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MIT’s DIY design system lets you make the right drone for the jobMIT%26%238217%3Bs%20DIY%20design%20system%20lets%20you%20make%20the%20right%20drone%20for%20the%26nbsp%3Bjobphd-student-tao-du-watching-the-bunnycopter-take-off-credit-jason-dorfman-mit-csailetherin

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:00:07 +0000

(image)  Drones are fairly off-the-shelf affairs for most people; there’s a wide range of companies making them for both commercial and consumer uses, but ultimately these are all remarkably similar. They tend to favor a quadcopter structure, and are often configured with photography in mind as a primary use. But MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence lab has come up with a… Read More


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Are smartwatches winding down?Are%20smartwatches%20winding%26nbsp%3Bdown%3Fwearables-businessjohn

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 14:41:14 +0000

(image)  With the coming destruction of Pebble and the announcement by Motorola that it doesn’t “see enough pull in the market to put [a new smartwatch] out at this time,” you would be excused for thinking the smartwatch world is contracting. This is correct, but this is not the end of for wearables. Apple sold 1.1 million Apple Watches in 2016, 73% less than it sold in 2015. The… Read More


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GoPro releases the $299 Karma Grip handheld stabilizerGoPro%20releases%20the%20%24299%20Karma%20Grip%20handheld%26nbsp%3Bstabilizerosmo-vs-karma-grip-5-of-7mjburnsy

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 18:00:37 +0000

(image)  The GoPro Karma Grip is now available. The camera maker announced today that the handheld stabilizer is for sale in select stores and GoPro.com for $299. This is the same handheld grip that shipped with the Karma drone — at least before the drone was recalled for battery issues. The Karma Grip competes directly with the DJI Osmo though both offer distinct advantages as I and.… Read More


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Amplify lets you play synchronized songs across every phone in the roomAmplify%20lets%20you%20play%20synchronized%20songs%20across%20every%20phone%20in%20the%26nbsp%3Broomdisrupt hackathon amplifymatthewlynleyamplify hackathonimg_0088

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 12:04:21 +0000

(image)  Say you’re at a party, and someone wants to get a silent disco going. Everyone opens their phone, someone yells “play,” and hopefully everyone gets it started at the same time. Well, that works, but it could be better. So at the TechCrunch Disrupt London 2016 Hackathon, a few developers in the United Kingdom built an app to make sure everyone’s at the same part in the song. Read More


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Augmented reality treatment reduces phantom pain in missing limbsAugmented%20reality%20treatment%20reduces%20phantom%20pain%20in%20missing%26nbsp%3Blimbsan-amputee-patient-tries-out-the-ar-systemdevin

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 00:04:04 +0000

(image)  Phantom limb pain is a mysterious ailment: people with amputations experience aches and acute pains in an arm or leg that isn’t there — making the problem notoriously difficult to treat. But a new type of therapy using augmented reality is surprisingly effective at reducing even the most intractable phantom pain. Read More


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Copy and paste trick could unlock iOS 10 devices in Lost ModeCopy%20and%20paste%20trick%20could%20unlock%20iOS%2010%20devices%20in%20Lost%26nbsp%3BModeactiv_lock_bypassdevin

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 20:38:28 +0000

(image)  Lost and stolen iOS devices could be at risk if ne’er-do-wells learn of this blunt-force method of getting past Activation Lock. No special equipment or technical know-how is required, which means any geek off the streets can do it. Fortunately, it’s easily fixed — but until that happens, you might want to be a little extra careful about leaving your phone unattended. Read More


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Beddit 3 knows if you’ve been sleeping. It knows if you’re awake.Beddit%203%20knows%20if%20you%26%238217%3Bve%20been%20sleeping.%20It%20knows%20if%20you%26%238217%3Bre%26nbsp%3Bawake.beddit-ios-apphajejanBeddit 3 is the third generation sleep tracker from the Beddit companyBeddit 3's sensor feels and looks like a strip of cloth that runs across your mattress. It tracks respiration rate, heart rate, and movement.

