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Apple MR Headset Coming Soon

Bloomberg is reporting that Apple’s next major product – a mixed-reality headset – is set to arrive next year. The headset itself is likely to be priced between $2,000 and $3,000, packing a Mac-level M2 chip, more than 10 cameras placed inside and outside of the device, and the highest-resolution displays ever featured in a mass-market headset. Continue Reading →

The Warbot Pledge

Boston Dynamics and a half-dozen other manufacturers have signed an open letter pledging not to build war robots or weaponize their platforms. Agility Robotics, ANYbotics, Clearpath Robotics, Open Robotics, and Unitree Robotics all joined Boston Dynamics in the agreement. Continue Reading →

Ghosts in the Tesla

Elon Musk showed off a prototype of a bipedal humanoid robot at Tesla AI Day. Known as the Tesla Bot or Optimus, the “rough development robot” walked around and waved its hands in the air. While admitting that developing a humanoid robot was not precisely in line with Tesla’s mission of accelerating the world’s transition to sustainable energy, Musk said Optimus expands the Tesla mission to “making the future awesome.” Continue Reading →

Moore’s Law 2022

Remember Moore's Law? It basically says that the number of transistors on silicon will double about every two years while the cost of the computers is halved. This suggests exponential growth of chip capabilities and immense downward price pressure on chips. Most experts agree that Moore's Law is no longer true. Continue Reading →
For people who are not on an annual new phone plan (the major carriers offer their own versions), this year's choice is more nuanced. If you have an iPhone 13, is there a compelling reason to upgrade to an iPhone 14? Continue Reading →

Now Hear This

The F.D.A. has cleared a path for hearing aids to be sold over the counter. Today, buying a hearing aid requires a trip to an audiologist, hearing tests, and a prescription, followed by a huge expense not covered by insurance. This is set to change as soon as October. Continue Reading →

Amazon Mapping Your Life

iRobot, the company that makes Roomba robotic vacuum cleaners, has agreed to be acquired by Amazon for $1.7 billion, according to a joint statement. If the deal closes, Amazon will have access to the maps a Roomba makes of each room it cleans. Continue Reading →
Meta (the company formerly known as Facebook) has confirmed that it is inflating the price of Quest 2 VR headsets by $100 on August 1. As far as I can tell, you can still find both models at the lower prices, but time is running out and the price to enter the observable Zuckerverse will soon inflate. Continue Reading →

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