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In the Accelerator over the Sea

In our oceans the scale of disasters is measured in millions, billions, and trillions, while solutions amount to single digits: individuals or institutions working to impact a chosen issue with approaches often both brilliant and quixotic. Putting such individuals in close contact with both whales and billionaires is the strange alchemy being attempted by the Sustainable Ocean Alliance’s Accelerator at Sea. I and a few other reporters were invited to observe said program, a five-day excursion in...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Gadgets, Science, Hardware, Funding, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Conservation, Alaska, Silicon Valley, Biotech, Robotics, GreenTech, Bahamas


The Ultimate Game Boy Clone Perfectly Plays Every Classic Handheld Game You Ever Loved

It’s become painfully clear that Nintendo has no plans to release a throwback console to celebrate the Game Boy’s 30th birthday this year. But you won’t lament the Game Boy Classic Edition not happening now that the Analogue Pocket has been revealed. It’s a portable console that flawlessly plays cartridges from almost…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Video Games, Tech, Nintendo, Analogue, Consumer Tech, Game Boy, Analogue Pocket, Game Gear


Everything Google Announced Today

In a somewhat unconventional spectacle that included a fireside chat about the company’s environmental initiatives and photographer Annie Leibovitz dropping by to talk about smartphones, Google’s Pixel 4 event in New York today included few surprises, and at times, even fewer details on its new hardware.Read more...
Tags: Google, Gadgets, New York, Science, Video Games, Audio, Speakers, Tech, Smartphones, Headphones, Wifi, Annie Leibovitz, Pixel, Consumer Tech, Stadia, Google Assistant


New Google Nest Wifi Brings Mesh Nodes That Double As Smart Speakers

The original Google Wifi promised reliable and fast internet across your entire home using a series of identical mesh nodes positioned around your house. It’s the same approach that’s used for the company’s new and renamed Nest Wifi. But now, a central router is employed with satellite nodes that double as smart…Read more...
Tags: Google, Gadgets, Science, Tech, Wifi, Routers, Consumer Tech, Google Wifi, Nest Wifi, Made By Google 2019, Nest Wifi Router, Nest Wifi Point


The Google Nest Mini Can Now Hang on Your Wall Like a Piece of Art That's Always Listening to You

As one of the search giant’s most popular hardware products, Google isn’t tampering with the design for its next-generation Home Mini smart speaker, first introduced back in 2017. But in addition to a name change, it’s now easier to put the new Google Nest Mini exactly where you want it.Read more...
Tags: Google, Gadgets, Science, Speakers, Tech, Nest, Consumer Tech, Smart Assistant, Made By Google 2019, Google Nest Mini


Dyson Kills Electric Car Development Saying It's Too Hard to Make a Profit

Despite developing an expertise in batteries and electric motors over the years with all the R&D behind its cyclone vacuums, in an email sent to staff today that was shared with The Verge, CEO James Dyson announced his company would abandon its plans for an electric car, citing concerns it couldn’t find a way to make…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Technology, James Dyson, Dyson, Electric Cars


I Tried to Avoid the Eye Doctor With This Gadget and Failed Miserably

You should go to your eye doctor more than once every twelve years. That’s called being an adult and having good common sense. I, however, am bad at adulting and somehow found myself in my early thirties, wearing a severely outdated prescription. How bad was it? I was at the point where after leaving the subway, I…Read more...
Tags: Health, Gadgets, Glasses, Science, Consumer Tech, Eyeglasses, Eyeque Visioncheck Review


Creators of modern rechargeable batteries share Nobel prize

If you had to slip a couple AAs into your smartphone every morning to check your email, browse Instagram, and text your friends, chances are the mobile revolution would not have been quite so revolutionary. Fortunately the rechargeable lithium-ion battery was invented — a decades-long task for which three men have just been awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. The prize this year honors M. Stanley Whittingham, John Goodenough, and Akira Yoshino, all of whom contributed to the development of wha...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Tech, Batteries, Battery, Whittingham, John Goodenough, Nobel Prize, Lithium-ion, Akira Yoshino, Stanley Whittingham John Goodenough, Fred Gamble


You Can Connect an Iomega Zip Drive to Your Apple Watch Like It's 1994

As Ian Malcolm in Spielberg’s Jurassic Park famously said, “...your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.” YouTuber napabar should have heeded that advice before trying to get his Apple Watch to connect to an old Iomega Zip drive. But surprisingly, he…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Tech, Hacks, Apple Watch, Spielberg, Consumer Tech, Ian Malcolm, Iomega


Essential Debuts Phone, Just Cut in Half and With a Creepy Backstory

Here’s something to raise your eyebrows. Essential, the company founded in 2015 by disgraced former Google exec Andy Rubin, released images of its Project Gem smartphone on Tuesday—and it basically looks like a phone chopped down the middle.Read more...
Tags: Google, Android, Gadgets, Science, Technology, Smartphones, Phones, Andy Rubin, Essential, Essential Phone


