We've learned about companies that use robots to write handwritten messages on paper for you directly through your phone if you're feeling really lazy. But now there's a new robot by Bond that will mimic your handwriting using a fountain pen.
Priced at $199, this robot will make your handwritten letter look extremely genuine. Set out basically as a hand holding a fountain pen, this new technology will write re-write what you've provided line-by-line, using varying pressure to further sell the fact. This might be cool if you're looking to replicate a certain letter to a lot of different recipients, but want to make it look like each one was painstakingly written one-by-one, for example.
The alternative is Handwrytten which is will write a note based on electronic text that you send in, writing the note 'by hand' (by robot). This also looks authentic, but it's a series of predetermined fonts and won't perfectly replicate any handwriting you may have.
A new start-up called Skydio is apparently aimed at making autonomous drone technology a little more user-friendly and somewhat foolproof. Thanks to the use of a drone's camera, Skydio will convert the 2D image captured through the lens and convert it into a 3D map of all surrounding obstacles. It then uses this map to safely navigate its way around, said to also be used in 'Follow Me' situations - meaning the drone can fixate on a target and follow wherever it goes.
What's even cooler is you can use Skydio's technology with your smartphone, using it as some sort of pointer remote. You can simply move your phone up, down, left or right and the drone will follow your hand gestures.
This prototype has come around after $3 million in funding by Andreesen Horowitz and Access Partners and is said to be still in constant development. This advancement in technology is just plain awesome, I can't wait to see something like this hit mainstream production for use by the general consumer - let alone how well this can help our search and rescue, crisis support teams and more.
Furthering their anti-spam legislation, Canada have made a move today to ensure that users must give their direct consent when installing any software on their devices. Effective immediately, any business operating in Canada that wishes to bypass these laws will see their software installation being classed as illegal and have a C$10 million fine on their hands.
This change to the law is apparently focused toward fighting malware, helping protect consumers and create a greater awareness around problems involving malicious software installations. However legal experts have expressed concern, stating that this amendment to the legislation isn't specific enough and may target legitimate businesses trying to conduct their work.
A further addition includes that businesses wanting to install software on a users device must also make them aware if any personal information is collected by the program, or if the coding will interfere with any standard computer operations.
G.SKILL is continuing its DDR4 rampage, releasing two new high-end DDR4 kits under its Ripjaws 4 family. The first kit, is the Ripjaws 4 DDR4 3400MHz 16GB (4GBx4) memory kit at CL 16-16-16-36, and a new Ripjaws 4 DDR4 3200MHz 16GB (4GBx4) memory kit with a faster CL15 timing.
Both of the kits include G.SKILL's Turbulence III memory fans, which will ensure your RAM stays nice and cool at all times. The new kits are made from hand-picked IC and G.SKILL's "highly-selective binning process" which means these sticks are some of the best you can get at their rated speeds.
There's another Battlefield: Hardline beta coming, which will reach the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4 and PC sometime soon. There's no solid ETA on it just yet, but it should be in the immediate future.
EA hasn't mentioned the date yet, but it does tease what we can expect. We will continue to see the main Conquest mode features, but the new beta will include a new game mode: Hotwire. Hotwire is explained by DICE as "an all-new mode coming to Battlefield focused on combining all-out warfare with all-out speed".
There will be no progression cap during the beta, so you can go rank crazy if you want. Any and all progress will not be carried over to the full game, which is still on track for release on March 17.
Twitch has finally unleashed something broadcasters can jump for joy over, with a new music section launched which features over 500 royalty-free tracks that broadcasters can use in either live, or archived videos.
These songs, according to Twitch "will not be flagged by the audio recognition system implemented in 2014 to protect audio copyright holders and Twitch broadcasters alike". Twitch's Chief Strategy Officer Colin Carrier said: "Our community has been vocal about the importance of music for their broadcasts and their love of music in general. By working with both established and upcoming record labels, we are now able to offer music for them to use that is cleared for live broadcasts and archiving."
Not only that, but the new Music section has been added to Twitch's main game directory. This provides artists with a way of "creating, performing and presenting original songs" after Twitch approves it of course, where they continue "certain established labels and artists" may also host "radio-style listening shows and broadcast large scale events, such as music festivals".
Microsoft owned the holiday season with the Xbox One and its $349 price tag, but then the price went up to its normal $399 as Microsoft removed the discount. Well, it's been 12 days, so Microsoft is discounting the Xbox One by $50 once again, but this time for a much shorter amount of time.
As of tomorrow (Friday, January 16) the company is dropping the price of the Kinect-less Xbox One by $50, but Microsoft isn't sure when this sale will end. When asked why Microsoft is cutting the price again after 12 days of it returning to normal, Corporate Vice President of Marketing for Xbox, Michael Nichols told Polygon: "Over the last year we made a bunch of moves to engage fans better. Included in that was a real lead up to the holidays".
Not only will the price cut take place, but Microsoft plans on throwing out new games, improvements to Xbox Live, and much more. Nichols added "It was really about positioning ourselves to have a breakout holiday. We were as aggressive as we could be to see how people would react. The results were staggering, it was a terrific response to the changes we made".
Do you plan on getting the Xbox One again now that it's cheap? Or will you be holding off for some new games, or a new bundle?
Artificial intelligence is developing at a rapid rate, and Elon Musk wants to make sure robots don't one day try to overtake mankind. The donated funds will be used to help support AI research activities, especially projects with a focus on non-threatening AI development.
"Here are all these leading AI researchers saying that AI safety is important," Musk recently said regarding AI. "I agree with them, so I'm today committing $10M to support research aimed at keeping AI beneficial for humanity."
Physicist Stephen Hawking joined Musk and signed an open letter that pledged AI would be developed in a productive, safe manner for humans. The Future of Life Institute published the open letter, which has generated great interest from tech and science industry leaders.
According to Chris Urmson, the director of Self-Driving Cars for Google, the technology giant is working with automotive companies in the American city of Detroit to produce their new driverless cars.
As released by to the Detroit Free Press, the prototype Google cars witnessed last may are now "being developed and assembled at a Roush facility" and are claimed to be "more refined" versions of the prototypes that were previously on offer.
After being built, these cars will be sent to California for testing, seeing the test fleet measure an impressive 150 cars in total. With a few hundred team members apparently working on this project split between Californian and Detroit offices, Google show, once again, that they don't mess around when it comes to technology.
The video game industry had a lot to cheer for, as developers are excited to make games for the Microsoft Xbox One, Sony PlayStation 4 and PC, but slumping game sales caused major headaches.
Hardware sales are racking up strong sales numbers, but not enough gamers are purchasing new titles, according to The NPD Group. Hardware sales increased 20 percent, up to $5.07 billion throughout 2014 - but Microsoft and Sony are engaged in a price war, with console prices continually dropping.
Disc video game sales in December dropped 2 percent year-over-year, down to $1.28 billion, as the industry strives for stability. A 2 percent year-over-year drop is smaller than previous months, and could indicate that gamers were willing to break out the wallet for new titles.