Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • See The Specs Restyled By 3D Printing

    See The Specs Restyled By 3D Printing

    The 3D printed future is looking increasingly cartoonish if this crowdfunder for one-piece flexible nylon eyewear is making a prescient design call. Called Mono, the designer specs look like they’ve been scribbled onto the model’s face with a Sharpie marker. Read More

  • Disney’s Lab Builds Buttons That Work By Manipulating Soundwaves Rather Than Electricity

    Disney’s Lab Builds Buttons That Work By Manipulating Soundwaves Rather Than Electricity

    I’m a fan of Disney’s research labs. Meant largely to help Disney discover new ways to innovate in their parks and products, it’s a seemingly endless stream of crazy thinking. Much of what they build and share is really, really cool, but hard to imagine being used by anyone outside of Disney. This crazy robot that draws massive pictures on the beach? It’s cool as heck… Read More

  • Moscase Is Like Batman’s Utility Belt For Your iPhone

    Moscase Is Like Batman’s Utility Belt For Your iPhone

    The average phone case is basically a piece of plastic that protects your device when you drop it. But what if you could add modular features to your iPhone like a heart rate monitor, a grappling hook, or a backup battery? Now you can. Moscase comes to use from Hungary and is being crowdfunded to the tune of $150,000. The case protects your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus and has a removable back. You… Read More

  • This DIY Raspberry Pi Laptop Is Perfect For Your Weekend Machinations

    This DIY Raspberry Pi Laptop Is Perfect For Your Weekend Machinations

    My favorite DIY projects are ones that an idiot like myself can do in a few days. To wit, this Raspberry Pi laptop that lets you create a portable computer with keyboard and mouse with only a few parts. The project uses the PiJuice battery module and a 5-inch TFT module. In this project you simply cut or print a case for the screen – this one uses laser cut wood – and an HDMI cable. Read More

  • Disney’s New 3D Printer Prototype Makes Huggable Things Out Of Fabric Instead Of Hard Plastic

    Disney’s New 3D Printer Prototype Makes Huggable Things Out Of Fabric Instead Of Hard Plastic

    We’ve seen lots and lots of 3D printers over the last few years, and they almost all have one thing in common: the objects they print are hard* and mostly rigid. What if you wanted to print something soft, instead? Something you can hug, or snuggle with, or hand to your kid without fear of them jabbing it in their eye? Disney is on it. Read More

  • Coin, The One Credit Card To Rule Them All, Is Finally Shipping

    Coin, The One Credit Card To Rule Them All, Is Finally Shipping

    The Coin (promising to let you combine all your credit/debit/loyalty cards into a single piece of tech) has delayed for so long that you might have forgotten that you ordered one. In November of 2013, the YC-backed company blew past its $50,000 pre-order goal in forty minutes, but despite a promise of summer 2014 shipping, the company has yet to ship a product that wasn’t in beta. Read More

  • This Tiny Sensor Turns Your Thumbnail Into A Trackpad

    This Tiny Sensor Turns Your Thumbnail Into A Trackpad

    Like the football phone or the Dick Tracy two-way wrist radio, humankind has always dreamt of melding two technologies together to create a synergistic improvement on our meager, exhausting existence. Today we have NailIO, a solution that adds a ray of light to our user interface needs by melding touchpads and thumbs. What is NailIO? It’s a wearable sensor that sits on your thumbnail. Read More

  • Soundbrenner Pulse Helps You Get Down To Your Own Sick Beat

    Soundbrenner Pulse Helps You Get Down To Your Own Sick Beat

    If you find yourself staying out too late with nothing in your brain, perhaps you could use the Soundbrenner Pulse. This haptic smartwatch won’t make calls or manage your calendar for you but it will buzz out time while playing a musical instrument, allowing you to stay on the beat while you’re wailing on the sax or burbling on your kazoo. The watch is, quite simply, a wearable… Read More

  • Google Announces Certification Program For Cardboard Clones

    Google Announces Certification Program For Cardboard Clones

    Google Cardboard has been a surprise hit among early adopters, giving an intentionally cheap, approachable device that opens the door to more people having their first virtual reality experience. Providing affordable hardware for optics and input and a software layer that ties into the tools app and game developers already use has made Android a major destination for those looking to experiment… Read More

  • A Pair Of Robot Hands To Help In The Kitchen

    A Pair Of Robot Hands To Help In The Kitchen

    While robots have long been relegated to harsh environments like deserts and nuclear waste dumps, now they will hit the harshest environment of all: your kitchen. By using two robotic arms from a company called ShadowRobotics, a company called Moley has created a robotic chef that can chop, stir, sauté, and serve. Created by Mark Oleynik, the robotic arms are programmed to precisely… Read More

