Emerging Tech

Micro machines: How the next big thing in robotics is actually quite small

A micro bristle bot beside a penny. Max Planck Institute’s Physical Intelligence Department Half a century after Neil Armstrong memorably uttered the words “one giant leap for mankind,” technological innovation has gotten smaller. Yes, we still thrill to enormous, sky-scraping buildings and the gravity-defying power of rockets, but many of the biggest advances take place […]

Gears & Gadgets

Google debuts “next-generation” Assistant, coming to next Pixel phones

Enlarge Google/Screenshot Google on Tuesday debuted an updated version of its Google Assistant platform during the keynote of its Google I/O developers conference. The company said it is internally calling this the “next-generation” Assistant and that it will first become available on Google’s “new Pixel phones” later this year. (Not to be confused with the […]

Emerging Tech

SpaceX resupply mission to International Space Station scheduled for next week

The two-stage Falcon 9 launch vehicle lifts off carrying the SpaceX Dragon resupply spacecraft to the International Space Station for its 16th commercial resupply services mission. NASA SpaceX will shortly be launching another resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS). The SpaceX launch is scheduled to take place at 4:21 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, […]

Mobile

Pony.ai tests robo-taxi program on its employees, promises self-driving trucks next

Guangzhou, China-based self-driving startup Pony.ai is joining an exclusive club of companies that have launched autonomous ride-hailing programs. At this year’s Shanghai Auto Show, it took the wraps off of PonyPilot, a test project for “product-ready” driverless cars within a geofenced area in Guangzhou. It’s currently available to Pony.ai employees and “select affiliates” by invitation […]

Gears & Gadgets

50-inch Surface Hub 2S: $8,999, shipping in June; 85-inch version next year

Enlarge Microsoft First announced last year, Microsoft’s second-generation Surface Hub now has a price and release schedule—and a couple of new siblings, too. Surface Hub is Microsoft’s hardware dedicated to collaboration within meetings. It combines several roles, most notably digital whiteboarding and video conferencing, with Teams, Skype, and OneNote built into a single combined, integrated […]