Sphero launches new programmable Star Wars robots – including R2-D2!

Sphero has been making excellent programmable robots for years, and last year everybody went nuts for their gorgeous little BB-8. And rightly so. Now we’re getting a new range, adding a new BB-9E (an evil twin to BB-8) and everybody’s classic favourite, R2-D2. The detailing on Artoo is excellent – including a third leg that drops out to move across difficult terrain.

Microsoft gets set to push Mixed Reality for Christmas season

VR is excellent, but the best experiences are still expensive. Microsoft has been touting the promise of its HoloLens technology, but it just hadn’t entered the real market yet and so we didn’t know much beyond the promise of demos (though we did know the early hardware didn’t live up to the videos you see online).

Cortana and Alexa becoming new BFFs

The partnership to allow Microsoft’s Cortana and Amazon’s Alexa to speak to each other is big for the companies involved, and big for progress around voice assistive ecosystems. So much fighting for control in a world where users will just want to ask anything to do anything.

Augmented Reality will help you find your lost keys

I can imagine a world where augmented reality key finding technology becomes the ‘killer app’ for mainstream AR adoption. At least, as a demo that makes people think “Oh! That’s amazing!” and then never actually buy one of these devices, but generally have a better understanding of what AR can do.

Maybe the greatest lamp ever designed

An incredibly advanced lamp, dubbed the Komorebi, delivering some of the most natural lighting effects I’ve ever seen. Stunning concept. I do hope it makes it to market. But I have a thing for amazing lamp design. My desk lamp is an Yves Behar Leaf Light.

Lava lamps and data come together at CloudFlare San Francisco

Design, performance art and clever security infrastructure come together at CloudFlare San Francisco. A wall of lava lamps has been integrated into the office design, with a constant feed of photographs of the fluid dynamics delivering random number generation for use in back office processes.

Delete your accounts, get real work done

I’m fascinated by these discussions. I love social media, I love my many points of digital connection, but I know some of it is pure noise. How do we get down to just getting the important things done?