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Yardarm Sensor brings real-time tracking to police firearms

Yardarm Sensor brings real-time tracking to police firearms

Connected technology largely focuses on the average consumer, being used with devices that monitor homes, keep track of kids, locate lost pets, wake us up and lull us to sleep. Some companies are looking outside of those typical realms into other areas that can benefit from the technology, however, and among them is law enforcement and its related entities. One startup in particular called Yardarm has developed a sensor that will bring real-time monitoring to police firearms, offering up information on things like when a gun was drawn and which way it was pointing.

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Kinect Adapter for Windows makes Xbox One device a USB joint

Kinect Adapter for Windows makes Xbox One device a USB joint

The newest way Microsoft is making Kinect more accessible to the masses is with a device called the Kinect Adapter for Windows. This device allows the Xbox One Kinect to work with your Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 device with a simple USB plug. You’ll need USB 3.0 - which your computer almost certainly has - but besides that it’s just a simple slot. Need a use for that camera that came with your Xbox One? Surprise! Now you have one!

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WeatherSignal is a first for iOS, uses sensors for science

WeatherSignal is a first for iOS, uses sensors for science

Apple’s door to the walled garden has been left cracked open, and as Developers start to find their way in, things are getting awesome in iOS land. One of the Development teams to meander through the garden is OpenSignal, who have a new app for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in WeatherSignal. Like the famed (and downright amazing) OpenSignal, WeatherSignal will rely on crowdsourced info to provide real-time, local weather info. The app also represents a first for the iOS platform and Developers alike.

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Fibaro Motion Sensor features glowing eyeball design

Fibaro Motion Sensor features glowing eyeball design

If you prefer your motion sensors to remind all nearby that they're under someone's watchful eye, Fibaro's new offering fits the bill. With the Fibaro Motion Sensor comes a real eyeball design similar to that of a (glowing) cat's eye, which can be controlled from a mobile device.

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US Open ball boys test Ralph Lauren smart shirts

US Open ball boys test Ralph Lauren smart shirts

The U.S. Open ball boys are doing a test run of sorts with Ralph Lauren's new smart shirts, which keep tabs on things like heart rates and aggregates it onto a different device like a smartphone. The company says its new smart shirts are the first of its kind to be rolled out by a major fashion label, and could transform wearables.

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RunScribe sensor shows how you run

RunScribe sensor shows how you run

Running is the favorite activity for many fitness enthusiasts, and to help show those runners how they run is the runScribe from Scribe Labs. The runScribe is a small sensor that attaches to the back of one's shoe, gathering data and transforming it into a three-dimensional view of how a person runs.

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Biovigil targets hospital handwashing with color-coded badges

Biovigil targets hospital handwashing with color-coded badges

Proper handwashing is a simple, yet vitally important task, especially when it comes to doctors and nurses. The occurrence of infections in patients that result after admittance is high, and in a bid to help solve this problem, Biovigil has unveiled a color-coded badge and sensor system that shames doctors that don't scrub up.

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Sony Smart Tennis Sensor: tracking your performance

Sony Smart Tennis Sensor: tracking your performance

Sony has taken the wraps off a new sensor that aims to take your tennis game up a notch. The Smart Tennis Sensor is a small device that is fixed to the bottom of your tennis racket (if you have a compatible model, that is) and tracks your performance, dishing it up on your mobile device via the related app.

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NFL will use tracking sensors on players this season

NFL will use tracking sensors on players this season

The NFL is about to give its athletes a technological boost, with plans being in place to embed tracking sensors in shoulder pads for the upcoming season. Reports USA Today, this represents the first so-called "live phase" of a project the NFL hopes will bolster the experience for fans and improve training.

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Runtastic Orbit runs rings around the wearable competition [UPDATE]

Runtastic Orbit runs rings around the wearable competition [UPDATE]

Runtastic, makers of some fine fitness accessories and mobile apps, is taking another stab at the growing wearable market. With Runtastic Orbit, the company is offering a 24-hour tracking device and fitness monitor that is designed to cater to anyone and everyone, whether you are a dedicated fitness buff or simply a health-conscious individual.

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New Apple patents hint at iWatch and wearable features

New Apple patents hint at iWatch and wearable features

The USPTO has just published three new patents filed by Apple way back in 2012 detailing smart, adaptive, and sensor-based features. While some of these can almost fit any type of smart device, even an iPhone itself, they do make more sense when put inside the context of a wearable apparatus, perhaps the fabled iWatch.

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iPhone 6 tipped to include barometer sensor

iPhone 6 tipped to include barometer sensor

Following the plethora of iPhone 6 leaks that have surfaced, a rumor of a different sorts related to the next Apple handset has appeared. Some code spotted in iOS 8 by the folks at 9to5Mac hints at a couple features the iPhone 6 may offer, as well as accompanying hardware.

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