Brian Heater

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4/20/2021 What to expect from Apple's Spring Loaded event TechCrunch Brian Heater @bheater / 1 day Surprise! It’s another Apple Event. Gone are the days of getting a few weeks’ notice before these events now that they’re entirely virtual (at least until 2022, most likely). Instead, the company just dropped the news last week.Thankfully, there have been plenty of rumors leading up to tomorrow’s big event — and perhaps even a few hints in the invite ...
4/19/2021 Fitbit's latest is a $149 ‘luxury’ fitness tracker TechCrunch Brian Heater @bheater / 1 day It’s been a strange few years for Fitbit. After defining the fitness tracking space, the company was a bit late to the smartwatch trend, but was still able to ride that wave to a rebound. But while watches have received most of the press the now Google-owned company has garnered in recent years, bands still comprise a substantial part of its business.Today ...
4/18/2021 Consumer agency warns against Peloton Tread+ use, as company pushes back nonperele.com Consumer agency warns against Peloton Tread+ use, as company pushes back By Brian Heater LikeAlmost exactly a month ago, Peloton CEO John Foley wrote an open letter about the the company’s treadmill. “I’m reaching out to you today because I recently learned about a tragic accident involving a child and the Tread+, resulting in, unthinkably, a death,” it begins. “While we are aware of only a ...
4/17/2021 Consumer agency warns against Peloton Tread+ use, as company pushes back jasrainc.com By Brian Heater Almost exactly a month ago, Peloton CEO John Foley wrote an open letter about the the company’s treadmill. “I’m reaching out to you today because I recently learned about a tragic accident involving a child and the Tread+, resulting in, unthinkably, a death,” it begins. “While we are aware of only a small handful of incidents involving the Tread+ where children have been hurt ...
4/7/2021 Google I/O will return as a virtual event May 18-20 TechCrunch Brian Heater @bheater / 12 hours When the pandemic arrived in the U.S. early last year, companies scrambled to figure out what to do with their long-standing, in-person developer events. For Apple and Microsoft, that meant going virtual — something companies have done with mixed results.For Google, it meant calling off I/O all together. The company canceled the developer conference traditionally held each May at Mountain View ...
4/5/2021 Labor relations board sides with Amazon employees over firings TechCrunch Brian Heater @bheater / 24 hours Last year, Amazon fired Emily Cunningham and Maren Costa. The pair of employees had been among the company’s most outspoken critics on staff, openly taking Amazon to task for environmental and labor issues.This week, the National Labor Relations Board determined that the pair’s firing was an illegal form of retaliation. Speaking with The New York Times, Cunningham noted that the board would ...
4/3/2021 Amazon addresses pee bottle denial tweet nonperele.com Amazon addresses pee bottle denial tweet By Brian Heater LikeAmazon kicked off the holiday weekend by backtracking slightly on a social media offensive that unfolded in the waning days of a historic unionization vote. The earlier comments reportedly arrived as Jeff Bezos was pushing for a more aggressive strategy.Along with taking on Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, the Amazon News Twitter account went toe to toe with ...
4/1/2021 Starship Technologies CEO/CTO Ahti Heinla joins TC Sessions: Mobility 2021 TechCrunch Brian Heater @bheater / 2 weeks For obvious reasons, food delivery was among the categories that soared during a year of COVID-19 related lockdowns. The question remains how these changes will impact both grocery and restaurant delivery long term, but at the very least, it seems certain that the categories have hit an inflection point.This could also be the moment that delivery robotics finally come into their own, as ...
3/30/2021 Google Nest Hub 2 review: The solid smart screen adds sleep tracking TechCrunch Google Nest Hub 2 review: The solid smart screen adds sleep tracking Not a huge update, but sleep sensing is a nice addition -- and finally a good use for Soli Brian Heater @bheater / 1 day Two-and-a-half years later , the Nest Home Hub remains one of my favorite smart screens on the market. Maybe that’s a commentary on the rate of improvement in the category, or maybe ...
3/30/2021 Ballot counting for Amazon's historic union vote starts today TechCrunch Brian Heater @bheater / 1 day Vote counting begins today in the historic effort to unionize Amazon’s Bessemer, Alabama fulfillment center. The warehouse — which opened exactly a year ago to meet ramping up demand as COVID-19 bore down on the U.S. — has become ground zero for one of the most important labor efforts in modern American history.Voting began by mail on February 8, after Amazon repeatedly ...
