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Ryobi Phone Works combines your smartphone and power tools

Ryobi Phone Works combines your smartphone and power tools

Your DIY home repairs don't have to be archaic, at least as far as Ryobi is concerned. The power tools manufacturer has released a new line of "smart" power tools designed to work with your smartphone and a related app, which when combined give the tools additional functionality they wouldn't have on their own. This allows the tools themselves to be priced cheaper than they would if each provided the extra tech as integrated features, and gives you an excuse to pull out your phone while working.

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LittleBits opens BitLab for crowdsourced hardware

LittleBits opens BitLab for crowdsourced hardware

Connectivity is important, and LittleBits wants to connect all the things in your life. Big or small, LittleBits wants you to be able to connect them, even going so far as to automate your life. Now they’re opening up their platform, and have announced BitLab, a crowdsourced way to make hardware more like software.

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