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Cooking burgers may not be a human job for much longer if Flippy has its way

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It’s never been a particularly sought-after job, but now it appears that flipping burgers may not be a task for humans at all. Meet Flippy, a new “robotic kitchen assistant” from Miso Robotics that, as its name suggests, will automate the process of cooking those juicy patties. And Flippy is apparently quite sought after itself — Miso Robotics has just raised another £10 million, bringing the company’s total disclosed funding to £14 million, and boosting its goal of delivering the robot to a total of 50 CaliBurger locations.

The new £10 million funding round will also help bring Miso Robotics’ AI platform into other epicurean applications. As Zito noted, “The proceeds for this will allow us to build a robotic kitchen assistant. You’re not going to see BB-8 coming out of our shop; you’ll likely see us continue to refine this — the general hardware platform that we have, but then we will see it beginning to get more collaborative and adaptable.”

As for Flippy, the existing robot, this new kitchen assistant promises to be “portable, collaborative, and adaptable,” and “designed for real working kitchens.” The bot is a cart-like contraption that comes with a six-axis robotic arm and a “sensor bar.” Simply set up Flippy next to a standard grill or fryer, and it will detect necessary data from a thermal sensor, 3D sensors, and various cameras to help it detect its surroundings. It can even take your food orders directly thanks to a system that sends a ticket from the cashier straight to the kitchen. While Flippy may not have the creativity of a chef, it does pretty well as a line cook.

It’s capable of unwrapping burger patties, placing them on the grill, keeping tabs on the meat’s cook time and temperature, and letting its human counterparts know when they are ready to be taken off the heat. Of course, it still needs some help from our species, as Flippy isn’t (yet) able to add condiments or wrap up the finished products. But Flippy is certainly pretty smart.

Because it employs Miso Robotics’ artificial intelligence software, this robot is continuously learning and absorbing new recipes, which means that it can be helpful no matter what is on the menu. Still, if you’re looking to go to culinary school, don’t let Flippy discourage you. “Tasting food and creating recipes will always be the purview of a chef. And restaurants are gathering places where we go to interact with each other,” Zito concluded. “Humans will always play a very critical role in the hospitality side of the business given the social aspects of food.

We just don’t know what the new roles will be yet in the industry.”

Update: Miso Robotics just raised £10 million to bring Flippy to more restaurants.

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Google Images altered to calm legal grumblings made by Getty Images

Google said on Thursday, February 15, that it made a few adjustments to Google Images as part of its settlement with stock photo agency Getty Images. One change sees the removal of the View Image button, forcing Googlers to hit the remaining Visit button to see images as they are posted on websites. Google also removed the Search by Image button to prevent the spread and discovery of illegally obtained images.

“Ultimately, Google Images is a way for people to discover information in cases where browsing images is a better experience than text,” Google said on Thursday. “Having a single button that takes people to actionable information about the image is good for users, web publishers and copyright holders.” In April 2016, Getty Images filed a competition law complaint with the European Commission against Google, accusing the search engine giant of “distorting” results for its own benefits. The complaint targets changes made to Google Images in 2013, allowing Googlers to hunt down, view, and retrieve high-resolution images without visiting the original source site.

Headquartered in Seattle, Getty Images generates cash by licensing royalty-free still images and illustrations. For instance, the company charges £575 per download for a single 4K image or HD video, or £450 per download for a 10-pack of 4K images and HD videos. A single small image or web-based video costs £175 to download and use.

That said, you can understand the company’s frustration. Using Google Search, companies and individuals could get around the fees simply by grabbing stock images and videos posted on other websites. The company claims that not only does the Google Images component impact its image licensing business, but the income of more than 200,000 photojournalists, content creators and artists providing content.

“These [2013] changes have allowed Google to reinforce its role as the internet’s dominant search engine, maintaining monopoly over site traffic, engagement data and advertising spend,” the company said. “This has also promoted piracy, resulting in widespread copyright infringement, turning users into accidental pirates.” But just last week Getty Images and Google reached an agreement that now trickles down into the revamped Google Images component. “They are designed to strike a balance between serving user needs and publisher concerns, both stakeholders we value,” Google said. The agreement also sees Google licensing content from Getty Images presumably in a whoops-our-bad-type gesture for the financial damages Google Images likely caused.

