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PicoBrew’s Zymatic Beer Making Machine Made A Brewer Out Of A Noob Like Me

Zymatic by PicoBrew PicoBrew is a beer-centered startup in Seattle, founded by brothers Bill and Jim Mitchell and Avi Geiger. The machine at the heart of their operation is The Zymatic—an apparatus that simplifies beer-making by reducing the need to monitor the cooking process of creating Wort (unfermented beer). Did their device turn a beer drinker like me, with zero brewing experience, into a beer maker? Read More

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Jay Donovan

July 3rd

Gadgets

Four Japanese Startups Visit Me At The Bates Motel During SXSW 2015

exiii Operating out of Room #4 at the Bates Motel at SXSW 2015 (this is another story), I got the opportunity to interview a few fascinating startups that traveled from Tokyo to Austin, TX over the weekend to show their hardware-based concepts. During a rapid-fire demo session, I was able to see eight different startups and four really struck me as doing some novel work. Read More

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Jay Donovan

March 18th

Gadgets

Metaio’s Thermal Touch Gets A Little Bit Smaller At MWC 2015

metaioThermal1 We first reported on Metaio’s Thermal Touch concept for Augmented Reality (AR) interface control last spring. Still in its infancy, the concept relies on thermal imaging cameras to track residual heat your body leaves on surfaces that it touches and uses those heat signatures to control AR interfaces. The next concept version demoing this week at the Mobile World Congress is now… Read More

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Jay Donovan

March 2nd

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This Entrepreneur Quit His Day Job To Make A Little Rubber Thing For Your Headphones

Spoolee A cursory search under “headphone management” will bring up virtually hundreds of products. Spoolee’s novel contribution to the category is a twig adrift in an ocean of competition. This seems like a small and unusual product for us to cover but there are three things that make this product stand out and that are worth mentioning: Read More

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Jay Donovan

January 24th

Gadgets

Metaio’s Thermal Touch And The Future Of Augmented Reality User Interfaces

Metaio is demoing a new possible future in the evolutionary path for input control of wearable computing devices and it should be no surprise that Augmented Reality plays a role. There is a known UI problem with which many software and hardware makers have grappled: What is the best way to interact with the HUD (heads up display) and to control it, for example, if you are looking at a… Read More

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Jay Donovan

May 22nd

Gadgets

Metaio’s Thermal Touch And The Future Of Augmented Reality User Interfaces

Metaio is demoing a new possible future in the evolutionary path for input control of wearable computing devices and it should be no surprise that Augmented Reality plays a role. There is a known UI problem with which many software and hardware makers have grappled: What is the best way to interact with the HUD (heads up display) and to control it, for example, if you are looking at a… Read More

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Jay Donovan

May 22nd

Gadgets

Correlated Magnetics Research Brings MaxField Polymagnets To A Wall Near You

We first told you about Correlated Magnetics Research's programmable magnets last year. The company's patented technology allows them to flexibly control the magnetic field shape of the magnets they create. In essence, the company can program the north/south polarity of the magnets as though they are "printing" it on them. It allows for many different configurations and has many industrial… Read More

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Jay Donovan

April 1st

Gadgets

The Eye Tribe’s Strategy Is Larger Than Their $99 Eye Tracking Hardware Unit

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Jay Donovan

September 13th

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The Eye Tribe’s Strategy Is Larger Than Their $99 Eye Tracking Hardware Unit

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Jay Donovan

September 13th

Gadgets

Like Us Network, A Pacemaker, Mark Cuban, And A Vending Machine: A Mobile Payments Journey

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Jay Donovan

September 11th

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