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Tech Spotlight: Vessyl Beverage Tracker

 

 
Vessyl automatically knows and tracks everything you drink

 

 

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Automatic

It knows what’s inside

It’s not magic, but close to it. The Vessyl knows and aggregates the makeup of everything you drink. No more guessing or journaling. It keeps track of what’s important to you… all automatically.
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Lenses

Set and Display Your Goals

We’re all different, so it’s important that you can focus on what’s important to you. Your Vessyl lets you choose the specific ‘lenses’ you want to track. Naturally, the lenses update in real-time on your Vessyl and on the app.

 

 

 

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Hydration made smart

Have you heard the saying you should drink 8 glasses of water a day? Well, it’s not that simple. Truth is…we all have different hydration needs. Through Pryme, your Vessyl estimates, tracks and displays your real-time hydration needs. Your Pryme level rises and declines based on a variety of factors.

 
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Design

A modern take on a classic object

We worked closely with fuseproject to craft an object that would possess a unique yet subtle presence on a tabletop. The facets on the side of the Vessyl indicate where the screen will display your consumption data. The spill-proof lid, non-stick interior, and durable build will allow you to be confident on the move.

 

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Pre-order now for $99 on myvessyl.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tech Spotlight: Amazon Echo

 

 
Always ready, connected and fast. Just ask.

– Information, music, news, weather, and more—instantly
– Controlled by your voice for hands-free convenience
– Voice recognition hears you from across the room
– Connected to the cloud so it’s always getting smarter

 

 

 
What is Amazon Echo?

Amazon Echo is designed around your voice. It’s always on—just ask for information, music, news, weather, and more. Echo begins working as soon as it hears you say the wake word, “Alexa.” It’s also an expertly-tuned speaker that can fill any room with immersive sound.

 
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Far-field voice recognition

Tucked under Echo’s light ring is an array of seven microphones. These sensors use beam-forming technology to hear you from any direction. With enhanced noise cancellation, Echo can hear you ask a question even while it’s playing music.

 
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Always getting smarter

Echo’s brain is in the cloud, running on Amazon Web Services so it continually learns and adds more functionality over time. The more you use Echo, the more it adapts to your speech patterns, vocabulary, and personal preferences.
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Advanced audio design

Echo has been fine-tuned to deliver crisp vocals with dynamic bass response. Its dual downward-firing speakers produce 360° omni-directional audio to fill the room with immersive sound. Echo provides hands-free voice control for Amazon Music, Prime Music, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn. Plus, Echo is Bluetooth-enabled so you can stream other popular music services like Spotify, iTunes, and Pandora from your phone or tablet.

 
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Amazon Echo App

Echo doesn’t stop working when you’re away from home. With the free companion app on Fire OS and Android, plus desktop and iOS browsers, you can easily manage your alarms, music, shopping lists, and more.

 

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Key Features

Easy setup
Connect to your home network with a simple setup, guided by the free companion app on Fire OS and Android, plus desktop and iOS browsers.

Fast Wi-Fi
Echo is always on and connected to Wi-Fi so it’s ready to respond instantly.

Bluetooth-enabled
Stream your favorite music services like Spotify, iTunes, and Pandora from your phone or tablet.

Just ask

Echo is always ready, connected, and fast. Just say the wake word, “Alexa,” for:
•News, weather, and information: Hear up-to-the-minute weather and news from a variety of sources, including local radio stations, NPR, and ESPN from TuneIn.
•Music: Listen to your Amazon Music Library, Prime Music, TuneIn, and iHeartRadio.
•Alarms, timers, and lists: Stay on time and organized with voice-controlled alarms, timers, shopping and to-do lists.
•Questions and answers: Get information from Wikipedia, definitions, answers to common questions, and more.
•More coming soon: Echo automatically updates through the cloud with new services and features.

 

 

 

 

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Price: $199.00 ($99 – prime members save $100)

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Tech Spotlight: TIYO- An Eject Button for Difficult Situations

 

 

 

Ever been in a situation you wanted to get out of? TIYO is your exit strategy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU NEEDED AN OUT?

