MOTA SmartRing Passes $100,000 In Funding (video)

MOTA SmartRing

Some of our readers might remember the MOTA SmartRing we featured here on Geeky Gadgets back at the beginning of this month. This week the Indiegogo crowd funding campaign has passed its goal of $100,000 and will now be able to make the jump from the concept into production.

The concept for the MOTA SmartRing is to be able to provide its wearer with just the notifications that are needed and reduce the time it takes to read through your emails and messages. Watch the video after the jump to learn more about the MOTA project and see it in action.

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ZEN Smart Thermostat Supports Apple HomeKit (video)

Apple HomeKit

Following in the footsteps of next generation thermostats such as Nest which was recently purchased by Google, a new smart thermostat called ZEN has been created and launched over on the Indiegogo crowd funding website.

ZEN has been created to be an open system using Wi‐Fi or ZigBee and works with smart home systems such as the newly launched Apple HomeKit and is planning to be OpenHome Certified.

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Rico Transforms Your Old Smartphone Into Smart Home Robot (video)

home robot

Once we have upgraded our smartphones sometimes our old smartphones are left to become retro devices in desktop draws. Wouldn’t it be great if we could utilise the power of these smartphones somewhere else in our homes? MindHelix think they have the solution with their new Rico home robot.

The Rico home robot has been specifically designed to utilise the processing power of older smartphones and transform them into smart home robot security devices and personal assistants. Check out the video after the jump to see the new Rico smart robots in action.

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Google Project Ara Smartphone Modules Will Be Hot Swappable

Google Project Ara

Paul Eremenko Head of Project Ara at Google ATAP has this week revealed more details about the new modular smartphone that is currently under development by Google.

During the LCU14 opening keynote presentation it was revealed the modules that combine to create the functions of the smartphone such as the processor, camera, storage and phone can be removed, replaced and upgraded without the need to power down the smartphone.

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New WeIO Platform Launches For Internet Of Things Development (video)

Internet Of Things

Makers, developers and hobbyists looking for a way to make more interactive projects using the Internet of things to expand the functionality of their ideas, might be interested in a new platform called WeIO.

WeIO has been specifically designed for creating Internet of things style projects and allow wireless connectivity, with programming its creators say is as easy as building websites. Watch the video after the jump to learn more about the WeIO project and see it in action.

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Portal Flexible Smartphone Is Worn On Your Wrist (video)

Flexible Smartphone

If you are looking for a wearable device that has a much larger screen than the new range of smartwatches recently unveiled and launched by the likes of Apple, Samsung, Motorola and LG. You might be interested in the Portal a flexible smartphone that offers huge screen and is worn on your wrist.

The Portal is shatterproof, water resistant and is also fitted with a flexible screen that size of a smartphone and has been designed to allow you to track your fitness, surf the Internet and more. Watch the video after the jump to learn more about the Portal flexible smartphone project concept and see it in action.

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SAM Makes It Easy To Build Wireless Connected Electronics Projects (video)

 Connected Electronics-1

Makers, students and those beginners that would like to learn how to code and learn how to build a connected electronics world with ease, are sure to be interested in this new wireless connected electronics kit called SAM.

The SAM connected electronics kit project is currently over on the Kickstarter crowd funding website looking to raise £50,000 in pledges to make the jump from concept to production. Watch the video below to learn more about SAM.

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Microduino-Joypad 8-bit Open Source Game Console (video)

Open Source Game Console

Some of our readers might remember the Microduino Arduino compatible development board that launched last year over on the Kickstarter crowd funding website. This week the same team at Microduino Studio have now unveiled their new Microduino-Joypad in the form of an open source game console.

The Microduino-Joypad as you can guess by the name and the team behind the project is powered by the tiny Microduino, and has been design to provide a retro 8-bit games console. Watch the video below to learn more about the Microduino-Joypad project.

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Nixie Wearable Drone Can Be Launched From Your Wrist (video)

Nixie Wearable Drone

Nine months ago, Intel started the Make It Wearable (MIW) Challenge that takes the form of a combination between a competition and an entrepreneurial mentorship program, and includes projects such as the Nixie wearable drone.

The challenge was opened to thousands of global participants with the aim of inspiring the next big innovation in wearable technology. Now ten teams of young entrepreneurs and developers have been selected to transfer their ideas into workable prototypes in the final stages, here is more information on on project the Nixie drone.

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SALT Wireless Entry Card Allows Keyless Access To Your Smartphone (video)

Keyless Access

A unique gadget has been launched over on the Kickstarter crowd funding website this week called SALT which has been designed to allow easy access to your smartphone without the need to enter any codes on the home screen.

SALT automatically locks and unlocks your smartphone when close providing wireless entry using the SALT companion application and provides over 281 trillion possible combinations or 2,810 times more than a standard 8 digit PIN code.

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TinyScreen Color Display Allows You To Create Your Own Smartwatch And More (video)

TinyScreen

Makers and developers that enjoy building electronic projects might be interested in a tiny new colour display that has launched over on the Kickstarter crowd funding website this week aptly called the TinyScreen that has been made for the TinyDuino platform.

The TinyScreen is a color OLED display that measures just 25.8mm x 25.0mm in size and offers a 96 x 64 pixel OLED display with 16-bit color depth. Watch the video after the jump to learn more about the TinyScreen project and see it in action.

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Crystal Clear 3D Printed Magifying Lens Created Using Formlabs Clear Resin

3D Printed Magifying Lens

As a test the properties of the Formlabs Clear resin 3D printing material, an engineer at Formlabs named Craig Broady decided to create a 3D printed magifying lens using Formlabs Form1+ SLA 3D Printer.

The Form1+ SLA 3D Printer is capable of printing 25, 50 and 100 micron (0.001, 0.002 and 0.004 inches) layer thicknesses and 3D printed a crystal clear magnifying glass using the Clear resin, which can be seen in the image above.

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