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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  • Designer Releases A 3D-Printed Revolver

    Designer Releases A 3D-Printed Revolver

    Engineering student James Patrick has built a working 3D-printable revolver that uses a rubber band and a nail to fire .22 bullets. The revolver can hold six or eight bullets and moves the cylinder from position to position after each shot. Patrick has built in a protective system that keeps the gun from firing when dropped. His last project, called the Songbird, a single shot model, is… Read More

  • 3D Slash Brings 3D Design To The Raspberry Pi

    3D Slash Brings 3D Design To The Raspberry Pi

    3D Slash, a free 3D design application, is now fully Raspberry Pi-compatible and works on the Pi-Top, an educational minicomputer based on the Raspberry Pi. The program allows students to design 3D objects on the single board computer, a feat unthinkable only a few years ago. By enabling users of the Pi-Top to move objects with the trackpad and interact with the keyboard you basically create… Read More

  • For The Love Of All That Is Good And Holy, Please Buy A Swiss Watch

    For The Love Of All That Is Good And Holy, Please Buy A Swiss Watch

    Times in the tiny Swiss watch ateliers are getting tough. While I originally assumed that Swiss watches would survive the onslaught of smartwatches, I was wrong. “To suggest that the iWatch will influence Swiss watch buyers is like saying the market for a fine Bordeaux is affected by the advent of a new flavor of Vitamin Water,” I wrote in September. Boy do I feel… Read More

  • The Roboroach Is Either The Best Or Worst Holiday Gift Ever

    The Roboroach Is Either The Best Or Worst Holiday Gift Ever

    Let’s say you have a certain someone on your list who is really into biohacking. Let’s also assume you’re Ok with having discoid roaches in the house. Then also let’s assume you don’t mind people operating on those roaches on your dining room table. Have I got a Christmas gift idea for you! We first talked about the Roboroach back in 2011 when we found the idea to… Read More

  • Blinkset Shows You All Of The Coolest Stuff As Quickly As Possible

    Blinkset Shows You All Of The Coolest Stuff As Quickly As Possible

    In the land of the tiny attention spans the app that shows images as quickly as possible is king. That’s what Blinkset does: it flashes “what’s trending” past your face at “hyperspeed,” a prospect that should make even the most plugged among us wonder just where humanity is headed. Luckily Blinkset kind of makes sense. Because we can all process information… Read More

  • Extortionists Are Threatening To Release Patreon User Data

    Extortionists Are Threatening To Release Patreon User Data

    Cartoonist Steve Streza posted a tweet claiming that an extortionist would release his “tax id, tax forms, SSN, [and] DOB” if he did not pay one bitcoin to a certain bitcoin wallet. The extortion is quite ham-handed – there’s no way to confirm payment, for example and it’s not clear how much of the data was actually leaked in a recent Patreon. A Patreon… Read More

  • Voter Is Tinder For Politics

    Voter Is Tinder For Politics

    As we approach election season the average person is probably confused by the plethora of candidates. Should you vote Trump? Hillary? Dr. Fantasmus the Libertarian Cyborg? Voter can probably tell you. This app is basically a swipe left/swipe right interface for political leanings. It asks you questions about policy and then recommends a candidate based on who you should vote for. Do you… Read More

  • This Week On The TechCrunch Bitcoin Podcast: Can You Count To 21?

    This Week On The TechCrunch Bitcoin Podcast: Can You Count To 21?

    Hello friends, and welcome back to TCBTC, TechCrunch’s itinerant and sporadic podcast on all things bitcoin. This week my glorious comrade in arms, John Biggs, and I discussed two things: A recent Quora post discussing the current growth of bitcoin usage and the 21 bitcoin-mining computer. Read More

  • Join Us In A Merry Romp Through Bitcoin And The Blockchain At TechCrunch Disrupt London

    Join Us In A Merry Romp Through Bitcoin And The Blockchain At TechCrunch Disrupt London

    Blockchain, blockchain, blockchain! It’s not the bitcoin anymore, right? Right (probably.) Join me at Disrupt London where I’ll be talking to Steve Waterhouse of Pantera Capital, Vitalik Buterin of Ethereum, and Austin Hill of BlockSteam. If anyone can make sense of the blockchain vs. bitcoin argument, it’s these guys. Waterhouse is an entrepreneur who is now partner at… Read More

  • When Crowdfunding Fails The Backers Are Left With No Way Out

    When Crowdfunding Fails The Backers Are Left With No Way Out

    A few years ago an enterprising programmer dug through Kickstarter’s data to figure out how many failed projects there really were. Thanks to a trick in the coding, however, none showed up. This system, which was described as an effort to bring the best projects to the fore, worked well for Kickstarter when it was small and the projects were usually tiny. Now, however, the failures are… Read More