3/19/2021 Fortify raises a $20M Series B for its composite manufacturing 3D printer TechCrunch Brian Heater @bheater / 4 days There’s been quite a bit of movement in the additive manufacturing space in recent months. If I had to pinpoint a reason, I would say that — much like robotics (another space I follow fairly closely) — the category has gotten a boost in interest from the pandemic. Medical applications are understandably of interest lately, as is alternative manufacturing.Desktop Metal, Markforged and new ...
3/18/2021 Google ThreadIt is bite-size video for team collaborations TechCrunch Brian Heater @bheater / 14 hours The team at Google’s Area 120 in-house incubator says the idea for ThreadIt came well before COVID-19 made remote work a necessity for large swaths of the globe. Of course, the pandemic certainly accelerated interest in the product among the team behind it.“It’s adjusted the lens through which everyone sees it,” Keller Smith, general manager and founder, ThreadIt, tells ...
3/15/2021 Using cameras and AI to help exoskeletons adapt to their environment TechCrunch Brian Heater @bheater / 11 hours Researchers at Canada’s University of Waterloo are showcasing work with prostheses and exoskeletons that utilizes cameras and AI to deliver more natural human movement. The ExoNet project leverages video captured by a wearable camera, run through deep learning AI, in order to mimic how humans adapt and adjust movements based on their environments.The project is an attempt to create more natural locomotion on ...
3/15/2021 Desktop Metal launches a health-focused business line TechCrunch Brian Heater @bheater / 11 hours Mass manufacturing may be the future of 3D printing (one hopes), but health products are very much its present. From orthodontics to prosthesis, medical needs are right in the sweet spot for additive manufacturing. Prototyping is a category with a specific ceiling, while true mass manufacturing is still at an impossible scale for most of these systems. Medical and dental present a larger market that ...
3/11/2021 Eye, robot TechCrunch Brian Heater @bheater / 1 day So, this is going to sound like a cop out (because, honestly, it kind of is), but the through line for the past week’s robotics investments is variety. That is to say that this week’s round of funding is all over the place in terms of verticals, which is probably an overall positive sign of the health of robotics investing in general. VCs ...
3/9/2021 Apple releases results of its Women's Health Study TechCrunch Brian Heater @bheater / 1 day Last week, Apple announced early results from its ongoing hearing health study. Conducted alongside the University of Michigan School of Public Health, the figures were released to mark World Hearing Day. Now, a day after International Women’s Day, it’s releasing results tied to its Women’s Health Study.As with the hearing study, the figures are collected from those who choose to participate ...
3/2/2021 Apple releases results from hearing health study TechCrunch Brian Heater @bheater / 9 hours Was back in 2019, Apple launched Research. The app was the latest effort by a company looking to take a more serious approach to user health, built (naturally) around data collected from the iPhone and Apple Watch. The app debuted with four studies: heart health, women’s health, movement and hearing.Today, the company is issuing results from the latter, conducted alongside the University of ...
2/19/2021 Chorus brings a social layer to meditation TechCrunch Brian Heater @bheater / 1 day Chorus launched its online experience on March 16 of last year. It was fairly auspicious timing, as those things go, falling the same day seven public health departments launched a joint shelter-in-place order in its native California.Like countless other companies, 2020 didn’t go according to plan for the meditation app. But the site scrambled to pivot the company’s “experiential” ...
2/18/2021 Sennheiser partners with Formlabs for customized headphones TechCrunch Brian Heater @bheater / 1 day 3D printing has come a long way over the course of the last decade, but questions about mainstream adoption still linger around the technology. Medical devices have been a pretty compelling use case — they’re not really mass produced and require a high level of personalization. Clear orthodontics are a great example of something that falls in that sweet spot — in fact, dental ...
2/18/2021 Sennheiser partners with Formlabs for customized headphones TechCrunch Brian Heater @bheater / 19 hours 3D printing has come a long way over the course of the last decade, but questions about mainstream adoption still linger around the technology. Medical devices have been a pretty compelling use case — they’re not really mass produced and require a high level of personalization. Clear orthodontics are a great example of something that falls in that sweet spot — in fact, dental ...