Today when dogs do a disappearing act, infrared cameras, tracking devices, and social media help owners keep tabs on wandering pets. These security technologies are a growing part of the 56-billion dollars spent annually on America’s pets.
Last week, the FDA approved the first self-navigating communications robot for use in hospitals. The RP-Vita which stands for remote presence virtual independent telemedicine assistant – was created by iRobot and In-Touch. The FDA sanction for the self-guided robot could mark a new era of robotic care in hospitals here in the United States. Joining us with more on how RP-Vita works is Marcio Macedo, Director of Product Management for iRobot’s remote presence business unit.
The non-profit Code for America brings together coders, artists, and designers to create easy to use applications that address the specific needs of local communities. Mick Thompson, engineer in residence and 2012 fellow at Code for America joined us to talk about how code and collaboration leads to better lives for citizens.
When we first saw Robert Ito's Pacific Standard piece on folks who've fallen in love with their robots, we were all....huh? So of course, we booked him on the show. You can listen to that interview here:
But all that talk about human-robot love got us thinking...if a robot is the love of your life, how do you show it? Here are some ideas we dug up:
The trope goes something like this: one minute you’re teaching your kid to tie his shoes, and the next he’s showing you how to use the new Blu-Ray player. No doubt, fresh minds tend to have an easier time adapting to new technologies – but does the cliché hold water in third-world countries where kids have never seen so much as a calculator?
From C-3PO to WALL-E, the loveable robot has long inhabited popular imagination. Today we examine the increasing melding of fantasy and reality…the social robot has begun to win the hearts and minds of people all around the world.
With E-book sales outpacing print books, the days of the heavyweight backpack are numbered. In New Hampshire, thirty-three public schools banded together to purchase E-books instead of textbooks. Producer Sam Evans-Brown finds out why public schools are making the switch now, and why the long wait.
In 2010, Ad Week declared the “Get a Mac” campaign to be the the best campaign of the first decade of the 20th century. The beloved series of ads pitted John Hodgman as a stodgy stand-in for PC’s trading barbs with Justin Long and a cast of hip-looking, unflappable surrogates for Macs. Samsung took a page from that ad, rolling out a new commercial; its Galaxy s-3 that takes a stab at Apple true believers, waiting in a long line for the new iPhone 5.
An app released this week called Silent Circle says it offers NSA level encryption tools to ordinary citizens. That means e-mails, phone calls, and text messages can’t be traced, intercepted, or recovered by just about anybody. Russell Brandom is a staff writer for Buzzfeed, where he wrote about the developers of Silent Circle.