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Listnr personal assistant always keeps an ear out

Listnr personal assistant always keeps an ear out

Yesterday we saw the Personal Robot, a personal assistant robot with artificial intelligence and the ability to wheel itself around your home or office. If the idea of having a personal assistant of this type strikes your fancy, only you're not too keen on having a deep learning and mobile robot wheeling around while you sleep, there's the Listnr instead. Listnr is an electronic ear that is always listening to its surroundings and taking actions based on what it hears.

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Branto connected orb can rotate, monitor your home

Branto connected orb can rotate, monitor your home

Imagine having a small orb on your bookcase or counter. This orb can be remotely accessed from your smartphone to, for example, turn up the heat in your home before you leave work. Likewise, the orb -- with its integrated camera -- can be rotated using a mobile device so that the user can take a peek around at whatever is going on nearby. Such are some of the features of Branto, another Internet of Things device that promises users home security, automation, and a slight cool factor.

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Light & Motion’s Sidekick adds light to your GoPro

Light & Motion’s Sidekick adds light to your GoPro

GoPro makes some nifty little cameras, but their usefulness drops drastically when put up against a low-light situation. External lights are the solution, but if you're using a spotlight or some other secondary battery-powered unit, the odds are it is both inconvenient and less than effective. The folks at Light & Motion are addressing that issue with their new Sidekick light, a rectangular LED light that is design specifically for mounting next to a GoPro camera to function as a complementary flash.

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Personal Robot is an AI assistant on wheels

Personal Robot is an AI assistant on wheels

The age of personal robotic assistants is upon us, and soon enough they'll gravitate from our phone and laptops to dedicated devices able to roll from place to place, offering up help when needed and tending to small tasks we don't have time to do ourselves. The idea is an old one, and though the technology to pull it off is much newer it isn't unheard of at this point. We've seen free-moving assistant robots in the past, and here to challenge them all is the Personal Robot.

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Harebrained goes to Kickstarter to expand Shadowrun: Hong Kong

Harebrained goes to Kickstarter to expand Shadowrun: Hong Kong

If you haven't had your fill yet of cyberpunk computer games, particularly from the Shadowrun setting, then it's time to do a happy dance. Harebrained Schemes has once again taken to everyone's favorite crowdfunding platform to help extend its next game's scope. Taking place in a magically awakened Hong Kong of 2056, Shadowrun: Hong Kong is the third Shadowrun-based computer game from the developer and its second to hit Kickstarter. And despite some negative feedback, it seems that this will be a funding success as well.

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ZPM drops automated coffee & Kickstarter backers

ZPM drops automated coffee & Kickstarter backers

ZPM’s PID-controlled espresso machine sounded too good to be true. Billed as “a home espresso machine that provides commercial quality temperature and pressure consistency at an affordable price”, the Kickstarter easily blasted through their $20,000 goal on the way to just under $370,000 in funding. That was three years ago, almost to the day. As backers waited, the company dragged their heels on delivery. Via an update to backers, we learn they’re ditching the product altogether, and won’t be issuing refunds.

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NEEO home automation system is beautiful, robust

NEEO home automation system is beautiful, robust

Home automation. More than a few options exist at this point, allowing consumers to be more picky about what they want, and among it all is a desire for products that are both attractive and able to offer extensive support for one's existing hardware. Cue the NEEO, a two-part home automation system that aims to satisfy both of those demands, doing so with with a "brain" and remote and support for thousands of gadgets. All the while, the device brings with it a sleek design.

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Trunkster zipperless “smart” luggage is a traveler’s dream

Trunkster zipperless “smart” luggage is a traveler’s dream

Nowadays, anything that can be made smarter is getting a facelift, from watches, to smoke detectors, and now to luggages. While we've seen our fair share of these smart traveling companions, like the BlueSmart connected carry-on a few months back, this Trunkster Kickstarter seems to promise all that and more. In addition to GPS tracking and a built-in weighing scale, these luggages also offer a new and fancy "zipperless" door design as well as something every mobile user wished they had at an airport: a high capacity charger.

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3Doodler 2.0 goes metal for better 3D drawing

3Doodler 2.0 goes metal for better 3D drawing

3Doodler was the surprise hit of 2013, a handheld 3D drawing pen capable of sketching physical objects using concepts borrowed from 3D printers, and now the team is back with version two. 3Doodler 2.0 is a complete rework of the original, swapping the plastic casing for a trimmer aluminum form-factor, dropping its weight to 50g, and running longer than before with the promise of more precise plastic ink extrusion.

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