What the latest tech patents say about the future

PayPal wants you to buy stuff through AR. Ford wants to make cars smell better. Amazon is improving its “no checkout” tech.

Trung T. Phan • July 12, 2021

Wayfair thinks AR/VR shopping is the future of retail

Wayfair co-founder Steven Conine thinks future-us will shop for furniture using 3D models of our homes.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • June 25, 2021

AI is here for car appraisals (finally)

Tractable’s computer vision tech makes the post-accident car appraisal much faster.

Trung T. Phan • June 18, 2021

So, are we getting flying cars or what?

Several companies are working on flying cars or taxis. But when can we ride in them?

Juliet Bennett Rylah • June 17, 2021

Tech is turbocharging self-checkout grocery stores

A number of tech companies -- Grabango, Amazon Fresh, WalkOut, Main Street Market -- are rolling out some form of self-checkout technology for grocery stores.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • June 15, 2021

Using AI to write better, faster, smarter

Startups are using technology to learn your writing style and give you a better text editor.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • June 11, 2021

One way to see the future? Track corporate patents

Facebook wants to make shared VR spaces; Shopify wants to fit your clothes virtually; Microsoft wants to send you wellness insights.

Trung T. Phan • June 10, 2021

The rise of VR exposure therapy

Virtual reality (VR) is being used to treat PTSD and other disorders. The key: It should be done in conjunction with a therapist.

Kolby Hatch • June 8, 2021

Google Search is making an AI-powered leap

Google is using AI to make its search engine more conversational.

Kolby Hatch • May 27, 2021

AI transcription service gets $14m boost

Firefly helps us deal with the Zoom meetings by automatically transcribing audio.

Trung T. Phan • May 26, 2021

Can deepfakes make dubbed shows look better?

London-based AI startup Flawless says its deepfake tech can make dubbed films look more natural.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • May 20, 2021

Forget AI Tom Cruise, experts are worried about deepfake satellites

Deepfakes can be hilarious. They can also be dangerous. Now, geographers are concerned.

Jacob Cohen • April 30, 2021

Hot lidar startup Luminar teams up with Airbus to make helicopters safer

Helmed by 26-year old billionaire Austin Russell, Luminar’s LIDAR tech is used on self-driving cars and...now, helicopters.

Kolby Hatch • April 29, 2021

The next high-tech makeover: Gardening tools

An automatic lawn mower, a smart irrigation system, and an AI-powered bird feeder.

Trung T. Phan • April 20, 2021

Flying cars are coming…maybe

People have been talking about flying cars for over a century. SPACs may bring them to life.

Trung T. Phan • April 12, 2021

Facebook and Google are rolling out new products

Facebook has a new AR wristband product, while Google is launching YouTube Shorts.

Trung T. Phan • March 22, 2021

Airtable and the unbundling of Microsoft Office

Airtable -- which raised money at a massive $5.8B valuation -- is one of the most high-profile startups unbundling a single Microsoft Office function.

Trung T. Phan • March 18, 2021

Meet Beeple: the artist selling NFT-backed digital art at Christie’s

Beeple sold $3.5m of NFT art in December. His new Christie’s auction is already at $2m+ with 14 days to go.

Trung T. Phan • February 26, 2021

AI-powered wearable tech has found its way to babies

Nanit -- an AI-powered wearable company that monitors babies’ sleep and growth -- just raised $25m.

Shelley Tang • February 24, 2021

MSCHF takes on dual-use technologies. Boston Dynamics is not happy about it.

MSCHF’s new drop lets you control a Boston Dynamics robot dog… with a paintball gun attached to it.

Trung T. Phan • February 23, 2021

Meet Agora, the company powering Clubhouse

Agora is a $10B+ firm that offers “real-time audio and video” APIs. Its stock price has been riding the Clubhouse hype in recent weeks.

Trung T. Phan • February 15, 2021

Facial recognition has come a long way. Its problems have a long way to go.

Over the last 80 years, facial recognition tech has gone from pen and paper to large-scale automation. But at what cost?

Jacob Cohen • February 11, 2021

First look: Apple’s mixed-reality headset

The Information saw a late-stage prototype of Apple’s mixed-reality headset.

Trung T. Phan • February 5, 2021

What trends will impact businesses the most this year?

What trends are we keeping an eye on in 2021? Our analysts weigh in.

Trung T. Phan • January 23, 2021

An MIT lab managed to grow wood. Wait until you see how.

MIT researchers designed a method to grow wood in a lab, but selling lab-grown tables is a long way off.

Jacob Cohen • January 22, 2021

How much money did VCs drop in 2020?

VCs watering startups

Trung T. Phan • January 18, 2021

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