Zigbee crafts a universal language for smart home devices

As seamless as smart home technology is becoming, the devices still tend to sit in isolated ecosystems. Zigbee-based gadgets don't normally know how to use Nest's Thread protocol, for example. That's where the Zigbee Alliance wants to help. It's laun…

Flow is a wearable that helps you avoid nasty air pollution

While humanity has made strides to cut down its greenhouse emissions, the fact remains: we produce a lot of harmful gases every day. If you live in the city, however, it's easy to forget the quality of the air around you, and the impact it might be h…

NASA has a new plan to observe black holes with cosmic X-rays

Since humanity hasn't quite figured out a way to directly take a picture of black hole yet, NASA's next major science mission will send a trio of highly specialized telescopes into space to study the high-energy X-ray radiation surrounding black hole…

MacBook Pro accessory adds ports that the 2016 model lacks

As you know by now, you have to learn to embrace dongle-city if you want to buy Apple's latest products. A component supplier called OWC has unveiled a different kind of expansion solution for the 2016 MacBook Pro's lack of ports, though. It's called…

Intel gives its NUC mini-PCs new processors, new ports and a new design

When you're looking for a tiny desktop, Intel's NUC computers are something of a standard. These bare-bone PCs have made a name for themselves as affordable, reasonably powerful and adorably small. Now they're even better: Intel is gifting its line o…

Send your love around the world in this box

LoveBox is a French messaging startup that, in exchange for $120, will let you send messages of love to your amour… or your paramour. Simply hand your beloved one of the boxes, pair it to your phone with the companion app, and you're all set. Then,…

SpeedX’s Unicorn bike comes with smarts already installed

If you're serious about cycling, you'll want to track every ride. How far you went, the amount of calories you burned — that sort of thing. Until now, that's meant equipping your bike with a slew of third-party sensors and a less than sleek cycle co…

Aira uses smart glasses to help blind people navigate the world

Aira is designed to make life a little easier for blind and visually impaired people. Using a pair of smart glasses or a phone camera, the system allows an Aira agent to see what the blind person sees in real-time, and then talk them through whatever…