Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • Hands-On With Thync’s Mood-Altering Headset

    Thync is launching its mood-altering headset today, letting you find a state of calm or boost your energy with controls on your smartphone. Thync’s gadget is more of a module than a headset. It’s small, plastic, and contains a Bluetooth radio for connecting to your phone. You attach it to a disposable adhesive strip, which you apply to your temple and neck. Read More

  • Nintendo Denies Its Next-Gen Console Will Run Android

    Nintendo Denies Its Next-Gen Console Will Run Android

    Sorry, Android fans. Nintendo’s next gaming system will not be based on Android. The official word comes from a Nintendo spokesperson speaking to a Japanese report that indicated that the upcoming Nintendo NX would use Android as its operating system. Read More

  • Amazon’s Fire TV Gets More Gaming Cred With GameFly Streaming

    Amazon’s Fire TV Gets More Gaming Cred With GameFly Streaming

    Amazon is crowing about its big Fire TV app and channel catalogue this morning (I have to wonder if the timing has anything to do with the Apple TV announcement rumored for next week), but the best part of the announcement is the addition of GameFly, which brings streaming top-tier games to Amazon’s cheap, lightweight set-top box. GameFly’s presence on the Amazon box is exclusive… Read More

  • Apple’s Smart Earphone Patent Is Designed For Sharing A Single Set

    Apple’s Smart Earphone Patent Is Designed For Sharing A Single Set

    Apple has a patent for earphones (via AppleInsider) that pretty ingeniously suits common usage – the headphones described in the document can automatically detect multiple users using one earbud apiece and switch from stereo sound to mono streams, for instance, or deliver completely different audio streams to each. People share a single headset all the time, which you’ve… Read More

  • Doppler Labs Launches Here Listening System On Kickstarter To Curate Live Audio

    Doppler Labs Launches Here Listening System On Kickstarter To Curate Live Audio

    Doppler Labs, the same folks that introduced us to the totally mechanical Dubs ear plugs, is today unveiling its second product. The Here Active Listening System was just launched on to Kickstarter with a funding goal of $250,000. But what is Here? Read More

  • WatchTF, Asus?

    WatchTF, Asus?

    It’s fairly common practice for cheaper manufacturers to ape more expensive “premium” brands as soon as it’s clear that customer sentiment is headed in a certain direction. This week at Computex, however, Asus dumped a doozy. Take a look at the above video. It’s like a mad-eyed parody of an Apple Watch advertisement. The watches bands look cheap and derivative… Read More

  • Thunderbolt 3 Uses Reversible USB Type-C And Could Be The Ultimate Port

    Thunderbolt 3 Uses Reversible USB Type-C And Could Be The Ultimate Port

    Intel has revealed all about its new Thunderbolt 3 specification at this year’s Computex conference, and it could be the port that best serves Apple’s single I/O vision of the MacBook’s future: Thunderbolt 3 uses a reversible USB-C connector, and includes USB 3.1 support, as well as increasing data transfer speed over Thunderbolt 2 by 100 percent to 40Gbps, and supporting use… Read More

  • Here Are The First Connected Home Devices For Apple’s HomeKit

    Here Are The First Connected Home Devices For Apple’s HomeKit

    Apple’s HomeKit is finally starting to roll out to actual consumers, via the first crop of HomeKit-enabled accessories from third-party manufacturers. This means you’ll soon be able to get your hands on a range of products for the connected home that work with Siri on your iOS device, and that you’ll be able to do so as soon as today, since some of the new HomeKit… Read More

  • FitBit Plans To Raise Up To $358M In Its IPO

    FitBit Plans To Raise Up To $358M In Its IPO

    Fitness tracker FitBit has updated the filing for its initial public offering with new pricing details. The company plans to sell just under 22.4 million shares priced between $14 to $16. At the high end, that would bring the total amount raised in its IPO to $358 million. The filing also states that FitBit stockholders plan to sell 7.5 million shares. Read More

  • Blocks Modular Smartwatch-In-The-Making Will Run On Android

    Blocks Modular Smartwatch-In-The-Making Will Run On Android

    U.K. hardware startup Blocks Wearables, which is in the process of building a modular smartwatch — shown off in concept-form in this teaser video last fall, and originally inspired by Google’s Project Ara modular smartphone — has confirmed the device will run on a modified version of Android Lollipop, rather than the Google Wear platform. Read More