Maybe it was a bad date, a boring meeting, a really awkward conversation with the in-laws, or maybe you just said hi to a coworker and then they wouldn’t stop talking to you for 30 minutes straight?

The TIYO (tee-yo) is a device that helps you escape these situations. One press of the button and seconds later you get a phone call (a real phone call). It’s really that simple!

 

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Why not just use an App?

When you turn the corner at the grocery store and run into a chatty co-worker that you really can’t stand, you don’t have time to prepare. It would look quite rude if you were to pull out your phone in the middle of a one-on-one conversation and it would be pretty suspicious if your phone rang 30 seconds later. With the TIYO, you can react to any situation, expected or unexpected without breaking eye contact with the other person.

We’ve designed a system that will provide you with the most convincing full-package white lie so as to minimize the chance of you offending or hurting the feelings of the person you meet. Also, can you imagine using a fake ring app, putting the phone to your ear and then having someone actually call you? That would suck!
Why not just “grow a pair” and tell them you don’t want to talk?

When’s the last time you told off your boss, mother-in-law, co-worker, friend’s spouse, neighbour, or the mom you see at the park every day? There are some people you’ve just got be nice to because you have to see them again, possibly daily, for the foreseeable future. Sometimes you just need a moment of relief or a way out before you explode and say something you’d regret.
Are you very social? This probably isn’t for you!

Not everyone has the personality type to gracefully exit all situations. Those who are introverted, those with social anxiety, people who have disabilities, and people who fall more in line with the passive or “beta” personality set who have trouble saying no, are afraid of offending people and who would rather die than have anyone upset with them, this device is made for them.

Our mission is to get you out of the crap that ruins your now

People respect “The Important/Emergency Call” because it can happen to anyone at any time. It’s what many of us used to justify getting our first mobile phone, whether we did the buying or begging to our parents. Take control of this gift with the TIYO.

When they won’t stop talking, TIYO does the blocking

 

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WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED

Getting a call at the right time is one thing, but being able to sell it as a realistic sounding call is another, especially when under panic or stress.

We let you customize the caller ID so you can easily point to your phone and say “oh look it’s my boss, it must be important”.

Since it’s a real phone call, you’re probably going to have to talk out loud and the other party will most likely be listening. We made it easier for you by having someone speak on the other end of the line, telling you exactly what to say. You just repeat what they said and to the outside observer it sounds like you are having a real conversation. We’ve got a bunch of different scripts to pick from.

 

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WHAT ELSE DO YOU NEED TO KNOW?

Here are some quick details on what you might need to know about compatibility, technical specs, the app, number of calls, etc.
Compatibility

The TIYO uses Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, but practically every phone made after 2008 has that whether it’s a smartphone or not, so worry not!
Setup and usage

If you’ve ever paired a headset or hands free device to your phone, then you know what to do! Do this simple exercise once and you are good to go! Get a new phone? Pair the device to the new phone instead, it still works!
The app

While you don’t need an app to use the TIYO, one will be built that will run on every smartphone platform. The app will provide a quicker and easier way to update the Caller ID that appears as well as the script that will play. You’ll be able to do this from our simple mobile website as well.
Number of calls and refilling

Every TIYO comes with at least 25 free calls. When you run out you can simply buy another call pack in a pay-as-you-go fashion, there are no monthly subscriptions required to use the TIYO! You can purchase an additional 25 calls for $5. That’s less than a quarter a call!
What else does it do?

The TIYO has one goal and that’s to get you out of crap situations that you don’t want to be in. Right now that means it will call you and nothing else; this means super quick setup, simplicity, reliability, and a streamlined use case.

But wait, there’s more! We will be adding features down the line for it to do other things such as send a text message instead or maybe call a friend and play a message or even conference you in.

For the makers and developers out there we will also be releasing an API so you can build anything you’d like upon the receipt of a TIYO distress signal. Maybe it’ll open your garage, you dream it, you code it, you got it!

