Startup offers $995 remotely steered video-chat device for people to check up on kids and elderly relatives.
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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 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.
Small, portable devices could get new stamina thanks to a transistor design that can cut a computer chip’s power consumption in half.
Devices that can make wireless connections even without an onboard battery could spread computing power into everything you own.
Dummy water-plant control systems rapidly attracted attention from hackers who tinkered with their settings—suggesting it happens to real industrial systems, too.
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