Bunnie "Chumby" Huang waxes rhapsodic about FANUC, a Fuji Corporation spin-out that builds automated robot factories. Bunnie consistently is one of the most interesting commentators on manufacturing I know, and when he's excited ("FANUC may have the biggest robot sex operation in the world. Get your geek-voyeurism on and watch unabashed robot-on-robot-making-other-robot action in the video below.") I'm excited.
Smartphones are my least favorite part of modern society. I hated cellphones the minute they practically became mandatory in the 2000s, and I've only become more disgusted by them every year. There are too many reasons to list, but for the purposes of this article, let's consolidate it to one: it's a pain to stay… READ THE REST
USB has been with us for 26 years. At the time, the technology's co-developer Ajay Bhatt thought it would just be a "[one-off] $40 million opportunity" for Intel. And without his persistence, it wouldn't have happened at all. From IEEE Spectrum: In the early 1990s, Bhatt told his boss about his idea of developing a… READ THE REST
Fortnight publisher Epic Games has acquired Bandcamp, the online platform that transformed the independent music business in wonderful ways. "The products and services you depend on aren't going anywhere, we'll continue to build Bandcamp around our artists-first revenue model," said Bandcamp co-founder/CEO Ethan Diamond in a statement. From The Verge: Epic describes Bandcamp as committed… READ THE REST
Traveling has long been one of the most exciting parts of life. Whether it's an alpine ski trip midwinter, an all-inclusive beach resort where you can soak your toes, or an impromptu trip to explore an exciting new city, everyone loves to travel. However, it can be difficult for most of us to get away for… READ THE REST
Summer is officially here, and we know you couldn't be more excited. Sure, you'll have those days when you're hanging out with friends or heading to the beach or pool, but what about those days when it's too rainy or hot to step foot outdoors? If you enjoy hunkering down and completing a good puzzle now and then,… READ THE REST
Maybe you're stuck on what to buy the kid who has everything, or you'd like to get somebody an incredibly unique gift. Don't bother buying yet another Lego set, doll, or video game for them. Instead, you can get them a toy that allows them to, well, just keep creating more toys! Of course, we're talking… READ THE REST