Coming home to find that your Roomba eating your laptop cable is one thing, but having to reprogram it’s schedule because it ran out of battery is the worst. If you’re literate in programming it is possible to control it via a port under the case. There’s even an Arduino library for it. But the word is that it’s a pain to get up and running. Besides, it means hacking the case. Now though there’s another options – Thinking Cleaner; the WIFI plugin for your robot hoover.
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.
Danish company monoLit has launched a campaign to raise 500,000 DKK (53,000 GBP) for their handy sized Internet of Things computer designed to help connect electronics to the internet and provide a touch screen to control them.
In a bid to introduce kids to the world of Arduino Educational tech company, Maker Club have developed a set of 3D printable robots anyone can make from scratch, and to power them a custom designed Arduino based chip which can communicate with their app.
We love Arduino, it’s fundamentally changed the way we build things. But while easy to program it can be a pain to source components, design casing and put it all together. We’ve noticed a new movement in electronics which let you get things done with minimal learning requirement. Twine, littleBits and SAM are great examples. New to the stage is Thingsee. A programmable device packed with sensors.
Good things do come in small packages! Meet Tah – the creation of India’s Revealing Hour. A super simple, bluetooth enabled device that connects directly to your smartphone and is compatible with the Arduino. There are several gizmos like this on the market but this one takes simplicity and integration with our smartphones to a new level. It is this utilisation of your smartphone crossed with the power of the Arduino platform, makes this a winning combination and one that can be utilised by so many of us.
You have two options if you’d like to listen to music while running. You can buy some pretty grotesque £80 buds with flappy rubber bits that slip into every crevice of your ear, you can ditch music altogether and hum to yourself, or you can snap on Sprng and enjoy your Apple EarPods without them making a break for it.