I had a great time out here at CES 2017 in Las Vegas — every once in a while I got to sneak away and walk around a little bit and check out the goodies. A little walking here, a little checking stuff out there. Sometimes I fell asleep under tables… it’s just the nature of the beast. Sometimes people wanted me to check out their product, but I couldn’t do it right away… Read More
From a brand new take on the electric breast pump to a discreet way to check sobriety during a night on the town, trust us, there’s a lot of neat stuff on the horizon.
The Proof wearable wants to help drinkers keep an eye on their BAC levels.
The company behind this wristband claims it can measure alcohol molecules through your skin and send data to its corresponding app on your smartphone. And with $100,000 in funding from the National Institutes of Health, plus extensive third-party testing, the company says it stands up against other breathalyzers on the market. Read more…
August launched a new device this week at CES. “That’s five products shipped within 24 months,” explained CEO Jason Johnson during an on stage interview with TechCrunch earlier today. “I don’t know if you’re going to find too many companies that have our retail presence and a customer base that ships that many products in that time.” It’s a lot for… Read More
These companies had a very special CES experience as they all pitched in front of multiple groups of judges on stage at the Sands Expo. The startups were competing for $50,000 and being named the winner of the Hardware Battlefield. After many deliberations, our judges narrowed the list down to four finalists: wearable device for pregnant mothers Bloomlife, smart sensors for construction… Read More
Over the past two days, 13 startups have taken the stage at TechCrunch’s Hardware Battlefield. Now our editorial team has finished deliberating with the expert judges (seriously, expert) and chosen four finalists who will be competing for the big prize of $50,000, as well as a trophy that we like to call the Metal Man.
You can watch the presentations live on TechCrunch tomorrow… Read More
Human interaction and affection is important, but when you’re physically away from your loved one, it’s impossible to receive the admiration and love you may desperately need. But thanks to this cute and cuddly stuffed animal called the Parihug, you’ll be able to send a hug to a friend anywhere in the world.
The connected plushes, which are actually a made-up animal optimized for hugging, are best used in pairs. So, when you hug one of them, it senses the duration and intensity of the hug and sends a message to your loved one’s Pari, which delivers a vibration ranging from gentle to intense to its owner. The stuffed animals can also be connected to an app via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, so you can tell your loved one you’re thinking of them from anywhere. The app also enables you to choose from multiple Parihugs, so you can send a hug to all of your loved ones. Read more…
Polaroid had a hit on its hands with the Snap. The device marked the perfect marriage between an iconic brand and new technologies, re-developing the once novel phenomenon of instant film for an early 21 century millennial crowd. According to a rep I spoke with, the brand can’t keep the thing on the shelves. Unveiled this week at CES, the Pop is essentially a scaled up version of… Read More
The rise of apps like Instagram and Snapchat has put photo effects front and center in the world of picture messaging, giving users not only the ability to send images to each other, but to personalise them with little doodles, lurid colors, bunny ears. Now, an app maker that has built a bunch of these is launching an SDK that will let any app add these kinds of effects to their… Read More
Peloton has seen great success with its exercise bikes for home use. Today, the company is doubling its product range (to two), with a bike aimed at commercial users. It’s more rugged to stand up to the “don’t be gentle, it’s a rental” hotel and gym crowd, and comes with software that’s more suitable for gym use. Read More
Training surgeons on specific surgical procedures is expensive and hard. London-based Touch Surgery has created more than 200 training programs for surgical procedures to be completed on a mobile phone or tablet. At CES, it announces support for a new type of deeply immersive surgery training — and potentially assistance in an operating room — on DAQRI and HoloLens. Read More
At the 2016 CES, OhMiBod won Engadget‘s Best of CES Award in Health and Wellness for its Lovelife Krush, a connected device for kegel exercises that doubles as a vibrator. For Suki and Brian Dunham, the husband-and-wife duo behind the company, the award was more than just a marker of success. It was also a sign that the tech industry was finally taking women-oriented sex tech seriously. Read more…
Segway’s doing moving along with its plan to develop its robotics capability, with the launch of its developer edition Loomo robot, the first robot it created and demoed last year at CES. The robot combines a domestic bot with a Segway personal transport, tackling last-mile transportation as well as addressing a host of other in- and around-home uses. Loomo has autonomous capabilities… Read More
Timelapse photography is fun, but complicated. For long-term projects, you need to feed power to the camera, and if you want your photos back, you need to rig up a data gathering solution. That changed when Enlaps came along. The company just finished a successful IndieGoGo campaign, raising $250k for its Tikee camera. Read More