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August 23, 2015

Wearable Tech Startup Focused On Personal Safety Raises $100k On Kickstarter

Connecticut startup Wearsafe Labs has raised more than $100,000 on Kickstarter to develop advanced wearable personal safety products, starting with the Wearsafe Tag—a small wearable panic button.

The company initially set out to raise $75,000 and surpassed that goal in less than four weeks.

“We couldn’t be happier with the success of this campaign,” says co-founder Phill Giancarlo. “But even more important, we are so appreciative to those who backed this project, who believe in our mission to really make a difference in this world.”

Wearsafe’s first product, the Wearsafe Tag, is a low-energy Bluetooth wearable device that can [...]

 
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June 25, 2015

Amazon Echo Is Now Available To Everyone

If you want to get your hands on Amazon Echo—the wireless speaker with a built-in voice-controlled personal assistant—it’s now available to everyone.

The device, which Amazon revealed last November, is a Bluetooth speaker on steroids. The personal assistant (named Alexa) can answer questions, play music on demand, and order Amazon products for you using simple voice commands.

Initially, Echo was only available to Amazon Prime customers on a special waiting list. Amazon was quite conservative in sending out invites, and even when customers purchased it, shipping times turned from weeks into months.

But now, Amazon Echo is available to everyone. It costs [...]

 
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June 23, 2015

Google Is Developing A Wearable That Allows Doctors To Monitor Patients Outside The Hospital

In an effort to bring wearables to the medical field, Google has developed a health-tracking wristband that could give physicians real-time, detailed information about patients, even when they’re away from the hospital.

Developed by the Google X research division, the device can measure and report heart rhythm, pulse, skin temperature, and environmental circumstances like light exposure and noise levels.

“Our intended use is for this to become a medical device that’s prescribed to patients or used for clinical trials,” said Andy Conrad, head of the life sciences team at Google, in an interview with Bloomberg.

The device is designed to [...]

 
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June 23, 2015

LiliLite: An All-In-One Bookshelf, Reading Light, And Bookmark

LiliLite is a bookshelf, reading light, and bookmark combined into a single easy product for reading in bed. The Kickstarter campaign has raised $25,000 of its $70,000 goal, with 22 days to go. The company hopes to deliver the product to backers worldwide this fall.

LiliLite is really simple: you mount it over your bed, and one side of the product holds a stack of books while the other side holds a single book, marking the page where you left off. When you grab your book to start reading, a sensor activates the LED reading light, which illuminates the pages just enough to read comfortably. When you put your book back on the shelf, the light automatically turns off [...]

 
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June 15, 2015

This Watchband Will Help You Analyze And Manage Stress

This month, Swedish startup hidn technology unveiled hidn tempo, the world’s first stress management watchband. Throughout the day, sensors on the band monitor your stress level, sleep quality, and physical activity. That data is then synced to the hidn tempo app, which analyzes it and gives you clear, actionable advice to help you manage and control your stress.

Behind hidn technology are co-founders Jonas Angleflod, Johan Lidenmark, and Michael Thonfors.

After spending 15 years in the telecom sector, Angleflod moved into the startup world eight years ago. “This is my third startup,” he told me in an interview. “The last startup I ran was a [...]

 
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April 3, 2015

Here’s How Much Apple Will Charge For AppleCare+ With Apple Watch

To go alongside the $10,000+ pricing of the 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition, Apple will charge up to $999 for the Apple Watch Edition’s AppleCare+ Protection Plan, 9to5Mac reports.

More affordable coverage will be offered for the aluminum Sport and stainless steel standard models, which will cost $59 and $79 respectively.

Tthe Apple Watch Edition comes with two years of 24/7 support and a special setup hotline. AppleCare+ adds a third year of tech support as well as coverage for up to two incidents of accidental hardware damage. AppleCare+ for the Sport and standard models adds a second year of technical support to the included one year, plus [...]

 
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March 26, 2015

The Rapid Rise Of The 3D Printing Industry [Infographic]

This great infographic, courtesy of Needa.ie, quickly runs through everything you need to know about the growing 3D printing industry. From the technology’s inception to today’s consumer applications, it’s all here.

Some key takeaways:

3D printing was invented by Chuck Hull, an American with a degree in Engineering Physics, in 1984. The 3D printing industry passed the $1 billon mark in 2012 and continues to rise at an annual growth rate of 22.4%. 2.3 million 3D printers will be shipped in 2018, compared to the 130,000 shipped in 2014.

 
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March 9, 2015

Live: Apple’s March 9 Watch Event

Are you ready to hear more details about the Apple Watch?

Well, Apple has scheduled an event for today at 10 a.m. PDT (1 p.m. EDT) at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco, where it is expected to share further details about its smartwatch, which it originally announced last September. The company has yet to share specifics like battery life, pricing for high-end models, and how exactly the device will interact with your iPhone. Apple is expected to reveal all of that at today’s event.

If you’re not in the audience this morning, we’ll be liveblogging the event right here on this page. Stay tuned!

Update: The event is now [...]

 
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February 26, 2015

Apple Watch Event Scheduled For March 9

Apple is holding a media event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco on March 9. It will likely reveal final details about the Apple Watch, which is expected to launch sometime in April.

While Apple has not explicitly stated that this will be an Apple Watch event, the “Spring Forward” pun in the press invitation is pretty clear:

Beyond that, Apple still has a lot to share about the new device. When it introduced the Apple Watch alongside the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus last September, it vaguely went over how people will use the product, without going into too many details. There has been plenty of speculation, but we have yet to [...]

 
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February 16, 2015

Elemental Path Is Developing The First Smart Toys Powered By IBM Watson

Elemental Path is working on a line of smart toys powered by IBM’s Watson technology that they hope will change they way children learn by improving the way they play.

The first product in the startup’s CogniToys lineup is an intelligent dinosaur for children aged four to seven. Pre-orders on the company’s Kickstarter project start at $99.99, with a target of $50,000 and 29 days to reach it.

The CogniToys dinosaur uses Watson’s cognitive computing power to power speech recognition and carry engaging and age-appropriate conversations with children.

The toy can remember specific details about a child (like their favorite color or [...]

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