Educational Play Kit Company Osmo Sold to India’s Edtech Firm Byju’s for $120M

Byju’s, an edtech company based in India that claims a $3.6 billion valuation based on its sales success there, announced it has acquired Palo Alto, CA-based learning-through-play firm Osmo for $120 million.Named after the teacher Byju Raveendran, who founded the company in 2011, Byju’s is making its first acquisition in the United States to advance its goals of expanding globally and adding very young children to its user base. The company, which announced the deal Wednesday, had already made ...
Tags: Google, Deals, Startups, Mobile, Hardware, Education, Internet, Entrepreneurship, India, Funding, San Francisco, Trends, Tech, Web, It, Vc

Robots learn to grab and scramble with new levels of agility

Robots are amazing things, but outside of their specific domains they are incredibly limited. So flexibility — not physical, but mental — is a constant area of research. A trio of new robotic setups demonstrate ways they can evolve to accommodate novel situations: using both “hands,” getting up after a fall, and understanding visual instructions they’ve never seen before. The robots, all developed independently, are gathered together today in a special issue of the journal Science Robotics dedic...
Tags: TC, Gadgets, Science, Hardware, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Robots, Ikea, Robotics, Berkeley, Eth Zurich, Goldberg, Ken Goldberg, ETHZ, Science Robotics, Ikea Assembly

Nike’s auto-laced future

Why does the world need a self-lacing shoe? Haven’t you heard of Velcro? How will you tie your shoes when the Wi-Fi is down? That’s the gist of the instant response I got when I mentioned the new Adapt BB, a shoe from Nike with, yes, powered laces that tighten to a wearer’s foot automatically. The shoe is an evolution of the Nike HyperAdapt 1.0, which is itself a commercialization of the Air Mag — a self-lacing vanity project that realized the self-lacing shoes mocked up for Back to the F...
Tags: Apple, Google, New York, Hardware, Shoes, Tech, Nike, Adidas, Nba, Silicon Valley, Jordan, Rice, Chang, Kobe, Bill Bowerman, Self-lacing Shoes

The Stylophone goes totally luxe with the GEN R-8

You’ve seen the Stylophone as the mass-produced, toy-like original. And you’ve seen it as a relaunched digital emulation and as an analog instrument. Now get ready for the Stylophone as premium boutique instrument. The Stylophone began its story back in 1967, and became one of the iconic electronic musical inventions of the 20th century – its appeal being largely to do with its simplicity and directness. The son of the original inventor, Ben Jarvis, went on to revive instrument under the origi...
Tags: Music, UK, Hardware, Tech, Gear, Stories, Analog, Retro, Princeton, CV, Sequencers, Step-sequencers, Music Tech, 60s, Create-analog-music, Eurorack

NVIDIA Working on GTX 1660 Ti Graphics Card

NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1660 Ti will sit under the RTX 2060 in NVIDIA's product stack and is called "GTX" instead of "RTX" as it lacks RT cores for ray tracing. The post NVIDIA Working on GTX 1660 Ti Graphics Card appeared first on ThinkComputers.org.
Tags: All News, Hardware News, Nvidia, Graphics Card, Video Card, GTX 1660 Ti

Corsair Reveals Their First Thermal Paste

Corsair has made quite a lot of cooling products over the years, but never their own thermal paste. Well today that changes with the release of the TM30. The post Corsair Reveals Their First Thermal Paste appeared first on ThinkComputers.org.
Tags: All News, Hardware News, Corsair, Tim, Thermal Paste, TM30

Google’s Pixel 3 Lite could bring back the headphone jack

Word about the next member of the Pixel family started leaking out just after Christmas. Now the rumored Pixel 3 Lite is getting some more time to shine, courtesy of a three minute YouTube video that highlights what appears to be a budget addition to Google’s flagship hardware line. Perhaps most interesting here (aside from the mere existence of a third Pixel 3 model) is the apparent return of the headphone jack. After making a stink about including the port on the first Pixel, the company q...
Tags: Apple, Google, Mobile, Hardware, Samsung, Tech, Pixel, Lite

Creative Unveils World’s First Super X-Fi Headphones

Comprising the SXFI AIR and SXFI AIR C, these are the very first headphones featuring built-in Super X-Fi technology, the game-changer which has captured the imagination of users by delivering the listening experience of a high-end multi-speaker system, simply through a pair of headphones. The post Creative Unveils World’s First Super X-Fi Headphones appeared first on ThinkComputers.org.
Tags: Creative, All News, Hardware News, Headphones, Press Releases, Super X-Fi, SXFI AIR, SXFI AIR C, SXFI AIR series

The Motorola Razr could return as a $1,500 foldable smartphone

Motorola has revived the Razr name a few times over the years, but the once mighty brand has failed to regain the heights of its early days as an ultra-slim flip phone. But what better time for for the phone maker’s parent Lenovo to bring back the brand in earnest as the mobile world is readying itself for a wave of foldable smartphones? Nostalgia’s a bit of a mixed bag in consumer electronics. Take the recent returns of Nokia (good), BlackBerry (okay) and Palm (yikes). Slapping a familiar br...
Tags: Apple, Mobile, Verizon, Motorola, Hardware, Nokia, Samsung, Tech, Lenovo, Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, Motorola Razr, RAZR, Morotola

ViewSonic Launches its New Elite Sub-Brand of Gaming Monitors

ViewSonic Elite gaming products are specifically engineered with a sleek and minimalist aesthetic, while boasting practical gamer-centric designs. The post ViewSonic Launches its New Elite Sub-Brand of Gaming Monitors appeared first on ThinkComputers.org.
Tags: All News, Hardware News, Press Releases, Monitors, Viewsonic, Gaming Monitors, ViewSonic Elite, XG350R-C, XGR240

Akai Force: hands-on preview of the post-PC live-in-a-box music tool

The leak was real. Akai have a standalone box that can free you from a laptop, when you want that freedom. It works with your computer and gear, but it also does all the arranging and performance (and some monster sounds and sequencing) on its own. It’s what a lot of folks were waiting for – and we’ve just gotten our hands on it. Akai have already had a bit of a hit with the latest MPCs, which work as a controller/software combo if you want, but also stand on their own. The Akai Force (it’s no...
Tags: Music, Usa, Hardware, Fcc, Berlin, US, Tech, Usb, Previews, Gear, MPC, Force, Sata, Hands-on, Grid-controllers, Ableton Live

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