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  • Let’s meet next week in Reykjavik

    Let’s meet next week in Reykjavik

    I’ll be in Reykjavik next week and you know what that means… I want to meet you! So we’ll be holding an small meetup (not really a pitchoff but feel free to pitch me while I’m there) at Bryggjan Brugghús, Grandagarði 8, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland. Event starts at 5pm and you can meet the speakers and mentors coming to Startup Iceland 2017. Expect some booze, some fun… Read More

  • MakeLoveNotPorn’s Cindy Gallop talks about the future of love

    MakeLoveNotPorn’s Cindy Gallop talks about the future of love

    On this week’s Technotopia I interviewed Cindy Gallop, the outspoken TED speaker and found of MakeLoveNotPorn. Cindy worked tirelessly to bring SexTech and FemTech out of the shadows and she’s bringing all her attention to bear on the creation of technology that will bring us closer together and make us happier – something few founders think about. Gallop believes that… Read More

  • Swiss watch exports dropped for a third year in a row

    Swiss watch exports dropped for a third year in a row

    According to the watch press, this year’s Baselworld in Switzerland was a graveyard. “The Baselworld show, ended March 30, was grim,” said Joe Thompson in Watchtime Magazine, an enthusiast publication. In short, a once might industry is contracting at an alarming rate. A further harbinger of death is far simpler to understand. Swiss exports have fallen for the third year in… Read More

  • Shapeheart is an armband that senses your heart rate without bulky chest straps

    Shapeheart is an armband that senses your heart rate without bulky chest straps

    Not everyone wants to place a heart-rate monitor on their chest or wrist. Sometimes you want a meaty sensor, something that won’t drain your battery and something that also carries your phone using a system of magnets that keeps your phone safe from harm. Sometimes you want the Shapeheart. I saw the Shapeheart last week. Basically it’s a very usable, very clever heart-rate monitor… Read More

  • Roaming Startup Alley with John Biggs Day 2 | Disrupt 2017 New York

    A unicorn wanders through Startup Alley

    Another Disrupt, another Startup Alley. In this exciting video I wear a unicorn head, stare dumbfounded at a founder who told us to go away, and talk to Co-Sender, Marvelmind, API.live, BoostHQ as we wander the variegated halls of Disrupt New York 2017. Read More

  • Watts is a huge battery that powers your home

    Watts is a huge battery that powers your home

    Like Tesla’s Powerwall, Watts is a big battery that can power your home. One Watts cell can support a few small appliances including computers and refrigerators and a few units can power TVs and electric washers. The units can charge via the grid or with solar panels and the Watts units include an app that shows discharge and battery remaining. The batteries, which were designed in… Read More

  • DogParker is now available to protect your pooch

    DogParker is now available to protect your pooch

    Dog theft is a national scourge. Dogs are disappearing everywhere and there is no end to in sight to the epidemic. While most dogs leave of their own accord – they are learning to loathe us – those who don’t wish to lose their pups on the go can use DogParker. DogParker is a lockbox for your dog. When you arrive at a grocery or cafe that doesn’t allow pets you use a… Read More

  • Top six tips to help avoid ransomware

    Here are some amazing tips to help you and those you love (and the National Health Service) avoid ransomware. Read More

  • Chef Andrew Zimmern talks about the future of food

    Chef Andrew Zimmern talks about the future of food

    This week on Technotopia I talked to chef Andrew Zimmern, host of Bizarre Foods. Zimmern is a fascinating thinker and has a lot to say about the future of restaurants, eating, and food distribution. Zimmern believes that the future looks more like the artisinal movement than fast food and he has some interesting answers to what the world looks like in 20 years. Listen in to find out what he… Read More

  • Time is running out to exhibit at Disrupt’s Hardware Alley

    Time is running out to exhibit at Disrupt’s Hardware Alley

    We want to see you in New York for Disrupt NY 2017, our annual celebration of all things startup. It’s a great time. You get to meet great founders and VCs and I’d love to meet you personally when I run through the alley with our video team. Hardware is my favorite thing in the world and you’re some of my favorite people. Disrupt runs from May 15-17 and will be held on Pier 36… Read More

