Category Archives: Devices

Hexapod then and now.

spider robot

My hexapod from 2000 had a PIC 16C84F and the servo leg positions for its gaits were precomputed,  the data filled the entire micro-controller.  Linear interpolated gait look-up tables were the way to go. It seems that the approach is still a sound one.

Star Trek-Like Molecular Food Scanner SCiO Tops $2 Million On Kickstarter

Now my girlfriend can scan her food, great.


Consumer Physics, the Tel Aviv-based startup behind the handheld molecular food scanner dubbed “SCiO” – basically a pocket-sized spectrometer that tells you the chemical makeup of what you eat, including nutritional info like calories, carbs, sugars, and more – has now topped $2 million in crowdfunding via its Kickstarter campaign, with 11 days still left to go. Over 10,000 backers have donated to the startup, which also has funding from Khosla Ventures, Dov Moran (Comingo founder, flash drive inventor), and other angel investors.

The company also previously raised money through OurCrowd, a hybrid VC-equity crowdfunding platform. According to Crunchbase, Consumer Physics has $4 million in prior funding. [Update: the company says it’s actually closer to “more than $5 million” but won’t disclose the exact figures.] They’ve been raising the additional funds on Kickstarter for under a month.

We first got hands on with the SCiO scanner at this year’s…

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Missed The WWDC 2014 Keynote? Here’s The Complete Video

Cool new features: connecting the iPhone to the laptop. check. Developers pay for early version, and final release is free. check.  Apple gets prettier. check.


The complete WWDC 2014 keynote is now online for your viewing pleasure. Watch Apple’s executives roll out the latest and greatest from Cupertino — and even call one of Apple’s newest employee, Dr. Dre.

The keynote address kicks off with a video tribute to app developers. Tim Cook first strolls out at the 5:06 mark to great the crowd and casually lampoons Android throughout the presentation. But today’s dog and pony show was mostly led by Craig Federighi, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Software Engineering, who did a fine job, even earning the nickname “Superman” from Cook towards the end of the presentation.

Of course instead of watching the video, you could get all the news from our comprehensive coverage here.

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Uber Confirms “Record Breaking” Fundraising, Interest In Driverless Ubers

Today, I take an Uber to a Car2Go that is out of reach. I can’t wait for  the day to summon a driverless car to pick me up and drive me to my destination.  I’ll like this post when it happens.


Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has just confirmed a “record breaking” valuation to Kara Swisher at the CODE Conference today. That financing, which could total more than $500 million, would be on top of the more than $300 million that the company has raised since being founded in 2010.

Investors interested include mutual fund BlackRock and private-equity firm Technology Crossover Ventures.

We’ve heard that other parties interested hail mainly from the East Coast, and that the gist of the WSJ’s $17 billion valuation story is accurate. And we’re guessing the “record” it breaks is the $10 billion valuations of Airbnb, Dropbox and Xiaomi. The deal is still being shopped, so these figures of course could change.

What could justify such a grand round?

Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction: Last summer I wrote a fictional dispatch from 10 years in the future about Uber purchasing self-driving cars from Google. That tie-in…

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