GigaOm Structure conference, Hensberger shared his next-level data crunching and the academic paper his team prepared for the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. His team modeled MLB data to show with 74.5% accuracy what a pitcher is going to throw—and when.
The problem with wearables is that usually people stop wearing them. According to one recent report, one-third of users of activity-tracking wearables, like the Fitbit and the Jawbone, toss their devices aside after just six months.
To overcome this, a small cadre of companies has been furiously working to develop smaller, sleeker, more discreet devices that monitor health and wellness—in the form of temporary tattoos, band-aids, and ingestible pills.
Since way back when Romans ruled, ACs have evolved very little. Several companies are now on the case. How cool is that?
Though the company is awaiting FAA regulation of commercial drones, it already has early customers around the globe.
Even a company like Amazon can’t build a fully competitive phone on its first try.
Answer calls and translate speech with this smartwatch from SpeechTrans.