Archive for the ‘Gadgets’ Category
Posted by Allison Boyer

iknife

Could a new smart surgery tool called the iKnife help save the lives of patients with cancer? 

Surgery and other medical processes are getting more advanced by the day, but a new knife takes the cake when it comes to “smart” tools in a hospital setting. According to reports on Mashable, and inventor at the Imperial College London is developing a tool known as iKnife, which is able to detect if a surgeon is cutting cancerous cells. As far as technology in hospitals goes, this is pretty cool because doctors will get real-time feedback instead of having to wait for biopsy results.

 
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Posted by Allison Boyer

click and grow smart garden

Click & Grow smart garden technology makes it easy to grow herbs and flowers indoors with very minimal effort on your part.

The idea of a “smart” garden is super attractive to me. I’ll be the first to admit that my thumb is closer to black than it is to green. Last year, in my attempts to grow some herbs for my kitchen, I killed mint. Yes, mint. For those of you out there who are not gardeners, mint is invasive, like a weed, and nearly impossible to kill. I found a way.

Yet, I do like fresh herbs and vegetables, so I’ve been looking for a solution to my natural plant-killing tendencies. A Click & Grow Smart Garden might be just what I need!

 
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Posted by Allison Boyer

Skydog is a new router and mobile app allowing you to optimize Internet performance and monitor how your family is spending time online.

Want to take back control of your family’s Internet usage? Check out the successfully-funded Kickstarter project Skydog.

Skydog is a new router and moblie app from PowerCloud Systems that allows you to see who is using the Internet and how. By using the mobile app, you can set up an alerts system, which is perfect for parents who want to ensure that their kids aren’t spending too much time online. Skydog can also help you analyze Internet performance so you can better handle problems as they arise.

 
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Posted by Allison Boyer

3doodler inventors

The 3Doodler is the first 3D printing pen in the world, making 3D printing affordable from the comfort of your own home for the first time.

3D printing technology has possible applications in just about every industry, from fashion to healthcare to automotive. But what if you could, in an affordable way, print your 3D creations from the comfort of your own home, much like we can print text documents or images now?

The first step in making personal at-home 3D printing affordable for consumers is here: 3Doodler, a cool new 3D printing pen from WobbleWorks.

 
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Posted by Allison Boyer

barman

The Barman is a new device for your home bar that makes pouring your favorite drinks, even complicated recipes, easy.

If you’re anything like me, you like hosting people at your house more than you like going out to the bar. The problem? Unless one of your guests is an experienced bartender the drinks are always either sub-par or require a lot of tedious measuring to make. Now, the Barman is available to help us homebodies pour the perfect drink every time. This project was recently successfully funded on Kickstarter and adds a little high-tech fun to any home bar!

 
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Posted by Allison Boyer

hapilabs hapifork

Move over smart phones. You can now pre-order a smart fork. And not only is the idea of a connected utensil cool, but HapiFork could actually help you lose weight.

HapiLabs, the makes of HapiFork, say that this product could help dieters by encouraging you to take your time during a meal. Research shows that our bodies take a little time to register feeling full and satisfied, so when you eat quickly, you’ll often eat more than you actually need. The HapiFork measures how long it takes you to eat, how many bites (“fork servings”) you take every minute, and how much time you take between bites. You can then upload this information to your computer dashboard so you can understand your habit and learn to slow down when eating.

 
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Posted by Allison Boyer

fuel cell phone charger

Thanks to a successfully funded Kickstarter campaign, emergency cell phone charging is about to get a whole lot…smaller! Instead of having to drag around a cord and find a power source or pack a bulky self-contained charger, we’ll soon be able to travel with a keyring charger that’s the size of a quarter to make sure you have some extra juice in case of an emergency.

 
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Posted by Allison Boyer

Back in 1997, just about every pre-teen girl (and lots of guys too) had a Tamagotchi or at least one of the knock-off brands of electronic pets. I was obsessed with mine until my parents made me get rid of it. Apparently, it’s really annoying to light sleepers when your pixelated cat is beep-meowing for food at three in the morning!

Now, you can relive the glory days of the mid-90s as the proud owner of a Tamagotchi once again. Tamagotchi L.i.f.e. is a new app available on iOS and Android that allows you to take care of a virtual pet just like you did in the good old days. The app is free, though there is an ad-free paid version available as well.

 
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Posted by Allison Boyer

stick-n-find trackers

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wished I could “call” my keys to find them, just like I do when I misplace my cell phone. Now, that’s actually a possibility (sort of). With Stick-N-Find Bluetooth stickers, you can track and find just about any item using your cell phone.

Stick-N-Find is about the size of a quarter, so you can stick it on almost anything, not just your key chain. You can set it to buzz or flash a light, and you can also have the complimentary phone app alert you when your sticker goes out of range.

 
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Posted by Hallie Lickteig

T-Mobile and Audi announced plans this week for affordable method for connecting to Internet to you Audi Connect compatible vehicle.

In a press release Monday, T-Mobile announced plans this week for a new way for drivers to connect internet to their vehicle. While the plan is extensive it will only currently be available in newer Audi vehicles as a part of the Audi Connect feature on select models.

Audi and T-Mobile are introducing the first plan of its kind. In the past, internet capable cars have relied heavily on user connected devices like their smartphones piggy-backing on the drivers data plan to support the system. This has proven a costly problem with shockingly high data charges.

 
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