Gadgets

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  • Researchers train drones to use Wi-Fi to look through walls

    Researchers train drones to use Wi-Fi to look through walls

    A new system by University of California, Santa Barbara researchers Yasamin Mostofi and Chitra R. Karanam uses two drones, a massive Wi-Fi antenna, and a little interpolation to literally see through solid walls. The system is two-fold. The one drone blasts Wi-Fi through the structure and another picks up the signal. Then, working in tandem, the two drones fly around the solid structure until… Read More

  • Elon Musk suggests L.A. Mayor open to Boring Co. tunnel network

    Elon Musk suggests L.A. Mayor open to Boring Co. tunnel network

    Elon Musk says that he’s had “promising conversations” with L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, regarding the potential of a network of tunnels underneath the city that would allow for a high-speed transit network unburdened by surface traffic. That’s the vision Musk’s recently founded Boring Company hopes to make a reality, as illustrated by a concept video debuted by Musk… Read More

  • The Juiced Board is a valiant attempt at securing the budget electric skateboard market

    The Juiced Board is a valiant attempt at securing the budget electric skateboard market

    When it looks, feels and is packaged like a competitor’s, is it really competition or just a knockoff? The Juiced Board comes dangerously close to echoing that sort of sentiment. Juiced and Boosted are words that loosely share the same meaning, but it’s the appearances where both electric skateboards really seem to converge. Until now, I never would have recommended a… Read More

  • 8bitdo’s new SNES-inspired retro gamepad is a dream Nintendo Switch controller

    8bitdo’s new SNES-inspired retro gamepad is a dream Nintendo Switch controller

    Ever since 8bitdo updated their NES30 Pro and other game controllers with Nintendo Switch support, I’ve been using them as the primary way to play on the console. Now at E3, 8bitdo has revealed a new model that might just become the best Switch controller of all time. The SNES30 Pro (and SFC30 Pro, as its Super Famicom coloured variant is called) has all the buttons you need for full… Read More

  • Sphero’s new toy is a chatty Spider-Man

    Sphero continues its partnership with Disney today, with the launch of a new toy based on the Marvel superhero Spider-Man. But where BB-8 and Lightning McQueen could move around the room, Spider-Man is more stationary — his real power involves holding conversations. The simplest thing this Spider-Man can do is tell jokes — he seems to have an infinite simply of eye-rollers. If you… Read More

  • HTC Vive’s second E3 finds VR gaining some AAA steam

    HTC is back at E3 this year for its sophomore turn at the gaming expo, after its first show in 2016 following closely on the heels of the Vive VR headset’s consumer launch. I spoke to HTC VP of VR Dan O’Brien at this year’s E3, to find out a bit about how the company sees the market, its role therein and the state of VR in general now that it’s not the newest kid on… Read More

  • Venque’s Transformer A could be the last backpack you’ll ever need

    Venque’s Transformer A could be the last backpack you’ll ever need

    Finding a good backpack, one you can use in a range of situations, is tricky. But Venque’s Transformer A, which is currently on Kickstarter, might just fit the bill for a good chunk of customers, however. The modular pack is the latest from Venque, which got its start on the crowdfunding site back in 2013 but has since scaled to distribution via a range of retail partners and a big lineup… Read More

  • Breitling’s Avenger Hurricane 45 watch uses dense composites to stay light

    Breitling’s Avenger Hurricane 45 watch uses dense composites to stay light

    According to horological legend the first luxury watch made of steel – the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak caused great consternation when it launched in 1972. Up until then there were timekeepers – small, cheap watches like Timex and Seiko – and expensive pieces that you handed out at retirements from brands like Rolex and Patek Philippe. To build a luxury watch in steel was… Read More

  • Logitech’s Circle 2 is a modular home surveillance tool with Alexa and HomeKit support

    Logitech’s Circle 2 is a modular home surveillance tool with Alexa and HomeKit support

    I recently sat down with Logitech to talk about the wired and wireless versions of the Circle 2: a modular home surveillance camera with four different mounts that change where and how you’d use the camera. The modular approach stems from four different mounts: the first is a glass window mount, so you can see outdoors without glare. Second is the plug mount, ensuring you’ll… Read More