Stories by Nick Barber

Upgraded Atlas robot still no disaster superman

DARPA updated its humanoid rescue robot Atlas, but the changes show how far the machine still has to go to be useful in disaster zones.

Japanese androids hold news conference, chat with baby droids

At the Miraikan museum in Tokyo, robots are one step closer to taking over. Two female androids held their own news conference, with little participation from human beings.

Xiaomi's new phablet seeks to outdo Apple's iPhone 6 Plus

The handset maker unveiled its Xiaomi Note in Beijing Thursday. It has a 5.7-inch screen and is a fraction of a millimeter thinner than the iPhone 6 Plus.

Robotics startup creating muscles and bones of humanoid

A San Francisco startup is designing a modular robot that uses one joint to connect a variety of parts.

Robotics startup building bones and muscles of humanoid

San Francisco startup Modbot is designing industrial and hobby robots that piece together like Legos.

Startup wants to be the Zipcar for scooters

A San Francisco startup has solved one of the drawbacks with a lot of car-sharing services -- though you'll have to make do with two wheels instead of four.

New cruise ship a floating heaven for tech geeks

Walking up the gangway to board Royal Caribbean's tech-laden Quantum of the Seas, it was hard not to marvel. Across the harbor was Manhattan, and at 348 meters the new ship is almost as long as the Empire State Building is tall. But it's what the ship contains that made my inner geek salivate.

Construction workers trade hard hats for 3D glasses

Construction workers in Boston are trading in hard hats for 3D glasses at what will be a new hospital and research center set to open in 2016.

Simulator robots prep doctors for surgery

Surgical Sam is a lifelike, pediatric mannequin that is training doctors at Boston Children's Hospital.

CEATEC: Humanoid robot signs with rubbery hands

Aiko Chihara is welcoming guests at Toshiba's booth at Ceatec outside Tokyo and can communicate in sign language.

Microsoft blends the old and new with Windows 10

Microsoft unveiled its new Windows operating system, trying to address some of the challenges faced by Windows 8. The company did a lot to make Windows 10 feel familiar to people who are used to running older, Win32 style apps. We got an early look at some of the features.

Larry Ellison learns to love "the cloud"

Oracle executive chairman Larry Ellison mocked the idea of cloud computing just a few years ago. Now he's positioned the company as one that will become the industry's largest cloud player.

Boston's Bolt launches hardware companies

Watch the first episode in our new series Breakout Startups here.

All-in-one 3D printer can mill too

A homemade machine from Boston area Mebotics can do both additive and subtractive manufacturing with 3D printing and milling capabilities.

Military robot one step closer to the battlefield

The robotic mule, which was developed by Boston Dynamics for $2 million can traverse rugged terrain while carrying much of the Marines' load.