John Biggs

Biggs is a contributor for TechCrunch. He has written for the New York Times, InSync, USA Weekend, Popular Mechanics, Popular Science, Money and a number of other outlets on technology and wristwatches. He is the former editor-in-chief of Gizmodo.com and lives in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. You can [Tweet him here](http://twitter.com/johnbiggs).

Disclosures: John is an unpaid advisor to Riffle, a social books platform. John is CEO of Freeport Mobile, Inc. Bre Pettis, formerly of Makerbot, is an investor.

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  • New Levitating 3D Printing Technology Prints In Mid-Air

    New Levitating 3D Printing Technology Prints In Mid-Air

    Imagine printing something with multiple print heads while the object in question was floating in space. Please. Imagine it because I have no idea what is going on here. A new “levitating” 3D printing technology pioneered by Boeing uses a central nugget of magnetic material. Read More

  • Victorinox Announces The INOX Cybertool, A Clip-On Smartwatch

    Victorinox Announces The INOX Cybertool, A Clip-On Smartwatch

    If you need to turn your dumb watch into a smartwatch and don’t mind a parasitic ring of plastic attached to your analog timepiece, then Victorinox and Acer have you covered. The Cybertool offers multiple timezone displays, activity monitoring, and call and message notifications that appear on the ring around the watch. A Help function transmits your current GPS coordinates to a… Read More

  • 3D Printing Company Scrapes Thingiverse And Begins Selling “Free” Designs

    3D Printing Company Scrapes Thingiverse And Begins Selling “Free” Designs

    A small 3D printing company called Just3DPrint has scraped a large portion of Thingiverse, Makerbot’s Creative Commons-based database of 3D models. The company then posted these models for sale on eBay in direct violation of many of the terms the creators offered online. The resulting brouhaha has shaken the 3D maker community and made many rethink the definition of Creative… Read More

  • Robotic Parasite Helps Drummers Keep The Beat

    Robotic Parasite Helps Drummers Keep The Beat

    When we last left Georgia Tech Professor Gil Weinberg he was building robotic friends who could bop and sing along to your favorite tunes. Now he has created a wearable robotic arm that adds a third hand to a drummer’s arsenal. “It responds to human gestures and the music it hears. When the drummer moves to play the high hat cymbal, for example, the robotic arm maneuvers to play… Read More

  • U.S. Government Says Hoverboards Are Verboten

    U.S. Government Says Hoverboards Are Verboten

    The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has deemed hoverboards “unsafe” and, in a letter released by the organization, all hoverboard manufacturers to gain UL certification before selling more boards. #hoverboards Makers, importers and retailers put on notice https://t.co/UEvHCBxSf5 pic.twitter.com/jfG9kIiovC — U.S. CPSC (@USCPSC) February 19, 2016 “Consumers… Read More

  • Smartwatch Shipments Have Overtaken Swiss Watches For The First Time

    Smartwatch Shipments Have Overtaken Swiss Watches For The First Time

    So it begins: “worldwide smartwatch shipments” have hit 8.1 million units in Q4 2015 compared to 7.9 million for Swiss watch shipments. Strategy Analytics, a research firm, has found that smartwatch shipments “rose a healthy 316 percent from 1.9 million in Q4 2014.” Apple has an estimated 63 percent of the global market followed by Samsung’s 16… Read More

  • Scientists Can Now 3D Print Otzi The Mummified Ice Man

    Scientists Can Now 3D Print Otzi The Mummified Ice Man

    Otzi, for those not up on their 5,300-year-old mummified men, died and was frozen in the Alps near Hauslabjoch on the border between Austria and Italy. His body is one of the best preserved human mummies in Europe and now he’s getting a 3D-printed makeover. Researchers and engineers have worked together with 3D-printing firm Materialise to perfectly scan Otzi. This allows researchers to… Read More

  • Join Us For A Micro-Meetup In New York Tonight

    Join Us For A Micro-Meetup In New York Tonight

    The inimitable Jon Shieber will be interviewing Pär-Jörgen Pärson of Northzone VC at a mini-meetup to be held in New York tonight and you’re invited. You can RSVP here. The event will be held at 116 Houston Street, Manhattan, NY and start at about 7pm. Shieber will talk to PJ for a bit and then there will be some good old networking, wine drinking, and the occasional heated argument… Read More

  • LA Hospital Servers Shut Down By Ransomware

    LA Hospital Servers Shut Down By Ransomware

    In what should be the best recommendation for backups ever in the history of computing a Los Angeles hospital has been struck by ransomware and cannot access patient records, x-rays, and other important data. Hackers are using the ransomware, which encrypts all the files on a network, to hold all of the hospital data hostage and they are asking for about $3.6 million in bitcoin to release… Read More

