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Starfish Aims To Prevent Accidental Heatstroke Deaths By Alerting Parents To Children Left In Cars

Screen Shot 2014-08-29 at 12.11.32 PM New, first-time parents are terrified that they’re going to somehow accidentally hurt their baby – they will drop the child, or hit that weird soft spot on the baby’s head. Or maybe they’ll forget to put the baby on their back to sleep, and they will die of SIDS. A new breed of startups and “baby tech” gadgetry now caters to these fears, selling… Read More

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Sarah Perez

August 29th

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Findster’s GPS Tracker Locates Missing Kids Or Pets, Without A Monthly Fee

20140519041052-Kids01 There are a number of gadgets, both new and old, that allow parents to geo-locate their children – or let puppy parents track down a wandering Fido – but many of these either fall short of the task at hand by relying on Bluetooth alone, or require a monthly fee, like the FiLIP smartwatch for kids or the Amber Alert GPS, for instance. A new gadget now in the works… Read More

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Sarah Perez

August 28th

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Despite FAA Setbacks, Amazon Prime Air Makes Notable Engineering, NASA And Aerospace Hires

prime-air_high-resolution03-1024x527 Something big is going on with Amazon Prime Air, the e-commerce giant’s research project focused on delivering packages in 30 minutes or less using unmanned drones. And it’s not the dubious story about drone testing in India, which frankly, doesn’t pass the sniff test in terms of accuracy. Prime Air is shaping up to be more than a marketing stunt, it seems. The company… Read More

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Sarah Perez

August 20th

Gadgets

The Hug, A Water Bottle Sensor And App, Helps You Stay Hydrated

The Hug_office Everyone knows they should be drinking more water to stay healthy and hydrated, but actually remembering to do so can be a challenge. In fact, 43% of Americans drink four cups or fewer per day, according a 2012 study from the Center for Disease Control. That’s where The Hug, now on Kickstarter, comes in. The Hug solution includes a sensor band that wraps around just about any water bottle… Read More

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Sarah Perez

August 5th

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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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Mobile

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

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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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