Look, robotic remote-controlled cars are awesome and they always have been. Even last fall, Anki released an adorable, palm-sized robot companion names Cozmo for sale in the US. Plus, it didn’t just rolls on its tank treads, it also uses its arm to interact with its surroundings, AND has a built-in camera to recognize you AND your pets. Starting in July, Anki will put the Cozmo on sale in the Great White North (a.k.a., Canada) for $250 CA, and in September, it will be available for purchase in the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Nordic countries. Continue reading “Cozmo, Anki’s adorable RC Robot, will spread its cuteness to Canada in July”
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Welcome to another weekly helping of PractitioNERD WIRed, where this week I discuss the effort to make vacant storefronts look interesting and active, Philips introducing a gesture-sensitive remote control, Metal Gear Solid V shows off a long gameplay trailer, and some classic, old-school pro wrestling from Memphis.
I’ve been fascinated to the advancements in remote controls since I got my hands on my first universal remote that CONTROLLED ALL THE MEDIA STUFFS! Now, thanks to the advent of smartphones, you can control your media set-up with a simple app via touchscreen, or shell out the cash for those fancy Logitech remotes (while they’re still available). However, when you’re absent-mindedly channel surfing on the television, having physical buttons mean you don’t need to look down to change the channel. Plus, now that motion gesturing is becoming an handy way to control user interfaces, Philips has developed a new kind of remote technology called RevoTouch, which attempts to bring the best of physical buttons and gesture movements. Continue reading “Are You Ready for Touch-Sensitive, Gesture-Recognizing TV Remotes?”