  • New Treadmill Tech Will Make Your Run More Realistic

    New Treadmill Tech Will Make Your Run More Realistic

    A new technology from researchers at Ohio State allows runners to feel as if they are speeding up or slowing down naturally. The treadmill-based tech takes sonar readings of the user’s position on the belt and can tell when to crank things up or slow things down. Created by Steven T. Devor, associate professor of kinesiology, and former graduate student Cory Scheadler, the system… Read More

  • Smart Lock Pioneer UniKey Raises $10m And Looks Outside The Home For Growth

    Smart Lock Pioneer UniKey Raises $10m And Looks Outside The Home For Growth

    Way back in the year 2011 Phil Dumas’ company UniKey Technologies debuted its product on Shark Tank. It was a lock that used your smartphone as a key. Disruption! At the time smart locks were not really a thing yet UniKey plowed yet as the market exploded with similar products. Now, five years after its primetime debut, UniKey is announcing an oversubscribed Series A to charge forward… Read More

  • Apple Buys LinX, A Camera Module Maker Promising DSLR-Like Mobile Performance

    Apple Buys LinX, A Camera Module Maker Promising DSLR-Like Mobile Performance

    Apple has acquired LinX, an Israeli camera tech company whose most recent offerings include multi-aperture camera models which can enable effects like background focus blur, parallax images and 3D picture capture. TechCrunch received the following from Apple, which is a statement the company provides in lieu of confirmation when it has, in fact, acquired a smaller company: Apple buys… Read More

  • Watch SpaceX Launch The Falcon 9 Rocket For CRS-6 Mission, Take Two

    Watch SpaceX Launch The Falcon 9 Rocket For CRS-6 Mission, Take Two

    SpaceX is going to try to launch its CRS-6 International Space Station resupply mission again today at 4:10 PM ET, after having to scrub the launch yesterday due to adverse weather conditions. Weather today looks mostly favorable, with NASA reporting a “60 percent chance of acceptable conditions” for the target window at the Cape Canaveral launch site in Florida. The launch today… Read More

  • Guitar Hero Returns With First-Person Rocking

    Guitar Hero Returns With First-Person Rocking

    Guitar Hero is poised to make plastic guitar controllers a fixture of living rooms everywhere once again, with a brand new version called Guitar Hero Live that ships this fall, complete with a built-in library of streaming, official music videos and first-person concert experiences that feature crowds that actually react to your axe prowess. The new version of Guitar Hero was created by the… Read More

  • Apple Patents A System To Broadcast Your Availability For Calls

    Apple Patents A System To Broadcast Your Availability For Calls

    Apple has a new patent, granted today by the USPTO (via AppleInsider), that would use contextual information including your current time zone, ringer silence status, battery life, location and cell network strength to automatically determine whether you’re available for a call and display that information to friends. The new Apple patent details a system that would use all relevant… Read More

  • Droplet Is A Bluetooth Button That Makes Reminders More Sticky

    Droplet Is A Bluetooth Button That Makes Reminders More Sticky

    Droplet is a Bluetooth button designed to stick onto your stuff and deliver configurable functionality such as reminders or custom messages. It takes the push-button ease of Amazon Dash as its jumping off point but is promising a “highly configurable” experience. Read More

  • Movidius Raises $40M To Bring Computer VisionTo Mobile Devices

    Movidius Raises $40M To Bring Computer VisionTo Mobile Devices

    Movidius, the company that makes the vision processor that powers Google’s Tango tablet, today announced that it has raised a $40 million funding round led by Summit Bridge Capital — a collaboration between Atlantic Bridge Capital and WestSummit Capital. This marks one of the largest funding rounds in a fabless semiconductor company in recent years. New investors in this round… Read More

  • Charge The New MacBook From A Battery Pack With Monoprice’s $10 USB-C Cable

    Charge The New MacBook From A Battery Pack With Monoprice’s $10 USB-C Cable

    The new MacBook‘s single USB-C port might lead to some concessions, but it also adds some versatility – like making it possible to use the computer with third-party power banks. And thanks to the Monoprice USB-C to USB-A 2.0 cable, it’s remarkably easy to make that happen, and for just ten bucks, too. Of course, $10 assumes you already have the MacBook in hand, plus an… Read More

  • iRobot Is Working On A Robotic Mower That’s Angering Astronomers

    iRobot Is Working On A Robotic Mower That’s Angering Astronomers

    According to a number of FCC filings, robotic vacuum maker iRobot is working on an automatic lawnmower – and they’re irking radio astronomers. The project, which is still under wraps, uses low power radio beacons to delineate the corners of your yard, ensuring your robotic mower doesn’t scoot into the back forty. Unlike other automatic systems – which use wires or… Read More

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