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Apple Responds To BBC Panorama’s Portrayal Of Supplier Conditions

foxconn Apple was the subject of a recent investigative report by BBC’s Panorama program, which presented as part of its findings various instances where suppliers of the Mac maker violated Apple’s own stated standards for its partners. The breaches reported by the BBC included problems at Pegatron factories outside Shanghai, as well as issues at the bottom level of the supply chain, in… Read More

EDI Is Trying To Kickstart The Classic Dive Watch

9d4e4303b5cee7f5d6a26d7824cb0ce9_large Two entrepreneurs and engineers have taken to Kickstarter to fund a new line of dive watches, EDI. The watches, in addition to looking just a bit like sword-hand divers of the early Blancpain era, use an EDI E-353 automatic movement with self-winding features, as well as a handsome steel case. What’s truly interesting, however, is the provenance. Read More

This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: BlackBerry, Bar-Tending Robots, And Drones

gadgets141219 Christmas is around the corner, and thus, this podcast is especially merry.
BlackBerry recently introduced the smartphone of yesterday, in the BlackBerry Classic. We’re also seeing an uptick in bar-tending robot products, which leads us to wonder if there has ever really been a lot of difficulty in making yourself a drink. Read More

This Board Lets You Give Any Arduino Project Predator-Style Heat Vision

heat sensing Up until the last few years, heat sensing cameras — think Predator vision — were a thing that pretty much only the Army and the super-rich got to play with. Then FLiR figured out how to make the required sensors tiny and (relatively) cheap, and the whole idea became considerably more accessible. Hell, you can get heat vision in an iPhone case now. Now, with this tiny board, you… Read More

Tesla To Begin Model S Battery Swap Pilot Program Next Week

Tesla_Model_S_Chassis_Battery Tesla showed off its upcoming battery swapping technology for the Model S electric vehicle last year, which would let users change out their battery rather than charging when on the road for a quick fill-up that’s speedier than actually refuelling a standard car’s gas tank. Starting next week, it’s launching the pilot program of that advancement in Harris Ranch, California, at… Read More

Canary Home Security System Has Finally Started Shipping

Screenshot 2014-12-19 13.22.50 Canary, the $250, all-in-one home security system that caught the attention of our hearts and minds back in 2013, has finally started shipping. The device launched on Indiegogo back in July of 2013, with a goal of $100,000. By the time the campaign had ended, Canary had amassed nearly $2 million in pre-orders. After selling around 15,000 units, Canary turned off pre-orders and went head-down… Read More

Rothenberg Ventures Opens Virtual Reality Accelerator Offering 10 Startups $100K And A Clubhouse

Rothenberg Ventures River Experience1 “2015 will be the year of virtual reality” says investor Mike Rothenberg. But fragmentation in the nascent industry means VR hardware, software, and content startups need to team up for demos. So Rothenberg Ventures today launched a VR accelerator called River to provide a shared office and $100,000 investments to 10 startups. The two-year-old fund that’s ranked amongst the… Read More

Watch This Double Amputee Control Two Robotic Arms At Once

Screen Shot 2014-12-19 at 10.06.12 AM It’s rare to see the future unfold in front of our eyes this dramatically but here it is: the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab has helped a man who lost both his arms in a “freak electrical accident” connect to dual robotic arms by connecting to and reading from his nervous system. The results aren’t quite staggering as he still has limited control over the… Read More

Eva Wants To Quantify Your Showering

Eva Eva is a device that attaches to your shower, adding a proximity sensor, temperature sensor and a water flow valve so it can intelligently throttle back the water flow when the ideal water temperature is reached or when the occupant has stepped away from the shower head. Read More

Candle heater captures the hearts of funders on Indiegogo

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Candles are often used for decoration, or to make a room smell like lilacs, but can you use them for heating?

According to an IndieGogo project called Egloo, you can — with the addition of terracotta pots

Candles in the base of Egloo heat a small, inner terracotta dome to about 300º F. The inner dome warms up the outer dome, as well as the air in the space between the two domes.

The project claims its heating system can raise “the temperature of the environment surrounding the Egloo” by two to three degrees.

And people seem certain it will do just that. In just five days, the project has surpassed its goal of $30,000 Read more…

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