Obi Wan is long gone, but his voice comes to me nonetheless, reminding me to be patient and asking me to… “Choose my activity?”
The voice, an uncanny blend of Alec Guinness and Ewan McGregor, is actually emanating from Sphero’s new Force Band, a device that lets you use the force…er…motion and gestures to control the already popular BB-8 by Sphero, a toy robot modeled on Star Wars: The Force Awaken’s scene-stealing BB-8 droid.
When I first saw the Force Band nine months ago at CES 2015, it was a somewhat unimpressive looking white plastic wearable with some pretty awesome capabilities. Inside the Force Band is the same inertial measurement unit (IMU), essentially an accelerometer and gyroscope, Sphero built into its little BB-8 robot. As a result, anyone wearing the Force Band prototype could control BB-8’s speed and direction using gestures. Read more…
The HP Pavilion Wave is a sneak-attack tower PC that looks — and can even act like — like a speaker.
In a departure from virtually anything else we’ve ever seen from HP (now HP, Inc.) or any other Windows computer company, the HP Pavilion Wave is a category-redefining introduction that will likely leave you wondering whether this system belongs in the den, the kitchen or on a shelf next to your favorite vase. The answer may be all of the above.
HP Inc., which has been taking some design risks since its separation from HP Enterprise late last year, introduced the tiny, yet versatile and reasonably powerful Pavilion Wave on Thursday and will offer it for sale on the HP website starting Sept. 16. Read more…
Lenovo’s line of laptop/tablet hybrids has a new king: the Yoga 910, whose nearly invisible bezels let it fit a 13.9-inch screen into a 13-inch laptop body.
The Yoga 910 comes with a range of Intel processors (up to a Core i7 model), a maximum of 16GB of memory, and up to 1TB of SSD storage. It also comes with Intel’s graphics chip and a 720p webcam at the bottom (due to the slim bezels it was likely impossible for Lenovo to place it at the top, leaving the very bottom of the screen as the next best option).
Underneath the hood is a 362-horsepower twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 engine that has been tweaked by Mercedes’ in-house performance arm AMG. And that AMG-tuned engine is mated to an also-AMG-tuned 9G-tronic automatic transmission. From there, power is routed to all four wheels through — you guessed it — an AMG-enhanced 4MATIC all-wheel drive system. Read more…
Facebook isn’t a great place to get your news. Yet millions of Americans use the social network to learn about what’s going on in the world every day.
This is core to a new controversy over Facebook’s Trending feature, which exists to connect users to relevant stories. The company fired several trained journalists from the Trending team last Friday, leaving artificial intelligence and technical staff to identify and deliver stories to the site’s users.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg later commented on his company’s place in the news business.