Gadgets

  • This is Snapchat’s new Spectacles store in New York City

    Snapchat surprised everyone this morning when instead of dropping its Spectacles vending machine in a remote location like the Grand Canyon or Oklahoma, it opened a legitimate storefront in New York City. The store is all white – and contains a sole Bot vending machine, as well as rotating TVs mounted on the wall that show off Spectacles’ 360-degree video¬†capability. The store is… Read More

  • Aurora is a set of connectable, color-changing LED wall panels

    Aurora is a set of connectable, color-changing LED wall panels

    Looking for a piece of wall art that doubles as lighting for your home? You’re in luck. Aurora, launched by Canadian smart-lighting startup Nanoleaf, is a set of smart LED panels designed to go on your wall. The panels are triangular (about 9″ on each side), and can be connected to basically make any shape or design you want. Nine¬†come in a set, and you can buy packs of three more… Read More

  • Loop brings retro-styled entertainment to the grandparental generation

    Loop brings retro-styled entertainment to the grandparental generation

    Content is consumed from the big screen in the corner and you’re probably on your smartphone morning, noon and night. Cramming itself into the gap in-between is Loop, a retro-looking device aimed at a generation that hasn’t quite embraced the clutch-your-device-at-all-times world quite yet. Loop makes communicating, playing media and looking stuff up easier when you have your… Read More

  • PBS debuts its own tablet for kids, the Playtime Pad

    PBS debuts its own tablet for kids, the Playtime Pad

    The public broadcaster PBS today unveiled a new plan to bring its children’s television programming to its¬†young audience,¬†who spend more time behind tablets than sitting in front of TV sets. It’s debuting its own branded tablet, called the Playtime Pad. The tablet, which is produced by Ematic will come preloaded with PBS Kids’ entertainment, including games, video clips… Read More

  • Aura rethinks the digital picture frame with smarter software, sensors & gesture control

    Aura rethinks the digital picture frame with smarter software, sensors & gesture control

    We’re taking more digital photos than ever, but we’re not very good about printing them out to enjoy them in our homes. Meanwhile, the digital picture frame market¬†has filled with cheap products that haven’t kept up with technology developments, like ubiquitous Wi-Fi, better photo quality, and higher resolutions, in order to instead chase ever-lower price points. Aura¬†aims… Read More

  • b8ta, a physical store for tech gadgets, raises $7 million Series A round

    b8ta, a physical store for tech gadgets, raises $7 million Series A round

    b8ta, the retail store that sells trendy tech gadgets,¬†recently raised a $7 million Series A round led by TriplePoint Capital¬†with participation from Khosla Ventures, Fifth Wall Ventures, Macerich and Eniac Ventures. b8ta also received $8 million in debt funding and previously raised a $4.5 million seed round. b8ta launched its first store in Palo Alto last December. Since then, things have… Read More

  • Everything you need to know from Apple’s iPhone 7 event

    Everything you need to know from Apple’s iPhone 7 event

    Apple held its annual September press conference in San Francisco on Wednesday, unveiling the iPhone 7 at long last. CEO Tim Cook took the stage (after a charming bout of Carpool Karaoke) to introduce everything new with Apple — from new iPhones to new Apple Watches. You can dig through the full coverage, or read the play-by-play of the keynote in our live blog, but here are the main… Read More

  • HSN‚Äôs first pitch-off competition goes in search of the next big consumer product

    HSN‚Äôs first pitch-off competition goes in search of the next big consumer product

    HSN is looking for the next big American consumer product. Today, 100 makers and entrepreneurs from around the U.S. will pitch their products for a chance to win airtime on HSN, a listing on HSN.com, a piece in Good Housekeeping magazine and its “Seal of Approval,” following testing. The products will come from across categories, like home, kitchen, toys, productivity, and yes… Read More

  • This new brain-scanning technique is literally mind expanding

    This new brain-scanning technique is literally mind expanding

    Sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference between science and technology √≥ almost all the time when it has to do with the brain. But this research from MIT that allows for vastly improved scans of the networks inside the brain is too cool to pass up, whether it’s tech, science, or somewhere in between. Read More

  • Bellabeat Leaf’s new wearable and app help women tackle stress

    Bellabeat Leaf’s new wearable and app help women tackle stress

    Bellabeat, the maker of a line of health trackers aimed at women, has sold over 400,000 units of its first health tracker known as the Leaf – a name given to the device because of its leaf-like shape which can be worn on the wrist, as a brooch, or pendant. Today, the company is rolling out its next generation tracker called the Leaf Urban. The update¬†gives the wearable a more modern… Read More

  • This leather wallet has a built-in battery to charge your iPhone

    This leather wallet has a built-in battery to charge your iPhone

    If you have an iPhone other than the¬†6 Plus or 6S Plus, chances are that you run out of battery pretty frequently. In a world where background updates, location tracking, and 24/7 bluetooth constantly¬†drain¬†our batteries, it’s not unheard of to run¬†out of juice just a few hours into your day. Most people have recruited battery packs, car chargers, or battery¬†cases to help… Read More

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