  • Apple’s ‘Shot On iPhone 6′ Campaign Expands With New User Films

    Apple’s ‘Shot On iPhone 6′ Campaign Expands With New User Films

    Apple’s “Shot on iPhone” campaign is probably something you’re already familiar with, given the ubiquitous presence of billboards, print and transit ads created using iPhone 6 user photos. But what you haven’t seen that much of, until today’s expansion of the iPhone World Gallery, are examples of what users can capture with built-in iPhone 6 video camera… Read More

  • The 3D-Printed Peek Camera Helps Diagnose Eye Disease In Developing Areas

    The 3D-Printed Peek Camera Helps Diagnose Eye Disease In Developing Areas

    The Peek, or Portable Eye Examination Kit app, is a smartphone based system for diagnosing eye problems. It uses a 3D-printed add-on that can allow ophthalmologists to give detailed and complete eye exams in the field using an app and a small camera overlay. Created by British ophthalmologists, the system recently hit £130,475 on Indiegogo and is now up for pre-order by doctors. The Peek can… Read More

  • LEGO Worlds Trailer

    Play Lego Worlds, A New Minecraft Competitor From Lego, Right Now

    When Minecraft came out, I heard a lot of people describe as sort of like virtual Lego. Now, there’s a game for which that description is even more apt: Lego Worlds, an open world building game that lets users create using virtual Lego bricks, and interact with the world as a customizable minifigure avatar. The launch trailer for the title is above, but it’s actually already… Read More

  • YC-Backed Lully Lands $2.1M In Seed Funding To Prevent Night Terrors

    YC-Backed Lully Lands $2.1M In Seed Funding To Prevent Night Terrors

    Lully, the YC-backed startup that built a device to help prevent night terrors, is today announcing the close of a $2.1 million seed round. The company is also presenting at the Highway 1 Accelerator demo day tomorrow, with plans to launch the non-beta generation of the device at the end of this month. Lully is a device that pairs with a smartphone app and is placed under the mattress of a… Read More

  • Canary Smart Home Security System Locks Down $30 Million In Series B

    Canary Smart Home Security System Locks Down $30 Million In Series B

    Canary, the smart home monitoring system, has just closed on $30 million in Series B funding led by Walden Riverwood Ventures, with participation from Cota Capital, Khosla ventures, Flextronics, Two Sigma Ventures and WTI. Canary is a small device, packed with sensors and cameras, that sits in the home and monitors everything from temperature to air quality to home security. Users are notified… Read More

  • Seacrest Out: The Typo iPhone Keyboard Is Dead

    Seacrest Out: The Typo iPhone Keyboard Is Dead

    BlackBerry has successfully ended the short but dazzling life of Typo, the hardware keyboard for iPhone spearheaded by longtime BlackBerry user and iPhone switcher Ryan Seacrest. In a short press release announcing a settlement, BlackBerry notes that according to the terms of the agreement between itself and Typo, the latter company will stop selling any kind of keyboard for devices with a… Read More

  • Nintendo NX Dedicated Gaming System Could Run Android

    Nintendo NX Dedicated Gaming System Could Run Android

    Android-powered gaming systems are not the weird outlier they once were, with Nvidia shipping multiple devices that fit that general description. News from Japan’s Nikkei business news outlet now suggests Nintendo might field a device in that category, in the form of the upcoming Nintendo NX gaming system. The NX is still an enigma wrapped in a mystery, after first being revealed as… Read More

  • GoPro Outs The Hero+LCD, A $299 Entry Level Camera With A Touchscreen

    GoPro Outs The Hero+LCD, A $299 Entry Level Camera With A Touchscreen

    Meet the GoPro Hero+LCD. The new camera is part of the company’s growing entry-level Hero line that sports capabilities perfect for YouTube. As the product’s name suggests, it features a LCD touchscreen, which is a handy feature for GoPro cameras. Read More

  • Meet Musio, A Robot That Talks Back

    Natural language and machine learning company AKA says it’s taking the next step toward the creation of a robot that you really, truly talk to with a new project called Musio. Members of the AKA team demonstrated a prototype for me last week. As you can see in the video, Musio should be able to carry on a normal conversation, complete with bad jokes and (thanks to Bluetooth connections… Read More

  • All Screens Are Not Created Equal Crunch Network

    All Screens Are Not Created Equal

    Recently, Taiwanese lawmakers approved the “Child and Youth Welfare and Protection Act,” making it illegal for children under the age of 18 to use electronic devices for excessive periods of time. In the United States, we don’t have legislation restricting screen time, but organizations like the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) have addressed the issue of… Read More

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