Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • How Clear Is The Future Of Google Glass?

    How Clear Is The Future Of Google Glass?

    Some ideas are ahead of their time. There is no question that the wearables market is taking off with the proliferation of health monitors, pedometers and activity trackers like Fitbit, Jawbone, Nike Fuelband, etc. And next year the Apple Watch will likely make the wearable watch the next big thing. Gartner boldly predicted that companies using Glass and similar wearable gadgets could save up… Read More

  • The Internet Of Things Is Not A Shiny New Toy

    The Internet Of Things Is Not A Shiny New Toy

    The Internet of Things is the latest, greatest new buzzword du jour and every major technology company, industrial manufacturer, big retailer and health industry player has declared the IoT to be the next big thing. Each of these industries sees a way of taking advantage of tiny low-power intelligent devices or sensors and they’ve baked the IoT into their future product strategies. Read More

  • BlackBerry Classic | Hands On

    Hands On With The Blackberry Classic

    It’s been a long time coming: Blackberry’s return to its roots. Rather than chasing the pack, Blackberry has brought back exactly what its fans have been wanting in a package that is usable, fun, and solid. But can it save the company? I’m a fan of the $450 Classic and will post a full review on Monday but until then I’ve prepared a brief hands on. I’ve found… Read More

  • Apple Responds To BBC Panorama’s Portrayal Of Supplier Conditions

    Apple Responds To BBC Panorama’s Portrayal Of Supplier Conditions

    Apple was the subject of a recent investigative report by BBC’s Panorama program, which presented as part of its findings various instances where suppliers of the Mac maker violated Apple’s own stated standards for its partners. The breaches reported by the BBC included problems at Pegatron factories outside Shanghai, as well as issues at the bottom level of the supply chain… Read More

  • EDI Is Trying To Kickstart The Classic Dive Watch

    EDI Is Trying To Kickstart The Classic Dive Watch

    Two entrepreneurs and engineers have taken to Kickstarter to fund a new line of dive watches, EDI. The watches, in addition to looking just a bit like sword-hand divers of the early Blancpain era, use an EDI E-353 automatic movement with self-winding features, as well as a handsome steel case. What’s truly interesting, however, is the provenance. Read More

  • This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: BlackBerry, Bar-Tending Robots, And Drones

    This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: BlackBerry, Bar-Tending Robots, And Drones

    Christmas is around the corner, and thus, this podcast is especially merry. BlackBerry recently introduced the smartphone of yesterday, in the BlackBerry Classic. We’re also seeing an uptick in bar-tending robot products, which leads us to wonder if there has ever really been a lot of difficulty in making yourself a drink. Read More

  • This Board Lets You Give Any Arduino Project Predator-Style Heat Vision

    This Board Lets You Give Any Arduino Project Predator-Style Heat Vision

    Up until the last few years, heat sensing cameras — think Predator vision — were a thing that pretty much only the Army and the super-rich got to play with. Then FLiR figured out how to make the required sensors tiny and (relatively) cheap, and the whole idea became considerably more accessible. Hell, you can get heat vision in an iPhone case now. Now, with this tiny board, you… Read More

  • Tesla To Begin Model S Battery Swap Pilot Program Next Week

    Tesla To Begin Model S Battery Swap Pilot Program Next Week

    Tesla showed off its upcoming battery swapping technology for the Model S electric vehicle last year, which would let users change out their battery rather than charging when on the road for a quick fill-up that’s speedier than actually refuelling a standard car’s gas tank. Starting next week, it’s launching the pilot program of that advancement in Harris Ranch, California, at… Read More

  • Canary Home Security System Has Finally Started Shipping

    Canary Home Security System Has Finally Started Shipping

    Canary, the $250, all-in-one home security system that caught the attention of our hearts and minds back in 2013, has finally started shipping. The device launched on Indiegogo back in July of 2013, with a goal of $100,000. By the time the campaign had ended, Canary had amassed nearly $2 million in pre-orders. After selling around 15,000 units, Canary turned off pre-orders and went head-down… Read More

  • Rothenberg Ventures Opens Virtual Reality Accelerator Offering 10 Startups $100K And A Clubhouse

    Rothenberg Ventures Opens Virtual Reality Accelerator Offering 10 Startups $100K And A Clubhouse

    “2015 will be the year of virtual reality” says investor Mike Rothenberg. But fragmentation in the nascent industry means VR hardware, software, and content startups need to team up for demos. So Rothenberg Ventures today launched a VR accelerator called River to provide a shared office and $100,000 investments to 10 startups. The two-year-old fund that’s ranked amongst the… Read More

