Gadgets

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  • Tag Heuer Introduces The $1500 Carrera Connected Smartwatch

    Tag Heuer has just officially announced their new luxury smart watch called the Carrera Connected. The company’s CEO Jean-Claude Biver let slip a few details of the watch this morning, in an interview with Le Matin, saying that it will go for $1,500 and have “almost the same functionality” of the Apple Watch. The smart watch, which has a dumb counterpart in the Tag Heuer… Read More

  • Apple Announces iPad Pro Availability

    Ever wanted a giant iPad? Well, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro will be available for purchase in 40 countries starting on Wednesday, November 11. It will first be available online with retail stores getting the device later in the week. The Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard will also be available on Wednesday. Pricing starts at $799 for the base model, which ships with 32GB of internal memory. For… Read More

  • Xiaomi’s Second Wearable Device Tracks Your Sleep, Steps And Heart Rate For $15

    Xiaomi’s much-speculated second wearable device is now official, after the Chinese company unveiled the Mi Band Pulse. Read More

  • Crunch Network

    Data, The Speed Of Light And You

    We — humanity, that is — created 4.4 zettabytes of data last year. This is expected to rise to 44 zettabytes by 2020. And no, I didn’t make up the word “zettabytes.” For scale, it is estimated that 42 zettabytes could store all human speech ever spoken. One zettabyte is around 250 billion DVDs — almost enough fit the whole Friends series. Read More

  • Another $1 Million Crowdfunded Gadget Company Collapses

    Remember the Robotic Dragonfly? The little drone was an early crowdfunding success story, netting over a $1 million in pledges on Indiegogo in 2012. At the time, it was one of the first crowdfunded gadgets to raise more than a million dollars. The project promised a tiny robot that can fly like a bird and hover like an insect — and for $99, too. Bad news, friends. This little drone is… Read More

  • uBeam Declassifies Secrets To Try To Prove Wireless Power Is Possible

    It must violate the laws of physics. It must be dangerous. It must be impossible. This is what critics have concluded despite not actually knowing the details behind uBeam’s wireless power technology. So rather than let the rumors swirl, today uBeam revealed a bunch of details about how far, how fast, and just plain how it can charge a phone without wires. “People are saying… Read More

  • This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Chronos, comScore, And The Ario Smart Lamp

    In case you want to opt out of the smart watch trend without having a dumb watch, Chronos is there for you. comScore made moves this week in the world of mergers and acquisitions, while the Ario smart lamp went live (and surpassed its goal) on Kickstarter. We discuss all this and more on this week’s episode of the TC Gadgets Podcast, featuring John Biggs, Matt Burns, Romain Dillet… Read More

  • Luma, Quite Improbably, Makes Wi-Fi Setup Fun

    Wi-fi setup is usually pretty easy: you find a space in the house, hire a team of radio experts to scan it for dead spots and an entire IT team to manage security and QoS. Then you try to connect from the back patio and discover that you can’t watch YouTube from the picnic table. To remedy this Dr. Paul Judge and Mike Van Bruinisse created Luma. This tiny Wi-Fi hotspot connects using a… Read More

  • HTC Encourages You To “Be Different” While Not Being Different

    HTC has released a new commercial whose primary message is Be Different. While this would be fine in general, I suspect many of us will notice a distinct similarity between this commercial and a number of other commercials, including one filmed three decades ago, in which a troublemaker tears down the status quo in order to sell consumer electronics. This idea, obviously, doesn’t belong… Read More

  • Drone Maker DJI Takes Minority Stake In Iconic Swedish Camera Company Hasselblad

    On the heels of a $75 million investment from Accel, Chinese drone king DJI is putting some of its funding to use by making some investments of its own. The company this week announced that it would be taking a stake in Hasselblad, a camera maker from Sweden that focuses (!) on high quality equipment, often used in more challenging environments. This is a minority stake and neither… Read More

  • Sweden’s Anoto Buys Digital Pen Maker Livescribe For $15M

    The writing is on the wall for more consolidation in the world of startups… both literally and figuratively. Today Anoto, a digital writing company based out of Sweden, announced that it would acquire longtime partner Livescribe, another a smart pen maker, for $15 million in a deal that is expected to close this month. Specifically, Anoto says this is an all-cash deal and is based… Read More

  • Former MLB Player Jason Giambi Takes A Swing At Virtual Reality

    Everybody needs a hobby when they retire, and former major league baseball player Jason Giambi turned to virtual reality, teaming with EON Sports on a virtual reality hardware-software package to teach players how to recognize pitches and understand the strike zone. The solution, which is called Project OPS consists of software, a Bluetooth controller and virtual reality headset that can plug… Read More

  • Enter A World Of Crazy Sensual Mix-Ups With A DIY Synesthesia Mask

    Synesthesia, aka the mixing of the senses, is a super power to be feared. But while many synesthetes have boring talents – imagining numbers as colors, for example – this DIY hack lets you turn color into scents, thereby unlocking the rainbow of potential fruit flavors. Created by Zachary Howard, the system works by reading colors on various surfaces and then responding with a… Read More

  • A Few Days With The Pebble Time Round

    I’ve never worn a Pebble smartwatch for an extended period of time before. In fact, I’ve never really worn a modern smartwatch for an extended period of time, either. So when my colleague Drew Olanoff asked me to give the Pebble Time Round a whirl, I was of course skeptical of my need for a smartwatch. The Pebble watches have been some of the most successful Kickstarter campaigns… Read More

  • Hivemapper, The Waze For Drones, Lands $3M Seed Led By Spark Capital

    Flying a drone is kind of like driving a car that only has a windshield. You can only look in one direction at a time, and when the drone gets out of visual range, the user is left with a single view through the lens of a camera. Hivemapper, a company that just raised a $3 million Series A led by Spark Capital, is looking to make that a bit safer. You can think of Hivemapper as a Waze for… Read More

  • Karma’s Mobile Hotspot Adds “Neverstop,” A $50 Per Month Unlimited Data Plan

    Karma, the makers of the pay-as-you-go LTE mobile hotspot that began shipping earlier this summer, announced today a new type of data plan meant to appeal to those who more regularly use their device. Instead of topping off data as you need it, the new “Neverstop” plan will instead offer users unlimited data for $50 per month. The plan is still available without a contract… Read More

  • Researchers Can Now Create 3D-Printed (Plastic) Hair

    Researchers at Carnegie Mellon have created a system to put realistic-looking plastic hair on 3D printed objects. While this doesn’t help the follicularly challenged humans among us it does allow you to add cute hairdos to 3D printed characters and even simulate hard growth on living things. The system uses a standard 3D printer with special programming that extrudes a little plastic… Read More

  • We Want You To Show Your Gear At Hardware Battlefield

    People get ready: applications for TechCrunch’s Hardware Battlefield are now open. Submit your application by November 18 at 9pm PT to compete for free demo space at the Consumer Electronics Show, $50,000 prize and the Metal Man trophy. Hardware Battlefield is part of TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield series, but with a few small differences. Of course, there is the requirement… Read More