Signe Brewster


Signe covers emerging science and technology, with a focus on virtual reality, robotics, drones, materials science, particle physics and space. In 2013, Signe joined Gigaom’s San Francisco office, where she covered burgeoning hardware industries such as 3D printing and augmented reality. She became a freelance writer in 2015. Her work has appeared in MIT Technology Review, New Scientist, MAKE and Fortune. Signe earned a B.S. in Life Sciences Communication in 2012 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and served as the editor in chief of the Badger Herald. She split the next year between reporting on particle physics at CERN for Symmetry Magazine and a fellowship at Wired.

The Latest from Signe Brewster

Ride along with us in Uber’s self-driving car

Uber is now dispatching self-driving cars to a select group of users in Pittsburgh, and invited us along for the ride. I hailed a car from Uber’s Advanced Technologies Campus Tuesday and took a 45-m

Uber starts self-driving car pickups in Pittsburgh

Beginning today, a select group of Pittsburgh Uber users will get a surprise the next time they request a pickup: the option to ride in a self driving car. The announcement comes 1.5 years after Uber

The rise of drone battling for the BattleBots generation

He mastered flying it, and then got a bigger drone. And then another bigger drone. Then came fighting the drones and building his own. Soon, Ettinger was considered by many to be the best drone fight

A seed grows in Boston

Across 1,000 acres of cotton plants in Arkansas, Tyler McClendon is running an experiment. The seeds are the same, as are his company Oxbow Agriculture’s methods of growing them. But just ahead of p

Whatever happened to 3D printing?

Sam Cervantes is a quiet-seeming guy who speaks earnestly about his line of work. When I visited his Brooklyn 3D printer factory in 2013, workers in an assembly line were busy putting together Solidoo

When drones go pro

As drone pilots step out of isolated hobbyist groups and into the spotlight, many are asking themselves the same question: What will it take to make drone racing a sport acknowledged and embraced the

In a VR world

In 1895, audiences sat down to watch “L’Arrivée d’un Train en Gare de La Ciotat,” an early film that showed a train pulling into a station. Legend has it that when viewers saw the train barre

Review: The ProDrone BYRD

The public's taste in drones is growing more sophisticated. The industry is improving so quickly that major new features are released every year, if not every few months. If a company wants to sell to