Happy New Year, and welcome to the latest edition of Fictiv’s Hardware Roundup! Read on for stories on AI in factories, production heaven, tin can openers, electric wire manufacturing, and more.
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The former head of Baidu and creator of the the Google Brain project project, Andrew Ng, is turning his focus to AI in factories with his new startup Landing.ai and is already working with Foxconn. [Via MIT Technology Review]
Boeing unveiled its MQ-25 electric drone for refuelling fighter jets midair; it can reach flight speeds of 345-460 miles per hour. [Via dezeen]
NASA unveiled its 2018 to-do list, which includes studying the inside of Mars, flying closer to the sun than ever before, and celebrating its 60th birthday.
Smart lock startup Otto suspended operations a month before it was supposed to ship its first device, and according to their CEO, the already-manufactured locks are sitting in a warehouse. [Via Slate] + 10 obsolete products that are still in mass production. [Via Foundry Mag]
Tin can openers have taken many different shape and forms; take a look at their 200-year evolution. [Via Ars Technica]