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The multi-functional Balldur is a Swiss Army lamp

balldur_h2 At its minimalist worst, the Balldur is a cool looking lamp. Smooth wood and ceramic with a bulb that would make Thomas Edison proud, the Balldur (whatever that means) feels like an artifact from a Terry Gilliam movie—and that my friends is a good thing. In some ways, it is also reminiscent of boutique guitar amplifiers. In short, it is nice looking. Read More

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Jay Donovan

September 23rd

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The Basslet wearable subwoofer delivers beats and basslines directly to your body

Basslet_02 I first tried on a prototype of the Basslet wearable subwoofer at SXSW 2016. Built by a Berlin startup called Lofelt and headed by CEO/cofounder Daniel Büttner and CTO/cofounder Gwydion ap Dafydd (ex-Ableton and Native Instruments leaders respectively) the Basslet has a strange appeal that I didn’t expect I would like and that I recognized as missing the minute I took it off. Read More

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Jay Donovan

June 21st

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A device called the Remo spots a market for automating wall mount air conditioners

nature1 I’m usually cautious about Kickstarter campaigns, but when the data looks right I’m encouraged to peer deeper. Haruumi Shiode reached out to me with his CleanTech concept for a product called the Remo (which remotely controls wall unit air conditioners), and I have to admit the numbers looked interesting even though this is a business model I would have never considered. Living… Read More

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Jay Donovan

June 16th

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Lumus secures $15 million to expand their augmented reality optical display capabilities

Lumus Lumus—makers of transparent near-to-eye displays for augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR)—announced this morning that they have secured $15 million in a Series B round, led by global private investment firm Shanda Group and also by Crystal-Optech, a Chinese optical imaging company. Read More

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Jay Donovan

June 15th

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The average age for a child getting their first smartphone is now 10.3 years

child with smartphone This week I ended up with an advance copy of Influence Central’s new report called Kids & Tech: The Evolution of Today’s Digital Natives. The report details the way kids are using technology and reveals some interesting insights including that the average age for a child getting their first smartphone is now 10.3 years of age and that tablets are kids’ device of… Read More

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Jay Donovan

May 19th

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Plug the Fathom Neural Compute Stick into any USB device to make it smarter

fathom-movidius Movidius has incorporated their Myriad 2 processor into a new USB device called the Fathom Neural Compute Stick. You can plug the Fathom into any USB-capable device and that device can begin to react cognitively and make its own decisions based on its programming. The key point is it can do this all natively—right on the stick. No call to the cloud is necessary. Read More

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Jay Donovan

April 28th

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FLIR and Movidius create the smartest thermal camera out there

Boson-Myriad2-w-Thermal This morning FLIR Systems announced a new product—the Boson Thermal Core Camera. Regardless of product features, two things interest me about the launch of the Boson. One is the continued trend in miniaturization and its implications on interactive eyewear. The second is the fact that the Boson has a processor integrated directly into it. As a trend, this is called system-on-sensor. Read More

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Jay Donovan

April 18th

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Lully Launches The Sleep Guardian Plus To Reduce Night Terrors

lully1 When we last covered Lully, the YC-Backed startup had just announced the close of a $2.1 million seed round to begin building their flagship product called The Sleep Guardian. That product launched in June of 2015. Today they are launching an updated version—The Sleep Guardian Plus. Read More

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Jay Donovan

February 9th

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Las Vegas On Your Own Terms: A CES Recap

vegasleave What ended up being my favorite episode of CES 2016 was watching someone experience Las Vegas on their own terms. An avid gamer named @hardlyeverwrong was posting some frustration online about his hotel — the Luxor — that was preventing him from using his own PS4 in his hotel room. Below is his guide to bypassing the hotel television to use your own PS4 the next time you are in town Read More

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Jay Donovan

January 15th

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I Am Cardboard Showing Newly Funded DSCVR Headset AT CES

cardboard I Am Cardboard, makers of a variety of Google Cardboard viewers, recently delivered their new DSCVR Headset (pronounced “Discover”) after a recent, successful Kickstarter campaign. They are showing this new headset from the floor of the South Hall at CES 2016. Read More

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Jay Donovan

January 9th

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