  • Startup Step-By-Step: Down

    Startup Step-By-Step: Down

    A year ago, after closing my first startup, I attended one of those conferences that you’re supposed to attend. There were a lot of old friends there, folks who I hadn’t seen in a while, and there was the usual collection of panels and panelists, Power Points and Pellegrino. As I stood in a sun-full room clutching a coffee someone asked me about my first startup. The reaction… Read More

  • Meet Cuba’s first internet entrepreneurs at Disrupt New York

    Meet Cuba’s first internet entrepreneurs at Disrupt New York

    Cubazon. Kewelta. Knales. These aren’t house hold names in the US but they’re at the vanguard of entrepreneurship in Cuba and they’ll be joining us on stage at Disrupt New York. We’ll be talking with Bernardo Romero Gonzalez, CEO & founder of Cubazon, an online store for the Cuban diaspora that lets them send products to their relatives back home. He earned his MBA… Read More

  • Bootstrapping hardware? Let’s meet at Disrupt New York

    Bootstrapping hardware? Let’s meet at Disrupt New York

    We want to see you in New York for Disrupt NY 2017, our annual celebration of all things startup. It’s a great time. You get to meet great founders and VCs and I’d love to meet you personally when I run through the alley with our video team. Hardware is my favorite thing in the world and you’re some of my favorite people. Disrupt runs from May 15-17 and will be held on Pier 36… Read More

  • Pinguin is a public chat room for nerd(ier people)

    Pinguin is a public chat room for nerd(ier people)

    Pinguin is a new app that lets you chat with people based on your interests. Really into startups? They got a room for you. Like you some programming? Right this way, sir. Like food? They got a room for you. The team, Josh Purvis, Devon Woodruff, Vijay Kumar, and Bryan O’Reilly built the app from he ground up with the needs of the online set in mind. There are a few of these apps… Read More

  • New system can recreate natural rock-climbing walls indoors

    New system can recreate natural rock-climbing walls indoors

    Researchers at Dartmouth have created a system that uses 3D modeling, fabrication, and other techniques to recreate popular outdoor rock climbing routes. The system watches climbers as they scale these routes and then recreates the experience with handholds strategically placed to mimic the natural crevices in a rock. From the release: The research team reconstructed the most… Read More

  • I want to see you at Hardware Alley in New York

    I want to see you at Hardware Alley in New York

    We want to see you in New York for Disrupt NY 2017, our annual celebration of all things startup. It’s a great time. You get to meet great founders and VCs and I’d love to meet you personally when I run through the alley with our video team. Hardware is my favorite thing in the world and you’re some of my favorite people. Disrupt runs from May 15-17 and will be held on Pier 36… Read More

  • The Blackbelt lets you 3D print really long items

    The Blackbelt lets you 3D print really long items

    The conveyor belt has long been the center of wacky adventures. From Charlie Chaplin to Lucy, things whizzing by on a flat belt has made for comedy gold. Now you can watch your 3D printed objects whiz past on the Blackbelt, a conveyor system for FDM printing that lets you build huge objects. The Blackbelt Kickstarter will launch in three days and you can expect the system to cost about 9,500 for… Read More

  • The Nixie Machine II is a mean-looking clock for serious geeks

    The Nixie Machine II is a mean-looking clock for serious geeks

    Nixie (“Numeric Indicator eXperimental No. 1”) tubes were displays used for digital readouts before the advent of the LED. Popular with James Bond villains who wanted to rule the world yet whose bomb timers stopped at exactly 007 when Bond figured out what wire to cut (and with scientists), the tubes once graced the highest of the high tech circa 1950. Now, however, they’re… Read More

  • New technique turns anything into a touch sensor

    New technique turns anything into a touch sensor

    Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have created a new way to turn almost any surface into a touchpad with just a little conductive spray paint. The system, called Electrick, uses a technique called “electric field tomography.” Created by CMU Ph.D. student Yang Zhang, Electrick uses small electrodes attached to the edges of a painted surface and it can turn wood, plastic… Read More

  • Cybersecurity expert Richard Clarke talks about the “sentinel personalities” who will save us all

    Cybersecurity expert Richard Clarke talks about the “sentinel personalities” who will save us all

    Richard Clarke has been watching the world for decades. The cybersecurity czar for the Bush and Clinton administrations, Clarke has been thinking and writing about threats – real-world and cyber – for years, culminating in his latest book, Warnings, a forthcoming title co-written with R.P. Eddy. Warnings looks at seven past Cassandras – people with so-called… Read More

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