Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • Petcube Bites treat camera lets you monitor and reward your pet from afar

    Petcube Bites treat camera lets you monitor and reward your pet from afar

    Petcube’s existing pet camera is basically an advanced video camera and voice intercom, but the new Petcube Bites is also a treat flinging machine that gives you more ways to interact with your pet while you’re not at home. The Petcube Bites has a reservoir that can hold up to two pounds of treats for either dogs or cats – and it can fling those treats at different ranges… Read More

  • US lifts laptop ban for all remaining airlines and airports

    US lifts laptop ban for all remaining airlines and airports

    The U.S. has now lifted entirely a controversial ban on laptops in hand luggage for passengers flying to the country from the Middle East or via certain Middle Eastern airlines, with the Department of Homeland Security professing itself satisfied with “enhanced security measures in place”. Read More

  • We went gaming at a VR arcade in Hong Kong

    We went gaming at a VR arcade in Hong Kong

    TechCrunch was in Hong Kong last week for tech conference Rise — where we watched two robots talking together on stage, among other things. The event is well-known for its after-parties and social activities, but one night we sneaked away from the crowd with a few friends to check out a virtual reality arcade. Playdium is a new entry to the city, having only opened its doors at the start… Read More

  • Samsung plans to recover 157 tonnes of rare metals, including gold, from Galaxy Note 7s

    Samsung plans to recover 157 tonnes of rare metals, including gold, from Galaxy Note 7s

    Samsung Electronics announced today that it will recycle parts from Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, which gained notoriety last year after a battery defect caused several to burst into flame. The company said in a statement on its Korean site (via Google Translate) that it also expects to recover 157 tonnes of rare metals, including gold, from the devices. Read More

  • Porsche Design’s Book One is the industrial convertible laptop that needs fixing

    Porsche Design’s Book One is the industrial convertible laptop that needs fixing

    Porsche Design’s Book One laptop is a prime example of when aesthetics completely take over — when other parts of the device suffer and you lose focus on how well it actually works. The form factor set by Microsoft’s Surface Book is probably one of the best approaches to a convertible laptop. Why? Simplicity: the screen detaches from the body to become a tablet, then can… Read More

  • Meet the adorable robot camera Japan’s space agency sent to the ISS

    Meet the adorable robot camera Japan’s space agency sent to the ISS

    Science can be cute as hell when it wants to be – take the JEM Internal Ball Camera (“Int-Ball” for short). The device, created by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), was delivered to the International Space Station on June 4, 2017, and now JAXA is releasing its first video and images. The purpose of Int-Ball is to give scientists on the ground the ability to… Read More

  • Here’s what Atari’s upcoming Ataribox console will look like

    Here’s what Atari’s upcoming Ataribox console will look like

    Retro consoles are the new next-gen consoles, and nothing’s more retro console than Atari. That’s why the teases from the gaming company about its upcoming ‘Ataribox’ have been so intriguing to gaming fans – it could be amazing. Now, we know what it looks like, and thanks to an email update (via The Verge), also broadly what it will be able to do. The design… Read More

  • Microsoft’s Path Guide is an unconventional approach to indoor navigation

    Microsoft’s Path Guide is an unconventional approach to indoor navigation

    Indoor mapping is one of those problems that seems to only have solutions that involve a great deal of money and infrastructure: beacons, lasers, emitters, scanners… who wants to install those in malls across the world? Microsoft Research has produced an indoor navigation app that keeps things simple, using existing sensors and the fact that people already go most of the places you want… Read More

  • Light starts shipping the L16, its 16-camera pocket DSLR challenger

    Light starts shipping the L16, its 16-camera pocket DSLR challenger

    Light’s L16 was a radical design concept when it was originally introduced in October, 2015 — but the concept has become a reality, as the company is now shipping the first production units to its pre-order customers. Read More

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