Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • Insenth Focuses AR Glasses On Cyclists

    Insenth Focuses AR Glasses On Cyclists

    Meet Senth In1 — a pair of AR glasses, based on Android 4.3, being developed by a Beijing-based startup, specifically for cyclists. Read More

  • The L3D Cube Starts the 3D Display Revolution

    Looking Glass Founders See Their L3D Cube As A New Type Of Display

    Earlier this year, Looking Glass successfully raised $252,000 on Kickstarter for its 3D LED cube, dubbed the L3D Cube. Now the startup actually is shipping cubes — or, rather, kits for assembling your cube — and co-founders Alex Hornstein and Shawn Frayne are getting settled into a new office in Brooklyn. (Frayne is splitting his time between Brooklyn and Hong Kong.) So we stopped… Read More

  • Wearsafe Is A Connected Panic Button For The App Generation

    Wearsafe Is A Connected Panic Button For The App Generation

    At the Disrupt NY hackathon this year the winning hack was a live-streaming app called Witness whose team’s pitch was a desire to be the panic button for the mobile age. But what about sticky situations where you don’t have time to fire up an app? That’s where Connecticut-based startup Wearsafe Labs is hoping to step in, with a hardware panic button also updated for the app era. Read More

  • Y Combinator, Tim Cook Back Nebia, A Shower That Uses 70% Less Water

    Y Combinator, Tim Cook Back Nebia, A Shower That Uses 70% Less Water

    As a health spa owner in Mexico City, Carlos Gomez Andonaegui often fretted about the cost of water. Mexico’s capital city, with more than 20 million people in the metropolitan region, sits at an altitude of more than 7,000 feet in the heart of the country where it is near no major natural water sources. Two enormous systems dating back to the 1940s and 1970s elevate water by more than… Read More

  • Canonical’s Ubuntu Phones Now On Sale Globally

    Canonical’s Ubuntu Phones Now On Sale Globally

    Mobile market latecomer Canonical claims “latent demand” for its tardy but alternative smartphone OS has encouraged its OEM partner, BQ, to open up availability of its handsets to buyers anywhere in the world, not just in Europe. Read More

  • Apple Patents New Liquidmetal Techniques For Manufacturing

    Apple Patents New Liquidmetal Techniques For Manufacturing

    Liquidmetal, as you’ll recall, is a bulk metallic glass – BMG – that can be cast into shapes and then hardens into a metal. It’s popular in watchmaking and was recently taken up by Apple in their iPhone manufacturing process. Today’s patent, however, addresses the process of casting multiple metals or BMGs, allowing manufacturers to surround alloys in other… Read More

  • Defusing The Internet Of Things Time Bomb Crunch Network

    Defusing The Internet Of Things Time Bomb

    They’re coming, and we won’t be able to stop them. But will they be friends or foes? What are we talking about? Internet of Things (IoT) devices. And, as with most things, the answer will depend on the details. Gartner predicts there will be approximately 5 billion such devices in use this year, growing to 25 billion (more than half of them consumer-focused) by 2020. Read More

  • Govberg’s OnTime App Lets You Keep A Virtual Watch Box On Your Phone

    Govberg’s OnTime App Lets You Keep A Virtual Watch Box On Your Phone

    Watch collectors are weird. Sometimes they plan meetups where they get together with their entire watch collections and fondle each others’ timepieces, breathless with excitement. If you ever see a bunch of grown men looking at Seikos from the 1970s while hyperventilating… run. For the rest of us – or, actually, for the true watch obsessive who doesn’t want to go to… Read More

  • Apple Addresses Bendgate Complaints With Sturdier iPhone 6s Shell

    Apple Addresses Bendgate Complaints With Sturdier iPhone 6s Shell

    Supply chain leaks have indicated that Apple is working on an iPhone 6s, and details of the new device have been surfacing one at a time for the past few weeks. Unbox Therapy has obtained the rear casing of the 6s and meticulously compared it with the iPhone 6. Apple is reinforcing some weak points with this year’s new iteration, and the company is also switching to lighter, stronger… Read More

  • A $30 Dongle Can Unlock Your Car And Garage Remotely

    A $30 Dongle Can Unlock Your Car And Garage Remotely

    Hacker Samy Kamkar has created a clever system for capturing and playing back the radio signals that can open your garage door and car. It costs $30 and could spell the end of the laughably insecure systems now in place that protect our rakes and Land Rovers. Read More

  • HTC Is Now Essentially Worthless (And Insecure)

    HTC Is Now Essentially Worthless (And Insecure)

