• Music man: Laser harp plays pre-programmed samples, looks halfway decent

    Who knew Seth knew how to play the harp? This $600 gadget is a laser harp of sorts. Popular Mechanics has a video of it in action. As the video shows—why can’t I embed it?—every time you break a laser beam, the software plays back an audio sample from one of several different genres, like classical, metal and jazz. Or, if you have any musical talent to speak of, you can… Read More

  • Microsoft patches the SP1 for Vista patch

    Let’s try to stay with me here. Microsoft released a service pack for Windows Vista because Vista kind of sucked as it shipped. The service pack, SP1, made many people’s Vista installs reboot permanently. So then it released an SSU (Servicing Stack Update) that Vista users were supposed to install before the SP1. This caused many people even more problems. So Microsoft today… Read More

  • These RoBoots were made for walkin': Cornell walk-bot sets record


    Asimo ain’t got nothing on this bot. The Cornell “Ranger” robot was designed for walking long distances, and so it has done, achieving a world record of 5.6 miles — 45 laps around their running track (movie in the first link). Eventually it stopped and fell down, possibly due to a low battery. That’s quite a long way to go on a charge, though; the BigDog has a… Read More

  • What.cd's Gazelle: April 17

    Gazelle, the new back-end that What.cd has been hyping these past few months, now has a release date: April 17. Gazelle isn’t simply faster than TBsource, but it’ll bring with it several features found in the OinkPlus script for Firefox. And no, I don’t have any invites to give out. I need to upload about 4GB more in order to become a power user. Then I’ll have invites. Read More

  • Powercast: Wireless power for robots and devices


    Click To Play Powercast exhibited their power transmission technologies by “shooting” LEDs with energy and making them light up. These guys make the CES rounds so we’ve seen them before but their plan here is to embed their technology into wireless robots and simply send the power along with the control commands as the robots traverse scary terrain. So far they… Read More

  • Creative peripherals made fun and EAsy with Novint's Falcon


    You see all these console and PC peripherals out there, from the Wii wheel to the Wolf King we’re giving away. Rock Band is probably the most salient example of games driving peripheral sales, but Novint, creator of the potentially-awesome-but we-understand-if-you’re-skeptical-about-it Falcon, has a different approach. They went straight to the dark side: Electronic Arts. By… Read More

  • Robo scorpion: Ouch, quit it. Ouch, quit it

    http://blip.tv/scripts/flash/showplayer.swf?enablejs=true&file=http%3A//blip.tv/rss/flash/817156&feedurl=http%3A//crunchgear.blip.tv/rss/&autostart=false&brandname=CrunchGear&brandlink=http%3A//crunchgear.blip.tv/ National Instruments makes the code inside Lego Mindstorms. Lego Mindstorms hurts me. Kill National Instruments. Kill! Read More

  • Vibrating, Braille-enabled cellphone for the blind invented in Japan

    Using vibrations much like a Morse code, professor Nobuyuki Sasaki has invented a type of cellphone that works in Braille for blind dialers. Using a Braille keybaord, the phone uses tactile feedback in the form of dual vibrating mechanisms to respond to input and “display” output, the phone makes it easier for those who can’t see to dial numbers correctly. It’s a… Read More

  • Sony doesn't have manufacturing capacity to meet Blu-ray demand

    Despite Blu-ray‘s utterly devastating victory earlier this year, Sony may be in a spot of trouble. Seems the company has a bit of a problem manufacturing the discs (I swear I’ve heard that before), and since it’s the the biggest producer of The Blu (that’s how cool kids say Blu-ray), it could be the biggest obstacle to the format’s success. Not that that… Read More

  • Sony launches PSP, Walkman-friendly set-top box

    The PSP is a definite multimedia platform, and AT&T is selling a metric assload of Walkmen phones from Sony-Ericsson, but both of these devices have limited sources of media to take advantage of. PS3 owners have long enjoyed the ability to rip disks or downloadable content for their portable devices, but what if you’re an Xbox 360 fan? Enter the BDZ-A70, a set-top DVR-style device… Read More

