electronics

  • Kinova Robotics | TechCrunch Makers

    TC Makers: Kinova Robotics Gives The Disabled A Helping Hand

    Montreal-based Kinova Robotics was founded in part because of one man – the founder’s uncle, Jaco, a disabled inventor who created a manipulator for his wheelchair out of a hot dog pincher, some microswitches, and some complex electronics. This early attempt, while primitive, was the basis for a whole series of amazing – and amazingly useful – robotic… Read More

  • The Kisai Link Is A Bluetooth Wearable That Hides The Geekiness

    The Kisai Link Is A Bluetooth Wearable That Hides The Geekiness

    As a slave to fashion, I have to look great all the time. But how can I do that when I have to wear so many amazing wearables? You can’t have fashion and electronics. Luckily, Tokyoflash has just the thing. Called the Kisai Link, this is basically a little Bluetooth dongle that you wear on your wrist. It notifies you of phone calls and messages via various blinking LEDs as well as… Read More

  • Contour And iON Cameras Merge To Help Take On GoPro

    Contour And iON Cameras Merge To Help Take On GoPro

    The action camera category has a clear leader in GoPro, but others like Contour aren’t taking GoPro’s dominance lying down; the Utah-based maker of POV camera has joined forces with iON Cameras, a New Jersey-based maker of similar devices, in a merger that could help both remain competitive in a space where everyone from Sony to HTC is entering the ring. Contour made a return to… Read More

  • XPRIZE Contender Astrobotic Strives To Be FedEx To The Moon Crunch Network

    XPRIZE Contender Astrobotic Strives To Be FedEx To The Moon

    Astrobotic Technology, a leading Google Lunar XPRIZE competitor, is setting up to become the first delivery service to the Moon. With a low-cost launch, they now have a lander with the potential for precision landings driven by new system on a chip (SOC) technologies developed by Nvidia with help from General Electric. Read More

  • ElecFreaks Is Selling (And Giving Away) A DIY VR Drone

    ElecFreaks Is Selling (And Giving Away) A DIY VR Drone

    A new 3D-printed drone called the ELF VR Nano is available for pre-order on Indiegogo and for download on Thingiverse. That’s right: you can either buy the product and receive pre-printed parts or you can simply print it yourself. It’s one of the purest open source hardware plays I’ve seen in a long while and it just goes to show how cool it is to be able to print your… Read More

  • This USB Drive Can Nuke A Computer

    This USB Drive Can Nuke A Computer

    Do not ever use a random USB flash drive. There are plenty software exploits that can ruin your computer or life. And with this flash drive, it can physically destroy your computer by blasting a load of voltage to the USB controller with negative voltage. Think Wile E. Coyote and an ACME Human Cannon. BOOM! Read More

  • The Smartwatches That Paved The Way

    Smartwatches aren’t new. Dick Tracy had a two-way wrist radio way back in 1946, but it wasn’t until the 1990s that the electronics and software became compact enough to stuff into a tiny watch case. But the road to the Apple Watch is littered with also-rans and has-beens and we’ve decided to pay homage to these fallen soldiers. Read More

  • Apple Patents A VR Headset For iPhone

    Apple Patents A VR Headset For iPhone

    Apple has been awarded a patent by the USPTO (via AppleInsider) for a head-mounted virtual reality set that uses an iPhone as the display and computing component. The patent describes something similar to both Google Cardboard and Samsung’s Gear VR, but with an insert built specifically to accommodate an iPhone, and with an optional remote that could be used to control the VR… Read More

  • Flotilla Simplifies Electronics Tinkering — Just Add Pi

    Flotilla Simplifies Electronics Tinkering — Just Add Pi

    Flotilla consists of a series of plug and play hardware modules that are controlled by a Pi but can be programmed via different software interfaces, depending on the user’s skill level. Read More