This Incredibly Customizable Controller Will Make You Better at the Switch

Nintendo makes an excellent standalone controller for those who prefer gaming with something more substantial than the Switch’s Joy-Cons. The Pro Controller was always what I recommended to anyone looking for a Switch gamepad, but not any longer. 8BitDo’s SN30 Pro+ isn’t perfect, but its biggest draw—its ability to be …Read more...
Tags: Reviews, Gadgets, Science, Video Games, Tech, Nintendo, Consumer Tech, Controllers, 8bitdo, Sn30 Pro


Teams autonomously mapping the depths take home millions in Ocean Discovery Xprize

There’s a whole lot of ocean on this planet, and we don’t have much of an idea what’s at the bottom of most of it. That could change with the craft and techniques created during the Ocean Discovery Xprize, which had teams competing to map the sea floor quickly, precisely, and autonomously. The winner just took home $4 million. A map of the ocean would be valuable in and of itself, of course, but any technology used to do so could be applied in many other ways, and who knows what potential biolog...
Tags: TC, Gadgets, Science, Hardware, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Conservation, Xprize, Robotics


Watching Someone Restore a Filthy Game Boy to Its Original Pristine Condition Is Soothing For the Soul

It was a tragic day when, after being dropped on the floor, my original Game Boy was left with a bunch of dead lines on its screen. But it lived a good life, and has the scars, knicks, and scratches to prove it. However, it wasn’t quite as abused as this Game Boy that YouTube’s Odd Tinkering purchased and managed to …Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Gaming, Science, Video Games, Tech, Nintendo, Restoration, Consumer Tech, Game Boy, Odd Tinkering


These DIY Hot Glued AirPods Are Definitely Not a Status Symbol, but They Only Cost $4 to Build

It doesn’t matter how easy they are to pair with your phone, paying $160 for a pair of wireless earbuds whose tiny battery dies after a year and a half just doesn’t feel worth it. Redditor Sam Cashook agrees, so instead of spending a small fortune on Apple’s most losable gadgets, he hacked together his own AirPods…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Diy, Tech, Headphones, Hacks, Consumer Tech, Sam Cashook


Ever Wanted to Smoke a Genie? Your Wish Just Came True With This Aladdin's Lamp Vape

Be honest, how many times have you watched Disney’s animated Aladdin with your mod in hand and wondered what it would be like to vape that genie as he comes blasting out of that lamp in a cloud of smoke? It turns out you don’t need three wishes to find out; just a fully-functional lamp-shaped vape that Disney’s…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Smoking, Disney, Tech, Vaping, Collectibles, Consumer Tech, Aladdin, Vapes


A New Hearing Aid Promises to Tune Out Distracting Voices By Reading the Wearer's Brain Waves

You don’t notice it happening, but in a crowded, noisy room, your brain has the remarkable ability to effectively tune out all but the people you’re talking to. Trying to replicate this behavior in gadgets like hearing aids has proven to be very difficult, but researchers might have finally found a solution by…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Research, Ears, Columbia University, Hearing, Hearing Aids, Noise Canceling


BBC Goes to Conduct Its First Broadcast Over 5G, Immediately Hits Data Cap

There’s a dark secret lurking behind all the promised benefits of the impending 5G networks slowing coming online around the world: All that extra speed and bandwidth is going to make it really hard to stay within your monthly data limits, as the BBC recently discovered with its first live segment streamed over 5G.Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Technology, Bbc, Ee, Huawei, 5g, Cellular, Consumer Tech


This robot learns its two-handed moves from human dexterity

If robots are really to help us out around the house or care for our injured and elderly, they’re going to want two hands… at least. But using two hands is harder than we make it look — so this robotic control system learns from humans before attempting to do the same. The idea behind the research, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, isn’t to build a two-handed robot from scratch, but simply to create a system that understands and executes the same type of manipulations that we humans do w...
Tags: TC, Gadgets, Science, Hardware, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Robots, Robotics, University of Wisconsin Madison, Robotic Arm, Science Robotics, Daniel Rakita


If You're a Zillionaire Neat Freak, iRobot's New Roomba and Mop Bot Are a Dream Come True

While most home robots never see much success with consumers, iRobot’s made a nice little niche for itself with its Roombas. Today, the company is announcing its most advanced bot to date—the Roomba s9+: A self-emptying, room-memorizing cleaner that also costs a whopping $1,300 to start. Oh...and iRobot has also…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Roomba, Irobot, Consumer Tech, Robot Vacuums, Dont Ask If They Handle Pet Poop They Dont, Roomba S9, Braava Jet M6, New Roomba


Man Restoring a Classic Synthesizer Goes On a 9-Hour Acid Trip After Accidentally Touching LSD-Covered Knob

There are plenty of wild rumors, mythologies, and eyebrow-raising stories from the long history of music, including claims that parts of synthesizers designed by electronic music pioneer Don Buchla had been dipped in LSD. But as engineer Eliot Curtis recently discovered, those claims might actually hold some truth.Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Electronics, Drugs, Instruments, Lsd, Synthesizers, Don Buchla, Eliot Curtis


