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Crowdfunding Spotlight: Mist: World’s Smartest Sprinkler System

 

 

No More Schedules. Mist Measures Soil Moisture and Waters On-Demand.

Mist is the world's smartest sprinkler system. Install the Mist Sprinkler Controller and one or more Mist Sensors around your yard. Mist tracks soil moisture, sun intensity and temperature data in realtime and automatically optimizes irrigation for each part of your yard while using up to 50% less water.

 

 

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KEEP YOUR LAWN ALIVE DURING DROUGHT

Mist offers the world's-first "drought mode" setting that can be used when available water supplies are scarce. When selected, Mist applies the minimum amount needed to keep your drought-vulnerable plants alive. This is only possible thanks to Mist's advanced realtime sensors.

 

 

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PERFECT AUTONOMOUS WATERING

Mist uses wireless moisture sensors to measure real-time water needs across the yard and then waters autonomously and on-demand keeping your lawn and garden healthy with no effort at all. This means you never have to bother with tweaking your sprinkler timer settings again.

 

 

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ADVANCED YARD TRACKING

Mist sensors track soil moisture, temperature and sun intensity data from any point of your property both in realtime and in aggregate. Mist combines this knowledge about your yard with weather information and watering history and uses these insights to water the perfect amount every time.

 

 

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REMOTE CONTROL & MONITORING

The Mist app provides you with full control over all the functions of your sprinkler system, including manually turning on/off watering zones, setting restricted days and hours to avoid watering, and setting advanced watering customizations.

 

 

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Tech Spotlight: HAZ Digital Breaks Into IoT Device Market with World’s First Automatic Smart Umbrella

 

 

The HAZ Umbrella is the world’s first automatic open/close smart umbrella with internet-connected features, including location sensing for loss prevention and weather reminders.

Taipei, Taiwan, July 9, 2015: HAZ Digital, a technology startup dedicated to the integration of Internet of Things (IoT) devices, has announced the launch of the HAZ Umbrella, the world’s first automatic umbrella with smart features. The HAZ Umbrella will be launched via a crowdfunding campaign on July 14, 2015, with an expected ship date of October 2015.

The HAZ Umbrella frees users from cumbersome traditional umbrellas by way a built-in high precision motor, microchip controller, and high capacity li-ion battery, which allows it to open, extend, and close with the push a single button. Ready for use or storage in under two seconds, the umbrella is fully automated and convenient for users who are carrying multiple objects.

To complement the convenient automatic open/close feature, the HAZ Umbrella is also embedded with intelligent anti-loss capabilities. By integrating Bluetooth Low Energy technology, the embedded Bluetooth chipset is able to connect to the user’s existing iPhone or Android device. If the umbrella moves out of the signal range and disconnects with the smart phone, the phone will notify the user that the umbrella has been left behind, along with its last known location.

The HAZ Umbrella app also acts as an intelligent weather reminder for when the user forgets or does not have the time to check the weather forecast. By positioning the user’s location, the app will push a notification to the smartphone app when the umbrella should be carried, such as during rain or high UV.

“The technology in the umbrella industry has not seen any major advances in decades,” said Harry Hu, Co-founder & Product Director of HAZ Digital Inc. ”The HAZ Umbrella is our first product in realizing our mission to use great technology to build products to improve lifestyles in an Internet-connected era. Not only does the umbrella offer tremendous benefits in convenience and usability, but we think that it is also a fantastic fashion statement for those with an eye for great design and robust quality.”

The crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo for the HAZ Umbrella will launch on July 14, 2015. The estimated retail price of the umbrella will be $109 USD to be available in October 2015; the first 300 backers will receive the HAZ Umbrella for a pledge of only $69. For more details, please visit the Indiegogo campaign page at http://www.indiegogo.com/project/preview/79503075. (After the campaign launched on July 14, please visit http://igg.me/at/HAZUmbrella)

 

 

 

 

About HAZ Digital Inc.
Founded in 2014, HAZ Digital is a technology startup that develops cutting-edge IoT (Internet of Things) devices. Our areas of expertise include hardware and software development in Bluetooth Low Energy, PnP, wireless networking, cloud service/storage platforms, app development, and more. We work with our partners to develop innovative, internet-connected products so that they can concentrate on their core competencies. HAZ Digital’s mission is to use great technology and expertise to build Internet-connected products for a superior, innovative user experience. For more information, please visit www.hazumbrella.com.

 

 

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Tech Spotlight: Organic Mattress

 

 

 

Sleep: How Much Is “Enough?”

