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Celebrate 4/20 with the dopest weed gadgets in the observable universe

The 20th of April is upon us, and you know what that means. Get down to canna-business and come check out our list of weed-related tech to celebrate before Snoop Dogg smokes it all himself. The post Celebrate 4/20 with the dopest weed gadgets in the observable universe appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Gadgets, Trends, Cannabis, Snoop Dogg, 420, Buying Guides, Emerging Tech, Cool Tech


How to add Bluetooth to your wired headphones

My current phone does not have a headphone jack. My favorite headphones need one. After being fed up with losing and forgetting dongles, I thought there must be a better way. Despite a plethora of excellent wireless options currently available, my favorite portable headphones are a pair of in-ear monitors (IEMs) from a little known company outside of audiophilia, the VSonic GR07. I keep on returning to them despite dozens of other headphones I’ve reviewed over the years, but the inconvenience of...
Tags: Startups, Gadgets, Insider


The FDA is finally doing something about the medical device security dumpster-fire

Medical device security very, very, very, very, very, very, very bad. (more…)
Tags: Health, Security, Gadgets, Post, News, Regulation, Infosec, Fda, cyberMed Safety (Expert) Analysis Board (CYMSAB


This Video Streaming Breakthrough Could Lead to Smart Glasses You Might Actually Want to Wear

One of the many inconveniences that doomed wearable products like Google Glass and Snap’s Spectacles was the need to charge them every night. Streaming video and data requires a lot of power, and that takes a tremendous toll on a tiny battery. But engineers at the University of Washington say they’ve found a way to …Read more...
Tags: Google, Gadgets, Science, Tech, Research, Sensors, Cameras, Streaming, University of Washington


This keyboard is Zlanted

The Zlant keyboard -- a compromise between tiny "ortholinear" grid keyboards and a traditional staggered layout -- will be available soon. Plancks are one of my favorite keyboards. However, I've found it to be a little bit of a struggle to get some of my friends into the form factor, especially people who aren't as devoted to mechanical keyboards as we are. Personally, and I'm sure many of you agree, I consider the Planck to have the most efficient form factor for its size. I feel as though man...
Tags: Gadgets, Post, News, Mechanical Keyboards


This robot can build your Ikea furniture

There are two kinds of people in the world: those who hate building Ikea furniture and madmen. Now, thanks to Ikeabot, the madmen can be replaced. Ikeabot is a project built at Control Robotics Intelligence (CRI) group at NTU in Singapore. The team began by teaching robots to insert pins and manipulate Ikea parts and then, slowly, began to figure out how to pit the robots against the furniture. The results, if you’ve ever fought with someone trying to put together a Billy, are heartening. ...
Tags: Startups, TC, Gadgets, Singapore, Tech, Economy, Furniture, Ikea, Trade, Robotics, Robot, Chair, Billy, NTU, CRI, Ikeabot


Alexa disses Bitcoin Cash: ‘Everyone knows Bitcoin is the real Bitcoin’

Bitcoin Cash fans are known to hound anyone who would challenge their claim of being the real Bitcoin – and the latest one to take a dig at the BCH gang is none other than Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa. Twitter user Kunani has shared a video where he asks Alexa about the essence of Bitcoin Cash; and chances the assistant’s response will hit BCH supporters right where it hurts. “Alexa, what is Bitcoin Cash,” he asked plainly. This is when Alexa dished it out: Bitcoin Cash also known as BCash is ...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, Gadgets, Insights, Artificial Intelligence, Cryptocurrency, Alexa, BCH, Hard Fork, Alexa Twitter, Kunani


Amazon now lets you create Alexa skills without a single line of code

Amazon has updated Alexa with a clever feature that makes it a whole lot more useful around the house: you can now build your own skills for the voice assistant without having to touch a line of code. Using Alexa Blueprints, you can now set up custom skills and responses to do things like leave instructions for your babysitter or an Airbnb guest, put together a family trivia game for your relatives who are in town, test your exam preparation with flash cards, and even create interactive fairy ta...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, Gadgets, Alexa, Alexa Blueprints


10 weird weed products to celebrate 4/20 with

Back in the sepia-tinged olden days, all stoners needed to have a good time was a bit of paper and some marijuana. Now? There’s an entire industry catering to their needs. To celebrate 4/20 and our bleary-eyed brethren, we’ve put together a list of some of the… odder products the enterprising blazer definitely doesn’t need, but will probably want anyway. The MagicalButter Machine Creating weed – sorry, ‘herbal’ – butter has been a rite of passage for teenage smokers for years. Regularly though, ...
Tags: Startups, Gadgets, Lifestyle, Gear, Distract


