Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • Reader Response: Festivus Week – Day 1


    To think we started CrunchGear just a little over five months ago. Its growth has been quick, and looking across the posts there is a comment on almost every entry. It kind of makes me sentimental when I think of how fast our little site is growing up. Pretty soon it’ll start growing hair in inconvenient places and thinking about other blogs in new ways. I’m preparing myself for… Read More

  • At Home with the Push Button Manor

    . But we still like to keep it old school. The Push Button Manor in Jackson, Michigan is about as old school as the concept can get. The modern (for the time) house was equipped with analog mechanics of the “future”, things like windows that close automatically during rain, remote control drapes, and automated dressing table lighting. What’s great is that the home’s… Read More

  • Killer Clowns From USB Heaven


    I’ve always wanted one these things yet I never knew they ever existed. I sit in my little cube everyday and wish I had a launcher of some sort to point at my boss and imagine his reaction when he sees what’s coming to him. Well this USB powered cannon will suffice for now, it launches wee little circus figurines with the push of a button. Just aim right between the eyes and BAM… Read More

  • Maxell Announces New Portable Speakers

    The MXSP-100P is a tiny stereo speaker system that connects to portable devices like MP3 players, cell phones and handheld gaming consoles. The portable speakers are small enough to fit in your pocket and are powered by 4 AA batteries, giving you about 20 hours of playback. I have a few friends back in my hometown who feel the need to play music off their cell phones (using their cell… Read More

  • Flippid Matches Gear With Geeks, Free

    . Flippid is a different take on online person-to-person sales, utilizing both the instant-gratification of Craigslist and the navigation and searching of eBay, and adding a little Web 2.0 tagging action to boot. Sellers simply post an item they’re offering and how much they want for it. If a buyer likes the product and price, he/she can buy it right there. If not, the… Read More

  • On Demand Catches Up to DVD Releases


    Comcast has begun an initiative to bring films to On Demand the same day they’re released on DVD. It is an attempt to increase sales of it’s pay per view service. The experiment is currently running in Pittsburgh and Denver. It allows viewers to watch movies for $4 a piece. This kind of service is a bit of a no-brainer, but I’m glad to see Comcast starting it. Considering… Read More

  • New Nintendo DS Screen Coming?


    If colorful Nintendo Wiis don’t catch your attention, maybe speculation of a Nintendo DS does. A few popular Japanese blogs and forums have information posted revolving around a new Nintendo DS handheld, which will feature bigger screens for both top and bottom panels. The screens will measure 3.5 to 3.8-inches (currently they are both 3-inches on the DS Lite.) I’m confident… Read More

  • Hauppauge Ups Satellite TV Recording Capabilities

    <img src="http://tctechcrunch2011.files.wordpress.com/2007/01/antenna jacks, but also Freeview HD and digital satellite inputs. In addition, it has specialized software to automate recording of your favorite broadcasts and a TV-style remote control to operate the whole shebang. It's mostly only of use to our friends in the UK, their TV systems are very different than our own. Read More

  • Badassery: Gerber Hinderer Rescue Knife


    I have a fascination with knives. Not really sure why, but there is something I’ve always found appealing about them. Unfortunately, I have about as much coordination as a blind quadriplegic, so knives and me really don’t splice. Nevertheless, that doesn’t stop me from oogling this Gerber Hinderer Rescue Knife from behind the safety of my monitor. It’s equipped with… Read More

  • Stick It to the RIAA Like It's 1992

    Back in the ’90s, I was in a few “popular” local indie-rock bands. These were in the days of analog recording in a digital world, only high-end peecees had CD-R capabilities, and those were mostly for data purposes. Thus, the library of my greatest guitar licks and sad songs about girls who’s names I’ve forgotten is all on analog tapes. Thankfully, I’ve… Read More

  • Treo 680 + iPod: Time to Call the Exorcist

    A tipster sent in this video of a Treo 680 attacking an iPod’s volume control. Now it’s going nuts! Read More

  • iPod Death Watch


    Bummed when your iPod shows that yucky Mac face and you’ve gotta go dish out another few hundred dollars for a new one? Aren’t we all! iPodMechanic has released a fun lil app cleverly named the iPod Death Clock to tell you when your iPod is going to bite the dust. While this may not be completely accurate it’s pretty amusing and it’s like playing Russian roulette… Read More

  • Audiovox Wants You Wireless In Your Living Room

    <img src="http://tctechcrunch2011.files.wordpress.com/2007/01/video components." The adapters will be sold under the Terk brand name (the antenna people!), using UWB to send high-definition video streams wirelessly around your place of occupancy or business. It’s non-line-of-sight so you can send signals through walls and ceilings with wired transmission quality from… Read More

  • iFrogz Releases Clear Case, Color Case For 2G Nano

    Looking for a case to go along with that spankin’ new iPod Nano you’re getting this holiday season? Check out iFrogz’ new 2G iPod Nano cases. The clear case comes comes in a frosty, clear design with an iFrogz logo in the back that comes in 10 different colors. This is a different style for iFrogz, who usually has all kinds of customization options available with their cases. Read More

  • Better Use That Best Buy Gift Card Soon

    In case you haven’t been paying attention to multiple consumer warnings about gift cards, consider this your final warning. Best Buy reported a $43 million profit for fiscal year 2006 thanks to gift cards that haven’t been used in two years. Seriously people. Wake up, smell the coffee and check your wallets. Best Buy isn’t the only retailer making a killing off unused… Read More

  • Sierra Wireless AirCard 595 For Verizon Now Available

    If you’re looking for some sweet speeds for cruising the Internet on your laptop and you’re a Verizon customer, be sure to check out the AirCard 595 from Sierra Wireless. Available for $99 from the Verizon store (or $50 with two-year agreement), this bad boy is one of the first EV-DO Rev. A cards available to Verizon customers. The card can also be used on Verizon Wireless’… Read More

  • Xmas Tree Made Of Crappy Electronics

    We realize it’s cool to be a geek and all, but some people really get into it. Example A: The Electronic Xmas Tree. Built with cold cathodes, blacklights, LEDs and completed with a Hello Kitty angel on top, this thing screams Sanrio fan/geek. Says Flickr user Jovino who posted the photo: “This tree was made (almost) completely from pre-existing stuff around my house. The… Read More

  • SageTV Adds Mac Support To Its Media Center Software Sort Of


    SageTV makes a handy media center application for Windows and Linux PCs, which does all kinds of good things, but mostly it turns your computer into a powerful DVR. The company makes and sells a companion app called SageTV Placeshifter for tapping into the media center to control and watch live or recorded TV from any computer connected to the Internet, much like a SlingBox. Today its announced… Read More

  • NYC Cabs Getting TV and Location Tracking

    If you live in NYC like some of us, you know that cabs are nothing exciting. They’re just fast transportation (well, sometimes at least) from one point to another for when you’re drunk as a skunk. All that is about to change though, thanks to a new touchscreen the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission showed off last week. Set to debut in the next few weeks, the… Read More

  • Treo 750 Starts Showing Up At Cingular Stores

    Some Cingular employees must have been overjoyed this weekend. Seems Treo 750 demo units started showing up in a few Cingular stores recently. Is it the same thing as the Vodafone version? Yes. Are all the features still the same? Yes. But do we care because we’re fanatical geeks? Sadly, yes. It’s still looking good and has a “Q4 release date,” but with only 13 days left… Read More