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. Email him directly at john@techcrunch.com.

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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  • Oku Skin Care Sensor

    Oku Warns You Before You Get The Pizza Face

    If you’re like me, your face is a pock-marked mess, oozing with pus and fluids and endlessly painful. But there is hope for people like me. There is Oku. This little sensor can see through your skin to give you advice on skin care and can even tell you when your pimples are about to settle down and disappear. It costs $299 and connects to an iPhone app to assess your skin health. The… Read More

  • Introducing The Hardware Battlefield Finalists For 2015: Fogo Digital, Looksee, Peeple, Sutro, Voltera

    Introducing The Hardware Battlefield Finalists For 2015: Fogo Digital, Looksee, Peeple, Sutro, Voltera

    It’s been a long, hard battle here deep in the deserts of Las Vegas but the judges have chosen and we are ready to rock and roll. We are pleased to announce the finalists for the 2015 Hardware Battlefield in Las Vegas where 15 amazing companies vied for $50,000 and the coveted Metal Man statue. All the Hardware Battlefield companies did an amazing job and the judges were endlessly impressed. Read More

  • Slingshot Down the Strip with SCOTTYeVEST | CES 2015

    A Ride With The Pocket Man

    Scott Jordan has been a tech fixture for almost a decade. His company, ScotteVest, makes clothing for gadget lovers, feature pockets for almost everything including tablets, phones, water bottles, and even passports. Now he’s taking on a new persona, Pocket Man, and trying to help people follow their passion. While his adventure is a little self-promotional, he means well. He’s… Read More

  • Petnet Feeder For Pets

    Petnet Ensures Your Beasts Are Well-Fed

    Robotic pet-food dispensers are nothing new, but what happens when your robotic pet food dispenser is smarter than your pet. Petnet can help you find out. The system dispenses food automatically based on your preset schedule. You can even tell it which foods you’re serving Fido or Fidette, and it will dispense according to the animal’s diet. Read More

  • The Voltera V-One Makes Circuit Boards In Minutes

    The Voltera V-One Makes Circuit Boards In Minutes

    Building circuit boards is fun but difficult. While you could do it at home with a some etchant and some clear plastic, Voltera hopes to make the entire process much easier with their V-One circuit printer. The creators, James Pickard, Jesus Zozaya, and Alroy Almeida all studied Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Waterloo and got together to solve the problem of rapid… Read More

  • Indiegogo Launches InDemand, A Way To Sell On The Site After Crowdfunding Stops

    Indiegogo Launches InDemand, A Way To Sell On The Site After Crowdfunding Stops

    Indiegogo has just announced their InDemand feature, a sort of web shop for funded projects that allows creators to sell their wares after crowdfunding is complete. Essentially the platform allows users to sell pre-orders after crowdfunding and manage customers using the site’s platform. The service allows creators to raise additional funding and manage customer orders. It also uses… Read More

  • Quardio

    Qardio Releases A Connected Scale And Blood Pressure Cuff

    Qardio started out building medical heart sensors to improve health. Now they’re branching out into more accessible territory including connected scales and blood pressure cuffs. Called the QardioBase and QardioArm, the devices are designed to take your vital measurements and report on your health. The Base, thankfully, can even be put into “happy” mode that displays a happy… Read More

  • 3doodler Launches New 3D Drawing Pen

    The New 3Doodler 2.0 Is A Streamlined Plastic Squirting Machine

    When the first 3Doodler came out it was almost an instant hit. The pen-like plastic extruding system let anyone with a little creativity make fun 3D objects. Now the product just got better. The company has just announced a new version of the device, called the 3Doodler 2.0, on Kickstarter and they’ve already far surpassed their $30,000 goal. Read More

  • Watch This Man Fire His 3D-Printed Cornstarch Flamethrower

    Watch This Man Fire His 3D-Printed Cornstarch Flamethrower

    Ivan Owen is usually more of a pacifist. He’s well known for making prosthetics for kids but now he’s back with something slightly less cool but far more fun. He built his own 3D-printed cornstarch flamethrower using a battery-powered leaf blower, a hopper, and a propane torch. Called the The Conflagulator, it blows a cloud of cornstarch at the torch which lights it, turning it into… Read More

  • Philips Announces Multi-Room Speakers That Connect To Spotify

    Philips Announces Multi-Room Speakers That Connect To Spotify

    Don’t tell Taylor Swift! Philips has announced a set of speakers that connect directly to Spotify and allow you to move your queue to the speakers from your mobile device. The system also supports an adapter, pictured, that lets you use your own speakers to get some dulcet tones out of your Spotify queue. How does it work? Well, there’s a single button to bring up Spotify content. Read More