    Internet hyperbole (and financial analysis) have rendered HTC, a once high-flying mobile brand, essentially valueless. In short, the company is trading below cash on hand. So if you bought all HTC stock, the company would have to pay you, the buyer, to take it over. This means the company’s factories, stock and brand are worth nothing, at least on Wall Street. Read More

  • Fitbit Founder James Park Will Speak At Disrupt SF 2015

    Fitbit Founder James Park Will Speak At Disrupt SF 2015

    James Park is on a roll. Best known as the co-founder and CEO of Fitbit, his company went public on June 18 — and things couldn’t have gone more smoothly. Fitbit is now worth $9 billion despite facing tough competition. It seems like nothing can stop the company’s fitness-tracking devices. When Fitbit announced that it would go public, the company planned to raise around… Read More

  • Hardware Incubators Are Critical To The Future Of Making Things Crunch Network

    Hardware Incubators Are Critical To The Future Of Making Things

    Hardware is hot — and poised to get hotter. Venture capital investment in connected device hardware startups reached approximately $1.48 billion in 2014, more than triple the amount of two years earlier. Meanwhile, the “fairy tale” acquisitions of Dropcam, Nest, Beats and Oculus — and the IPOs of Fitbit and GoPro — fuel public interest and momentum for new startups… Read More

  • Smartwatches Decimated Traditional Watch Sales Last Month

    Smartwatches Decimated Traditional Watch Sales Last Month

    An NPD survey is suggesting that the Apple Watch has pushed watch sales to the lowest point since 2008. NPD has found that watchmakers sold $375 million worth of watches in July, down 11 percent from last year. This decline is the largest since a similar decline in 2008 due to the financial crisis. Read More

  • How Consumer-Focused AI Startups Are Breaking Down Language Crunch Network

    How Consumer-Focused AI Startups Are Breaking Down Language

    Language is a distinctly human trait. Or is it? A new wave of consumer-focused startups are now developing artificial intelligence programs that can mimic, adapt and interpret the complex semantic patterns that were previously unrecognizable to logical, mathematically driven machines. Read More

  • This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: HTC, OnePlus, Drifter, And Robot Sex

    This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: HTC, OnePlus, Drifter, And Robot Sex

    It’s earnings season, and HTC is having a rough few years quarter. Meanwhile, OnePlus released the OnePlus 2, and the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 seems to have leaked all over the place. Plus, the Drifter waterproof speaker (with its own operating system) is now available for pre-order. We discuss all of this, and our future romantic relationships with robots, on the latest episode of the… Read More

  • Verizon Kills Off Subsidies And Contracts, Simplifies Data Plans

    Verizon Kills Off Subsidies And Contracts, Simplifies Data Plans

    Verizon announced a brand new line-up of monthly plans for new customers. Following T-Mobile’s model, plans are now a bit cheaper and easier to understand. But you should expect to pay more for your phone as Verizon (TechCrunch’s parent parent company) will sell you unsubsidized phones. Read More

  • Researchers Teach Robots To Avoid Childhood Bullies

    Researchers Teach Robots To Avoid Childhood Bullies

    Kids are mean. Just ask any robot. Robotics engineers have discovered a tendency for little kids – kindergarteners and grade schoolers – to be abusive towards robots when they’re not near their parents. To prove this, the researchers sent a wheeled robot out into a mall and watched it perambulate around foot traffic. When a little kid approached with his or her parent, the… Read More

  • Yuck It Up, Humanity, Because VR Is Going To Make Things Really Weird

    Yuck It Up, Humanity, Because VR Is Going To Make Things Really Weird

    The Internetogencia was all in a tizzy this week as it commented on a cover photo from Time magazine extolling the simple joys of VR. The cover, if you haven’t seen it, features the disheveled founder of Oculus Rift, Palmer Luckey, who looked like a jolly baby as he bumbled around a virtual seashore. In short, it was WhiteGuysWearin’OculusRifts on the cover of a major news… Read More

  • Drifter Is A Waterproof Speaker That Lets You Leave Your Smartphone Behind

    Drifter Is A Waterproof Speaker That Lets You Leave Your Smartphone Behind

    While a waterproof, buoyant speaker seems like a viable option for boaters, fishers, and generally wet sport enthusiasts, most of them are powered by Bluetooth, meaning that a very delicate and usually non-waterproof smartphone needs to be within close proximity. But the folks at Freedom Audio (formerly FreshETech) don’t believe that should be the case, and so they built the Drifter. Read More

  1. ...
  2. 5
  3. 6
  4. 7
  5. ...