Stories by Nick Barber

Hands on with Ricoh's spherical video and photo shooting Theta S

Ricoh Theta S review

Surgical simulators get Hollywood special effects

Boston Children's Hospital partnered with an effects to to create more lifelike simulators

How to find your Uber rating

Your Uber drivers have been rating you and here's how you can find out what yours is.

3D printing in cookie dough tastes better than plastic

The Food Printer from XYZ Printing will cost $1,800.

By Nick Barber | 04 September, 2015 08:15

Tags: IFA

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.

By Nick Barber | 28 August, 2015 21:55

Tags: boeing, laser systsem, drones

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.

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