Tuesday, April 14, 2015
WowWee, the same company which creates RoboSapien and robot MiP has created another amazing product called "MiPosaur". It is based on a “Prehistoric” creature that is equipped with sensors and self-balancing pendulum technology.
The AI dino has motion control similar to a Segway. It has a mobile inverted pendulum that continuously realigns its center of balance using its flexible tail and tiny Trex arms.
You can control the MiPosaur with hand gestures through mobile app or with its ball. The MiPosaur can see, chase, track or guard the ball. The TrackBall is equipped with BeaconSense technology.
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Oh lookie here, Google is playing tricks on April fools they have just made Google Maps into a Pac-Man game. To play the game, just go to Google Maps page and on the bottom-left of the screen you will see a Pac-Man icon just click on it.
Google system will process the map that you have chosen if it is suitable for the game. If not and you can't find any just click on “I’m feeling lucky” and you will be given a preselected area that works.
You can then control Pac-man with the keyboard arrow keys.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Yeah! smash talking, psychotic, anti-hero Deadpool is coming in the big screen! I can't wait to see this. The fight scene between Deadpool and Wolverine in the movie "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" was awesome.
This movie is based on Marvel Comics’ Deadpool who used to be a Special Forces operative but turned mercenary. His real name is Wade Wilson, he was used as an experiment which gave him his superhuman healing powers. His healing factor was derived from Wolverine.
Ryan Reynolds will reprise his role as Wade Wilson or Deadpool. Deadpool is currently scheduled for a release on February 12, 2016.
Thursday, March 19, 2015
Sony has now entered the television market with their launching of the PlayStation Vue web video service in three cities initially, New York, Chicago, and Philadelphia. They are targeting customers who are looking for cheaper alternatives to cable since Sony's offer starts at $50.
The service is available through Playstation 3 and Playstation 4 consoles and they are planning to include Apple’s iPad in the future. The television service is web and cloud-based which let users to access live TV and on-demand video. Sony will be competing with new players like Dish Network's Sling TV ($20-a-month video streaming service) in online video services with one of the largest packages of channels with more than 85 channels, which includes programming from 3 major networks, CBS, Fox and NBCUniversal. AMC Network content will also be available from April. Netflix and Amazon have been offering on-demand online video content for a number of years already.
Viewers can choose the $60-a-month package to get local sports channels. A $70-a-month service adds some music, lifestyle and family channels.
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Anki Overdrive is a toy equipped with an Artificial Intelligence (AI) and visual sensors that will ensure that it will not fly off track. It is a racing game that is controlled by smartphones using a mobile app to race real battle-equipped toy cars. Anki race cars has the ability to detect opponents that are on the track, they can also fire weapons and get level-up like speed or upgrade virtual weapons for future races.
The game is like playing video game with real toys. Anki cars will not go off the track, since it has information embedded in special ink on the tracks. Infrared cameras on the vehicles’ undercarriages read this directional data 500 times a second and relay it to the onboard 50-megahertz computer and your phone.
Anki DRIVE toy includes a physical track that rolls out to 3 ½’ x 8 ½’, and is intended for indoor use only.
Anki DRIVE also requires at least one compatible iOS or Android device. It cost about $150, and it will be available in September 2015.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
A Barbie that interacts with your kids. Mattel's "Hello Barbie" is the latest version of the popular doll that is connected to the internet which enable it to converse with children using Wi-Fi and an app. This toy is similar to CogniToy, but the technology used is not as sophisticated.
The Barbie doll connects through Wi-Fi and uses speech recognition technology to recognize voice. It can also remember what you are saying like, your name or your favorite color. Unlike CogniToy which uses Watson servers, to get an answer Barbie has about 10,000 canned responses. It can also play interactive games with the kids and can tell jokes and stories.
Mattel is also developing a parental portal in which they will be able to record and listen to their kid’s conversations with the doll.
The doll is expected to be available this fall at $74.99.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Remember Rex the Dinosaur from Toy Story? this talking Dino is way smarter. Fledgling startup Element Path presented at the New York Toy Fair on Monday, CogniToy a cute talking dinosaur toy which uses IBM’s Watson cognitive computing system.
The cognitive toy is for 7 years old and below, it is equipped with voice recognition software that enable it to have conversation with children. It can also remembers their names, asks and answers questions, and tell jokes.
Children can interact with the CogniToy by pressing a button on its belly and talking to it. The toy connects through Wi-Fi to the Watson servers, to get an answer.