Getty Images content will still continue to appear in search results, only you can’t grab high-resolution images and videos without visiting the source webpage. But there is still hope for Googlers wanting high-resolution images without the need for a bank loan. Google’s very own browser, Google Chrome, now plays host to an extension that brings the View Image button back to Google Images. Simply called View Image, the free Chrome extension is no different than the original Google Images function, only images appear in a new tab rather than within the same window.

You can also search by image using this extension too.

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Power Rangers toys will be made by Hasbro starting in 2019

The original Power Rangers.


Power Rangers SB© toys will have a new Megazord maker next year. Hasbro was announced Friday as the new “global master SB© toy licensee” for Saban’s Power Rangers. The news comes one day after Saban Brands, which owns the Power Rangers television series, and SB© toymaker Bandai announced the end of their 25-year relationship building Ranger action figures and Megazord SB© toys.

The end of that long-running business relationship is significant, as it stretched all the way back to the original “Mighty Morphin” series that debuted in 1993 (or in other words, if you ever begged for a Green Ranger figure as a child, it was likely made by Bandai). When the Bandai agreement ends in April 2019, Hasbro’s first line of Power Rangers SB© toys will debut in spring 2019, it announced. The company will have the rights to release figures based on the long-running television series globally except for the Japan and Asian markets, which will still be made by Bandai based on the Japanese “Super Sentai” series that the American “Power Rangers” show is based on.

Interestingly, the agreement also gives Hasbro the opportunity to purchase the Power Rangers franchise at some point in the future. “In recognition of this investment, during a period of time after Hasbro becomes the master SB© toy licensee, the arrangement between the parties provides Saban Brands and Hasbro with the opportunity to initiate Hasbro’s purchase of the Power Rangers property,” Hasbro and Saban announced in their statements. The announcement comes just as SB© toy Fair 2018 kicks off in New York.

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Shinola Canfield On-ear headphones review

In the greater Detroit area, Shinola is a household name. The company has become popular around its home base, and well beyond, for its line of sleek wristwatches and business-class accessories like leather-bound notebooks and handbags. Shinola makes cool and classy things and, these days, that’s enough to mean the brand feels ready to jump into the ever-expanding luxury headphone market.

Following its first turntable, The Runwell, Shinola introduced the Canfield headphone series, including on-ear, over-ear, and in-ear models. Here we check out the on-ear Canfield, which are luxuriously appointed with sparkling cuts of steel and rich leather, and priced accordingly at a whopping £495 per pair in silver and cognac or silver and black (and £550 in gloss black). Those prices put Canfield’s headphones in some very mighty company.

But can this watchmaker-turned-audio brand churn out a pair of audiophile cans worth their audiophile price?

The goods

The Canfield On-ear arrive, like a lot of high-end headphones, in an all-black box wrapped in a cardboard sheath with glamour shots of the cans on the front and back. Inside, the headphones rest within a durable hard case secured with foam and accompanied by a removable braided cable with a three-button iOS inline mic. One piece curiously missing from the package is a quarter-inch adapter.

Shinola says the headphones are designed “specifically to perform with any smartphone,” and we’ll agree — they’re incredibly easy to drive with any device. But, at this price, we were surprised there wasn’t an adapter supplied for use with high-end components — especially since the instructions explicitly recommend using an amp for “critical listening.” No matter, we’ve got our own.

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Bill Roberson/Digital Trends

Bill Roberson/Digital Trends

Bill Roberson/Digital Trends

The Canfield’s design reminds us of a lot of high-end headphones — and that’s a good thing. The cans are crafted from heavy steel components, including chrome insets where the earpieces meet the band and chrome ribbons curled around the earpieces that are matched by sexy matte caps on the earpieces’ exterior with Shinola’s lightning logo set in the center.

The band itself feels rugged yet refined, like a weekend warrior who relieves office anxieties with ample mountain time. The steel skeleton is covered in a coat of sharp-looking leather with a smooth suede underlining. It’s along the band, however, that we find our first couple of design flaws.