 

THE STORY

Hi I’m Ivan and I’m the inventor of the TIYO. I decided to bring this cool idea into reality after hearing story after story from my wife Sarah about a colleague at work who just won’t stop talking. He’s so bad that when he enters someone’s office other employees have to take notice and if he doesn’t leave after 10 minutes then they must call the victim so they can carry on with their day! When a one line email would suffice, this guy will talk to you for 30 minutes.

As an entrepreneur I do a lot of pitching and networking and I often find myself stuck in conversations with people that go nowhere, but have no clear exit.

We realized that there are so many things a simple phone call can solve in both a business and personal setting that it was a no-brainer! I started talking to people about the idea and they thought it was a blast! A lot of people have their own strategies and protocols, but they don’t always work or they require extra people so we knew we were on the right path.

 

Visit The TIYO Crowdfunding Page

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Tech Spotlight: WineGlass App

 

 

A WINE EXPERT AT YOUR FINGERTIPS
Just take a picture of a wine list at a bar or restaurant – WineGlass will instantly scan the image and give you an interactive version on your iPhone.

CHOOSE THE PERFECT BOTTLE
WineGlass shows you ratings, reviews, price information and food pairings for each wine, helping you make smart choices for your own taste and budget.

LEARN ABOUT WINE
WineGlass removes the anxiety and confusion from reading a wine list. Build confidence and develop your own wine vocabulary, guided by millions of expert tasting notes from our partner CellarTracker, the world’s leading wine community.

 

 

 

 

About the Company
WineGlass started with a conversation between brothers Roddy and Alec Lindsay in 2012. The Brothers Lindsay were staring at a wine list in a restaurant in Moscow, eyes glazed over with anxiety and shame. Like many poor saps whose wine knowledge consisted of a preference for white, or possibly red, the natural instinct was simply to choose the second cheapest.

It dawned on us that the deck was fundamentally stacked. How are we normals ever supposed to know what the hell “Coche-Dury Auxey-Duresses, Cote de Beaune” means? Is it a red, or a white? Will I like it more than “Domaine Dujac Aux Malconsorts, Vosne-Romanee”? Instead of our decision being informed by data or a trusted recommendation, it felt more like the superstition with which one might select a horse at the race track.

Even if the list had displayed each wine’s country, region, and type of grape(s), that’s still not much to go on. There are hundreds of grape varieties and plenty of obscure regions in the world, with lots of variance in quality and taste within each. Ask for help? Unfortunately, many restaurants don’t have a sommelier on staff who can offer guidance, and often we don’t even know what question to ask…

So that evening, we decided to build a wine app for the rest of us. An app that would replace our shame with confidence. A friendly, intuitive app that would tell us a thing or two about a wine before we plunk our money down, and would help us learn what “minerality” actually tastes like.

We thought the app should be simple and fast. So all you need to do is take a photo of a wine list, and WineGlass shows you helpful information about each wine: what the wine is, what the wine should cost, and what others say about it. Easy. Read More

 

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whatscook

Tech Spotlight: Hellman’s Delivers Cooking Lessons via WhatsApp in Brazil

 

The mayonnaise brand has launched WhatsCook in Brazil, a campaign that provides instant recipes and cooking advice from pro chefs via the popular WhatsApp messaging service.

Hellmann’s mayonnaise is determined to find new ways to engage its customer base, whether it’s through NFC-enabled touchscreen shopping carts that deliver meal suggestions as customers walk through the store, or printing recipes on the back of receipts, tailored their shopping bill. Now it’s returned with WhatsCook, a campaign that helps anyone get instant recipes and cooking advice from pro chefs via the popular WhatsApp messaging service.

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Tech Spotlight: DinnerTime App – A Smarter Solution to Parental Control

 

 

DinnerTime is a user-friendly app parents can download to remind their children about taking time out from their mobile devices to study, get the sleep they need, and of course, enjoy mealtime as a family. Features include Dinner Time, Bed Time and Take a Break control options.

 

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DinnerTime Plus has the features of DinnerTime, with additional parental control functionalities.

