Posted By Simon Montford on Jan 26, 2015
Scarab is a wearable device that continuously monitors your environment. It contains sixteen sensors, more than any other personal consumer product. It detects UV, carbon monoxide, gamma rays, noise levels, magnetic fields, liquid petroleum gas, nitrogen dioxide, ozone, temperature, ambient light, humidity, and digital output. It also contains a gyroscope, 3D magnetometer, 3D accelerometer and a GPS module. I'm not entirely convinced that, even if the company's Kickstarter campaign is a success, the product will be a big hit with the consumer market.
Posted By Simon Montford on Jan 26, 2015
Canary, the complete home security system, is about to go on sale in the States at a RRP of $250. The Canary received a great deal of attention when the company exceeded its funding goal of $100,000 on Indiegogo, back in July 2013. The Canary attracted an impressive two million dollars' worth of pre-orders, and also closed an additional $10 million round of funding led by Khosla Ventures.
Posted By Simon Montford on Jan 23, 2015
The MyBiody Balance is a fitness tracker that is not designed to be worn or carried around with you. The makers of this fitness device have taken a different approach where sporadic measurements are taken to chart progress. It can help you monitor several health indicators based on your weight, age, height and gender. It is aimed at a generic audience, but those who we think it would appeal to most are elite athletes, as they tend to be more obsessed (rightfully so) with things like muscle mass and body fat percentage.
Posted By Simon Montford on Jan 20, 2015
Moodmetric claims to be the smallest wearable technology in the world for measuring emotions. "The Moodmetric ring measures the autonomous nervous system signals that can be used to understand emotional reactions and improve quality of life". We all lead busy lives and often miss the signs of stress which can, if ignored, lead to chronic illness or even premature death. Products such as Moodmetric and Olive could, therefore, potentially have a hugely beneficial impact on society.
Posted By Simon Montford on Jan 13, 2015
If you're anything like me, there are occasions when after leaving the house, you suddenly realise that you've forgotten to switch off an electrical item. The feeling of anxiousness is further amplified if the device in question is a heater, iron or any other domestic appliance that's capable of causing fire damage. Well the Internet of Things could solve this problem once and for all as a growing number of home automation systems become commercially available.
Posted By Simon Montford on Jan 10, 2015
As covered in a previous story "Prepare for the second wave of fitness trackers", expect the next generation of health and fitness trackers to be lighter, more versatile and far better at understanding what type of activity is being undertaken. Also expect them to be far more accurate than the previous generation. Products that fall into this category include GymWatch, Basis Peak, Jawbone Up3, Atlas, Moov, Amiigo, Uno, FitBit Surge and now the AmpStrip by FitLinxx.
Posted By Simon Montford on Jan 8, 2015
The company already has successfully launched two products that are now on the market. Both measure Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC), and are wireless and wearable breathalyzers. One is the "Original" ($49.99) and a more recent model is the "Breeze" ($99.99). Their latest product that was successfully funded recently on Indiegogo is a Breathometer called "Mint" that detects breath quality and hydration levels.
MOCAheart is a heart scanner that is small enough to carry around either on a key fob or attached to the back of a smartphone. It uses medical grade technology and materials so is accurate and robust. It measures heart rate (bpm) and blood oxygen levels, which can be monitored via the MOCAheart smartphone app. Over time data collected via the app can establish trends and patterns.
The team at Zikto have developed a fitness tracker called Arki that is able to monitor your walking pattern to prevent poor posture. It measures all aspects of gait such as swing speed, stride length, limb rotation, and angle, and combines it with other data, to improve walking habit. If it detects that the wearer is slouching or doing something that leads to poor posture such as walking while viewing a phone, the device will vibrate.
Embrace is a wearable fitness tracker, a great looking smart watch, and a sophisticated medical device that monitors sleep, heart rate, and stress levels. Although anyone can benefit from the device, it has been especially designed to help epilepsy suffers of which there are 3 million in America and 65 million world-wide.
Posted By Simon Montford on Dec 13, 2014
There's an overwhelming number of smartwatches and fitness bands available to purchase. Startups that fail to offer something unique and really useful will almost certainly fail. As far as consumers are concerned "Me too" products, no matter how good they look, just won't cut it. The Uno, not only looks good, but also offers some really useful time-saving features so it's hardly surprising that it's generated a significant amount of interest on Indiegogo.
Posted By Simon Montford on Dec 12, 2014
Cubic has been developed by a team of Russian developers. It understands natural language so humans can control devices, apps, and services by simply speaking to it. The Cubic look very similar to the EmoSpark, which is already on the market and can be purchase for £195 ($315).
