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Panasonic Nicobo robot is supposed to be a cat that can fart

Panasonic Nicobo robot is supposed to be a cat that can fart

Japan is famous and notorious for products and trends that just blow the mind, in good or bad ways or both. Sometimes, those ideas do strike a chord in people from both halves of the world, making some wish those were easily accessible. Panasonic's latest crowdfunding experiment seems to fit the bill, presenting a robot cat with some interesting features. But whether Nicobo actually looks like a cat and whether its random flatulence can be considered special is still to be determined, it's hard to deny how the "thing" seems to be attracting some very positive attention.

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Nothing Tech wants everyday citizens to own part of the company

Nothing Tech wants everyday citizens to own part of the company

OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei's company Nothing Tech revealed a new sort of concept this morning. Before releasing any products to the public, they've raised millions in investor funds from groups like Alphabet's GV (formerly Google Ventures). Now they want the average person to invest money for a part of the company - sorta like... an IPO... but not.

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Canon PowerShot PICK robot uses AI to automatically take photos

Canon PowerShot PICK robot uses AI to automatically take photos

AI and machine learning can be found in almost every consumer electronics product these days, whether directly or indirectly. Often, the goal is to make offload some of the decision-making duties away from human brains to silicon ones, automating certain tasks that almost seem magical in their small ways. Camera maker Canon seems to be banking on that capability of AI to sell the idea of the PowerShot PICK, a small robotic camera that can follow its subjects around and call the shots when it's time to take the perfect shot.

Although the PowerShot PICK doesn't exactly move from one place to another, it can rotate both its body and its lens on two axes to follow subjects. That, however, is only one application of its AI and its more important duty is to actually recognize faces and facial expressions. That, in turn, lets it determine whether it's time to actually take the shot, like when everyone in the frame is smiling or at least looking at the camera.

Those who follow Google's many abandoned products may find similarities with Clips, except that box is completely stationary where you set it down. Both do promise the same automated convenience that uses AI to free humans from having to worry about waiting for the perfect moment to press the trigger. Of course, you can also take manual control of the camera using a companion mobile app.

As for the camera itself, it uses a 12MP 1/2.3-inch type CMOS sensor and an F2.8 lens with 4x zoom. Photos are stored directly on a microSD card slot but can be shared quickly on social media through the aforementioned mobile app.

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The Canon PowerShot PICK isn't available for purchase yet, though, presuming you're sold on its AI promise. Besides being available only in Japan, it's also being offered only through the Japanese crowdfunding platform Makuake, where a single unit goes for 40,900 JPY, roughly $390. The campaign is largely successful, considering the very low funding goal, but it remains to be seen if it will actually catch on in global markets.

Cosmo Communicator running Ubuntu Touch shows what should have been

Cosmo Communicator running Ubuntu Touch shows what should have been

We basically have a two-horse race in the mobile market but there was never a shortage of attempts to have a third contender. There's Microsoft's Windows Phone and Windows Mobile attempts, of course, as well as Nokia's spiritual successor Jolla. And then there's Ubuntu Touch, so far still the most successful attempt to bring a mainstream Linux OS to commercial phones. Canonical basically giving up on that effort ironically caused Ubuntu Touch to become available on even more devices and the Cosmo Communicator is probably one of the best examples of what an Ubuntu phone should have been.

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Lylux cordless and bladeless hair dryer review

Lylux cordless and bladeless hair dryer review

We're seeing a steady stream of new products for personal and home use that all use the "smart" qualifier to indicate how intelligent they are because they connect to the Internet. Things don't have to be connected, however, to be useful. Sometimes, all it takes is the intelligent and creative combination of modern technologies to provide a more convenient and safer experience. That's the simple joy that the Lylux Hair Dryer is promising by putting together bladeless fans, cordless operation, and smart sensors to make drying hair even less of a hassle.

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Astro Slide 5G slider phone specs and shipping date get finalized

Astro Slide 5G slider phone specs and shipping date get finalized

Phones are designed to cater to the general public as much as possible but there really is no such thing as a "one size fits all" phone. From the earliest days of mobile devices to the present era that has seen the birth of foldable phones, some users still dream of different designs and features to cater to their particular needs. UK-based Planet Computers has been making those dreams come true since the Gemini PDA launched in 2017. The company has just announced the final touches before it embarks on what could be its most ambitious journey yet with the Astro Slide 5G.

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GPD WIN 3 gaming handheld PC mixes old design with new hardware

GPD WIN 3 gaming handheld PC mixes old design with new hardware

The success of the Nintendo Switch revived interest in portable gaming consoles and gave birth to some devices and smartphone accessories that tried to capitalize on that. Even before the age of the Switch, however, GPD was already trying its luck with dedicated Android gaming handhelds before stumbling upon a niche yet profitable portable PC gaming market. Its latest attempt is perhaps its most ambitious yet, cramming almost unbelievable specs into a design that looks like a blast from the past.

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Tula mic hands-on – sounding good never looked this gorgeous

Tula mic hands-on – sounding good never looked this gorgeous

The mobile and computing markets have, in the past few years, been obsessed with imaging technology, particularly cameras and digital photography. The popularity of live streaming and the recent surge of video meetings, however, has made people realize how neglected the equally critical aspects of audio recording and sound quality have been. Sure, there have also been new innovations and products that try to cram all the desired audio recording features into one portable package but few offer the trifecta of beauty, power, and convenience that the Tula USB mic and mobile recorder does.

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Flipper Zero multi-tool tries to make hacking look friendly

Flipper Zero multi-tool tries to make hacking look friendly

The word "hacking" has had a rather tumultuous history. Originally associated with trees and plants, the word took on a more playful tone in the 60s before becoming synonymous with "cracking" in more recent times. Although it now carries largely negative connotations, hacking is sometimes described with different shades, some of which make security-oriented activities like penetration testing sound more interesting and more fun. It is perhaps in the spirit of the latter that a few hardware geeks have banded together to create the Flipper Zero, described appropriately as a Tamagotchi for hackers.

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SprayCare Band is a hand sanitizer blaster

SprayCare Band is a hand sanitizer blaster

Spider-Man invented a wrist-based blaster of webbing for those times when the webbing isn't part of the whole radioactive spider setup. Now, thanks to the folks behind the SprayCare Band, you can basically have that tool, but with hand sanitizer instead of webbing. You definitely should NOT use this thing to spray fellow humans in their faces.

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QubeStove Pizza Oven and Stove in One Review

QubeStove Pizza Oven and Stove in One Review

Here at SlashGear, we cover a ton of technological innovations that help improve the quality of life but not all innovations come as gadgets, cars, or cameras. Some of the best new things in life take traditional tools and sprinkle some human ingenuity on top to give modern life some pizzazz. Like this new QubeStove two in one pizza oven and stove that removes the need to decide whether to make pizza or cook food. You just need to make time for both.

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Sleevenote is a retro-futuristic music player for album art

Sleevenote is a retro-futuristic music player for album art

There's a music-playing device in the making called Sleevenote. This device has a focus on albums, with a display that's a square. The square panel displays the cover of the album that's playing via Bluetooth or through the device's headphone jack.

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