Items tagged with Indiegogo

Have you ever been lost, needed to use the restroom, or wanted to order a drink in a foreign country, but did not speak the native language? You may never need to struggle with language illiteracy again. New York-based company Waverly Labs has announced the Pilot, the first smart earpiece which translates between users speaking different languages. The translator was invented by founder Andrew Ochoa who said he had the idea for it “after meeting a French girl” and wanting to communicate with her clearly. Ochoa stated, “It's the dream, you know? A life untethered, free of language barriers. It's... Read more...
A new Indiegogo campaign is looking to make smartwatches a bit more pervasive in our modern lives. The CoWatch leverages the powerful Alexa Voice Services (AVS) platform, which is a first for a smartwatch. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen some rather intriguing third-party devices with Alexa power; look no further than the Raspberry Pi-Powered Echo smart speaker. “Speak, and CoWatch shall listen. Integrating Amazon Alexa, ask questions, order an Uber, organize your life - all with the power of your voice,” states IMCO, the company behind the CoWatch. Unfortunately, it’s not stated how... Read more...
For human beings and the vast majority of living organisms, oxygen is a good thing. The same can't be said for wine, the delicious, intoxicating nectar that begins degrading in quality the moment you pop the cork. That's a real problem if you have a discerning tongue and drink wine by the glass, not the bottle (or box). The solution? A smart bottle developed by Kuvée, a Boston-based startup. Kuvée's smart wine bottle solution is drawing inevitable comparisons to Kuerig, The system consists of a special decanter with a patented valve system that keeps oxygen from touching the wine. According to... Read more...
Whether it's barking commands to Siri (or Cortana or Google Now) on our smartphones or interacting with Amazon's Echo speaker, digital assistants are all over the place. You can go ahead and add another one to the mix. Meet Ivee, "the first multi-room voice assistant for the home" that draws inevitable comparisons to Echo. Ivee is available to pre-order for $99 through crowdfunding site Indiegogo. That's just over half the price of Amazon Echo, which sells for $180. If you buy two (or more), you can put your Ivee speakers in different rooms for convenient access or to let little Johnny know it's... Read more...
I may have been wrong about the wearables market. Here's the thing, I still don't think smartwatches are the the next big thing, to borrow a line from Samsung, and I don't see fitness bands being the thing that companies like Apple and Google throw their full weight behind. But what I hadn't considered is that "sex sells" and that of course someone would come up with a wearable for wee wees.1 How lovely. Actually, make that Lovely, with a capital "L" to describe the smart wearable sex toy for couples. That's how it's being pitched on crowdfunding site Indiegogo, where the goal is to reach $95,000.... Read more...
Despite the tablet market being oversaturated, the Jolla tablet has gained quite a bit of attention. Built around the open source Sailfish OS, the Jolla Tablet’s Indiegogo campaign had a goal of $380,000 that was quickly reached. But since passing the $1 million mark, the company has added three stretch goals to its crowdfunding campaign.At the time of this article’s publication, the Indiegogo campaign has reached $1.3 million with the first stretch goal set at $1.5 million. Once that first stretch goal has been reached, Jolla will upgrade every tablet to support microSDHC cards up to 128GB. The... Read more...
It's not as though the tablet market is starving for platforms, and while it's an uphill battle trying to take on established competitors like Android and iOS, Finnish smartphone startup Jolla will give it the ol' college try. Meet the "Jolla Tablet," a hardware device built around the company's open source Sailfish OS, which is one of several reasons why it's so intriguing. Billed as the world's first crowdsourced tablet, Jolla surpassed its funding goal of $380,000 on Indiegogo within a mere two hours. The tally currently sits at over $580,000 after a single day with 21 days left to go, an indicator... Read more...
Does the squeaky wheel get the grease or does the nail that stands up get hammered down? While scholars and fans of idioms debate which is the more likely outcome, a pair of interns at the New Mexico-based ad agency McKee Wallwork & Co. are going all-in with the former in an attempt to harass urge Valve into making Half Life 3. The ambitious ad execs started up a a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to raise money for a series of tactics designed to get Valve's attention and drive home the point that gamers want -- nay, demand! -- that it finally develop and publish Half Life 3. How exactly... Read more...
We can all agree that cancer sucks, right? Well, let's do something about it! Wondering how? Just follow Will Ferrell's lead. Yes, that Will Ferrell, the hilarious star of Anchorman, Step Brothers, and several other flicks, not to mention various TV show cameos and online skits. Here's the thing -- Will Ferrell hates cancer, but he loves video games. That being the case, the only logical thing to do is to raise money by playing games to kick cancer's tail. Here's where things get interesting. By donating to the cause -- check out Will Ferrell's Indiegogo page -- you have a shot at playing games... Read more...
A company called New Matter has developed an inexpensive 3D printer called the MOD-t that aims to bring 3D printing into the average home. It will cost just $249--although if you snag an Indiegogo bundle you could pay as little as $149 or $199--and it’s designed so that you have to do essentially zero calibration on your own. However, New Matter has bigger aims than simply a cheap 3D printer; the company is trying to build an end-to-end vertical integration ecosystem around its MOD-t. The paradigm it’s using looks very much like what Apple did with the iPhone and App Store years ago.... Read more...
Inspired by Lego, a small team has developed TinkerBots, which are building blocks that you (er, your children) can use to create robotic toys. They’re designed to let you create whatever you want without necessarily locking you into a specific end product. The heart and brain of TinkerBots is the red cube Power Brain, which contains the battery, Bluetooth 4.0, a speaker, an Arduino microcontroller, serial bus interface, USB charging port, a gyro and ACC sensors, and the button interface. There are other cubes, including a motor, a pivot, a twister, a grabber, IR sensor, light sensor, wheels,... Read more...
It's taken some time for hardware to gain an edge over software, and now that it's happened (for the most part, anyway), we're seeing a shift in the market place towards smaller computing devices. The mini PC movement has already begun, and whereas it may not have been possible to build a handheld-sized system capable of running all your programs smoothly, such a luxury has become a reality, which in turn is leading to unique form factors and configurations. One example is the Tango PC, billed as the "world's smallest most powerful PC." Tango PC's crowd funding campaign on Indiegogo has already... Read more...
Have you ever wondered what your dog is trying to say when he gives you a funny look? A unique Indiegogo campaign for "No More Woof" seeks to solve that problem by translating your dog's thought patterns into English so you know exactly what Fido is thinking. The way it goes about this is by using Electroencephalogram (EEG) to analyze animal thought patterns, which are then spelled out in human language using a loudspeaker. Campaign details are a little fuzzy and the developers are very upfront about the fact that this isn't a finished product, but a work in progress that it hopes to finish with... Read more...
MakerBot debuted its Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner, an intriguing machine that costs $1,400, but an upstart competitor is working on a device called the Rubicon 3D Scanner that will cost a mere $200. The Rubicon uses a webcam (which is not actually included with the scanner) that takes a series of photos with the device’s lasers on and off; the turntable rotates 0.45 degrees 800 times to get the full image, and the whole process takes about 3 minutes. It can accommodate objects as large as 160mm in diameter and 250mm in height. The fellow behind the project, Robert Mikelson, appears to have... Read more...
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