  • Flickr Video Launches – A Unique Experience

    Flickr users can now add video clips alongside their photos, a much requested and much anticipated feature that has been promised for over a year. The puppet version of Shel Israel graciously kicked things off for us by announcing the new feature in the Flickr Video below. The product is not a YouTube clone by any means. The Flickr team, led by Director of Product Management Kakul… Read More

  • Galileo wheeltrack component demo

    http://blip.tv/scripts/flash/showplayer.swf?enablejs=true&file=http%3A//blip.tv/rss/flash/817262&feedurl=http%3A//crunchgear.blip.tv/rss/&autostart=false&brandname=CrunchGear&brandlink=http%3A//crunchgear.blip.tv/ This is a prototype of a wheel/track component that can change from wheel to track when the situation demands. The tracks have hooked treads that can pull… Read More

  • Lacy does London

    Business Week columnist Sarah Lacy, best known for her book on the ‘new’ Silicon Valley and a recent interview with Facebook’s Mark Zuckerburg, has been in London this week interviewing startups for her various outlets as well as sending video back to the Tech Ticker show on Yahoo! Finance. Lacy is a smart reporter and a keen observer of startups and the entrepreneurial… Read More

  • Uncle Walt retracts statement over 3G iPhone


    All that bullhonky over the weekend about a 3G iPhone being released in 60 days was pure speculation says Mossberg. “If I knew when this date was, why would I announce it in the middle of a sentence at the Finnish embassy, rather than report it in the Wall Street Journal?” Read More

  • The Segway RMP: Magic carpet ride

    http://blip.tv/scripts/flash/showplayer.swf?enablejs=true&file=http%3A//blip.tv/rss/flash/817065&feedurl=http%3A//crunchgear.blip.tv/rss/&autostart=false&brandname=CrunchGear&brandlink=http%3A//crunchgear.blip.tv/
    Sadly, this odd platform wasn’t working today due to firmware problems. However, as you can see from the video, it’s basically a moving… Read More

  • NetBlender using sorcery to get Blu-ray onto iPod Touch, iPhone

    We’re not sure exactly how this is going to work, but NetBlender is touting a new technology it’s creating that will allow set-top Blu-ray players connect with iPhones and iPod Touches, allowing the handhelds to become remotes for said set-top boxes. What’s more NetBlender says the technology would allow the transfer of video from the Blu-ray devices to the handsets without… Read More

  • EMC Buys 90s High Flyer Iomega For $213 Million

    Storage giant EMC is buying Iomega for $213 million in cash, a slight premium above its $200 million market cap at the close of trading today. Iomega, which makes portable hard drives and Zip drives, will become the core of EMC’s consumer and small business storage device business. During the 1990s, Iomega was one of the original tech momentum stocks, trading as high as $114. Today… Read More

  • GalleryPlayer, anyone? Using your HDTV as art

    I keep getting e-mails from GalleryPlayer, a company that sells hi-res artwork specifically for display on [plasma and LCD] HDTVs. (A starter pack costs $50.) The idea behind it is, instead of turning your TV off when not in use, you pop in an SD card filled with purdy pictures. Does anyone do that? My TV doesn’t have the appropriate inputs to use the service, but I don’t know if… Read More

  • Puppet Parody Show Gets Sponsorship; Original FastCompany Show Doesn't

    Loren Feldman’s puppet video show, which parodies a video interview show run by Shel Israel called Global Neighborhoods, has landed an official sponsor, Feldman says. Meanwhile, Global Neighborhoods itself remains sponsorless. In the videos, a naked puppet interviews people (or other puppets) to talk about “social media,” making fun of Israel’s interview style. The… Read More

  • Tag Heuer's $7,000 cellphone is $7,000 worth of "meh"

    I have a Helio Ocean and a Palm Centro I use as my daily dialers (I know, I know) alternatively, and between the two they do nearly everything a cellphone can do, but they’re lacking one thing: crocodile skin. That’s why I should look into this Tag Heuer Meridiist. It’s a very good looking phone from people who make very good looking watches. It’s luxury in your pocket… Read More

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