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Bye ASIMO; Insane Segway Skates; Mission to ISS; Ultimate Moto
 

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June 29 · Issue #57 · View online
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Bye ASIMO; Insane Segway Skates; Mission to ISS; Ultimate Moto

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Goodbye ASIMO. I first met Honda’s ASIMO humanoid robot more than a decade ago at CES where I conducted a faux interview. ASIMO stood next to me gesturing, the spoken answers were delivered by somebody offstage. Nevertheless, ASIMO became the poster child for a robotic/human future. Every few years, Hondo would enhance its abilities, adding stair-climbing, jumping, running, dexterous fingers and, eventually, AI so it could answer questions and serve you tea. ASIMO had its limitations, like a semi-crouched stance and abysmal battery life, but it was a lovable little guy looking for a home. This week, Honda announced that its ceasing ASIMO development and feeding its core technologies into other projects. We may see another Honda humanoid robot, but it will not be an ASIMO. Rest in peace (or pieces), little buddy, 
Honda pulls the plug on its cute ASIMO humanoid robots
Cool skates. I’ve ridden (or at least tried to ride) almost every type of personal mobility device you can think of. My personal favorite is the Segway MiniPro that I occasionally ride around my house. It uses the same self-balancing technology as Dean Kamen’s original Segway and is incredibly easy to ride. I don’t know if that’ll be the case with Segway’s new skates. In a video released this week. Segway introduced the Drift W1 e-skates. They’re like a pair of Segways for your feet, with each foot resting on what appears to be one large wheel. The video makes them look like a snap to ride and, I guess, control. I’m not convinced. There are few details in the video, but I am intrigued.
Segway's new e-skates are probably a terrible idea Segway's new e-skates are probably a terrible idea
Lift Off: SpaceX’s 15 mission to the International Space Station rocketed off into space early this morning. The Dragon robotic module sat atop a Block 4 Falcon 9 rocket that is not being recovered by Space X. The company plans to retire that model for its new Block 5 Falcon 9 rocket.  Provided the Dragon makes it safely to the ISS on Monday, astronauts will have a bunch of new toys to play with. Inside the spaceship are critical supplies, experiments and, yes, a robot assistant.
Flexing Reusability Muscles, SpaceX Lofts Cargo Craft to Space Station Flexing Reusability Muscles, SpaceX Lofts Cargo Craft to Space Station
More Moto. Lately I’ve spent a lot of time with Motorola’s growing line of Moto handsets. The G6 is capable, if uninspiring and the Z3 Play with its Inspector Gadget-like add-ons is attractive and fun. But I’ve always known that a true flagship phone was waiting in the wings, something that could compete with the iPhone X and OnePlus. On August 2, I think we’ll finally see the ultimate Moto device, what most people believe is the One Power. Motorola sent out invites on Thursday and promised a whole new way to communicate. It has to be that new phone. It just has to be.
Motorola is making a big announcement on August 2, Moto Z3 and One Power likely to be outed - GSMArena.com news Motorola is making a big announcement on August 2, Moto Z3 and One Power likely to be outed - GSMArena.com news
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