This PSP has its own version of the “notch”

With ever-expanding screens on phones and disappearing earpieces and home buttons, it only makes sense that you’d see that trend everywhere else. TVs are all screen and no bezel too, and Huawei’s laptop is exploring a similar path too. So it makes sense that the PSP (should Sony choose to release a new version) would do something on the same lines. Yonghwan Kim’s vision for the PSP may, in that regard, be a little too drastic, but it sure looks interesting. Here’s a couple of reasons why it woul...
Tags: Gadgets, Games, Design, Playstation, 2018, Sony, Nice, Huawei, Portable, Product Design, PSP, Yonghwan Kim


Don’t just stir; Stircle

Although I do my best to minimize the trash produced by my lifestyle (blog posts notwithstanding), one I can’t really control, at least without carrying a spoon on my person at all times, is the necessity of using a disposable stick to stir my coffee. That could all change with the Stircle, a little platform that spins your drink around to mix it. Now, of course this is ridiculous. And there are other things to worry about. But honestly, the scale of waste here is pretty amazing. Design house Am...
Tags: Coffee, Food, Gadgets, Hardware, Tech, Starbucks, Seattle, GreenTech, Amron, New Atlas, Stircle


Technique to beam HD video with 99 percent less power could sharpen the eyes of smart homes

Everyone seems to be insisting on installing cameras all over their homes these days, which seems incongruous with the ongoing privacy crisis — but that’s a post for another time. Today, we’re talking about enabling those cameras to send high-definition video signals wirelessly without killing their little batteries. A new technique makes beaming video out more than 99 percent more efficient, possibly making batteries unnecessary altogether. Cameras found in smart homes or wearables need to tran...
Tags: TC, Gadgets, Mobile, Science, Hardware, Tech, Wireless, Streaming Video, University of Washington, UW, Shyam Gollakota, Gollakota, Backscatter


SNK may be making a mini-console stuffed with arcade classics

If you’ve worked through the amazing selection of games provided by the NES and SNES Classic Editions, you may be in luck: SNK, the legendary arcade game creator behind the likes of Metal Slug and Samurai Shodown, is teasing what looks like its own tiny arcade cabinet. Teased as part of the company’s 40th anniversary, the shrouded gadget definitely doesn’t look like a NEO-GEO, or even a NEO-GEO Pocket. Gizmodo notes that the description mentions a “new game machine,” but no details beyond that. ...
Tags: Gadgets, Gaming, Hardware, Tech, Gizmodo, Arcade Games, SNK, Neo Geo, Samurai Shodown, Tanksticks


Tim Cook: ‘Watering down’ iOS and macOS by combining them is a bad idea

For years, rumors have claimed Apple is planning on merging macOS and iOS somewhere down the line. At the very least, Apple intends to integrate enough macOS features into iOS to effectively make it a replacement. But if you ask Tim Cook, that’s not happening anytime soon. When asked about the divide between macOS and iOS in an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, the Apple CEO said his company’s products were so good because of that chasm. Here’s the relevant quote: We don’t believe in sor...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Gadgets, Tim Cook, Sydney, Insider


Jaquet Droz is shipping its mechanical signing machine

Watchmaker Jaquet Droz announced its Signing Machine – a mechanical device that will sign your name for you using a series of miniature gears and springs – in 2014. Four years later, the company is ready to ship their miraculous contraction just in time for you to ink the deal you’ve made with Cybereus, lord of the digital underworld. This exquisitely baroque gadget is essentially a little cartridge full of clockwork. You wind it up, stick a pencil in its tiny retractable claw, and let it go. Th...
Tags: Startups, TC, Gadgets, Metal, Technology, Automation, Gear, Device, Robotics, Automaton, Jaquet Droz, Droz


Amazon’s new ‘Alexa Blueprints’ let anyone create custom Alexa skills and responses

Amazon this morning is introducing “Alexa Blueprints,” a new way for any Alexa owner to create their own customized Alexa skills or responses, without needing to know how to code. The idea is to allow Alexa owners to create their own voice apps, like a trivia game or bedtime stories, or teach Alexa to respond to questions with answers they design – like “Who’s the best mom in the world?,” for example. You could also create a skill that includes helpful information for the babysitter, which could...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Gadgets, Echo, Apps, Kids, Families, Parents, Tech, Skills, Anna, Voice, Alexa, Voice Assistant, Burns, Amazon Alexa


The Evolution of the Cell Phone - How Far It's Come!

