December 11, 2018

Pornhub's year in review defined by 'Fortnite' and Stormy Daniels

Like Twitter before it, Pornhub is crowning its biggest trends of 2018. There’s no mention of its parent Mindgeek’s age verification tool for the UK — which could see it become the gatekeeper for porn in the country — or its custom VPN and launch o… Source: Reviews –
December 11, 2018

Sensitive robots feel the strain

Flexible skin for soft robots, embedded with electrical nanowires, combines conductivity with sensitivity within the same material. Source: Phys Org – Robotics
December 11, 2018

2019 movie preview: Sequels, reboots and a whole lot of The Rock – CNET

From Captain Marvel, Shazam and Avengers 4 to new flicks from Scorsese and Tarantino, these are the big movies coming out in 2019. Source: Reviews –
December 10, 2018

Robot Gift Guide 2018

Over a dozen robots that we promise will make fantastic holiday gifts Welcome to the seventh edition of IEEE Spectrum’s Robot Gift Guide! Our apologies for being a bit late with our list this year (too many projects and trips!), but we hope it’ll help you find the best giftable robots for your family, friends, and other special people in your life, including yourself, of course. As in previous years, we tried to include a wide variety of robot types and prices, focusing mostly on products […]
December 10, 2018

Antenna evaluation method could help boost 5G network capacity and cut costs

Researchers have developed a method for evaluating and selecting optimal antenna designs for future fifth-generation (5G) cellphones, other wireless devices and base stations. Source: Science Daily – Robotics
December 10, 2018

2020 Volkswagen Passat Prototype first drive review: Staying the course – Roadshow

VW’s refreshed Passat gets a new look, more torque and different features across its trim levels. Source: Reviews –
December 8, 2018

Smart display review roundup: The next frontier for the smart home? – CNET

We’ve reviewed every smart display since Amazon launched the Echo Show back in 2017. Here’s a quick rundown of the category. Source: Reviews –
December 7, 2018

Video Friday: Space Station's New Robot Helper, and More

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We’ll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; here’s what we have so far (send us your events!): Robotic Arena – January 12, 2019 – Wrocław, Poland RoboDEX – January 16-18, 2019 – Tokyo, Japan Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today’s videos.
December 7, 2018

New Class of Metamaterials Changes Physical Properties in Seconds

Mechanical metamaterials can have their rigidity tuned, offering a new approach to soft robotics Metamaterials seem like a technology out of science fiction. Because of the way these materials affect electromagnetic phenomena and physical attributes of materials, they can render objects invisible, leaving the observer in disbelief. While invisibility cloaks are a gee-whiz application, metamaterials now offer real-world commercial applications such as new antenna technologies for mobile phones. To get to the point where metamaterials are not just a curiosity, […]
December 6, 2018

Apple's clear iPhone XR case, reviewed – CNET

Here’s what $40 gets you. Source: Reviews –