Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • Beastgrip dramatically improves smartphone video quality with depth of field adapter

    Beastgrip dramatically improves smartphone video quality with depth of field adapter

    Smartphones are able to shoot astonishingly high quality video these days, but ultimately, the lenses and sensors built into your phone are too small to get a decent shallow depth of field effect. Beastgrip is about to launch a Depth of Field adapter that makes it possible to use high-end SLR lenses with your smartphone — with impressive results. Read More

  • Aivia slaps a touchscreen on a slanted wireless speaker

    Aivia slaps a touchscreen on a slanted wireless speaker

    Hugh Behroozy is obsessed with symmetry — so much so that they wanted his company’s name is even symmetric. And that’s why the Aivia, a combo subwoofer/speaker, is slanted — so it will fit seamlessly against a wall and not jut out because of a charging cable. The speaker also has a screen built into it, which may seem like an odd decision to make for a startup. But… Read More

  • Proof will track your blood alcohol content with a wristband

    Proof will track your blood alcohol content with a wristband

    Checking your blood alcohol content with a breathalyzer while out with some friends might just be a party trick — but if you really wanted to know it to figure out whether or not you should have another drink, it might be awkward to pull one out. So that’s why Evan Strenk started Milo Sensors, a company built around wearable sensors that detects various chemicals in your body based… Read More

  • Wrist-mounted subwoofer Basslet announces pricing and shipping

    Wrist-mounted subwoofer Basslet announces pricing and shipping

    Crowdfunded on Kickstarter last year, Lofelt’s wrist-mountable subwoofer is shipping to its backers as we speak. Basslet will be available to order on February 7 for $199. I tried it out at CES and am eager to share some first impressions. Read More

  • I rocked out in Rock Band VR at CES and I liked it

    I rocked out in Rock Band VR at CES and I liked it

    VR is a tricky medium to do well, but Harmonix’s upcoming Rock Band VR might just be the perfect fit. The game has always been about making players feel like they’re real rock stars, living in an alternate reality where they chased their dream and actually did master the guitar and make it big. Virtual reality finally gives Rock Band players the chance to feel real stage presence… Read More

  • TechCrunch’s Hardware Battlefield finalists are BloomLife, Pillar Technologies, Siren Care and Stratio

    TechCrunch’s Hardware Battlefield finalists are BloomLife, Pillar Technologies, Siren Care and Stratio

    Over the past two days, 13 startups have taken the stage at TechCrunch’s Hardware Battlefield. Now our editorial team has finished deliberating with the expert judges (seriously, expert) and chosen four finalists who will be competing for the big prize of $50,000, as well as a trophy that we like to call the Metal Man. You can watch the presentations live on TechCrunch tomorrow… Read More

  • Knocki turns any surface into a switch

    Knocki turns any surface into a switch

    What happens when you mix two software dudes, a little kid, and a light switch? You get the Knocki, a clever little device that connects to a wall or under a table. You can tap the surface to trigger events – turning on a light, muting speakers, etc. – and it is surprisingly small and easily-hidden. The founders are Ohad Nezer and Jake Boshernitzan, both of Houston… Read More

  • Blitab is a Braille device for visually impaired people

    Blitab is a Braille device for visually impaired people

    Meet Blitab, an Android tablet combined with a smart Braille surface. It’s one of the most affordable Braille devices out there and could change the way visually impaired people use computing devices. The company is participating in TechCrunch’s Hardware Battlefield at CES. The devices for this niche market are really disappointing. There are specialized devices called… Read More

  • LEGO’s new Boost blocks let little kids learn to program

    LEGO has long offered the Mindstorms platform for big kids (and adults) to make cool robotic projects. Now, however, they’ve launched the Boost platform, a robotics and programming system aimed at 7 year olds. The Boost kit comes with everything you need to make five projects including Vernie and Frankie, a funny robot and robotic cat, respectively. The kit includes a battery-powered… Read More

  • Suunto’s MoveSense makes developing your own fitness tracker way easier

    Suunto’s MoveSense makes developing your own fitness tracker way easier

    Design, sourcing, miniaturization and manufacturing of a product as complicated as a fitness tracker is all ludicrously complicated, and often isn’t core to its functionality. Suunto has shoved the sensors from its heart rate tracking strap into a developer-friendly package. Dubbed Movesense, it is designed to empower the next generation of fitness tracker creators to get started. Read More

  • Chip Pro is a $16 computer empowering makers to build IoT gadgets

    Chip Pro is a $16 computer empowering makers to build IoT gadgets

    Say you want to create the next generation of voice recognition-enabled, AI-ensmartened, buzzword-laden gadget. The fist thing you need to do is pick a platform. Arduino isn’t powerful enough. The Raspberry Pi works great for prototyping, but going from Pi to production is a many-step process. Next Thing’s Chip Pro is stepping up to fill the gap with a smart development kit for… Read More

  • Live from CES 2017 in Las Vegas with TechCrunch (Day 2)

    Watch CES Day 2 LIVE right here!

    Boy, do we have a show for you today! We’ve got a fireside chat with FitBit’s James Park, as well as a fireside with the French conservative presidential candidate (who is leading in the polls) and former Prime Minister François Fillon. And if that’s not enough French for you, we’re also holding a panel on the resurgence of French startups — did you know… Read More

  • Hands-on with Nvidia’s new 4K HDR-streaming Shield with Android TV

    Hands-on with Nvidia’s new 4K HDR-streaming Shield with Android TV

    Nvidia’s Shield set-top streaming device got an update at this year’s CES, and it was a big one: The new hardware is 40 percent smaller than the original, with a new Android 7.0 Nougat-based operating system and a redesigned UI that groups games together and just generally organizes things a bit more logically. It also handles 4K HDR content streaming, and boasts the most… Read More

  • Hardware Battlefield wildcard ZMorph shows off its new multi-headed, iMac-like 3D printer

    Hardware Battlefield wildcard ZMorph shows off its new multi-headed, iMac-like 3D printer

    While the ZMorph 2.0 SX looks like an alien seed pod but it’s actually a powerful, multi-tool printer for the prosumer market. The company has been around for a bit but this is their latest entrant in the 3D printing world and features multiple tool heads including a standard plastic extruder, a laser, a CNC router, and dual-head extruder for multiple colors. The founder, Przemek… Read More

  • Nvidia hits prime time at CES this year

    Nvidia hits prime time at CES this year

    What do you do when you rapidly become one of the most important chip manufacturers in the world and your stock price more than triples in a single year? For Nvidia, it means you throw a massive keynote stuffed with announcements that are setting the stage for a suite of products built around your core technology — building GPUs — that will make you the center of the… Read More

  • GoPro wants the moments you capture on the internet instantly

    GoPro is facing a bit of an existential crisis as it starts to contend with other wearables — like the Snapchat Spectacles — cropping up to capture moments in peoples’ lives that they can share with their friends. So GoPro needs to basically find ways to get the footage it captures on its cameras on the internet as fast as Snapchat can, without having to do any major editing. Read More

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