Stories by Nick Barber

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.

Samsung ATIV Book 9 (2014 Edition)

Samsung has built one of the thinnest, sexiest notebooks on the market.

Turtle Shell waterproof Bluetooth speakers offer solid sound

The shower and the beach aren't usually friendly places for electronics, but the new Turtle Shell Bluetooth speakers from Outdoor Tech seem right at home in either locale.

Whistle activity monitor is like FitBit for dogs

If you've ever wondered what your pet does while you're at work or whether your dog walkers are doing their jobs the Whistle activity monitor might be for you.

Google smartwatches, Android Auto and an updated OS packed into company keynote

Google IO, the company's developer conference kicked off Wendesday in San Francisco with a focus on in-car technology, wearables and a new mobile OS. IDG News Service's Martyn Williams joins Nick Barber to give you the highlights.

Human or humanoid? Tokyo museum hires new "guides"

The robots meant to anticipate a time when androids are so lifelike that humans may have difficulty distinguishing them.

Intel updates age-old webcam technology

Called RealSense, the new, 3D camera can understand facial expressions and gestures.