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. CrunchBase profile →

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  • Makerbot Releases Zee, A Blank Canvas For Artists

    Makerbot Releases Zee, A Blank Canvas For Artists

    Not content with selling the best-selling consumer 3D printer on the market, Makerbot is working hard to become a force in just-in-time design and alternative art. Zee is a small figure inspired by paintable toys like Kid Robot’s Munny, Zee is designed to be printed out and decorated. It is available on Makerbot’s digital store for 99 cents. Zee is part of Makerbot’s effort… Read More

  • Watch A Thousand Micro Robots Self-Assemble Into Wild Shapes

    Watch A Thousand Micro Robots Self-Assemble Into Wild Shapes

    The madmen at Harvard have finally done it: they’ve simulated real life swarms with tiny robots, thereby bringing the coming robot apocalypse that much closer. Or maybe they just created some really cool proof-of-concept robotic self-assembly systems. Either way, what you’re seeing is a set of a thousand “kilobots” that can self-assembled into shapes and patterns. The… Read More

  • AirEnergy Is An Upgradable Wind Turbine You Can Keep In A Backpack

    AirEnergy Is An Upgradable Wind Turbine You Can Keep In A Backpack

    Have you ever wanted to become a self-sufficient hermit, living off the grid and generating all your own energy? Well you can stop drying out and burning your number-twos because here comes AirEnergy 3D. This Polish crowdfunding project is a compact, portable, and upgradable wind turbine that consists of blades and a base station. Created by the folks at Omni3D, a 3D printer manufacturer… Read More

  • DISH TV Now Accepts Bitcoin Payments

    DISH TV Now Accepts Bitcoin Payments

    Another day, another major corporation accepting BTC. This time it’s DISH TV, a satellite TV provider that is working with Coinbase to accept bitcoin payments online. Why is this news? Well, considering Overstock is now accepting $15,000 a day in Bitcoin sales, there is clearly some demand for paying for goods and services in cryptocurrency. Is this a gimmick on DISH’s part… Read More

  • Onename.io Aims To Streamline Bitcoin Transactions

    Onename.io Aims To Streamline Bitcoin Transactions

    If you wanted to send me bitcoin right now you could either type in ‘1JPrpxRagtzuzY4KWCNV2hBhybqyaTrVwA’ or just look for “johnbiggs” on Onename. That’s what two Princeton grads are hoping you’ll do, anyway. Onename.io was founded by Muneeb Ali and Ryan Shea, two engineers who thought they could fix bitcoin transactions. The goal is simple: to offer a… Read More

  • Pour Your Pellets Into The Sculptify David For Some 3D Printing

    Pour Your Pellets Into The Sculptify David For Some 3D Printing

    Most home 3D printing systems use a few basic tools to build objects. First you have a build plate and an extruder. A motor pulls plastic filament through a heated nozzle and squeezes it out, slowly but surely creating layer after layer until you have a 3D-printed Pokemon knock-off. But specialized filament is comparatively expensive, and the raw resource from which it’s made… Read More

  • The End (Of Hardware Alley Submissions) Is Nigh

    The End (Of Hardware Alley Submissions) Is Nigh

    We need you at Hardware Alley. But we’re about to shut down submissions. You need to get cracking. We want you there. So maybe get a ticket? Or ask me for a free one if you’re bootstrapping? Either way, let’s do this thing. Remember: It’s a great time. You get to meet great founders and VCs, and I’d love to meet you. Hardware is my favorite thing in the world… Read More

  • The Enactive Torch Is A Sensor That Helps The Blind “See”

    The Enactive Torch Is A Sensor That Helps The Blind “See”

    A new type of sensor could help the blind “see” objects in front of them. Called the Enactive Torch, the device sends out infrared signals which enable the user to sense nearby objects, thanks to a small buzzer attached to the wrist which alerts them if they’re about to crash into a door frame or wall. Think of it as a cane on steroids. Created by Luis Favela, Tom Froese… Read More

  • The Das Keyboard 4 Is The Hacker’s Choice

    The Das Keyboard 4 Is The Hacker’s Choice

    One of the defining images of the cyberpunk movement of the 1980s and 90s was William Gibson’s cyberspace decks. Although never explicitly described, they seemed to be something like a self-contained keyboard with electrode leads hanging off and a sometimes unmarked keyboard that hackers used to jack into the Matrix. I remember running around in my parents’ basement with my… Read More

  • Getting Orwell Wrong

    Getting Orwell Wrong

    I was ready to come to Amazon’s defense (and I will, eventually). In their long letter to the writing community, they made some excellent points. They inflamed our passions, gave us historical context for our discontent, and then quoted none other than George Orwell on the disruptive nature of paperbacks and the need for evil publishers to crack down on upstart, low-priced alternatives. Read More

  • An Interview With Josh Garza, CEO Of GAW Miners, On His $1 Million Purchase Of BTC.com

