Stories by Sharon Gaudin

NASA needs robotic upgrades for work on Mars

After not faring well in the DARPA Robotics Challenge, NASA is hoping its Valkyrie humanoid robot will do much better working on Mars. To aid in sprucing up its robot, NASA is enlisting robotics scientists from MIT and Northeastern University work on research and development upgrades for the robot.

Written by Sharon Gaudin20 Nov. 15 23:27

Google updates Hangouts with guest access

Google just made it easier to have a business meeting, or any kind of meeting, via Google Hangouts. The company announced that people no longer need to have a Google account to use Hangouts. They just need to be invited to one.

Written by Sharon Gaudin20 Nov. 15 00:00

Robot keeps stores stocked with Doritos

Simbe Robotics, based in San Francisco, unveiled its first product – a 30-pound robot that can move up and down a store's aisles checking inventory.

Written by Sharon Gaudin12 Nov. 15 23:50

Google's About Me page helps users control personal info

The About Me page, tailored for each user and editable, contains information including work history, contact information, educational background and places the user has lived, along with gender and birthday.

Written by Sharon Gaudin11 Nov. 15 23:37

Lonely on the road? What about a robotic driving companion?

After testing human-robot cooperation in space with its Kirobo robot, Toyota is working on a smaller version – actually a cup-holder sized robot – that can keep people company while they drive.

Written by Sharon Gaudin30 Oct. 15 01:25

Facebook aims for slow-download empathy with 2G Tuesdays

Facebook wants its employees to understand the pain of a slow, really slow, connection. On Tuesdays, Facebook employees can opt in to use a slower mobile Internet connection to give them a better understanding of users in developing countries saddled with slow network speeds.

Written by Sharon Gaudin28 Oct. 15 23:53

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