Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • Tron-Club Sends Circuits To Your Home In Jolly Packages

    Tron-Club Sends Circuits To Your Home In Jolly Packages

    While Tron-Club sounds more like a weekly meeting of Tron enthusiasts who enjoy dressing up in unitards and making whooshing sounds as they pretend to ride invisible Lightcycles, it’s actually a service that sends circuits to your home. Why? Because you should learn electronics, that’s why. As hardware becomes easier to build and understand, programmers are finding themselves at… Read More

  • Polar’s Loop 2 Activity Tracker Adds Notifications And Vibrations To Your Wrist

    Polar’s Loop 2 Activity Tracker Adds Notifications And Vibrations To Your Wrist

    Polar just released a brand-new version of its activity tracker, the Loop 2. The company now competes directly with the Fitbit Charge and Jawbone Up, as the new tracker now packs more features to stay on par with the competition. Read More

  • The iPod touch Is The New Point-And-Shoot

    The iPod touch Is The New Point-And-Shoot

    There are indications that Apple still believes that the iPod touch fits a certain niche, and those come in the form of a smattering of hardware upgrades. The refreshed models feature a more powerful processor, better camera hardware and imaging software and a focus on the iPod as a gaming and photography platform. Read More

  • The Commodore PET Has Been Reincarnated As A Phone

    The Commodore PET Has Been Reincarnated As A Phone

    The 1980s are back again! The guys who bought the Commodore name are releasing an Android smartphone for about $300. The price includes some bog standard specs but, most important, includes two emulators so you can play classic 1980s games right on your screen. The phone will appear in Europe first – including Italy and Poland – but if you remember programming guessing games in… Read More

  • HTC Unveils Four New Desire Smartphones

    HTC Unveils Four New Desire Smartphones

    HTC has announced four new HTC Desire smartphones, including the HTC Desire 520, Desire 526, Desire 626, and Desire 626s. All four phones will be LTE-capable, contain Quad-core Snapdragon processors, and have a variety of displays. The Desire 520 has a 4.5-inch FWVGA (854×480) display, and comes with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of onboard storage. The main camera is a 8MP recording at 720p, and… Read More

  • British Gas Unveils Updated Hive Thermostat, New Smart Plug, Lighting And Motion Sensor Products

    British Gas Unveils Updated Hive Thermostat, New Smart Plug, Lighting And Motion Sensor Products

    Hive, the British Gas connected home brand, has unveiled its ‘next generation’ smart thermostat, upgraded features for the Hive app, and — perhaps most noteworthy — a pipeline of soon-to-be-launched smart home products covering lighting, plugs, motion detection, and door and window sensors. Read More

  • Lumos Is A Bike Helmet With Integrated Indicator Lights

    Lumos Is A Bike Helmet With Integrated Indicator Lights

    We’ve seen bike helmets with integrated front and back lights before. But Boston-based hardware startup Lumos is hoping to go one better by packing a front light, wireless indicator lights and an accelerometer-powered backlight into an otherwise pretty standard-looking cycle helmet. Rechargeable battery included. Read More

  • 3D Systems Releases New Filament That Dissolves In Water

    3D Systems Releases New Filament That Dissolves In Water

    Moisture, as they say, is the essence of wetness. It’s now also a great way to remove support material from 3D-printed objects. Printing complex objects requires rafts and supports. These hold the pieces in place and, in theory, are supposed be easily removable with a little tugging. In reality, however, support material can make a mess of your project. With this filament, however… Read More

  • Eden, The In-Home Tech Help Service, Picks Up $1.3 Million

    Eden, The In-Home Tech Help Service, Picks Up $1.3 Million

    Eden, the YC-backed startup that offers on-demand tech help service direct to your home, has today announced the raise of $1.3 million in seed funding. Investors include Canvas Ventures, Eniac Ventures, Comcast Ventures, Maven Ventures, Y Combinator, Dylan Smith from Box, and James Beshara from Tilt (with his first angel investment). The premise behind Eden is relatively simple. Users with… Read More

  • Microsoft Signals That It Is Not Abandoning Hardware

    Microsoft Signals That It Is Not Abandoning Hardware

    In the wake of its embarrassing, multi-billion dollar writedown and associated spate of firings, Microsoft is working to signal that it is not done with hardware. There are three recent data points worth our time: Microsoft saying this morning that Lumia handsets running Windows 10 are coming, that the firm is expanding sales channels for its Surface line of tablet-hybrids, and that the company… Read More

  • Fly Or Die: Amazon Echo

    Upon first hearing about the Amazon Echo, a device that sits in the home and receives voice-powered commands, I wasn’t even remotely convinced that this could be a good idea. For one, the idea of Amazon listening to every word I say was disconcerting, and voice-powered computational tools (such as Siri and Google Now) have yet to really impress me. But in practice, the Amazon Echo is one… Read More

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