posted 16 days ago on crunchgear
 Imagine a biomimetic robot that can inflate itself, bend at odd angles, and channel liquids through itself in any direction. That’s what scientists at Harvard University have created. By using squishy little Lego blocks with channels built-in, a team at Harvard has created robots can move like slugs or snakes. For example, when you close the channels the robots expand and move and when… Read More

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posted 16 days ago on crunchgear
 Ear wax might not seem like a big deal, but for people who are hard of hearing or have issues with their middle ear, a build up of the substance can seriously impact their quality of life. Now a startup called Clear Ear wants to make it easier for people to keep their ears healthy with two products. Read More

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posted 17 days ago on crunchgear
 How interested is your doctor in health data that you’ve tracked yourself? Wearable health and fitness devices are now hugely popular, and they certainly appeal to people who want to tot up their paces. But many people who have invested in trackers like the Fitbit, Jawbone’s UP bracelet, or the Nike+ FuelBand want to know: can this data be used to give me more serious healthcare… Read More

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posted 17 days ago on crunchgear
 On July 25 Amazon began shipping its Fire phone, which includes Firefly, software that instantly recognizes products you can directly purchase on Amazon. Hot on the heels of this announcement was the news that Amazon released a beta version of its mobile wallet, Amazon Wallet, which will allow users to save gift cards to their device. For traditional retailers, Amazon has long been the… Read More

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posted 17 days ago on crunchgear
 The days of the $100+ activity tracker might be over; Movo, a consumer tech company out of NYC, is kicking off pre-orders today for a $29 wearable wrist band that tracks steps, distance traveled and calories burned, collecting and reporting that data via an iOS and Android app. The Movo Wave, as the device is called, is expected to launch this fall following its self-hosted pre-order campaign.… Read More

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posted 17 days ago on crunchgear
 London-based digital design studio ustwo is working on a project with the Royal London Society for Blind People (RLSB) to determine whether iBeacons/Bluetooth Low Energy beacon technology can be used to help visually impaired individuals navigate public transport by mapping their location dynamically and providing audio cues to direct them through stations and onto trains via an app. Read More

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posted 17 days ago on crunchgear
 Android Wear is already out in the wild, on peoples’ wrists and theoretically in their hearts, but the Moto 360, the round-faced smartwatch that has caught the eye of many a fashion-conscious consumer, is supposed to be coming something this month, and a new leak suggests it’s just about ready for prime time. The images come from Italian blogger Luca Viscardi (via AndroidWorld.it)… Read More

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posted 17 days ago on crunchgear
 China has removed iPads and MacBooks from its procurement lists for government agencies and officials, according to a new report from Bloomberg. The iPad, iPad Mini, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and other products, totalling ten altogether ,were left off a new procurement list distributed to government organizations in July, after initially appearing in a draft version in June, per the report.… Read More

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posted 18 days ago on crunchgear
 Apple is said to be preparing for a September 9 iPhone event this year, at which we’ll likely see the next generation iPhone devices, according to Re/Code’s John Paczkowski. The date would be in keeping with past iPhone launches, and early reports suggest we’ll see the company reveal larger-screened iPhone devices on that day. Typically, Apple holds its event and and then… Read More

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posted 18 days ago on crunchgear
 If you’ve been considering a Pebble smartwatch but don’t like the current color options, a new limited edition release might just change your mind. Packing the same internal hardware and exterior design as company’s regular plastic watches, the release brings three new colors: Fresh Green, Hot Pink, and Fly Blue. Read More

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posted 18 days ago on crunchgear
 Frustrated with using the built-in infotainment system and his phone in his car, Doug Simpson, CEO and founder of Navdy, decided to create a heads-up display to create a new and safer way to interact with smartphones while driving. Read More

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posted 18 days ago on crunchgear
 The days of the password are numbered – increasing security risks and requirements mean that old-fashioned alphanumeric passwords are just plain impractical long-term, and already startups like Bionym are looking to create their replacement. The company’s Nymi heartrate authentication wristband is set to ship soon, but for now, developers can get started building software for it… Read More

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posted 18 days ago on crunchgear
 Everyone knows they should be drinking more water to stay healthy and hydrated, but actually remembering to do so can be a challenge. In fact, 43% of Americans drink four cups or fewer per day, according a 2012 study from the Center for Disease Control. That’s where The Hug, now on Kickstarter, comes in. The Hug solution includes a sensor band that wraps around just about any water bottle… Read More

