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“Connected home” gadgets are all about giving you greater awareness and control over what’s happening in your crib. Most “internet of things” products for the home at targeted to specific uses, such as remote surveillance or heating control. Piper is…
We’ve seen earphones that double as health sensors, but they frequently require integrated (and sometimes bulky) equipment to get the job done. Bifrostec and the Kaiteki Institute have just solved that problem with processing technology that turns any pair of in-ears into a pulse wave sensor. The …
There are some 90 million homes in the U.S. without any security system whatsoever. Many of them are renters who don’t want to invest heavily in a place they don’t own, among hundreds of thousands of home owners who are simply priced out. There has never been a convenient, all-in-one system that could offer home security at an affordable rate, much less one you could pick up at the local Best Buy.
But that all changes with Canary, the latest crowd-funding sensation to hit Indiegogo. We caught up with NYC-based founder Adam Sager to discuss the project.
Canary is a little console, slightly smaller than the size of a paper towel roll, that’s packed with a host of sensors, a mic, and an HD camera.
For $ 200 down, this little guy will connect to the Wifi, sync with your phone, and constantly watch your home. I say watch, and not monitor, because Canary can only see as far as its sensors will allow, whereas most home security systems are wired in to monitor every crack and crevice of a home. Canary can only hear as far as the mic allows, or the camera sees, or the sensors can sense.
However, Sager believes that when you place the Canary in the central part of your home, near the front door perhaps or watching over the living room, that a real threat, like a burglar, will likely set off the Canary no matter where it enters from.
Plus, if you have a larger space or want added security, you can always link more than one Canary (up to four, Sager tells me).
Canary’s sensors include night vision, motion detection, temperature, air quality and humidity, along with a live feed to the HD camera at any given time. The phone will instantly alert the user whenever the home experiences a random change, like a temperature fluctuation or sudden movement.
But Canary is also smart enough to learn your home, sensing the difference between a burglary and a pet. It even understands when regularly scheduled events occur, like the arrival of a nanny or a dog walker at the same time each day, so that you don’t have a panic attack each time Rover needs to take a wizz.
Canary’s distribution model is different from any other home security system in that you will eventually be able to go pick one up at a local electronics store on the cheap. This has never really been available before, and the potential market is huge with 90 million homes completely unprotected and priced out of the alternatives.
Sager admits that margins on the hardware itself won’t be that high, but the plan is to offer value-added services like monitoring (delivered by a TBD third-party) for $ 10/month.
Canary has been on Indiegogo for four days, and has blown far beyond its $ 100k goal to be at $ 550k at the time of writing. It only took a few hours to reach $ 100k, according to Sager.
Most app developers have few incentives to build their own hardware, let alone the resources. With 25 million mobile users, Runtastic has both — so it only makes sense that the company is bringing a slate of complementary exercise gear to the US for the first time. The initial catalog won’t shock cyclists and runners who have ever toyed with tracking their progress, but it’s certainly complete. Along with Runtastic’s take on a GPS watch ($ 150), there’s also an app-friendly heart rate monitor ($ 70), a speed sensor ($ 60), an armband and a bike mount. While the peripherals only truly make sense for Runtastic loyalists, they’re available today through Amazon — and they might seal the deal for athletes who want a harmonious blend of hardware and software.
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MC10 may be best known for its wearable electronic devices aimed at athletes, however the business also makes a medical diagnostic sticker called a biostamp. Its developer (and MC10 co-founder), John Rogers has actually fine-tuned that design so that it’s not an elastomer sticker label– now he could use the biostamp’s thin, stretchy electronics straight on human skin, and bond it with commercially available spray-on bandage material. By losing the elastomer backing of the original biostamp and applying the circuits directly to the skin, Rogers and his group at the University of Illinois were able to shave the gadget’s density to 1/30th of the (currently quite thin) biostamp. That incredibly thin profile indicates it conforms even much better to the curves of human hide and makes it shower- and swim-proof during the 2 weeks it lasts before being naturally exfoliated with your skin.
