Four official ‘Star Wars’ drones are arriving this fall

 It was just a matter of time, really. With the new slate of Star Wars films on an annual schedule, and drones invading the skies all around us, the timing … Continue Reading →


A $99 add-on that promises to bring 3D sound to standard headphones

 3D sound, it’s, ahem, all around you. From the look (or, rather, sound of it), hardware startups are convinced that the effect is set to be the next big thing … Continue Reading →


3Doodler’s CEO talks about what comes after the crowdfunding

 “You don’t just hand over a prototype to manufacturing and say, ‘make this,’ ” Maxwell Bogue explains, offering some off-hand advice to hardware startups. “Whatever you made is wrong. It’s … Continue Reading →


7-Eleven delivers by drone in Reno including, yes, Slurpees

 7-Eleven Inc. and a tech startup called Flirtey have beaten Amazon to the punch in making the first drone delivery to a customer’s home in the U.S. Most already know … Continue Reading →


Nvidia launches new flagship graphics card, the $1200 Titan X

 The latest graphics card release from Nvidia is, in fact, the most powerful card its ever produced. With 12 billion transistors, the latest Pascal architecture, 12GB of GDDR5X memory and … Continue Reading →


Smartwatch shipments drop 32 percent in the second quarter

 According to new numbers posted by IDC, smartwatch shipments are down for the second quarter of this year, marking the first drop of its kind. And it’s not insignificant falloff … Continue Reading →


Researchers develop connected stitches that transmit patient health data

 Nobody wants stitches. They suck when they put them in, they suck when they take them out. They feel antiquated, like some holdover from a medieval medical manual, but they … Continue Reading →


Edward Snowden is working on an iPhone case

 Most probably wouldn’t have anticipated a smartphone case being high on Edward Snowden’s to-do list, but an on-going collaboration with Andrew “Bunnie” Huang detailed today during an event at MIT … Continue Reading →


The Moto Z is an intriguing if not fully formed glimpse at a modular future

 Fast processing, hi-res screens, good cameras. Sure, some are certainly better than others, but even the bad ones are capable of things unthinkable on a mobile device not all that … Continue Reading →


Geohot will discuss the hacking hardware and the auto industry’s self-driving future at Disrupt SF

 When he was seventeen, George “geohot” Hotz became the first person to jailbreak an iPhone, back when Apple really didn’t take too kindly to such things. Three years later, he … Continue Reading →


Hopsy debuts a countertop beer tap designed by the makers of Nespresso

 Bay Area-based (where else?) craft beer delivery service Hopsy has employed KRUPS, the German appliance maker behind the Nespresso, to create a countertop beer tap device for the home. The … Continue Reading →


The 7 steps of Elon Musk’s “Master Plan”

 Why did Tesla buy SolarCity? To make your solar panel roof battery power your self-driving electric pickup truck. Elon Musk just revealed the second phase of his “Master Plan” and … Continue Reading →


Tesla’s master plan part two is huge for the company

 Elon Musk plans to steer Tesla towards fully autonomous driving, car sharing, and cargo transport, according to the long awaited blog post on the company’s website. A fully solar power ecosystem driven … Continue Reading →


Elon Musk reveals Tesla’s master plan

 Elon Musk plans to steer Tesla towards fully autonomous driving, car sharing, and cargo transport, according to the long awaited blog post on the company’s website. A fully solar power ecosystem driven … Continue Reading →


Corning’s stronger Gorilla Glass 5 is hitting devices later this year

 Corning has managed the remarkable feat of making smartphone glass – if not sexy exactly, at the very least compelling. Smartphone makers tend not to go out of their way … Continue Reading →


Teal drone set to blaze across the skies at 85mph in time for the holidays

 George Matus has been building drones since he was 11 years old. At 18, he has built the world’s fastest production drone, Teal. The 730 gram craft will be able to … Continue Reading →


STYR Labs’ wearable fitness system features customized vitamin deliveries

 Nutrition has been something of a missing link in the world of heath wearables. At best, some devices feature a system that requires users to manually enter what they’ve eaten … Continue Reading →


New York City debuts plans for upgraded subway cars with WiFi and USB chargers

 Governor Andrew Cuomo talked up some ambitious plans for the future of the New York City Subway during an address to a crowd at Brooklyn’s Transit Museum this week. At … Continue Reading →


Kinsa’s new Smart Elmo Thermometer is Sesame Street’s first connected device

 A Sesame Street partnership is a big coup for any company – let alone one that’s only existed for four years and produced two Indiegogo-backed products. But Kinsa’s line of … Continue Reading →


Facebook wants to use fluorescence to make its laser drones work better

 A team of physicists and electrical engineers at Facebook published a new idea for using luminescence to improve signal detection in free-space optical communication today. Facebook, in a partnership with … Continue Reading →