Bidding for this like-new Enigma Machine starts at $200,000

If you’re feeling flush this week, then perhaps instead of buying a second Bugatti you might consider picking up this lightly used Enigma Machine. These devices, the scourge of the Allies in World War II, are rarely for sale to begin with — and one in such good shape that was actually used in the war is practically unheard of. The Enigma saga is a fascinating one, though far too long to repeat here — let it suffice to say that these machines created a code that was as close to unbreakable, allow...
Tags: TC, Gadgets, Science, Hardware, Nazis, Tech, Britain, Winston Churchill, World War Ii, Alan Turing, Bletchley Park, Enigma, Turing, Wwii, Nate D Sanders, Simon Singh


Microsoft's Classic IntelliMouse Returns With Its Cord Still Intact

Twenty years ago, Microsoft vastly improved how we all point and click with the introduction of its IntelliMouse Explorer that used a small camera to track movements instead of an easily dirtied rolling ball. Countless iterations were released over the past few decades, but Microsoft has finally revived the original…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Hardware, Microsoft, Tech, Mouse, Mice, Pro Intellimouse


You can do it, robot! Watch the beefy, 4-legged HyQReal pull a plane

It’s not really clear just yet exactly what all these powerful, agile quadrupedal robots people are working on are going to do, exactly, but even so it never gets old watching them do their thing. The latest is an Italian model called HyQReal, which demonstrates its aspiration to winning strongman competitions, among other things, by pulling an airplane behind it. The video is the debut for HyQReal, which is the successor to HyQ, a much smaller model created years ago by the Italian Institute of...
Tags: Gadgets, Europe, Science, Hardware, Tech, Italy, Robotics, Italian Institute of Technology, Moog, Institute of Technology, Hyqreal


This $600 Sleep Robot Is Only Worth it if You're Tired and Alone

If you’ve suffered the throes of chronic insomnia, you’ll do almost anything to fall asleep. Pills, guided meditation apps, vigorous exercise, melatonin, screen dimmers, aromatherapy diffusers, sleep tracking via fitness tracker, smart beds, bedtime calculators—at some point or another, I’ve tried them all and…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Sleep, Robots, Consumer Tech, Sleep Tech, Ah To Sleep Perchance To Dream, Somnox Sleep Robot Review


Stanford’s Doggo is a petite robotic quadruped you can (maybe) build yourself

Got a few thousand bucks and a good deal of engineering expertise? You’re in luck: Stanford students have created a quadrupedal robot platform called Doggo that you can build with off-the-shelf parts and a considerable amount of elbow grease. That’s better than the alternatives, which generally require a hundred grand and a government-sponsored lab. Due to be presented (paper on arXiv here) at the IEEE International Conference on Robots and Automation, Doggo is the result of research by the Stan...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Hardware, Stanford, Tech, Robotics, Stanford University


Why is Facebook doing robotics research?

It’s a bit strange to hear that the world’s leading social network is pursuing research in robotics rather than, say, making search useful, but Facebook is a big organization with many competing priorities. And while these robots aren’t directly going to affect your Facebook experience, what the company learns from them could be impactful in surprising ways. Though robotics is a new area of research for Facebook, its reliance on and bleeding-edge work in AI are well known. Mechanisms that cou...
Tags: Social, TC, Gadgets, Facebook, Science, Hardware, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Robots, Robotics


This clever transforming robot flies and rolls on its rotating arms

There’s great potential in using both drones and ground-based robots for situations like disaster response, but generally these platforms either fly or creep along the ground. Not the “Flying STAR,” which does both quite well, and through a mechanism so clever and simple you’ll wish you’d thought of it. Conceived by researchers at Ben-Gurion University in Israel, the “flying sprawl-tuned autonomous robot” is based on the elementary observation that both rotors and wheels spin. So why shouldn’t a...
Tags: TC, Gadgets, Science, Hardware, Tech, Drones, Uavs, Robotics


Google Glass Gets a Fresh Update With More Powerful Guts—Still Look Dorky as Hell

Almost two years ago, Google parent Alphabet reminded the world that Google Glass wasn’t dead—it just wasn’t for regular consumers. Rebranding Google Glass as an enterprise tool for blue-collar factory workers and doctors was a savvy move that breathed new life into the smart glasses. Today, Alphabet is building on…Read more...
Tags: Google, Gadgets, Wearables, Science, Google Glass, Smart Glasses


Holo4Labs Makes Minority Report’s Mixed Reality Data Processing Real

Mixed reality data processing has moved from the realm of science fiction films like The Minority Report into real-life science labs, thanks to a recent Microsoft HoloLens app, announced by polish IT... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Technology, Microsoft, Innovation, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Holograms, Hologram


Do You Really Believe That Samsung 'Fixed' All Its Galaxy Fold Issues in Just Three Weeks?

Remember when Samsung rushed out a replacement Note 7 that also blew up?Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Samsung, Smartphones, Consumer Tech, Folding Phones, Galaxy Fold, Samsung Galaxy Fold



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