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Why the Hell Would Anyone Use a Trackball Mouse?

With its big rolypoly ball and huge hand rest, the venerable trackball mouse looks like a holdover from 1996. Or maybe 1946—that’s the first time a trackball was used as an input device in a computer. Its popularity has waned since the introduction of the mouse and then the trackpad. And for good reason. Those devices take up way less space! But here’s the thing: The trackball is still good. Not just good—the trackball is great. So great that Logitech is introducing its first trackball in many years is a cause for celebration—even if I have some issues with my new favorite input device.


Meet Daisy, Apple’s new robot that recycles 200 iPhones in an hour

Apple has a new recycling robot.

Named Daisy, it can tear apart nine different versions of the iPhone in order to recover certain materials inside. This new robot is technically a successor to Liam, another recycling robot made by Apple. Liam was revealed in 2016, but now, his old parts are being used by Daisy, which is ironic, since Daisy’s purpose is to recycle old iPhones. Daisy can disassemble up to 200 iPhones in an hour.


Nike Flyprint: The 3D printed shoe to propel Kipchoge and Farah to London Marathon greatness

The world’s fastest marathon runner, Eliud Kipchoge, is hoping that a new running shoe designed and developed by Nike in just 4 months will propel him to victory at the 2018 London Marathon this week.

The new shoe is actually a variant of the shoe he wore for the Breaking2 event that saw him run the 26.2 miles in 2:00:25. But features a brand new upper design that has been 3D printed rather than weaved using Nike’s popular Flyknit technology.


This robot can build your IKEA furniture

There are two kinds of people in the world: those who hate building IKEA furniture and madmen. Now, thanks to IkeaBot, the madmen can be replaced.

IkeaBot is a project built at Control Robotics Intelligence (CRI) group at NTU in Singapore. The team began by teaching robots to insert pins and manipulate IKEA parts, then, slowly, they began to figure out how to pit the robots against the furniture. The results, if you’ve ever fought with someone trying to put together a Billy, are heartening.


The design of non-volatile memory DDR4 on carbon nanotubes is developed

In an interview with EE Times, Nantero CEO said that its specialists have completed the development of a non-volatile version of DDR4 memory based on the unique NRAM memory cell. Memory NRAM company Nantero develops over 15 years. The cell is based on carbon nanotubes. The NRAM cell switching speed is approaching the performance of typical RAM. For example, the write speed is 5 ns. At the same time, the NRAM does not lose information in the event of power failure. The combination of speed and energy independence make memory on carbon nanotubes an interesting phenomenon in the world of semiconductors. It is interesting only one thing, when will NRAM appear on the market?


Waymo will begin to experience robotic cars in California without an insurance driver

Waymo, according to online sources, has applied for testing in California (USA) fully self-governing cars – without an insured driver behind the wheel.

Since the beginning of this month, changes in the rules have come into effect in California, allowing to test robotic cars that do not have a professional driver in the cabin, ready to assume control in case of failure of the autonomous driving system or its inadequate operation.