Posted By Simon Montford on Dec 11, 2014
Petsimpl have created "Pip", which is both a GPS tracker and an activity tracker. It works for both cats and dogs. There are millions of pet owners who constantly worry that either their canine will escape or that their feline may wander off and never return. The makers of Pip want to give pet owners peace of mind. Pip uses Bluetooth LE so the device is smaller than many other pet trackers currently on the market.
Posted By Simon Montford on Dec 9 2014
The UK is a nation of animal lovers and according to the PFMA, cats are the 4th most popular pet. Almost twenty percent of British households have a feline companion, that equates to a total of 8 million furballs. According to the Humane Society of America there are 95.6 million domestic cats in the US, of which 46% live alone with their human owners. It's impossible to know how many are not allowed to roam free but one thing's for sure, there are a lot of mooching moggies stuck indoors all day with no entertainment, which sucks if you're a cat.
Like the Chinese, the Brits love a good cuppa tea. Well this Bluetooth-enabled kettle comes with an Android and iOS app that lets you adjust the setting and customize the brewing process to your heart's content.
Not sure about the name. Perhaps UFO would have been more appropriate but either way Mars by Crazybaby, is a high fidelity waterproof Bluetooth speaker. It has an 8hr battery and can be submerged in 3ft of water. The part that looks like a flying saucer is a portable speaker and the cylinder over which it levitates is a sub-woofer. "Levitate!?" I hear you cry. Well yes...
Paper aeroplanes are so last century however, when thrown correctly they can still be fun! The creators of the Carbon Flyer decided they wanted to keep the look of the traditional paper aircraft but use carbon fibre instead, as it turns out than paper sucks when it comes to aircraft construction.
Apparently Sony is behind this concept smart watch, called the "FES". It was posted on a Japanese crowdfunding website but was intentionally unbranded to gauge genuine consumer opinion without the influence of a big name. We think this trend will continue, whereby OEMs turn to crowdfunding platforms for market research objectives, as opposed to fund raising.
Perhaps it's too early to be thinking about New Year's resolutions, as the festive season has only just begun, but if you want to get ahead of the game the Pavlok could be the ideal Christmas gift for you! That's because it's a wristband that uses a combination of vibration, sound, and electric shock, to keep the wearer on track - ideal for keeping New Year's resolutions! Unfortunately no matter how good you've been, Father Christmas won't be putting one under your tree this year, because it's not out till 2015. The shocking device can, however be pre-ordered online (use the discount code "IGGBABY").
Posted By Simon Montford on Dec 4 2014
MIPOW have successfully crowdfunded a Bluetooth colour LED smartbulb on Kickstarter that is also a speaker. Music can be streamed to it from a smartphone or tablet within a range of 30 feet.
Posted By Simon Montford on Dec 1 2014
According to a study by the CDC in the States, sleep is becoming an increasing threat to public health. Sleep insufficiency has been linked to road accidents, industrial disasters, and many other occupational failures. In the UK, 25% of the population suffer from some form of sleep disorder, according to private healthcare providers Bupa.
Anything that can be done to improve sleep is, therefore, a very good thing! So what can be done? Sleeping pills are a drastic measure and should only be used as a last resort. They tend to make you drowsy the following day and have been linked to chronic illness and even dementia! So what can be done?
Posted By Simon Montford on Nov 30, 2014
The word 'drone' has very negative connotations due to their continued use by the military to carry out reconnaissance and air strikes but it's important to remember that many technologies that we take for granted today were also developed by the military. One of many examples is GPS (Global Positions System) that was originally developed as a reliable way to guide missiles to their intended target.
Guest Post By Harry Fielder on Nov 27, 2014
As a web developer and general tech enthusiast, I felt it was about time I dipped my toe into the exciting and rapidly growing area of the ‘Internet of Things’. I am a relative newbie to hardware hacking, so my aim is not to offer a deep dive review, but instead simply alleviate any concerns you may have about rolling up your sleeves and giving the Spark Core a go.
Posted By Simon Montford on Nov 28, 2014
Okay it may look like something out of Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory but the "WunderBar" is the easiest way to start developing apps for the Internet of Things. The German startup behind this well-connected device, that looks like a chocolate bar, is Relayr. The startup was able to put itss into production after a successful crowdfunding campaign earlier this year.
Posted By Simon Montford on Nov 27, 2014
The Bit By Bit (B3) is a device the size of a mini-tablet that is aimed at kids as well as adults to help them design simple web enabled things like toy phones, internet-based music players, time-lapse cameras or even drones.
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