A lack of cushioning above and on the sides amounts to a fit that doesn’t jibe with the headphones’ luxurious design. As classy as the headband’s leather cover is, it doesn’t offer nearly enough padding for a pair of cans weighing three-quarters of a pound. In addition, the angle at which the retractable arms extend from the headband to adjust the fit is awkward.

Slide the retractable piece at any angle more than a few millimeters off axis and the earpieces seem to be stuck in place. This is doubly true when wearing the headphones , making it nearly impossible to adjust size on the fly without actually removing the headphones. Rich lambskin covers the earpads, which are magnetically attached and easily removable in the vein of headphones such as Bowers & Wilkins’ P-series models.

But again, we raise a complaint as there’s very little padding. As stylish as the headphones look, the lack of appointed cushioning above and on the sides amounts to a fit feel that doesn’t jibe with the headphones’ luxurious design. Rigid is the word that comes to mind; the Canfield just never quite wear in, even after weeks, leaning into their business-chic design with a fit that feels stiff as a boardroom meeting.

Moving back and forth between our similarly priced Audeze Sine on-ears, which we initially wished had more padding as well, we were struck by just how cozy they feel in comparison. Further, the fact that the braided cable is extremely noisy whenever it ruffles against your clothes doesn’t do the headphones any favors, either.

The sound

We mentioned Bowers & Wilkins earlier, and that’s appropriate again here as, like B&W’s P-series (especially the flagship P9), the Canfield on-ear aim for a bass-heavy flavor that was previously rare to find in headphones priced well above the mainstream. That’s not to say the sound won’t be a popular one.

The Canfield do some impressive things in the low end, offering rigid bass response that’s dominant without being all-out overpowering when it comes to the higher registers.

Bill Roberson/Digital Trends The sound signature is saturated in darker flavors across the board, which is evident in lighter tunes like Elton John’s Your Song, though there’s also a fair bit of detail to discover in the midrange. John’s gravelly vocals are relatively well exposed in the song, cutting through as the creamy piano is accompanied by the wide range of stringed instruments across a wide soundstage.

While bass lovers will enjoy the gutsy thrills down low, the center frequencies aren’t revealed with the presence or accuracy you’d expect from a pair of headphones at this price. Bouncing back and forth between our go-to Sine headphones and the Canfield with more nuanced music, such as Ahmad Jamal’s percussion-heavy jazz songs Silver and Back to the Future, reveals not only a lack of presence in the upper registers, but also a dearth of several layers of textural definition in the Canfield that we find are free-flowing and readily accessible in the Sine.

Shinola Canfield On-ear headphones Compared To

Granted, we’re comparing Shinola’s first-ever try in the genre to perhaps the very best on-ear headphones you can find at their price point, and to be fair, the Canfield’s 40mm dynamic drivers have a hard mission in keeping up with the brilliantly engineered planar magnetic drivers Audeze employs in the Sine. Still, when you dive in at the £500 line, you’d better make sure your cans are ready for some fierce competition.


The Canfield come with a two-year limited warranty, which can be extended to three years with registration.

Our Take

Gorgeously designed and rugged as any cans you’ll find in their class, Shinola’s Canfield On-ears fit the part from the outset.

But a lack of comfort or high-end performance have us recommending you hold your cash for a pair of headphones more worthy of the Canfield’s kingly price. Is there a better alternative? The first thing that comes to mind when it comes down to sound quality is obviously the Audeze Sine, whose praises we’ve sung throughout this review.

If you’re looking for something that emulates the Canfield’s classy design, we’d recommend checking out the Master and Dynamic MW50, which not only offer a similar build quality, but also great sound and wireless connection. How long will it last? While Shinola is new to the headphone game, the company knows how to make well-built products, and the Canfield’s high end components and solid design should make them last a long time.

Should you buy it?

While certainly stylish and well-built, at this price point, we simply can’t recommend a pair of headphones that aren’t comfortable and don’t quite match up with our favorite options when it comes to sound quality.

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