  • The Savioke Robot Is Headed To A Hotel Near You

    The Savioke Robot Is Headed To A Hotel Near You

    When I’m in a hotel room I like absolute privacy. After all, calling upon Baphomet and/or playing Firewatch takes absolute concentration and I don’t want humans intruding on my reverie. That’s why the folks at Savioke are building the Relay. The creators of the Relay all took part in the robotics incubator Willow Garage and their robot – an R2-D2-looking guy with a hole… Read More

  • Slaask Creates A Customer Contact Widget That Connects To Slaack

    Slaask Creates A Customer Contact Widget That Connects To Slaack

    You like customers. You like Slack. You like talking on Slack. You like to talk to customers on Slack. You like sandwiches. How do you connect all of these things (except the sandwiches.) Slaask. Slaask, we can only assume, means Slack-as-a-service. It was created by Alexis Lewalle and “ex-professional horse rider” Remi Delhaye. They are gently funded by some East Coast angels… Read More

  • Study: Music Is The Food Of Love

    Study: Music Is The Food Of Love

    In what is probably one of the most unique studies involving iBeacons, music, and sex anyone has ever done, a researcher (in connection with Apple Music and Sonos) has found that music in the home increases togetherness, closer “proximity,” and leads to 67% more sex worldwide. Now before you say “Hey, this is just Apple and Sonos trying to sell us product” understand… Read More

  • The Trashbot Will Eat And Sort Your Garbage

    The Trashbot Will Eat And Sort Your Garbage

    Robots need excitement. If their lives don’t provide instead they’ll incite violence. Common sense. Simple common sense. But robots also need trash. That’s why the Trashbot is so cool. This robotic trash can will automatically sort all of your garbage, pitching metals into one can and non-recyclables into another. The project is still in its relative infancy but… Read More

  • This Psycho-Pass Dominator Replica Switches Battle Modes Like Wow

    This Psycho-Pass Dominator Replica Switches Battle Modes Like Wow

    While I am not a huge fan of anime – I stopped at Akira and never picked it back up – I can appreciate attention to detail and true proplica badassery when I see it. And so we present the Dominator from Psycho-Pass, a quick-converting replica gun that moves from “paralyzer” to “eliminator” mode. It also connects to your smartphone for some added fun… Read More

  • Hamster Pad Helps You Find Cool Slack Communities

    Hamster Pad Helps You Find Cool Slack Communities

    Are you a Slovenian web dev? A French iOS programmer? A sad person in need of friends? Get thee to the Hamster Pad. This new site Matt Schlicht and his buddy Adam McKenna aggregates hundreds of Slack communities, from programming-centric rooms to rooms for writers. “Nothing like Hamster Pad exists right now. We have literally taken the Slack API and started to create an entire social… Read More

  • iRobot Has Sold Its Defense And Security Business

    iRobot Has Sold Its Defense And Security Business

    In an effort to divest itself of the defense and security market, iRobot has sold its D&S assets to form another company dedicated to all things military. The new company is led by CEO Sean Bielat, a former Marine officer. From the release: The iRobot Defense & Security (D&S) organization is excited to announce that it will become a standalone, privately held Robotics… Read More

  • Mast Mobile, The Mullet Of Carriers, Offers Business Up Front And A Party In The Back

    Mast Mobile, The Mullet Of Carriers, Offers Business Up Front And A Party In The Back

    Once, long ago, my personal phone number became my business phone number. The result? I now get business calls all day long and no one I know calls me just to chat. This could be an issue between myself and my diminishing circle of friends but it could also be a solution for Mast Mobile. This new carrier, powered by Virgin Mobile USA, lets you have two phone numbers on one phone. Callers to… Read More

  • This Semi-Automatic Gun Is “95 Percent” 3D Printed

    This Semi-Automatic Gun Is “95 Percent” 3D Printed

    Another day, another 3D-printed gun. This one comes to us from a carpenter from West Virginia who calls himself Derwood. His gun is “95 percent” 3D printed which means the important bits – springs, firing pins, etc. – are handmade or repurposed (the barrel comes from a Glock) while the stock, magazine, and upper and lower receivers are printed on a Fusion F306 3D… Read More

  • Crypter Encrypts Your Facebook Chats For Maximum Security

    Crypter Encrypts Your Facebook Chats For Maximum Security

    Imagine you’re Edward Snowden with a Facebook profile. You text an ace reporter at the Guardian and have a new bit of information to share: you totally found a great new coffee place in the heart of Moscow where the CIA can’t poison you with thallium. How do you send that news securely over Facebook Messenger? Crypter is the answer. Created by a Max Mitchell, a student at… Read More

  • Das Keyboard Releases New Gaming Hardware For AWSD Jockeys

    Das Keyboard Releases New Gaming Hardware For AWSD Jockeys

    Das Keyboard, makers of super-clicky, super-heavy keyboards for hacker ninja warriors has announced a new line of keyboards and mice for the gaming set. Called Division Zero, the new X40 keyboard has a metal top panel, LED-lit keys, and new gold-plated switch contacts. The top panel is removable and replaceable and n-key rollover for maximum badassery. They’ve also launched an M50 mouse… Read More

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