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The Ring Input Device Puts Gesture Control And Home Automation On Your Finger

This embed is invalid<p>There was once a rumor that Apple would actually use a ring device for input to an Apple television. Neither of those gadgets exist yet, of course, but Ring is a Kickstarter project trying to fund a finger-based wearable that could enable the kind of controls envisioned in that …

How to scan, sign, and send a PDF from your iPhone or iPad, no printer required!

It's not uncommon nowadays for many of us to not have printers at home. For most of us our iPhones and iPads are a portable way to view and store …

Umbrella That Stands

Search Umbrella on Yanko Design and you will see many concepts that try to make it blend into the background, when on the go. Flexibler is one of the …

Iridium GO! Global Wi-Fi Hotspot

Iridium GO! is a battery-powered Wi-Fi hotspot that gives you satellite-based Internet access anywhere in the world. Use it to connect up to 5 …

Office for iPad reportedly coming before July

Microsoft is still working on Office for iPad, and it could debut before July, reports <i>ZDNet</i>'s Mary Jo Foley. While we'd heard that Microsoft was working on Office for iPhone and iPad some time ago, it ultimately only rolled out an iPhone version and pointed tablet users to Office Web Apps. However,</i> …

Square Cuts More Custom Pricing Deals For Merchants And Ramps Up Sales Hiring

This past week brought the news of a fairly significant development for Square — the rollout of Square Stands in bars, Whole Foods restaurants, and other venues. This comes a year-and-a-half after the huge deal the payments company inked with the coffee and beverage giant Starbucks.<p>The lengthy wait …

Brightup Is A Smart Home Lighting System That Works With Your Existing Bulbs And Lamps

Smart home lighting is a growing field, with entrants including Philips and LIFX, but one other new contender has a different approach that might appeal more to some. The Brightup system consists of plug socket hardware and in-wall dimmers, connected to and controlled by a central hub via Z-Wave RF …

What is Apple's iBeacon?

A new retail-tracking technology for shops could mean an end to queueing, clever real-time discounts and even shopping-list help<p>Sometimes the biggest changes in technology have the smallest beginnings. In the summer of 2013, Apple announced iBeacon, a nerdy-sounding feature of its new operating …

70s gadgets making comeback: Teasmade sales up 20 per cent, says John Lewis - Pocket-lint

Home gadgets popular in the 1960s and 70s are becoming popular all over again. John Lewis has revealed that sales of modern Teasmades are up by 20 …

CES 2014: the best wearable smartwatches and fitness gadgets

Smart wearables and fitness gadgets will be big in 2014, and International CES was littered with them, from smartwatches and intelligent jewellery to fitness trackers and sleep aids, here's the best of the lot.<p>Withings Aura<p>Fitness trackers are all well and good, but what you really need help with …

Lumo Lift: Tiny and Stylish Wearable Gadget Gently Nags You to Stand Up Straight

We all know that good posture has many health benefits, but it can be hard to remember to stand upright without mom’s constant reminders. Luckily, …

The Universal Translator Is Real and Its Name Is Sigmo

<b>Product Name:</b> Sigmo<b><br>Price:</b> $50<b><br>Who would like this?</b> Travelers, <i>Star Trek</i> fans, ex-pats and people trying to learn a new language<p>Ever since <i>Star Trek</i> …

Fitbit Flex accessories by Tory Burch arrive this spring

The Fitbit Flex, which we reviewed nearly a year ago, is a fitness band that tracks users body stats day and night, competing with some of the …

8 Simple Gadgets to Make Your Home Smarter

With these gadgets you'll be feeding your pets when you're not at home and discovering how much energy those old appliances are sucking.<p>With these gadgets you'll be feeding your pets when you're not at home and discovering how much energy those old appliances are sucking.