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posted 18 days ago on crunchgear
 Xiaomi’s name may mean “little rice” in Chinese, but it’s not so little anymore. According to a report from Canalys, Xiaomi has surpassed Samsung as China’s top smartphone maker, thanks to massive growth over the past year. The report says that in the second quarter, Xiaomi shipped 15 million smartphones in China, up from 4.4 million devices, or 240%, in the… Read More

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posted 19 days ago on crunchgear
 In a world where Windows is cheaper than free software, things get weird. Microsoft and Samsung are currently locked in a public pissing match over royalties. Samsung agreed to pay Microsoft for use of the software company’s intellectual property relating to the South Korean firm’s sale of Android-based devices. Read More

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posted 21 days ago on crunchgear
The LG G Watch, one of the first Android Wear devices to hit the market, has been receiving negative feedback from users who found that their charging pins had become discolored, had issues getting a charge, or were even causing minor skin irritation and burning. Read More

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posted 21 days ago on crunchgear
 Polish 3D printer maker MonkeyFab has created a 3D scan of the Mały Powstaniec or Little Resistance Fighter, a statue in Warsaw’s Old Town that commemorates the Warsaw Uprising. Designed in 1946 by Jerzy Jarnuszkiewicz and unveiled in 1983 by Professor Jerzy Świderski, the monument depicts a little rebel, Antek, in stylized German military garb. This is the 70th anniversary of the… Read More

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posted 22 days ago on crunchgear
 This week, we took a hard look at Xiaomi’s movements in the market, as well as the new Sony RX-100 Mark III camera. And as usual, we’re still fascinated with the happenings in the 3D printing world. Read More

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posted 22 days ago on crunchgear
 I have a Pebble and really like getting notifications on my wrist. It’s useful to see if it’s an important notification without having to look at your phone every time it buzzes. So that’s why I didn’t see why I should get a heavier watch with a barely acceptable battery life, like the LG G watch. But Capitaine Train‘s new smartwatch app showcases why an Android… Read More

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posted 22 days ago on crunchgear
 I enjoy shaving, but until this point I used a razor that I thought gave me a decent shave. Wary about electric razors, I tried Philips Norelco’s 9700 last night and it gave me the closest shave I’ve ever had. Read More

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posted 22 days ago on crunchgear
 Apple has a new splash page welcoming Beats to its family, with a declaration expressing excitement that both Beats Music and Beats Electronics have joined the Cupertino-based company. The page includes a brief one-paragraph explainer about why the company was a good fit, and expressing optimism for what the companies can do together in the future. A link on the page, which features a… Read More

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posted 22 days ago on crunchgear
 As we head into the depths of August (the month where time stands still), there is one interesting thing that starts to happen. Kids head back to school. That said, we decided to use some new data from CampusBooks to look at how college students are approaching their schoolwork. Perhaps the most interesting finding was that 91 percent of college students prefer to take notes by hand. Almost all… Read More

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posted 22 days ago on crunchgear
 What would it take to get people actually buying smartwatches in droves? Could FASHION be the answer? A new odd trio aims to find out, with HP teaming up with fashion flash sales site Gilt and designer Michael Bastian (via Fashionista) to create a smartwatch that looks smart, too, if you’ll permit me to use some slightly archaic language for the sake of a pun. The tech behind the new… Read More

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posted 22 days ago on crunchgear
 Ninja Blocks, the Australian startup that created Ninja Blocks to create physical triggers for IFTTT style recipes that can detect motion, temperature and humidity, a window and door sensor and more, successfully followed those up with the Ninja Sphere, a connected home smart hub which raised over $700,000 AUD back in January on Kickstarter. Now, the company is set to ship the Ninja Sphere, and… Read More

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posted 22 days ago on crunchgear
 OMG Lasers! A group of MIT students have built a scanning system that allows 3D printers to restart prints after a failure. Why is this important? Because there is nothing more frustrating than running a long print job only to have it fail in the last few minutes. The students, Claudio V. Di Leo, Louise E. van den Heuvel, and Sumant S. Raykar, used a standard Solidoodle printer with a laser on… Read More

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