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Micro beacon stickers turn any object into a smart one
GPS already helps smartphones make sense of the outdoor world, and devices such as iBeacons are enabling indoor spaces such as stores and homes to be connected to mobile devices. For example, San Francisco Airport recently installed beacons to help blind people navigate its Terminal 2. Now Estimote stickers are tiny adhesive beacons that can be attached to any surface to help unconnected objects interact with smartphones. READ MORE…
AR lets customers virtually preview furniture designs in store
Brick and mortar stores still have a few benefits over web retailers, with the biggest being the ability for customers to try out products in a way they can’t online. But they can’t even offer that bonus if the items aren’t currently in stock. We’ve already seen Poland’s A+D use augmented reality to trial store designs through lifesize projections. Now Vizera is leveraging AR to enable customers to virtually visualize products in a range of different designs. READ MORE…
Bicycle-to-car communication app helps avoid collisions
There’s a tension between cyclists and motorists when it comes to sharing the road. Bikers consider careless drivers to be the reason for the majority of collisions that occur — and they may be right — while car owners believe cyclists don’t respect the rules of the road. We’ve already seen products such as Fly6 — the bike light that doubles a camera to encourage drivers to check their behavior. Now TheBikeShieldApp wants to help both parties to work together, offering alerts alerts to both when either comes too close or appears in a blind spot. READ MORE…
System could stop parents accidentally leaving their child in the car
Parents typically do their best to look after their children, but one moment of neglect can lead to tragedy. The sheer number of news articles about infant deaths from being left inside hot cars reflects how commonplace such accidents can be. While devices such as the Sync Smartband enable moms and dads to keep their children within visual range and locate them if they get lost, a new system called Starfish is tackling car deaths by alerting drivers when they’ve left their baby behind. READ MORE…
Journey tracking app will use cyclist data to make cities safer for bikes
Most cities were never designed to cater for the huge numbers of bikes seen on their roads every day, and as the number of cyclists grows, so do the fatality statistics thanks to limited investment in safe cycle paths. While Berlin already crowdsources bikers’ favorite cycle routes and maps them through the Dynamic Connectionsplatform, a new app called WeCycle lets cyclists track their journeys, pooling their data to create heat maps for city planners. READ MORE…
From China, smart chopsticks alert diners if their food is unsafe to eat
Food poisoning is never a nice experience, but those dining out at restaurants often have no way of knowing how their meal was prepared before they eat it. While devices such as Peres have offered a way for professional chefs and home cooks to see if their ingredients are safe to eat, a Chinese tech giant has now created smart chopsticks, which detect contamination in food and use a red light to indicate to diners that they should think twice about finishing their meal. READ MORE…
Roving office printer heads to your desk when your documents are ready
Although printers have slowly become smaller and added wireless capabilities over the past few years, they’re still seen as a hangover of the early digital age. Innovations such as Pocket Printer have aimed to rethink the device, but they still remain a mostly annoying part of office life, and using them can often interrupt an otherwise smooth workflow. In order to help avoid back and forth trips to the office printer, Fuji Xerox has developed an experimental device that uses Roomba-like technology to navigate spaces and deliver printouts to the worker that needs them. READ MORE…
Gadget alerts others if you’re willing to share your umbrella in the rain
There’s a notion that humans — especially those in big cities — don’t do enough to be nice to each other on a day-to-day basis. In fact, it’s an unwritten rule that most urbanites should avoid eye contact and generally ignore one another unless absolutely necessary. Schemes such as Pittsburgh’s Here You Go, which we wrote about back in 2010, have aimed to tackle this problem by giving out free umbrellas on rainy days in return for another random act of kindness. Now the Umbrella Here project has developed smart umbrellas that light up when owners are up for sharing their cover with strangers. READ MORE…
Subscription service offers on-demand phone charging in bars and restaurants
Running out of smartphone battery can be a daily problem for those who are constantly chatting, texting and ‘gramming. While ideas such as the QBracelet have aimed to merge fashion with a way to charge devices, a new service called Doblet wants to place portable battery packs in popular bars and restaurants, with users paying an annual fee to use them. READ MORE…
Smart surface offers up recipes based on the ingredients placed upon it
Computers are beginning to be able to process real world objects without the need for codes or tags in their own language. Innovations such as Peres have previously used chemical data analysis to quickly recognize food types and determine if they’re ok to eat. Now the Netherlands’ Studio diip has created the Vegetable Recognizer, a system that uses image recognition to detect types of vegetables and provide recipes that include those foods. READ MORE…
Store mannequins deliver fashion promotions direct to shoppers’ mobiles
Consumers are by now well used to online shopping and its benefits, and parts of the platform are now seeping into physical stores. In France, we’ve already seen on store install the Inspiration Corridor, using body scanning and touchscreen tech to drive in-store recommendations. Now a company called Iconeme is trialing a smart mannequin service in the UK, enabling the static models to send store info and shopping suggestions to customer smartphones. READ MORE…
iOS app adds notes to phone contacts to jog users’ memory
The iPhone contacts app enables users to store more information than simply a number and name, but it’s still not perfect. While Android phone owners are able to customize their contacts and call lists, and even add text subject lines to phone calls, Humin is an iOS app that lets users add relationship context and social media details to their contacts. READ MORE…
Fire detector for tightly-packed slums alerts at-risk neighbors
In an average-sized home, a smoke detector is useful for sensing the presence of a fire while distinguishing dangerous heat from cooking. However, in the shacks found in the slums of South Africa, for example, ovens aren’t used and standard devices aren’t as suitable for determining real threat. The country’s Khusela startup has now developed a smart detector specifically for shacks, which enable community-wide warnings in the event of a fire. READ MORE…
Licensed images made free-to-use through embedded attribution
Back in 2012, stock and news photography agency Getty Images embarked on theWatermark Project, which redesigned the way it protected images from being used illegitimately and added a shortlink to make them more useful. Now, it’s investing in a new service called IMGembed, which provides an easy and free way for anyone to use a licensed image on their site through HTML embedding, while ensuring creators get credited. READ MORE…
Smart lightbulb features a HD speaker for music and room-to-room chat
Smart lightbulbs aren’t a new concept — we wrote about the smartphone controlled NXP system back in 2011 — but so far, they’ve mostly been limited to the task of illuminating a space. Recognizing that smart capabilities can enable devices to do much more than their original function, LightFreq has created a bulb that offers intelligent audio features on top of smartphone-controlled lighting. READ MORE…