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](http://twitter.com/johnbiggs) and [G+ him](https://plus.google.com/u/0/102814019596965765116/posts) here. Email him directly at john@techcrunch.com. CrunchBase profile →

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  • Drone.VC Is A VC Fund For Flying, Swooping, And Zooming Robots

    Drone.VC Is A VC Fund For Flying, Swooping, And Zooming Robots

    While there are a few hardware-only funds and many funds will invest in drones if backed into a corner, Drone.VC looks to be the first fund that caters specifically to the robo set. Created by founder of Hacker Dojo, David Weekly, the fund is looking for backers to its syndicate on Angel List. Read More

  • The Baby Elephant Robot Can Carry A 220-Pound Human

    The Baby Elephant Robot Can Carry A 220-Pound Human

    Created by a team from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, the Baby Elephant is a quadrapedal robot that does something special: you can ride it like a large, slow horse, thereby ushering in the era of the robotic cowboy. Baby Elephant moves about one mile per hour, which is definitely not very fast, but the fact that it can handle nasty terrain with a rider is pretty darn cool. Read More

  • Formlabs Just Made One Of The Best 3D Printers Better

    Formlabs Just Made One Of The Best 3D Printers Better

    The Formlabs Form 1 just got better. The new model, called the Form 1+ (note that this isn’t the Form 2 because then it would be called the Form 1++ (heh, nerd humor)), is a tweaked Form 1 with a faster build time, nicer styling, and a better control system to ensure smoother prints. Read More

  • Comcast Is Turning The US Into Its Own Private Hotspot

    Comcast Is Turning The US Into Its Own Private Hotspot

    On paper it looks like a win-win: in the next few days, Comcast is quietly turning on public hotspots in its customers’ routers, essentially turning private homes into public hotspots. Comcast customers get free Wi-Fi wherever there is a Comcast box and the company gets to build out a private network to compete with telecoms. Win-win. Read More

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    New Bio-Sensor Draws Liquid Out From Under Your Skin To See If You’re Thirsty

    New Bio-Sensor Draws Liquid Out From Under Your Skin To See If You’re Thirsty

    As you may well know, plants (and humans) need electrolytes. Until now, however, we’ve had to trust our guts and go out and buy a bottle of Brawndo if we were feeling a little down. Fear not, however, because a new sensor will use micro needles to steal a bit of your precious bodily fluids in order to tell when you need to fuel up. Read More

  • The Open-Source Electronics Robot, The FirePick Delta, Could Bring Real Manufacturing To The Desktop

    The Open-Source Electronics Robot, The FirePick Delta, Could Bring Real Manufacturing To The Desktop

    Pick-and-place (PNP) machines are the robots that grab and drop tiny components onto circuit boards. Designed to make thousands of boards an hour, these super-fast machines are part of the multi-part ballet that is modern manufacturing. And they’re amazingly expensive – sometimes reaching into the millions of dollars. The Holy Grail, then, for the home-brew manufacturer is to build… Read More

  • The Strange Promise Of Everyday AI

    The Strange Promise Of Everyday AI

    In addition to the promise of flying cars and jetpacks, science fiction has taught us that we should have artificial intelligence by now. Sadly, the best we can do is a virtual 13-year-old that was able to fool a number of high-profile researchers (and Robert Llewellyn who played a robot on Red Dwarf) in the Turing Test. Where are our virtual assistants with superhuman powers of discernment? Read More

  • ISPs Create Fake Grassroots Groups To Fight Net Neutrality

    ISPs Create Fake Grassroots Groups To Fight Net Neutrality

    Right on cue, the big corporations who stand to lose the most from the treatment of Internet connectivity as a public utility are allegedly creating “grassroots” organizations that are really fronts for expensive lobbying operations. For example, one organization, Broadband for America, is funded almost entirely by the National Cable and Telecom Association. Vice has an… Read More

  • Watch Pepper, Softbank’s Humanoid Robot, Dance And Accept Glowing Balls

    Watch Pepper, Softbank’s Humanoid Robot, Dance And Accept Glowing Balls

    As we approach the singularity, I think it’s important to understand who will soon be changing our diapers, bringing us whiskey, and eventually enslaving us under a totalitarian robot rule. Meet Pepper. As you’ll recall, Pepper is a robot made by Aldebaran and will be sold by Softbank in Japan for about $2,000. Pepper can “read” emotions and moves his/her arms and head in… Read More

  • Sherlybox Creates A Network Storage System On Your Desk

    Sherlybox Creates A Network Storage System On Your Desk

    Personal cloud-like storage solutions are all the rage these days, what with the NSA reading our love letters and all, so desktop-based hard drives with some cloud smarts are a great way to get Dropbox-like performance with your own hardware. That’s where Sherlybox comes in. Sherlybox, created by the makers of software solution Sher.ly, is a small hard drive that connects to your network… Read More

