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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.  Piccolino This open-source, Arduino-like board packs both Wi-Fi connectivity and a bright OLED display, all in a tiny package. Piccolino is currently seeking $5,000 on Kickstarter. Bluz This cloud-connected, Bluetooth LE devlopment kit […]

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SIGFOX is bringing the IoT to fire hydrants

TALIS has tapped SIGFOX’s Internet of Things network for real-time fire hydrant monitoring.  Envision this: Your house catches on fire and you dial 911. The fire trucks arrive, the firefighters hop down and immediately throw the hose over their shoulders and rush around the corner to the nearest hydrant. Uh oh, the hydrant isn’t working. The hydrants of today can break, leak and freeze, something […]

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Meld upgrades your existing stove to cook meals to perfection

Sit back and let Meld handle the cooking for you. With the number of connected homes on the rise, many brands have started to give their modern-day appliances like the fridge, oven and coffeemaker a high-tech makeover. While the concept of smart equipment that suggests what’s for dinner, keeps tabs on key ingredients and even cooks the meal for you […]

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LED wristbands will invade the Academy of Country Music Awards

Throw away your glowsticks and keep your phones in your pocket, because these LED wristbands are headed to the ACM Awards.  Go to any concert, and during a ballad, look around the crowd. Back in the day, you would be sure to find the flickering of fan’s cigarette lighters filling the night sky throughout the stadium. With the advancements in […]

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ChairVoyager lets you travel the world in under 10 minutes

ChairVoyager is a unique chair and floor mat pair that mentally transports the user through space and time. Conventional wisdom would tell us that traveling the world can be found on many, if not, all of our bucket lists. However, that requires both time and money. And much of it. Given most of our work schedules, getting […]

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Chrona will turn any pillow into a smart pillow

Chrona is like a wearable tracker that, instead of being attached to your wrist, is placed on your pillowcase. Like all animals, humans require sleep along with other essentials, such as food, water and oxygen, in order to survive. Truth be told, sleep is a vital indicator of our overall health and well-being. While most of us will spend up to one-third of […]

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Creating an Arduino-based, 3D-printed robot

Maker designs a DIY four-wheel robot for less than $50. Maker Miguel Angel Lopez had been on the lookout for a mini, inexpensive robotic vehicle that he could tinker with; unfortunately, his searches came up short. So in true DIY fashion, he decided to build his own with the help of 3D printing and Arduino. Dubbed WatsonBot, the four-wheeler is comprised […]

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Uzebox is an open-source retro gaming console

Uzebox is an AVR-based console that brings back the days of 8-bit video games. Do you remember reading comic books while waiting for your Amiga 500 to load the latest game, or the joy you felt when slipping in your first 8-bit Nintendo cartridge? We still do, and nostalgically recall a simpler time when many of the games and hardware were easy to use, easy to understand, and […]

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Makers bring some iconic 1980s tech back to life

Warning: This blog post will cause some serious nostalgia. Ah, the 1980s. A time when indispensable devices like the personal computer, the Walkman and the portable gaming console hit critical mass and found their way into the heart of pop culture. After being challenged by one of our social followers to do a “Throwback Thursday” post around this iconic period, we decided to highlight some […]

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Building a DIY 3D printer for less than $200

One 13-year-old Maker just designed and built his own 3D printer for under $200.  Truth be told, a number of 3D printers still remain out of reach for many everyday consumers not looking to shell out thousands of dollars on a device. This leaves countless Makers dying to get their hands on a machine to do one of two things: either spend their […]

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