Gadgets

Program your own self-driving racer with FormulaPi

giphy-1-1 Self-driving race cars are a few years away but why not simulate the roar of robotic Formula 1 cars with a little Raspberry Pi magic? The folks at Piborg are offering the opportunity for hackers and makers to try and drive their own autonomous car brain in a centralized race. They’ve launched a Kickstarter and they’re looking for folks to download the autonomous racing code, modify… Read More
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Some last-minute thoughts about Apple’s earnings

shutterstock apple shanghai china In about an hour, Apple will announce its quarterly earnings. So you’ll soon be able to read all about it on TechCrunch as we have a team ready to look at all these numbers and find out if they’re moving up or down. But I’m going to use this opportunity to give you a few thoughts about what’s going to happen and what you should look for. Read More
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Facebook open sources 360 Surround camera with Ikea-style instructions

Facebook 360 Surround build gif Facebook needs you to fill its News Feed, Oculus Rift, and Gear VR with 360 content. So today it put all the hardware and software designs of its Surround 360 camera on Github, after announcing the plan in April. Thanks to cheeky instruction manual inspired by Ikea’s manuals, you can learn how to buy the parts, assemble the camera, load the image-stitching software, and start shooting… Read More
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Bellabeat Leaf’s new wearable and app help women tackle stress

Leaf_Urban_Rose_Gold05 Bellabeat, the maker of a line of health trackers aimed at women, has sold over 400,000 units of its first health tracker known as the Leaf – a name given to the device because of its leaf-like shape which can be worn on the wrist, as a brooch, or pendant. Today, the company is rolling out its next generation tracker called the Leaf Urban. The update gives the wearable a more modern… Read More
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Alchema makes your hipster small-batch cider brewing dreams come true

ALCHEMA PRODUCT 9 When I was in high school, a friend of mine wanted to brew his own beer and his setup involved a bath tub and a lot of food safety risk. Alchema, a new Kickstarter project, shows just how far home-brewing has come in a relatively short time, and also rides the wave of interest in cider, or what I like to call “drinky fruit.” Alchema CEO and co-founder Oscar Chang wanted to make… Read More
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BlackBerry ditches the physical keyboard for its second Android phone

BlackBerry Surprise – BlackBerry is back. The once mighty and always business-minded smartphone maker has returned with its followup to the PRIV. The Canadian hardware company’s second Android handset features a 5.2-inch full HD display, in place of BlackBerry’s trademark physical keyboard. The rather formally named DTEK50 runs Android Marshmallow coupled with a slew of security… Read More
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