Author Archives: Chris Davies

Writing for R3 Media since 2006, Chris Davies is currently executive editor for SlashGear and Android Community. Based in London, UK, he's responsible for SlashGear's editorial decisions and covers all forms of consumer technology. You can follow him on Twitter.

Following in your footsteps: SmartSoles bring GPS to heel

Following in your footsteps: SmartSoles bring GPS to heel

The tech world isn't short of ways to track you, but if you're yet to embrace wearables and don't have a smartphone, it's still possible to fall off the grid. GTX is targeting the elderly, young children, and potential kidnapping victims traveling to unstable countries with its GPS SmartSole, a waterproof insole that hides wireless tracking technology under your heel.

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These are Acton’s Rocketskates, and they’re insane fun

These are Acton’s Rocketskates, and they’re insane fun

We may not have hover boards yet, but we can have motorized shoes, and Acton is leading the charge with its RocketSkates. Already a Kickstarter hit, the futuristic electric skates are controlled by your feet and can push you along at potentially four times the average walking pace. Risking life and limb (not to mention being laughed at by onlookers), I caught up with Acton to try out the latest prototype.

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Growing Jibo: Talking robot families with Cynthia Breazeal

Growing Jibo: Talking robot families with Cynthia Breazeal

The age of robotic butlers and Jetson's-style automation is yet to be delivered, but the team behind Jibo believes it has a more relevant, usable alternative. A robot that integrates into the family, as well as one which could spawn a family of its own, Jibo aims to humanize domestic robotics but without dropping us into an Uncanny Valley of creepy pseudo-skin. I caught up with company founder and MIT robotics expert Cynthia Breazeal to find out how the Jibo you see today is the gateway to a life peppered with electronic companions.

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Amazon Kindle Unlimited all-you-can-eat ebooks leaks

Amazon Kindle Unlimited all-you-can-eat ebooks leaks

Amazon is readying a new ebook and audiobook subscription service that would offer unlimited access to hundreds of thousands of titles for a monthly fee, according to some prematurely-spotted product pages. Kindle Unlimited is expected to cost $9.99 per month, according to a now-yanked page on Amazon's site, and in return offer titles like the full Hunger Games series, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and the Harry Potter series.

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Tesla “furious” at Hyundai Supercharger snark

Tesla “furious” at Hyundai Supercharger snark

Tesla is "furious" at claims by a high-level Hyundai executive that the Supercharger network was paid for by the US government through grants and loans, accusing the Korean firm in turn of wanting unfair subsidies. Hyundai's US product planning chief Michael O'Brien had argued that it was unfair that Tesla's recharging station network had been funded using cash "from grants and loans from the government," while it was expected to cough up for its own fuel-cell hydrogen network. Unsurprisingly, Tesla wasn't impressed.

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Adopt a robot? Jibo aims to be part of the family

Adopt a robot? Jibo aims to be part of the family

Domestic robots have been attempted before, but a new company, Jibo, believes it has what it takes to deliver something more autonomous than a remote-control toy, but less complex and more affordable than something like ASIMO. Standing 11 inches high, the WiFi-connected robot can automatically snap family photos or video, work as a personal assistant with voice controlled messages and reminders, and read stories to kids.

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Jawbone UP 3.2 adds smart food tracking

Jawbone UP 3.2 adds smart food tracking

First steps, then sleep, and now Jawbone is taking on food tracking in the wearables's company's latest bid to quantify life. UP 3.2, the latest version of the Jawbone iOS companion app for the UP and UP24 bands, aims to do what no food logging platform has quite managed: make logging as close to automatic as possible, and then deliver personalized recommendations around things like health and weight loss.

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Test-driving OnStar 4G LTE: Geek-heaven or Gimmick?

Test-driving OnStar 4G LTE: Geek-heaven or Gimmick?

GM has been talking about baking 4G LTE into its cars for some time, but the first examples are just now rolling off the production line and into dealerships. Upgrading OnStar with a 100x faster data connection, it adds support for mobile hotspot sharing, remote control by smartphone and smartwatch, and third-party apps and services. I jumped into some of the first Buick LaCrosse and Regal cars off the line with 4G to see if it’s a must-have or a gimmick.

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