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The PocketScan portable wireless scanner

Portable scanners have been around for a while now, with devices like the Magic Wand and Doxie Go, and they continue to shrink in size. With its new PocketScan, Swiss-based software company Dacuda is now claiming to have developed the world's smallest wireless scanner.  Read More

The Odin projector from Dos Owls

The wealth of available online content can mean that a TV sits in the corner gathering dust and the monthly subscription to a set-top box service just goes to waste. Such was the case for Alex Yoo of Dos Owls, so he got rid of both. Though quite liberating, he missed being able to sit back on the sofa and watch a movie on a big screen TV. He turned to a hefty projector and connected computer, but fighting through the cable spaghetti and dealing with issues like overheating prompted him to try and find another way. And so the idea for Odin was born – a pocket-sized projector with its own computer running Android KitKat, and packing built-in speakers, Wi-Fi and a battery.  Read More

Pelty is a candle-powered wireless Bluetooth speaker

Chatting happily over a sumptuous dinner on the balcony, you bask in the warm summer breeze that blows gently past, sipping your wine and enjoying the company of a few special friends. The day is nearing dusk, so you reach over to light a candle and, as you do, soft music magically wafts from the candle holder, adding to the elegant mood. Your friends are impressed, and the evening is a hit. But where did that music come from? It came from Pelty, a Bluetooth-enabled, candle-powered speaker with an inbuilt thermoelectric converter that lets you play music streamed from your phone without the need for batteries or cables.  Read More

The Damson Twist at CE Week 2014

Gizmag is in New York City this week, scouring the displays of CE Week for interesting, innovative gear and gadgets. One of the products that caught our eye, a speaker from Damson that puts a Twist on traditional audio. Instead of sending sound waves through the air to your ears, it sends them through the surface you place it on. Damson claims this makes for bigger sound from a smaller package.  Read More

The LG G Watch is one of the first smartwatches powered by the Android Wear operating syst...

LG Electronics (LG) has unveiled the LG G Watch; one of the first smartwatches to use Android Wear to produce a minimalist design aimed at a mass audience. Like other Android Wear watches, you don’t press buttons to control it – you chat with it.  Read More

Frebble is designed to allow people to simulate holding hands over the internet

Anyone who's had to spend a long time away from someone they love will know how difficult it can be. Frebble aims to make it a little easier by simulating the holding of hands with the person at the other end of an online video chat.  Read More

The Notifier could be the best entry-level smartwatch so far

Google is preparing to fully roll out Android Wear and the first smartwatch to run the platform could be going on sale soon, but it remains to be seen if consumers are actually interested in extending their mobile devices to their wrists. Having spent a month with the Android and iOS-compatible Martian Notifier smartwatch, I've come to the conclusion that it may offer the best way for early adopters, the mobile-obsessed or the busy every-man or woman to get his or her feet wet in the new wearable world.  Read More

Jansen White with a pre-production Dubstein

When Toronto's Jansen White was sitting around a campfire chugging beers, he was struck by an appealing thought. What if the koozie his friend was using also had built-in speakers? And so the first product of his newly-formed company Dubgear was born. Two years and 20 prototypes later, the Dubstein is now being prepped for production.  Read More

The Voxtok audiophile-grade Capsule player and home music server, the VXK app and VXK clou...

Headquartered in the US, with R&D in Montpelier, France, Voxtok is currently putting the final touches to what's described as a new generation of Hi-Fi equipment. The company's Hi-Fi system is made up of a VXK Capsule that acts as both audiophile-grade music player and home music server, a mobile device app for remote control and more, and a dedicated cloud service for music library backup and playback while out and about. Two generations of prototypes have been developed, and a pre-production run of alpha units secured. Now Voxtok is looking for crowdfunding success to get its end-to-end solution into the hands of music lovers.  Read More

SmartStop is a new wearable electronic device designed to help smokers give up the habit

Kicking the cigarette habit is no picnic. It’s a full-on resistance effort against an overwhelming craving. That’s why smokers sometimes need more than will power alone to quit. Now a new device has been developed to add extra ammunition to the fight in the form of the SmartStop, an electronic wearable from U.S.-based Chrono Therapeutics that takes nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) to a new level and adds behavioral support, thanks to the possibilities of digital, wireless technology.  Read More

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