Gadgets

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  • Scout’s DIY Home Alarm Gets So, So Much Smarter With An IFTTT Channel

    Scout’s DIY Home Alarm Gets So, So Much Smarter With An IFTTT Channel

    I’m really digging Scout’s install-it-yourself home alarm. It has its quirks, but it’s a massive step toward everything I want in a security system. Today, Scout gets even better — and so, so much smarter. Thanks to a brand new IFTTT channel, it can now interact with everything from your phone to your Jawbone Up, and from Google Docs to Facebook. Read More

  • Perceptiv’s SHIFT Turns Drones Into Smart Dollies For Filmmakers

    Perceptiv’s SHIFT Turns Drones Into Smart Dollies For Filmmakers

    Drone tech is exciting and full of potential, but few companies are focusing on tech that provides benefits drone users can enjoy now, without spending a fortune or managing an architectural firm or large-scale agricultural concern. Perceptiv Labs, a YC Winter 2015 cohort startup with a founding team out of Waterloo’s top-flight robotics engineering department, is offering high-flying… Read More

  • MakerBot CEO Moves Into Leadership Role At Parent Company Stratasys

    MakerBot CEO Moves Into Leadership Role At Parent Company Stratasys

    More juggling at MakerBot as current CEO Jenny Lawton moves to Stratasys to become executive vice president Special Projects, a leadership role inside the 3D printer company’s parent. Lawton, who took over from founding CEO Bre Pettis last August, sees the move as an opportunity to take a “strategic global position” in the parent company. “It’s a real opportunity… Read More

  • Pebble Hits Its $500K Kickstarter Target For Pebble Time In Just 17 Minutes

    Pebble Hits Its $500K Kickstarter Target For Pebble Time In Just 17 Minutes

    Pebble knew that a return to Kickstarter was the right path for its new hardware, and the speed with which it reached its goal has proven that to be true: Already, the campaign has passed $500,000 on the crowdfunding platform. Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky told me in an interview that part of the reason they went back to KS was as a “stunt,” and this proves that kind of marketing… Read More

  • Meet Pebble Time, The All-New Smartwatch From Pebble

    Meet Pebble Time, The All-New Smartwatch From Pebble

     The new hardware has a full color, always-on e-paper screen, but features a slimmer, sleeker design and maintains its week-long battery life. The software is new, too, with a focus on providing you with all the information you need at a glance in one place, both for now and for the future. Pebble Time The Pebble Time smartwatch is named ‘Time’ because it uses time as its… Read More

  • Google Is Making A New Chromebook Pixel “Soon”

    Google Is Making A New Chromebook Pixel “Soon”

    Were you a fan of Google’s Chromebook Pixel? The Chromebook with the super high-res touch screen built-in, meant largely to show what a Chromebook could be if it cost $1,300 instead of two or three hundred bucks? Good news! It looks like Google is making a sequel. Read More

  • Porsche Will Put A Bluetooth Navigation System In Your Classic 911

    Porsche Will Put A Bluetooth Navigation System In Your Classic 911

    Classic cars are great. The look, the feel, the repair bills. But they often lack the modern safety and convenience features found on modern cars. Porsche has a solution with a radio and navigation system that blends today’s technology with the style found in its classic cars. Unless, of course, you’re driving a classic Porsche to escape modern society. The radio unit can be… Read More

  • Two Companies Are Adding “Smarts” To The Classic Jump Rope

    Two Companies Are Adding “Smarts” To The Classic Jump Rope

    With all the excitement around wearables and fitness trackers, it seems inevitable that something like this would occur: there are now two separate companies running Kickstarter campaigns aimed at improving the classic jump rope by adding smart technology to the product. The “smart ropes,” as they’re being called, are designed more for those who use a jump rope during their… Read More

  • Apple’s Latest Betas Bring More Diversity To Emoji

    Apple’s Latest Betas Bring More Diversity To Emoji

    Apple is adding more diverse emoji options to both iOS and OS X, new developer preview builds reveal. These includes various skin color options for emojis featuring people, faces, hands and other exposed skin, as well as new country flags that add to the rather limited original set. The new skin tone options are available as alternates when a user clicks (or taps) and holds on any of the… Read More

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