Smartband for kids turns any object into a toy
Parents often express concern over the effect technology is having on their children. As the thinking goes, kids these days have replaced playing in the park with Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto, and their imaginations are being eroded by tech that does all the thinking for them. Springwise recently wrote about Loop — a gaming system that aims to tackle the first issue with gameplay that takes place outdoors — and now Japanese innovators have developed Moff, a smart bracelet that lets kids use any object as a toy in a number of imagination-based smartphone games. READ MORE…

Smartband for kids turns any object into a toy

Parents often express concern over the effect technology is having on their children. As the thinking goes, kids these days have replaced playing in the park with Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto, and their imaginations are being eroded by tech that does all the thinking for them. Springwise recently wrote about Loop — a gaming system that aims to tackle the first issue with gameplay that takes place outdoors — and now Japanese innovators have developed Moff, a smart bracelet that lets kids use any object as a toy in a number of imagination-based smartphone games. READ MORE…

In place of text CVs, platform lets freelancers blog their work history
The recruitment industry has already seen its fair share of innovations aiming to better connect employers with skilled workers, from gamified hiring and automatic scoring of coders’ skills. From Germany, Somewhere is a visual blogging platform that enables freelancers and small teams to show potential employers and clients a more engaging story of their work. READ MORE…

In place of text CVs, platform lets freelancers blog their work history

The recruitment industry has already seen its fair share of innovations aiming to better connect employers with skilled workers, from gamified hiring and automatic scoring of coders’ skills. From Germany, Somewhere is a visual blogging platform that enables freelancers and small teams to show potential employers and clients a more engaging story of their work. READ MORE…

Smart band for teens lets them game, check tweets and express their personality
While existing smartwatches might let anyone push their smartphone notifications to their wrist, that’s perhaps not enough of a pull to sway the teen market. Offering a plethora of functionality and customization, the NEX band is a modular bracelet designed to let young users send secret messages, unlock game levels and personalize their look. READ MORE…

Smart band for teens lets them game, check tweets and express their personality

While existing smartwatches might let anyone push their smartphone notifications to their wrist, that’s perhaps not enough of a pull to sway the teen market. Offering a plethora of functionality and customization, the NEX band is a modular bracelet designed to let young users send secret messages, unlock game levels and personalize their look. READ MORE…

USB stick lets distant relatives watch TV and chat together
While family members may be flung across the far corners of the world, there are now many ways to keep in touch more easily, from video calls to social media. Now a new startup called bob is hoping to change the way families use their TV, with a USB stick that transforms the screens into an interactive dashboard to keep track and connect with distant relatives. READ MORE…

USB stick lets distant relatives watch TV and chat together

While family members may be flung across the far corners of the world, there are now many ways to keep in touch more easily, from video calls to social media. Now a new startup called bob is hoping to change the way families use their TV, with a USB stick that transforms the screens into an interactive dashboard to keep track and connect with distant relatives. READ MORE…

Blue Goji turns exercise into a gaming session
Running on a treadmill can often feel like a thankless chore if there’s no other stimulus to keep you going, which is why exercise has become one of the most gamified activities. From the makers of Guitar Hero,Blue Gojiuses wireless controllers and fitness trackers to immerse indoor runners into a world of gaming as they exercise. READ MORE…

Blue Goji turns exercise into a gaming session

Running on a treadmill can often feel like a thankless chore if there’s no other stimulus to keep you going, which is why exercise has become one of the most gamified activities. From the makers of Guitar Hero,Blue Gojiuses wireless controllers and fitness trackers to immerse indoor runners into a world of gaming as they exercise. READ MORE…

Platform lets anyone play real NFL superstars at Madden (or Call of Duty)
Hardcore sports fans may share the lows and highs of their favorite teams on a weekly basis simply by watching the games, but nothing beats getting the chance to personally connect with the athletes themselves. While Egraphs — the service that gets sports stars to record unique personal messages for fans — has gone some way to achieve that connection, gaming platform OverDog is offering fans perhaps the ultimate dream — giving them the opportunity to beat pro athletes at their own game. READ MORE…

