A robot recently helped a quadriplegic shave himself for the first time in 10 years—but even the best mechanical helpers still need supervision.
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IT Editor, Software & Hardware
I’m MIT Technology Review’s IT editor for hardware and software and enjoy a diverse diet of algorithms, Internet, and human-computer interaction with chips on the side. Working in our San Francisco office, I cover new ideas about what computers can do for us, whether they spring from tech giants, new startups, or academic labs.
My journey to the West Coast started in a small English town called Wantage and took in the University of Cambridge, Imperial College London, and five years writing and editing technology news coverage at New Scientist magazine.
Tom Simonite's Stories
A startup wants any Web page or mobile app to recognize faces, and claims users are becoming less sensitive about the technology.
The new social network is proving popular, but it still has a lot to prove.
Cisco has redesigned the Android operating system to make a tablet that also works as a desktop computer—but it takes some control away from users.
Voice-driven search is a futuristic idea, and may take some getting used to.
A startup's wireless technology sends low-bandwidth signals over long distances, even underground.
Paying someone to try to hack your systems can help you ready defenses against real attacks.
A telepresence robot due on sale next year hopes to do a better job of being you than any previous bot.
Lytro's technology is never out of focus and allows 3D from a single lens
The latest Android tablets and Chromebooks suggest different "post-PC" worlds, both more complicated than the one Apple is going for.