Google Searches for Robots’ Home

Google will try to map a path to mainstream robotics, according to a New York Times interview with the man behind the move. The search company has the cash and a smart, passionate, and experienced enthusiast. The open question is whether that's enough to turn this broadly fascinating field into any mainstream commercial opportunities. Leading…

Big Data May Mimic, Replace Brain

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Big data analytics may both mimic the human brain and replace it, according to presentations at an IBM symposium here. Veteran venture capitalist Vinod Khosla called for advances that reduce human error by putting more healthcare decisions into the hands of smart systems. Separately, cognitive computing researcher Jeff Hawkins showed advances…

Rambus Pursues Disposable PicoCam

Rambus is developing a so-called pico-camera, a lens-free device significantly cheaper and smaller than today's tiniest imagers. The technique still requires significant computation to deliver even a blurry image, however the company sees an initial opportunity to enter the market as a thermal camera. The company created an 80 micron diffractive grating from which it…