Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • Sony Releases The SmartBand 2 To Take On Fitbit

    Sony Releases The SmartBand 2 To Take On Fitbit

    Will it be enough? Sony just announced a new Sony SmartBand 2. It is everything you’ve come to expect from fitness tracker. It has a silicon band, it can track your steps for days and it comes with a heart rate sensor. Read More

  • Y Combinator Gets Hardcore About Hardware

    Y Combinator Gets Hardcore About Hardware

    “Hey Robot, make me a sandwich,” I yelled over the ruckus of Y Combinator Demo Day’s break room. The traditional catered lunch had been replaced with a new buffet: hardware startups. Sandwichbots, teabots, futuristic shower heads, and Internet-connected mattress covers lined the room’s perimeter inside Mountain View’s Computer History Museum. Read More

  • Of Course BlackBerry’s Upcoming Android Phone Is Awkward

    Of Course BlackBerry’s Upcoming Android Phone Is Awkward

    Meet the FrankenBlackBerry. Is it an Android phone? Is it a BlackBerry? No, it’s the new BlackBerry Android phone! If you ever wondered what would happen if you slapped a BlackBerry keyboard onto an average Android phone, look no further. BlackBerry has this device for you. Read More

  • Here’s Samsung’s Answer To The Apple Watch

    Here’s Samsung’s Answer To The Apple Watch

    Last week, Samsung held a big conference in New York. While many anticipated the announcements of the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 Edge+, the company also teased a new upcoming device — the Samsung Gear S2. This new smartwatch looks nothing like the Samsung Gear S. It’s a smaller, more fashionable watch that will go head-to-head against the Apple Watch. Read More

  • Fly Or Die: OnePlus 2

    In December of last year, a new, mysterious phone entered the oligarchy of the smartphone world. It was called the OnePlus One, and it made a hell of a splash as one of the more capable indie phones of the year. More recently, the same company has followed up with a sequel, aptly naming it the OnePlus 2. In terms of specs, the phone has a 5.5-inch 1080p display, dual-SIM, and a… Read More

  • The 50 Startups That Launched At Y Combinator Summer 2015 Demo Day 1

    The 50 Startups That Launched At Y Combinator Summer 2015 Demo Day 1

    Hardware took the spotlight at today’s Y Combinator Demo Day, reflecting a major shift of the accelerator beyond the cliche mobile app startup. Out of the 50 companies from the Summer 2015 batch that demoed on the record today, 20 featured hardware. What was formally the Demo Day lunchroom has become an expo hall for all manners of robots and gadgets. We explore this shift in our… Read More

  • Anova Acquires Hardware Marketing Startup Get Fresh For $9.2M

    Anova Acquires Hardware Marketing Startup Get Fresh For $9.2M

    Okay, this one’s a little surprising: Anova, maker of an automated sous vide cooker, has acquired startup Get Fresh, with Get Fresh CEO Stephen Svajian becoming CEO of Anova. I wrote about Get Fresh back in 2013 when it was trying to help hardware makers promote their products by connecting them with reviewers. Looking back, Svajian told me that Get Fresh’s approach might have… Read More

  • Company Awarded Patent For ‘Space Elevator’

    Company Awarded Patent For ‘Space Elevator’

    The space game is hot and only the strongest are going to survive. One Canadian company feels like its in a good spot to succeed, having just been awarded the patent for a “space elevator.” Back to the how’s and what’s in a second…the company, Thoth Technology, took an aggressive shot at Elon Musk’s SpaceX in the process of announcing the news by way of its… Read More

  • Meet Slick, A Motorized GoPro Stabilizer For Action Sports

    Meet Slick, A Motorized GoPro Stabilizer For Action Sports

    Slick is a new GoPro accessory launching today with an Indiegogo campaign. Instead of attaching your GoPro directly to something, you can put your GoPro into the Slick stabilizer and then attach the stabilizer to your helmet, drone or any other standard GoPro mount. And it costs $179. Read More

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