SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A startup that tried to advance the dream of intelligent robots in the home with its toy robot Cozmo is shutting down. San Francisco-based Anki says it’s laying off its employees on Wednesday after failing to raise enough money to keep the business going. The company said last year it’s sold more than 1.5 million products, including the car-racing game Overdrive and Cozmo, a playful robotic pet. Anki introduced its newest robot, Vector, last year. It’s one of several high-profile makers of consumer robots to fold in the past year. Boston-based Jibo shut down less than a year after its squat, talking speaker made the cover of Time Magazine. California-based Mayfield Robotics also last year canceled Kuri, a roving home robot. News of Anki’s closure was first reported by Recode. … [Read more...] about Robotics startup that made cute toy Cozmo shuts down
The three music teachers — armed with a violin, a guitar and a drum — are ready for class. But the elementary school students jump around the room, screaming and laughing.“Quiet! Stand up straight!” one teacher shouts.“OK,” another says. “Who remembers this song? Leticia — silence! Kenji, come on, we’re gonna make music.”The scene plays out at a school in Tokyo’s industrial hinterland, but all the chatter is in Portuguese. The students and teachers are Brazilian, and the music includes samba and bossa nova. Advertisement The class is part of a project called “Music Without Borders,” the brainchild of Rafael Kinoshita, a 35-year-old Brazilian who endured a difficult childhood here as an outsider and believes music can help spare his students from that kind of distress.Japan has long considered itself the unique homeland of a single race: the Japanese. But when the economy faced an industrial labor shortage … [Read more...] about Brazilian immigrants have it hard in Japan. Can music be a solution?
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With less than three weeks until Christmas, have you got your present shopping sorted? No doubt you have a list as long as Santa Claus, so if you need a bit of inspiration for the children in your life this year, then look no further. We've taken the hard work out of it and have rounded up the top 10 gifts for active kids, who love being out and about. And they're all available under one roof at Halfords, making the process even easier. From scooters to bikes and even hoverboards, you'll find the perfect gift whatever their age (or your budget). So read on and you'll soon be putting your feet up with a mince pie and mug of mulled wine. Merry Christmas indeed! 1. The Mercedes GLA45 6V Ride On Car Mercedes GLA45 6V Ride On Car With Remote Control (was £149, now £109) at Halfords We predict squeals of delight when your little race car driver opens this dream present on Christmas morning. Suitable for ages 3 and up, the Mercedes GLA45 6V Ride On Car will … [Read more...] about Christmas all wrapped up! Great gifts for active kids, whatever their age!
December 05, 2019 - 11:31 GMT Danielle Stacey The Duchess of Cambridge's mother Carole and sister Pippa Middleton attended the Henry van Straubenzee Memorial Fund Christmas Carol service in London on Wednesday Pippa and Carole Middleton were both spotted in London on Wednesday night, as they paid tribute to a late royal family friend. The Duchess of Cambridge's mother and sister attended the Henry van Straubenzee Memorial Fund Christmas Carol service at St Luke's Church in Chelsea, London. Pippa, who was with her husband James Matthews, wrapped up against the cold in a green Mango coat, while Carole opted for a black wool jacket and burgundy dress.The charity helps to fight poverty in Uganda through education and was named after Prince William and Prince Harry's friend Henry van Straubenzee, who died in a car accident in 2002. The royal brothers have been patrons of the fund since 2009 and have attended the church service in previous years. … [Read more...] about Pippa and Carole Middleton enjoy mother-daughter night out in London