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By Tim Bradshaw | Dispatches from Kickstarter-fueled gadget makers and the hardware startup renaissance

Gadget start-ups are a neat fit for investors

New electronics start-ups that aim to demystify how computers and gadgets are created are beginning to emerge from the “maker” movement of tech …

Computer Hardware

Two Next-Level Wearables That Aren’t for Everyone

Many people are waiting for expected upcoming smartwatches from Apple and Google to take the wearable category to the next level. Or at least as much …

Wearable gadgets are transforming how companies do business - WSJ

Updated Oct. 20, 2013 7:52 p.m. ET

Big companies are putting wearables to work.

We've all seen gadgets that can measure our heart rates, how many calories we're burning or how many steps we take. Then there are devices that go even further, like Google Glass, which displays text messages and news …

RFID

Tiny Solar-Powered GPS Device Lets You Track Everything

Imagine a world in which everything you care about could be tracked. You'd never misplace your shoes, keys and bags, or lose track of your loved ones.

Thanks to a tiny, solar-powered GPS tracker that can attach to virtually anything, that future may be possible. Retrievor is a tiny disk that's …

Tracking

Blockbuster castAR Kickstarter hits goal in 20 hours to bring AR to the masses

The Kickstarter community has spoken, and it wants augmented reality.

CastAR, the lightweight AR glasses developed by two former Valve hardware gurus, has completed its $400,000 campaign goal on Kickstarter in just 20 hours. As of this writing, the number has steadily grown to more than $416,000, …

Kickstarter

Rise of the drone hobbyists

People around the world are building their own drones. They offer a glimpse of what life will be like when the skies are filled with small, flying robots - and drones become as common as smartphones.

Raphael Pirker was sitting on a bench at Washington Square Park on a blustery Friday in New York. A …

Drones

The Drones Of Burning Man

Burning Man is known for flouting rules, not making them. But the advent of drones hovering above 70,000 scantily clad revelers has engaged a balancing act between freedom of expression, safety, and privacy. How Burning Man regulates their use is now being studied by local law enforcement and …

Former Valve hardware gurus Kickstart augmented reality glasses

Earlier this year, Valve employees Jeri Ellsworth and Rick Johnson were fired, and the product they had spent more than a year working on — augmented reality system castAR — was put on ice. However, despite the layoffs, Ellsworth and Johnson were able to reach an agreement with Valve CEO Gabe …

Augmented Reality

A Robot Train That Lets You Write Music With Magic Markers

The creator of the "Looks Like Music" project was inspired by his own dyslexia to come up with a more intuitive way of reading and writing music.

Up until he went to college, Japanese media artist Yuri Suzuki thought he was stupid. Music was in his blood, his bones, his thoughts, but he couldn't …

Tikker Is A Watch That Counts Down To Your Death, Because YOLO

You wait in the doctor’s office with a furrowed brow and a heavy heart. When he returns, his face is somber and his eyes concentrate on the clipboard in front of him.

“You’ve only got a little time left,” he says apologetically. “If there’s anything you want to do before you die, now’s the …

YOLO

8 wearable Kickstarter devices so ridiculous they should be "Tim and Eric" sketches

8 wearable Kickstarter devices so ridiculous they should be “Tim and Eric” sketches

Growing up and in college, I spent a lot of time watching …

Wearable Tech

This Secretive Studio Codes Its Google Calendar In Lego

London-based Vitamins wanted a physical office calendar that was tidy, secure, and synced with Google. So they built it out of Lego.

Keeping an office calendar can be a tedious chore. Whiteboard calendars can quickly become an illegible morass of out-of-date scribbles that no one wants to keep …

The Owlet Is The Newest Wearable Health Tracker—And It's Just For Babies

The "quantified-self" movement makes a natural leap to quantified parenting: This tracker helps parents know when their child's health is amiss.

The number of health and fitness trackers on the market is multiplying every month, but they're still mostly relegated to a subset of the human population: …

Google Glass competitor ships 50K devices, takes Intel investment, hints at Apple connection

Google Glass competitor Recon, which sells the Recon Jet heads-up display and bills itself as the Google Glass for athletes and professionals, has secured an investment from Intel Capital.

