Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • CrunchGear Really Exciting Edition: New Sanyo Spotted!

    Hey Sprint users! I hear you guys get some really cool phones for your service. Like, ya know, the Sanyo Katana? That phone rules! There’s even better news though, ’cause guess what just showed up on the FCC’s website? It’s a new version of the Katana, complete with features like Bluetooth, a bigger external display, a 2.5mm headphones jack, and an internal antenna. Read More

  • Sound Opinion: Headphone Showdown


    Given the widespread use of iPods and other portable music players it would seem that headphones are mostly used so as not to disturb others. And while that is one purpose for these direct to your ear mini speakers, headphones can just as easily be used to block the ambient noise around you, and more importantly to provide rich full quality audio when large speakers are unavailable. Of… Read More

  • EU Set to Investigate Google for Its Data Mining Operations

    In a few separate maneuvers, European officials are beginning to look at Google and its hoarding of personal data. The European Union’s beef with Google stems from the search giant’s policy of keeping personal data of its users for two years. The EU wants to know just why Google needs to keep data for such a long time. Me, too. Read More

  • When the Robots Take Over

    Where is your God now, people? This is Joey Chaos, a robotic head made by Hanson Robotics and when the shizz hits the fan, it’s bots like Joey that will have us up against the wall while an army of Roomba’s smash our feet and ankles and, when we fall to the ground, the robotic ice weasels will come. Anti-robot sentience legislation now! Read More

  • The AudioFile: The Expandable Revolution


    My favorite trend in MP3 players and music-phones is the inclusion of a slot for a ridiculously tiny microSD card. There’s just something really cool about taking a 2GB memory card out of my LG Chocolate phone and putting it into my SanDisk Sansa e280. But high-capacity memory cards also have the potential to resolve thorny issues related to digital music sharing — especially… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: New Times Edition

    How Much Longer Can Newspapers Survive?
    Sony’s Flexible, Full-Color OLED Display
    Hearbeat Indicator Mouse: It Could Save Your Life If It Weren’t Just a Concept
    Where’s My Jetpack?
    Cheap Plastic For Your Phone’s Ass Read More

  • Intel's Metro Notebook Concept Shows Us How It's Done

    Intel is teasing us with this super-mega sexy notebook that doesn’t actually exist. The Metro Notebook, as it’s called, has styling similar to the clean, square lines of Apple’s MacBook series, but this guy is made to run Windows. Besides looking good, it’s thin. Like Cokehead Kate Moss thin, roughly the same width closed as your RAZR. Nice. But it doesn’t skimp. Read More

  • Sidekick iD Reviewed in Japanese

    This is by far the most in-depth video review of the Sidekick iD I’ve ever laid my eyes upon. So much better than Mr. Biggs’ review, wouldn’t you say? Now I don’t understand Japanese, but the reviewer’s play-by-play of the iD’s UI is amazing. He tells you exactly what’s going on so you don’t miss a thing. Yes, it’s a slow news day. Read More

  • An Open Letter To HP

    Dear HP, I’ve been using your printers for years and years now. Since I started using Mac OS X more than 5 years ago, the process for installing a printer I thought would become drastically easier. Unfortunately, I was wrong. Read More

  • Time, Place, Event: Segway's Sign of the Times

    Last night, while getting mindjobbed by the season finale of “LOST”, my friend Paul told me about something great he found on the Interwebs. It’s a real photo of a Seattle yuppie lady taking her kid for a walk in a stroller, but she’s on a damned Segway scooter. What is she thinking? Is she that lazy? I mean, I’m lazy, but c’mon! But man this is a sign of… Read More

  • Breaking: Microsoft Preps Car Zune


    Best graphic ever?
    Microsoft this week received a patent that could have a profound effect on the car audio landscape. The newly minted patent covers a portable audio device that can be docked and/or integrated into a car stereo. The union would allow the devices to transfer media and data back-and-forth. The guts of the patent boil down to this key point: Read More

  • 14x Zoom with Built-In Digital Camera

    In today’s installment of gadgets that enable you to stalk more efficiently, we bring you the 14x Spotting Scope digital camera. Most people would mount a zoom lense on a digital camera. You could do it that way, or go the other direction: mount a camera to a zoom lens. If you’re going for megapixelage, you’ll have to look elsewhere, as the camera boasts a mediocre… Read More

  • Video of Self-Playing Video Game, or Ghost? You Decide

    OK, I’ll level with you: I have no idea what this weird joystick thing is. It’s called Notbot and is part of some Spanish exhibition called Gameworld. It’s supposedly some sort of self-playing AI thing. How ’bout we call it a ghost and leave it at that? Notbot [Gameworld via we make money not art] Read More

  • Cheap Plastic For Your Phone's Ass

    Your poor, tired celly. It works long and hard all day long, helping you tell your friends from far away things like, “No way!” and “She said what!?” It deserves a brake. Enter Cell Phone Chairs. They’re not docks, they don’t charge or sync your phone, they just let it hang out. Be kind to your handset. We’re guessing this is aimed at people who bling… Read More

  • Nero Linux 3 Gets Blu-ray and HD DVD Support

    Nero announced today that Nero Linux 3 is now available. Two points of interest about the software is that it can burn Blu-ray and HD DVD discs. Nero claims that Linux 3 is the most powerful and versatile burning application for Linux — I’m inclined to agree. Other than that though, it’s still just burning software. Great burning software, but it is what it is. Nero Read More

  • Where's My Jetpack?

    We know that most of you don’t read anything but CrunchGear, but there is a book currently making the rounds that is of considerable interest to gear heads. Where’s My Jetpack? looks at many of the amazing bits of invention that have been promised to us over the years but never arrived. Author Daniel Wilson is a Ph.D. roboticist, so he probably knows what he’s talking about… Read More

  • Crazy Rumor: Apple To Kill Off Mac Mini This Year

    AppleInsider has a source whom it “holds the utmost respect for” that says that Apple will kill off the Mac Mini this year. They cite the fact that Apple never really liked the headless computer and that the company may have been pressured into making it by its shareholders. A nice backstory, and well worth a minute it takes to read, but without any real indication who this source… Read More

  • Roomba Metal Detector

    Now this is a cool idea. A UK inventor, John Comey, has created a Roomba-esque metal detector that can scan the ground for metal and/or mines. The device cost him $3,800 to design and build. Apparently he’s brought up quite a few bits of trash/coins with his super robot. Anyone done anything super hot with their Roomba? Mine got sick and is now lying, dead, in the basement, and… Read More

  • Unreleased Star Wars Toys


    Lucas really messed up when he passed on these must-have Star Wars toys. Who doesn’t want their very own “The Force”? Bully beating you up? Just whip out “The Force” and she’ll run away scared. A few other should have been’s after the jump including a Dead Ewok. And if you didn’t already know the 30th Anniversary of the original Star Wars… Read More

  • Dell To Offer Exclusive Desktops At Wal-Mart Stores

    HP and Gateway computers have been available at retail locations for a long time now, so I’m not shocked that Dell is testing the waters (I am surprised it took them this long.) Starting June 10, Wal-Mart stores and Sam’s Club locations throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico (sorry Guam) will carry two exclusive desktops in bundles priced less than $700 (aka $699.99). There are… Read More