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Video: Young boy creates his own smartwatch

Watch-a making? While most kids would just go and ask for a watch, this eight-year-old decided to build one himself. We had the pleasure of meeting eight-year-old Omkar back at Maker Faire Bay Area 2014. Since then, the young and talented Maker has been hard at work devising a DIY smartwatch, or what he describes as a “precise timekeeper.” The aptly-named O […]

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This machine reveals moon phases based on inputted dates

A Maker duo has devised a project that lets moon phases become both tangible and poetic.  Created by Makers Yingjie Bei and Yifan Hu at NYU’s ITP Program, Moon Phases is an interactive installation that lets users see a corresponding moon phase (from the northern hemisphere’s perspective) by inputting a specific date. “The idea started from my very first processing sketch which is a 2D […]

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Parva is first analog synthenthizer with a USB master port

Parva is a new synthesizer that combines the old-school warmth of analog synthesis with the convenience of modern-day digital control.  Created by Austin, Texas startup Futuresonus, Parva is a next-generation polyphonic analog synthesizer that combines an all-analog signal chain with the modern-day convenience of digital control, all in a nicely bundled tabletop package. “I designed Parva from the ground up with the intention […]

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Top tech April Fools’ Day pranks from around the web

From smart socks to kitty litter drones, which hoaxes caught your attention? It’s that time of the year, folks: April Fools’ Day. 24 hours worth of outlandish news, imaginary (yet extremely innovative) product pitches and bizarre advertisements as one company after the next jumps into a giant game of hoax leapfrog. We must admit though, a few of […]

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Aivvy Q is a self-learning pair of headphones for the IoT

This pair of headphones learns your taste in music to serve as your ‘personal DJ.’ While there are seemingly countless headphones on the market today, none may be as impressive as the recently-launched pair from Redwood City, California startup Aivvy. The company has unveiled a new product that promises to provide a new music listening experience that is instant, intuitive and most importantly, […]

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Report: Half of consumers believe smart home devices will be mainstream by 2020

New research from Bluetooth SIG shows that many folks are ready to live like the Jetsons. A survey conducted by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has revealed that nearly half (46%) of consumers believe smart home devices will be mainstream by 2020. The study had explored the attitudes of American, German and British consumers towards connected living, and as a whole, discovered tremendous excitement around not […]

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This jacket can play electronic music

First, there were wearables. Then, there were hearables. Now, get ready for soundables. Designed by Ylenia Gortana in collaboration with New York musician Birdmask, Showpiece is a jacket that functions as an actual electronic music interface. The garment, which at first appears to look just like an ordinary winter coat, is comprised of touch-sensivtive tiles that replace its typical down insulation. The entire piece was built using various conductive e-textiles, which are […]

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Soundbrenner Pulse is the world’s first wearable for musicians

This wearable device for musicians can be used as a vibrational metronome or in synchronization with an entire band. While a vast majority of wearable technology has been focused around health and fitness, a Berlin-based startup is hoping to change that with their new vibrational metronome. The aptly named Soundbrenner Pulse is the world’s first wearable gadget designed specifically for musicians to help them keep the beat and become better […]

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WIOT is an open-source, Arduino-compatible dev board for the IoT

WIOT allows Makers to create and develop their next Internet of Things project using the Arduino IDE. Created by the folks at Ubld.It Electronics, WIOT is an open-source, rechargeable development board for the Internet of Things (IoT). Based on an ATmega32U4, WIOT features integrated Wi-Fi capabilities through an on-board ESP8266 module. The extremely compact device, which measures just 3.82” x 1.02” in size, is also entirely Arduino-compatible. […]

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Report: 126 million wearables will be shipped in 2019

IDC report forecasts wearable devices to reach 45.7 million units in 2015. The combination of new vendors, devices and greater consumer awareness will likely drive the global wearables market this year, a new IDC report has revealed. The research firm notes that vendors will ship a total of 45.7 million units in 2015, up a strong 133.4% from […]

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