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Electronics

Ant-sized radios could help connect trillions of devices to the Internet of Things

A team of researchers from Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley, has created prototype radio-on-a-chip communications devices that are powered by ambient radio waves. Comprising receiving and transmitting antennas and a central processor, the completely self-contained ant-sized devices are very cheap to manufacture, don't require batteries to run and could give the "Internet of Things" (IoT) a serious kick start. Read More

Good Thinking

findbox scanner helps shoppers find what they're looking for

Scanning shop shelf after shop shelf in the search for that elusive item can be a frustrating task, particularly if it turns out the item is out of stock. This isn’t just annoying, but it can also mean lost sales as customers leave without buying anything at all. In a bid to help both customers and shopkeepers, Germany-based findbox GmbH has developed the findbox, a kiosk-like device that scans items and packaging, lets shoppers know if a replacement is in the shop and guides them to the right peg.Read More

Around The Home

D-Link breaks into the smart home market with mydlink Home

Many see home automation as the next big thing in the consumer electronics space and D-Link is keen to plant a flag in the emerging connected smart home with its new mydlink Home range of smart devices. The line includes five modules aimed at letting homeowners control technology around the home using a smartphone or tablet, be it from the comfort of the sofa or when out and about. Read More

Smartwatches

Apple Watch is the long-rumored iWatch

It's official. Apple is making a smart watch called simply "Apple Watch," but you're going to have to wait for the opportunity to pay at least $349 for one until early next year. If the Apple Watch works as well as the company claimed during its lengthy unveiling on Tuesday, it just may be worth the wait. Read More

Wearables

The Moto 360: Hands on with the "reinvention of the modern timepiece"

When we first learned that Motorola had a round face Android Wear smart watch in the works a few months ago, it seemed like a wearable worth waiting for. As of today, the Moto 360 is officially a reality and available in the US, but the competition has started to catch up. Fortunately, Gizmag was among the first outlets to spend some hands on time with the Moto 360 at Motorola headquarters in Chicago on Thursday and I've also been able to put a review unit to good use in the real world. So far, it appears this could be the timepiece we've been waiting for since, well... since the beginning of time. Read More

Music

Aalberg's wireless guitar effects control revolution hits Indiegogo

Norway's Aalberg Audio has developed what's billed as the world’s first remote-controlled effects pedal for electric guitars. The first part of the equation is a delay pedal named Ekko that's cabled up somewhere between the guitar and amp pretty much like any other floor stomp. Things get interesting when its Aero companion enters the picture, which can be mounted onto a guitar or attached to a strap or belt and wirelessly controls the Ekko effects on the fly.Read More

Sports

Leif electric skateboard carves on the asphalt like it's on snow

Since we began covering new technology and hardware in 2002, one of the most prevailing trends in sports has been the skateboard that rides more like a snowboard/surfboard. Apparently no one has gotten it quite right (or there's a good deal of money to be made), because it pops up again and again, going back so far as the StreetCarver from none other than BMW, right through recent designs like Swing Blade and Lean Board. Another major skateboard trend during that time has been the electrified skateboard, exemplified by products like the Marbel Board and Yuneec E-Go. The all-new Leif skateboard digs a niche between those two categories by offering a snowboard-inspired ride that's sharpened by an electric driveline. Call it an electric snowboard for the streets. Read More

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