John Biggs

John Biggs

Biggs is the East Coast Editor of TechCrunch.

Biggs has written for the New York Times, InSync, USA Weekend, Popular Mechanics, Popular Science, Money and a number of other outlets on technology and wristwatches. He is the former editor-in-chief of Gizmodo.com and lives in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. You can Tweet him here and G+ him here. Email him directly at john@techcrunch.com.

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  • A Long Walk Through Startup Alley At Disrupt London

    A Long Walk Through Startup Alley At Disrupt London

    In part 500 of our continuing series featuring some of the most amazing startups on Earth, we present my endless walk through Startup Alley at Disrupt London. Given the terror associated with a large, inebriated man approaching you from all directions with a microphone, I’m pleased to note that everyone at the event was able to pitch with a professionalism that’s rare even in… Read More

  • The ChronodeVFD Resurrects Old Displays For A Cool New Watch

    The ChronodeVFD Resurrects Old Displays For A Cool New Watch

    I am, as you may know, a sucker for watches that use older display technologies (see also Nixie tubes). For example, this cool watch by freelance engineer John De Cristofaro uses a vacuum fluorescent display tube, an early form of digital display that cast a bright blue light and was first used in 1980s-era electronics. They will be familiar to folks who owned Subarus with digital displays… Read More

  • Myriam Joire AKA tnkgrl Is Out At Pebble

    Myriam Joire AKA tnkgrl Is Out At Pebble

    Myriam Joire, evangelist for the wearables company Pebble, has been fired from her position. She was Tech Evangelist at the company and spoke at a number of events, including an event in Amsterdam and another in London this week. “Wow! I just found out that I’m no longer with Pebble,” she said in a tweet. Read More

  • Japanese Hobbyists Build A Working Transformer

    Japanese Hobbyists Build A Working Transformer

    Eee-urrk-urrk-urrk-urk! A pair of Japanese hobbyists have built a transforming robot that can walk or, when in sports car form, drive around autonomously. It’s called the J-deite Quarter and is four feet tall. The goal, apparently, is to make a full-sized transformer… just because they can. The team consists of Kenji Ishida and Wataru Yoshizaki of Brave Robotics and Asratec. The… Read More

  • Researchers Want To Send Us To The Moon Using Robots And Oculus Rift

    Researchers Want To Send Us To The Moon Using Robots And Oculus Rift

    A researcher at Carnegie Mellon University, Daniel Shafrir, and his team want to do something incredible: they want to send a rover to the moon and then let us, the Earthlings, control it and look out of its stereoscopic cameras as it tumbles around that barren alien rock. The researchers are working to win a $30 million prize from Google to beam video back from the moon. The team, called… Read More

  • Join Me Tomorrow In Krakow

    Join Me Tomorrow In Krakow

    I’ll be speaking at an event held by Geek Girls Carrots Crakow, a group of amazing programmers who are working to bring everyone onto the STEM wagon. The event will be held at Przemys┼éowa 12 in Krakow, Poland at 7pm. You can sign up here. I’ll also be attending and judging AGHacks, the biggest student Hackathon in Poland. This event will include “DARMOWE JEDZENIE I… Read More

  • Hardware Alley Pt. 3

    A Random Walk Through Hardware Alley

    Where else in the world can you see a 3D printer named after a simian, a 2000-core super chip, and an inexpensive hearing test in the same room? Hardware Alley at Disrupt London, that’s where. I love visiting the hardware booths at Disrupt and this event was no exception. Everyone had some amazing hardware that worked in amazing ways and I was able to visit nearly all of the companies on… Read More

  • Carvey Is A Powerful CNC Machine For The Rest Of Us

    Carvey Is A Powerful CNC Machine For The Rest Of Us

    Robotic CNC machines – cutting systems that use spinning tools to swipe through metal, wood, and plastic – are cool but ugly. Most of them are as big as a fridge and designed to carve out objects in a few minutes but none will sit quietly on your desk and do its business with aplomb and elegance. Now, however, there’s Carvey. Carvey is the Form 1 of CNC. Designed to be a… Read More

  • Japanese 3D-Printed Gun Maker Is Sentenced To Two Years In Jail

    Japanese 3D-Printed Gun Maker Is Sentenced To Two Years In Jail

    Yoshitomo Imura, an employee at the Shonan Institute of Technology in Japan, was arrested last may for printing and firing a 3D-printed gun called the ZigZag. He printed three guns in total and was arrested for running afoul of Japan’s strict gun laws. The prosecutors warned that Imura’s actions were a threat and felt he was “flaunting” his skill. They… Read More

  • Zap Puts Ads On Top Of Taxi Cabs As They Scoot Around Town

    Zap Puts Ads On Top Of Taxi Cabs As They Scoot Around Town

    Unlike startups Zoom, Pow, Zing, and Schwongooza, Turkish startup Zap is trying to disrupt the on-taxi advertising market. By placing bright LED signs on the top of standard cabs, the company aims to turn dead space into a lucrative advertising spot for drivers and fleets. Founded by Yigit Kipman, Ahmet Bati and Emrecan Bati, the company has received a $100,000 grant to expand through Europe… Read More

