The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • GPS Sneakers Defeat Purpose of Sneaking

    The Associated Press has an article about new sneakers, called Quantum Satellite Technology, designed to help locate people via GPS. At $350, the sneakers contain a 2-by-3-inch chip that is activated by a button located inconspicuously near the shoelaces. An alert detailing the wearer’s location is sent to a 24-hour monitoring service that charges $19.95 a month. The chip also can be… Read More

  • Pop Goes the Soda Bot

    This conversion toy kit allows you to turn your pop can into some sort of motorized robot bug that vibrates, slides and buzzes (that’s right, I’m from the Midwest. It’s called “pop”). Although the UK company that sells it, Great Gizmos, has yet to put a price or release date, I can imagine it being extremely popular with beer-drinking frat boys and activist recyclers. Read More

  • Round Sound

    This giant speaker, dubbed “The Eyeball,” by those who fear it, is actually a large four-way coaxial speaker. It is designed for movie theaters and offers dynamic range and loudness for orchestral music and film soundtracks, according to Stereophile. Meanwhile, the “spherical enclosure is designed to help eliminates standing waves and create a more rounded sound,”… Read More

  • Nokia N77

    The N77 isn’t much to look at — just a longish video phone with DVB-H satellite video and 20MB of storage with miniSD expansion. It has a 2.4-inch screen and works with most music and video formats. Flip it for side viewing and talk into it like the candybar it is. About $500 in Euro/Asia zones, $500+the cost of a full DVB-H roll-out (approx. $3.5 billion) in the U.S. Available… Read More

  • Nokia 6110, 3110: Plain Jane Phones With Some Interesting Features

    The $500 6110 is our first interesting phone and includes GPS and mapping software. It has 40MB storage along with HSDPA and assisted GPS, which relies on terrestrial signals allowing you to get a signal even if you’re out of satellite range. It supports miniSD and a 2-megapixel camera. Read More

  • Nokia: Now With YouTube!

    What’s all this, then? Nokia’s new Video Center offers RSS video feeds along with content directly from YouTube, no browser needed. Initially available on the N95, Nokia’s fattie media phone, it will be available for S60 phones including the N93i down the line. How is it integrated? Well, the Video Center looks sort of like Apple’s Front Row and offers YouTube… Read More

  • Nokia E-Series: E90, E65, E61i

    Communicator lovers rejoice. The E90 is a vast improvement over the fat Nokia Communicators of yore. This Quad-band beast has HSDPA, WiFi, and Bluetooth along with dual cameras and mapping apps and sync. There’s a nice fat keyboard and an internal screen. Best of all, it has mini-USB so you don’t have to use Nokia’s weird connectors on this one. $900 in Spring 2007. Read More

  • Windows Mobile 6 In the Wild

    Popped by the Microsoft booth before the official conference this afternoon to take a look at Windows Mobile 6. It looks like the major upgrade is in the messaging, which isn’t nearly enough to excite me this morning. However, it does have two editions now, Standard and Professional, and both of them will run MS Office Mobile and includes a mini MSSQL client along with an Exchange client. Read More

  • Moto RIZR Z8: Mulitmedia RIZR

    Just walked up to the show grounds this morning and what do I see? The MotoRIZR Z8, an updated RIZR with multimedia charm. From my brief examination it seems this is a 3G — HSPDA — GSM phone where the main draw is video and music. I’m headed over to Motorola’s booth right now, so you’ll get more info as I have it. It should be available in April in Europe… Read More

  • 3GSM 2007: CrunchGear in Barcelona

    Just settling in at 3GSM and we’re already spying secrets and strange launches. What, for example, is this amazing Motorola product we spied last night while grabbing press badges? And where can you buy Iberian jamon in New York because that stuff is great?
    Last night’s mystery. Read More

  • CrunchGear Week in Review: Toys in the Attic Edition

    Grizzly Man in Financial Ruin, Selling Halo Suit
    Lensbabies New Aperture Kit
    Lights, Camera, ActionCam!
    Apple Vs The World Read More

  • TeleNav Arrives in Italy

    TeleNav has just announced that it has entered an agreement with Softec S.p.A. to deliver its TeleNav GPS Navigator to Italy. The service will be available immediately on a variety of BlackBerry smartphones. You’ll recall that a couple of weeks ago I reviewed the TeleNav service on a BlackBerry Pearl. The TeleNav GPS receiver and service can turn nearly any Bluetooth enabled phone into… Read More

  • GPS – Heads Up 3D and Marking the Spot

    In January, Denso received a smart patent on displaying GPS and navigation information on a heads up display while Alpine Electronics received a patent on marking a favorite spot using a GPS system. Denso Corporation of Japan, primarily an automobile parts manufacturer, has developed and patented a three dimensional heads up display for a car that uses sensors to detect when certain… Read More

  • Is that a Star Wars Game in Your Pocket?

    Considering that the prequels have run their course, it would seem that Star Wars fans would move onto the next thing. But apparently grown geeks can’t get enough of stuff from that galaxy far, far away. WizKids is introducing a new line of constructible strategy games (CSGs), a category that the company “pioneered” in recent years, which combines trading card games (TCG)… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Two DAP Minimum Edition

    First Zune Phone Photo Leaked
    Apple Orders Bar to Cease and Desist “iPod Monday”
    Boston Acoustics Receptor Radio: It’s HD
    iWoofer Is Out Of This World Read More

  • Things We Hate About Apple

    Since its founding over 30 years ago, Apple has been one of the most important companies in the tech industry. Having defined the personal computer, mainstream GUI-based operating systems and an arsenal of other gear, Apple has been instrumental in advancing technologies. But for all its accomplishments, Apple also manages continually to be one of the most inflammatory companies trading today. Read More

  • First Zune Phone Photo Leaked

    today, I guess it was inevitable. The blogosphere is an arena of oneupmanship and we have officially been one-upped by DSL Reports. It has secured the first known picture of Microsoft’s hotly anticipated Zune Phone. To quote Gizmodo’s Brian Lam, “It isn’t what I expected at all.” Start your professions of lust below. A WiMax Zune Phone? [DSL Reports] Read More

  • FastMac Macbook Extended Life Batteries Are Here

    Macbook owners rejoice, FastMac has announced an extended life battery for Macbooks. I will definitely preorder one as I can’t get enough work done from the couch without having to recharge my Macbook. A cool $99.95 will keep your Macbook truckin, coming in white and black! Product Page [via Gizmodo] Read More

  • Vodafone Launches YouTube Mobile

    The UK gets all the drool-worthy mobile goods. Vodafone customers in key European markets will get YouTube content directly from Vodafone live! on their mobile phones. :sigh: The agreement states that YouTube will provide a selection of new videos on a daily basis especially for Vodafone customers. But that’s not the best part; users can upload their own videos from their mobile phones… Read More

  • Skype Coming To PSP? Shut Yo Mouth

    Has anyone delved into the PSP’s firmware updates snooping around for hidden treasures? We haven’t, but Quick Jump has. According to QJ, if you look into the decrypted version of vshmain.prx from Firmware 3.10, you may be led to believe that some form of VoIP functionality will show up in the future. All signs point to Skype at the moment as the provider. Checking the dump, there… Read More