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The robotic fry cook Flippy is getting a new look – TechCrunch

Miso Robotics , the designers of the world’s most popular robotic fry cook “Flippy”, is giving their burger-flipping, french fry prepping robot a new look. The company has designed a new installation for its robotic arm that slots under the hood above a fry station instead of planting the robot on a kitchen floor. It’s a move that’s designed to save space and improve efficiency as the company starts pitching its robotic chefs to quick service ... Full story

RealityEngines launches its autonomous AI service – TechCrunch

RealityEngines.AI , an AI and machine learning startup founded by a number of former Google executives and engineers, is coming out of stealth today and announcing its first set of products. When the company first announced its $5.25 million seed round last year, CEO Bindu Reddy wasn’t quite ready to disclose RealityEngines’ mission beyond saying that it planned to make machine learning easier for enterprises. With today’s launch, the team is ... Full story

Pinterest launches virtual makeup ‘Try On’ feature, starting with lipstick – TechCrunch

A new Pinterest feature will allow users to virtually try on products, starting with lipstick, before they shop from retailers like Estée Lauder, Sephora, bareMinerals, Neutrogena, NYX Professional Makeup, YSL Beauté, Lancôme, and Urban Decay from L’Oréal. To use the new feature, pinners will first open Pinterest’s smart camera, “Lens,” while in Search, then click “Try it” to explore the different lipstick shades available. To shop the ... Full story

ServiceNow acquires conversational AI startup Passage AI – TechCrunch

ServiceNow announced this morning that it has acquired Passage AI , a startup that helps customers build chatbots, something that should come in handy as ServiceNow continues to modernize its digital service platform. The companies did not share terms of the deal. With Passage AI, ServiceNow gets a bushel of AI talent, which in itself has value, but it also gets AI technology, which should fit in nicely with ServiceNow’s mission. For starters, ... Full story

Persona raises $17.5M for an identify verification platform that goes beyond user IDs and passwords – TechCrunch

The proliferation of data breaches based on leaked passwords, and the rising tide of regulation that puts a hard stop on just how much user information can be collected, stored and used by companies have laid bare the holes in simple password and memorable-information-based verification systems. Today a startup called Persona , which has built a platform to make it easier for organisations to implement more watertight methods based on ... Full story

Who Cleans The Air Best: Molekule Air Or Dyson Cryptomic?

Molekule Air Molekule. The Molekule air purifier was born in Florida. Back in the mid-90s, at University of Florida in Gainesville, Dr. Yogi Goswami had an idea to use his photo-voltaic technology concepts to remove pollutants from the air and then make that system small enough to use in his son’s room at night to help with his severe allergies. Fast forward a few decades and Dr. Goswami, along with his now adult children, Dilip Goswami and ... Full story

Bizarre form of hot ice seen on Earth

From the seas of Antarctica to the depths of your freezer, most ice on Earth is relatively tame stuff. But throughout the solar system and beyond, extreme temperatures and pressures can crush the frozen substance into increasingly odd varieties. Now, researchers have snapped x-ray images of what might be the newest entrant to ice’s diversity : a highly electrically conductive material known as superionic ice. As the team reports today in the ... Full story

Watch SpaceX launch another batch of its Starlink satellites live – TechCrunch

SpaceX is launching another group of 60 satellites for its Starlink broadband internet constellation, with a liftoff scheduled for 9:49 AM EST (6:49 AM PST) this morning. Should it be required, there’s a backup launch opportunity set for tomorrow, January 28 at 9:28 AM EST (6:28 AM PST), which it might need to use since weather isn’t looking great at the moment. Already, after SpaceX’s last launch of 60 Starlink satellites earlier in January, ... Full story

Lego Space Stations and robot astronauts – TechCrunch

Max Q is a new weekly newsletter all about space. Sign up here to receive it weekly on Sundays in your inbox . This week saw a huge funding round for a new space startup that’s working on the problem of distribution and use of the new data networks made possible by the explosion in the small satellite and satellite constellation industry. But we also saw one of the next wave of launch startups encounter a bit of a setback on their path to ... Full story

SpaceX’s Dragon cargo capsule returns from the Space Station loaded with science experiments – TechCrunch

SpaceX has successfully completed its 19th commercial resupply (CRS) mission for the International Space Station, with the Dragon cargo spacecraft used for the mission splashing down in the Pacific Ocean early this morning. The Dragon used this time around has also actually made this round trip twice before on previous SpaceX CRS missions. The Dragon launched for CRS-19 on December 5, and attached to the Space Station on December 8. It spent ... Full story