  • Garmin Goes For A Biathlon With The Multifaceted Forerunner 15

    Garmin Goes For A Biathlon With The Multifaceted Forerunner 15

    As a long time runner, Garmin GPS watches are as beloved to me as a nice pair of trainers. I ran my first (and last) marathon with a Garmin watch that looked like a giant candy bar that had melted onto my wrist and have used their watches for years. That’s why I was interested in their latest offering, the Forerunner 15, a small, entry-level watch that looks more like a Timex Ironman than… Read More

  • Modio Lets Kids Make 3D Printable Monsters On Their iPads

    Modio Lets Kids Make 3D Printable Monsters On Their iPads

    I’ve seen a lot of design programs ostensibly marketed at kids, but none are as cool as Modio. Created by Hilmar Gunnarsson, an Icelandic entrepreneur, the system allows you to build Lego-like creatures that snap together and can be printed in multiple colors. Why is this so cool? Because each part sticks together like magic and you can change sizes, textures, and even colors on the fly. Read More

  • Hardware Hackers: I Want To See Your Battlefield Applications

    Hardware Hackers: I Want To See Your Battlefield Applications

    The past few Disrupts have been amazing for fans of hardware. From Lock8 to Monsieur, we’ve had some amazing startups appearing on stage alongside the software makers of the world and it’s clear that hardware is where it’s at. That’s why I need you to submit your hardware project to Disrupt. It’s a great platform, a great way to grab attention, and a great way… Read More

  • Radio Shack Teams Up With PCH International To Create A Retail Pipeline For Hardware Startups

    Radio Shack Teams Up With PCH International To Create A Retail Pipeline For Hardware Startups

    Electronics retailer Radio Shack is teaming up with hardware manufacturer and accelerator PCH International to bring 6 square-foot “Powered by PCH” retail spaces to stores in the United States. This area will feature hardware startups that work directly with PCH’s accelerator, PCH Access, to bring their products to retail after incubation. The partnership will be called… Read More

  • The iPhone-Controlled Visiobike Will Take You For A Ride

    The iPhone-Controlled Visiobike Will Take You For A Ride

    Zoom zoom! A Croatian company wants to put your butt onto a new kind of bike, a sort of electric/mechanical hybrid that uses battery assist to help you up the hills and includes an automatic transmission system that ensures you rarely have to use the battery. Called the Visiobike, the $5,303 bike is made of carbon fiber and has a dock for your phone. Special software gives you a… Read More

  • Low-Cost Hardware Merchant Monoprice Now Offers A $1,199 3D Printer

    Low-Cost Hardware Merchant Monoprice Now Offers A $1,199 3D Printer

    Monoprice, everyone’s favorite source for cheap $20-foot HDMI cables and other stuff that you don’t feel like going to Best Buy for, has just announced the availability of a new 3D printer, a dual extruder model that looks to be based on the original Makerbot Replicator. The $1,199 comes with two spools of PLA filament and has a 225 x 145 x 150 mm build volume. Read More

  • Is The Surface Pro 3 The Perfect Microsoft Laptop?

    Is The Surface Pro 3 The Perfect Microsoft Laptop?

    The Microsoft Surface has long been the embodiment of Microsoft’s ambitions for Windows 8.1. Now that the outrage against Microsoft and its efforts to move to a more modern touch interface has died down, it’s time for the company to finally prove that Windows makes sense and that Windows 8 is the only true successor to XP, like it or not. The new Surface Pro 3, then, shows just how… Read More

  • These Extra Arms Will Help You Lift Heavy Objects Like A Super Cyborg

    These Extra Arms Will Help You Lift Heavy Objects Like A Super Cyborg

    It’s hard out there for men and women who are not the multi-armed goddess of destruction and rebith, Kālikā. MIT researchers have created a pair of robotic arms that connect to your shoulders and give you another pair of pinchers to help you lift heavy objects, keep objects in place while you attach them overhead, or subjugate Lord Shiva with your power to both create and destroy. Read More

  • Asus Goes Nuts With Their Transformer V Dual-Boot Win8/Android Laptop

    Asus Goes Nuts With Their Transformer V Dual-Boot Win8/Android Laptop

    If you need a laptop that’s also a tablet that’s also a cellphone that’s also a Windows 8.1 machine that’s also an Android device, I think we found just the laptop for you. Dubbed the Asus Transformer V (as in “Five,” not vendetta) the device dual boots into Android instantly and has a little ZenFone stuck to the back of the screen, a feature that… Read More

  • The Bill Gates-Inspired Galactic Cap Will Protect Your Wang-Dang-Doodle

    The Bill Gates-Inspired Galactic Cap Will Protect Your Wang-Dang-Doodle

    As TechCrunch’s resident sex weirdo, I figured I might as well cover the Galactic Cap, a mini-condom that adheres the tip of the Fair Pink Vicar and allows you to visit Ye Olde Shoppe Of Curiosities without fear of issue. The project went live today on Indiegogo. Read More