Category: Gadgets

How to watch the total solar eclipse safely without the special glasses

If you can’t get your hands on a pair of eclipse glasses before April 8, don’t panic! There are other ways to watch the eclipse safely. Mystery Science On April 8, a total eclipse will blot out the sun over a significant portion of North America. With just days left until the event, solar eclipse glasses are selling out, and prices have risen 27%. If…

Facebook’s Oculus acquisition turns 10

Every year, Time Magazine issues a list of the 200 best inventions of the past 12 months. Frankly, I don’t know how the editors do it. The dirty secret of this job is that true, game-changing inventions rarely cross your desk. In fact, you’re extraordinarily lucky if you average one a year. Oculus’ Rift prototype […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Nightside’s ambient lamp rethinks the reading light

Nightside is the brainchild of Jess Gupta. The $350 LED bedside lamp is an intentionally simple product. It doesn’t have Wi-Fi or Alexa built in, but it does have a few clever tricks up its sleeve. “I went to design school at CCA [in San Francisco], studying furniture design. I got into lighting, and wanted […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Oura launches a new Labs section to test out new features

Smart ring manufacturer Oura is introducing a new section in its app called Oura Labs to test out new features and get user feedback. As part of this rollout — currently available only on iOS — the company is launching Symptom Radar, which tracks strain markers on your body to detect an onset of changing […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Odd Ball, the ball-shaped music instrument, is adding new gestures so you can become a house DJ

Odd Ball is a company that makes fun electronic bouncy balls that let you generate MIDI sounds by tapping or bouncing them. The company is adding new gestures to its device — including spin, twist, move, shake, and air throw — so you can generate sounds in a new way. With the most recent app […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Ember’s journey from hot coffee to medication transport

Ember’s first Indiegogo campaign drew sideways glances when it launched in 2015. Would anyone actually buy a $129 heated coffee mug? Nearly a decade later, however, it’s clear that the initial pitch was merely the tip of the startup’s heating/cooling iceberg. TechCrunch recently sat down with Clay Alexander, the firm’s founder and chairman, to take […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Microsoft’s new Adaptive accessibility accessories include an Atari-style joystick

Microsoft has long garnered plaudits for its focus on accessibility. It’s a large segment of the population that is too often disregarded as an afterthought when it comes to product design. The company has offered accessibility-focused Xbox peripheral for some time and has introduced the Adaptive line of computing peripherals roughly this time last year. […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Smart ring maker Ultrahuman has its eye on Oura’s crown

India’s Ultrahuman is prepping for a growth tear. Today it’s announcing the close of $35 million in Series B* funding, a mix of equity ($25M) and debt. The smart ring startup is a less familiar name than category veteran — and market leader — Oura. But founder Mohit Kumar tells TechCrunch he sees a route […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

With cycle tracking, Withings considers taking half of the population seriously

Whenever I talk to people working in the quantified self — fitness and health trackers — there’s a murmuring about how little attention is given to literally half the population. For people who menstruate, cycle tracking is a crucial health indicator, but all too often it’s a metric that somehow seems to slip between the […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Verve Motion’s robot backpack helps workers lighten their load

Wander the Modex floor long enough and you’ll stumble on some wearable robotics. The category has nowhere near the presence of AMRs (autonomous mobile robots) or storage and retrieval systems, but exosuits are increasing in acceptance for their ability to eliminate the repetitive stress that comes with lifting and moving heavy loads all day. While […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Apple is rolling out VisionOS 1.1. with improved personas

Apple released VisionOS 1.1 on Thursday with the most notable feature being improved personas of users. Specifically, the new update improves hair and makeup appearance, neck and mouth representation, and rendering of the eyes for EyeSight, which lets others see your eyes when you’re wearing the headset. Additionally, users can also now set up their […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Inside the weird and quirky world of building a startup behind a wall of tariffs

Think quick — how much does a top-of-the-line iPhone 15 Pro Max cost? If you said around $1,600, you’d be right, but only if you’re based in the U.S. In Turkey, the same phone will set you back almost $3,000. That gap introduces a fantastic opportunity for arbitrage — and a lively second-hand and refurbished […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Oura starts selling its products on Amazon

Smart fitness ring maker Oura announced a partnership with Amazon today to sell its products through the e-commerce site. The company said that both its rings — Horizon in six finishes and Heritage in four finishes will be available on Amazon. The Heritage ring starts from $299 and the Horizon ring starts from $399. The […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Apple announces new 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Air models with M3 chip