In April 1973, Motorola engineer Marty Cooper made the first call from a "real handheld portable cell phone," a point he made very clear during that historic conversation with Joel Engel, the head of rival research firm Bell Labs. Fast forward to June 29, 2007, and the iPhone was born. Now in 2014, innovation is showing no sign of slowing down. Since that fateful phone call four decades ago, mobile phones have evolved dramatically. Those magical portable technology boxes have become an essent...
Tags: Iphone, Gadgets, Motorola, Religion, Smartphones, Marty Cooper, Joel Engel, Bell Labs Fast


Intel kills off its smart glasses project

After showing off its promising Vaunt smart glasses just a couple of months ago, Intel is now shuttering the division that built its wearable device. The devices group was formed in 2013 with a view to develop fitness trackers and smart glasses – but its products didn’t really see the light of day for long, despite hundreds of millions of dollars in funding from the company, and partnerships.with brands like Oakley. The Information reports that the move will likely result in layoffs from the New...
Tags: Startups, Gadgets, Intel, Gear, Oakley, New Devices Group NDG


Watch SpaceX launch NASA’s new planet-hunting satellite here

It’s almost time for SpaceX to launch NASA’s TESS, a space telescope that will search for exoplants across nearly the entire night sky. The launch has been delayed more than once already: originally scheduled for March 20, it slipped to April 16 (Monday), then some minor issues pushed it to today — at 3:51 PM Pacific time, to be precise. You can watch the launch live below. TESS, which stands for Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, is basically a giant wide-angle camera (four of them, a...
Tags: Gadgets, Space, Spacex, Science, Hardware, Tech, Nasa, Atlantic, Kepler, SpaceX Falcon, Tess


Review: Fitbit’s Versa is the first smartwatch I can recommend to most people

Fitbit’s had a rocky history with smartwatches. It wet its feet with the Surge in 2015, which followed up with the Blaze. Then there was last year’s Ionic, featuring the new FitbitOS designed with the help of Pebble’s team – its first ‘proper’ smartwatch. They were all solid devices for particular users, but none convinced me they were worth buying over a simpler fitness tracker or a more powerful smartwatch like the Apple Watch or an Android Wear device. The $199 Fitbit Versa changes that. It s...
Tags: Reviews, Startups, Gadgets, Mobile, Fitbit, Pebble


EarthNow promises real-time views of the whole planet from a new satellite constellation

A new space imaging startup called EarthNow aims to provide not just pictures of the planet on demand, but real-time video anywhere a client desires. Its ambition is matched only by its pedigree: Bill Gates, Intellectual Ventures, Airbus, SoftBank and OneWeb founder Greg Wyler are all backing the play. Its promise is a constellation of satellites that will provide video of anywhere on Earth with latency of about a second. You won’t have to wait for a satellite to come into range, or worry about ...
Tags: Startups, Gadgets, Accelerator, Space, Florida, Tech, Earth, Satellites, Airbus, Toulouse, OneWeb, Wyler, Greg Wyler, Intellectual Ventures, Hannigan, Earthnow


Chromebook ‘Alt OS’ code hints at ability to dual-boot Windows

Chromebooks are awesome. But they’re also limited. For many people, it’s impractical to only own a Chromebook, because sooner or later they’ll have run a full-fledged Windows app. That may someday be a thing of the past. As spotted by sleuthing redditor u/-nbsp-, it Google might be considering an feature that would allow you to boot into Windows on the Pixelbook. References to ‘Alt OS’ within a recent Chrome OS build suggest Google is working on some sort of a boot screen that will allow you to ...
Tags: Google, Startups, Gadgets, Microsoft, Chromebook


GoPro launches Trade-Up program to swap old cameras for discounts

GoPro is willing to take that old digital camera stuffed in your junk drawer even if it’s not a GoPro. Through a program called Trade-Up, the camera company will discount the GoPro H6 Black $50 and Fusion $100 when buyers trade in any digital camera. The company tried this last year for 60 days, but as of right now, GoPro is saying this offer does not expire. This offer works with any digital camera including old GoPros. It clearly addresses something we noticed years ago — there’s often litt...
Tags: Gadgets, Ebay, Tech, E-commerce, Smartphone, Software, Computing, Xiaomi, Gopro, Best-buy, Camcorders, 3d Imaging, Digital Camera, Camera Technology, GoPro H6 Black 50


