John Biggs

Biggs is a contributor for TechCrunch. He 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](http://twitter.com/johnbiggs).

Disclosures: John is an unpaid advisor to Riffle, a social books platform. John is CEO of Freeport Mobile, Inc. Bre Pettis, formerly of Makerbot, is an investor.

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  • PrintABowl 3D Prints Beautiful “Elevation” Devices For Your Pleasure

    PrintABowl 3D Prints Beautiful “Elevation” Devices For Your Pleasure

    If you enjoy a bit of the old Weed O’ Gandalf then you’re going to get a kick out of these smoking systems by PrintABowl. This company makes specially -designed smoking paraphernalia that is 3D printed using a ceramic molding method. While the bongs themselves aren’t 3D printed – that would be a bit difficult given the state of things – the molds used to make them… Read More

  • See You Tonight And Tomorrow At The New York Micro Meetups

    See You Tonight And Tomorrow At The New York Micro Meetups

    It’s that time of month again: micro meetup time. I’m holding two small meetups in Manhattan and Brooklyn: a mini pitch-off on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 and a BTC event on Thursday, January 14, 2016. These are informal affairs and to get the NYC startup world together in one place and eat pizza. You can RSVP here for the pitch-off and here for the BTC meetup. Attend one or both… Read More

  • This 3D-Printed Watch Doesn’t Tell Time Well But That Doesn’t Matter

    This 3D-Printed Watch Doesn’t Tell Time Well But That Doesn’t Matter

    Not unlike Ke$ha, things that go tick-tock are quite interesting and this 3D printed clock is no exception. This clock, actually a tourbillon with a going barrel, is unique in that the DIY plans are available for download and, as far as anyone can tell, you and your friends could be telling time on giant 3D-printed clocks in a few hours. There are a number folks doing similar things online but… Read More

  • TinyLab Is A Prototyping System In A Box

    TinyLab Is A Prototyping System In A Box

    What could be cooler than a name like “Bosphorus Mechatronics?” How about a little box that lets you connect almost anything to anything including wireless connections and rotary input. The board, which can be programmed from Windows or Linux and is called TinyLab, is a tinkerers dream with over 20 I/O and storage options as well as Arduino support. “Tinylab is especially… Read More

  • Original Stitch Raises $1.1 Million To Put The Shirt On Your Back

    Original Stitch Raises $1.1 Million To Put The Shirt On Your Back

    As a fan of clothing I find custom shirt services to be quite exciting. No longer must we be held back by societal rules about what color your collar must be or whether or not blue goes with orange plaid. That’s why Original Stitch is so cool and that’s why they raised $1.1 million from Inspire Ventures, NTT Docomo, and private investor Bill Lohse. No longer are we bound by the laws… Read More

  • MesoGlue Is A Metallic Glue That Replaces Hot Solder

    MesoGlue Is A Metallic Glue That Replaces Hot Solder

    If you’ve ever soldered or welded, you’ll know that things get pretty hot. MesoGlue intends to fix that. It’s a room-temperature metallic glue that lets you stick parts together with reckless abandon and electrical control. The most interesting part of the entire system is that it allows us to solder parts onto boards without heat which will lead to press-fit electronics… Read More

  • Watch An Apple IIc Boot Over 20 Years After It Was Last Turned Off

    Watch An Apple IIc Boot Over 20 Years After It Was Last Turned Off

    Digital archaeology is one of my favorite blog post forms. An avid X user from 198X resurrects an old system that he or she had used to create something amazing/build a business/write a game/or generally hack around. The resulting material – photos, video, and commentary – are priceless. Quinn Dunki has posted a truly amazing look inside her Apple IIc and a passel of disks she found… Read More

  • Why Bitcoin Can’t Help The Poorest – Yet

    Why Bitcoin Can’t Help The Poorest – Yet

    The term “financial inclusion” is a new buzzword in the fintech space. With the rise of services like Abra and MPesa, we are convinced that bitcoin is the solution to the problems of the unbanked. With bitcoin, we say, the house cleaner in Dubai can get her money home and the refugee can get his money over the border into a safer place. I’m even known to wax poetic about… Read More

  • MatterHackers Releases A Tablet That Lets You Design 3D Prints On The Go

    MatterHackers Releases A Tablet That Lets You Design 3D Prints On The Go

    Most 3D printer apps are fairly basic – mostly they’re used to monitor print jobs. MatterHackers has just released the MatterControl Touch T10, a 10-inch, $299 tablet that allows you to place items, edit them, and even print them on the fly using a powerful Android-powered tablet. Because the device is dedicated to 3D printing it can slide 3D models and around and resize them on… Read More

  • Harry Potter Books Head To Kindle And Nook After Pottermore Suffers Cruciatus Curse

    Harry Potter Books Head To Kindle And Nook After Pottermore Suffers Cruciatus Curse

