A Chinese start-up is hoping its four legged'robodog' can make quadruped robots as popular and affordable as smartphones and drones. A link has been sent to your friend's email address. A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. A Chinese start-up is hoping its four legged'robodog' can make quadruped robots as popular and affordable as smartphones and drones.
On October 4th, roughly one year after the introduction of its branded line of hardware products, Google unveiled a second iteration of "Made by Google" hardware. This was a major product launch, but more than that, the presenters repeatedly hammered home Google's AI first messaging mantra with proof points in the form of a second generation branded product line built around AI and machine learning. The company's hardware strategy is clear. Google believes it is uniquely positioned to blend AI Software Hardware to deliver innovative products that will win in the marketplace, even if they are late to market. This second generation of Google hardware provides abundant proof that the company can bring uniquely differentiated features to existing product categories, and maybe even create some new ones.
Google will sell its new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL devices at pop-up stores starting Oct. 19, the company announced. Since Google doesn't have hardware stores like Apple, Google will instead open up temporary locations to sell its newest smartphones and "all things made by Google," the search engine company said on Twitter using the hashtag #googlepopup. Where Are The Google Pop-Up Stores? Google will open up two location in the U.S., one in New York City and one in Los Angeles. The New York pop-up store will be located at 110 Fifth avenue in Manhattan, while the California shop will be located at 8552 Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood.
When you're out on your bike, you need to be as visible as possible -- especially at night. See.Sense ACE is a bike light that uses artificial intelligence that reacts to every moment of your journey, making cycling safer and simpler. The light improves visibility when you need it most, and ensures you're seen on the road. It also connects to your smartphone to provide things like theft alerts and cycling stats. See.Sense launched the world's first intelligent, daylight-visible lights in 2013.
It's impossible to predict whether Google's brand-new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones will fare better than last year's well-reviewed but poor selling first-generation models. Among other reasons, the smartphone crowd loves their iPhones and Galaxys, and Apple and Samsung obviously remain formidable competitors. What I can say is that the new phones prove how good Google has gotten at hardware, bolstered by artificial intelligence and software. And if you're in the market for a premium handset, Pixels belong in the conversation. For starters, the AI-infused Google Assistant that was a banner feature on the first Pixels is only getting smarter.
Google's first Pixel smartphones weren't just smartphones; they were a proclamation that Google was more than just a software giant. They were proof that it could craft first-class devices that showed off what Android was really capable of. The new Pixel 2 and 2 XL continue that new tradition and offer some major changes to the Pixel formula. They're also among the first devices to highlight what's new and notable in Android 8.0 Oreo. While they don't get absolutely everything right, Google's new phones have still managed to further the Pixel's reputation for Android excellence.
The Echo Show is not just Amazon's best smart speaker, it's the most capable mainstream smart home assistant on the market. An Intel Atom x5-Z8350 processor and a 7-inch color touchscreen pumps its price tag up to $230, but the display is worth the added cost to have at least one in a smart home with other Echo speakers. And the Show's eight-element far-field mic array is stronger than the ones on Amazon's other Echos, which for me eliminated the need to have an Echo Dot in an adjoining room. Amazon takes full advantage of that display, providing not just useful visual feedback, but also an in-home intercom--with video, if two Echo Shows are used--and a VoIP-type videophone system. I'll elaborate on the intercom feature shortly.
Chinese powerhouse Huawei makes smartphones, smartwatches and the hardware that powers mobile phone networks around the world. Today, in Munich, the company revealed its latest high-end mobile, the Mate 10. Get past the branding, both of the company's name which can sound like you've sneezed (Hwah-way!), and the idea that the phone in your pocket can be considered your mate, and you find a capable, glossy handset from a manufacturer reaching its greatest level of confidence. Like Google, which recently announced its Pixel 2 handset, Huawei is betting the farm on artificial intelligence (AI) with a powerful processor, called the Kirin 970. It boasts eight cores and a neural processing unit (NPU).
The most important phones of the year have already been announced, but one company might still be able to pique our interest. Huawei unveiled its AI-focused Kirin 970 processor at IFA, saying the chip's real world benefits would be shared at the launch of its next flagship. Now, the company is ready to reveal how the Kirin 970 performs in a phone. The Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro were designed around AI -- so much so that Huawei wants to call them "intelligent machines." We don't know how much these intelligent machines will cost yet, but Huawei told Engadget to expect the prices to be competitive.
I spent some time with the new Mate 10, and the function where I could most clearly spot some intelligent behavior is the Translate app, which offers offline translation between different languages. Huawei previously partnered with Leica to make the mobile camera hardware for the Mate handsets. There's also a smaller version (called simply Mate 10) with a 5.9-inch LCD display that has a fingerprint sensor placed directly beneath it. Other differentiating features: the Mate 10 comes with 64 GB of internal storage, 4 gigs of RAM and a microSD slot, while the Mate 10 Pro offers 128 GB of memory, 6 gigs of RAM, and no expansion slot.