Lack of sleep is becoming a public health epidemic, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which also noted that insufficient sleep is potentially linked to a wide range of health problems. Indeed, today’s modern lifestyle has robbed people of their much needed good night’s sleep. According to a 2013 Gallup poll, 40 percent of adults get six hours of sleep or less per night. Meanwhile, the 2014 Sleep in America Poll found that 58 percent of teens get only 7 hours of sleep or less.

 

Making small adjustments to your lifestyle and daily routine can help solve your struggle with getting enough sleep. But how much sleep should you really get? Is there a “Holy Grail” of sleep that you should strive for?

 

National Sleep Foundation Releases Updated Sleep Guidelines

In February, 2015, the National Sleep Foundation released a new set of guidelines on how much sleep people should ideally get. A panel of experts, led by Harvard professor, Charles Czeisler, reviewed over 300 studies that were published between 2004 and 2014 to determine how much sleep people need in order to maintain optimal health. Their findings were summarized by age group, ranging from newborns (zero to three months) to seniors (65 years and older). You can check out the complete list here.

 

The findings reveal that teenagers and young adults need around eight hours of sleep on the average. Sadly, modern habits, such as watching television, playing video games, and surfing the Internet using their computers or smartphones, have severely impacted their sleep and bedtime pattern – causing their health to completely deteriorate.

 

How Does Modern Technology Affect Your Sleep?

The proliferation of electronics is a significant factor that affects how teens in particular find it difficult to fall asleep at night. Being exposed to excessive amounts of light from these gadgets prevents the release of the “sleep hormone” melatonin, which in turn hinders your brain from winding down for sleep.

 

Even the electromagnetic radiation from these gadgets can adversely affect your sleep. The 2014 Sleep in America Poll found that 53 percent of respondents who turned off their gadget at night rate their sleep as excellent, compared to just 27 percent of respondents who leave their devices on at night.

 

And here’s what’s even more disturbing: teens who use electronic gadgets found it difficult to fall asleep at night – even when their use of these devices was restricted to daytime hours!

 

 

Get Your Much Needed Sleep with These Simple Strategies

Getting enough restful sleep that’s in line with the recommendations set by the National Sleep Foundation can be tough, especially if you’ve become used to being sleep deprived. However, these basic lifestyle changes can help turn this around:

 

  • Establish a sleep routine. Program your body to go to bed and wake up at the same time each day – even on weekends. Doing this will help your body get into a sleep rhythm, so you can fall asleep at night and wake up easier in the morning.

 

  • Do not watch TV or use your computer or smartphone at night, at least an hour before bedtime. These gadgets emit blue light that tricks your brain into thinking it’s still daytime.
  • Sleep in total darkness. Your body’s internal clock and your melatonin production can be disrupted by even the smallest amount of light – such as that from your alarm clock. Cover your window with drapes or blackout shades to keep outside light from coming in, or better yet, use a sleep mask.
  • Keep your bedroom temperature below 70 degrees Fahrenheit. The optimal room temperature for good sleep is between 60 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Do not eat before-bed snacks, especially those loaded with grains and sugars. These can raise your blood sugar and delay sleep. Once your blood sugar drops too low, you may wake up and find it difficult to fall back to sleep.

 

About the Author:

Elaine Ferrer writes for Mercola.com. She is researching the best measures to get a good night’s sleep, as well as effective habits to establish a good sleep routine. She is also writing an article about the advantages of using an organic mattress and whether or not it can impact people’s quality of sleep.

 

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Tech Spotlight: VARIDESK Pro Plus 30™

 

 

The Pro Plus 30 is sized to accommodate those with single monitor setups or those with limited space. The two-tiered design with separate keyboard/mouse deck gives you plenty of room for basics and accessories with the added convenience of never having to move any components when raising or lowering your VARIDESK.

Like all VARIDESK models, the Pro Plus 30 features our patented, spring-assisted lift mechanism that allows you to raise and lower it almost effortlessly in just seconds. It can hold up to 35 lbs. (15.8 kg) with ease and stays sturdy and stable even at its fully extended height.

• 30" wide for smaller, single monitor setups
• Two-tier design: upper display surface, lower keyboard/mouse deck
• Holds up to 35 lbs
• Sits on top of existing desk
• Sturdy and stable even when fully extended

 

 

Technical Specifications

 

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Company: VARIDESK
Brand: VARIDESK
Slogan: Work Elevated
Origin: USA
Category: Office Supplies
Packaging: Footprint 30" x 30" (76.2 cm x 76.2 cm)
Claims: affordable and easy to use
Variants: VARIDESK Dual Monitor, VARIDESK Single Monitor
Price: $325
Where to Buy: Buy Online
Website: www.varidesk.com

 

 

 

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Tech Spotlight: Thync – Shift your state of mind. Conquer life

 

 

Thync was born out of a fascination with how neuroscience can impact daily life by experts in the fields of neurobiology, neuroscience and consumer electronics. We create wearable technology that uses neurosignaling to shift your state of mind. Our technology induces on-demand shifts such as energy, calm or focus.

