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  • Apple HomePod vs Amazon Echo vs Google Home

    Apple's HomePod is the latest new addition to the company product lineup, being a smart speaker for the household. However, the company is far from the first to bring this tech to the market, with Amazon's Echo and Google's Home speakers also available. How does it compare then? Audio capabilities When it comes to sound, Apple is positioning the HomePod as an audio powerhouse, packing a "high excursion woofer" and custom amp pairing, as well as seven tweeters. Meanwhile, Amazon's product page lists a 2.5-inch woofer and one 2-inch tweeter. A case of less is more? Probably not. Google merely lists a "high excursion...

  • Amazon Echo Show: because voice commands aren’t enough?

    Amazon's Echo is a rather cool idea, beating Google Home to the smart speaker mark. The idea for these boxes is simple, as you merely speak to them (via Alexa or Google Assistant respectively) to get your information, play music and more. Now, Amazon has revealed another interesting device in the range, called the Echo Show, featuring a 7-inch touchscreen and Intel Atom X5 chip. The online retail behemoth is still marketing the device for its voice commands, but adds that video content can now be consumed too. "Echo Show brings you everything you love about Alexa, and now she can...

  • Wonder Wallet: a smart wallet with e-ink display exists

    A South Korean startup has announced that it's successfully funded full development of an e-ink wallet on Kickstarter. The Wonder Wallet has an e-ink display, offering a variety of functions as well. "From customisable exterior to time/location based smart functions, Wonder Wallet utilises every possibility of E-paper display to bring a whole new experience to an everyday product," the team behind the wallet says in an emailed statement. The Wonder Wallet probably won't be the most popular wallet ever, but it seems cool nonetheless Going into more detail, the team adds that the wallet can store up to ten images for display without a smartphone being...

  • This company is bringing the fitness tracker to wheelchair users

    This is pretty cool. Chaotic Moon Studios, an Austin-based tech startup, is developing a fitness tracker for wheelchairs. Called the Freewheel, the tracker was developed by Chaotic Moon’s BASE innovation lab and is the result of a suggestion put forward by Tyler Hively, a content strategist at the company who uses a wheelchair himself. According to TechCrunch, the team continued to consult with Hively during the product's development. The Freewheel reportedly uses Hall Effect Sensors,a barometer, a gyroscope and an accelerometer to measure things such as speed, acceleration, incline, and decline. Read more: 5 useful but fashionable fitness gadgets...

  • Flexible smartphone mount GEKKOPOD funded in 12 hours on Kickstarter

    It's always difficult finding a decent mount for your camera or smartphone. Most of the packed-in ones aren't worth the plastic they're made from while others fall over on any surface. Zuckerim Studio thinks they have the answer with GEKKOPOD. GEKKOPOD has been designed as a flexible and easy-to-use stand. It's five limbs are modeled after a lizard's hand in order to give maximum grip and stability. Due to its flexible design, the GEKKOPOD can wrap around almost any surface, such as a stick or wire fencing -- perfect for those sheep selfies on the farm. Included with the device is...

  • 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...