Introducing Handle

Handle is a research robot that stands 6.5 ft tall, travels at 9 mph and jumps 4​ ​feet vertically. ​It uses electric power to operate both electric and hydraulic actuators, with a range of about 15 miles on one battery charge. ​​​Handle uses many of the same dynamics, balance and mobile manipulation principles​ found in the quadruped and biped robots we build, but with only about 10 actuated joints, it is significantly less complex. Wheels are efficient on flat surfaces while legs can go almost anywhere.

Neural Lace

In nearly the same breath as he shared updates on his plans to dig tunnels, Elon Musk also noted he’s looking to hopefully share more on his progress with developing a “neural lace” next month. That’s a technical term for direct cortical interface, and it’s something that the SpaceX and Tesla CEO takes very seriously, in case you thought he might just be having a laugh.

Source: Elon Musk could soon share more on his plan to help humans keep up with AI | TechCrunch

The Internet of Snack Bags?

Created in partnership with creative agency Goodby Silverstein & Partners, the Tostitos Party Bag is outfitted with sensors to detect alcohol on a person’s breath. If you’re in the clear, the bag turns green and you’re free to go about your night. If alcohol is detected, the bag turns red with the message, “Don’t drink and drive,” and offers a $10 Uber credit for a discounted ride home. It’s even got near-field communication technology that lets you tap your phone to the bag to hail the ride, if you’re that blasted.

Source: Tostitos made a bag that can tell you’ve been drinking and call you an Uber – The Verge

LulzBot Mini Enclosure

Libraries everywhere have been asking me about an enclosure for the Mini, and finally there’s one that Lulzbot stands behind. Looks great, protects from grabbing little hands, and stabilizes the print area temperatures so ABS and the like can print more reliably. Win!

Reduce warping, shrinkage, and splitting of 3D printed parts, like ABS, while keeping curious hands away from the heated, moving components of your 3D printer.

Source: LulzBot Mini Enclosure by Printed Solid | LulzBot

The first Google Tango phone launches

If it weren’t for Pokémon Go, augmented reality might have stayed another forlorn futurist technology the public paid little attention to. Instead, the AR mobile game from developer Niantic Labs, a former Google subsidiary, catapulted the technology to hundreds of millions of smartphone owners around the world. Now a few months after the game’s launch, the first fully capable AR smartphone has started shipping. It’s Lenovo’s Phab 2 Pro, and under the hood it contains the hardware and software neccesary to use Google’s Tango AR technology.

Source: The first Google Tango phone delivers true augmented reality gaming – The Verge

Google Jamboard

Google (GOOGL, Tech30) unveiled a new 55-inch digital whiteboard on wheels that is intended to “redefine meetings,” or at least help Google gain footing in the workplace.The product, called Jamboard, lets teams pull up documents and presentations on screen from Google’s suite of productivity tools like Docs and Drive. Likewise, whatever you write or draw on the giant touchscreen can then be backed up online.

Source: Google is making a high-tech whiteboard – Oct. 25, 2016