hardware

  • Body Hacks: Building An Open-Source, Theremin-Like Vibrator

    Body Hacks: Building An Open-Source, Theremin-Like Vibrator

    For your postprandial pleasure I present the an open-source vibrator that you (or your partner) can play like a theremin. The story of how it came to be is pretty amazing and involves FCC chip lookups, bit-tracing, and lots of assembly code. In short, it’s an amazing effort in DIY hardware hacking that serves the dual purpose of education and giving pleasure. Read More

  • Hands On With The Node, A Sensor-Packed Smartphone Dongle

    Hands On With The Node, A Sensor-Packed Smartphone Dongle

    As a scientist practicing actual, bona fide science, I have often found myself in need of immediate g-force readings or barometric pressure analyses for my scientific problems. Whereas before I had to use my sextant and trident and thermowhozzit, I can instead use the Node. Read More

  • The Bike Singularity Is Nigh: The Velo Bike Has An Open Source Brain

    The Bike Singularity Is Nigh: The Velo Bike Has An Open Source Brain

    The Velo is still a bit of a pie-in-the-sky project but I’d totally be down with it if they made a few in real life. Designed to reduce the “problems” associated with biking – namely collisions and mapping – the bike/microprocessor system is fully electric and connects with your smartphone to perform some very interesting tricks. First, there’s collision… Read More

  • The Mobile/Social/Local/Cloud Land Grab Is Over

    The Mobile/Social/Local/Cloud Land Grab Is Over

    This was my second TechCrunch Disrupt, and what a difference a year makes. Not this year. I mean the year that began in July 2006, when Twitter launched. Two months later, Facebook finally opened up to everyone worldwide; in June 2007, Dropbox was founded; and one month after that, the first iPhone went on sale. Since then nearly everyone else has been playing in the space opened up by those… Read More

  • On A Mission To Be Mobile Payment Agnostic, LevelUp To Roll Out NFC-Capable Terminals

    On A Mission To Be Mobile Payment Agnostic, LevelUp To Roll Out NFC-Capable Terminals

    As a small startup, the mobile payment space shouldn’t be appealing. Every carrier and credit card company seems to have its own system, the space is fragmented, crowded and no standard for payment mechanisms has emerged. (QR codes, really?) To compete, startups need lots of capital, and then they need hardware. Which is why you have to give LevelUp some credit. Since relaunching its… Read More

  • Electronic Glove Helps Doctors Diagnose Breast Cancer

    Electronic Glove Helps Doctors Diagnose Breast Cancer

    A new product dubbed the Glove Tricorder by Med Sensation aims to make it easier for doctors – and patients – to diagnose breast cancer as well as problems like enlarged kidneys and other sub-dermal issues. The gloves currently contain a number of sensors including pressure feedback loops and accelerometers. Eventually the company plans to add ultrasound pads to the tips of the… Read More

  • Toys Grow Up: LittleBits Picks Up $3.65M, PCH Deal To Build Out Its Open-Source Hardware Vision

    Toys Grow Up: LittleBits Picks Up $3.65M, PCH Deal To Build Out Its Open-Source Hardware Vision

    LittleBits, an “open source hardware” startup that makes electronic building blocks to design objects for work and play, has today announced the addition of two significant building blocks of its own: it has picked up $3.65 million in funding; and has signed a manufacturing deal with PCH International to scale up its business. The Series A round of funding was led by True… Read More

  • Makers Wanted: Are You A Hardware Start-Up? Talk To Us

    Makers Wanted: Are You A Hardware Start-Up? Talk To Us

    We’re about to launch a new video series called Makers here at TechCrunch and we’d love to hear from any and all hardware based startups. I want to hear about robots, toys, and railguns. I want to hear about new distilling methods, winemakers, and electric vehicles. I want to hear about anything that whirrs, chops, grates, goes, or crashes into a fireball. Over the next few… Read More

  • Surprisingly Simple Arduino Motion-Sensing Project Makes For Some Weekend Fun

    Surprisingly Simple Arduino Motion-Sensing Project Makes For Some Weekend Fun

    If you’ve always wanted to try to build an Arduino project, this may be a great way to start. Matt Williamson built a tiny, Arduino-based motion sensor that will SMS you when something moves by your desk or into a room. It’s completely open source and the notifications system runs on your PC thanks to a simple Python script. Read More

  • A Million Developers On A Million Keyboards: Ecosystems Require R&D Density

    A Million Developers On A Million Keyboards: Ecosystems Require R&D Density

    Walking around CES this week it’s easy to see the future: just look at the components being sold in the nether regions of the show. These include specific things – Bluetooth powered electrical cords, for example – and “pieces” like smaller motherboards, cases, and materials. When planning a launch line-up, major manufacturers peruse catalogs of potential hardware… Read More