gadget

  • The Modobag suitcase is my new hot ride

    Different forms of transportation, like skateboards, bikes, hoverboards, scooters — really anything motorized — they’re all fun! So when I got the opportunity to try out a rideable suitcase, I knew we had to have a good time with it. The Modobag was created by inventor Kevin O’Donnell after seeing his kid riding on the suitcase he was pulling through the airport. He… Read More

  • Gadget Story Time with Spectacles

    Spectacles by Snap are a lot of fun! Join us as we put them through their paces, try them out, talk to people on the street and just have a really great day. I would tell you more, but I don’t want to ruin it for you. Alright… enjoy the show. Read More

  • Gadget Story Time with EPIKGO hoverboard

    I have a love-hate relationship with hoverboards. They make me happy when I ride them but they suck to fall off of lol. The other day I saw a guy carrying his newborn baby while riding a hoverboard and I started having a minor anxiety attack. EPIKGO sent me their hoverboard to try out and they couldn’t have picked a more qualified and handsome person. At one point I had my own… Read More

  • FirstBuild launches Pique, a faster cold-brew coffee maker for the home

    GE’s gadget-invention partner FirstBuild is launching Pique, a cold-brew coffee maker for the home. Coffee has turned from a daily routine into somewhat of an art form in the last few years, with drip makers, the French press, single-serve cups, pour-over and an endless supply of the latest hi-tech machines that will whip up any bean-flavored concoction to your liking. Note most… Read More

  • littleBits’ new STEAM kit for students emphasizes invention

    littleBits’ new STEAM kit for students emphasizes invention

    We are big fans of littleBits here at TechCrunch. The company, which raised $44.2 million last year, offers a number of different sets that teach kids (and grown-ups) about programming and electronics — and lets them get creative with their new skills. Today, the company introduced its first STEAM kit. STEAM adds “Arts and Design” to STEM’s science, technology… Read More

  • Please welcome Lora Kolodny, Stefan Etienne, Signe Brewster and Kristen Hall-Geisler to TechCrunch

    Please welcome Lora Kolodny, Stefan Etienne, Signe Brewster and Kristen Hall-Geisler to TechCrunch

    It’s a new year and we have some fresh faces for TechCrunch — faces whose interests run the gamut from robotics to venture to gadgets and photography to science to transportation and beyond. First up, Lora Kolodny joins us as Emerging Technologies Editor later this month. Lora was previously a TC-er and is returning to the fold. She recently spent four years as a venture… Read More

  • Doorbot Becomes Ring, A Home Security Solution That Also Greets Your Visitors

    Doorbot Becomes Ring, A Home Security Solution That Also Greets Your Visitors

    After a successful crowdfunding campaign that raised $250,000 and a first-generation product that promised remote viewing of anyone coming to your front door over your home network, Doorbot is rebranding as Ring, and introduced redesigned hardware with more of a focus on home security, and a design that should help it better fit in with its surroundings and compliment existing house design… Read More

  • Watch A Wind-Powered Child’s Toy Evolve Into A Low-Cost Minefield Clearing Machine

    Watch A Wind-Powered Child’s Toy Evolve Into A Low-Cost Minefield Clearing Machine

    It costs $1,200 to clear a single landmine. But Afghan designer Massoud Hassani has created a device that costs just $50 and can clear two or three mines in a single trip. In the video above, you can see how his elegant design was inspired by a childhood spent navigating minefields in Afghanistan, and how a simple child’s toy acted as the catalyst for an invention that could change… Read More

  • Google Wages War With Apple And The Rest Of The Tablet Industry, Unleashes Impressive Nexus 7 +Mobile

    Google Wages War With Apple And The Rest Of The Tablet Industry, Unleashes Impressive Nexus 7 +Mobile

    In July, after the Google I/O developer event, I reviewed the newly unveiled Nexus 7 tablet after using it for a bit. Most people fired off snap reactions about their thoughts, but I decided to put it through its paces, and I’m glad that I did. Another guy who took some time to sort out his thoughts was our very own MG Siegler. I also wrote a review about the Nexus 10 recently, the… Read More

  • Portable Solar Panel Keeps USB Gadgets And Cell Phones Charged Off The Grid

    A new charger from Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies can help power your gadgets when there’s nowhere to plug into but the sun. The Sunbox USB has a panel that can be attached outside of a house or tent that connects to a box with several charging ports. Horizon claims the unit can power an LED light included with the device for as long as 11 hours, so long as the panel sees the six to… Read More

  • Move over Humping USB Dogs. Here comes the Dodobongo USB Dog.

    The Humping USB Dogs became so popular 2 or 3 years ago that the maker, Japan-based Cube, not only started selling the silly things internationally but also added a plethora of other animals to the line-up. And now, the same company has another USB-powered gadget ready, the so-called Dodobongo USB dog. Read More

  • Review: BlackRapid RS-4

    A camera strap is just one of those things; you have to have the “right one” that works for you, or you’ll go crazy. I bought a new Nikon not too long ago, and during a trip to the San Francisco Zoo discovered that what was a minor irritation, turned into a major pain in the neck with extended wear (pun intended). By the end of the 2 hour walk-through the strap had rubbed my… Read More

  • Pardon my Engrish: RicT-007 AVRA

    Here’s a perfect companion to your Lolex watch and Mike shoe collection: the RicT-007 AVRA. It is basically a craptacular Motorola AURA clone. And when I mean craptacular, I mean aside from the looks, it is utter trash. Just look at the specs. Read More

  • Add exact smidgens to your gumbo with this cyber-spoon


    It’s true, anything can be improved. Some clever designer has created what could be the penultimate kitchen gadget. The digital spoon. The issue is, while for general cooking, you can use volume measuring. Normally, just using that one cup measure isn’t going to cause problems. However when you get into more gourmet usage of high end spices, it just doesn’t cut it. So you… Read More

  • My Dr. Fitness and the Fat Guy appearance

    Dr. Fitness and the Fat Guy are a pair of wacky radio personalities who stream on-line and in Atlanta over the air. They like to have me on because a) I know about gadgets and b) I’m fat, so they can try some of their tricks on me. Last week I went on to talk about all sorts of things including the iPod Touch, the Fitbit, and how I look like a polar bear on land but glide like a seal in… Read More

  • This Is A Really

    Good gadget review video. I’m sure you feel like this every time you watch John in his BRASIL shirt. Crappy Gadget Reviews [YouTube] Read More

  • Gadget Spotter: Whodunnit Edition


    1) The folks at Flickr are going to freak when they see these photos. Because of the speed in which the questions were answered last week, this week’s screen caps are going to be a bit harder (Don’t worry, I’ll post some clues later). Also, I’ve decided that it’s impossible to watch so much TV in one week, so while I’ll try to take caps from episodes that… Read More

  • But Will These Gadgets Pass Airport Screening?

    Dethroner has posted a Top 10 list of essential gadgets for traveling. Some of them, like the Voltaic Solar Backpack, are familiar goodies that have been seen around the blogosphere. Others, like the SteriPen and Nera WorldPro 100M are actually pretty innovative. But a list of travel gadgets should not be complete without some airline-related fun. The Apple MagSafe Airline Adapter springs to… Read More

  • Gadget Spotter: Bloody iPod Edition


    Ooo! So gruesome. How could they do that?! I’m starting a new feature on weekends called Gadget Spotter. Basically, I’m going to put my obsessive TV watching to good use. Every weekend, I’ll post some screen caps of gadgets used in action on various TV shows the previous week. It’s up to you to give me the name of the show, who is using it and the make/model of the device. Read More