    An Interview With Josh Garza, CEO Of GAW Miners, On His $1 Million Purchase Of BTC.com

    On Monday GAW Miners CEO Josh Garza announced the purchase of BTC.com for $1 million. The domain, which now points to a landing page, is to be a beachhead on the war to make bitcoin a household name and, like sex.com before it, the purchase garnered a lot of attention. But why BTC.com? And why $1 million? I spoke with Garza about his purchase. TC: $1 Million, huh? Where’d you get all… Read More

  • TurboRoo Wants You To Come To Hardware Alley

    TurboRoo Wants You To Come To Hardware Alley

    Little TurboRoo and I want to see you in San Francisco for Disrupt SF 2014, our annual celebration of all things startup. It’s a great time. You get to meet great founders and VCs, and I’d love to meet you. Hardware is my favorite thing in the world and you’re some of my favorite people. What is Hardware Alley? It’s a celebration of hardware startups (and other cool… Read More

  • TurboRoo, The Chihuahua With No Front Legs, Can Walk Again Thanks To 3D Printing

    TurboRoo, The Chihuahua With No Front Legs, Can Walk Again Thanks To 3D Printing

    Is there any cute animal 3D printing can’t save? Just look at TurboRoo, a tiny Chihuahua born without front legs, who has been given a new “leash” on life thanks to a Makerbot and a 3D designer from 3dyn. Mark Deadrick, president of 3dyn, saw TurboRoo’s call for wheels on the Internet and designed a small wheeled cart, estimating the size from online photos. He printed… Read More

  • Visiting The Bitcoin Bodega

    Visiting The Bitcoin Bodega

    Far from the glitz of the older Las Vegas strip, past a ragged Travelodge, and next to a smoke shop is a small bodega offering t-shirts, flip flops, and two sixteen-ounce bottles of suds for $5. It also has a Robocoin bitcoin ATM, the first on the Strip. Read More

  • Stratasys Sales Surged This Quarter Thanks To The Power Of Home 3D Printing

    Stratasys Sales Surged This Quarter Thanks To The Power Of Home 3D Printing

    Stratasys announced some impressive second quarter numbers today, noting that the company saw $178.46 million in revenue this quarter compared to $156.61 million last quarter. Profit also rose from $18 million last year to $27.99 million this year. That’s huge. To what does Stratasys owe this pleasure? Makerbot. After buying the company for $403 million last year, the high-end 3D… Read More

  • Squishy, Lego-Like Blocks Could Build The Robots Of The Future

    Squishy, Lego-Like Blocks Could Build The Robots Of The Future

    Imagine a biomimetic robot that can inflate itself, bend at odd angles, and channel liquids through itself in any direction. That’s what scientists at Harvard University have created. By using squishy little Lego blocks with channels built-in, a team at Harvard has created robots can move like slugs or snakes. For example, when you close the channels the robots expand and move and when… Read More

  • White-Hat Hackers Create A Service To Save Files Hacked By CryptoLocker Malware

    White-Hat Hackers Create A Service To Save Files Hacked By CryptoLocker Malware

    CryptoLocker is some nasty stuff. It is a type of malware that, when run, begins encrypting your entire disk and then requests a certain fraction of a bitcoin to decrypt it. The software began circulated in 2013 and researchers believe that the number of victims is well in the six figures at this point. According to Brian Krebs, security companies FireEye and Fox-IT have teamed up to offer… Read More

  • Vogogo Raises $8.5 Million To Bring Crypto Payments To The US, EU

    Vogogo Raises $8.5 Million To Bring Crypto Payments To The US, EU

    Vogogo isn’t a new company. The payments processor has been around for about 13 years and is currently processing $75 million in payments in the last 10 months from their Calgary headquarters. Now they’ve raised $8.5 million to help bring their expertise in payments and cryptocurrency to the U.S. Cormark Securities Inc. led the round which included Salman Partners Inc., Clarus… Read More

  • SocialTables, A Collaborative Event-Planning Service, Raises $8 Million Series A

    SocialTables, A Collaborative Event-Planning Service, Raises $8 Million Series A

    DC-based SocialTables has announced its latest raise, an $8 million Series A round led by Bessemer Venture Partners with Thayer Ventures joining. The company previously raised $1.6 million to help streamline event planning with collaborative tools. Founded by Dan Berger, a programmer and event-planner, we’ve been following this company since 2012 when I was impressed by their clever… Read More

  • Timex And Qualcomm Team Up To Make A Smartwatch For Fitness Freaks

    Timex And Qualcomm Team Up To Make A Smartwatch For Fitness Freaks

    There are a few things everyone knows about smartwatches right now. First, you must have an e-ink screen. Second you have to use them with a phone nearby. Third, they’re not very rugged. Timex and Qualcomm, however, have decided to blow those myths out of the water. Their new product, the Timex Ironman One GPS+, is a self-contained sports watch that allows for GPS location tracking… Read More