How robots filmed Hollywood's latest blockbuster, 'Gravity'

Hollywood’s latest blockbuster “Gravity” was filmed by robots. Four giant industrial robots whisked props, lights and even actors around the set in a ballet of split-second precision, as well as doing the camerawork. They call it cinematic automation.

Top 5 content marketing tips for techies

Content marketing is all the rage, but implementing it can be intimidating for developers. NewsCred CEO, and former software engineer, Shafqat Islam gives his top tips on content marketing for techies.

eRecyclingCorps swaps 10 million old phones for new

1.7 billion people got a new handset last year. What happens to the old ones? Seven million of them were reused and renewed by eRecyclingCorps. “If subsidies are the drugs of the mobile industry, then incentivized device recycling is the methadone,” says Dave Edmondson, CEO of eRecyclingCorps.

Build your own native ‘no coding’ app

Siebrand Dijkstra wants anyone to be able to make an app. He’s the CEO of AppMachine, which just launched a Mobile World Congress. The company lets users build a complex native application for Android or iPhone from simple native application building blocks he compares to lego bricks.

Need a nap? Call on your car copilot

Self-driving cars are all very well and good, but what if you are not ready to give up the driver’s seat? Gimlet Systems offers an alternative: a car co-pilot, which not only avoids collisions but can train you to be a better driver. Its makers expect a similar system to be in production cars within a decade.

The Constant Gardener: Robots raise your plants

The future of robotics may be less Terminator and more gardener. Charles Grinnell helped build the world’s largest particle collider at CERN (The European Center for Nuclear Research). Now he’s taken up gardening, or rather, his robots have.

The Europas: 6 of the best winners (and losers)

The Europas European startup awards just held in Berlin may not have been an unqualified success (the bone-cracking temperatures didn’t help), but the event did shine a welcome light on tech startups from across the continent and beyond. The full list of winners is a long one, so here’s an entirely subjective list of interesting startups spotted at the event. 

Wheelchair users walk this way with ReWalk 2.0

A man in a wheelchair stands up and takes his first step in many years. Attached to his legs and waist is a robotic exoskeleton called the ReWalk which helps him to stand, sit, walk and even climb stairs. One user, Claire Lomas, even completed the London marathon in one

Top five exoskeletons (gallery)

Human beings have been using technology to extend their physical capabilities since the first stone tools but the bionic man is no longer just a sci-fi dream. Meet five exoskeletons which let paraplegics walk again, extend the endurance of soldiers and keep first-responders safe in a nuclear accident.

Robot settlers help colonize the moon

A robot descends slowly into a “skylight” on the moon, the gateway to a lunar cave network sheltered from the harsh thermal environment and micrometeorites showering the surface. Its objective? To scout and construct habitats suitable for human beings.

Paraplegics walk again with bionic exoskeleton ReWalk

It took Claire Lomas 17 days to complete the London marathon. The twist? Lomas is paralyzed from the chest down and walked the entire course wearing a robotic exoskeleton called the ReWalk. ReWalk users, who thought they would never walk again, can stand, sit, walk and climb stairs.

Automate your life with 24me

Oscar Wilde said that “To do nothing at all is the most difficult thing in the world.” But for those of us who would love to be doing nothing, there’s 24me, a free new iPhone app that populates your daily to-do list automatically and lets you complete those tasks at the touch of a button.

Robots need apps too

Is your robot stressed? Robot yoga for the humanoid robot Nao is just one of the applications you can download from the RobotAppStore, which just landed a $250,000 investment from Grishin Robotics.

Measure your brainwaves and modify your mind

Can a sleek headband which reads your brainwaves help you to achieve inner peace? Interaxon’s CEO, Ariel Garten certainly thinks so. Her company’s first product, Muse, is an EEG (Electroencephalography) headband which determines what kind of brain waves you are producing and a Brain Health package which tells you how to change them.

SoundCloud: Why sound will be bigger than video online

The audio-sharing network SoundCloud, which allows users to share not just music but any audio recording — from company earnings calls to cat impersonations — has just launched a new version, “Next SoundCloud,” at LeWeb in Paris.

Robots won’t take your job, but automation might

“Many of us will live to see the day where we have physical, non-human colleagues,” says Matt Beane, a researcher at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, and he doesn’t mean the office dog. Beane’s research addresses what he calls “The Avatar Economy”, where remote workers operate robots.

Now you can get college credit with Coursera

For the first time a brick and mortar educational institution, Antioch University, will offer Coursera MOOCs (massive open online courses) for credit as part of a bachelor’s degree program. This announcement could be one of the first tremors in a seismic shift in higher education.


The data diet: Factual now feeds you nutrition data (Exclusive)

Want to cut out sugar or add super-foods to your diet? Now app developers can help. Data curators Factual just added ingredient lists for over 350,000 of the most popular consumer packaged goods (CPGs) and nutrition parameters for over 150,000 of them to its Global Products API.

Dutch bio-hackers mobilize malaria testing

Amplino may be the ultimate garage project. Three DIY bio-hackers have created a malaria testing kit that can identify different strains of malaria with 95 percent accuracy in under 40 minutes. The testing device is connected via Bluetooth to a mobile phone, making it possible to track malaria outbreaks and the spread of particular strains.

Analyze this: Talent Analytics quantifies you

Talent Analytics measures people, weighing their preferences and motivations and how those characteristics predict job performance. “Our niche is companies who have employees,” jokes founder Greta Roberts.

Spotted by Locals bets on offline travel guides for your phone

Spotted By Locals offers a website and mobile apps listing travel tips from the local residents of 42 European cities. Dutch husband and wife team Bart and Sanne van Poll have created a network of local “spotters” in each city, all of whom they meet and vet in person.