Set time limits for how long your children can use both the app and the device
Display real-time status of your children’s device and which app is currently running
Blocked apps (e.g. during exam time)
Detailed device usage reporting

 

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About the Company
DinnerTime app is created by a team of developers at ZeroDesktop, Inc., based in Silicon Valley. ZeroDesktop, Inc. is a leading developer for next generation family computing platforms, leveraging their expertise in Cloud and Mobile technologies to help parents guide and safeguard their children’s activities on their mobile devices.

ZeroDesktop delivers innovative next-generation Android-powered devices for kids, Cloud-based parental control features for phones and tablets, and Unified Cloud API & Metadata Engine and content aggregation services. Their technologies are used by consumers and also licensed to leading Telcos, OEMs and ISVs in Europe and Asia.

 

 

 

 

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Tech Spotlight: Mellow – A New Kind of Kitchen Robot

 

It takes a lot of energy to craft a great meal, when you have to balance dinner, work, and everything else you have going on. Mellow makes it a lot easier by cooking ingredients to perfection while you’re away. This way, when you want to cook dinner, you can let go of the stress and focus on enjoying yourself.

Think of Mellow as your loyal helper. Tell it what to do, teach it what you like, and it’ll do its best to make your life simpler.

 

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Poached eggs, 8 am, soft.

Mellow is a sous-vide machine that takes orders through your smartphone and keeps food cold until it’s the exact time to start cooking.

Because it’s controlled through your phone, and it can keep your food at refrigerator temperatures, Mellow fits into your day seamlessly. No matter what’s going on, you’ll have amazing food ready to go.

Duck confit will cook through day and night until you can take the bones out with two fingers. A salmon fillet will be kept chilled until it’s ready to peak. Everything will be customized to your taste and scheduled automatically.

 

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Designed to fit your life.

Mellow was designed to be part of your daily routine. From the wireless smart control to the ability to keep your food at refrigerator temperatures, everything about Mellow was thought to make your life easier without compromising on your food’s taste or nutrition.
Join the next generation of home cooking.

We’re launching now because we want you to join us as early as possible. By preordering a unit, you’ll join a community helping to choose what to prioritize, what to change, and be the first to test our work. If you don’t feel comfortable on the bleeding edge, you should probably wait.

You can cancel your pre-order without any costs, at any time before we ship. Join us now, and help us reshape home cooking forever.

 

 

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Tech Spotlight: Cleanly Laundry App

 

Simple On-Demand Laundry Delivery

Cleanly was designed to be the easiest way to get your laundry or dry-cleaning done.

So you can go back to doing what you love.

 

3 Steps To Happiness

Laundry & Dry-Cleaning is a pain. Here’s how we’re making it better.

 

SCHEDULE PICKUP

Enter the time and day that works best for you. Seriously, that’s it.

HAND OFF TO VALET

A Cleanly Valet arrives at your doorstep to pick up your laundry and dry-cleaning.

LOVE LIFE

Your clothes are returned the next day.
Less chores, more hobbies.

 

 

SIMPLICITY IS OUR MISSION

From a simple, minimalist design to complete transparency at every step, we’re rethinking laundry and dry-cleaning.

Take a deep breath. Smile. Laundry never felt this easy.

 

 

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Tech Spotlight: Craft Check Beer App

What is Craft Check?

It’s an app. For your iPhone. Or I guess for your iPad if you’re the kind of person that uses a tablet to do things other people do with their phones.

It lets you know whether the beer you’re looking at is from an authentic craft brewery or just a mass-market imitation craft beer – either by scanning the barcode or by searching the brewery name.

 

 

Who made Craft Check?

Barrett was the one standing in the middle of BevMo wondering which of the beers he was looking at were fake craft breweries and which were real. He was also the one who put together the database and keeps it updated, so feel free to yell at him if he got something wrong.

Rudy said “we can solve that problem,” and handled the “listening to Barrett ramble on about bad ways to build it before suggesting we build it in a much better fashion” part, as well as the actual development.

