Posted By Simon Montford on Dec 22, 2014
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.
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.
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.
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 24, 2014
With the popularity of AirBnB and other home rental websites, this product makes a lot of sense. The Lock-Bot enables home owners to place their house keys into a secure capsule that can either be wall-mounted via a bracket or attached to a rail or door handle via a reinforced cable.
Posted By Simon Montford on Nov 20, 2014
The Scandinavians have always had a flare for good design. Just look at their passports for goodness sake - they're gorgeous! Two of the most noteworthy are Norway and Finland. We think there is a good chance that Finland could become a global hub for IOT startups. This is because since Nokia quit being a mobile OEM (leading to wide-scale redundancies), quite a few talented individuals have decided to move into the IOT space to design connected devices.
Posted By Simon Montford on Nov 20, 2014
The STAR by SenseGiz is not only a fitness tracker but it also enhances smartphone functionality - it does this via gesture control. This is particularly useful when your phone is not easily accessible. For example, you can increase or decrease the volume, or answer/reject calls while out running with a simple clap or swipe motion. It also offers notifications, sleep monitoring and workout reminders.
Well it all sounds too good to be true! According to the Sonic Decanter's creator, this device can turn water into wine! Actually no, that really would be too good to be true! In fact, it claims to turn the flavour of ordinary table wine into something that tastes far superior by emulating the ageing process.
If you use propane to heat your home there is nothing worse than suddenly realising you've run out of gas mid-winter. If you live in a remote location or on a houseboat, as I did, replacement tanks can take several days to arrive, which is a huge pain if you depend on propane for heating and cooking! Also, if you're out of gas your pipes could freeze, causing flood damage or worse - your houseboat to sink!
This product is clearly aimed at hackers, students and hobbyists who want to create their own connected devices (hence the below Kickstarter video, which features two geeks competing in a hackathon).
Posted By Simon Montford on Nov 14, 2014
There is a trend towards micro drones that are so small they could actually become wearable! We've already covered the incredible Nixie 'drone watch', which we hope will be available to purchase within the near future but another project that is gaining a great deal of interest is Anura. This drone is a little too big to be wearable, weighing in at around 4oz (114grams), but it's small enough to be 'carryable', depending on the size of your pockets!
Linkoo is both a GPS tracker and phone for kids. The watch has been designed to appeal to pre-teens, sporting several bright colour options. Linkoo can help anxious parents keep tabs on their young ones by tracking their whereabouts. They can also make calls directly to the device and if the child doesn't respond, the watch can be configured to automatically call back.
The new Raspberry Pi Model A+ is on sale now for $20/£15.50.
Here are the specs taken directly from raspberrypi.org:
The Model A+ uses the BCM2835 application processor and has 256MB RAM, but it is significantly smaller (65mm in length, versus 86mm for the Model A), consumes less power, and inherits the many improvements that made to the Model B+, including:
Talkase is the ideal companion for people who need a backup phone for when their primary phone's battery dies. This is because the Talkase is not only an iPhone6 case, but it also features a credit card-sized phone that can be removed when needed.
Posted By Simon Montford on Nov 10, 2014
We think little wearables for little people is about to become a big growth area. In addition to the bluebooth-enabled pacifier by Blue Maestro, new kid on the block MonBaby has successfully crowdfunded their infant sleep and movement tracker.
Posted By Simon Montford on Nov 7, 2014
This gadget enables your smartphone to pinpoint the exact location of your wallet. It uses Bluetooth but for it to work, you need to place a slim(ish), credit card-shaped device inside.
Posted By Simon Montford on Nov 5, 2014
There are a growing number of smart home monitoring systems that are in the production pipeline or are already on the market. Some of the more interesting include: Branto, Rico, Mother, Cocoon, Notion, Kuna, and Campoint to name but a few.
Posted By Simon Montford on October 27, 2014
Rico is not the first smart home security device (check out Notion, Mother and Kuna) but it is the first to recognize that many people have un-utilized, previous generation, smartphones that could be put to good use.
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