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The Sync Smartband Is A Health And Location Tracking Device For Both Kids And Grown-Ups

20140708093322-digitalzone2 Wearables for kids are coming. A company called ActvContent is today launching the Sync smartband, which was initially aimed at parents looking to keep track of their wandering children. Today, as the product goes live on Indiegogo, the company is broadening its focus to appeal to families and adults as well, with a variety of health tracking functions, including a fitness tracker and sleep… Read More

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Sarah Perez

July 23rd

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Emberlight Turns Any Dimmable Bulb Into A “Smart” Light You Control With Your Phone

10514493_1519409148275154_4006428533086134607_n Smart light bulbs – like the Philips’ Hue connected bulbs or those from LG, GE or Samsung – are an easy jumping off point for those wanted to experiment in the “connected home” arena without the complexity or costs involved with the installation of a full “smart home” system. But even still, those bulbs aren’t cheap: A 3-bulb starter pack of… Read More

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Sarah Perez

July 22nd

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Forget Wristbands, FreeWavz Brings Fitness Monitoring To Your Earphones

00cbd0f76adb55e2724a1670d4b1013e_large Health and fitness monitoring is a popular function in many of today’s wristband wearables like the Fitbit or Jawbone UP, for example, but a new company called FreeWavz wants to bring those features and more to a different form factor: earphones. FreeWavz‘s bluetooth-connected earphones offer wireless connectivity to your streaming music, as well as a step counter, plus heart rate… Read More

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Sarah Perez

July 21st

Gadgets

Robin, A Company Enabling Sensor-Powered Smart Offices, Raises $1.4 Million

phone-room Imagine walking into a room, having it recognize you, then customize itself to your particular preferences. That’s not the future — it’s happening now thanks to an up-and-coming startup called Robin, which provides a “software layer for office buildings.” The Boston-based company has raised a $1.4 million seed round from Atlas Venture, Deep Fork Capital,… Read More

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Sarah Perez

July 7th

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Android Wear Gets Its Own Companion App, Plus A Dedicated Section In Google Play’s App Store

android-wear-hero Android Wear, Google’s new smartwatch platform powering wrist-computers like the LG G, Samsung Gear Live, and Moto 360, now has its own companion application. The app, also called Android Wear for simplicity’s sake (?), is available from the Google Play app store, allowing watch owners to configure various settings and voice actions on their device. The app today offers some… Read More

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Sarah Perez

July 3rd

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Mobile

Kudoso Is A Router That Rewards Your Kids With Facebook Time For Studying, Doing Chores

kudoso American children spend five to seven hours per day staring at screens, TV and otherwise, according to data published by the National Institutes of Health. This leads to increased risks of weight gain and obesity, anxiety, depression, and inability to sleep, studies have found. But parental controls – and really, a better understanding of how to manage children’s screen time… Read More

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Sarah Perez

July 1st

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Google I/O Attendees Gifted Brand-New Android Wear Smartwatches

IMG_0273 Get ready to be jealous, Google fans. Google I/O attendees will walk away from this week’s annual developer conference with some brand-new Android Wear-powered smartwatches. They’ll be able to choose between one of the new Android Wear watches introduced earlier today, including the Samsung Gear Live or LG G3 Android Wear. In addition, they’ll also receive the forthcoming… Read More

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Sarah Perez

June 25th

Gadgets

Invention Machine Quirky Spins Out “Wink,” A New Business Focused On The Connected Home

quirky-display New York-based “invention machine” Quirky, a company which turns crowdsourced ideas into real-world products you can buy like this popular flexible power strip, these connected milk jugs and egg cartons, and even app-connected air conditioners built in partnership with GE, is now venturing further into the “smart home” space with the spin-out of a separate company… Read More

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Sarah Perez

June 23rd

Gadgets

Amazon Courts Fire Phone Developers With $15,000 In “Amazon Coins”

IMG_4408 When Microsoft needed to convince developers to build mobile apps for its Windows Phone 8 platform, it took a familiar path: it offered them money to do so. Amazon, however, is going a different route – at least, for now. Instead of outright paying developers to update their apps to work with its newly launched smartphone, the Fire Phone, Amazon is offering up to $15,000 in… Read More

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Sarah Perez

June 20th

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Mobile

Amazon’s Fire Phone Introduces Firefly, A Feature That Lets You Identify (And Buy!) Things You See In The Real World

IMG_4446 With the debut of the Amazon Fire Phone this afternoon, the company introduced a new feature called Firefly, which is largely designed to let you identify — and then, of course, buy — things you see out in the real world. Firefly takes advantage of the smartphone’s camera to let you identify things like phone numbers, movies, books, games, CDs, food and more just by pointing… Read More

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Sarah Perez

June 18th

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