Boston Dynamics' Spot

Ridiculously expensive gadgets

Boston Dynamics first commercially available robot is available, if you have the cash. Spot is not really for consumers, but we all know you're not just any consumer if you can afford a droid-dog that goes 3mph, avoids obstacles, can walk up and down stairs, and looks like an action movie special effect. Besides, what is some business going to do with it other than look cool? It would be even cooler looking on your patio.

Cool inventions

OrCam MyEye 2

For those living with visual impairments, the OrCam MyEye 2 could be a game changer. Described as “talking glasses.” The artificial-intelligence device attaches to the frame of any glasses and can identify faces and currency or read text and information from bar codes aloud. Fitting all this power into such a small device is like “putting an elephant into a small closet,” says Amnon Shashua, inventor of the technology. OrCam MyEye 2 can also be useful for those with reading difficulties like Dyslexia. A newer version, which is scheduled to come out next year, will allow users to get even more specific, like telling the machine to read only the headlines of a newspaper, or only the appetiser section of a menu.

Bizzare news from the tech world

T-Rex listed on eBay

Savvy eBay bidders may have noticed a one-of-a-kind item up for auction: the fossil of a baby tyrannosaurus rex that died about 68 million years ago is up for sale for the low, low price of $2.95 million. The fossil, discovered in 2013 by a Montanan named Alan Detrich, has been on display at the University of Kansas Natural History Museum since 2017. But now, in a move that The Guardian says has incensed paleontologists, Detrich has decided to sell it off.