Skynet is coming! Sure, now it’s all fun and games with robots jumping around in the forest or being the Grand Marshall of the Indy 500, but one of these days, these bots are going to wind up scheming plans of their own. Before you go putting on your tinfoil hat and locking yourself up in a basement full of ammo, we can still giggle at the novelty of autonomous vacuum cleaners. Honda’s got a few new bots for us to smile about as its bringing four new bots to the upcoming 2018 Consumer Electronics Show.
Honda calls it the 3E Robotics Concept. The three E’s are empower, experience, and empathy. The bots are going to show off advanced technology engineered to promote mobility. Honda is going to unveil the four machines at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. These new bits of equipment include a companion bot that can show compassion to humans with different facial expressions, a chair-type mobility concept for casual use indoors or out, a small mobility concept with cargo space, and an autonomous off-road vehicle. All of these are designed to make peoples’ lives better.
These are some genuinely cool new innovations here. I’m sure most of us would like our luggage to follow us through the airport without having to lug it along and a chair-type mobility unit that you don’t need ramps to navigate with would certainly help in a lot of cases.
Things are going from bad to worse for electric car startup Faraday Future. One of the company’s founding executives, former BMW designer Richard Kim, has resigned, reports The Verge. His final day is Friday, according to the news outlet.
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Citing two unnamed people with direct knowledge of the situation, The Verge reports that Kim tendered his resignation on Tuesday.
“Richard gave his heart and soul to that company, and he tried to make it work. He’s been considering leaving for 2 to 3 months,” one of these former employees says.
Kim was also one of five “founding executives” at Faraday Future — the first core group brought onto lead the company. With his departure, three of those five have now left the company in the last four months. Alan Cherry, formerly of Tesla, left his post as head of HR in August. Another Tesla vet, Tom Wessner — who led Faraday Future’s supply chain group — resigned in October. Nick Sampson (R&D) and Dag Reckhorn (manufacturing) are still with the company.
A Faraday spokesperson didn’t have an immediate comment when reached by Jalopnik on Friday.
Kim’s departure comes on the heels of two other high-profile resignations. Jalopnik first reported that former Faraday CFO Stefan Krause, who joined the company following stints at BMW and Deutsche Bank, left the company on Oct. 14. Ulrich Kranz, Faraday’s CTO, left the following day.
Verge’s report shows that Kim ran into some of the same problems as Krause and Kranz. Krause, for instance, prepared to file a bankruptcy petition on behalf of Faraday over the objections of Faraday’s main financier, Chinese tech entrepreneur Jia Yueting.
Worse, Verge got a hold of an email that showed Faraday’s running into serious problems following Krause’s departure. In particular, people just aren’t showing up for work anymore.
The Verge has obtained an email dated November 20th that was sent to Faraday Future’s marketing, sales, go to market, and service teams, where Allan Lu — the company’s new head of go-to-market operations — scolded employees over not showing up. He wrote that “only 2 people were in office” when Jia Yueting, the main financial backer and shareholder of Faraday Future, arrived that morning to meet a group of potential investors.
“I would like to make it clear that we will be on time to the work starting from 9:00 am every day and closing of business by 6:00 pm ,unless you have your managers [sic] pre-approval for late come or early leave,” the email reads. Lu writes that the company is “very close obtaining investment,” and encouraged employees “WE MUST go back to our “fight mode IMMEDIATELY!”
Only two people! Faraday said just last month that it still has 1,000 people on payroll.
And sources have told Jalopnik that Faraday still has intentions of going to the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. That’s in a month. What Faraday expects to show up with is a mystery.
For the past days, have been looking into integrating some apps with Facebook and Instant Articles.
We’re one of Europe’s biggest publishers, but we can’t find any way to come in contact with any developer advocates or account managers. We have some contacts regarding advertisements, but nobody over there is willing to give support on integrations and partnerships.