Apple announced new MacBook Air models with 13-inch and 15-inch screen sizes with its own M3 chip. The 13-inch model starts at $1,099 ($100 less than the M2 Air model) and the 15-inch model starts at $1,299. Both variants are available for pre-orders in the U.S. starting today with general availability slotted for March 8. […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Ultraleap is bringing haptic touch to cars and VR headsets

In May 2019, Ultrahaptics and Leap Motion became Ultraleap (not to be confused with Magic Leap, which operates in the same space). It’s a name change representing the marriage of two different, yet related, tech startups. Ultrahaptics naturally got top billing, as it was the one doing the acquiring – paying around $30 million for […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

MWC 2024: Nothing enters the budget range with Phone (2a)

Nothing isn’t one to be quiet about new releases. The London-based phone company’s media push largely relies on trickling out information about devices bit by bit. It’s been a solid strategy thus far (if a bit annoying as someone who covers this world), as so many of its announcements have been first-gen products, each generating […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

MWC 2024: Motorola’s Rollable Concept phone laughs at your silly foldable

[Cartoonishly exaggerated Crocodile Dundee accent] That’s not a foldable. This is a foldable. More specifically, it’s a foldable concept device from Lenovo/Motorola showcased on the floor at this year’s MWC. The company walked us through a demo of a device that’s another terrific example of its ability to get weird with design. The Rollable Concept […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Samsung centers sleep with its first smart ring

After a brief tease at the end of its big Galaxy S24 event earlier this month, Samsung officially debuted the Galaxy Ring this morning at MWC. The earlier announcement offered little more than an image and confirmation that the hardware giant is entering that emerging corner of the wearable tech space. Following the Unpacked presser, […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Lenovo’s laptop concept is fully transparent, but the point isn’t entirely clear

Something I’ve always admired about Lenovo is the way the Chinese tech giant really lets its freak flag fly. In fact, visiting the company’s booth nestled in the way, way back of Hall 3 has long been a highlight of MWC for me. You can always tell where the latest bit of weirdness is located […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Heck, might as well put the back of your phone to work

The back of your phone is useless. There. I said it. Sure, the cameras are back that, but what about all of that blank real estate monopolizing 90% of the surface area? Honestly, it needs to start carry its weight around here. A fully functioning screen isn’t the answer, however. That’s a lot more battery […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Apple’s India iPhone business outpaces individual EU countries, Morgan Stanley says

Apple’s long-term bet on India is beginning to pay dividends. The company’s revenue in India jumped 42% year-on-year in 2023 to $8.7 billion, Morgan Stanley wrote in a note on Friday. The iPhone shipments in India grew 39% year-on-year in 2023 to 9.2 million units, making it iPhone’s fifth largest smartphone market. India’s iPhone business […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Sony’s PS VR2 is getting compatibility, possibly by end of year

PlayStation VR often gets overlooked in conversations about mixed reality. These days, it seems all anyone wants to talk about is Apple Vision Pro versus Meta Quest. But Sony has been an enduring presence in VR for years now, throughout the industry’s various ups and downs (mostly downs, if we’re being honest here). The Japanese […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

OnePlus took a three-year ‘reflective pause’ before increasing its smartwatch battery

It’s 2024. All smartwatches should offer multiple days of battery life, full stop. As things stand now, there’s a jaw-droppingly wide range across the devices. I would go so far as to say that limited battery has been — and continues to be — the single biggest issue with the Apple Watch. The Series 9 […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

What we expect from MWC 2024

In a little over a week’s time (February 26-29) around 85,000 or so attendees will descend upon the Fira de Barcelona for Mobile World Congress 2024. Over the past few years, the show has become arguably the most important mobile event of the year. Phone makers, telecoms and a variety of other tech vendors, journalists […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

VR sickness happens. Here’s how to avoid and treat it.

Over the past week, a number of people have reported returning their Vision Pros for a number of reasons, including issues around headset comfort and sickness. Returns are par for the course with any nascent technology. No matter how polished a first-generation product is upon release, there’s a very real sense in which it serves […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Brita snaps up smart water bottle startup, Larq

Smart water bottle-maker Larq this week announced that it has been acquired by filtration giant, Brita. More specifically, Brita GmbH, the German company founded in 1966, which spun off and sold its North/South American wing to Clorox in 1988. Brita GmbH maintains the brand in the rest of the world, but it currently is barred […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Apple eyes a foldable iPhone following Vision Pro launch

Last week’s Vision Pro release shed some fascinating light on Apple’s generally top secret development process. A Vanity Fair interview with Tim Cook detailed — in part — what a long and heavy lift it took to get the company’s first headset off the ground. The Apple CEO gave an early iteration of the device […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…