Gadgets

Fitbug Orb tracks steps, sleep and more

Fitbug Orb tracks steps, sleep and more

A new activity tracker is available for users of Apple and Android smartphones and tablets called the Fitbug Orb. The Orb is able to track many of the same things that high-end activity trackers such as the Fitbit Force keeps track of at a significantly lower cost. The Force sells for $129.95 putting it out of the reach of some people who are interested in this technology.

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Rock Out 2 portable speaker ships with up to 20 hours of mobile playback

Rock Out 2 portable speaker ships with up to 20 hours of mobile playback

Goal Zero has announced a new portable speaker designed to allow you to listen to your favorite music on the go called the Rock Out 2. The portable speaker is now shipping and can be purchased for $59.99 with shipping included. The portable speaker comes in multiple colors and works with anything featuring a 3.5 mm headphone output.

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Wicked Lasers Evo is open-source and controllable via a smartphone

Wicked Lasers Evo is open-source and controllable via a smartphone

Wicked Lasers has been offering up all sorts of laser pointers that can be used for performing all sorts of interesting stunts. Some lasers the company makes are incredibly powerful and can be used to melt, pop, and burn all sorts of stuff including iPhones. Wicked Lasers has announced what it claims to be the world's first open source smartphone controllable handheld laser called the Evo.

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Zepp 3D motion sensor helps improve tennis, baseball, and golf swings

Zepp 3D motion sensor helps improve tennis, baseball, and golf swings

There are sensors on the market that are designed specifically to help golfers improve their swing. Earlier this year we mentioned one called the GolfSense designed specifically to interface with your smartphone help you get better at golf. A new product has surfaced from a company called Zepp Labs with versions designed to help golfers, baseball players, and tennis players.

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3Doodler pens ship to Kickstarter backers

3Doodler pens ship to Kickstarter backers

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.

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Sphero 2.0 robotic ball gets brighter, faster and more flexible

Sphero 2.0 robotic ball gets brighter, faster and more flexible

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.

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Gadget-eating crazy ants causing millions in damages

Gadget-eating crazy ants causing millions in damages

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.

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BubblePod makes panoramas a wind-up with 360 clockwork mount

BubblePod makes panoramas a wind-up with 360 clockwork mount

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.

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Raspberry Pi gets Ben Heck’d into portable gaming unit

Raspberry Pi gets Ben Heck’d into portable gaming unit

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.

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Whistle brings wireless wearables to dogs

Whistle brings wireless wearables to dogs

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.

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Braun ET66 calculator classic gets reissued

Braun ET66 calculator classic gets reissued

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.

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Smartphones out shipped feature phones in Q1 2013 says IDC

Smartphones out shipped feature phones in Q1 2013 says IDC

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.

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