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Articles tagged with: computer science

Google Buys Tech Startup, Sparkbuy

A Seattle startup named Sparkbuy has just announced that it has been swallowed up by Google. The purchase comes just one month after Dan Shapiro started the company which had an online service allowing users to compare prices and features of various electronics gadgets. This is the second company Dan Shapiro has sold or merged in the past 18 months.

It is quite common for well known companies to swallow startups, usually more so for the human capital than any products built. As part of the deal however, Google will be shutting down Sparkbuy’s service.

Have You Seen A Hexapod?

This is by far the coolest robot I have ever seen. While your typical robot resembles a human or has human-like features, this robot is quite different. One can call it a six-legged spider, but instead of having pincers by its mouth, it has a camera (what a nice change!). The robot was designed by Matt Bunting, a PhD student at the University of Arizona who is studying electrical engineering.

Matt created his hexapod using 21 motors, the aforementioned webcam, and created the device for a grad school project.