Review: Blacksumac Piper

There's a new battle going on in tech, and the coveted prize is a spot in your home. Companies like Roomba and Nest, who put innovative spins on …

The GateKeeper Chain Automatically Locks Your PC When You Leave Your Desk

We all do it. Constantly. We leave our desk, we lock our computer. We come back to our desk, we unlock our computer. Back and forth and back and …

18 Record Stores Every Music Lover Needs To Visit At Least Once

Billboard reported this week that vinyl sales were the only format of music experiencing growth — for the first time ever, digital sales declined.<p>So we wanted to provide a guide for the greatest list of vinyl shops on earth.<p>You may have seen some of these lists elsewhere. But with a couple of …

Nest reviewed: The connected home experience done right

Phil Nickinson has done a Nest review. Yes, post Google ergo propter Google. After tearing out his already "perfectly good programmable" gear, and …

'Beep' works like a Chromecast for your old speakers

If you want to make your favorite speakers wireless, you have a few options. Nothing on the market, however, is quite like Beep. Launching today, the tiny dial works like a Chromecast for your speakers, and lets you cast tunes from your mobile device over Wi-Fi -- and with none of the range …

5 Smart Home Companies to Watch in 2014

If 2013 was the year smart home became sexy again, 2014 is the year it will go mass market.<p>And while service providers with managed home services are a big part of why smart home is reaching a wider audience, here are some other interesting companies helping to lead the charge in 2014.<p><b>Revolv</b><p>A few …

This Google Glass App Lets You Answer The Door Without Leaving The Couch

Because technology has a solution to most First World problems (smart forks, anyone?), a new Google Glass app will let people answer the door directly from their headsets.<p>A result of the collaboration between connected hardware company Brivo Labs and topcoder’s development and design community, …

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CubeSensors Brings Health And Comfort Monitoring To The Whole Home

In the future, your home will know you just as well as your smartphone does. The era of the connected smart home is upon us, and that all starts with sensors.<p>CubeSensors, a competitor in our CES 2014 Hardware Battlefield, is looking to help you track the health and comfort levels in your home the …

Driblet’s Smart Water Meter Wants To Track Your Home Water Usage

Access to clean water is something that most us probably take for granted — after all, it just comes out of taps and faucets and hoses and shower heads with little more than the twist of a spigot. Using all that water can cost a pretty penny (especially in certain foreign countries), but Monterrey, …

Alima Aims To Tell You When Your Air Is Harmful – And Prevent It From Ever Getting There

French company and 2014 Hardware Battlefield contestant Alima thinks people want to know what makes up the air they breathe, and they previously launched a successful Indiegogo campaign to prove that it is indeed something consumers want. Once known as AirBoxLab, the Paris startup ran an Indiegogo …

Owlet Infant Health Tracker Takes The Wearable Revolution Into The Crib

No one is more concerned with health than the mother of an infant, and with the rising availability of wrist-worn fitness tracking devices, it only makes sense that a baby-sized health tracker would pop up.<p>Meet Owlet, one of our hardware battlefield companies.<p>Owlet is an ankle-worn health tracking …

Faraday’s Stylish New Bicycle Will Change How You Think About E-Bikes

Urban commuters are getting more and more comfortable with the idea of biking around, but in places like San Francisco, that can be a drag. Electronic bicycles have emerged to help people get where they’re going, even in incredibly hilly environments. But many e-bikes are ugly, due to huge motors …

Scrabble Typography Edition

What could make Scrabble even better? Hold on to your H-A-T’s wordsmithing gamers out there because Andrew Capener has created this artisan Scrabble …

Bluetooth Enabled Kitchen Thermometer

Take your connected kitchen into the future with iDevices new Kitchen Thermometer. This bluetooth enabled cooking thermometer connects to an app on …

Today’s Music on Vintage Radios for Art Deco and Mid-century Aficionados

From all of the radios produced between the 1930’s and 1940’s, Paul Sanders finds the ones that have eye-appeal. He restores radios with only the …

How To Decorate Your Home With Vintage Items: 24 Amazing Ideas

Vintage is extremely popular today and many designers create cool vintage interiors or items but you can add some vintage to your interiors yourself …