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These ‘microbe-grown’ headphones could be the future of sustainable electronics

By | biodegradable, bioplastics, Design, Gadgets, GreenTech, Hardware

The culture of planned obsolescence in electronics produces a huge amount of toxic waste unlikely to go anywhere but a landfill for the next millennium or so. Nature produces some of the strongest and most versatile substances we’ve ever encountered, so why not use them instead? That’s what Finnish design house Aivan has attempted with this concept pair of headphones made from fungus, bioplastics, and other natural materials.

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SpaceX reveals more Starlink info after launch of first 60 satellites

By | Gadgets, Hardware, orbital debris, satellite communications, Space, space internet, SpaceX, starlink, TC

Last night’s successful Starlink launch was a big one for SpaceX — its heaviest payload ever, weighed down by 60 communications satellites that will eventually be part of a single constellation providing internet to the globe. That’s the plan, anyway — and the company pulled the curtain back a bit more after launch, revealing a few more details about the birds it just put in the air.

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SpaceX reveals more Starlink info after launch of first 60 satellites

By | Gadgets, Hardware, orbital debris, satellite communications, Space, space internet, SpaceX, starlink, TC

Last night’s successful Starlink launch was a big one for SpaceX — its heaviest payload ever, weighed down by 60 communications satellites that will eventually be part of a single constellation providing internet to the globe. That’s the plan, anyway — and the company pulled the curtain back a bit more after launch, revealing a few more details about the birds it just put in the air.

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Roland’s tiny R-07 recorder is better than your phone’s recorder app

By | Bluetooth, digital audio players, Gadgets, Hardware, iPod, Portable Media Players, Roland, smartphone, smartphones, TC, telecommunications, voice recorder

In an era when the smartphone can do everything, why do you need a standalone audio recorder? Roland, makers of music gear, might have an answer. Their R-07 voice recorder is about as big as original iPod and is designed for music recording, practice, and playback. It features two microphones on top as well as […]

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Roland’s tiny R-07 recorder is better than your phone’s recorder app

By | Bluetooth, digital audio players, Gadgets, Hardware, iPod, Portable Media Players, Roland, smartphone, smartphones, TC, telecommunications, voice recorder

In an era when the smartphone can do everything, why do you need a standalone audio recorder? Roland, makers of music gear, might have an answer. Their R-07 voice recorder is about as big as original iPod and is designed for music recording, practice, and playback. It features two microphones on top as well as […]

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You can do it, robot! Watch the beefy, 4-legged HyQReal pull a plane

By | Europe, Gadgets, Hardware, hyqreal, italian institute of technology, Italy, Moog, Robotics, Science

It’s not really clear just yet exactly what all these powerful, agile quadrupedal robots people are working on are going to do, exactly, but even so it never gets old watching them do their thing. The latest is an Italian model called HyQReal, which demonstrates its aspiration to winning strongman competitions, among other things, by pulling an airplane behind it.

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Spansive’s first wireless charger powers multiple phones simultaneously and works through thick cases

By | Gadgets, Hardware, Pi Charging, Spansive, TC, wireless chargers

  When Pi Charging (winner of TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2017) rebranded as Spansive last month, the company also dropped plans for its previously-shown cone-shaped charger capable of charging phones placed within a few inches around it. That charger would’ve required special cases for each device — and as the world quickly adopted built-in wireless charging […]

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Spansive’s first wireless charger powers multiple phones simultaneously and works through thick cases

By | Gadgets, Hardware, Pi Charging, Spansive, TC, wireless chargers

  When Pi Charging (winner of TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2017) rebranded as Spansive last month, the company also dropped plans for its previously-shown cone-shaped charger capable of charging phones placed within a few inches around it. That charger would’ve required special cases for each device — and as the world quickly adopted built-in wireless charging […]

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Panic’s Playmate is a pint-sized gaming machine with a ‘season’ of 12 intriguing titles

By | Gadgets, Gaming, gaming console, Hardware, panic, playdate, TC

Tired of your smartphone games, and don’t want to take the Switch with you on the train today? Panic, renowned creator of useful Mac apps and more recently publisher of interesting games, has created a tiny handheld console that goes anywhere and receives a regular trickle of new games. It’s called Playdate.

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Stanford’s Doggo is a petite robotic quadruped you can (maybe) build yourself

By | Gadgets, Hardware, Robotics, Science, stanford, Stanford University

Got a few thousand bucks and a good deal of engineering expertise? You’re in luck: Stanford students have created a quadrupedal robot platform called Doggo that you can build with off-the-shelf parts and a considerable amount of elbow grease. That’s better than the alternatives, which generally require a hundred grand and a government-sponsored lab.

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