Platform lets anyone play real NFL superstars at Madden (or Call of Duty)

Hardcore sports fans may share the lows and highs of their favorite teams on a weekly basis simply by watching the games, but nothing beats getting the chance to personally connect with the athletes themselves. While Egraphs — the service that gets sports stars to record unique personal messages for fans — has gone some way to achieve that connection, gaming platform OverDog is offering fans perhaps the ultimate dream — giving them the opportunity to beat pro athletes at their own game. READ MORE…

Screen addicts avoid overworked eyes with blink-inducing glasses
Considering the amount of time the typical office worker now spends staring at a screen, it’s no wonder that complaints such as computer vision syndrome, which apparently causes dry eyes, blurred vision and headaches, have become a reality. We recently wrote about Vigo — the headset that detects drowsiness and lets users know if they should take a break — and now Japanese glasses manufacturer Masunaga has developed a pair of spectacles that fog up at regular intervals to encourage computer users to blink. READ MORE…

Screen addicts avoid overworked eyes with blink-inducing glasses

Considering the amount of time the typical office worker now spends staring at a screen, it’s no wonder that complaints such as computer vision syndrome, which apparently causes dry eyes, blurred vision and headaches, have become a reality. We recently wrote about Vigo — the headset that detects drowsiness and lets users know if they should take a break — and now Japanese glasses manufacturer Masunaga has developed a pair of spectacles that fog up at regular intervals to encourage computer users to blink. READ MORE…

Toy-shaped games controllers connect virtual characters
Devices such as the Nintendo Wii and Leap Motion‘s gesture control for notebooks have demonstrated that there is a whole world beyond the standard controllers for games consoles and computers. Aiming to engage young gamers with the world of physical objects, ZowPow is a new startup that uses plush toys to control corresponding virtual characters in a range of kids games. READ MORE…

Toy-shaped games controllers connect virtual characters

Devices such as the Nintendo Wii and Leap Motion‘s gesture control for notebooks have demonstrated that there is a whole world beyond the standard controllers for games consoles and computers. Aiming to engage young gamers with the world of physical objects, ZowPow is a new startup that uses plush toys to control corresponding virtual characters in a range of kids games. READ MORE…

VR game could help restore 3D vision
This is part of a new series of articles that looks at entrepreneurs hoping to get their ideas off the ground through crowdfunding. At the time of writing, each of these innovations is currently seeking funding.
Video games can be useful for a variety of medical setting thanks to the mental and physical stimulation they provide to patients, and in the past we’ve seen platforms developed to help tackle depression and even aid stroke recovery. Now funding on Indiegogo, Diplopia is another such title that uses virtual reality and motion sensing to treat common vision problems such as lazy eye. READ MORE…

VR game could help restore 3D vision

This is part of a new series of articles that looks at entrepreneurs hoping to get their ideas off the ground through crowdfunding. At the time of writing, each of these innovations is currently seeking funding.

Video games can be useful for a variety of medical setting thanks to the mental and physical stimulation they provide to patients, and in the past we’ve seen platforms developed to help tackle depression and even aid stroke recovery. Now funding on Indiegogo, Diplopia is another such title that uses virtual reality and motion sensing to treat common vision problems such as lazy eye. READ MORE…

Device6 is a playable mystery novel for iPad and iPhone
Although e-reading platforms are designed to replace traditional books, the digital nature means it’s much more flexible. We’ve already seen the Black Crown interactive book enable readers to purchase each chapter with micropayments, and now Device6 is using the iPad’s game mechanics to offer a narrative that requires readers to twist, turn and zoom into the text. READ MORE…

Device6 is a playable mystery novel for iPad and iPhone

Although e-reading platforms are designed to replace traditional books, the digital nature means it’s much more flexible. We’ve already seen the Black Crown interactive book enable readers to purchase each chapter with micropayments, and now Device6 is using the iPad’s game mechanics to offer a narrative that requires readers to twist, turn and zoom into the text. READ MORE…