No matter how many new forms of technology we come up with for writing,
pen and paper always seems to have a place. It's with this in mind that
smart pens like LiveScribe and the Neo Smartpen N2
have come into use. Now, a new device called Paper4Everyone aims to
take the idea of a connected pen a step further by adding in a
While mega names like Samsung and Apple still dominate the smartphone world, another upstart is trying to play David to those techno-Goliaths and fund its own flagship phone via Kickstarter. The Ubik Uno promises to deliver impressive specs at affordable prices, with an edge-to-edge display (horizontally) to boot.
The Wearsafe Tag is a small, simple accessory designed to let smartphone users quickly and subtly communicate their whereabouts to friends and family. Currently looking for Kickstarter funding, it's designed to give users an extra layer of security, and can even push audio picked up from a connected smartphone to contacts.
Preparing food in the kitchen can be a messy and cluttered task. Conscious of this, two German brothers have design a chopping board that seeks to bring order to the kitchen. The Frankfurter Brett has extensible brackets into which kitchen containers can be slotted.
Smart LED lightbulbs typically let you change their color. Some provide
more advanced functionality, like simple automation. The new Ilumi
smartbulb, however, has a host of features that make it far more
versatile than others. It's also said to be brighter and more energy
Last November we first heard about MagLOCK pedals – clipless mountain bike pedals that use magnets instead of springs to keep the rider's feet attached, and that can also be used as regular platform pedals. The product fell short of its crowdfunding goal, perhaps because the pedals were kind of clunky, but MagLOCK designer Dave Williams is now back on Kickstarter with a sleeker, lighter and less expensive version.
When the power goes out, modern life is thrown into disarray. But thanks to a new Kickstarter project you may not have to worry about your smartphone dying before the electricity comes back on. The Candle Charger is described as an "indoor power plant for smartphones," providing USB charging capabilities with just a candle and five ounces of water.
If you're like a lot of people, every so often you'll find yourself
needing a screwdriver without having one to hand. The Titanium Pocket
Bit is a satisfying solution to that problem. It's a tiny, double-ended
screwdriver on a keyring that is genuinely unobtrusive and and has a
wealth of potential uses.
Slovenian brothers Luka and David Dolinšek have joined forces with their father Jure to create a foldable and eco-friendly boat. Following in the footsteps of the Quickboat, Foldaboat and Transporter, the Origo boat comes flat packed, enabling users to transport it directly to the beach or lake before assembling it in under 15 minutes. The family team is currently launching the innovative boat concept through a Kickstarter campaign to bring Origo into full production.
Arduino is a great platform for those wanting to get into both software and hardware development, but incorporating voice commands into these projects is not without its challenges. MOVI is a standalone speech recognition unit with full sentence capability that aims to make this task straightforward.