But don't pull out your credit card just yet. Spot may cost as much as a luxury car, and it is not really available to consumers. The initial sales, described as an "early adopter program," is targeting businesses. Boston Dynamics wants to find customers in select industries and help them deploy Spots in real-world scenarios.
"What we're doing is the productization of Spot," Boston Dynamics CEO Marc Raibert tells IEEE Spectrum. "It's really a milestone for us going from robots that work in the lab to these that are hardened for work out in the field."
The US Army in collaboration with Command Sight, Inc. are developing augmented reality goggles for dogs. The idea is that the human handlers will be able to guide the dogs through visual indicators appearing on the goggles' screens. Meanwhile, the handler will be able to share the dog's POV through a camera. From the US… READ THE REST
Steve Steinberg—hacker, writer, father, and my dear friend—died yesterday. He was 50 years old. Several weeks ago, Steve had a terrible accident while riding the e-bike that he built himself. He suffered a traumatic brain injury and didn't recover. Steve's brain was what defined him. He was truly one of the smartest people I've ever… READ THE REST
Earlier this week, we reported that a "Suspected ransomware attack" took down the Universal Health Services hospital network, and that doctors and nurses were using paper records because the entire computer system was offline. New reporting by AP shows that all 250 of the network's hospital facilities were "hobbled in last weekend's malware attack and… READ THE REST
Your brain is a wondrous creation. Even when you're destroying it with Cheetos and hour after hour of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, it's still the most powerful computer you will ever own. According to Northwestern University psychology professor Paul Reber, each human brain has the capacity to store up to 2.5 petabytes of data.… READ THE REST
If you're anything like millions of Americans, staying at home these past several months has been followed by a steadily increased diet of cooking shows. It's really not hard to understand why. If you can't go out to restaurants the same way right now, why not bring those delicious meals to you? The next logical… READ THE REST
Unless you're an essential worker, there's a good chance your work from home, stay at home lifestyle will be continuing, at least through the winter months. That's more than a little depressing, but it doesn't have to mean you've just given up. Instead of just surfing the web or watching TV, maybe you can even… READ THE REST