Autopilot Buddy is, hands down, the most evil gadget of 2018

The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) recently cracked down on the makers of a device called the Autopilot Buddy, a gadget that allows people to trick Tesla cars into thinking the driver has their hands on the steering wheel. Autopilot Buddy is a fantastic example of a heartless piece of technology that tries to capitalize on consumers’ ignorance. Not everyone is tech-savvy, and being able to afford a Tesla doesn’t imply a general understanding of what artificial intellig...
Tags: Startups, Gadgets, Opinion, Tesla, Autopilot Buddy, Dolder Falco, Reese Partners LLC

This Light-Up HAL 9000 USB Flash Drive Can't Sing, But Probably Won't Kill You Either

Master Replicas, makers of some of the finest lightsaber replicas in any galaxy, sadly closed its doors back in 2008. Last year, however, part of its original team opened Master Replicas Group, a new company that’s relaunching with a series of 2001: A Space Odyssey collectibles to start, including a flash drive based…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Tech, Robots, 2001 A Space Odyssey, 2001, Consumer Tech, Flash Drives, Hal 9000, Master Replicas Group

dodocool DA149 Review: An Exceptional Hi-Res Wireless Speaker in a Budget

In the past, we’ve covered a couple of products from dodocool and none of them left us unimpressed. Today, we’ve yet another interesting device for review from the same brand. It’s the DA149 Hi-Res stereo wireless speaker which unlike their Mini Wireless speaker isn’t surprisingly tiny but looks promising. Speaking of Bluetooth speakers, they’re a must-have accessory and there are high chances of you already owning one of them. Their portable form-factor makes them appropriate for people who l...
Tags: Reviews, Gadgets, Music, UK, Review, Blogging, CDN, Canada, Bluetooth Speaker, Wireless Speaker, Amazon Pros, Dodocool

This high-tech pillow lulled me into the trippiest sleep of my life

Ever since I was a little girl I’ve had trouble falling asleep. 7-year old me didn’t mind though, and was perfectly happy lying awake at 3am reading. Now I’m older. And I need my sleep. What used to be hours of night-time bliss are now hours of terror, every minute awake driving me increasingly closer to insanity. So when I heard about this Dreampad thing I paid attention. The Dreampad? It’s a pillow that looks normal in every way, except that it isn’t. The Dreampad uses intrasound technology to...
Tags: Startups, Gadgets, Tech, Insider, Distract

Bag Week 2018: Mission Workshop’s Radian rolltop starts simple but grows piece by piece

Welcome to Bag Week 2018. Every year your faithful friends at TechCrunch spend an entire week looking at bags. Why? Because bags — often ignored but full of our important electronics — are the outward representations of our techie styles, and we put far too little thought into where we keep our most prized possessions. I’ve always been wary of modular, rail-based bag systems. They’ve always struck me as rather military and imposing, which I suppose is kind of the point. Even Mission Workshop, ...
Tags: Reviews, TC, Gadgets, Wearables, Tech, Bags, Tsa, Radian, Mission Workshop, Bag Week 2018, Even Mission Workshop, Mission Workshop Arkiv

Bag Week 2018: Waxed canvas bags from Filson, Ona, Croots and more

If you’re looking for a good jacket or bag, you have your choice of materials: leather, heavy nylon, waterproof synthetic weaves like Gore-Tex… but for my money (and not a little of it either) the king of them all is waxed canvas. Pliant yet protective, wind and water–resistant but breathable, handsome to start but grows a character of its own, waxed canvas strikes, for me, the perfect balance of attributes. I drape myself in it, and in the case of bags, drape it from myself. The main caveat is ...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Gadgets, Wearables, Tech, Bags, Seattle, Dslr, Hudson, Brixton, Don, Walker, Ona, Gore Tex, Filson, Bag Week 2018

Review: The Super Anthony robot kicked and punched its way into my heart

Super Anthony is a little fighting robot with the punching power of a full-grown person. It’s a premium-grade gadget that’s meant for serious enthusiasts. I got my hands on one to determine if it was a contender or pretender. It’s a bit difficult to figure out exactly what Super Anthony is all about at first. The 38 cm (14.9 in) tall machine is billed as a fighting robot and comes programmed with punches, kicks, and combat roll maneuvers. It weighs in at a diminuitive 2.1 kg (4.6 lbs) but manage...
Tags: Reviews, Startups, Gadgets, Tech, Anthony

