Tech Tuesday: Desktops could be built in Austin



Posted on October 15, 2013 at 10:27 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 16 at 11:21 AM

AUSTIN -- It’s official: the desktop is not dead. At least that's what one Austin company is banking on.

Flextronics is headquartered in northwest Austin. KVUE’s news partner the Austin-American Statesman reports that the company wants to build the next generation desktop computer.

Flextronics says it has already created more than 800 jobs for the project and could nearly double that.

Apple recently announced plans to build Mac desktops in Texas. However, there is no word on whether the Flextronics announcement is related.

Many Americans spend a large amount of time on social media and on their websites these days.

Two PhD students at Massachusetts Institute of Technology have invented a solution. The students realized they wasted more than 50 hours a week on Facebook, combined.

That is why they invented Pavlov's Poke. The software and keyboard rest has two conductive pads.

If you get the urge to visit a tagged website, the system will zap. See the video -- here.

A company called Boston Dynamics is working with The U.S. Department of Defense to build a robot that runs fast on all types of terrain.

The company released a YouTube video of the futuristic four-legged creature called Wildcat.

Wildcat can gallop and jump. So far, it has reached speeds of up to about 16 miles per hour. See the video -- here.

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