GoPro launches TradeUp program to swap old cameras for discounts

GoPro is willing to take that old digital camera stuffed in your junk drawer even if it’s not a GoPro. Through a program called TradeUp, the camera company will discount the GoPro H6 Black $50 and Fusion $100 when buyers trade-in any digital camera. The company tried this last year for 60 days, but as of right now, GoPro is saying this offer does not expire. This offer works with any digital camera, including old GoPros. It clearly addresses something we noticed years ago — there’s often litt...
Tags: Gadgets, Ebay, Tech, E-commerce, Smartphone, Software, Xiaomi, Gopro, Best-buy, Camcorders, 3d Imaging, Digital Camera, Camera Technology, GoPro H6 Black 50


StudioBricks is a Barcelona-based startup that sends you a studio in a box

My friend Rick is a voiceover artist and works in Ohio – right along the flight path for jets taking off and landing at the Columbus airport. As a result, he said, he had to record late at night when the airport closed, a limitation that he found exasperating. Enter StudioBricks, a cool startup from Barcelona. Founded by Guillermo Jungbauer, the small company makes and sells soundproof studios that click together like LEGO. The company started in 2008 and created a USA subsidy in 2014. Studio...
Tags: TC, Gadgets, Usa, Youtube, Tech, Spain, Barcelona, Software, United States, Digital Media, Delta, Ikea, Ohio, Jfk, Columbus, World Wide Web


Drivers in These States Are Most Likely to Be Distracted By Their Phone

Distracted driving kills thousands of people every yea
Tags: Gadgets, News, Uncategorized, Onetime, Interactive Studios


We tooted the world’s loudest bike horn on the streets and no one gave a fuck

Ah, Amsterdam in Spring. The sunshine glitters across the canals, the streetside bars bustle and tourists trample all over the cycle lanes. Since its invention by John Richard Dedicoat in the late 1800s, the bicycle bell has been two-wheeler’s solution to pedestrians on paths, but surely in this modern era we have something better? Kicking out 140 decibels of screeching noise, the Hornit dB140 is described as the “loudest cycle horn on the market”. To put that into context, 130 decibels is equiv...
Tags: Startups, Gadgets, Video, Gear, Amsterdam, John Richard Dedicoat


Tactile+Versatile: Wacom’s digital eraser is better than a stylus

Take any stylus you find, and it closely resembles a writing instrument. It’s never been anything visually more than a pen or a pencil. Yonghwan’s Wacom Normal Series concept brings diversity to that approach. The conceptual series come as a set comprising a stylus, that looks like the one we’re all too familiar with, and an eraser that isn’t mounted on the reverse end of the stylus, but is rather a separate entity, opening up the gates for a new product, interaction, experience, and language. T...
Tags: Gadgets, Design, Stylus, Stationery, Product Design, Normal, Wacom, Yonghwan Kim


San Francisco's scooter war: city hits back as 'unlawful' schemes flood streets

City officials send cease-and-desist letters to electric scooter startups, as local residents complain the unregulated schemes are a nuisance Some people are tossing the scooters into trash cans and lakes. Others are tripping over them on the sidewalk, complaining of broken toes and dangerous collisions. The San Francisco war over electric scooters – which several startups have dumped on to sidewalks in a competitive rush to launch unregulated rental programs – dramatically escalated on Monday w...
Tags: Gadgets, Business, Technology, California, San Francisco, Entrepreneurs, US news, Silicon Valley


HTC’s vision for AR is our most sensible one yet

Augmenting reality can be tricky. So far we’ve worked with screens, trying to layer objects over the world as we perceive it, and that’s incredibly challenging because A. transparent screens haven’t really become mainstream (or cheap) yet, and B. real-time motion tracking is a computer’s worst nightmare and one of its biggest hurdles. While our vision of AR has been limited to display-screens and reflections, HTC and Swift Creatives may have paved an easier way for layering objects onto our worl...
Tags: Gadgets, Design, Ikea, Htc, Lighting, Product Design, AR / VR, Swift Creatives, AR lamp