Google confirmed the acquisition in a Saturday New York Times report, which also broke the story earlier in December about former Android chief Andy Rubin leading a robotics push at Google.
Boston Dynamics gained Internet fame through YouTube videos of its agile, often gas-powered robots dealing with ice, snow, and other obstacles. It's easy to see why the Defense Department -- specifically the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) -- is interested.
Boston Dynamics has a lot of experience with quadrupedal robots, but more recently, … Read more
What if NASA's Robonaut grew legs and indulged in steroids? The result might be close to what NASA has unveiled: Valkyrie is a humanoid machine billed as a "superhero robot."
Developed at the Johnson Space Center, Valkyrie is a 6.2-foot, 275-pound hulk designed to compete in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC).
Boston Dynamics seems like a company full of friendly, intelligent folks. One wonders why these good people seem dedicated to creating terrifying robots.
Their latest mechanized hellspawn is WildCat, a military quadruped machine that can chase you at speeds up to 16 mph.
OK, it isn't chasing people yet. But it seems designed to scare the wits out of us poor meatsacks. … Read more
In prior versions of iOS, users were able to adjust the font size for specific core apps through the Accessibility menu. Those apps were Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Messages, and Notes. Sure, this was helpful to those who had trouble seeing the default text size on an iOS device, but outside of those apps it was of no help.
With iOS 7, users can change the default size of text across the entire device, so long as developers have properly updated their apps to support the latest APIs found in iOS 7.
To change the size of Dynamic Text (its technical … Read more
I'm the kind of record buyer that always reads album credits, and starting in the early 1990s, with the Pixies' "Surfer Rosa," Nirvana's "In Utero," and PJ Harvey's "Rid of Me" I noticed that all of these great sounding recordings were engineered by Steve Albini. The man is extraordinarily prolific, and to date has worked on 2,000 albums! I reached out to him a few weeks ago to talk about his work.
Dynamic Photo Free creates custom screensavers from your photo library using one of a handful of special effects built into the app. The effects aren't particularly mind-blowing, but when combined with transition options and a large photo library it can be a fun screensaver alternative for your iPad.
After installation of Dynamic Photo Free, you can see the effects in action with a handful of stock photos that come with the app. Click on the settings tab and you can then replace those with your own images. They integrate directly into your system and start playing immediately, so the … Read more
LIMA, Ohio -- If you were planning an American manufacturing plant for essential military equipment in the early 1940s, you probably wanted to keep it far from the coasts, where the facilities would be most vulnerable to attack.
That was the thinking that led U.S. military decision makers to think of this small western Ohio town as the location for a tank manufacturing plant in 1941. That, and the fact that it is close to the deep-water port of Toledo, Ohio, as well as easy rail and highway access.
Indeed, in 1941, the Army opened the Lima Tank Depot … Read more
QR Photo to Video Converter is an effective tool for transferring images into videos with slideshow settings--including various transition effects, soundtracks, and pan/zoom options. The result is a useful tool that takes some time to set up and start using due to a poorly-labeled interface, but ultimately creates decent videos for use online or on your mobile device.
The installation process is a little longer than we normally like, and the interface is not particularly intuitive, with numerous menus and tabs that make it unnecessarily complicated to perform some of the easier functions that the software supports; but once … Read more
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Oakley and golf champ Bubba Watson have teamed to build the world's first hovercraft golf cart. A physicist invents a way to write e-mail using a guitar, and a "Star Trek" phaser rifle from the original series sells for a staggering sum. … Read more