• The Segway RMP: Magic carpet ride

    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

  • CrunchArcade: Xbox 360 HD DVD player gets an update

    So those of you with the Xbox 360 HD DVD player will be getting an update the next time you watch a flick while you’re logged into Live. The update will add support for network features and certain titles will get compatibility improvements, but specific titles were not divulged. If you don’t have acces to Live then you can get the download from here. Thanks for the update… Read More

  • Sonopia Follows Amp'd Into The Deadpool

    Mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) have been having one hell of a time over the past year. The biggest burnout among them was Amp’d Mobile, which lost $360M before realizing its customers couldn’t pay their bills. While Helio rode high for quite some time, that company has also lost Earthlink as an investor, seen CEO Sky Dayton depart, and accumulated a deficit of… Read More

  • Our tech stinks: We're nowhere near being able to time travel, says famous physicist

    Dr. Michio Kaku—yes, he has a MySpace—world-renowned physicist and, as Peter put it, a “smart mofo,” was on the Opie & Anthony Show yesterday (you can grab it off Audible.com here) discussing all sorts of things that made me feel like to total idiot. Whether or not there’s life on other planets (Kaku says yes. As to why we haven’t been visited by other… Read More

  • CMU's snake robot: Coming up through a toilet near you

    http://blip.tv/scripts/flash/showplayer.swf?enablejs=true&file=http%3A//blip.tv/rss/flash/817026&feedurl=http%3A//crunchgear.blip.tv/rss/&autostart=false&brandname=CrunchGear&brandlink=http%3A//crunchgear.blip.tv/ Got to see CMU’s Snake Robot up close and it’s really something. The bugger rolls around the floor and can climb up pipes and through holes with… Read More

  • Robots with guns: The ethical dilemma

    I am but a toy! I was at the show today talking to some folks about the current crop of military robots from people like Foster-Miller and even iRobot. These are robots deployed by the army to handle bomb detection, room clearing, and all the nasty stuff you don’t want to send humans in for. For years, politicians have been deriding these things as remote controlled toys rather than… Read More

  • Review: Wi-Gear iMuffs bluetooth iPod headphones

    I’ve been meaning to get into the Bluetooth headphone craze, so I jumped at the opportunity to check out these new offerings from Wi-Gear. So here’s the rundown: there are two pieces, a small Bluetooth dongle that fits into your iPod’s charge port, and the headphones themselves. As you might imagine, it lets you listen to your iPod wirelessly from anywhere within… Read More

  • RoboBusiness 2008: Kind of small, lots of cool stuff

    Just got to RoboBusiness 2008 in Pittsburgh, PA where I’ve seen more cool things in a 100 square foot space than I’ve ever seen at the South Hall 8AC57.9.B at CES. There are quite a few kit makers here for education and research along with some cool research projects by Carnegie Mellon and other local universities. Read More

  • CrunchArcade: PSP firmware 3.95

    PS3 and PSP Owners, Do you like to play remotely from your PSP? If you do then you should know that the latest firmware, 3.95, will do the following: While playing PSone games on your PSP, you can now customize how the buttons are assigned by going to [Controller Settings] > [Assign Buttons] and select [Custom]. You can now quit Remote Play and choose to turn off your PS3 or leave it on… Read More

  • SMSOfficer Lets You Text From Outlook

    People caught between e-mail and text messaging are going to like this service. With SMSOfficer, which is a plug-in for Outlook, you can send and receive text messages from your desktop e-mail to cell phones. The service works with any cell phone carrier (but only with Outlook e-mail). The first 10 texts are free, and then it costs $20 for the next 250. It takes advantage of the Outlook… Read More

  • Get ready to pay more for Chinese-made electronics

    Hopefully that doesn’t say anything inappropriate Speculation at Slate today on how you may end up having to pay more for cheap goods, including electronic gizmos, coming from China. No more $30 DVD players, knock-off iPhones and no-name portable media players. We’ll have to stretch our increasingly worthless dollar (well, compared the to Euro) even further, it looks like. Read More

  • TechCrunch Labs: Our Experience Building And Launching An App On Google App Engine

    Last night, Google announced App Engine, a hosted web application platform. We’ve now tested the service directly by writing and deploying a test application called appengine.crunchbase.com—a HotorNot popularity contest for startups. Our experience with building and launching an app is below. Google promises developers two things with App Engine: to reduce the time from writing… Read More

  • 'Improv Everywhere' at a little league baseball game

    This isn’t gadget related but, hey, there’s (probably) more to life than just gadgets — like Improv Everywhere showing up to a little league game decked out as NBC Sports, complete with announcers, a blimp, and a jumbotron. “In order to pull this mission off we worked with the commissioner of the Hermosa Beach Little League. The commissioner provided us with the… Read More

  • Nokia to Close Plant in Bochum Germany

    When Nokia announced in January that it planned to close its manufacturing plant in Bochum Germany, many union leaders and politicians were upset with the world’s largest mobile phone maker. To make the closing easier on workers, Nokia will spend $314 million and set up a transfer company that it will help staff for one year. The agreement means the plant can close on June 30 of this… Read More

  • EU may limit Google data hoarding to 6 months

    More “Google is evil” news for you. The EU, a mythical organization granted legitimacy by the BBC, has said Google has no reason to keep users’ search information for more than six months. (It currently keeps such records for up to 18 months.) The proposal to force Google’s hand was drawn up by something called the Article 29 Working Party, which advises (PDF alert)… Read More

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