Gadgets

Experience Here, the augmented audio device from Doppler Labs

Doppler Labs’s augmented audio device, Here, seems to be all the rage in music hardware these days. Doppler recently won a SXSW Innovation Award and will begin a partnership with Coachella starting next week. Each Coachella attendee gets an exclusive code to skip the waitlist and purchase Here Active Listening devices to wear at the week-long music festival. “We’re …

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FAA committee proposes official categories for drones that fly near crowds

A committee of industry representatives appointed by the FAA turned in recommendations suggesting a four-tiered system for classifying drones and how they may (or mayn’t) interact with crowds. The document detailing the system was acquired by the AP — the FAA declined to provide it to TechCrunch, though it should be public soon. The rulemaking …

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Nest demonstrates the risks of being an early adopter by shutting down Revolv

Remember the Revolv home automation hub? Probably not. The device was released in late 2013, and while fantastic, it largely flew under the radar before Alphabet’s Nest division bought the company, and promptly stopped selling the device. But the device was still available from various retailers and worth the cash for home packed with Internet …

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Apple’s short film on autism proves that accessibility features matter

Apple has released a couple of videos over the weekend starring Dillan Barmache, a 16-year-old kid who is autistic and non-verbal. These two films are powerful and also make a strong point in favor of accessibility features, specialized apps for autistic people and more. Autism affects social and communication behaviors. Autistic people have a hard time …

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Hardware is hard: How we built a hardware startup with two engineers and some free time

Hardware is hard. Building a hardware startup is even harder. The good news is that the staggering amount of innovation in rapid prototyping, 3D printing and backend-as-a-service platforms has made hardware development move at Internet-development speeds. It’s not easy, but it is faster. When we started our company four years ago, we decided to bootstrap it …

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