The Roomba maker is working on technology that could enable robots to help with more household chores.
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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
Efforts to build robot hands and humanoids more cheaply could make them affordable enough for businesses and even homes.
Microsoft’s new personal assistant includes features found in Apple and Google’s own virtual helpers.
A startup’s software will let iPhone apps connect phones without the Internet.
Startup offers $995 remotely steered video-chat device for people to check up on kids and elderly relatives.
A robot able to play touch screen games like Cut the Rope can judge whether humans will find a new device responsive.
Microchips modeled on the brain may excel at tasks that baffle today’s computers.
Street View-style imagery of interior spaces lets mobile devices locate themselves more accurately than is possible with GPS.
Qualcomm shows how a smart watch can make sense: by offering only limited functions.
GPS readings in cities and indoors can be terrible. One startup has found a novel solution.