The inimitable Kristin Myers Harvey handled our design and created our logo (and gratefully hasn’t yelled at us for messing up her beautiful designs and layout a bit in this first release – don’t worry Kristin, we’re fixing it!)

 

 

What’s “craft brewery” mean?

The Brewers Association has their official definition here, but the gist of it is that if the brewery is owned by a company that sponsors a stadium, intentionally misspells the word “light” or is the “official beer” of anything other than your evening, it’s probably not a craft brewery. Basically, smaller breweries more focused on brewing good beer than on corporate beverage domination.

 

 

Why do you only verify American breweries as craft breweries?

The truth is that in most of the rest of the world there isn’t an actual definition for craft brewery – it’s a completely subjective term. Some countries like Canada have several competing definitions (see this 2011 post from The Year of Beer) and most of UK and Europe doesn’t have any prevailing definition at all, as outlined in this post from the excellent BrewDog. So until there’s a larger consensus we feel kind of obligated to stick with what’s agreed-upon.

It’s a problem worth solving and something we’re taking seriously though. We’re looking into different ways to give our completely subjective thumbs-up to some breweries that we’d consider honorary craft breweries in our own eyes, but that don’t meet the existing definition because they’re not American breweries. So keep your eyes peeled for some ideas in the near future, we’re hoping to roll it out soon. Until then though, we’re sticking to what we know we can verify: breweries that officially meet the Brewers Association’s definition of “Craft Brewery.”

Aren’t there enough craft beer apps?

There are a lot of craft beer apps but none that specifically did what we wanted, which was let you pick up a beer, scan it, and immediately know whether or not you were holding a beer from a craft brewery. If you want to know what your friends are drinking, get ratings and opinions, or find out what breweries are nearby, there are better apps for that. If you want a simple yes or no (or the occasional maybe, in hopefully decreasingly common occurrences) then we’ve got you covered.

You screwed up/Why isn’t my favorite brewery listed/This is madness I tell you, madness!

Well…probably, yeah. We had to put together all the information by hand (if it was already easily available, we wouldn’t have had to make Craft Check in the first place!) so mistakes do happen. We’re a very imperfect three-person crew, and Barrett’s typing is occasionally so bad he once misspelled “fantastic” by starting it with a Q. With that said though, we’re committing to monthly updates to both fix mistakes and reflect changes in the marketplace. We want every update to get us closer to zero mistakes and missing breweries, so if you find any let us know and we’ll fix it.

 

 

But I really like [insert name of macrobrew here]! Why can’t I just drink what I want?

Look, far be it for us to tell you what to drink. Beer is incredibly personal and everyone’s tastes are different. Hell, we’d be lying if we told you we didn’t occasionally grab a Guinness or a Blue Moon. We’re not fundamentally opposed to macrobreweries and we don’t think they’re inherently evil. We do, however, prefer to support local businesses and think it’s more than a little dishonest for multinational corporate beverage conglomerates to trade on the passion and hard work of thousands of small craft breweries who can’t comprehend the idea of “compromise” (let alone “multibillion dollar marketing budgets”) while simultaneously making it harder for them to compete in a marketplace.

So by all means drink what you like, but since the big guys are going to so much effort to trick you into thinking you’re buying from small craft breweries, we’re going to keep doing our best to level the playing field.

 

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Tech Spotlight: Nuji Shopping App

 

 

Helping users to find clothing, accessories and home wares, Nuji has been a prominent fixture in the online shopping experience for years.

 

 

Discover over 500,000 beautiful items

Browse a growing number of products carefully curated by the Nuji community from across the web.
From female and men’s apparel to original homeware and furniture, you will definitely be inspired.

 

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Save items you like from any store

With Nuji, you can collect items you like at your favourite online stores in just one click. It
helps you keep track of all the great things you discover and may want to purchase later.

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Follow all your favourite retailers

Get updates from retailers you like all in one place. There are already 30,000 stores from
all over the world, everything from the large popular ones to less well-known boutiques.

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Be inspired by people like you

Follow people with similar taste or your friends and see what they’re discovering.
It’s an easy way to find items you like and save the ones you want to your profile.

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