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Dave LeClair

The Dash is a pair of earphones that come equipped with all the fitness trackers of dedica...

Today, companies the world over are looking to crack the wearable technology market, especially in terms of fitness tracking. Bragi is another among the lot, but instead of trying to get users to adopt some sort of bracelet or other device to do the tracking, its product, called The Dash, takes the form of something that people already wear – earphones.  Read More

The ReSound LiNX iPhone-connected hearing aid The ReSound LiNX hearing aid connects with a user's iPhone to allow music and phone calls to be heard directly through the device, thus allowing more comfortable smartphone use for the hearing impaired.  Read More

Hitting a box on one of the cardboard snowboard prototypes The team at Signal Snowboards has put aside its all glass snowboard in favor of another left-field approach: a snowboard made from 100 percent recycled cardboard.  Read More

Apple has received a patent for smart fitness-tracking earbuds We recently featured a set of fitness tracking earbuds called The Dash. Now, a new patent has surfaced from Apple that locks down similar technology, citing "an audio output device configured to be positioned within a user's ear; a monitoring system located in substantially close proximity to the audio output device."  Read More

The QuadStick aims to afford quadriplegics the ability to play video games

A new device called QuadStick is designed to give quadriplegics the ability to play video games without the need for a traditional gaming controller. Instead, it uses a series of sip and puff sensors, a lip position sensor, a push switch, and voice commands to represent the inputs of a standard video game controller.  Read More

Sinister is looking to change the way gamers play PC games

The humble game controller has received plenty of enhancements over the years, but most of the changes have been minor. A joystick here, some shoulder buttons there, but the core elements have remained pretty much the same. Tivitas Interactive is aiming for a fundamental revamp of the traditional design with Sinister – a device that it doesn't even look like a game controller at first glance.  Read More

OUYA is offering a matte black console with 16GB of internal storage OUYA, one of Kickstarter's big success stories, is rolling out a new model of its Android micro-console. While the bulk of it remains the same, it has introduced a new color and increased the amount of storage for downloading games. Of course, the price tag of this new model has also seen a slight jump to US$130.  Read More

FishHunter uses sonar, and displays fish-finding data on a smartphone

In the battle between man and fish, technology has swayed things to the humans' favor. Fish finders are probably the most prevalent use of technology in fishing, and FishHunter takes things one step further by incorporating Bluetooth and a smartphone into the fish-locating equation.  Read More

The Sabertron swords in action Who hasn't grabbed a stick and pretended it was a sword at one point in their lives? Now, with a bit of help from technology, Sabertron swords are helping everyone live out that sword-fighting fantasy, but with some actual score-keeping.  Read More

A complete view of the SenseCover from Moshi

Flip cases are nice in that they offer a lot of protection, but they make it more difficult to access the phone. Moshi is aiming to rectify this problem with the introduction of its SenseCover case, which features a touch-sensitive strip that allows users to answer calls without having to flip the case open.  Read More

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