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Android TV First Look Video And Hands On Impressions

Android TV is one of the myriad new things that Google announced this year at I/O, and the platform is very different from Google’s previous effort with Google TV, a project announced in 2010 and updated continually since but that still hasn’t managed to become a significant part of Google’s lineup.

Google

Samsung’s Gear Live Android Wear Smartwatch First Impressions

The Gear Live is Samsung’s first kick at the Android Wear can, and like the other hardware in this category, it offers Android Wear basically as Google intended it. Software wise, there’s almost nothing to distinguish these devices – which means it’s all down to hardware design for Wear makers to …

Google

Google and Nest Acquire Dropcam For $555 Million

Remember those rumors a few weeks ago that Google was looking to acquire the plug-and-play security camera company, Dropcam?

Yep. It just happened.

Just months after being acquired themselves, the now Google-owned Nest has just announced that they’ve acquired Dropcam. We’re digging for more details …

Google

This Mechanical Watch Has A Magic Button That Sets It By GPS

If there’s a single problem with mechanical watches its that they’re often considered inaccurate. A collection of gears and springs, no matter how carefully put together, will always lose a little time here or there. There’s a solution, quartz, but these tickers are accurate but boring. But why not …

Machinery

Android Auto First Look Video With Google Automotive Chief Andrew Brenner

Google is about to make your smartphone the powerhouse behind your in-car infotainment system, with Android Auto, a new feature it’s introducing to Android devices that replaces your built-in car navigation and media system with a version of Android designed specifically for vehicular display …

Google

This DIY Game Boy Pocket Uses A Raspberry Pi To Bring You Absolute, Unending Joy

Imagine if I told you, almost 20 years ago, that you could put every single Game Boy game (plus a bunch of others) inside of your Game Boy Pocket without having to buy or swap out cartridges. “Forsooth, what wizardry is this,” you’d say. “Tell me more, time-traveler.” Prepare yourself, …

DIY

Google Camera App Brings Lens Blur Background Defocus To Any KitKat Android Devices

Google has a new standalone camera app available in the Google Play app store, and it can be installed on any smartphones or tablets running KitKat 4.4 or higher. The new app will also be rolling out to other devices in the future according to Google, so that might expand beyond just KitKat to …

Google

Finally, Someone Is Disrupting The Towel

Showering is great, I’m a big fan. But drying off? Laaaaammmmmeeee. All that towelling, it’s enough to make you need another shower, am I right? New York-based startup The Body Dryer realizes this, and they’ve created a device to help you skip the towel and get dry a better way.

The Body Dryer dries …

Towels

Get Your Halfbike Runnin’ Head Out On The Highway

Why settle for a whole bike when a half will do? This decidedly odd Kickstarted bicycle, called the Halfbike, promises a lightweight, speedy ride across town while bringing you the best of running and biking in one weird package. Created by architects Martin Angelov and Mihail Klenov, the bike is …

Transportation

Amazon Officially Unveils Amazon Fire TV, A Tiny Media Streaming Bpx

The ecommerce giant Amazon has delved even further into the hardware space with the launch of a long-rumored streaming media device called the Amazon Fire TV. It said that it has watched these devices sell on its platform for a long time now, so it knows what is and isn’t working for customers, …

Amazon

Meet The Reversible USB Cable, Coming This Summer

Before Apple’s Lightning cable, I never even dreamed of a life where input/output cables could be reversible. Now, however, it’s hard to go back to standard and micro USB, because I got so lazy. Soon enough, however, USB is getting a new reversible standard called “Type-C” which is around the size …

Micro-USB

Sony Just Launched The Most Boring Product In The World

Meet the Digital Paper, Sony’s latest e-ink slate. It’s part iPad, part e-reader, and must be made out of moon rocks. It’s $1,100 and will be available in the States this May. But you’re not going to buy it.

The 13.3-inch “letter size” Digital Paper isn’t for the average consumer. It’s definitely …

Sony

Apple To Launch 4.7- And 5.5-Inch iPhone As Soon As September, Report Claims

Apple is said to be readying to release its next iPhone in both 4.7- and 5.5-inch screen sizes, with a launch as early as September, according to a report by Japanese business news publication Nikkei today. The production cycle is already ramping up, with component makers producing elements like …

iPhone

TC Makers: A Walk Through The Amazing Townhouse That Grado Labs Calls Home

Grado Labs appears to be a much bigger company than it is. Founded 60 years ago by Joseph Grado, the company made millions of phonograph cartridges in its long history and, during the rise of portable music, hit pay dirt by making some of the best-sounding headphones in the business. Where is this …

Townhouses

Meet The HTC One ‘M8′, Available Today With Google Play Edition Shipping Soon

HTC has revealed its HTC One (M8) smartphone, the gorgeous, if somewhat inelegantly named Android flagship and successor to last year’s original HTC One, the best-selling phone in HTC’s history. The device is debuting in ‘Gunmetal Gray,’ a finish we got a look at in a video leak yesterday, ‘Glacial …

HTC One

Pocket Drone Ends Its Crowdfunding Campaign Just Shy Of $1 Million In Pledges

The AirDroids Pocket Drone is a soaring success. Keep reading for more bad puns.

