PETMAN is a humanoid robot made by Boston Robotics. BR also created Big Dog, the quadrupedal, brick-throwing robot that haunts our dreams.
This robot, shown here gussied up in a hazmat suit and gas mask, however, is far scarier. While I doubt he can do much right now without those cable support, just imagine PETMAN bopping up to you on a mission to keep you from entered a contaminated zone. First, he looks surprisingly life-like in this outfit and, second, he would be completely deaf to your entreaties. As they say, we’re living in the future. It’s just not evenly distributed yet.
Plus, PETMAN can dance.
Originally posted here: PETMAN Is A Humanoid Robot That Could Probably Walk Big Dog
Aereo today announced that the cloud DVR/live TV streaming service will be expanding past New York City to more than 19 million people living in the surrounding NYC metropolitan area. The expansion will cover 29 new counties across New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. Before today, only residents in New York’s five boroughs had access to the service.
Alongside the announcement of expansion, Aereo has also said that its new advertising blitz will launch this week in New York. The multimillion dollar ad campaign was first revealed earlier this month, after Aereo hired former Apple exec, Alex Moulle-Berteaux, as the company’s new CCO.
According to the NY Daily News, the multimillion dollar ad campaign will show its face on billboards, phone kiosks, buses, ferries and commuter trains in and around the greater New York area. The company even nabbed a spot on Penn Station’s massive digital advertising wall.
Onlookers will be greeted with this tagline: “Live TV. Online. No Cable Required.”
It’s a relatively easy sell in NYC, where students, artists and young adults pay a ridiculous cost of living and often forfeit cable, instead opting to either steal video content or enjoy through Netflix and Hulu. After years of living this way myself, I can assure you that there are only so many years that you can miss out on the Superbowl, Grammys and other live events before cable starts to seem tempting.
Aereo hopes to intercept consumers who are looking for something more than the standard content library, but don’t want to pay $100 for 10 channels that they’ll use and 240 channels that they will never click through.
As it stands now, Aereo offers around thirty streaming channels, including Bloomberg. The biggest gap in the service is it’s lack of ESPN, but CEO and founder Chet Kanojia has made it clear that content licensing deals are a part of Aereo’s roadmap (just as they were when the company signed on Bloomberg).
Aereo also has plans to expand beyond NYC, into 22 new markets in fact, with the help of a $38 million Series B investment led by Diller’s IAC and Highland Capital. But first, the company is focused on understanding its core market in New York before bringing the ad blitz to other parts of the East Coast.
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Heads up, Xbox Live Gold subscribers — you’ll soon have yet another way to access some sweet, sweet video content on your Xbox 360. Microsoft’s Larry “Major Nelson” Hyrb has revealed on his blog that early Redbox Instant beta testers will be able to download and install the app onto their 360s “in the very near future.”
The news isn’t exactly a bolt from the blue for those you following the Redbox Instant odyssey — GigaOM reported this past November that Xbox 360 support would be part of the joint venture’s offerings from the beginning. It is, however, a serious boon for Microsoft. The Redmond-based company has been angling for an even greater stake in people’s living rooms for years now, and has worked to turn the Xbox into far more than just a mere game console. To wit: Microsoft has been adding hordes of new entertainment apps to Xbox Live every few months or so (in December, Microsoft announced an additional 43 would be live before this spring), but Redbox’s popular physical kiosks add value to what otherwise would be a Netflix-esque streaming video/DVD rental play.
Don’t see anything particularly appealing in your Xbox’s Redbox app? Why not hop in your car and drive five minutes to your local drugstore and pick one out of the Redbox vending machine? Even if you don’t have a dedicated DVD player, you can always throw it in — what else? — your Xbox for a relaxing night in. With Redbox Instant in tow, Xbox now has (another) terribly compelling content play to aid in its bid to wrest control of your living room away from its rivals.
Sorry, Sony and Nintendo devotees, you probably won’t be able to join in the fun any time soon. Hyrb’s post goes on to say that Microsoft is the service’s “exclusive gaming and entertainment console launch partner,” though that’s not to say that the service will never make to leap to rival consoles — Netflix named Sony’s PlayStation 3 the company’s “largest TV-connected platform in terms of Netflix viewing” in 2012, so an opportunity like that probably isn’t an option that Redbox Instant’s brass is keen to blithely pass up.
4K TV, the 3840 x 2160 pixel technology that blew everyone away at CES this year, is still a glimmer in most of the world’s collective eye. Japan, however, could get 4K broadcasts via satellite as soon as 2014, thereby pushing the state-of-the-art forward at a speed nearly unprecedented in the TV industry.
According to Asahi Times, the Japanese Internal Affairs and Communications department will transmit a 4K broadcast of the World Cup 2014 in Brazil. The service will use Japan’s communications satellites rather than its standard broadcast satellites.
Sony and others have announced 4K sets and prices are around $25,000, which could put a damper on your World Cup Japanese Beer Blast And 4K TV And Chicken Wing Party – unless you have the cash to slap 8 million pixels on your living room wall.