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Misty’s adorable robotics platform ships in April for $2,399

The road to consumer robots is littered with the remains of failed startups. Jibo and Kuri mark two recent examples of just how hard it is bringing such a device to market. In fact, with the exception of the single-minded Roomba line, you’d be hard-pressed to name a product that has truly hit mainstream acceptance.

It’s with that in mind that Misty has been given its substantial runway. The startup has long-term goals of bringing a truly accessible mainstream robotic to market — but it’s going to take a few years and a lot of baby steps.

Things started with last year’s Misty I, a handmade version of the company’s modular robotics platform. CEO Tim Enwall tells me the company ultimately sold “dozens” of the machines, with the express plan to eventually phase out the product in favor of the more polished Misty II. The second robot is set to arrive in April, following a successful crowdfunding campaign in which the company raised just short of $1 million.

At $2,399, the new Misty isn’t cheap (thanks, in part, to the current administration’s trade tariffs). But, then, mainstream accessibility was never really the point. Misty II may be reasonably adorable, but it’s a platform first. The company is currently courting software and hardware developers and the maker community in an attempt to build a robust catalog of skills. Think of it something akin to the app store approach to creating robots.

The plan here is to have a full selection of skills in place before the company targets consumers, while having third-party developers do much of the heavy software lifting. Developers, meanwhile, get a reasonably accessible hardware platform on which to test their programs. By the time company eventually comes to market, the theory goes, Misty will have a robust feature set that’s been lacking in just about every consumer robot that has preceded it.

That means that Misty II is less personality driven than, say, Cosmo. The on-board sensors and data collection is far more important to the product’s appeal that Pixar-animated eyes.

Of course, the product’s success will hinge entirely on that adoption, and it’s hard to say how large the potential market is, especially at that price point. Misty II is reasonably sophisticated and could have appeal for educators, among others, but it’s not really the same class of product as, say, those developed by the now-defunct Willow Garage.

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Source: TechCrunch

Todos los avances de la medicina personalizada que debe conocer

Algunos críticos consideran que la medicina de precisión está avanzando a un ritmo lento respecto al que se esperaba hace dos décadas. Sin embargo, poco a poco han aparecido cada vez más tratamientos que tienen en cuenta nuestros genes
Source: MIT

Los cinco dispositivos tecnológicos que marcarán 2019

‘Smartphones’ que se pliegan o que son compatibles con 5G, auriculares inteligentes, cargadores inalámbricos para diferentes dispositivos y televisores 8K para disfrutar de los detalles. Estos son algunos de los ‘gadgets’ que estarán de moda este año  
Source: MIT

Report: Self-driving car startup Aurora is raising capital at a $2B valuation

Early last year, LinkedIn co-founder and prolific venture capital investor Reid Hoffman called Chris Urmson “the Henry Ford of autonomous vehicles (AV).” The vote of confidence and big check from Hoffman, coupled with a team of deeply knowledgable AV entrepreneurs, has catapulted his company, Aurora Innovation, squarely into “unicorn” territory.

Aurora, the developer of a full-stack self-driving software system for automobile manufacturers, is raising at least $500 million in equity funding at more than a $2 billion valuation in a round expected to be led by new investor Sequoia Capital, according to a Recode report. A $500 million financing would bring Aurora’s total raised to date to $596 million and would provide a 4x increase to its most recent valuation.

The company, founded in 2016, raised a $90 million Series A last February from Hoffman’s Greylock Partners and Index Ventures . Hoffman and Index general partner Mike Volpi joined Aurora’s board as part of the deal. Greylock and Index are Aurora’s only existing investors, per PitchBook data. The young business has a lean cap table often characteristic of startup’s led by experienced entrepreneurs able to secure financing deals briskly from top VCs.

Aurora’s C-suite is chock-full of veteran AV workers. Urmson, for his part, formerly headed up the self-driving vehicles program at Google, now known as Waymo. Chief technology officer Drew Bagnell was head of perception and autonomy at Uber and Sterling Anderson, Aurora’s chief product officer, directed the autopilot program at Tesla from 2015 to 2016.

“Between these three co-founders, they have been thinking and working collectively in robotics, automation automotive products for over 40 years,” Hoffman wrote in a blog post announcing Aurora’s Series A funding.

In addition to the high-caliber of the founding team, Aurora’s collaborative approach to building self-driving cars has attracted investors, too. The company has partnered with a number of automotive retailers to integrate its technology into their vehicles and make self-driving cars a “practical reality.” Currently, Aurora counts Volkswagen, Hyundai and Chinese manufacturer Byton as partners. 

2018 was a banner year for VC investment in U.S. autonomous vehicle startups. In total, investors poured $1.6 billion across 58 deals, nearly doubling 2017’s high of $893 million. Around the world, AV startups secured $3.41 billion, on par with the $3.48 billion invested in 2017, per PitchBook.

Though we are just days into 2019, LiDAR technology developer AEye has completed a previously announced $40 million Series B. The Pleasanton, Calif.-headquartered company raised the funds from Taiwania Capital, Kleiner Perkins, Intel Capital, Airbus Ventures and Tychee Partners. And last week, Sydney-based Baraja, another LiDAR startup, brought in a $32 million Series A from Sequoia China, Main Sequence Ventures’ CSIRO Innovation Fund and Blackbird Ventures.


Source: TechCrunch

Here are the big features to look out for in the upcoming Windows 10 19H1 update

Microsoft has released a preview version of its next features update for Windows 10. The release is limited to Windows Insiders in the Fast Ring. Here are the big features to look out for in this new features update.

The post Here are the big features to look out for in the upcoming Windows 10 19H1 update appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

Intel gets sneaky with new 9th-gen desktop CPUs without dedicated graphics

In what could be a bid to compete with AMD’s Ryzen 3000 desktop processors, Intel sneaked new 9th-generation desktop CPUs — without dedicated graphics — into its portfolio for 2019.

The post Intel gets sneaky with new 9th-gen desktop CPUs without dedicated graphics appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

Oculus’ Quest is the headset that will make me (and you) a VR believer

Without excessive wires or complicated setup, and a price point that makes sense for tech that just isn’t there yet, Oculus’ upcoming standalone headset, the Quest, could bring VR mainstream.

The post Oculus’ Quest is the headset that will make me (and you) a VR believer appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

The 'Captain Marvel' Trailer Is the Teaser the Movie Needed

Finally, a clip that gets people excited to see the MCU’s newest hero in action.
Source: Wired

The Clever Clumsiness of a Robot Teaching Itself to Walk

Researchers make robots teach themselves how to walk through trial and error, like babies, to navigate the real world.
Source: Wired

Intel's Mobileye bringing autonomous cars to Beijing by 2022 – Roadshow

China is the world’s largest car market and, thanks to a new partnership with Beijing Public Transport Corporation, Intel’s Mobileye is hoping to get autonomous cars on the road there within the next three years.
Source: CNET

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