Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • The Origami Remote Control

    When I was a kid, chicks were always making those little paper “fortune tellers” where you picked a few numbers then got told you had herpes. Now the same principle is being applied to TV remotes, or at least this one. You use the paper fortune teller to control things like changing channels or adjusting the volume. According to creator Hayeon Yoo, the remote is aimed at children… Read More

  • The Futurist: Your Friendar is Broken… or How MVNOs Can Succeed

    It’s nigh impossible to open a magazine these days without finding a four-page ad spread telling you that Helio is not just a phone. Nope, its a “Friendar” too! And, even better, it gives you instant access to MySpace! Wow! These ads are the product of one of the largest technology marketing campaigns in recent memory. Unfortunately, they are nearly assuring that Helio will be… Read More

  • Windows Mobile Device Center: Suck on This, ActiveSync


    Well this is a fine kettle of fish. Windows has just launched beta versions of their 32- and 64-bit syncing software, Windows Mobile Device Center, or NAMBLA. The software is obviously prettier than ActiveSync and it includes all the regular sync junk along with media sync, on device file-browsing, and improved set-up and recognition. I never thought I’d say this, but Windows is… Read More

  • Sony-Ericsson Z310a Gets FCC Nod

    A while back, I gave you the lowdown on Sony-Ericsson’s upcoming Z310a. Well, it’s one step closer to becoming a reality as it just got FCC approval. In case you forgot, this clamshell device comes with features like EDGE, a full HTML Web browser, e-mail, RSS reader (to get your Crunch on the go, obviously), and an audio recorder. No word yet on pricing or a specific carrier… Read More

  • Boston Thinks Circuit Boards = Bombs


    This Boston “bomb hoax” was all over the news last night and continues to make Mayor cry like a big baby. Turner, the parent company of Cartoon Network, had put up a bunch of crude circuit board, LED devices that lit up to show the Mooninites from Aqua Teen Hunger Force. They were placed around major cities including NYC and Philadelphia and have been up for two or three… Read More

  • CycloWiz Wii Mod Chip Reviewed!


    The chaps over at Maxconsole have taken the CycloWiz Wii mod chip and put it through its paces. Here’s the quick and easy version of what they thought of the CycloWiz mod chip. Read More

  • iPhone Lovers: Let's Not Fight

    Apple and Cisco have agreed to keep talking about the iPhone and will not sue until Apple has had a good sit-down with Dr. Phil and decides that yes, it wants this baby. SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Apple and Cisco have agreed to extend the time for Apple to respond to the lawsuit to allow for discussions between the companies with the aim of reaching agreement on trademark rights… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Penguin Poll Edition

    Puzzle Alarm Clock Wakes You Up, Pisses You Off
    Samsung FlapCam
    March Of The Penguins
    Florida Governor Fed Up With E-Voting
    Zune Battery Possibly Cracking Displays Read More

  • Verizon Unifies Wireless, Landline, DSL Billing

    . Verizon Wireless customers who sign up for Verizon local and long-distance will receive unlimited calling between their phones and other on-network customers, from their mobiles or home phones. This is an incentive for Verizon users to unify their communications packages into what VZN is calling Freedom ONE-BILL (their caps, not ours). In addition to landline and mobile calling, the… Read More

  • George: An Intelligent iPod Speaker Dock


    We wrote about Chestnut Hill Sound’s George iPod speaker dock back at the beginning of the month. Our review unit arrived today, so we decided to pop the box open and take some shots. There are a handful of features that separate George from the rest of the speaker-dock herd. Click below to see more pictures and learn about what makes this system so different. Read More

  • Nokia Poised to Relaunch N-Gage As Device-Independent Gaming Platform

    Nokia, bless your heart. We like that you make fairly stylish and sophisticated cellphones that are easy to use and have some power to them. We also like what you’re doing with Symbian, especialy S60. But, c’mon, the N-Gage? Still? We give you credit for dumping the idea of a game-optimized device, sure. Your idea for making N-Gage a game platform that sits atop your N-series phones… Read More

  • PriceProtectr Tracks Your Purhcases for Price Protection

    Ten years ago, I was working at a big box electronics retailer just south of Seattle. This was the era of Pentium Procs with MMX, Pilot 5000s, and PCS cellphones. Our store offered price protection to its customers, which is the practice of refunding any difference in price resulting from a price change in a purchased item. Let’s say you pick up a 15-inch CRT for $399 on the 2nd, and… Read More

  • Visomate Helps You Enjoy Your Tata Vids With Better Posture


    Unless MYDo Burururu wasn’t enough to keep you from falling asleep while in class or studying at home. The Visomate USB powered Vision and Posture Reminder helps delay that impending hunchback you’ll get from reading Crunchgear every day. When you’re slumped over and not practicing proper posture you will get flashed but not in a good way. The LED light will flash red when… Read More

  • You're My Fave! Contest Winner

    The contest is now over and we’ve drawn a winner. Over the course of a week, we climbed all the way to #85 on the Technorati list of most favorited blogs. Thanks for your effort, it is, as always, much appreciated. So who’s the winner? Read More

  • Personal Censorship In The Works

    Much to the chagrin of your humble reporters, we try to keep things SFW here at the Gear (that’s “safe for work”, n00bz). If you’re for that sort of thing, then you’re most likely also the type that thinks that the tube has gotten a little crass. You’ll want to purchase a PTC the day they hit the store shelves. What, you ask, is a PTC? Read More

  • HydraCoach To Boost Your Wii Fitness

    Should you need a water break from the endless hours of Wii Sports you play, the HydraCoach may just come in handy. Via the LCD display it calculates your personal hydration needs, tracks fluid consumption throughout your rigorous day, paces your intake so you can meet those lofty hydration goals and motivates you so you don’t pull a muscle logging all those hours on the Wii. What about… Read More

  • Lazy Wii Guy Shows You How It's Done

    I feel like a fool for running around the living room. Wii Bit Lazy [Joystiq] Read More

  • AT&T Adds Pay-Per-Use PTT to Offerings

    Push to talk, or PTT, sucks. There aren’t many things more annoying than being at the mall and hearing someone’s phone chirp followed by a disembodied voice saying, “Dude, we’re at the Mervyns!” We hate that. Cingular/AT&T, though, thinks we deserve more of it, as it’s allowing all of its customers with compatible hardware access to PTT with other… Read More

  • Florida Governor Fed Up With E-Voting

    After the past two presidential elections, it’s easy to see why Florida Gov. Charlie Crist wants to ditch electronic voting machines in favor of paper-based ballots. Crist notes that the 2000 race specifically was a wake up call that something needed to be done to fix the problems associated with voting electronically. He will be asking Florida legislature for $20 million in funding… Read More

  • Jack Bauer Gear at Uncrate

    Uncrate has tenaciously gone through the catalog of all the gear Jack Bauer regularly uses on “24.” It’s a show I’ve tried several times unsuccessfully to get into. Oh well. Foremost (read: most expensive) among these gadgets is a fancy pants Special Ops Watch. Its rugged design makes it ideal for any counter-terrorism operations. The watch features LED lighting, a… Read More