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Mistys adorable robotics platform ships in April for $2,399

The road to consumer robots is littered with the remains of failed startups. Jibo and Kuri mark two recent examples of just how hard it is bringing such a device to market. In fact, with the exception of the single-minded Roomba line, you’d be hard-pressed to name a product that has truly hit mainstream acceptance. It’s with that in mind that Misty has been given its substantial runway. The startup has long-term goals of bringing a truly accessible mainstream robotic to market — but it’s going to take a few…

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This device is trying to replace your phone AND laptop

Image: Bridget Bennett/Mashable While CES sets the tech trends for the year, it rarely sets the tone. The giant-size tech carnival is a great place to see the latest TVs, smart home gadgets, and self-driving vehicle tech, but it’s also a bubble. Hype and excitement over mostly incremental upgrades is epidemic at the show, and it has very little to do with our real-world relationship with technology. If there was any doubt about that, it was made jarringly clear on Thursday when news broke that Amazon-owned company Ring, fresh from…

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Daimler brings in the truck equivalent of Tesla’s Autopilot

Freightliner Cascadia is Daimler's most autonomous truck.Image: Daimler AG Daimler trucks are going autonomous — eventually. For now, Level 2 (L2) partial automation will have to suffice. The vehicle company behind Mercedes-Benz cars announced Monday at CES 2019 that its new Freightliner Cascadia big-rig will include higher levels of robotic driving. The semi-autonomous trucks will start production in July in North America. It’s not fully self-driving, but it’s pushing the trucking industry deeper into an autonomous mode.  SEE ALSO: Uber fired Anthony Levandowski. Now he’s back with a self-driving truck…

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Fisker EMotion electric car debuts at CES, immediately inspires drooling

Picture the Distracted Boyfriend internet meme, where the boyfriend is a Tesla owner and the girlfriend is the Model S. The other woman? That’s gotta be the Fisker EMotion. SEE ALSO: 7 tech trends that will rule CES 2018 The all-new Fisker Inc. debuted its luxury electric car, the EMotion, at CES 2018, and it’s a beauty. Fisker’s sporty sedan would look completely in its element pulling up next to a Corvette or Porsche. But this a car made for the future, with equal attention paid to brains as well…

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