Robot Tarzan can swing from cables to monitor crops

There’s a whole niche of childhood development pontification relating to monkey bars. It’s good for muscles, it’s good for motor skills, and it’s a great way to break an arm and therefore develop character! (I didn’t read the literature too closely.) Since robots are our machine babies, the development of …

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Garmin goes straight at Fitbit with its new Vivosmart 3 fitness tracker

It’s been a few years since Garmin first launched its Vivo-branded line of activity trackers, which are more lightweight, less expensive alternatives to Garmin’s serious sport watches, and they’ve generally received positive reviews. Today Garmin announced another Vivo wristband, the Vivosmart 3, and it not only adds advanced heart rate …

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Google’s Chrome VR platform now works with Cardboard

After adding support for WebVR to Chrome in February, Google is now extending it to work with Google Cardboard headsets. The WebVR standard lets people launch virtual reality experiences without downloading a special app. When Google added it to Chrome, though, it worked only on Daydream-compatible phones, via the more …

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The rise and fall of a Twitch bot army

On the morning of Friday, February 24th, a post on HackForum appeared, offering a new way to make life difficult for Twitch streamers. “ChatSurge is an extremely simple service to flood, destroy just simply demolish any TwitchTV chatroom [sic],” the post read. “I’ve made countless streamers just turn off their …

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Breath of the Wild and the ethics of amiibo hacking

For the past week, I’ve been cheating in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. I don’t mean that I’m running an illegally obtained version of the game on an emulator, or that I’m exploiting the game’s design flaws to skip over parts of the story I’d rather not …

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The cars to see at the New York Auto Show

The New York Auto Show is the most attended car show in the world, and it begins this Friday at the Javits Center in midtown Manhattan, running through April 23rd. Just about every major automaker will be in attendance, showing off both cars you can buy today as well as …

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The endgame for cameras is having no camera at all

I’ve been reading about Gcam, the Google X project that was first sparked by the need for a tiny camera to fit inside Google Glass, before evolving to power the world-beating camera of the Google Pixel. Gcam embodies an atypical approach to photography in seeking to find software solutions for …

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