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.
Posted By Simon Montford on Dec 22, 2014
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 5 2014
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...
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.
It appears that adding an e-acute to the name of a smartwatch and designing it to look like a conventional watch is becoming all the rage. If you are in the market for a new smartwatch that has a little je ne sais quoi we recommend, in addition to checking out the Withings Activité, you also take a peek at the Névo.
DotLab are developing Open DoVision which aims to become a plug-and-play open-source virtual reality headset that will be available to purchase in Jan 2015 for as little as $85 (£54). The VR headset will be easy to connect via USB and VGA, HDMI and A/V.
Posted By Simon Montford on Nov 25, 2014
"The Cube" by London-based Emoshape has created an Artificially Intelligent (AI) 'emotionally aware' home console called Emospark that appears to 'read' human emotion in order to make the human operator feel better. Did anyone see that rather depressing movie 'Her' (check out the movie trailer on Youtube)?
Posted By Simon Montford on Nov 24, 2014
Finnish organisation Beddit, based in Helsinki, has developed a sleep tracker which can be strapped to a mattress. It can sense breathing and heart rate, and claims to be far more accurate than most wearable sleep monitors.
Posted By Simon Montford on Nov 21, 2014
Oh my those Finns have been busy! After smashing their campaign goal of $380,000 Jolla, founded by ex-Nokia employees, has since raised in excess of $1m on Indiegogo with another 19 days to go! The previously released Sailfish-powered smartphone received good reviews, although the OS still needs a lot of work.
Posted By Simon Montford on Nov 19, 2014
The Flic is a "hot button" that can perform all manner of tasks, limited only by the user's imagination. The company's rather entertaining Indiegogo video provides many examples of how the hot button could be used. The Scandinavians are well known for taking a no-frills, no-nonsense approach to product design. Perhaps this is why the Flic is so elegant and simple to use - the team are from Sweden (another example of a wonderfully elegant connected device, in this case from Finland, is Thingsee by Haltian).
Posted By Simon Montford on Nov 14, 2014
Kibby is yet another home security and home automation product that will enter production (Kibby has exceeded its campaign goal on Indiegogo). Good news as you can never have too much choice, right? Other contenders in this space include Branto, Rico, Mother, Cocoon, Notion, Kuna, Campoint, Point, and Blue Maestro.
Posted By Simon Montford on Nov 13, 2014
BitBite is the world's first wearable device that monitors eating habits and helps improve them. The BitBite ear clip is worn in the ear every time you eat. It contains a microphone and additional sensors that record and perform initial processing of the incoming sounds.
After a successful campaign on Indiegogo, the GymWatch is finally on sale for $199! Turns out it isn't really a watch, as the name would suggest. It is, in fact more of a band-type device that can be strapped around the arm or leg.
Posted By Simon Montford on Oct 31, 2014
Maker Club's mission is to make robots fun and accessible to everyone. This is the reason why Maker Club have launched an Indiegogo campaign to get 3D printed robot kits into the hands of "Makers". They will be powered by an Arduino chip which will enable Makers to control their creations via their smartphones.
Posted By Simon Montford on Oct 27, 2014
Pod, about the size of a wine cork, attaches to your pet's collar and lets you instantly locate your animal from your phone as well as track their activity and fitness levels.
Posted By Simon Montford on Oct 27, 2014
The Bluesmart will enable you to control your suitcase from your smartphone or smart watch. Actions that you will be able to 'carry out' (see what we did there) via the app includes locking, weighing and tracking. It will also recharge devices while on the move.
Posted By Simon Montford on Oct 24, 2014
Kuna is a smart WiFi camera with intercom, built into an outdoor light. It detects people coming to your home and lets you see and speak to them using your smartphone, from anywhere. Check out the video demo here.
Posted By Simon Montford on Oct 23, 2014
The average consumer's wrist is set to become even more crowded with this potential new entrant. The Tempest Smartband is a great looking 'smartband' that has a 180 degree display that takes up the entire top half of the band. The device runs its own operating system but promises to sync with all popular mobile operating systems.
The majority of leading vehicle OEMs are attempting to make cars smarter (see previous article about vehicle Artificial Intelligence) so the news that Ford is also attempting to incorporate smart tech into future models is not a big surprise. What is surprising is that Ford has decided to focus on solving one very specific pain point; heart attacks.
Xmetrics is a connected device that connects to a mobile device in order to enhance the training sessions of professional and amateur swimmers.
The number of hardware startups reaching and exceeding their campaign goals on crowdfunding sites such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo is increasing dramatically. This is an indication that hardware is so hot right now, and this flourish of activity has not gone unnoticed by the investment community, and corporates.
Posted By Simon Montford on Oct 19, 2014
The company's mission is to make home fire safety available to everyone. Like airbags for cars, they foresee a time when SensorJet will be in every home, saving many thousands of lives every year.
The system has two components: a heat sensor on the ceiling, and a small, bench-mounted water jet, that pops up and sprays a fine mist of water when the ceiling sensor detects a fire. And because it's smart, it can turn off again when it's safe – ready to go again if needed. Sprinklers, by comparison, have a head that ‘bursts’ and stays on, usually flooding the place.
Posted By Simon Montford on Oct 17, 2014
We love pets almost as much as we love robots which is why we are huge fans of Pawly. This friendly automaton is a robot pet sitter that has a built-in mic and speakers so owners can talk to and play with their pets while they're away from home. It can even dispense treats! Most pets don't like to be left home alone. This is an issue that many companies have tried to solve. One example is Pet TV which has been a big hit with pet owners.
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