For a good number of years there has been a silent force driving engineers to make engineering simpler. Building an electronic prototype takes a matter of hours with Arduino. SaaS (Software as a Service) companies which do the heavy lifting for programmers have dramatically reduced build times. Twilio brought order to our complicated phone systems by building a ridiculously simple API for them. The barrier to entry for engineering is quickly being broken down. What exotic project was normally a fantasy for most is now being realised thanks to this new set of tools with the groundwork done.
It’s pretty amazing how terrible bicycle security is at the moment. A bike can be stolen within minutes and once it is it’s gone forever. Bike Hawk will help you fight back.
You might be able to cobble together a basic smartphone app for your Arduino project with Phonegap. But if you don’t have the knowhow or patience you’re about to have another option.
“Ring” is probably one of the coolest gadgets at CES at the moment, and surprisingly not a concept. The ring can detect the tiniest finger movements, allowing the user to draw gestures in the air to trigger specific tasks through their phone.
Turning a light on to look at the time is a skill some people simply don’t possess. Even if you do fumble onto that pesky light switch awakening angry spouses isn’t worth the bother. Thank god someone has solved this very real problem. Clockety is a little clip on projector which fits onto your iPhone and casts the time on the ceiling.
Netup is an app designed to combine cellular, bluetooth and wifi networks to provide faster and cheaper internet to devices.
Now that low energy bluetooth modules are so small and cheap you might as well stick them wherever you can. Smart wallet Woolet is one of those things.
Gloving is a kind of finger light dance that came about with Rave culture. LEDs are slipped into the fingertips of gloves and let the wearer create amazing shapes in the dark. Glove lovers from Santa Cruz, California have spent the best part of a year developing their own and are ready to produce and distribute.
PiPanther Robot is the ideal Christmas present for big kids. The tank is powered by a Raspberry Pi and is build for modding.
London pubs have become labs in recent years for startups attempting to revolutionise the way they work. You have to admit that there’s opportunity there, with every pub overflowing most of the week. Apps like Orderella want to let you “beat the queue” with their drink ordering app. One From Me has gone down a different road – drink gifting.
A team of scientists, engineers and designers have launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the mass production of their web enabled plugs to bring any appliance into the domain of Internet of Things.