  • Watch This Double Amputee Control Two Robotic Arms At Once

    Watch This Double Amputee Control Two Robotic Arms At Once

    It’s rare to see the future unfold in front of our eyes this dramatically but here it is: the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab has helped a man who lost both his arms in a “freak electrical accident” connect to dual robotic arms by connecting to and reading from his nervous system. The results aren’t quite staggering as he still has limited control over the… Read More

  • Eva Wants To Quantify Your Showering

    Eva Wants To Quantify Your Showering

    Eva is a device that attaches to your shower, adding a proximity sensor, temperature sensor and a water flow valve so it can intelligently throttle back the water flow when the ideal water temperature is reached or when the occupant has stepped away from the shower head. Read More

  • Jawbone UP3 Likely Won’t Ship In Time For Christmas After All

    Jawbone UP3 Likely Won’t Ship In Time For Christmas After All

    If you had plans to tuck a Jawbone UP3 under the tree for someone this year, it’s probably time to start thinking about something else. When Jawbone first told us about its plans to release a new fitness tracker, the company wouldn’t give us an exact date — only that it was coming “later this year.” Turns out even that might be a stretch. Read More

  • Touch ID Patent Application Shows Apple Could Expand Home Button Features

    Touch ID Patent Application Shows Apple Could Expand Home Button Features

    A new patent application published by the USPTO (via AppleInsider) details some additional uses of the Touch ID sensor found on the iPhone and iPad that could make its way into future products. The patent is credited to AuthenTec co-founder Dale R. Setlak, meaning Apple is putting the company it acquired to build Touch ID to good use. It describes how a users’ finger on the Touch ID… Read More

  • Santa’s Robotic Elf Sings A Merry Tune

    Santa’s Robotic Elf Sings A Merry Tune

    This holiday season it’s important to remember the true meaning of Christmas: the slow encroachment of robots upon human existence and the expectation of the enslavement of Homo sapiens by 2050. To that end we present a pair of jolly robotic hands that pick up candy and place it into a stocking – a feat that was all but impossible a few years ago. These dextrous hands come from… Read More

  • Sony Pictures Employees Now Working In An Office “From Ten Years Ago”

    Sony Pictures Employees Now Working In An Office “From Ten Years Ago”

    She works for Sony Pictures. She said she’s now working in an office on lock-down, a throwback to an earlier time when the Internet wasn’t around. “We are stuck in 1992 over here,” she said. She requested anonymity but agreed to talk a bit about her day-to-day experience as a Sony Pictures Employee post-hack. She said things were getting back to normal and were, in… Read More

  • Can BlackBerry Catch A Break?

    Can BlackBerry Catch A Break?

    BlackBerry just announced the Classic, a phone that looks warped into 2014 via 2009. While by all rights it appears to be solid QWERTY solution in a non-QWERTY world, it’s hilarious that the company announced their latest and greatest on the eve of what could be the opening of the Cuban embargo and, more important, massive upheaval in one of Blackberry’s major markets, Russia… Read More

  • Apple’s Behind-The-Scenes For ‘The Song’ Reveals A Mix Of Old And New Tools

    Apple’s Behind-The-Scenes For ‘The Song’ Reveals A Mix Of Old And New Tools

    Apple’s “The Song” holiday ad has managed to pretty universally tug heartstrings, in keeping with its usual practices for this time of year, but the product story contained therein is one of a creative workflow that involves most of Apple’s current product lineup. A new behind-the-scenes video the company has just published shows that Apple’s cutting edge tech… Read More

  • Lost-Item Tracker Tile Arrives On Android

    Lost-Item Tracker Tile Arrives On Android

    When Tile, the square-shaped lost-item tracker that attaches to bags, bikes, key chains and more, announced this fall that it had raised $13 million in funding (a combination of a seed round and Series A investment), the company said it had earmarked some of that money to be put towards hiring more Android engineers. Now that investment has paid off, as Tile today debuts support for… Read More

  • Sony Outs Clip-On Smart Glass Module For Sports

    Sony Outs Clip-On Smart Glass Module For Sports

    More Sony news. In a pre-CES announcement that’s perhaps hoping to draw eyeballs away from the toxic fallout of the Sony Pictures email hack — or, more likely, hoping to suck up a little oxygenated publicity ahead of the consumer electronic scrum in January — Sony has today announced its own take on Google Glass. Read More

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