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KickStarter: Sense wants to help you sleep the smart way

KickStarter Sense Sleep SmartPeople don’t sleep much anymore. There have been many studies that show this, as well as those that claim we sleep too much regardless of the number of hours. Maybe the problem isn’t the amount we sleep, but the quality of the zzz’s we are getting. An issue that Sense wants to correct.

Sense is a gadget currently seeking funding on Kickstarter. It is a two-piece device. One is a sphere that monitors the environment for movement, sound, light and other elements, provides white noise or sounds on request, and functions as an alarm. The second is a tiny “pill” that clips onto your pillow to monitor your own movement through the night, and when you slip in and out of REM.

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IndieGoGo: Meet JIBO, the friendly family robot

  • 19/07/2014 at 23:25 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Jibo Family RobotRobotics have been making leaps and bounds, but their applications as an actual consumer product have been limited. Until now, thanks an IndieGoGo funded project called JIBO.

Created by Dr. Cynthia Breazeal of MIT, JIBO is being hailed as the first “family” robot. It is meant as more than an appliance, the crowdfunded project explains. It is a companion, meant to simulate realistic interaction and tailor itself to the personality of the humans around it.

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Kickstarter: AirDog Auto-Follow Drone for GoPro

  • 12/07/2014 at 12:24 by It's a Gadget Staff
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AirDog AutoFollow Drone GoProA Kickstart campaign is looking to create a GoPro solution for athletes, outdoors fans and indie filmmakers. They have introduced AirDog, the first ever GoPro drone.

The drone is easily piloted by you, connected to an “air leash” that sends a signal to keep it circling you. It records as you do just about anything you can think of. It will even stabilize the footage and keep you within frame, so you don’t have to worry about lost images or shaky shots.

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Multiple Apple smartwatch designs on the horizon, claim sources

  • 20/06/2014 at 19:12 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Apple EmployeesA new report coming from people unnamed inside of Apple say that smartwatches are coming, and that the company is dedicated to making them better than anything else on the market.

Those who have read my comments on smartwatches before know that I am not a fan in their current incarnation. They are more or less just very expensive accessories to smartphones. Other than fitness tracking, which can be had much cheaper using the multitude of other compatible devices out there, releases have been disappointing.

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Samsung announces Galaxy Tab S, new ultra display tablet

  • 13/06/2014 at 18:59 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Samsung Galaxy Tab SSamsung has announced the Galaxy Tab S, the latest in the popular line that the company hopes will take a big chunk out of Apple’s iPad market. The biggest boast? A display that is the highest definition on the market.

For the last several years Samsung has been focusing on providing better and better display options in all of their products. Even their less costly models (though still expensive) offer high definition screens that tend to bully other makers into upping their own HD.

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Honeywell announced their own smart thermostat as first real challenger for Nest

  • 10/06/2014 at 23:03 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Honeywell Lyric ThermostatNest has been the only real name in automated thermostat design thanks to their heavily influential product. But now Honeywell, which has been in the automated home device game for years, is jumping in as their first real competitor.

The news is more surprising than you might think. While they have been offering smart home devices for quite some time, they didn’t make their intentions to take on the Nest clear. Not in the way Apple has, with their announced HomeKit in the iOS 8 release. With Google’s money now backing Nest, they looked like a real force to be reckoned with.

But while Apple has a powerful brand and innovative spirit, Honeywell is a well established marketshare holder in smart home technology. Now that they are in the game, it looks like Nest’s star might be dimming a bit.

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Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is the perfect bridge between a tablet and a laptop

Microsoft Surface Pro 3Today, during a press event which took place in New York City, Microsoft had announced the 12-inch Surface Pro 3 tablet. Although there were just 7 months since the Surface Pro 2 announcement, Surface Pro 3 is an good update that will make the Surface brand tackle yet another segment: laptops.

At first, Surface Pro 3 is a bigger tablet with a 12-inch screen and a 3:2 aspect ratio HD display. The good news is that the bezels were also reduced so that now the new tablet looks a bit like the iPad Air. It looks like the displays had also been improved and now has a 2160 x 1440 resolution(Surface Pro 2 was 1080p). Microsoft says that this new display is 38% bigger than Surface Pro 2, with 50% more pixels and that “every screen is color calibrated at the factory, so you’ll see accurate, brilliant colors, great white points, and great contrast on every device”.

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