In perhaps bigger news, the company announced that it has already shipped 50,000 units worldwide of its Snow …

Google

Fos wearable LED panel lights up urban athletes

The Fos Kickstarter project wants to brighten up the athletic fashion world with flexible LED panels that can display workout achievements.

It can be …

Wearable Tech

Kapture Aims To Build A Wearable Mic That Can Always Capture Up To The Last 60 Seconds Of Conversation

A Kickstarter project that launched this week wants to put a mic on your wrist, for constant audio monitoring, in a twist on the wearable tech and quantified self movement. The Kapture, as it’s called, pairs with an iOS and Android smartphone app that allows for quick sharing of audio clips …

Wearable Tech

Arcade gaming meets interactive fiction with the Choosatron

This article was taken from the July 2013 issue of Wired magazine. Be the first to read Wired's articles in print before they're posted online, and get your hands on loads of additional content by subscribing online.

All hail the descendant of the choose-your-own-adventure book. This is the …

Interactive Fiction

Former Palm Employees Cook Up Kitchen-Centric Kickstarter Project

They say inspiration can strike at any time. And for some, that time is when you’re about to change your baby’s diaper.

One night late last year, Rob …

Bionym launches Biometric wristband called Nymi that unlocks smart things with your heart

Think fingerprints, iris scans and facial recognition is the future of passwords and security? Think again. Although much harder to crack than the …

Nymi Is A Heartwave-Sensing Wristband That Wants To Replace All Your Passwords & Keys

Passwords could be passé if this Toronto-based startup has its way. Bionym, which was founded in 2011 and closed a $1.4 million (CAD) seed round last month, has devised a biometric recognition system in the form of a wearable wristband — called Nymi, just launched as a pre-order for $79 for early …

Security

Giant leap for Pi-powered teddy bear

A soft toy controlled by a Raspberry Pi computer has recreated Felix Baumgartner's record-breaking skydive.

Mr Baumgartner made the furthest freefall in October 2012, from a balloon almost 39km (24 miles) high.

A bear called Babbage has now leapt from a similar height after ascending beneath a …

Teddy Bear

Telepathy raises $5 million to develop Google Glass rival

The Silicon Valley startup uses the funding to hire new engineers for its wearable, programmable computing device.

Telepathy, a Silicon Valley …

Google

Life with Pi: The Raspberry Pi costs just £32 but can do just about anything - if you put the hours in

The slender piece of circuit board was designed to teach kids to code, but the rest of the tech world has also gone wild for it thanks to its …

Communicating in the age of the network: Benetton gets into M2M with Sandbox collaboration

As I navigate my way through the quiet, tree-lined streets in the Trevigiana countryside, I keep rethinking my choice to live and work right in the …

Meta, The Crazy AR Glasses That Aim To Do What Google Glass Can’t, Go Up For Pre-Order

Over a year after the announcement Of Google Glass, many folks I talk to still seem to be misunderstanding what Glass can actually do.

“It’ll be great for Augmented Reality!” they say, assuming that Glass can render objects directly into your full view of the world (it can’t.) “Ooh! It’ll be like …

Google

Smart vibrator syncs with audio fantasies such as 'Fifty Shades'

Vibease is a Bluetooth-enabled vibrator that links to a mobile app and allows women to sync the vibrations of the device to an audio fantasy of their choice.

The team behind Vibease -- which has launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise $15,000 (£9,770) -- says that unlike most vibrators, which focus …

Vibrators

Guest post #2

When Jeroen Danckers sent us a blog post with that title he was on to a winner. And let’s face it, who hasn’t dreamed of putting a computer in the

Webcams

Help for the makers to make it

It is Monday afternoon in San Francisco and a Chinese engineer at the front of the room is pitching to several dozen tech investors on his latest …

DIY

Can Trace Become The Fitbit For the X Games Set?

X Gamers are known more for their consumption of Mountain Dew than they are for their use of high tech, but one startup is trying to change that by bringing a taste of Silicon Valley-style thinking to ski slopes and skate parks.

Today, Los Angeles-based startup ActiveReplay unveiled Trace, a small …

Trace