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:36:46 +0000

(image)  Jolted into existence with a $500,000 Indiegogo campaign back in 2013, followed by a version 2 that was sold in Apple Stores all over the world, Beddit is back with a third generation of its popular addition to the Quantified Self movement: sleep tracking. The product went on sale in September and immediately sold out, and the company is still selling Beddit 3 faster than it can make them. Read More


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Snapchat Spectacles, Oculus Touch and Product Hunt: Listen to TCBC 10 with Fitz Teppertcbc-draft5cetherin

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 00:53:46 +0000

(image)  Spectacles are all the rage, but me and this week’s guest Fitz Tepper have already stopped using ours pretty much. Maybe we’re just not cool. Still, the hardware from Snapchat parent Snap, Inc. is the most interesting gadget created in recent memory, and Snap’s future plays in hardware should be exciting to watch. Fitz is also set to get Oculus Touch next week at launch,… Read More


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The Moto Mods ecosystem expands with a car dock and Mophie battery backupThe%20Moto%20Mods%20ecosystem%20expands%20with%20a%20car%20dock%20and%20Mophie%20battery%26nbsp%3BbackupMoto Zbheater

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 20:40:22 +0000

(image)  At launch, the Moto Z was compatible with three different modular backings (four if you count the shell projector): a Motorola pico projector, a speaker from JBL and an Incipio battery pack. Shortly after launch, the company brought a little camera brand legitimacy to the ecosystem with a Hasselblad back featuring 10x optical zoom. Not a huge number, sure, but it was certainly a more… Read More


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JustEat is now delivering takeout with self-driving robots in the UKJustEat%20is%20now%20delivering%20takeout%20with%20self-driving%20robots%20in%20the%26nbsp%3BUKStarship Technologiesetherin

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 19:05:21 +0000

(image)  The robots will serve you now: Greenwich, London residents have officially begun receiving deliveries from autonomous, six-wheeled rolling cooler bots, which are handling the “last mile” of food delivery from nearby takeout restaurants. Engadget notes that the robots are now in “active service,” after they completed a previous testing phase which began earlier this… Read More


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14 gifts that keep on giving14%20gifts%20that%20keep%20on%26nbsp%3Bgiving2016-gift-guide-subs-featlorakolodnytc

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 18:07:46 +0000

(image)  Hit songs of the season ask: why can’t we make everyday a holiday? The answer is that we can. By giving loved ones a subscription-based gift that has new parcels, experiences or digital content arriving every season, we can spread the cheer across the year. Read More


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Apple could be using drones to improve Apple Maps dataApple%20could%20be%20using%20drones%20to%20improve%20Apple%20Maps%26nbsp%3Bdatadrone sunset sunriseromaindillet

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 14:43:41 +0000

(image)  Apple is putting a lot of effort to improve its Apple Maps data and design. According to a new report from Bloomberg, the company plans to use drones to track changes and improve mapping data over time. It would apparently be faster to use a fleet of drones rather than vans with sensors. Apple already admitted that mapping data is a harder problem than the company first anticipated. You need… Read More


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New leaf-like nano surface could boost solar panel efficiencyNew%20leaf-like%20nano%20surface%20could%20boost%20solar%20panel%26nbsp%3Befficiencypress_solar_roofetherin

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:35:17 +0000

(image)  We often look to nature for tips on how to build better tech, and few things in nature are better at harnessing the power of the sun than the leaves of ordinary plants. Researchers at the University of Oulu in Finland have discovered a way to build coatings that can mimic the surface of the leaves of plants, which could eventually lead to solar panels that lose less of their captured energy… Read More


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Sensor-studded suit helps track recovery of stroke patientsSensor-studded%20suit%20helps%20track%20recovery%20of%20stroke%26nbsp%3Bpatientsdc0ba10102634532000b8726022a3c0b0046c7e9010701c3dc05000080devind606900102664532000b8726022a3c0b0046c7e9010701c3dc05000080

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 01:00:14 +0000

(image)  Millions of people suffer from strokes every year worldwide, and severe ones can require long-term care — but as with other rehabilitation regimens, it can be hard for doctors to track the everyday activities of their patients. A high-tech suit created by a Dutch grad student may be a powerful new way to help keep better tabs on those in recovery. Read More


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Oldest surviving Nikon fetches $406K at auctionOldest%20surviving%20Nikon%20fetches%20%24406K%20at%26nbsp%3Bauctionnikon_one-1devinnikon_one-2nikon_one-3nikon_one-4nikon_one-5nikon_one-6nikon_one-1

