Stories by Nick Barber

Boeing's laser hunts for drones

Earlier this month, Boeing's portable drone-destroying laser system disabled a moving, untethered drone during a test in California.

The Wrap: Intel drone investment, faster in-flight WiFi, IFA preview

Intel has invested millions of dollars in a Chinese drone maker as it hopes to catch up to Google and Amazon.Â

Tech trains more powerful athletes

Helped by laser arrays, breathing systems and other high tech tools, Northeastern University athletes are improving their game and their fitness

Windows 10 launch draws a small group of Microsoft diehards in Boston

The normally lightly trafficked Microsoft store in Boston saw a little more action on Windows 10 launch day, but most people weren't interested in the new operating system.

By Nick Barber | 30 July, 2015 04:29

Tags: Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems

Robot hotel opens in Japan

At the robot hotel near Nagasaki, a mechatronic velociraptor and female android help check you in while a robotic porter takes your bags.

What's for dinner, Chef Watson?

IBM and cooking magazine Bon Appetit created a web app that helps you find and created recipes using IBM's cognitive computer called Watson.

NASA's flying saucer fails second test

The Low Density Supersonic Decelerator or LDSD uses atmospheric drag to slow itself down before impact. It's paving the way to bring humans to Mars in the 2030s.

Upcoming drone has six rotors to capture stable video

A new drone that's due out next year uses six rotors instead of four to help it capture more stable video and spend more time in the air.

By Nick Barber | 15 May, 2015 08:20

Tags: CyPhy Works, consumer electronics

Flying around the world without a drop of fuel

An airplane powered completely by the sun took off Monday embarking on an around the world flight.

Spot: a dog-sized robot that likes getting kicked

A new robot from Boston Dynamics can stay upright even after being kicked.

How DARPA is planning fast, cheap satellite launches

Called the Airborne Launch Assist Space Access or ALASA program, it would be able to send satellites weighing 100 pounds or less into low earth orbit within 24 hours for less than $1 million per launch.

Samsung to launch new flagship phones on March 1

The event will be held ahead of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and the curve on the invitation hints at the debut of the Galaxy S6 Edge.

Hands-on with HP€™s Sprout, an imaging powerhouse built into a very touch-friendly PC

The Sprout is a daring move by HP to redefine what a PC can do, at a time when images from videos to virtual reality are dominating users' attention. This machine tries to make it all work together. Here's our hands-on.

Motorola returns to China, touts phone customization

Motorola is back in China after a two-year hiatus and it's hoping that smartphone customization is the way to win over customers in a crowded marketplace.

Upgraded Atlas robot still no disaster superman

DARPA updated its humanoid rescue robot Atlas, but the changes show how far the machine still has to go to be useful in disaster zones.

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