hardware

  • 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

  • The TouchFire Chronicles: How Two Guys Raised $100K To Make A Magical Keyboard

    The TouchFire Chronicles: How Two Guys Raised $100K To Make A Magical Keyboard

    This week we’re running a three part series by Steven Isaac, a programmer with an amazing resume including stints at Sun, Microsoft, and even a hardware start-up that brought the first (non-portable) tablets. For years he’s dreamed of an easy-to-use device with a full keyboard that slides out when needed and, together with a designer, he built the Touchfire, a fully funded… Read More

  • ARM’s A7 To Act As Sidekick Processor To More Powerful A15 And Friends

    ARM’s A7 To Act As Sidekick Processor To More Powerful A15 And Friends

    Here’s another entry to add to the alphabet soup of processors, chips, and components being bandied about by device makers. ARM, whose A8 core forms the center of a great number of mobile devices, has announced a little brother to their line of higher clockspeed processors. The A7 will form a sort of low-power sidekick to the more powerful A15 and its ilk. The A7 (no direct relation… Read More

  • AMD’s Bulldozer Fails To Meet Expectations

    AMD’s Bulldozer Fails To Meet Expectations

    The Intel-AMD war has been going on a long time, and I hope it will be going on longer. The last few years have been hard on the underdog, however, with huge growth by Intel in both the low-power and high-performance sectors. The Core 2 Duos excelled, as did the Core i* series, and its most recent consumer series, the Sandy Bridge update to the i*s, is a monster. AMD has consistently… Read More

  • New USB Spec Calls For Up To 100W Of Power, Thinks “Thunderbolt” Is A Cute Name

    New USB Spec Calls For Up To 100W Of Power, Thinks “Thunderbolt” Is A Cute Name

    I’m sure many of our readers have come across a situation where they’d have liked USB to carry a bit more power to their devices. Your phone or iPod, charging ever-so-slowly, or perhaps an external drive that only works on “powered” USB ports — or must be plugged into a wall socket. A wall socket, in this day and age! I ask you! Fortunately, the SuperSpeed USB… Read More

  • Texas Instruments Promises All-Day Battery Life With 2013 OMAPs

    Texas Instruments Promises All-Day Battery Life With 2013 OMAPs

    Since battery technology isn’t really enabling us to pack more than a few watt-hours into our portable devices, companies like Intel, Nvidia, and Texas Instruments are working hard at making their chips and processors more efficient. Apple is acknowledged to be the leader here — their vertically-integrated device creation process (and the mysterious A5) gives them the control they… Read More

  • 1.6-Terabyte Smart Optimus SSD Reads A Gig Per Second

    1.6-Terabyte Smart Optimus SSD Reads A Gig Per Second

    Enterprise hardware company Smart Modular Technologies has announced a line of SSDs that appear to wipe the floor with pretty much everything out there. It comes in capacities from 200GB all the way to a current record capacity of 1.6TB. And not only is it the biggest single SSD available, it also is the fastest, using a Serial Attached SCSI interface to achieve (they claim) 1000MB/s read… Read More

  • BackBlaze Presents Their Bare-Bones, $7348, 135TB Storage Pod For Backup On The Cheap

    BackBlaze Presents Their Bare-Bones, $7348, 135TB Storage Pod For Backup On The Cheap

    We covered BackBlaze’s cloud-based backup system way back in 2008, when $5 for unlimited storage must have sounded like a Christmas present. Since then the business has matured somewhat, but one thing they nailed that perhaps has become more important is scaling the hardware. With cloud backup and media services firing on all cylinders, data storage space is more valuable than ever… Read More

  • Smart Design: Fanless Heatsink Spins Itself

    This is a nice little twist on the traditional heatsink design you find on CPUs around the world. While normally you’d have a thermally conductive surface, some heat pipes, and a fan driving air over stationary heatsink plates, this design from Sandia switches things up. No fan at all — or if you like, the heatsink is the fan. Read More

  • NZXT Gets Into The CPU Cooling Business With The Havik 140

    I spent quite a while deciding on the fan for my new system, and although I’m happy with the one I got, It would have been nice to have this new Havik 140 from NZXT in the running as well. Mainly because I know it’ll be solid quality and it’s “universally compatible with Intel and AMD processors” — meaning I don’t have to drill down to comments and… Read More

  • Intel's 3D Transistors Promise Small Physical And Electrical Footprint

    Intel has made an interesting advance in microprocessor technology after years of research, and it seems that 2011’s processors will be the first to feature 3D transistors and tri-gate technology. By optimizing the shape of the transistor at a nanometer level, Intel has made it possible to both reduce the size of individual transistors and improve their efficiency. Now, it’s… Read More

  • Gigabyte's Touch BIOS Makes Changing Memory Timings Fun And Easy

    If you’ve put together your own PC before, chances are you’ve had to dip into the BIOS to change a few things around, switch the boot priority, things like that. But as essential as the BIOS tools are, the UI has always been a bit daunting. Keyboard navigation of an 80s-style ASCII interface isn’t something you expect in this modern age. So Gigabyte has gone ahead and given… Read More

  • Successor To Thunderbolt May Hit In 2015, Says Intel

    The latest interface on the block, Thunderbolt, is barely on the market and there’s already talk of its replacement. It’s a good four years down the road, of course (companies like Intel have to think ahead), but there are already prototypes and Intel is already talking it up. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have a cool code name yet, but they’ll fix that soon. Read More