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 23:05:07 +0000

(image)  A fabulous piece of photographic history just sold at auction for $406,000, more than twice the estimated haul. This Nikon One was the third production camera — as in the third actual camera it built — from the now-famous company, and it’s the oldest one known to still be around today. Read More


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Dobot is crowdfunding a robot that laser-engraves, 3D prints and much moreDobot%20is%20crowdfunding%20a%20robot%20that%20laser-engraves%2C%203D%20prints%20and%20much%26nbsp%3Bmoredobot-herohajejanDobot is great in case your chewing gum packs keep getting misaligned.With the print head, it 3D prints stuff.Add a laser to it, and it doubles as a weapon system for Star Wars. And, I suppose, to engrave wooden blocks.This is my favorite though: It solders stuff! Who's a good robot? That's right. You are. You're a good robot.

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 19:15:06 +0000

(image)  Robotic arms seem like they belong in Sci-Fi movies, car factories and the dreams of DIY nerds. Dobot wants to change that, with a shiny new Kickstarter campaign bringing entry-level robotics to the desktop. The robot is extendable and can be equipped to deal with any number of tasks, including cutting, moving, printing, picking-upping, soldering and a ton of other -ings. Dobot M1 costs $1,399. Read More


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Making an Arduino-based CNC plotter out of a DVD player is as easy as 1, 2, what’s Arduino again?Making%20an%20Arduino-based%20CNC%20plotter%20out%20of%20a%20DVD%20player%20is%20as%20easy%20as%201%2C%202%2C%20what%26%238217%3Bs%20Arduino%26nbsp%3Bagain%3Fftr0vvqivo3s42b-mediumjohn

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 18:22:57 +0000

(image)  Once, long ago when magazines still existed, I bought a copy of Popular Mechanics. Inside was a guide on how to build a robotic lawnmower. Now this was back in the 1980s so it wasn’t a very complex machine – it basically backed up when it hit stuff – but I was amazed. Being only ten at the time I was unable to build the thing and, now that I’m 40, I still… Read More


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12 picture-perfect gifts for your photographer friends12%20picture-perfect%20gifts%20for%20your%20photographer%26nbsp%3Bfriends2016-gift-guide-photographeretherin

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 18:03:48 +0000

(image)  Welcome to the 2016 TechCrunch Holiday Gift Guide! We’ll be rolling out a bunch of guides leading up to Christmas, hopefully making your holiday shopping a little easier. Looking for gifts for others on your list? Check out our full 2016 Gift Guide Hub. Read More


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Bragi’s The Headphone proves fully wireless earbuds can be greatBragi%26%238217%3Bs%20The%20Headphone%20proves%20fully%20wireless%20earbuds%20can%20be%26nbsp%3Bgreatbragi-headphone-mainetherinbragi-headphonebragi-headphone1bragi-in-earbragi-headphone2

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 15:10:07 +0000

(image)  Ditching frills for focus The Headphone doesn’t offer activity tracking or fancy gesture controls – instead, it promises Bluetooth audio, with physical buttons on the right earbud to control playback and volume. The case for The Headphone just holds the buds for charging; unlike The Dash, the storage container does not also hold backup charge for the headset. Despite everything… Read More


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8Bitdo’s NES Classic Edition wireless controller kit adds retro gamepad options8Bitdo%26%238217%3Bs%20NES%20Classic%20Edition%20wireless%20controller%20kit%20adds%20retro%20gamepad%26nbsp%3Boptions1-hero-notextetherin7-ps48-wii-mote9-ps310-wii-u-pro11-8bitdo-nes12-8bitdo-snes13-8bitdo-sfc14-8bitdo-nes-pro15-8bitdo-famicom16-8bitdo-arcade17-8bitdo-zero5-compatibility-21-hero-notext

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 15:00:53 +0000

(image)  Got a new NES Classic Edition but woefully disappointed at the official controller’s short, corded-only options? Third party alternatives are popping up, but the new NES30 Classic Edition Set and Retro Receiver are a good bet, and are up for pre-order now. The kit is from 8Bitdo, which has been making wireless and wired retro versions of classic control controllers for a while now, and… Read More


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