One of the coolest products ever to hit Kickstarter was the 3Doodler pen. This is a pen that uses a meltable plastic material to allow users to draw three-dimensional artwork in the air. This particular Kickstarter project obliterated its fundraising goal on Kickstarter in only hours.
As odd app-controlled gadgets went, the Sphero robotic ball was probably 2011's most unusual, and now the company is back with Sphero 2.0, the next-gen version. Still a robo-ball that you can navigate via your smartphone or tablet, Sphero 2.0 boosts the speed - now up to 7 feet per second - and adds multicolor LEDs so that it can light up in different colors (as well as being 3x brighter than before) as you play a new series of games.
Depending on what state you live in, there could come a point when one of your electrical devices - maybe even a gadget - fail, only for the culprit to be pegged as "crazy ants". Such has been the case for many in the Southern United States, where a species of insect known as Raspberry crazy ants have made their way from South American, driving out native ant populations and destroying hosts of electronics equipment.
Taking panoramic photos is something most smartphones can manage, but jerky, wobbly 360-degree shots usually come down to user error rather than technical issues. BubblePod is hoping to change that with its new Kickstarter project, a clockwork 360-degree mount that works with tripods for those moments when you came prepared, and slots into the mouth of a spare wine bottle for impromptu social shots.
In case you haven't heard, Ben Heck makes cool stuff, and he has his own show. His creations span a range of devices, with his works including everything from an Xbox 360 laptop to a custom toilet illuminator. As such, it isn't surprising that he's taken to the Raspberry Pi, turning it into a nifty little portable gaming console. What's better, we get to watch the process from start to finish.
Wearables needn't just be for humans: startup Whistle wants $100 to track man's best friend, and the eponymous Whistle dog collar add-on is how it plans to do it. Collecting details of different types of activity, resting periods, and other information, Whistle pushes it not only to a companion app on your smartphone, but into the cloud where a timeline of the dog's behavior and routines can be monitored.
You may never have held Braun's ET66 calculator, but you probably recognize it. The Dieter Rams designed classic was the "inspiration" for the original iOS calculator app, and has gone on to command big prices for a simple desk tool, with second-hand examples going for upward of $150 on eBay. Now, Braun is reissuing the original, for those with less to spend.
IDC has offered up a new report looking at the mobile phone market during the first quarter of 2013. The report looks at the global mobile phone market and notes that the overall market around the globe for mobile phones grew 4% year-over-year during Q1 of 2013. One of the more interesting things about Q1 of 2013 was that smartphones out shipped feature phones for the first time.
When it comes the bandwidth for wireless networks, many people always want more. More speed and more bandwidth are very important if you make heavy use of your wireless network for transferring large HD video files or streaming content locally. It's surprisingly easy to use more bandwidth than is available if you have several computers or devices streaming high-definition video within the home or office leading to lots of buffering or stuttering playback.
The days of mysterious espresso brewing behind hulking machines may be over, if one coffee startup, Modbar, has its way, burying all but the glamorous end of the process under the counter. Revealed today at the opening of the SCAA's (Speciality Coffee Association of America) annual expo, Modbar is a striking, modular series of espresso groups, pour-over taps, and steam arms which can be hooked up in multiple numbers and configurations, with the promise of greater temperature control, a cut in prep time, and even geek-friendly features like touchscreen operation and support for temperature monitoring in Kelvin.