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10 Feb

Altruis Smart Jewelry Helps You Focus on Important Tasks Instead of Your Smartphone

All it takes is one random smartphone notification to distract you from your busy day. Unfortunately, there aren’t many ways around the issue. Placing your mobile device on silent will leave you checking your pocket every few minutes in anticipation for a message or call, which can sometimes be worse than having your phone on full blast. Helping you stay in the moment is Vinaya, a London-based startup that specializes in smart jewelry and wearables. The brand strongly believes that technology should help you engage your surroundings (relationships, daily tasks and personal hobbies) and not the other way around. "We believe that it's only through facilitating such a human-centric research loop that we can arrive at meaningful solutions. Our aim is...
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10 Feb

Sugr Cube: Upbeat Wooden Speakers for Urban Living

The Sugr Cube speaker would make Steve Jobs proud. At least that’s what the designers had in mind while drawing up sketches for the audio device. “Besides the technology, we want to present our respect to Apple and Jobs, so we designed the speaker to be iOS icon shaped with authentic wood surface,” said Sugr CEO Sean Song. The China-based startup is experiencing firsthand the impact that the tech giant is having in Asia as it carves out a path for other local brands, like Xiaomi and Huawei, to follow. Not to be left behind, Song hopes to influence the audio electronics space in the same way with the release of its first smart speaker. The group launched a Kickstarter campaign in...
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30 Jan

Top 3 Best E-commerce Platforms for Your Small Business

Last-minute holiday shopping is in full-swing, and after-Christmas sales are closing out a record year in 2015, with shoppers buying more gifts online than in stores over the 2015 Black Friday weekend. Billions of dollars are spent every year during the holiday season on small and local businesses and restaurants. This trend, while incomparable with 2014 data, seems to be on the rise, as it is the first time online stores beat out the old brick-and-mortar model. This means it is more important than ever to have efficient, easy-to-use e-commerce integrations for your small business. Below is a list of the three best e-commerce solutions for small online businesses: Shopify When I reached out to a major online retailer of a popular...
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16 Dec

Explorer: Can’t Go Wrong with a Flask-Shaped Music Player

Apple set the bar pretty high with the iPod. Unfortunately, the company recently stopped tinkering with their music players. The hiatus has caused a plethora of startups to come up with their own versions of the next best portable player. Most releases, like Neil Young’s Pono Player, aren’t great and offer mediocre sound quality that you can get from a smartphone. The only device that really stands out from the sea of rectangular mainstream players is the Echobox Explorer. Shaped like a fancy, wooden flask, the handheld machine is in a class of its own in the world of hi-res audio. Just to set the record straight, you can’t store drinks in the device. The top piece actually functions as a universal...
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12 Dec

Livin Hive​:​ Replace Your Meat-Eating Habits with Mealworms

According to Racing Extinction, livestock farming is one of the main contributors to climate change. Humans eat way too much meat and the demand is literally ripping apart the world we live in. As a solution, many have turned to green vegetables to meet their caloric and dietary requirements. But that way of living does not appeal to everyone. For those who need a steady stream of meaty protein, the answer could be mealworms. You’ve probably heard of this alternative before, but because very few are practicing it, the option sounds completely off the wall. It also doesn’t help that food and game shows market the nutritious bugs as nasty and unappetizing. When in reality, (based on my own experience) cultured mealworms...
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10 Dec

Cobalt Unleashes the Ultimate Personal Plane for Speedy, Aerial Nomads

Forget about one-dimensional helicopters and pretentious jets. Cobalt, a San Francisco-based airplane manufacturing startup, is redefining the way you travel in the air. Last month, the group launched two private aircrafts: the Co50 Valkyrie and the Valkyrie-X. Here’s a closer look at these luxurious vessels. Bringing Back the Canard You won’t find a mini-bar or feathery couches inside the canard-style aircraft. Instead, you’ll be treated with a sleek interior and an open 320-view of the sky while ripping through the clouds. Powering the Co50 Valkyrie is a blistering, twin-turbo piston engine that can reach up to 260 knots (approximately 300 mph) with ease. It is currently the fastest private plane in its class; and at those speeds, you’ll clench your teeth, grip...
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8 Dec

Tail Lights Gives Horses Luminous, Unicorn-like Powers

Riding in the dark is dangerous. That’s why car drivers rely on lights to let other people know they're around. Even cyclists and joggers use LED pads or reflectors to avoid getting hit by fast-moving vehicles. Horses enthusiasts, on the other hand, have it bad. Because horses make unexpected movements, a regular shiny construction vest simply isn’t enough to deter accidents after sunset. And if you think horses don’t have a night life, they do. Police in rural areas rely on their four-legged buddies to patrol inaccessible roads and paths where cars are unusable. Some trainers also like to take their horses out for a stroll at night, when the conditions are cooler and more relaxing. Surprisingly, horse owners have very...
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8 Dec

SolaRoad: Crazy Solar Project Could Be the Next Big Thing

Solar panels are popping up everywhere these days. They’re currently on rooftops, cars and even external battery packs. Scientists are even trying to create a transparent version that can be installed on windows. The sustainable movement has encouraged some to attempt the unthinkable. Last year, SolaRoad, a technology firm based in Amsterdam, announced it would install solar panels on mainstream roads. It was a crazy idea that spurred mixed reactions from locals. This isn’t the first time a company tried to win the solar community over with a grand idea. In 2014, a controversial Indiegogo campaign that promised to bring “the roads of the future” went viral and raised over $2.2 million in funds. To this day, the sketchy group has...
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3 Dec

Tel Aviv Gears Up to Become an International Startup Hub

Silicon Valley and Seattle are well-established tech hubs that entrepreneurs flock to for rapid innovation. But outside the U.S., choices for such ecosystems are very limited. This is because a successful startup hub requires a pool of top talent, advanced infrastructure and a supportive community. But now, a new city has taken up the challenge to provide young companies with everything they need to thrive. With a population of 400,000 and home to over 700 startups, Tel Aviv announced several edgy initiatives that are designed to propel the city’s status in the global tech community. Unlike other urban regions, the government is taking a proactive approach to making the area more enticing for creative minds. The group’s plans cater to the interests...
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2 Dec

This Wearable Lets You Listen to Your Lover’s Heartbeat While Sleeping

Long distance relationships are hard. The odds of a couple making it through the ordeal are staggeringly slim without face-to-face communication and intimacy. Sure, you could Skype with your significant other every night and send photos of your daily experiences, but for some reason, these efforts are not enough to keep the love juices flowing. Until you can hear your lover’s heartbeat while sleeping, your long distance fiasco will never work out. Wait, what? That's the concept that Little Riot is running with for its upcoming wearable. It sounds crazy, because it is and people want it. "Pillow Talk is not a conventional wearable; it's not a fitness or sleep tracker or any sort of 'qualified self' product," said 28-year-old interaction...
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