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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  • Rendor Turns Your Single-Camera Smartphone Into A Real 3D Scanner

    Rendor Turns Your Single-Camera Smartphone Into A Real 3D Scanner

    Using a piece of paper with a specially printed grid and a regular smartphone, Rendor may have just cracked the 3D scanning code. The system allows you to create a 3D scan of almost any object simply by taking video of it from every angle. The program interpolates the shape of the object based on how it is positioned on the grid and then generates a usable 3D file. Read More

  • Swatch’s Sistem51 Rethinks The Mechanical Watch

    Swatch’s Sistem51 Rethinks The Mechanical Watch

    I have a soft spot for mechanical watches which is why the so called Sistem51 (Swatch calls it the shouty SISTEM51) is so near and dear to my heart. It is, in short, one of the most interesting developments in mass-market micro mechanics since the invention of the quartz Timex, a mix of cool high-tech and ridiculous, Tamogotchi-like old tech that it’s interesting that it hasn’t… Read More

  • This Chocolate Drone Will Fly Directly Into Your Distended Belly

    This Chocolate Drone Will Fly Directly Into Your Distended Belly

    Look: you and I both know what’s going on here. This is either a viral ad for Milka or a riff on Üter Zörker at the Springfield Chocolate Factory but let’s retract our marketing antennae for a moment and just revel in the idea: this is video of a quadcopter made of chocolate. The body is made of chocolate. The motors, obviously, are metal and the propellers plastic, but the rest… Read More

  • MakerBot Now Shipping Massive Z18 3D Printer

    MakerBot Now Shipping Massive Z18 3D Printer

    When MakerBot announced the Z18 printer last January at CES, there wasn’t much of a shipping date. Now, however, the company has begun shipping the massive 3D printer to customers who have pre-ordered thus far and expect to ship from their Brooklyn factory in six to eight weeks for new orders. Read More

  • This DIY Game Boy Pocket Uses A Raspberry Pi To Bring You Absolute, Unending Joy

    This DIY Game Boy Pocket Uses A Raspberry Pi To Bring You Absolute, Unending Joy

    Imagine if I told you, almost 20 years ago, that you could put every single Game Boy game (plus a bunch of others) inside of your Game Boy Pocket without having to buy or swap out cartridges. “Forsooth, what wizardry is this,” you’d say. “Tell me more, time-traveler.” Prepare yourself, twenty-years-ago-you, because your brain is about to explode. This DIY project… Read More

  • Formlabs 3D Printing Workshop | TechCrunch Makers

    TC Makers: Making The Future With The Team At Formlabs

    A few weeks ago I visited the headquarters of Formlabs in Somerville, Mass. where I had the pleasure of meeting the entire team in their small – but growing – workshop. There I saw a repair bay, research room, and even a molecular lab where materials scientists are hard at work making new solutions for the company’s unique SLA printer. When I first met the guys from… Read More

  • Boom Goes The Bitcoin

    Boom Goes The Bitcoin

    Dropped, as Yoda would say, the other shoe has. U.S. Marshals are now selling off 29,656.51306529 BTC, about $18 million in bitcoin at today’s $600 price. The sale announcement drove prices down for a brief period overnight moving the needle down from $620 to $608. Read More

  • CoinVox Brings Bitcoin Donations To Politicians

    CoinVox Brings Bitcoin Donations To Politicians

    Sending a bitcoin isn’t that hard – if you know what you’re doing. But since the Federal Election Commission OKed the use of bitcoin by political action committees, things have gotten a little hairy. CoinVox, a service created by Christopher David, is looking to smooth the path from your bitcoin wallet to your favorite politician’s war chest. The service is fairly… Read More

  • New 3D Print Head Makes It Easier To Print Nutella

    New 3D Print Head Makes It Easier To Print Nutella

    As a man who loves things that come out of tubes, I am excited about the Discov3ry Extruder. Designed as an add-on to popular 3D printers, the system is essentially a plunger connected to a nozzle that squirts out pastes of various types including icing, Nutella, spackle, and silicone. Read More

  • Expedia Now Accepts Bitcoin For Your Crypto-Vacations

    Expedia Now Accepts Bitcoin For Your Crypto-Vacations

    Another day, another company accepting bitcoin in an attempt to cash in on the craze. This time it’s Expedia the travel booking site that’s accepting the virtual currency for hotel bookings. They’re working directly with Coinbase to accept and then convert the BTC into dollars as soon as they hit the travel agent’s coffers. Read More

  • 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