Eyeing vision-based autonomy for farm equipment, Bonsai Robotics raises $10.5M

One can’t accuse Bonsai Robotics of lacking focus. The Bay Area-based firm is starting with trees — specifically nut trees. Like most labor-intensive sectors these days, farms have suffered from a profound lack of available workers, so the startup began striking deals with OEMs to outfit heavy farming equipment with its vision-based autonomy. This morning, […]

Google Pixel Event 2023: How to stream the Pixel 8 reveal

The biggest question at this point is whether Google has any more surprises up its sleeve. The company appears to have announced everything about the Pixel 8, Pixel 8 Pro and Pixel Watch 2 but the price. And even that appears to have been revealed amid a torrent of leaks. For a better idea of […]

Google launches $399 Chromebook Plus category

Google this morning launched a new category of Chromebooks called Chromebooks Plus. The laptps are productivity-focused devices with minimum spec requirements , including a full HD screen, 1080p camera and higher processing power than entry-level devices. The initial set of Chromebook Plus devices — made by Acer, Asus, HP, and Lenovo — start from $399. […]

A tale of two research institutes

If you’re lucky, once a year you get to put together a panel built on pure kismet. Pairing Gill Pratt with Marc Raibert was exactly that for me. The two go back several decades, to the salad days of MIT’s Leg Lab. [A version of this story original appeared in TechCrunch’s robotics newsletter, Actuator. Subscribe […]

Humane’s ‘AI Pin’ debuts on the Paris runway

You’d better believe that Humane is going to milk the media hype cycle for all it’s worth. After all, the company’s been buzzy since it first engaged with the media – well before it offered the slightest bit of insight into what it’s been working on. That’s courtesy of its being founded by high-profile Apple […]