Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • Motorola Vending Machines

    Motorola is creating what they call “robotic stores,” called Instantmoto, to sell Motorola phones and accessories. While these amazing store will probably be completely indistinguishable from stores staffed with actual human employees – both the robot and the humans would probably fail the Turing test, given enough time – these vending machines will sell the RAZR and the… Read More

  • Cingular and Double Standards


    Consumerist is running a story about an Alabama woman who is getting shafted by Cingular. The story goes that the woman owned three phones on AT&T, which was, of course, bought out by Cingular. Her phones are frequently used during long commutes. Due to this traversing, the phones are on the towers of other providers for more than 50% of the time. Cingular decided that this was not… Read More

  • Gamexpert Phase 4 PSP Hi-Fi

    This is one of those products that you have to stop and ask yourself, “Is this really necessary?” Aside from being horrendously obtrusive and clunky, Gamexpert 4 PSP Hi-Fi adds 23 watts of stereo sound through two mid-range drivers and a down-facing subwoofer. The dock features an auxiliary input so that you can hookup something else instead of your PSP. It also includes a… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Open Water Edition

    Here are some of yesterday’s news stories: The Rocket Bag
    Floating Windmills Are “Invisible” From Shore
    USBCELL AA Batteries Are USB Rechargeable
    Sleeves + Blanket = Slanket!
    Zune Caught Read More

  • Sleeves + Blanket = Slanket!

    Is it just us, or is every-damn- thing making every-other-damn- thing obsolete these days? For thousands of years, Man has kept himself toasty with the comfort of a blanket. It’s the first possession most of us ever have, many people keeping their’s close their entire lives (don’t act like you don’t still have yours, Ozerman). It’s a simple, functional… Read More

  • Gizmodo iPod Nano Roundup

    can do, and that they liked the old coloring better. If that’s all they can find to complain about, then a decent Mp3 player it must be. Now, if the iPhone doesn’t play back video, we’re going to be pissed. On the plus side, they loved the gapless playback, Audible audiobook support, and the fact that it’s iPod. iPod Nano Frankenreview [Gizmodo] Read More

  • Xbox Live Vision Hits Stores

    If you’ve been waiting to give those little thirteen year olds the finger for playing pool better than you in Bankshot Billiards 2 , you now have a Xbox Live Vision to do it with. Technically, the Xbox Live Vision came out yesterday, but most video games and video game accessories ship out Tuesdays and hit shelves on Wednesdays. So far the only game compatible with Xbox Live Vision is Uno… Read More

  • BurnAway: Data Transfer Without PCs

    Who needs a PC? The smarties over at Delkin (no, not Belkin) have found two great tastes that taste great together. They’ve taken a standard external DVD writer and combined it with a USB multi-card reader. Not content to just combine them into one USB connection, they’ve also added a microcontroller and an LCD screen, so you can transfer the photo and video contents of your… Read More

  • iKaraoke: Instant Fun

    If you’re the type that loves karaoke, but don’t want to embarrass yourself in front of the locals at the bar (or the jukebox just doesn’t have what you’re looking for), the iKaraoke is your answer. Ikaraoke is a slim microphone that connects to your iPod. Once you hit the switch located on the microphone, the existed vocals of the song you are playing will fade… Read More

  • Free Zunes on Ellen DeGeneres

    Microsoft will be pimping the Zune on the Ellen DeGeneres show today, starting in just a few moments, according to Zune Insider. If you’re home (bum), tune in to our favorite dancing daytime talkshow personality (after Tony Danza). She’ll be interviewing Chi-Lan Lieu, host of HGTV’s “I Want That! Tech Toys”, and probably talking about Zune. A little bunny that… Read More

  • SportsDo – The GPS Workout System For Your Phone

    Designed as add-on software for GPS-enabled phones, the SportsDo works to allow you to track your exercise regime, store it, and review it later to see what you did right and what you did wrong. The software shows you how far you ran, how many calories you burned, what the time was, and how fast you ran. It works for any kind of distance activity, like running, biking, skating or skateboarding. Read More

  • iPod Nano Gets a Wood Case

    if someone asked you what would protect your iPod more, aluminum or wood, what would you choose? *bbzzzzzz* Wrong. The answer is wood, or at least the Dutch company Miniot thinks so. They have a wooden iPod carrying case designed to protect the precious, and apparently vulnerable, metals on your iPod. Oh, and it also costs $95. Some of you may think this is a bit much for a $149 device. Read More

  • Disney's Mix Max PMP For Kids

    <img src="http://tctechcrunch2011.files.wordpress.com/2007/01/MMC slot, 2.2-inch display and a movie playback rate of 30FPS. Not too bad for something that only costs $99. Most likely this thing will play back all of Disney's movies, available for separate purchase instead of being ripped from the DVDs and VHS cassettes you already own. The player plays WMV, MP3/WMA, and JPEGs. Read More

  • Suunto t3: It's Got it All

    We like Suunto – they make a nice watch with lots of features and have a cetain style that makes their watches look less like wrist computers than dinner plates with numbers. The t3 includes a heart-rate monitor, pedometer, as well as real-time calories burned read-out. It’s about $169.99 with a black face and $149.99 for a standard LCD face. Pedometer and heartrate pods sold… Read More

  • Universal Drops Blu-ray Support

    , one of which is a movie about an ugly beast who gets angry, and the other about a Marvel comic book character. As one of the only studios to support HD DVD directly, Universal is putting all its chips into one can of salsa, whereas a few others are doing both formats. In any case, this is the first we’ve heard of a studio dropping support for a next-gen format. A sign of things to… Read More

  • For Programmers Only: Neuros OSD Linux PVR That You Have To Program Yourself

    Nothing as sophisticated or polished as TiVo or Windows Media Center, this Neuros OSD Linux Media Recorder has users jumping in coding functionality, which eventually gets shared all other users. Ludicrous for someone who just wants to make sure they don’t miss the Colbert Report, but open source coders, contributers, and users are all over this type of thing. There are only 200… Read More

  • Apple iTunes 7 Music Purchases Not Working on SLVR and ROKR Phones?

    Among the various problems users have encountered with the new iTunes 7 software, one of the worst has to be the fact that the iTunes Music Store purchases aren’t working in Motorola ROKR and SLVR phones. The songs that have been ripped from CDs or downloaded as MP3s from elsewhere on the web work fine, it’s just the DRM tracks from iTMS that don’t work. No fix has been… Read More

  • Name that Squid

    Thanks to the amazing Bryce Durbin, we’re lucky enough to have our own jolly mascot, the Blue Squid or Blue Goo or Whatever You Want to Call Him. However, the poor soul doesn’t have a name. In an effort to remedy that, we’re asking you, readers, to send us your best names for the Blue Goo. Creativity is a plus – write the proposed name on a birthday cake, on a shirt, or… Read More

  • Samsung Trace Quick Look

    Feast your gadget-starved eyes on the Samsung Trace aka the T519 from T-Mobile. It’s thin, light, and magical. It’s very SLVR-like – which is what T-Mo is going for here – and very inexpensive ($99). Unfortunately, it’s made of Samsung plastic and feels pretty chintzy but if you’re looking for something to slip between the pages of a book to hold your place… Read More

  • Xbox 360 Will Support 1080p, Upscale Your DVDs and Games

    <img src="http://tctechcrunch2011.files.wordpress.com/2007/01/1080i. Also, HD DVD will most likely be played back at 1080p when the HDMI cable is released – or just on their component cables now, we're not sure yet. The system should also be upscaling your current DVD movies to 1080p as well, which will be a welcome addition for most households with HDTVs but no upscaling… Read More