This year's hot holiday toys are more lifelike and interactive than ever before. Fuzzy robot puppies obey voice commands, animatronic ponies take you for a ride around the block and velociraptors snap and snarl in training exercises. And they also have frequent bouts of flatulence. Or bowel movements. Because, you know... for kids. Every year I track how tech changes the toy world. This year's playthings are moving away from needing mom and dad's phone screen (thank heaven, please don't play with my $1,000 phone), instead they rely on sensors and robotics to keep kids immersed offline. With STEM toys in growing demand -- which are toys that promote learning in science, tech, engineering and math skills -- we're seeing more engaging approaches to learning that tie into the popular franchise worlds of Marvel superheroes and Harry Potter wizardry. Here are some of the notable tech toys for young kids I've encountered this year: Now playing: Watch this: Hot tech toy … [Read more...] about Hot tech toys for 2018 include robots… that poo?
A vacuum giant may be looking to hoover up some of the wearable tech market.Dyson is considering making a wearable air purifier that could double as headphones, according to Bloomberg, which reported the company submitted patents for wearable air-purifying tech earlier this year. Dyson didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. Air purifiers are popular in Asia, especially in China where atmospheric pollution is a serious issue. Air purifiers remove pollutants through filtration, electrostatic precipitation or ionization. Many Chinese citizens also wear face masks when they go outside to avoid inhaling air pollution. Dyson already makes the Pure Cool Tower and Pure Cool floor-standing air purifiers, which debuted in March. Other companies make portable air purifiers, though they aren't exactly portable. Wynd Technologies, for example, made a small device that filers the air near you. Dyson Pure Cool Preview • The Dyson Pure Cool is your … [Read more...] about Dyson may make wearable air purifiers that double as headphones, says report
Featured stories We're killing off passwords. But are we ready for what will replace them? Google Pixel 3 XL first impressions: There's (even) more to like Google, grow up: Drop the Apple-like arrogance or Chrome OS will fail I went to buy an iPhone XS and the Apple store employee said don't do it Whenever I sit down to write an article, I think about you. I've talked to many of you over the years, so I feel like I actually know some of you. And while I don't know your individual fashion style choices, political affiliations, or favorite foods, there's one thing I know about each and every one of you: You've all made tech purchase and upgrade decisions. Sometimes, the decisions are easy and inexpensive. Maybe you want to buy a case for your phone, a spare memory card, or some cables. But other decisions are huge. Is it time to buy a new computer? Is it time to upgrade the data center? Is it time to trade in a smartphone? Is it time to move to the cloud?Also: 17 … [Read more...] about 23 reasons to upgrade your tech: Making the case for spending approval
A new company called Astride Bionix just launched a relatively low-cost wearable chair. The device, which is like a pair of kickstands for the human body, enables the wearer to squat and take a comfortable seat anywhere. Wearable tech usually conjures images of smart watches or biosensors, small devices that are primarily digital in nature. The wearable chair, which is gaining surprising global popularity in factories and now in consumer applications, is a decidedly more mechanical kind of wearable.Competition in the space is growing. In 2015, Noonee, a Swiss startup, partnered with Audi to equip factory workers with its version of a wearable chair. The company's device is also in use by BMW workers and in other factories around the world.Another company called Ofrees sells a $900 consumer wearable chair on Amazon. Robotics company Cyberdyne makes an assistive back brace that functions similarly to wearable chairs and has been trialed in airports in Japan.All of these devices, whether … [Read more...] about Wearable chairs let workers (and now you) sit where you stand
The intersection of human behavior and technology is a crucial part of improving healthcare. The big question is how to align the interests of stakeholder -- including doctors, patients, insurers, hospitals, and regulators -- when everyone has different goals and measures of success. Featured stories Banking on iPhone X: Apple's new phones are the razors, services are the blades How to get VPN protection for your laptop while using a smartphone Wi-Fi hotspot Are you ready for some internet football? How to stream the 2018 NFL season I went to buy a Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and AT&T shrugged To dig into these complex dynamics, I asked one of the most prominent hospital executives in the country as my guest on episode 285 of the CXOTalk series of conversations with the world's top innovators.Also: Medical records of high school students leaked Dr. Rasu Shrestha is the chief innovation officer for University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and head of UPMC Enterprises, … [Read more...] about Health tech: AI, APIs, and data interoperability