Doppel came about from some research into our body’s reaction to non-chemical stimulants like music. What the research shows, and what most of us have experienced, is that when we listen to music we love it gets us going. Dopamine is released and we feel a rush of energy.
Lurid in appearance the typical Pachinko machine is designed to hook and stimulate. Typical then this is not. The Pa-Drink-O was designed and built by Instructable Content Creator/ Maker DJ Harrigan. Its purpose to nurture the soul rather than entrap it.
Action games on touch screen devices are a bit crap. With your fingers covering 25 per cent of the screen you might as well have your head in your heads. While phones are getting more powerful, games more intricate, the controls stay the same; awkward and without precision. Flitchio is an attempt to solve the problem and does it with style and convenience.
If you can’t help but press the snooze button, you may want to try an alternative to your morning alarm. SensorWake is offering a gentle, stress-free awakening, exploiting the power of smells. This new kind of alarm clock was thought up by young French inventor Guillaume Rolland, who was a finalist of last year’s Google Science Fair. This made his project one of the “Top 15 inventions that can change the world”.
French model maker and sculptor Gael Langevin spoke to us about how he created InMoov – the life size 3D printable robot which has attracted huge interest from roboticists since its birth in 2012.
DISPLIO is a little wireless wifi gadget that shows you whatever you want to see on an e-ink screen. You choose which widgets you want to display. You can interact with it by taping, shaking or turning it to reload or change between widgets.
Crowed funding has opened the doors for everyday inventors who want to take their projects to the next level. Not only do they provide funding but also a way to test the market. But it’s not all plain sailing. Newbie founders who fail to prepare for the challenges ahead are at a high risk of everything going pear shaped.
BleepBleeps are a family of little friends that make parenting easier.
Last week, Techmog met with Dan Lewis, founder and CEO of Skute, to talk about new ways to connect and share content with friends, and the challenges arising form creating a physically connected social network. Skute aims to create new connections between people through content unlocked with NFC tags. They have been described as “the Instagram of people, places and things”, making a fun wearable with discoverable content.
Play time has dramatically changed over the years. What was once a rag doll is now an iPad. Toy robots have become iPads. Mud pies? iPads. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Reigniting the imagination of children is still possible, not by forcing antique toys on them, but taking the best bits from both eras and combining them. Berlin based startup Vai Kai have done just that by creating Avakai – a beautifully crafted wooden figurine with all the technology whizz-bang of the modern age.
Hyperalarm was first dreamt up by two of our team members, founder and CEO Ion Curves Mons and “technology ninja” Chema Diez del Corral. As self-professed gadget geeks, the two were brainstorming new smart products that could form part of the rising Internet of Things about a year ago. Though they had the idea of a smart alarm in mind, they brought in a diverse group of people, including designers, architects, writers, to independently generate ideas for IoT objects that they thought could be valuable. Luckily, the group also came up with the idea of a smart alarm for heavy sleepers, and so the Hyperalarm project was born.
Some of my favourite products come about when those in non-technical professions have an idea and embark on a journey combining technology with their own love. This is a perfect example of that. Musician Pete Roe found himself needing a bass player while on tour to accompany him. Lacking the van space he had to get creative. His idea was to hijack two of his guitar strings and have them output different sounds, effectively turning his guitar into two.
When Eastenders is shown on the TV the grid has to deal with 1.75 million kettles being boiled at the same time, requiring 3 gigawatts of power. That’s a whole lot of energy needed for something as small as a cup of tea, and thanks to the inefficient design of the kettle much of it is wasted in boiled water that’s not used. MIITO is a new kind of kettle; one that solves this problem of waste.
“Have I closed the window? Did I lock the door properly? Was the light off?…” If those worries sound familiar, Flare might be able to bring you some peace of mind. Although it wouldn’t manage to close an open window by itself, the system lets you monitor your home through its app and HD camera. The complex algorithms behind Flare also mean that the system is capable of taking intelligent decisions by itself, and alert you or the local authorities, should there be a problem in your house.
If you have ever spent time hunting down a missing connection in your circuits, then Hook is for you. This puzzle game requires the same focus and patience as wiring a circuit board. Its minimal design will even remind you of one.
Coffee has never been more innovated, but apparently there’s still room for improvement. Those who frequent Starbucks should move on. This device is for the most devoted of coffee drinkers; the people who put more thought into their morning brew than their evening dinner. IKAWA is a digital coffee bean roaster, and there’s an app for that.
According to a study leaving our appliances on standby costs us £50-£86 per year. But turning them on and off frequently is not an easy habit to develop and so we tend not to bother for the sake of convenience. But what if we could solve the problem without the need for crazy rituals? 17 year old Ameer Sami thinks he has the answer.
Our WeMo Maker Nerf Gun hack was a fun way to see what the Internet of Things black box was capable of, but we wanted to step it up a gear and create something really useful. But what?
With rise of do-it-yourself engineering the urge to outsource boring and repetitive tasks to machines is ever increasing. And that’s exactly what Luis Guajardo Diaz did when he created his autonomous cat feeder.
New technology and innovation company Modular Innovations, started by two advertising execs, have developed an app for the purpose of honest advice. Taking cues from Whisper users are restricted from finding other user’s real identity to remove any kind of inhibition.