The BoseBUILD Speaker Cube educational kit isn’t quite fully formed

 Every toy and electronics maker wants to get on the edutainment train. And understandably so. After all, who wouldn’t want to make the toy that kickstarts the lifelong fascination of the next … Continue Reading →


ZTE’s six-inch Android phablet runs $99 post-rebate

 ZTE threw a fairly intimate party for itself today in Manhattan to announce the launch of its latest budget handset, a little under to months after announcing the $200 Grand X … Continue Reading →


Arable’s crop and weather sensor, Pulsepod, aims to make farming predictable

 A Princeton, New Jersey startup called Arable Labs Inc. recently unveiled a professional-grade crop and weather sensor that’s solar powered, rugged and was designed by Fred Bould, the creative talent … Continue Reading →


Samsung’s Olympics-themed Galaxy S7 Edge goes on sale for $850

 Sure, you like the Olympics. But do you, you know, like-like the Olympics? As in, would you pay a $100 premium for a special limited edition version of the Galaxy … Continue Reading →


Removing the human element from autonomous commercial drones

 Since the industrial revolution, economic advancement has been achieved by increasing efficiency and reducing human labor through greater mechanical autonomy driven by technological innovation. For many, commercial drones represent the … Continue Reading →


Getting ripped with BowFlex’s ‘smart dumbbells’

 Let’s just push past the whole inherent irony of naming a product category “smart dumbbells,” shall we? This is 2016, we’re living in the future. And really, if something isn’t … Continue Reading →


Meta CEO Meron Gribetz will talk the future of augmented reality at Disrupt SF

 “Today’s computers are so amazing that we fail to notice how terrible they really are,” Meta CEO Meron Gribetz said as he kicked off the TEDx talk he gave in … Continue Reading →


Astell & Kern amps up the portability of its hi-res music players with the AK70

 It feels good to walk around with the AK70 in my pocket. It’s kind of like meeting an old friend for drinks. Someone you haven’t talked to or even really thought … Continue Reading →


Razer is dropping a low profile iPad Pro mechanical keyboard case

Instead of targeting the fitness or gaming crowd, this time Razer’s after the mobile productivity set with its new mechanical keyboard case for the iPad Pro. Caveat: it’s expensive as … Continue Reading →


Razer is releasing a low profile iPad Pro mechanical keyboard case

 Instead of targeting the fitness or gaming crowd, this time Razer’s after the mobile productivity set with its new mechanical keyboard case for the iPad Pro. Caveat: it’s expensive as … Continue Reading →


GoPro offers another peek of its Live VR tech

 GoPro has been largely quiet on the Live VR front since giving a glimpse of the technology back at NAB in April. And even then, it was more of a … Continue Reading →


DigitalGlobe unveils next-generation imaging satellite

 It’s really frustrating when that super-fly Snapchat you took at 55 mph of the unreleased Tesla Model 3 you caught in the wild turns out blurry. DigitalGlobe will be able to snap … Continue Reading →


The Canadian Army is testing out bionic knee braces

 Halifax-based Spring Loaded Technology announced today that it has delivered the first 60 in of a planned 190 bionic knee braces to the Canadian Army, part of a $1 million … Continue Reading →


How IoT and machine learning can make our roads safer

 The transportation industry is associated with high maintenance costs, disasters, accidents, injuries and loss of life. Hundreds of thousands of people across the world are losing their lives to car … Continue Reading →


XYZprinting releases a $50 3D printing pen

 Probably could have seen this one coming from a mile away. XYZprinting, the Taiwanese company that’s made a name for itself with its user-friendly and reasonably priced da Vinci line, … Continue Reading →


AR helmet maker Skully founders booted out by investors

 Anonymous sources have confirmed to TechCrunch that Skully co-founders, Marcus and Mitch Weller have been kicked out of the company by investors. Marcus currently serves as CEO of Skully while his brother … Continue Reading →


AR helmet maker Skully investors boot founders, replacing them with Martin Fitcher as CEO

 Anonymous sources have confirmed to TechCrunch that Skully co-founders Marcus and Mitch Weller have been kicked out of the company by investors. Marcus served as CEO of Skully while his brother … Continue Reading →


The future of listening to music is feeling it, according to Timbaland

 Everyone likes a good vibration — which is why recording artist Timbaland teamed up with SubPac, a Los Angeles-based startup that has created a wearable device set to redefine entertainment … Continue Reading →


Samsung’s new 4TB SSD costs about as much as a MacBook Pro

 For those in need of substantial PC storage, spinning hard drives are still very much a reality. That’s changing, of course, though not quite as quickly as many upgraders are … Continue Reading →


Walt Disney Co. reveals 9 new startups in the Disney Accelerator spanning robotics, cinematic VR and AI

 The Walt Disney Co. is kicking off the third session of its corporate accelerator this week, and revealed 9 new companies admitted to the program. A full list follows at … Continue Reading →