Motorola came out guns a-blazing at this year's CES, with three blockbuster devices: the Motorola Atrix 4G, the Motorola Xoom, and the Motorola Droid Bionic. The Atrix 4G wowed us with its laptop dock and powerful features, and the Xoom handily won CNET's Best of CES award as the first Android Honeycomb tablet. The Droid Bionic was also a huge attention-grabber, and was part of Verizon's big push of new LTE devices along with the HTC Thunderbolt, the Samsung Droid Charge, and the LG Revolution. It would seem that Motorola swept the show, and was once again … Read more
Microsoft's wants more money from Android; a new tablet could cost you less money; and a lightning round Q and A session of your questions from Twitter.Subscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360) EPISODE 56
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Ever since the upcoming smartphone grabbed the spotlight at CES in early January, the tech press has been waiting for the Motorola Droid Bionic to make its official debut with Verizon Wireless. Armed with 4G (LTE) support and a dual-core processor, the handset had a lot to like and (at least for the time) it offered features that we'd never seen before. Verizon and Moto made initial promises of a second-quarter launch, but as of last Thursday that window has passed. And now we're getting word that the Android smartphone might finally go on sale in late early August. … Read more
It's not much to go on, but this screen shot could be our best lead so far as to when the long-awaited Droid Bionic will finally be available.
AndroidCentral published this screenshot from an anonymous source that appears to show an August 4 release date for the Droid Bionic, which was first seen six months ago at CES in Las Vegas. Later it was announced that the release was being bumped to summer so that "enhancements" could be made. That could mean that the final Bionic might be quite different from what we saw at CES.
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Download.com Associate Editor Jaymar Cabebe stops by to help Antuan Goodwin host today's show. We take a look at CNET's wishlist for the rumored next Nexus phone and, boy, are our expectations great. Leaked photos show that LG is taking aim with a dual-screen gimmick phone at an entry level price. If rumors are to be believed, Antuan will have something to look forward to on his HTC Thunderbolt and so do you Motorola Atrix 4G users. Jaymar helps us figure out what Yahoo is up to with its new Play music app for Android and Antuan … Read more
Samsung attempts to improve its relationship with the hacking community by giving free phones to the Cyanogen team and we dig into the dark corners of one user's romantic relationship with our tech advice. Later we debate the merits of the Android Market's app return policy versus T-Mobile's app rental scheme, Antuan and Justin continue to butt heads over the upcoming Droid Bionic, and Nokia's CEO tries to convince us that Apple, and not Google, created Android. Find all of that, plus the answers to your emails, on this episode of Android Atlas Weekly.Subscribe: … Read more
E3 after hours: Gadgets you won't see on expo floor After the first day of E3 2011 wrapped, a handful of tech companies invited press to sample their wares at ShowStoppers inside the Icon Ultra Lounge near Staples Center. More
Austin Whitney graduated from UC Berkeley just last month, and he already has a full-time job. Whitney works as a human lab rat.
The 22-year-old paraplegic, who captured headlines recently when he walked across the stage at his commencement wearing bionic legs, now spends long days with the engineers who developed the customized robotic suit. He passionately believes in the device and its potential to alter the lives of those with spinal cord injuries, and he wants to do whatever he can to help perfect the prototype--for himself and others like him.
"We want to make the Model T version of an exoskeleton," Whitney told CNET. "There are health benefits to mobility. It's good for the circulatory and muscular systems, and there's a social and mental benefit. Four years ago, I thought I was going to die on a hospital bed."
That was 2007, when Whitney was 18 years old and got into a car accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down.
"The spinal cord injury meant I would likely never walk again," he said. But he did, taking his first public steps in four years at a graduation ceremony at Edwards Track Stadium on May 7 (see the video below).
During the nine months prior, however, he had experimented with walking in a custom-fit robotic device developed on campus in the lab of mechanical engineering professor Professor Homayoon Kazerooni, who is also founder of Berkeley Bionics. That company makes the eLegs robotic exoskeleton, which is currently undergoing trials and is expected to become available to rehabilitation centers by the end of the year, with a personal version for sale for an as-yet-undisclosed price in 2013.
A friend who plays wheelchair basketball with Whitney told him about Kazerooni, one of a number of innovators around the world devoted to developing robotic exoskeletons for wheelchair users. After speaking with him on the phone, Whitney decided to visit the Berkeley Robotics and Human Engineering Laboratory. "It is like something out of a movie set--exoskeletons hanging from the walls everywhere," he said.
It's inside that lab where Whitney does most of his walking these days, though he does on occasion roam the campus in his bionic suit. He has degrees in history and political science, and plans to attend law school in the fall of 2012. But for now, he spends about six hours a day, from noon to 6 p.m., working (for pay) in the lab. … Read more
Five months since it made its initial debut, the Motorola Droid Bionic has yet to arrive on Verizon's doorstep. The last we heard, Motorola had decided to delay the smartphone in order to enhance the handset with several changes, but we've heard very little about what those changes might be--until now.
Based on the first leaked images hitting the Web this week, one such change involves adding support for Motorola's laptop dock. This feature was one of the compelling reasons to pick up the Atrix 4G from AT&T, and helped the Atrix 4G earn high … Read more
The wraps are pull off Google's Wallet and Offers services, but should consumers be excited? The guys discuss the pros and cons Android rooting, locked bootloaders, and DRM, which triggers a friendly shouting match. As always there are plenty of upcoming and rumored phones on the horizon to drool over. And on this special 50th show, Antuan finally admits that he was wrong about something... a lot of things actually. All of that and more on this episode of Android Atlas Weekly.Subscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | … Read more