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Honda's Safe Swarm concept has cars mimicking fish for safer driving

Jan 05, 7:00PM

safe-swarm Honda is looking to nature to improve the safety of driving, using bio-mimicry of the behavior of a school of fish to inform a new technical concept it’s unveiling at CES called Safe Swarm. Safe Swarm uses vehicle-to-vehicle communication based on the dedicated short range communication standard to provide assistance to a human driver. Safe Swarm essentially means that cues picked up by… Read More

Crossing the AI chasm

Jan 05, 7:00PM

Blue Little Guy Characters Full Length Vector art illustration.Copy Space. Every day brings another exciting story of how artificial intelligence is improving our lives. But for every AI success story, countless projects never make it out of the lab. That’s because putting machine learning research into production and using it to offer real value to customers is often harder than developing a scientifically sound algorithm. I call this “crossing the AI… Read More

Honda's Riding Assist gives motorcycles balance tricks from its Asimo bot

Jan 05, 7:00PM

honda-drive-assist-compressor Honda’s new Ridiing Assist motorcycle model isn’t a shipping product yet, but it is an impressive technical demo. The concept at CES showed how it can help motorcycles traveling at low speed maintain balance, something which is particularly tricky for even experienced drivers. Speeds between 2 and 3 mph actually prove among the most challenging in terms of making sure a… Read More

Honda's NeuV is a mini electric concept car with emotional intelligence

Jan 05, 7:00PM

147a0114 Honda is another carmaker with a focus on supplementing the driving experience with an emotional, AI-based component. The NeuV, Honda’s latest concept which it unveiled at CES on Thursday, is a city-friendly lightweight electric car that has Honda’s Automated Network Assistant (HANA), built with SoftBank, on board to help personalize the driving experience. Through HANA, the car… Read More

Dell's Canvas is a 27-inch tablet for creative professionals

Jan 05, 7:00PM

img_1303 Microsoft’s Surface Studio was one of 2016’s surprise hits. It was a sort of one-two punch that arrived the same week that Apple released its new MacBook Pros to mixed reaction. Microsoft had seemingly come into its own as a producer of series hardware for content creators. Dell previewed its own solution shortly thereafter by way of a quick online trailer. When we met with the… Read More

Dear 45th President: Protect the United States by protecting the global web

Jan 05, 6:30PM

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 06:  Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump holds a campaign rally in the Sun Country Airlines Hangar at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport November 6, 2016 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. With less than 48 hours until Election Day in the United States, Trump and his opponent, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, are campaigning in key battleground states that each must win to take the White House.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) As the next US administration takes office modernizing our approach to cyber security is vitally important. The current approach is still largely based on an antiquated defense vs. offense framing of information security. In fact that the Web is a global resource that must be treated as such to sustain our economic growth and stability and that means avoiding binary definitions of online… Read More

DeepMind's updated AlphaGo has been secretly savaging pro players online

Jan 05, 6:27PM

/ AFP / Ed Jones        (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images) Pok√©mon GO might have been the most talked about “Go” game of 2016, but the world of AI remains fixated on another Go — AlphaGo. Last spring, Go-playing AI AlphaGo made headlines when it defeated world champion Lee Sedol. Now AlphaGo is in the news for another reason. DeepMind’s freak of computing has been anonymously vanquishing the world’s top Go players… Read More

The U.S. Department of Labor is suing Google for compensation data

Jan 05, 6:22PM

A Google logo and Android statue are seen at the Googleplex in Menlo Park, California on November 4, 2016.  / AFP / JOSH EDELSON        (Photo credit should read JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images) The U.S. Department of Labor recently filed a lawsuit against Google in an attempt to obtain compensation data from the tech giant as part of a routine compliance evaluation. The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs asked Google to submit information about the company’s equal opportunity program and practices in September 2015, but Google did not comply, according to the… Read More

DJI acquires majority stake in Hasselblad, the iconic Swedish camera company

Jan 05, 6:19PM

dji-hasselblad Last year DJI took a minority stake in Hasselblad, the iconic Swedish camera company. The companies also announced a partnership to work together on high-end camera drones that would combine DJI’s drone aerial technology with Hasselblad’s cameras. Now Luminous Landscape has reported, and multiple industry insiders have told TechCrunch, that DJI has acquired Hasselblad, not… Read More

Blockstack, formerly called Onename, just raised $5.3 million

Jan 05, 6:16PM

screen-shot-2017-01-04-at-8-32-04-pm Blockstack, a three-year-old, New York-based decentralized Internet and developer platform for secure, server-less apps, has raised $5.3 million in new funding led by earlier investor Union Square Ventures, shows a new SEC filing that was processed yesterday. The company, a Y Combinator graduate formerly known as Onename, said in an October interview with The Observer that it has been… Read More

Watch our live coverage of CES Day 1 right here!