  • Join Me Tonight In Brooklyn For A Micromeetup

    I started a series of meetups in the Big Apple and the latest one, to be held in Brooklyn, is tonight. I’d like to see you there. You can RSVP here. We’ll be meeting at the Union Hall in Park Slope from 7:30 p.m. until about 9 p.m. The goal is to run a small pitch workshop over beers and simply network with up-and-comers in New York. It’s a cash bar and we expect a smaller crowd. Read More

  • Hardware Battlefield Applications Now Close On Monday

    Hardware Battlefield Applications Now Close On Monday

    We get it. You’re busy building a robot that can eat human food. That’s why we’ve extended the deadline for applications for TechCrunch’s Hardware Battlefield for a few more days. Submit your application by November 23 at 9pm PT to compete for free demo space at the Consumer Electronics Show, $50,000 prize and the Metal Man trophy. For those of you following along at… Read More

  • Seiko Will Reissue Ripley’s Futuristic Alien-Fighting Watch

    Seiko Will Reissue Ripley’s Futuristic Alien-Fighting Watch

    In space no one can hear you tick. In the movie Alien, futuristic alien butt-kicker Sigourney Weaver AKA Ripley wore a futuristic-looking chronograph. This piece, the Seiko 7A28-7000, was one of the first watches with a quartz chronograph movement and featured a unique pusher design with buttons that stuck straight up on either end of a large metallic bar on the side of the case. Read More

  • Mining (And Learning) With The 21 Bitcoin Computer

    Mining (And Learning) With The 21 Bitcoin Computer

    A few days ago a $400 charge hit my credit card and Amazon notified me that my 21.co bitcoin computer was on its way. Essentially a Raspberry Pi connected with a custom bitcoin-mining ASIC and a heatsink, the computer is one of the most interesting MVPs in modern memory. While you could easily recreate it yourself, the fact that 21 is building and selling these for a few hundred dollars is… Read More

  • Researchers Make Free Floating Holograms With A Swarm Of Drones

    Researchers Make Free Floating Holograms With A Swarm Of Drones

    Now that drones can fly in intricate patterns researchers at Queens University have created flying robots that self-assemble into floating shapes and can “3D print” objects in midair. The drones, called BitDrones, come in three varieties. The first, the PixelDrone, shows little messages on an LED screen. Another drone shows a floating touchscreen display and ShapeDrones are… Read More

  • This Smart Harness Tells Owners How Their Guide Dogs Are Feeling

    This Smart Harness Tells Owners How Their Guide Dogs Are Feeling

    Researchers at North Carolina State University have created a device that notifies users if their guide dogs are distressed or sick. Because dogs usually express illness or stress through their breathing, posture, and heart rate it can be difficult for blind or otherwise disabled folks to tell when they’re not feeling well. This device measures the dog’s breathing and heart rate… Read More

  • Inside, Robot

    Inside, Robot

    Before the robots replace us we will make love to them. This point is becoming increasingly clear as I wander through the odd world of teledildonics and marvel at the leaps and bounds by which the technology – once in the realm of fantasy – has become a mundane reality. If you are skittish or squeamish about human sexuality I beseech you to click out right now or visit another… Read More

  • NextBank Aims To Be The First All-Bitcoin Financial Institution

    NextBank Aims To Be The First All-Bitcoin Financial Institution

    Woe betide traditional banking because Dimitry Voloshinskiy and his team are on the prowl. Voloshinskiy is the founder of the NextBank Project, an attempt to create a truly bitcoin-based bank. The team has raised $950,000 so far using personal money and angels, and they hope to attract more. Read More

  • Joel And His Robot Friends Will Rocket Back To TV With A Kickstarted MST3K

    Joel And His Robot Friends Will Rocket Back To TV With A Kickstarted MST3K

    In what will go down as the best example of a crowdfunded media project ever in the entire known universe forever, the team that put together the original Mystery Science Theatre 3000 are about to crash through their goal of raising $2 million to start filming the show again. For those who left the house in the 1980s and 1990s, MST3K is a show the made fun of cheesy movies. Joel Hodgson and… Read More

  • Fleks3D Lets You Pull Your 3D Prints Out Of Your Printer With A Quickness

    Fleks3D Lets You Pull Your 3D Prints Out Of Your Printer With A Quickness

    Pulling a 3D print out of your printer is usually a process fraught with conflict. Who will do it? Can you hire someone? Why does it have to be so painful? Has the deity abandoned us Earth people, leaving us to fend for ourselves in a cold, unfeeling universe? Probably not, but it’s still a pain in the butt. You see, normal 3D printers extrude onto a smooth build plate treated with either… Read More

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