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  • Droplet reminds users to take meds, feed the dog using the Cloud

    Monotonous tasks are easy to forget because our brains are meant to be constantly entertained and challenged, but boredom is necessary. No, I'm not talking about watching Keeping Up With The Kardashians while pondering the meaning of life, I'm talking about those tasks that are detrimental to our daily lives that often go forgotten. Taking pills on time, remembering to put the trash out and feeding Fred the goldfish (poor Fred) can easily fall from memory, but a new Kickstarter project called Droplet is aiming to keep Fred healthy and your tasks completed. While it might seem a bit esoteric at...

  • Meld turns your hob into a smart, automated cooking system

    I'm suddenly hungry, and I blame Kickstarter. There seems to be a never-ending line innovators hell-bent on disrupting one of humankind's age old faffs -- cooking. Meld is the next project on the list, but it is one of the most interesting. Perhaps Meld's most advantageous feature is its familiarity. There isn't really anything different when preparing (and catastrophically ruining) your meal without Meld than with, except perhaps when you look down at the stove you're using, or when you completely forget about your dish simmering away. Meld replaces your stove's heat knob and places its own smart unit in its place....

  • Battery-free exoboot makes hiking a walk in the park

    Let’s face it, walking is a burden many of us in the digital age would love to see disappear. I mean, raising one foot in front of the other for mobility is so, well, yesterday. In truth, the exoboot is designed not for the purposes of alleviating some sort of feigned burden of walking, but rather for those either suffering from a physical disability and need help during their period of rehabilitation or for avid sports enthusiasts and soldiers tasked with being on their feet for extended periods of time. Exoboot: unpowered Researchers at Carnegie Mellon and North Carolina University have designed an...

  • Beefier Raspberry Pi 2 packs more muscle for the same price [update]

    Update: Not only will the updated Raspberry Pi 2 pack more power, according to its creators, it will be fast enough to run Microsoft's upcoming Windows 10 operating system. Microsoft's drive towards planting Windows 10 on seemingly every device has gone down a treat thus far, and the Pi will be supported by an upcoming free version of the OS. This essentially means that users can have a full Windows 10 PC for just US$35. For now, there is no word on what version of the OS will feature on the system, but this certainly looks promising for both Microsoft...

  • Leatherman’s stylish and clever Tread bracelet has 25 DIY features

    Leatherman, the company that's responsible for those multitool pocket knives and tools your dad give you on your birthday, has unveiled another pretty awesome tool -- a multifunctional bracelet. The stylish wearable marks the first move for the company to go into the wearable -- and thus fashion -- scene. Although not as smart in the tech sense of the term, the device is clever nonetheless. The stainless steel bracelet, dubbed the Tread, carries 25 different features, from box wrenches to screwdrivers. Leatherman's president Ben Rivera explains that the idea came to him while he was on a trip to...

  • Exoskeleton hand lets you interact with the virtual world

    The first thing I thought of when I saw video demonstrations of Dexmo, an exoskeleton hand that uses force feedback to remotely control a virtual hand, is the movie Elysium. In that film, Matt Damon wears an exoskeleton over his entire body that gives him extra-human strength and the ultimate result is free health care for everyone in the dystopian future. The makers of Dexmo, Dexta Robotics, claim the device can be used for more modest and practical purposes than saving the world Hollywood-style. The self-described collective of “hardcore roboticists” made a demonstration video that shows the virtual hand being...

  • Raspberry Pi founder teases official 7″ touchscreen, updated A+ board

    It's not too difficult to understand why, but Raspberry Pi micro-computing boards are still selling like chocolate eclairs at a school cake sale. By now, most new devices fade into the background to some degree, but here they are, as fresh as ever. And they're about to get even fresher. Showcased at TechCrunch's Disrupt in London this week, Eben Upton -- the Pi's founder and spirit animal -- unveiled a new touchscreen display for the company's three boards and announced an upcoming, updated A+ board. We're excited. Why? Well, because people can now build Raspberry Pi-based tablets for funsies. They won't...

  • This Hendo hoverboard is very real, could be yours for a massive $10k

    Hoverboards are stuff from Back to the Future Part II, right? This might be starting to change as a startup, called Arx Pax from California, have recently discovered. The board doesn't hover in the traditional sense (by traditional, I mean Back to the Future-style plastic skateboard). Similar to magnetic rails used in Shanghai, China, the hoverboard relies on a copper field which pushes the board away from the surface. This means that you need to stay on a copper or aluminium fields, and won't be able to scale mountains, cityscapes and rivers. The so-called Hendo board floats 1-inch (about 2.5 centimetres)...

  • Pi-Top Indiegogo project lets users 3D-print their own Raspberry Pi laptop

    It's mind-boggling considering just how many projects find their foundations in the Raspberry Pi micro-computer. From home-rolled custom media centres to Kickstarter home automation kits, the Pi's uses are seemingly endless. But until now, no one has really given the Pi its own set of wings yet, making it fully portable. The Pi-Top -- a Raspberry Pi-based DIY laptop -- is the next stage of Pi crowdfunding frontiers it seems, and one of the coolest gadgets we've seen for quite some time. At US$249, it's not cheap by any means considering that many laptops can rival it profusely at its...

  • Will.i.am launches smartwatch this week: makes calls, plays music, don’t need no smartphone

    We're really not sure what to make of Will.i.am (or William Adams Jr., of Black-Eyed Peas fame) and his technology fetish any more. After co-developing Beats with Jummy Iovine and Dr. Dre all these years, launching his custom 3D-printer, designing a bespoke Lexus NX and selling a good few million records, Adams has now set his sights on the enormous wearables market and, more specifically, smartwatches. Hilariously, as a face-slap to Beats' new owner Apple, Adams plans to launch the watch on 7Digital's network at the same time as Apple's iPad launch this Thursday. Best of luck trying to compete...