Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • Das Keyboards is crowdfunding a cloud-connected, intelligent keyboard

    Das Keyboards is crowdfunding a cloud-connected, intelligent keyboard

    Das Keyboard, everyone’s favorite keyboard company that sounds like something Kraftwerk would carry with them on road gigs, has announced the 5Q, a smart keyboard with two-way communications to cloud servers. What does that mean? It means you can program your keyboard to flash the letter E blue when you’re outbid on eBay or have the spacebar blink wildly when your website goes down. Read More

  • Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are now for sale unlocked in the US

    Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are now for sale unlocked in the US

    The waiting is over for select Samsung fans in the States who have been holding out for the company’s flagship to get the carrier-free treatment. The smartphone giant announced today that it will be offering up unlocked versions of both the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge through its own site, along with big name retailers like Amazon, Best Buy and Target. The unlocked versions of the handsets… Read More

  • Pam is an expensive, sophisticated multi-material 3D printer from Pollen

    Pam is an expensive, sophisticated multi-material 3D printer from Pollen

    Pollen’s new 3D printer might be a little late to the game, but it has a few tricks up its sleeve that might make it worthwhile. Targeted toward professionals, the Pam has an incredible printing resolution up to 40 μ, but is also able to mix four different materials to create objects with different properties. Think about it as a luxury 3D printer. Read More

  • XYZprinting’s new 3D printer is designed for the classroom

    XYZprinting’s new 3D printer is designed for the classroom

    Likely best known for its low cost 3D printing/scanning all-in-ones, hardware maker XYZprinting is making its first focused play in the education space with the da Vinci miniMaker, a $229 device designed to offer up entry-level desktop 3D printing to K-12 STEM classes. The inexpensive 3D printer is designed for ease of use, featuring push-button printing and auto-calibration, along with… Read More

  • Twitch makes cheering exchange rate clear: one penny per bit for streamers

    Twitch makes cheering exchange rate clear: one penny per bit for streamers

    Twitch announced Monday that users would soon be able to “cheer” their favorite streamers — in the form of expendable emoji purchasable with real-world money. Details were rather scarce so I pressed them — and then, almost certainly unrelated to that, the company provided more details. (It’s a penny per bit.) Read More

  • The Pleurobot robo-salamander crawls and swims like a real amphibian

    The Pleurobot robo-salamander crawls and swims like a real amphibian

    The mad roboticists at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne have produced another biomimetic mechanoid — this one based on the lithe locomotion of the salamander. “Pleurobot” imitates the amphibian’s ambulation with its own articulated vertebrae, allowing it to slither along on land or at sea. Read More

  • Apple doubles down on photography with new Shot on iPhone campaign

    Apple doubles down on photography with new Shot on iPhone campaign

    Apple knows that the battle for people’s pockets is going to be fought in part in the photography space. With iOS 10, the company is making it even easier to get to the camera in a hurry, but in an effort to remind people that they’re already carrying a great camera around with them, Apple is launching a new round of its popular Shot on iPhone advertising campaign. Read More

  • Decentralizing IoT networks through blockchain Crunch Network

    Decentralizing IoT networks through blockchain

    Imagine a washer that autonomously contacts suppliers and places orders when it’s low on detergent, performs self-service and maintenance, and schedules its cycles to take advantage of electricity prices; a connected car, smart enough to find and choose the best deal for parts and services; a manufacturing plant where the machinery knows when to order repairs for some of its parts… Read More

  • Google researchers teach AIs to see the important parts of images — and tell you about them

    Google researchers teach AIs to see the important parts of images — and tell you about them

    This week is the Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition conference in Las Vegas, and Google researchers have several accomplishments to present. They’ve taught computer vision systems to detect the most important person in a scene, pick out and track individual body parts and describe what they see in language that leaves nothing to the imagination. Read More

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