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.
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Editor’s Pick GamesBeat takes you inside Swedish game studio Mojang, maker of the popular Minecraft.
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.
Violinist-turned-neuroscientist Poppy Crum talks sound, neuro-plasticity, and sensory superpowers.
Editor’s Pick “For every step forward in technology,“ says designer Mark Curtis, “you lose something and you gain something.”
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.
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.
T-Mobile has revealed that it will exclusively offer the Windows 8 powered Nokia 521 device on its 4G network in the U.S. T-mobile has yet to announce availability and pricing but the 521 is expected to go on the market in late Spring or early summer.
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 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 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.
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
Irish forestry company Treemetrics has just signed a $1 million (800,000 EUR) deal with the European Space Agency to monitor forests all over the world.
RedZone Robotics just launched a new robot to inspect mid-sized sewage pipes for corrosion, deformation, and debris in order to prevent leaks that could pose health hazards.
What are Europe’s hottest startup hubs? The Europas European startup awards take place in Berlin next week and I took a look at the nominatation data to find out.
Online education supernova Coursera just announced that it will offer students verified certificates of completion of some of its courses.
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.
Editor’s Pick 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.
Editor’s Pick 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.
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.
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.
SmartThings CEO Jeff Hagins turned on the Christmas lights in Paris, but the Christmas tree was in Minnesota. And when one of his developers back in the U.S. hit the liquor cabinet, Hagins got an SMS.
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.
Mars may once have looked like Earth. It has seasons, polar ice-caps and once supported shallow seas and flowing streams. So did it also once support life?
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.
“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.
Russian billionaire Dimitry Grishin wants to bring robots to the masses. Throw together cash, design, and startup culture, and the robolution starts now.
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.
Editor’s Pick How did F.ounder’s organizers — a self-described failed entrepreneur, freelance journalist and unemployed asset manager — with no background in technology, convince some of the world’s top entrepreneurs to come to an unknown event at the far edge of Europe?
Editor’s Pick 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.
Yoga mats have become quietly de rigeur for developers in the Dutch capital, as yoga classes for startups spring up around the city.
What skills are startups looking for in a new hire? Duedil and Adzuna just analyzed 2,697 startup job vacancies in the UK to find out.
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.
Do you find yourself reading about Kim Kardashian but only sharing articles from the Harvard Business review? You are not alone.
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.
Behind every cloud, there’s.. a cloud. Cloud services may not actually be saving you money.
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.
Being a backseat driver may no longer be a bad thing. Luxury car brand Daimler AG just invested an undisclosed amount in ride-sharing startup Carpooling.
Editor's Pick It may be time to sack your therapist. The researchers conducting the world’s first clinical study on the use of smartphone apps to treat depression have given VentureBeat a preview of the results. 73.5 percent of depressed participants who used an application called Viary, were no longer considered to be depressed by the end of the study.
Have cash? Looking for tech talent? Go to Europe. So says Konstantin Guericke, co-founder of LinkedIn and newly minted venture partner in Berlin’s EarlyBird Ventures. EarlyBird recently raised $100 million for its fourth fund, focusing on European, and in particular German startups.