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Talk is an augmentative and alternative communication device that allows people to spell o...

For people with disabilities that affect their ability to speak, communicating with others can be very difficult. A new device known as Talk, however, is designed to help such people to do so. It senses dots and dashes made by the person using their breath, in order to spell out words.  Read More

Jibo is claimed to be the world’s first 'family robot'

Looking like a cross between Pixar’s Luxo Jr lamp and Apple’s iMac G4, Jibo is an interactive electronic buddy that is touted as the "world’s first family robot." Designed to engage with people in a human-like way, Jibo takes on various roles around the house including mail deliverer, environment controller, storyteller, telepresence device, event reminder, and cameraman.  Read More

SandPiper is designed as a cheaper alternative to the spirometer, a device that allows tho...

The smartphone has given rise to countless new ways to monitor our health. Whether its testing one's eyesight, monitoring our mood swings or getting a feel for our fitness, there are a growing number of devices and apps to help keep tabs on our wellbeing. SandPiper is the latest in a line of smartphone-centric health solutions and is designed as a cheaper alternative to conventional lung monitoring devices.  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

GOkey is a keyring, charger, cable, locator and memory stick all in one

Many attempts to make the humble keyring even more useful simply add one extra feature, two at most. The GOkey's ability to charge your phone, connect your devices, find your keys or phone and store your data must surely make it one of the most feature-loaded keyrings around.  Read More

The Zolo power and protection pack promises a battery backup, case, and cables for a low p...

Cases for smartphones are nothing new. Neither are backup batteries meant to keep phones juiced up when on the go. What is new, though, is ability to get a package that includes a case, battery backup, and cable for US$20. That's what Zolo is promising with its new accessory system.  Read More

Safelet is designed to look like a normal bracelet, but it has the capacity to stop a viol...

Sexual violence is sadly still a problem facing (mostly) women in countries around the world. The statistics regarding the number of cases is shocking, but the effect that it has on all women, whether victims or otherwise, is likewise depressing. Safelet aims to make the world a safer place, and foster a feeling of security for people wearing this "alarming" (in both the figurative and literal senses) bracelet.  Read More

The TrackR bravo is a two-way item-tracking device

If you have a tendency to misplace belongings, then an item-tracking device may be just the thing you need. The new TrackR bravo is one such device. It can be used with its mobile app as a means of locating items to which it is attached, and will even help to find a misplaced phone by ringing it.  Read More

The EzeeCube is a new private home cloud device that automatically backs up videos, photos...

As our recent Cloud storage comparison guide demonstrated, there are plenty of options for storing your photos and videos with an online storage provider, such as Google or Dropbox. A private, home-based cloud can provide more control, better security and home-integration options, though. EzeeCube is a new home cloud hub that aims to do just that.  Read More

NewViewWear shirts and jackets feature their own tiny camera

Something we're seeing more of these days are wearable lifelogging cameras, designed to record every moment of our lives. We recently saw the ParaShoot hit the market, and now its creators are introducing NewViewWear – a line of clothing that accommodates an included lifelogging camera.  Read More

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