Jan 05, 5:30PM

ces-2017-splash-g The biggest tech trade show in the world is off and running, and TechCrunch has descended on Las Vegas to bring the show to you live. Some of us will be roaming the show floor live, while others will be back at the TC Booth conducting live interviews with some of hardware’s biggest names, including GoPro’s Nick Woodman, Dan Gilbert (founder of Quicken Loans and Detroit Venture… Read More

Meet the startups participating in Hardware Battlefield 2017 at CES

Jan 05, 5:00PM

robot-hardware-battlefield We are thrilled to introduce the participants in the Hardware Battlefield 2017. These startups represent what we at TechCrunch feel are the most interesting, most promising early-stage hardware companies being built. Whether medical devices, construction safety, healthy lifestyles or electric vehicles are your fancy, we’ve got you covered with this batch. Over the past month these… Read More

Triby's next-gen hub goes all-in on connected home functionality

Jan 05, 5:00PM

triby (1 of 1) Last year, Triby became the first non-Amazon product to integrate Alexa functionality. But what, you’re no doubt asking, has the company done for you lately? After all, since that announcement, countless other products have followed suit, and these days we’re up to our necks in voice-controlled vacuum cleaners and refrigerators, right? At this year’s CES, Invoxia is firmly… Read More

Google Calendar integrates with Google Fit and Apple Health to help you stick to your fitness goals

Jan 05, 5:00PM

goals-in-google-calendar_visual-tracker With Goals, Google launched a new Google Calendar feature last year that allowed you to easily schedule and track certain goals you set for yourself. Right in time for people to forget their New Year’s resolutions, Google today announced an update to Goals and Google Calendar that allows you to connect Google Fit and Apple Health to the fitness goals you set in Goals. Once you hit… Read More

Father-to-be uses VR to 'meet' his daughter before she's born

Jan 05, 3:52PM

animated_vrbaby Of all the potential use-cases for VR, Samuli Cantell has arguably come up with the most unusual after persuading his pregnant girlfriend to undergo 4D ultrasound scanning of their unborn child in order to generate a 3D model that could then be placed in a Unity environment and viewed in VR. Read More

VirZOOM mashes up VR, Fitbit and exercise bikes to bring vSports to the masses

Jan 05, 3:01PM

file-jan-04-14-43-59 Strapping a VR headset to my face and taking a seat on an exercise bike isn’t my idea of fun, but fun was exactly what was served up when I tried out VirZOOM’s platform. A cycling game was obvious, given the input mechanism, but a flying pegasus and a tank game were not. The games were both eye-openers in terms of taking exercise and VR, making it more than the sum of its parts. Read More

Segway's first robot launches to developer partners

Jan 05, 3:00PM

4928 Segway’s moving along with its plan to develop its robotics capability, with the launch of its developer edition Loomo robot, the first robot it created and demoed last year at CES. The robot combines a domestic bot with a Segway personal transport, tackling last-mile transportation as well as addressing a host of other in- and around-home uses. Loomo has autonomous capabilities and… Read More

Better Ventures closes $21 million fund to back the next Tesla or Patagonia

Jan 05, 3:00PM

Cathedral of Christ the Light and nearby buildings reflect in Lake Merritt in Oakland. Oakland-based venture capital firm Better Ventures recently closed its second fund at $21 million according to cofounder and managing director Wes Selke. The firm was originally founded as an accelerator called Hub Ventures to help social entrepreneurs running so-called “triple bottom line” startups. These companies measure their success not only by revenue and profitability,… Read More

Enlaps is a solar-powered, always-connected timelapse camera

Jan 05, 2:16PM

tikee Timelapse photography is fun, but complicated. For long-term projects, you need to feed power to the camera, and if you want your photos back, you need to rig up a data gathering solution. That changed when Enlaps came along. The company just finished a successful IndieGoGo campaign, raising $250k for its Tikee camera. Read More

YubiKey goes USB-C

Jan 05, 2:00PM

yubikey-usb-c-keychain Yubico today announced the USB-C version of its YubiKey 4 authentication dongle. Like the standard USB version, the new YubiKey 4C supports multiple authentication protocols, including standards like Universal 2nd Factor, smart card and Yubico’s own one-time password mechanism. The new USB-C version will cost $50 and will be available in the Yubico store on February 13. Given that… Read More

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