San Francisco’s newest restaurant has a robot flipping its burgers

If you find yourself in San Francisco and craving a hamburger, you might want to keep an eye out for Creator on Folsom Street. The new joint, which is set to open to the public on June 27, offers burgers at $6, cooked from start to finish by a robot. The machine has been in the making for the past eight years; The Wall Street Journal explains that the contraption is 14 feet long, contains some 7,000 parts, costs under $1 million, and can prep 120 burgers per hour. It achieves this by dispensing ...
Tags: Startups, Gadgets, San Francisco, Wall Street Journal

Bag Week 2018: The Nomadic NF-02 keeps everything in its right place

Nomadic, a Japanese brand sold by JetPens in the US, makes some of my favorite bags and backpacks . The Wise Walker Toto was an amazing little bag and I’ve always enjoyed the size, materials, and design. The $89 Nomadic NF-02 is no different. The best thing about this 15×7 inch backpack is the compact size and internal pouches. The Nomadic can hold multiple pens, notebooks, and accessories, all stuck in their own little cubbies, and you can fit a laptop and a few books in the main compartm...
Tags: TC, Gadgets, Technology, US, Tech, Equipment, Backpack, Culture, United States, Bags, Luggage, Nomadic, Walker, Toto, Bag Week 2018, Wise Walker Toto

Inside Atari’s rise and fall

Jamie Lendino Contributor Share on Twitter Jamie Lendino is the editor-in-chief of Extreme Tech By the first few months of 1982, it had become more common to see electronics stores, toy stores, and discount variety stops selling 2600 games. This was before Electronics Boutique, Software Etc., and later, GameStop . Mostly you bought games at stores that sold other electronic products, like Sears or Consumer Distributors. Toys ...
Tags: TC, Gadgets, Column, Tech, Brooklyn, Formula One, Animation, Computing, Nintendo, Lasers, Super Mario Bros, Kmart, Galaga, Race Car, Monaco, Vice President

Bag Week 2018: WP Standard’s Rucksack goes the distance

WP Standard – formerly called Whipping Post Leather – makes rugged leather bags, totes, and briefcases and their Rucksack is one of my favorites. Designed to look like something a Pony Express rider would slip on for a visit to town, this $275 is sturdy, handsome, and ages surprisingly well. There are some trade-offs, however. Except for two small front pouches there are no hidden nooks and crannies in this spare 15×15 inch sack. The main compartment can fit a laptop and a few notebooks and the...
Tags: Ipad, TC, Gadgets, Leather, Tech, Office Depot, WP Standard, Bag Week 2018

These AI-powered insoles turn your shoes into a gross, sweaty running coach

Running is one of the world’s most popular physical activities, but, unlike other sports, the average participant is rarely coached. If you play football, squash, hockey, or train a martial art, the chances are you’ve had or have lessons. But running? I know folks who have completed multiple marathons, but have never even spoken with a coach. This is where Runvi comes in. The device – which has reached its funding goal on Kickstarter – aims to be an AI-running coach by analyzing the way you move...
Tags: Startups, Gadgets, Tech, Gear, Runvi

Loupedeck’s new photography console fixes all the problems with the original

When I reviewed the Loupedeck earlier this year, I was surprised to find it cut down my photo editing time nearly in half – I actually timed it. A chunky slab full of knobs and buttons, it adds an intuitive tactile element to the normally grueling process of editing hundreds of photos. Problem was, it felt cheap. Even though it was effective, it didn’t  feel great to use, particular due to flimsy buttons. That’s no longer an issue. The new Loupedeck+ addresses all of my big complaints with the o...
Tags: Startups, Gadgets, Insider, Loupedeck

New system connects your mind to a machine to help stop mistakes

How do you tell your robot not do something that could be catastrophic? You could give it a verbal or programmatic command or you could have it watch your brain for signs of distress and have it stop itself. That’s what researchers at MIT’s robotics research lab have done with a system that is wired to your brain and tells robots how to do their job. The initial system is fairly simple. A scalp EEG and EMG system is connected to a Baxter work robot and lets a human wave or gesture when the robot...
Tags: TC, Gadgets, Tech, Mit, Artificial Intelligence, Culture, Robotics, Robot, Baxter, Industrial Robot, Joseph DelPreto

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