hardware

  • Desktop Metal reveals how its 3D printers rapidly churn out metal objects

    Desktop Metal revealed pricing and other details for its 3D printers today which can make objects out of hundreds of different alloys including steel, aluminum, titanium and copper. In terms of quality, the parts produced by Desktop Metal systems compare to injection-molded items, says the startup’s CEO and cofounder Ric Fulop. While metal 3D printers have been around for decades… Read More

  • Google calls ‘time’ on the Pixel laptop

    Google calls ‘time’ on the Pixel laptop

    In a small meeting with journalists at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona today, Google’s senior vice president for hardware Rick Osterloh dropped a little bit of news: It looks like the Pixel laptop — Google’s premium Chromebook and the original product bearing the Pixel name — has hit the end of the line after just two iterations. Read More

  • Qvivr raises $5M to move beyond its all-in-one credit card

    Qvivr raises $5M to move beyond its all-in-one credit card

    Qvivr, a Silicon Valley-based FinTech startup originally known for building the SWYP programmable credit card, has raised $5M in Series A funding. The funding was led by Khosla Ventures, with participation from a large multinational Asian bank. The startup was founded in 2014 and originally launched with a pre-order campaign for a hardware product that would let users program all of their… Read More

  • Unboxing six gadgets from CES 2017

    I had a great time out here at CES 2017 in Las Vegas — every once in a while I got to sneak away and walk around a little bit and check out the goodies. A little walking here, a little checking stuff out there. Sometimes I fell asleep under tables… it’s just the nature of the beast. Sometimes people wanted me to check out their product, but I couldn’t do it right away… 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

  • Sling TV set to debut the AirTV Player, which combines local channels, Sling’s service & Netflix

    Sling TV set to debut the AirTV Player, which combines local channels, Sling’s service & Netflix

    Reports that streaming TV service Sling TV is launching its own TV tuner box are now confirmed, thanks to the appearance of a landing page for the “AirTV Player” which has popped up on Sling TV’s website overnight. The new device promises the ability to receive local TV channels over the air through a digital antenna, combined with Sling TV’s streaming service and… 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

  • Phononic raises a cool $40 million to make quiet, spacious refrigerators

    Phononic raises a cool $40 million to make quiet, spacious refrigerators

    Refrigeration and air conditioning used to require vapor compressors, chemicals like Freon, fans, water chillers or passive heat sinks. But a North Carolina company called Phononic has developed solid-state refrigeration technology instead. Phononic, which employs about 110 full-time today, just raised an additional $40 million in equity funding to rapidly expand manufacturing of its… 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

  • Teforia soaks up $12 million to make the perfect cup of tea

    Teforia soaks up $12 million to make the perfect cup of tea

    Teforia has raised $12 million in a Series A round of venture funding to take its smart kitchen appliances mainstream. The company’s flagship product is an internet connected tea infuser that can brew teas from the company’s own line of pre-packed “Sips,” or from loose leaf teas that customers pack into the machine’s “infusion globe” on their… Read More

  • Rokid, the assistant that can see, hear and sing raises $50M at $450M valuation

    Rokid, the assistant that can see, hear and sing raises $50M at $450M valuation

    Meet Melody. Despite looking like a giant egg with a TV for a heart, she actually may be the first thing to put a smile on your face this morning. She can recognize you, listen to you, and even sing for you — all the while being a hub for home IoT. The whole package may seem a bit corny, albeit in a cute candy corn kinda way, but for investors in Rokid, Melody’s maker, the device… Read More

  • Primo Toys rolls out Cubetto, a wooden robot that teaches kids to code

    A startup called Primo Toys today began online and retail sales of its latest educational product, the Cubetto, a programmable wooden robot for kids as young as 3. The London startup, which is a graduate of the PCH Highway 1 accelerator and backed by Randi Zuckerberg, promises families and educators a screen-free way to teach coding basics to kids who can’t yet read or write. Retailing… Read More

  • Applications are open for Hardware Battlefield at CES

    Applications are open for Hardware Battlefield at CES

    We’re back. Hardware Battlefield is TechCrunch’s premier hardware startup event and is returning to the world’s largest consumer electronic show. Applications are now open until November 3 at 9pm PT. Submit your application here to compete for free demo space at CES, a $50,000 prize and the Metal Man trophy. Hardware Battlefield is part of TechCrunch’s Startup… Read More

  • Snapchat’s 10 second video glasses are real and cost $130

    Snapchat’s 10 second video glasses are real and cost $130

    Snapchat’s long-rumored camera glasses are actually real. The startup’s first foray into hardware will be a pair of glasses called “Spectacles” and will go on sale this fall for $129.99, as first reported by The WSJ and confirmed to TechCrunch by the newly rebranded Snap Inc.. The glasses will only come in one size, but will be available in three colors –… Read More

  • Kids can build a LEGO drone with Flybrix kits

    Kids can build a LEGO drone with Flybrix kits

    A company called Flybrix is putting legos on the wing. The San Francisco startup today began selling build-a-drone kits for kids age 14 and up comprised of: LEGO bricks, boom arms and motors that don’t require soldering, and other off the shelf and Flybrix-designed parts. Once assembled, Flybrix drones are lightweight and meant to be flown indoors. They can be operated with a… Read More

  • Joby proves that selfie sticks can, indeed, get sillier

    Joby proves that selfie sticks can, indeed, get sillier

    Whenever you see wide shots of a TV audience, you see huge contraptions with cameras on them, enabling TV folks to create fantastic swooping shots. If you want some of that in your life, Joby can help with its Action Jib kit. It’s great to get close to the action and to make the people around you think you’ve lost your mind by sporting the most outrageous selfie stick ever. Read More

  • GoPro sales beat investor expectations but are still in steep decline

    GoPro sales beat investor expectations but are still in steep decline

    Action-camera maker GoPro reported second quarter earnings after the bell on Wednesday. Shares quickly rose 10 percent in after-hours trading, but then were down 3 percent as investors dug through the earnings release. And then they were back up about 3 percent. The company posted revenue of $220.7 million, above analyst forecasts of $194 million. Adjusted earnings per share was negative… Read More

  • A quick look at the state of hardware technologies in China and beyond

    A quick look at the state of hardware technologies in China and beyond

    Recent developments in the hardware world show just how far China’s star has risen and how dominant the country has become in the world of technology hardware manufacturing, development, and innovation. And the physical impact of these products is only just beginning to shape the direction the tech industry will take in years to come. Read More

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