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17 smart crowdfunding campaigns you may want to back this week

Every Friday, we’re taking a look at some of the smartest, most innovative projects that have caught our attention on Kickstarter and Indiegogo over the last seven days.  MetaWear This mini wireless sensor platform can be programmed and controlled right from your smartphone. MbientLab is currently seeking $5,000 on Kickstarter. The Palette This filament feeding system connects to a single-extruder 3D printer and transforms it […]

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Fuel Book turns your car into a smart car

This plug-and-play device provides fuel analysis, social territory mapping, self-diagnostics and more. Who recalls the Seinfeld episode when Jerry and the gang are in search of Kramer’s car in a multi-level parking garage of a shopping mall? Most likely, you too have experienced a similar situation. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was an easy-to-use system that could help identify the […]

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Control your wearable display with a touch-sensitive belt

Belt is an unobtrusive touch input device for head-worn displays. As the wearable market continue to mature, Makers are coming up with some pretty slick ways to use body-adorned items as interfaces for their mobile devices — whether that’s stroking one’s own hair to discreetly make a phone call or affixing stickers to one’s skin to control their music player. And while Google […]

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Two more wireless baby monitors hacked

Cyber intruders were able to hack wireless cameras to spy on babies and their parents.  Another week, another baby monitor hack. Or in this case, two hacks. One of the most recent incidents involved a mother who heard voices as her child’s wireless camera followed her around the room, while another mom was freaked out as a hacker remotely controlled the camera […]

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Robobarista can learn how to make your morning latte

The best part of waking up is a robot filling your cup!  Developed by researchers at Cornell University, the aptly-named Robobarista may appear to be just an ordinary robot, however it packs the skills of a talented Starbucks barista. Impressively, it is capable of learning how to intuitively operate machines by following the same methods a human […]

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The CryptoShield is a dedicated security peripheral for the Arduino

This shield adds specialized ICs that will allow you to implement a hardware security layer to your Arduino project. With the insecurity of connected devices called into question time and time again, wouldn’t it be nice to take comfort in knowing that your latest IoT gadget was secure? A facet in which many Makers may overlook, Josh Datko has made it his mission to […]

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Report: 8.6 billion “things” to be conneccted in Asia/Pacific by 2020

By 2020, the total Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) market size will increase from $250 billion to $583 billion.   The Asia/Pacific Internet of Things (IoT) industry will continue its strong growth with the number of connected units expected to increase from 3.1 billion to 8.6 billion by 2020. According to a new report from IDC, over this same period, the […]

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Percepio Tracealyzer: The mysterious random watchdog reset

Learn how a developer used Tracealyzer to solve an issue with a randomly occurring reset. With time-to-market pressures constantly on the rise, advanced visualization support is a necessity nowadays. For those who may be unfamiliar with Percepio, the company has sought out to accelerate embedded software development through world-leading RTOS tracing tools. Tracealyzer provides Makers, engineers and developers alike a new level of insight into […]

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Orbit1 is an electroplater that lets you to coat just about anything

Orbit1 lets you turn your ideas into gold. Literally.  Electroplating is a process that uses electric current to reduce dissolved metal cations so that they form a coherent metal coating on an electrode. While a number of 3D printers capable of making objects out of metal have already emerged, there has yet to be a Maker-friendly device […]

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The Palette turns any 3D printer into a multi-color, multi-material machine

One Canadian startup has developed a way to take 3D printing to the next level. Over the past couple of years, there has been an upsurge in the number of 3D printing startups and a slew of new machines. However, as great as many of them are, they all too often share the same limitation: they can only […]

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