consumer electronics

  • Roku’s new app can replace its remote, help you find something to watch

    Roku’s new app can replace its remote, help you find something to watch

    Fresh on the heels of introducing new TV models at CES, and touting its 13 percent share of the smart TV market, Roku today is rolling out a revamped mobile application aimed at making it easier to access its most popular features, including search and the remote control, while also introducing a new way to find things to watch. The company has long offered a handy companion app that works… Read More

  • Altec Lansing will release its first turntable this holiday season for $199

    Altec Lansing will release its first turntable this holiday season for $199

    The Stealth is Altec Lansing’s first shot at the turntable market. Priced at $199 and slated to be released during the holidays in 2017, it ships with a pair of 50 watt speakers that connect to the deck. The speakers also have bluetooth built in, so you can wirelessly transmit music from your phone or computer to the included speakers — it’s a bit like a portable… Read More

  • Get ready for a me-too CES

    Get ready for a me-too CES

    That record scratch you just heard came from thousands of designers and R&D specialists who suddenly have to remake 3D models of laptops, phones and desktops. That sigh is coming from hundreds of programmers stepping up their new interfaces and that ripping noise is myriad press releases getting torn up and rewritten. After all, it’s almost CES time again and Apple and Microsoft… Read More

  • Applications are open now for our Hardware Battlefield at CES 2017

    Applications are open now for our Hardware Battlefield at CES 2017

    Do you make the hardest of things, hardware? We want you to compete in our Hardware Alley, our premier startup competition at CES 2017 in Las Vegas. You will have the chance to show your amazing products to representatives from major retailers, VCs, and other notables and you’ll climb far above the usual CES noise. Hardware Battlefield is part of TechCrunch’s Startup… Read More

  • PowerEgg, the ovoid flying robot, lands this October for $1,288

    PowerEgg, the ovoid flying robot, lands this October for $1,288

    Today, Beijing-based PowerVision made its ovoid camera drone, the PowerEgg, available to international customers via pre-order on the company’s website for $1,288. Customers who pre-order a PowerEgg will also get a backpack designed to fit the drone, its charging station, decorative stand and remote controls along with their orders. The company says the backpack is valued at… Read More

  • Logitech’s new Pop Home Switch simplifies smart home control

    Logitech’s new Pop Home Switch simplifies smart home control

    Logitech has a new device called the Pop Home Switch, and it’s a bit different from their usual offerings. A company known for Universal Remotes encrusted with physical keys, touchscreen displays and all manner of interaction options is instead going for single-button simplicity. The Pop is a broad button about the size of your palm, which connects to a hub that plugs directly into an… Read More

  • 13 Questions With Matt Rogers

    13 Questions With Matt Rogers

    Welcome to 13 Questions, a series aimed at bringing a human face to notable figures in the world of startups, hardware, and tech. Ever wonder how your favorite designer learned to love tech? Curious what’s on your favorite VC’s bucket list? Want to see the person behind the media hype? 13 Questions is here. Matt Rogers is the co-founder and VP of Engineering of Nest Labs. Read More

  • Philips Bows Out Of Consumer Electronics Business

    Philips Bows Out Of Consumer Electronics Business

    Philips, a brand well known for their televisions and optical media devices, is leaving the consumer electronics market and is now focusing on medical equipment and lighting. The company sold its CE business to the Japanese manufacturer Funai Electric Co. for $201 million. Read More

  • Japanese Hardware Layoffs Continue: Panasonic To Cut 10K More Workers In The Next 5 Months

    Japanese Hardware Layoffs Continue: Panasonic To Cut 10K More Workers In The Next 5 Months

    The Japanese consumer electronics industry continues to feel the squeeze in the economy, with mass layoffs of workers representing one of the more painful effects. In the latest development, Panasonic Corp. says it will reduce its workforce by 10,000 employees by the end of this fiscal year, which completes in March 2013. The company had already warned that it will post losses of $10 billion… Read More

  • Big Money For Nano-Innovations: Samsung Leads $20M Round In Raydiance For Laser Precision Manufacturing

    Big Money For Nano-Innovations: Samsung Leads $20M Round In Raydiance For Laser Precision Manufacturing

    The race for smaller and more innovative electronics is on, and Samsung has a stake in the space on multiple levels: as a seller of consumer electronics products itself, and as a component supplier for the products of other companies. To that end, today its investment arm, Samsung Venture Investment Corporation, announced it was leading a $20 million investment in Raydiance, a developer of… Read More

  • Decide.com Launches Daily Deals; Offers Price Guarantees On Select CE, Home Appliance Purchases

    Decide.com Launches Daily Deals; Offers Price Guarantees On Select CE, Home Appliance Purchases

    Decide.com, the shopping search site for consumer electronics and home appliances founded by former Farecast engineers, is now putting its money where its mouth is, so to speak. The service, which helps consumers know whether to “buy” or “wait” when researching items like laptops, phones, TVs, washers and dryers, wants to make it easier to trust its recommendations with… Read More

  • Cost Of U.S. Consumer Electronics Returns Estimated To Reach $16.7 Billion In 2011

    Cost Of U.S. Consumer Electronics Returns Estimated To Reach $16.7 Billion In 2011

    While consumer electronics (CE) merchandise returns are often an overlooked scenario for consumers they are undoubtedly top of mind for manufacturers and retailers because of their billion dollar price tag. “Put another way, manufacturers spend about 5 percent to 6 percent of revenues to manage all aspects of a customer return. For retailers, returns represent approximately 2 percent to… Read More

  • Linux Foundation Announces Long Term Support Initiative for CE Manufacturers

    Linux Foundation Announces Long Term Support Initiative for CE Manufacturers

    The Linux Foundation is rocking out in Prague this week and they’ve got some interesting news to share. In addition to adding five new European members and the one year anniversary of the Foundation’s Yocto Project, they’re announcing their “Long Term Support Initiative” to foster a stable kernel release suitable for use in consumer electronic devices. It aims… Read More

  • Decide Launches An Electronics Shopping Service That Tells You When To Buy (And Wait)

    Decide.com has been cloaked in stealth mode for nearly the last two years. During that time, the startup has remained tight-lipped about what it’s been up to, while at the same time managing to raise $8.5 million from Maveron, Madrona Venture Group, Google founding board member Ram Shriram, former Expedia CEO Erik Blachford, and others — all in the name of building a… Read More

  • Is CES even necessary anymore?

    This is dedicated to my friends (and enemies!) who’ll be spending this week, know colloquially as Hell Week, in Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Show, or CES. While I feel for y’all—I was scheduled to attend until three weeks ago, when an angel descended from Heaven and told me, sweetly, I didn’t have to go—I can’t help but feel that the show is largely… Read More

  • IFA 2008 Overload: Home Appliances

    IFA 2008 offers the curious spectator an awful lot to look at.  There are hundreds of televisions, computers, projectors, stereos, navigation systems, MP3 players, and all other manner of gadget covered by CrunchGear, from all the brand names you know and love.  But this year’s IFA introduced a new set of products to the show: so-called “white goods”.  Things like… Read More

  • Amazon's head of consumer electronics names 'excellent' convergence devices

    [photopress:9_12_07_flipvideoultra.jpg,full,center] Amazon’s head of consumer electronics cautions: Don’t let the marketing speak convince you that the Xbox 360 or latest Motorola set-top box is truly “excellent.” Paul Ryder, who’s in charge of CE at Amazon, thinks so-called convergence devices fall into one of two categories: the “capable”, like… Read More