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An extremely lightweight, smartphone-controlled bionic bird could fly for over a mile on a...

A French startup has turned to crowdfunding to build an extremely light bionic bird that can be controlled using the magnetometer and accelerometer in a smartphone. The bird, currently at the prototype stage, would communicate via Bluetooth for a range of 100 meters (330 ft) and be able to fly for up to eight minutes at a time, or over a mile, after a quick 12-minute charge.  Read More

The Blunt + Tile umbrellas feature a built-in tracking device, aimed at helping you hunt d...

An umbrella hastily snatched on the way out the door can easily become another item left behind, as the weather clears up and we continue on our merry, baggage-free way. But what if your brolly had a tracking device built-in, meaning when it is misplaced you can simply whip out your phone and hone in on its whereabouts? High-end umbrella maker Blunt has teamed up with Bluetooth-tracker specialists Tile to produce what it calls the first smart umbrella, looking to make sure you're never caught unprepared again.  Read More

World Beacon hopes to spread the SightCompass technology throughout schools, institutions ...

With their GPS capabilities and navigation apps, smartphones have undoubtedly made it easier for us to find our way around. The good news is we are starting to see these benefits extended to the visually impaired. SightCompass is a system that harnesses these strengths of the smartphone and combines them with proximity beacons to inform blind people of their surroundings.  Read More

The Earity buds let you know who is calling and enable you to answer or reject with a simp...

Let's be honest, if we put the ability to carry audio from a device to our ears to one side, headphone cords are nothing but trouble. When they aren't balled up in a tangled mess, they're catching on objects and yanking the buds out of our ears. While various wireless earphones have emerged to tackle this problem, the team behind Earity is looking to take this convenience one step further with a pair of earbuds that respond to voice commands.  Read More

Haven is a smart lock designed for the base of the door

If you live in areas where burglaries are commonplace, keeping your house secure is a major concern. Connected smart locks like the Goji and Genie can help with peace of mind. Haven takes a slightly different approach to home security by moving the lock from the door to the floor.  Read More

Scrobby is an autonomous robot prototype designed to keep domestic solar panels clean and ...

Solar panels need regular cleaning to ensure they are working at their optimum efficiency, and spraying them with the hose from the ground or relying on a heavy downpour won't necessarily get the job done. Like the windows on your house, they need to be scrubbed and polished for maximum effect. Enter Scrobby, a solar-powered, autonomous robot prototype designed to keep domestic solar panels clean and clear.  Read More

Garmin's vivosmart blends fitness tracking with smartphone functionality (Photo: Chris Woo...

Garmin's sports monitoring efforts have typically resembled bulky wristwatches more than the inconspicuous, new age fitness trackers of the Fitbit mold. It did flag its intentions to trim some fat earlier this year with the release of its vivofit bracelet and the company's new vivosmart, which we came across at IFA last week, retains the form and function of the slender fitness bracelet, while packing real-time notifications and functionality of a smartwatch.  Read More

A tri-level alert system notifies drivers of a tire's condition and informs if the tire be...

The days of guessing how much air is in that one leaky tire may be over. Paired up with an Android or iOS device, Fobo’s new Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) uses Bluetooth 4.0 and individual tire sensors to actively monitor pressures and provide real time data to user’s smartphones on a 24/7 basis.  Read More

The Logitech K480 bluetooth keyboard allows users to connect to and switch between three d...

Today, our attention is increasingly shared between multiple devices. Constantly switching between devices can be a pain, so Logitech has unveiled a keyboard that aims to make the process more seamless. The Logitech K480 keyboard allows users to switch between three different devices for typing.  Read More

Estimote Nearables are stickers that can be attached to everyday objects, detecting locati...

The Internet of Things is turning the physical world into a digitally-connected ecosystem. Some objects have built-in connectivity, whilst others can be connected to the internet using attachable devices. Estimote Nearables are small attachable stickers that monitor location, motion and temperature data.  Read More

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