When was the last time you were excited by a printer? Quite possibly it was in 1999 when three disgruntled employees destroyed one with a baseball bat in the movie Office Space. Enrique Lores, head of HP's printer business, wants to give you a better attitude. He's happy for you to swipe through the photos you like on your phone. But for the photos you love, he wants you to make something you can feel with your hands and stick on your fridge so you can relive the good times. To get us there, he's trying to make printers that are easier to use -- especially from your phone -- and that aren't plagued by ink cartridges that you discover dried out when you dust off your printer for your kid's school project. Lores has grander ideas in the pipeline, too: social printing at parties with HP's tiny Sprocket printer, individually customized magazines, augmented reality coding that'll reveal whether that Louis Vuitton purse is or isn't a counterfeit, and printers that emblazon doors, shirts and … [Read more...] about HP wants to build a printer you’ll actually get excited about
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What do you do with a $2,900 robot dog?Sony's Aibo won't help wake you up out of bed when it detects daylight. It won't use its internet connection to deliver the morning news report or use its cameras to watch for intruders. Voice commands won't cue up playlists or set reminders or even fetch a pair of slippers on Amazon.This one-of-a-kind robotic pet doesn't act like other smart-home gadgets. Packed with sensors, cameras and a wagging tail, it instead will trot around your home programmed for just one mission: companionship. Now playing: Watch this: My week living with Aibo, Sony’s robot dog 6:55 I got to spend a week living with Sony's wonder robo-pup. The dog -- a totally redesigned and updated version of the robotic pet that Sony sold from 1999 to 2006 -- begins shipping to US homes in December. But my brief test run gave me a chance to see what it's like for my family to live with a robot -- and how different people (and animals) react to this new species of pet. … [Read more...] about My week with Aibo: What it’s like to live with Sony’s robot dog
When many of us think about athletic paths for our children to follow, competitive swimming isn’t typically high up on the list. Black Kids Swim (BKS) is an organization trying to change both the way we look at swimming in general and competitive swimming as an outlet and scholarship source for black children. We talked with the founder of BKS, Ebony Rosemond, about her journey and where BKS is hoping to take swimming in the black community. Very Smart Brothas: What is Black Kids Swim and what compelled you to start the organization (and site) and begin this journey? Tell me about yourself and your background. Ebony Rosemond: Officially, Black Kids Swim is a nonprofit organization, based in Largo, Md., dedicated to increasing the number of black competitive swimmers. The sport is not diverse. We’re changing that. There’s a ton of educational and professional opportunities out there for proficient swimmers—and our kids in large part can’t access those … [Read more...] about Black Kids Swim Wants to Help Get More Black Children Into Competitive Swimming
The Salty Waitress Salty Waitress is The Takeout’s advice column from a real-life waitress that will teach you how not to behave like a garbage person while dining out—and maybe in real life. Dear Salty, If I’m with a group of three or more but am not hungry for whatever reason, is it okay to explain as much to the server and not order? - Seriously, I’m Just Not Hungry Dear Not Hungry, Even when I’m not actually hungry, I don’t know that I could ever summon the willpower not to order something. (I’m the insufferable queen of suggesting a split appetizer and then devouring 80 percent of it. Sorry.) I’m not telling you this for any particular reason other than to let you know your question took extra mental effort on my part. Not ordering food. What a concept. But let’s get to the bottom of this. As with many of the questions readers ask, it depends. I’m going to assume you’re not talking about a full-blown, … [Read more...] about Ask The Salty Waitress: Is it okay if I’m out with a group but don’t want to order anything?
You might think the best book to read to your young child is one they’ll love. One that, when you close the final page, makes them shout, “Again, again!” One that, before you even say, “Go pick out a bedtime book,” is already in their hand and waving in front of your face, an old and familiar friend. Or you might think that that book, the one you’ve read 652 times and counting, should meet its untimely death in a pizza oven. While it’s a good thing that your kid wants you to read the same book over and over—after all, the repetition can bring about a sense of security—it can start to fray on your nerves. To say the least. Maintaining sanity is easier, however, if you choose excellent books from the outset. The kind of books that you won’t mind reading for the hundredth or thousandth time. Here are my picks for Books-That-Stand-Up-to-Multiple-Readings: Olivia (by Ian Falconeris) Olivia is a busy little girl who wears out her … [Read more...] about Books You’ll Want to Read to Your Kids (Over and Over)