The Hardware Battlefield contestant’s Kickstarter campaign just ended with the company raking in over 2,000 preorders for the Pocket Drone. The campaign ended with $929,212 in pledges, becoming the most popular drone …

Drones

Bye Bye Second Screen? The InAIR Lets You Browse The Web And Watch TV All In One Place

Nowadays, many people browse the web at the same time that they’re watching TV — the phenomenon is called the “second screen.” But a new gadget called InAIR from a startup called SeeSpace wants to bring our attention back to just one screen by putting the best of the laptop, the smart phone, and …

TV

LG To Build The Nexus 6, Says Report

Another year and another Nexus device. If one report out of Germany is believed, LG is tasked once again to produce this next-gen Nexus device.

If true, this would be the third consecutive Nexus device built by LG after Google used Samsung for the Galaxy Nexus. Specific details about the upcoming …

Google Nexus

Addicted To Caffeine? Jawbone’s Latest App Can Help

Caffeine is a horrible, terrible, gosh-darn-awful part of my daily life. Two cups in the morning. I’m addicted. So are many of you. We need caffeine in our blood to function. Or at least we think we do and Jawbone’s latest smartphone app will help monitor and better understand a person’s caffeine …

Caffeine

Wello One-Ups The Galaxy S5 With A Slim, Sensor-Laden Health Tracking iPhone Case

The next war among smartphone makers will most likely be around health measurement, and the Wello is an iPhone accessory that recognizes that and wants to capitalize early. It offers iPhone users a heart rate monitor on their device, just like Samsung has built into the Galaxy S5, but it also …

iPhone

Play That Funky Music, Cyborg

Gil Weinberg, who we met a few months ago at Georgia Tech, has a mission: to make it easy for amputees and the disabled to play beautiful music. His first project is a drumming prosthesis, a system that allows a user who is missing a hand to play improvise as well as the jazz greats.

The arm …

Atlanta

Building On The Solidoodle 4, A Sub-$1,000 3D Printer With Solid Hardware But Sad Software

3D printer prices are falling steadily, something that shouldn’t surprise anyone familiar with the vagaries of the electronics market. What cost a few thousand last year is now hovering at less than a grand while knock-offs are going for around $500 or less, depending on the model. It’s a great …

Computer Hardware

If You Watch One Video Of A Robot Playing Air Hockey Today, Make It This One

As a fan of robots, videos, and pucks, I was mesmerized by this project. It’s a a cool 3D printer hack that allows you to play a robot in a rousing game of air hockey. The system uses a computer vision component to see where the pucks is, send it back to the opponent, and even set up shots when it …

Robots

Samsung Galaxy S5 Breaks Records With Over 100K Pre-Registrations At T-Mobile In Under Two Days

T-Mobile CMO Mike Sievert is pumped about Samsung’s new Galaxy S5 smartphone: Today, the executive tweeted that Samsung’s latest flagship is a record-breaker at the carrier, with over 100,000 pre-registrations in under 48 hours since its announcement.

Pre-registrations are notably not pre-sales – …

T-Mobile

The Boeing Black Secure Android Smartphone Gets Official After Three Years In Development

Boeing’s secure smartphone has been fully detailed after an FCC filing revealed its imminent arrival yesterday, and the Android device seems like an unusual, and mission-specific gadget. With a 4.3-inch 960×540 display, LTE, a dual-core 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex A9 processor, Bluetooth 2.1 and SD …

Android Development

Google’s Project Ara $50 Modular Smartphone Could Change The Way We Buy Phones Starting Next Year

Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects Division just announced its first developer event for Project Ara, a modular smarpthone, yesterday, and a new follow-up profile by TIME indicates we could see the device come to market by next year, with a $50 price tag to start. The key phrase there is “to …

Phones

Apple, If Samsung And Sony Can Make A Waterproof Phone, So Can You

Just this week Samsung revealed the Galaxy S5. It’s water-resistant. Sony also announced the Xperia Z2, the waterproof successor to the also waterproof Z1. So where’s my waterproof iPhone? The technology and demand are here. Water-resistant or waterproof, Samsung and Sony’s latest flagships are …

Phones

Ex-Apple Engineer Launches Moov, The Next Generation Of Wearable Fitness Tracking

Welcome to the next generation of wearable fitness tracking! The first round of fitness trackers focused on introducing the idea of data to your daily activity and workout, but a new company called Moov wants to go beyond basic “step” data to tell you how to improve your form and get the most out …

Fitness

Cool People Play Their Music With An Electric Plasma Spark, Not A Normal Speaker

How do you listen to your music? Headphones you say? Sometimes on an Airplay or Bluetooth speaker? Oh. That’s pretty cool. I just listen to mine on plasma. Dancing electrical sparks that leap between two electrodes and produce a small amount of ozone. No big deal. Just, you know, how cool people do.

Kickstarter