    Whether you side with Hufflepuff or Slytherin, it sucked that you could only get Harry Potter ebooks from a special service called Pottermore… until now. The company has is now selling these books for $9 on the Kindle and Nook and for a very interesting reason: the goblins at Gringotts realized Pottermore didn’t have much money left. Harry Potter ebooks have long been part of… Read More

  • Join Me Next Week For Two Micro Meetups In New York

    Join Me Next Week For Two Micro Meetups In New York

    It’s that time of month again: micro meetup time. I’m holding two small meetups in Manhattan and Brooklyn: a mini pitch-off on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 and a BTC event on Thursday, January 14, 2016. These are informal affairs and to get the NYC startup world together in one place and eat pizza. You can RSVP here for the pitch-off and here for the BTC meetup. Attend one or both… Read More

  • Segway Made A Robot That Connects To Your Two-Wheeled Scooter

    Segway Made A Robot That Connects To Your Two-Wheeled Scooter

    Another day, another autonomous two-wheeled robot. Segway, the maker of two wheeled riding machines, has released something called the Segway Robot. This little robotic head connects to a standard Segway and adds an Intel RealSense RGB-D camera, speech recognition, and self-driving capabilities all powered by an onboard computer. It will also have an SDK so you can program your robot to do… Read More

  • Get You A Growler Of Brass Monkey On Demand With Hopsy

    Get You A Growler Of Brass Monkey On Demand With Hopsy

    We truly live in the future, friends. Food on demand. Love on demand. Uranium ore on demand. Now you’ve got growlers – essentially buckets – of beer on demand. This new app, created by Sebastien Tron, Andrew Perroy, and Bodie Paden, is called Hopsy and offers 32oz growlers of microbrew beers on demand. The company has raised $450,000 in pre-seed from angels and are looking to… Read More

  • Meet H. Moser & Cie., The Swiss Watch Company Apple Is Probably About To Sue

    Meet H. Moser & Cie., The Swiss Watch Company Apple Is Probably About To Sue

    Oh, Switzerland, you seem to have it all: fine chocolates, fondue, goats with bells around their necks. But what you don’t have is a sense of how to beat smartwatch makers without looking silly. To wit: meet the H. Moser & Cie. Swiss Alps watch (they probably meant the “alps” to be a play on “apple,” if you catch my drift.) This watch is supposed to be a… Read More

  • Router Company Luma Acquires A Smart Home Security Provider

    Router Company Luma Acquires A Smart Home Security Provider

    As routers get smarter we will expect them to do amazing things: protect our networks, filter bad stuff, and even make margaritas. But Luma, the fan favorite Wi-Fi router has bought Nodal Industries to help your router protect your home. Created by Marcus Eagan and Bruce Kleinman, Nodal raised $200,000 from 500 Startups and others before selling to Luma for an undisclosed sum. The team uses… Read More

  • Casio Releases An Android Wear Watch That You Can Beat Up

    Casio Releases An Android Wear Watch That You Can Beat Up

    Casio, the biggest name in rugged sports watches, has dipped a cautious toe into the smartwatch space with their new WSD-F10. This watch features a dual LCD/LED touchscreen and a battery life of about a day. It also features a rugged case and band in line with Casio’s Edifice and Protrek series of sports watches. It also features an internal altimeter, barometric pressure sensor, and… Read More

  • A Look Back At Some CES Hot Air

    A Look Back At Some CES Hot Air

    In 2006 I was “leading” a team of Gizmodo reporters at CES from my underground lair in deepest Brooklyn. My son had just been born in December and I decided to stay home so I’d chat with the team over Campfire and tell them to look at stuff. It rarely worked. But one thing got their attention: the Quantum Disk from the Atom Chip Corporation. The system was making waves because… Read More

  • Kodak Is Bringing Back Super 8

    Kodak Is Bringing Back Super 8

    If you’ve always wanted to shoot video using the tools your parents probably used to film each other naked then Yves Behar and Kodak have a product for you. Super 8 was a cartridge-based film standard that became surprisingly popular after its release in 1965. It has remained popular with vintage film buffs and now Eastman Kodak is working on a $400 to $750 Super 8 camera for the… Read More

  • Porsche Design Revs Up A Drive That Powers Your MacBook

    Porsche Design Revs Up A Drive That Powers Your MacBook

    CES is a time of bad photoshopping and the above image is a perfect example. That said, the product it hopes to sell is quite compelling. It’s basically a USB-C desktop hard drive that connects to and powers USB-C devices – primarily the new MacBook. Called the LaCie Porsche Design Desktop Drive, the drive has a single USB-C port and a power port. The USB-C simultaneously powers… Read More

  • The Griffin BreakSafe Brings MagSafe Back To The MacBook

    The Griffin BreakSafe Brings MagSafe Back To The MacBook

    If you have small children, pets, or drunken roommates you understand the value of MagSafe. These chargers woulds snap off and on magnetically without damaging your computer or port and they were amazingly great at saving your laptop from tipping onto the floor. But with the launch of the USB-C MacBook MagSafe seemed doomed – until now. This $40 cable adds magnets to your power cord… Read More

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