CES

Lexip’s joystick-mouse combo is a strange but promising hybrid

While at CES I try to avoid getting bogged down by dozens of random gadgets, and this time I mostly succeeded — but the mouse reviewer in me was intrigued by Lexip's new gaming mouse that's also a s

Ziro’s robotics kit for kids now works with Alexa

Ziro is a nifty programmable robotics kit for kids that had a successful Indiegogo campaign last year. And the company behind it, ZeroUI, is still adding new features. By default, Ziro kits come with

France’s Digital Minister Mounir Mahjoubi on French startups

More than 270 French startups flew all the way to Las Vegas for CES 2018. And France’s Secretary of State for Digital Affairs Mounir Mahjoubi came there to support them. I had the opportunity to sit

The BecDot is a toy that helps teach vision-impaired kids to read braille

Learning braille is a skill that, like most, is best learned at an early age by those who need it. But toddlers with vision impairment often have few or no options to do so, leaving them behind their

The secret to avoiding CES cynicism is never really going

I've been going to CES for almost ten years now, and it amazes me that really, nothing has changed. The same people are saying the same things on the same stages, selling the same people the same junk

Intel tried desperately to change the subject from Spectre and Meltdown at CES

Intel had a bad week last week. It was so bad that the chip maker has to be thrilled to have CES, the massive consumer technology show going on this week in Las Vegas, as a way to change the subject a

Cherry’s new low-profile switches may help bring mechanical keyboards to more laptops

You may not think much about the switches that sit underneath the keycaps of your keyboard, but there are many enthusiasts who really, really care. The trend is clearly going toward slim keyboards --

This ring lets you bend musical notes on a keyboard with a wave of your hand

We saw a small mountain of cool stuff at <a target="_blank" href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/events/ces-2018/">CES this week</a>, but this one is still on my mind a few days later. It's a ring you

CES should move to an innovative city

CES, the yearly bacchanal of tech and innovation, has outgrown its shell. Las Vegas has been home to the event since the late 1970s and, for better or worse, the city has survived and served the influ

This $1,600 fighting robot toy kicks serious butt

All right, I’m impressed. I’m not sure I’m $1,600 impressed, but I definitely want one of these Zeus battling robots. We probably should have booked the Shenzhen-based startup a bit earlier, bec

A tour of Google’s reopened CES booth

For the first time ever, Google has a big presence at CES. You can’t look out of a window and not see a Google logo somewhere. But the one thing that didn’t work out so well for the compan

Inspired by insect ears, Soundskrit wants to make microphones magically directional

Voice control is everywhere these days, but to hear people effectively from every direction, devices like the Echo must have a whole collection of microphones in them — but they take up space, requi

URB-E’s launching a scooter sharing network at college campuses and hotels

URB-E, the startup that creates foldable electric scooters, is launching a transportation system designed to promote scooter sharing on colleges campuses and other large residential developments. One

Comcast launched free voice-controlled connected home services for Xfinity users

The connected home has been a big theme at CES, and today Comcast is turning on a new service that underscores its intention to be central player in it. The broadband giant is turning on free, voice-c

Cold hands, warm stick: High school lacrosse player makes heated stick to beat icy conditions

Lacrosse is a physically demanding sport under the best conditions, but inclement weather adds frozen hands to the mix. Samantha Wolfe had enough of it and, as a 14-year-old freshman, thought, "why no

LifeDoor closes your home’s doors automatically to protect against fires

It turns out that in case of a fire in your home, a closed door is the best barrier against spreading smoke, heat and flames. But who's going to run around the house shutting doors? LifeDoor is a simp

Alexa now suggests more games to try at the end of the one you’re playing

Consumers are starting to give Alexa's voice apps, called skills, more of their attention. During CES this week -- where Amazon is battling for attention with Google Assistant across the consumer tech

Google shuts down its CES booth because it’s not waterproof

We were supposed to get a little preview of Google’s CES booth ahead of the official opening of CES today. But that wasn’t meant to be. See, it’s raining in Las Vegas and Google&#821

Watch Intel’s drones play the piano and dance in the air

Forget drone delivery. Intel made drones play the piano. Using a system very similar to the one used by Lady Gaga in the Super Bowl, drones took center stage at Intel’s CES keynote and played a

Intel shows off its new Loihi AI chip and a new 49-qubit quantum chip

As Intel continues to weather some of the worst news in its history over security issues related to its chips, the company today also announced some developments related to what it hopes will be the n
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