For those unpracticed what the biostamp does, it’s a mesh of circuits and sensors that could tape-record electrophysiological information like skin temperature and hydration state of the individual. The new biostamp won’t be in your doctor’s device box any time quickly, nevertheless, as Rogers and his group are still refining the cordless power and interaction technologies it leverages. Naturally, when those problems are resolved, there’s a good chance we’ll see MC10 turning it into an industrial item.
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While house security systems are definitely making strides towards modernization, we haven’t seen many that look the part. Nevertheless, Sandbox Industries’ Scout may be the first estate defense choice that manages to gel with even the most swanky digs. Available in 3 trendy trims (black, white and wood), this cordless setup utilizes a base receiver that interacts with its safety sensor panels by means of your house’s network. Like most estate protection systems, Scout offers remote control and monitoring by means of pc or mobile device, however the big draw right here is its cosmetically pleasing devices and streamlined setup process.
Set to deliver in August, bundles start at $ 120 with additional à la carte acquisition options depending on your household’s needs. For those of you aiming to additional safe and secure your bunker, Scout’s hardware loads backup batteries in case of a power failure as well as an optional 3G-powered tracking service with plans beginning at $ 10 per month. Obviously, if you’re not feeling such a high-tech setup, you could possibly always put toy vehicles and Christmas ornaments beneath your doorways and window seals. Hi, it worked for Kevin McCallister.
Tune into the chatter around Windows 8 and it won’t be long before you begin hearing about keyboard faster ways. Rather of obliging us to duplicate long swipe motions utilizing a mouse (which would be harsh to all concerned), Microsoft is advancing these little vital combos as the major means of navigation on traditional desktop computer PCs that don’t have touchscreens. Right now, I’m in the center of trying to adjust to this– and like our Windows 8 testimonial concludes, the curve is steep. In my instance, matters are complexed by the reality that I make use of a triple-monitor setup for work, which perhaps makes me much more sensitive to UI problems. But no matter how lots of displays are hooked up to it, there genuinely are some interface niggles in this OS. Despite having understood the basic faster ways, I’m still having to reach for my mouse way too frequently, and the arm pains is beginning to dampen the great vibes left over from my last diary post. So, join me after the break and at the really least you’ll get to note someone flailing around in search of answers.
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Only a couple of months have passed since ViewSonic announced its new pair of wallet-friendly VA12 monitors as well as that larger, energy-efficient 27-inch VX2703mh-LED. Fast forward to today, and the company’s back with a trio of fresh VX70Smh-LED panels, including a lavish 27-incher in the VX2770Smh-LED, plus a couple of 22- and 23-inch monitors for those who prefer something a bit more conservative — all of which are equipped with IPS technology, a 1920 x 1080 screen resolution (30,000,000:1 MEGA Dynamic Contrast Ratio) and SRS Premium Sound. ViewSonic has said both the 23- and 27-inch VX70Smh-LEDs will be available “early October” for $ 189 and $ 319, respectively, while the smaller 22-inch VX2270Smh-LED is expected to hit shelves around December with a $ 159 price tag.
Alt-week 9.8.12: Moon farming, self powered health monitors and bringing a 50,000 year-old girl to life
Alt-week peels back the covers on a few of the even more curious sci-tech stories from the last seven days.
Some weeks things get a little science heavy, in some cases it’s a little on their weird side, and there’s usually a bit of space travel included, however these week’s trend seems to be “mind-blowing.” Want to expand carrots on the Moon? We got you covered. Just how about delivering a 50,000 year-old early human back to life? Sure, no biggie. Oh but just what about a solar eruption that reaches some half a million miles in height. We have actually got the video clip. No, actually we have. Mind blown? This is alt-week.
Continue reading Alt-week 9.8.12: Moon farming, self powered wellness monitors and delivering a 50,000 year-old girl to lifeFiled under: Misc, Science, AltAlt-week 9.8.12: Moonfarming, self powered health monitors and delivering a 50,000 year-old lady to life initially appeared on Engadget on Sat, 08 Sep 2012 17:30:00 EDT. Please see our
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