Gadgets

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  • Tile lays off dozens after a disappointing holiday

    Tile lays off dozens after a disappointing holiday

    Tile, one of the best known item-tracking gadgets out there, has laid off some 30 people and reportedly froze the potential hires of another 10, TechCrunch has learned. This comes less than a year after the company raised a $25 million B round last May. The layoffs are reportedly due to disappointing sales over the holidays. Read More

  • Fli Charge demonstrates its charging pad with Craftsman power tools

    Fli Charge demonstrates its charging pad with Craftsman power tools

    Don’t call Fli Charge wireless charging. Fli Charge is conductive charging. It’s just like plugging something into a wall but uses powered surfaces to distribute power. And thanks to proprietary tech, it’s safe to the touch and just as fast as a wall outlet. The company stopped by TechCrunch’s CES 2018 booth to show off their latest generation. It works and… Read More

  • Nomad’s new wireless charging hub is a traveler’s best friend

    Nomad’s new wireless charging hub is a traveler’s best friend

    If you spend any meaningful amount of time in hotels, you’ll know that many of them are still living in the age of the 30-pin adapter, even though most of us have already moved on to Lightning, wireless charging and USB-C. Nomad’s new wireless USB hub really cuts down on clutter, and makes it easy to charge what you need to charge, when you need to charge it. Read More

  • Nintendo’s bringing DIY robots and more to the Switch using cardboard

    Nintendo’s bringing DIY robots and more to the Switch using cardboard

    Nintendo’s big new surprise interactive experience for the Switch is now official, and it’s basically a maker kit for the portable console that uses cardboard component pieces to allow people to build a range of different creations and play with them using the console to power games that interact with the DIY components. Read More

  • The self-contained Fusion electric guitar lets you truly rock out

    The self-contained Fusion electric guitar lets you truly rock out

    As a hard-core rocker and roller I find that my gear has to be ready to rock and/or roll at a moment’s notice. There is no telling when I’ll have to lay out a face-melter during jury duty or blast out some Stairway while giving plasma at the local blood bank, and I often note to friends that I enjoy rocking and rolling all night and part of every day. Are you in the same rocking boat? Read More

  • Cherry’s new low-profile switches may help bring mechanical keyboards to more laptops

    Cherry’s new low-profile switches may help bring mechanical keyboards to more laptops

    You may not think much about the switches that sit underneath the keycaps of your keyboard, but there are many enthusiasts who really, really care. The trend is clearly going toward slim keyboards — and that’s not lost on Cherry. At CES this week, the company introduced a new line of keyboard switches that may just be small enough to bring mechanical keyboards to more laptops. Read More

  • Yesojo’s Nintendo Switch projector dock is a dream accessory

    Yesojo’s Nintendo Switch projector dock is a dream accessory

    The Yesojo Nintendo Switch projector dock got a lot of attention when we covered the launch of its crowdfunding campaign last year, but at CES, it was on display and working, with the company ready to ship to its early backers. We got to spend some time with the portable projector, which gives your Switch a high-resolution screen you can take with you anywhere – and we came away very… Read More

  • 39 million Americans now own a smart speaker, report claims

    39 million Americans now own a smart speaker, report claims

    One in six Americans now own a smart speaker, according to new research out this week from NPR and Edison Research – a figure that’s up 128 percent from January, 2017. Amazon’s Echo speakers are still in the lead, the report says, as 11 percent now own an Amazon Alexa device compared with 4 percent who own a Google Home product. Today, 16 percent of Americans own a smart… Read More

  • Mercedes-Benz’s new MBUX in-car assistant and smart UI rocks

    Mercedes-Benz’s new MBUX in-car assistant and smart UI rocks

    It’s rare that I pay much attention to automaker infotainment and multimedia system updates at CES – usually there’s too much going on with autonomy, electrification and mobility services to give it much thought. This year, however, Mercedes-Benz had one of the most interesting announcements at the show with its new MBUX smart multimedia system and in-car voice activated… Read More

  • CES should move to an innovative city

    CES should move to an innovative city

    CES, the yearly bacchanal of tech and innovation, has outgrown its shell. Las Vegas has been home to the event since the late 1970s and, for better or worse, the city has survived and served the influx of technologists who flock to the event each year to see the latest and greatest. But two things are happening simultaneously that make Las Vegas the last place to find innovation. Read More

  • Lishtot’s TestDrop tells you whether water is safe to drink without even touching it

    Lishtot’s TestDrop tells you whether water is safe to drink without even touching it

    Consistent access to clean water is something billions lack, and part of that is the inability to check whether one’s water is clean or not. Lishtot could help change this with a tiny device that instantly determines if water is safe to drink just by analyzing the electric field around it — no strips, no microfluidics, no toxic chemicals. Read More

  • Peak Design’s Everyday Backpack was my surprise hit of CES 2018

    Peak Design’s Everyday Backpack was my surprise hit of CES 2018

    Peak Design announced its line of bags on Kickstarter in 2016. It’s my favorite thing at CES 2018. The project raised $6.5 million on Kickstarter and now the company has a full product line designed for photographers and bloggers and people who just like nice things. That’s me. To be clear this is not a new bag. The bag has been out for a bit but I purchased Peak Design’s… Read More

  • Nintendo announces raft of new and retro titles for Switch (plus new Mario outfits)

    Nintendo announces raft of new and retro titles for Switch (plus new Mario outfits)

    The Switch is getting a bevy of new games that should appeal to a broad variety of players, Nintendo announced today in one of its “Direct” videos. A new Mario Tennis game, updates to Odyssey, some classics and indies, and perhaps most unexpectedly, Dark Souls: Remastered. Read More

  • The Zeeq smart pillow tracks sleep, plays music and more

    The Zeeq smart pillow tracks sleep, plays music and more

    It’s 2018,┬áso it’s high time pillows gain a bit of technology. Rem-Fit’s Zeeq pillow is packed with the goods to, hopefully, improve a person’s sleep in various ways. Some people need music to fall asleep while others need help with snoring and analyzing sleep patterns. The pillow comes in three different flavors. The snore pillow features a vibration feature that… Read More

  • Intel details performance hit for Meltdown fix on affected processors

    Intel details performance hit for Meltdown fix on affected processors

    Now that the Meltdown and Spectre cats are out of the bag and patches are being issued left and right, the main question people have is: will this affect my everyday work? Intel’s latest performance metrics suggest that yes it might, but not too much — more so if, like me, you have an older processor. Read More

  • Boeing’s prototype drone can carry 500 lbs of cargo

    Boeing’s prototype drone can carry 500 lbs of cargo

    Boeing just revealed a prototype drone capable of carrying much more than a camera. The company tasked engineers with designing and building a cargo drone and the prototype they came up with is able to haul 500 lbs of goods. The vehicle is huge and much larger than anything DJI sells. It weighs 747 pounds and is 15 feet long, 18 feet wide and 4 feet tall. Four arms hold two props each. It… Read More

  • LiveMap shows off latest prototype of augmented reality motorcycle helmet

    LiveMap shows off latest prototype of augmented reality motorcycle helmet

    LiveMap launched in TechCrunch’s Hardware Battlefield CES 2014 and is getting closer to producing its augmented reality helmet. Since launching, the product has evolved to a working prototype. I tried it on at CES and it seemed to work fine. The current version of helmet features a small transparent screen mounted on the visor. A small projector is mounted in the chin of the helmet. Read More

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