Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • LG Kompressor Vacuum Sucks Blocks

    Some of us love design and have to have top of the line everything. With that said, for those of you sick of your Dyson, you might want to check out LG’s new Kompressor vacuum cleaner. Small and compact, this thing looks pretty easy to stow away should company come over. The device features a unique cleaning system that turns everything sucked up into a massive block. It also comes with… Read More

  • National CrunchGear's Vacation: Travel for Geeks

    This week we’ll be running a series of articles on travel for geeks. Whether you’re headed to Fiji for some R&R or to Singapore to supervise a team of ADA programmers, geeks are on the go. With that in mind, we’ll be talking about packing, booking tickets, buying foreign gadgetry, and surviving jetlag and X’s Revenge where X={Montezuma, That Weird Thing on a Stick… Read More

  • Help Key: Home Recording, Part II

    I live in a neighborhood of burgeoning artists and musicians, and an endless stream of people ask me, “How do I set up a cheap, quick, and easy home recording studio?” I’ve actually got it down to a science at this point, so here it is. Keep in mind that your favorite indie rock band has probably used a less sophisticated setup. I recently spoke with Sam Endicott of The… Read More

  • NYC's Helio Flagship Store Coming Soon

    Helio’s newest flagship store has been spotted in NYC’s uber-trendy Soho. I’ve been watching the progression of this storefront for the last few months and it wasn’t until about three weeks ago that the ‘shed’ came up. For quite some time it was just a normal storefront that had been covered from the inside with just a Helio sticker logo. I’ve poked… Read More

  • Matchbox Concept Cellphone is Creator's Revenge Against Boring Phone Design

    The designer of this matchbox concept cellphone hates “hi-tech, hi-solution, colorful, sleek, pretty…” cellphones, but admits that he can’t just not use a cellphone. So, rather than complain until he’s blue in the face, he threw together this odd looking cellphone. Its name derives from the way it opens: rather than flip open like so many others, it slides open… Read More

  • CrunchGear Week in Review: In 3-D!

    Patent Monkey: Digital 3D Photography Preparing for Internet Viewing
    Mickey Mouse iPod nano
    TMNT on XBox Live
    Twirl-a-Squirrel
    Samsung Coming Out With Robot Gun To Protect Its South Korean Homeland Read More

  • Portable Speakers Play Your Theme Song

    Still in the concept stage, these portable speakers from Yanko Design feature an elastic fabric sock and nylon hanging/carrying strap tucked away in the bottom half of the device. Volume is controlled by twisting the two halves of the sphere, and the speakers are meant to be hung on various things like backpacks or tents The designer, Jacob Palmborg, said that the speakers will make it… Read More

  • GadgetTrak Relaunched as Paid Service

    GadgetTrak has relaunched as a paid subscription service that gives users the ability to track down stolen gadgets using social-engineering software installed on the gadget’s memory. The service, which I posted about last month, involves installing a piece of software on the device’s memory that, when plugged in and accessed, secretly reports the location, IP address, computer name… Read More

  • Samsung Q1 Ultra Walk Through

    I was avoiding the Samsung Q1 this week simply because I think the form-factor is a failure. However, Vincent at SlashGear offers up this easy-to-digest video so we’ll have at it. via SlashGear Read More

  • Laptop Horror Stories Reminder

    Hello, kiddies… welcome to the Crypt of Laptop Horror Stories (TM). You have until next Monday, 12pm EST, to send me your worst laptop horror stories — how your laptop fell into a toilet, how your Gateway exploded on your granny’s lap — and you could win one of three beautiful prizes. Koss Cobalt Bluetooth Headphones One of two RhinoSkin 13″ MacBook Cases in Black… Read More

  • Cute Kid Makes PSP Play Wii

    A great video of a kid making his PSP play Wii games using Sony’s Location Free player. Sure, it’s a cheap hack, but this kid is quite charming in his efforts. He’s got a 6 second delay on this, which is quite annoying, and but he’s humble. And he calls himself Obiwan22, for Christ’s sake. How much cuter can you get? Kid takes PSP and makes it play Wii [Engadget] Read More

  • FastMac TruePower 65-Watt Power Adapter Gets Run Over By A Car And Still Works!

    FastMac has announced a nearly indestructible power adapter for Apple PowerBook G4 and iBook owners. The TruePower 65-watt AC adapter provides constant wattage that equals or exceeds other Apple branded adapters. It’s compatible with all PowerBook G4 models including Aluminum and Titanium as well as iBook G3 and G4s. It may just look like your run-of-the-mill power adapter, but it’s… Read More

  • Patent Monkey: Digital 3D Photography Preparing for Internet Viewing

    This week, Pentax received a patent on a 3-D imaging system with distance controls while two individual inventors patented a means for viewing 3-D digital images on the Internet. The art of Stereoscopy has been around for a century, but what’s captivating is where this space can go with the explosion in the digital realm. Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Mickey Sense Edition

    A PC That Rolls Off the Tip of Your Desk
    Mickey Mouse iPod nano
    Sega Saturn Titles Coming To Wii VC (Maybe)
    WiFi Sixth Sense
    The AudioFile: Sonic Weapons, Justice League-Style Read More

  • Went to CeBIT for the iPhone? 2BAD4U!

    Did you fly to CeBIT to see the iPhone up close? Did you dream of the iPhone in your small Hanover hotel, idly stroking your Nokia N80, dreaming of multi-touch? Well, sucks to be you because Apple didn’t exhibit the phone at CeBIT and MyiPhone thinks its because the iPhone lost to Joost as CHIP magazine’s top whatever of the year. Pretty petty, but I wouldn’t put it past… Read More

  • Use Vonage Or VoIP? You May Be Entitled To Some Bucks

    As you may or may not have noticed on your normal phone bill, there’s a federal excise tax on long-distance phone service. Not only do consumers loathe it, but the government does as well. So as an incentive to use VoIP services, you can earn up to $60 back from federal charges. Here’s how it works: Read More

  • Migilia TVMax+ Lets You Record Right to Apple TV, iPod

    If and when Apple TV ever comes out, you might want to consider hooking it up to the Miglia TVMax+. Sure, the name is kinda redundant (Max plus? Is max just not good enough?) but it lets you record juicy content right onto your 5G iPod, Mac or Apple TV. It’s also a digital TV tuner. Think TiVo-like capabilities. Supported video codes include MPEG-2, MPEG-4 and Divx; h.264 isn’t… Read More

  • Cingular Forced to Refund Customers To the Tune of $18.5 Million

    Thousands of California Cingular customers can look forward to receiving a $160 check in the mail thanks to a recent settlement. You see, back between 2000 and 2002, Cingular’s network stunk on ice because of a rapid increase in the number of customers it served. Many of those customers canceled their accounts as a result of the shoddy service only to see Cingular impose early… Read More

  • Sega Saturn Titles Coming To Wii VC (Maybe)

    Ok I give up. Nintendo, if you make games from one of my favorite systems of all time available via your Virtual Console on the Wii, then I’m sold. I’ll totally buy a Wii and stop bashing Nintendo every three seconds. Maybe. We’ll see. But the actual news is that Sega Saturn titles may be coming to Nintendo’s Virtual Console. Apparently a DigiPen employee was told that… Read More

  • TomTom Go 715 GPS: Now With GSM-Powered Broadband


    TomTom, France’s top GPS maker, have made the Go 715 nav unit real. The killer app: a SIM card slot lets you tap onto the power of the data transfer medium known as the internet, for sending and receiving data. This could be cool: Easy updating of maps and points of interest is the most obvious application, but there are others, such as SOSing and reading gadget blogs on the… Read More