  • Skin Buttons Are Working Buttons Projected Onto The Skin

    Skin Buttons Are Working Buttons Projected Onto The Skin

    The folks at Carnegie Mellon’s Future Interfaces Group have made something really cool. Essentially, they are using small lasers to paint icons onto your skin through the bottom of a watch. The icons are touch sensitive and can be projected in any shape. The team consists Gierad Laput, Robert Xiao, Xiang Chen, Scott E. Hudson, and Chris Harrison, researchers at CMU’s… Read More

  • The Super-Slim Kindle Voyage Is A Great Travel Companion

    The Super-Slim Kindle Voyage Is A Great Travel Companion

    In 1935, Sir Allen Lane and V. K. Krishna Menon founded Penguin Books, a company dedicated to producing high-quality, small-format paperback books for the world market. These small, well-made little books introduced some amazing fiction, philosophy, classical thought and spiritualism to a hungry audience, and the low price made it easy to build a library of amazing titles that could fit into… Read More

  • #GamerGate Is The Future Of Troll Politics

    #GamerGate Is The Future Of Troll Politics

    I’ve refrained from talking about GamerGate because the entire thing has been so baffling. The hysteria and name-calling seemed counter-productive and, as a veteran of many flame wars (see BlackBerry, Notion Ink, and Palm) I saw all the signs of a tempest in a teapot that was run through forums and IRC channels and dedicated to putting down dissenting views in favor of… Read More

  • Autonomous Boats Are Helping The Navy Swarm On Threats

    Autonomous Boats Are Helping The Navy Swarm On Threats

    I rarely like to focus on military robots but this video is fascinating. It talks about the SWARM program, a system for controlling multiple boats in a body of water and ensuring they don’t crash into each other and can easily swarm on another ship as needed. These boats, which are connected via software called Control Architecture for Robotic Agent Command and Sensing, can be armed but… Read More

  • Bag Week: Daame Bags

    Bag Week: Daame Bags

    While I can’t say that Daame Bags are the best daame bags we’ve tested (see what I did there?), I can say that they are definitely an interesting rethinking of the women’s laptop bag. We tested two types – a wide leather laptop tote and other 13-inch model. I showed both of these to a human woman, my wife, who said that she liked the elegant and spare design but noted… Read More

  • Watch These Tiny Robots As They Fly Well With Others

    Watch These Tiny Robots As They Fly Well With Others

    The quadccopters at the University of Pennsylvania GRASP Lab are truly trained to follow the golden robot rule: fly with others as you’d fly with yourself. Thanks to researchers Yash Mulgaonkar, Gareth Cross and Vijay Kumar, we can see how close these little flying robots are to their noble goal. Read More

  • Bag Week: The Nomadic WT-18 Wise-Walker Toto

    Bag Week: The Nomadic WT-18 Wise-Walker Toto

    Can true bag pleasure be had for $81? I think so. I’ve fallen in love with Nomadic brand bags over the years and I would like to tell you about the Nomadic WT-18 Wise Walker Toto, a Japanese bag sold by JetPens that is just about amazing. I’ve used many Nomadic bags over the years and this is the second time I’ve featured Nomadic in bag week. This bag I actually received as… Read More

  • The Zortrax M200 Is The Underdog 3D Printer That Could Make It To The Big Leagues

    The Zortrax M200 Is The Underdog 3D Printer That Could Make It To The Big Leagues

    We’ve been following Zortrax for years. This small Polish upstart gathered some interesting PR when they first launched and they’ve built a few solid 3D printers after creating a burgeoning 3D printer part business in Central Europe. Now, however, it seems they’re all grown up. Basics Prints in ABS 7.87 x 7.87 x 7.28 ” build area Includes software Wi-Fi… Read More

  • Join Me In Wroclaw And Krakow Next Week

    Join Me In Wroclaw And Krakow Next Week

    As you prepare for your flight to London for TC Disrupt I will encourage you – nay, implore you – to join me in Wroclaw and Krakow before and after the main event in the UK. I will be speaking at TechSaturdays in Wroclaw on Saturday, October 18 where we’ll hold a small pitch-off. The winner will get a Start-up Alley table at TC Disrupt in any city (including London if you… Read More

  • The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Is A Nearly Perfect Mini Tablet

    The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Is A Nearly Perfect Mini Tablet

    Like the great zeppelins of old, nobody expected the Galaxy Note to fly. The phones were too big, the embedded stylus too silly. I reminded us all of the bad old days when PIMs were black and white and bulky. But Samsung persevered and Apple followed suit and now we enter the era of the phablet, a time of strange portents and weird UIs. A time where a phone that makes all other phones seem… Read More

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