  • Garmin’s Fenix 3 Sports Watch Just Might Look Good With A Suit

    Garmin’s Fenix 3 Sports Watch Just Might Look Good With A Suit

    Garmin’s Fenix line is dark, brooding, and, in a way, beautiful. Their latest watch, the Fenix 3, joins that rebellious lineage with three new styles including a “Sapphire” model with real sapphire crystal face. The multi-sport device can record running and swimming as well as almost any outdoor activity including hiking and skiing. It has a large GPS antenna in the bezel… Read More

  • Join TechCrunch’s Big CES Adventure

    Join TechCrunch’s Big CES Adventure

    If you’re attending the show we want to see you. As in year’s past, TechCrunch will have a large broadcast tent in front of the Las Vegas Convention Center. You can’t miss it. There are LED panels all over it. Twice a day we will hold Hardware Battlefield where 15 startups will compete for $50,000 and the Metal Man trophy. You can watch the show live at the booth or here… Read More

  • U.K. Police Arrest Alleged Lizard Squad Hacker

    U.K. Police Arrest Alleged Lizard Squad Hacker

    Vinnie Omari, alleged member of the Lizard Squad, the hacking crew that took down both Xbox Live and the Playstation Network on Christmas, was arrested in Twickenham on December 31. Omari provided details to the Daily Dot regarding the arrest and the police issued a press release announcing the raid. From the release: The South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU) has arrested a… Read More

  • Montblanc Announces A Smart Bracelet For Your Fancy Watch

    Montblanc Announces A Smart Bracelet For Your Fancy Watch

    What did I tell you? In a last-ditch effort to save themselves, watchmakers are now turning to the band in order to ensure that timekeeping remains well in the realm of the mechanical. The new band, part of the Montblanc Timewalker Urban Speed collection, is a little metal screen that can receive notifications and messages. From A Blog To Watch: The e-Strap features a high-end leather… Read More

  • High Tech Or Hangover? Watch Quake On An Oscilloscope

    High Tech Or Hangover? Watch Quake On An Oscilloscope

    Head spinning? Stomach gurgling? Did you just drink a Bloody Mary just to find some respite from your pounding gulliver? Why not take a look at Pekka Väänänen’s project, an attempt to play Quake on a Hitachi V-422 oscilloscope. Why? Because if it can’t run Quake it’s not a true piece of technological hardware, that’s why. But it’s pretty hard. To get the machine… Read More

  • Comcast Customer Spends Four Hours Canceling His Account

    Comcast Customer Spends Four Hours Canceling His Account

    A Comcast user named Mike posted a portion of a four-hour call with the company to cancel his account. The resulting back and forth — full of long, pregnant pauses and corporate rigamarole — isn’t nearly as exciting as Ryan Block’s Kafkaesque hell: Mike’s story is about patience, perseverance and poorly trained customer service providers whereas Ryan’s… Read More

  • Matter and Form 3D Scanner | Hands On

    Matter And Form’s 3D Scanner Is Inexpensive And Promising

    At $600, the Matter and Form 3D Scanner is probably the cheapest 3D laser scanner on the market. While the system does require some tweaking to get great scans, I was quite pleased with the scanning results and, more important, thing this thing can stand up to the big boys in 3D scanning. Most 3D scanners use a turntable to rotate and scan objects. Like the impressive Makerbot Digitizer the… Read More

  • The Kairos T-Band Turns Your Dumb Watch Into A Smart Watch

    The Kairos T-Band Turns Your Dumb Watch Into A Smart Watch

    Another day, another wearable design. This time it’s something called the Kairos T-Band, a watch band that connects to your normal watch and enables all sorts of exciting things like step tracking and notifications. I’ve seen a few of these sorts of things over the past year – one company hid everything inside a nice leather band and didn’t include a screen – and… Read More

  • Thumb Typing Is Changing Our Brains

    Thumb Typing Is Changing Our Brains

    Smartphones are changing us, at least according to researchers at the Institute of Neuroinformatics of the University of Zurich. It seems that as we moved from phones with buttons – BlackBerrys and even feature phones – the parts of our brain associated with the thumbs are changing thanks to increased screen typing activity. Read More

  • Build Your Own DIY Raspberry Pi Minecraft Server

    Build Your Own DIY Raspberry Pi Minecraft Server

    As we approach the doldrums of winter what could be more cheerful than hours of incessant Minecrafting with you and your loved ones? While you can easily run a server on any computer (the program requires a server app to run in conjunction with a client “game” app), why not use your newly acquired Raspberry Pi? I don’t know! This Instructable essentially tells you how to make… Read More

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