For us, this is such a big difference to, for example Google and YouTube where have our own developer contacts.
Does anyone have experience in this, or is there a reason why Facebook is behaving like this? We never had any negative situation and our reach is around 5 mil. per month.
Hot off the presses a new Valkyria Chronicles game was announced by Sega! Valkyaria Chronicles 4 is coming to Nintendo Switch in 2018! Check out the trailer below for more details and the press release!
It is the year 1935 EC…
The continent of Europa is engulfed in the flames of the Second Europan War between the Atlantic Federation and the Autocratic Eastern Imperial Alliance. Although the Federation struggles valiantly against the Empire’s forces, the relentless imperial military machine threatens to consume them. With victory slipping away, the Federation executes Operation Northern Cross: a last-ditch attempt to capture the imperial capital and end the war.
Commander Claude Wallace and his loyal childhood friends in Squad E are sent to fight for the desperate operation’s success, but they will have to endure harsh bone-chilling elements, waves of imperial soldiers, and the terrifying Valkyria… and unravel a grave truth that will shake them to the core.
A Coming-of-Age Story in a Time of War – Valkyria Chronicles 4 takes place in the same timeframe as the original Valkyria Chronicles, but focuses on a whole new cast of main characters. Players will take command of the eager, young Commander Claude Wallace, engineer/heavy weapons extraordinaire Riley Miller, hotheaded Darcsen Raz, ice-cold ace sniper Kai Schulen, and more. Together, they will experience the painful realities of war–but will the bonds of Squad E’s friendships survive the frozen battlefield?
The Next Generation “BLiTZ” Battle System – The part overhead turn-based strategy, part RPG, and part real-time 3rd person shooter “BLiTZ” battle system returns to the field. New features include an explosive new class called the Grenadier, numerous offensive/defensive battleship support options, chances for a unit to have a “Last Stand” action before death, and more. Plus, fight the imperial threat with more units on larger-scale maps than ever before.
CANVAS Aesthetics – The series’ signature hand-drawn visual style is back and overhauled for the newest generation. Inspired by watercolor compositions, the CANVAS Graphics Engine blends visual elements of reality and imagination to create an expressive world filled with colorful emotions. Watch the journey of Squad E unfold like an interactive painting!
The Return of a Legendary Composer – The illustrious Hitoshi Sakimoto, original composer of the Valkyria Chronicles series and countless other emotional epics, returns to provide a sweeping orchestral soundtrack for the game.
Fire Emblem Warriors
offers a twist on the acclaimed Fire Emblem series by uniting
fan-favorite characters from Fire Emblem history to participate
in over-the-top battles focused on real-time, tactical action rather
than turn-based strategy. In addition to the paid DLC that starts to
roll out in December, a free software update is coming to the Nintendo
Switch and New
Nintendo 3DS* versions of the Fire Emblem Warriors game on
After downloading the free software update, the following will be added
to the game:
A new history map featuring main characters Rowan and Lianna
A new costume for Rowan and Lianna
Armor Strike, a new weapon attribute associated with destroying armor
and causing a Broken Armor state
New Blessings to aid you in battle
The ability for the player to sell multiple weapons at once
Nintendo is committed to bringing new content to Fire Emblem Warriors,
and this free software update is a fun (and free!) first step. Starting
in December, the first of three paid DLC packs will launch for the game,
with the second and third packs launching in February and March,
A Season Pass, which includes all three DLC packs as they become
available, can be purchased for $19.99. By purchasing the Season Pass
for either the Nintendo Switch or New Nintendo 3DS version, you will
also receive a bridal costume for Lucina. (The bridal costume can only
be received by purchasing the Season Pass.) Each DLC pack adds three new
playable characters, three new history maps, additional costumes,
additional support conversations and additional weapons, and can also be
purchased individually for $8.99 each.
For more information about Fire Emblem Warriors, visit http://fireemblemwarriors.nintendo.com/.