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Purdue’s PHADE technology lets cameras ‘talk’ to you – TechCrunch

By | 2018-06-15T00:57:49+00:00 June 15th, 2018|Categories: Gadgets|

It’s become almost second nature to accept that cameras everywhere — from streets, to museums and shops — are watching you, but now they may be able to communicate with you, as well. New technology from Purdue University computer science researchers has made this dystopian prospect a reality in a new paper published

Juul tightens up social media to focus on former smokers switching to e-cigs – TechCrunch

By | 2018-06-14T17:45:10+00:00 June 14th, 2018|Categories: Gadgets|

Juul Labs, the company behind the ever-popular Juul e-cig, has today announced a new policy around social media. This comes in the midst of Juul’s effort to get FDA approval, which has been made more arduous by the fact that the FDA has cracked down on Juul after learning how popular the device

AssistENT offers an anti-snoring device you stick in your nose – TechCrunch

By | 2018-06-14T10:36:05+00:00 June 14th, 2018|Categories: Gadgets|

If you sleep next to someone who snores you know that the endless horking and honking isn’t very fun… and it makes the snorer’s life even worse. Some students and doctors in Baltimore, Maryland, however, have created something that acts like an internal breathing strip to help you breathe better and snore less.

Back Market raises $48 million for its refurbished device marketplace – TechCrunch

By | 2018-06-13T18:12:38+00:00 June 13th, 2018|Categories: Gadgets|

If you’ve tried selling your old smartphone on a refurbishment website, chances are you ended up with a dozen browser tabs comparing prices. French startup Back Market is taking advantage of this fragmented industry to create a marketplace and aggregate all refurbishers on a single online platform. The startup just raised $48 million

Build your own L3-37 droid complete with voice interaction – TechCrunch

By | 2018-06-12T10:20:25+00:00 June 12th, 2018|Categories: Gadgets|

Robot maker Patrick Stefanski has created a 3D-printed – and animated – model of L3-37, the droid in the recent Solo movie. L3-37 is one of the funnest – and woks – droids in recent memory and this recreation is fun and ingenious. Stefanski used Alexa voice controls to let the robot head

LifeDoor crowdfunds the production version of its fire-thwarting door-closer – TechCrunch

By | 2018-06-11T19:54:46+00:00 June 11th, 2018|Categories: Gadgets|

At CES in January I was pleasantly surprised by the LifeDoor, a smart home gadget that’s actually worth having. These little boxes automatically close doors when smoke detectors go off, inhibiting the spread of fire and smoke. The company is heading to KickStarter to fund the production version of the device, which has

This box sucks pure water out of dry desert air – TechCrunch

By | 2018-06-09T01:11:14+00:00 June 9th, 2018|Categories: Gadgets|

For many of us, clean, drinkable water comes right out the tap. But for billions it’s not that simple, and all over the world researchers are looking into ways to fix that. Today brings work from Berkeley, where a team is working on a water-harvesting apparatus that requires no power and can produce

Women’s Safety XPRIZE $1M winner is a smart, simple panic button – TechCrunch

By | 2018-06-07T18:21:53+00:00 June 7th, 2018|Categories: Gadgets|

Devices like smartphones ought to help people feel safer, but if you’re in real danger the last thing you want to do is pull out your phone, go to your recent contacts and type out a message asking a friend for help. The Women’s Safety XPRIZE just awarded its $1 million prize to

Anker’s Spirit earbuds are wireless and waterproof – TechCrunch

By | 2018-06-06T15:34:29+00:00 June 6th, 2018|Categories: Gadgets|

Anker, a battery maker turned accessory house, recently releases the $39 Spirit X earbuds under their Soundcore brand. Aimed at runners and other heavy sweaters, the earbuds are completely waterproof under the IPX7 rating, a classification that means it can stand up to 1 meter of submersion. What this means is that you

Indiegogo expands its efforts to help Chinese startups reach global consumers – TechCrunch

By | 2018-06-06T00:10:38+00:00 June 5th, 2018|Categories: Gadgets|

While crowdfunding company Indiegogo has been running a pilot program in China for the past couple of years, it’s now building on those efforts with the launch of the Indiegogo China Global Fast-Track Program. CEO David Mandelbrot is in Shenzhen, China this week to announce the program, which is designed to help Chinese entrepreneurs