 

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How it Works

 

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Safety

Thync Vibes are the result of years of development by Thync neuroscientists and extensive test sessions with thousands of people.

Thync technology employs energy levels within the normal range of brain activity and we work within FDA guidelines to maintain regulatory compliance. Over 1,000 peer-reviewed published studies across more than 20,000 sessions further support the safety of our approach.

 

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Tech Spotlight: ShadyFace

 

 

The worlds first ultimate portable flat folding, light weight, carry-on friendly, electronic viewing sunshade and wireless Bluetooth speaker!

ShadyFace is the only sunshade created with a “provisional patent swivel ” allowing you to control the amount of shade you desire with your controlled “lock – in “positioning and unique swivel action device, providing the optimum shade as needed whether at high noon or into the late afternoon creating protection throughout the sun’s full rotation.

 

 

 

ShadyFace secures your lotion’s, electronic media , key’s and what ever you wish to store in its handy secured canvas pockets and self carrying canvas back pack.

 

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With ShadyFace you can now relax under your private shade while reading your electronic devices since there’s no reason to not bring the office outdoors !

ShadyFace sunshades are designed with convenience in mind…..

Exceptional for boats , yachts, or for your next cruise ship excursion since shade is not an option unless your indoors. The light weight canvas and easy folding disposition protect’s the head, face, chest and upper body from the intense sun exposure.

Gone are the days of using a towel to protect your head and chest just to keep you cool while seeking protection from the sun’s damaging rays….

Say ” Hello” to ShadyFace….

Your best friend for the outdoors….. Your best friend for life !

 

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Tech Spotlight: Lark – Tap into your happier, healthier self!

 

 

Chat with your AI Health Buddy

 

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No extra gadgets.
Lark analyzes your data from the health sensors you always have with you—on your phone.

iOS 8 exclusive and HealthKit-powered.
Link to Apple's Health app to create meaning out of your activity, sleep, and nutrition data.

As natural as texting.
A simple chat with Lark shows you insights about your own health data.

Share more to get more.
Lark gets smarter and more personal the more you use it.

Battery-happy.
Lark works on low-power sensors, so you don't need to worry about draining your battery.

You're the expert.
Designed by world-renowned Lark Health Committee to make you the expert on you.

Automatic Time Zone Handling
Lark recognizes when you're traveling and even coaches you to lessen the effects of jet lag.

 

 

 

About Lark

Founded in 2010, Lark Technologies is a mobile health company that makes delightful and insightful products that help people get healthier and happier. At the heart of every product are scientifically-backed behavior change insights from the Lark Health Committee, comprised of experts from institutions including Harvard, Stanford, and the NBA. Lark's software platform and wearable products have won multiple awards and accolades, including Macworld's favorite Apple HealthKit app, Fast Company's 10 Most Innovative CE Companies in the World, and Edison's Top Digital Health Innovation of 2013.

 

 

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Download Lark on the App Store

 

 

 

 

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Tech Spotlight: Daily Pulse Remote Team Tracking

 

Daily Pulse is a simple way for remote teams to keep track of the team's progress, accomplishments, and anonymous feedback.

Each day, every team member will receive a daily email digest of what the team accomplished that day. Team members could also leave anonymous feedbacks to their boss without worrying about getting fired. For example writers like yourself can share their daily accomplishment on finished articles!

 

Features

• Adjustable email schedule
• Custom email questions
• Respond from mobile by pressing "reply"
• Discussions on responses
• Anonymous feedback from your team

 

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We also have a feature that allows team members to submit anonymous
feedback to their managers so that they can express their feelings without
having to worry about job security.

Daily Pulse makes work more engaging by allowing users to earn badges
for submitting daily accomplishments and being engaged with the team.
This makes things more fun!

Daily Pulse offers a free 7 day trial where you can invite as many team
members as you would like. Then it’s $5/month per team member after
the 7 day trial ends.

 

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Tech Spotlight: Worlds First Hemp Plane

 

 

HempEarth Group Ltd is proud to be bringing to the world the "World's First Hemp Plane" made completly from 85% Hemp and to run on Hemp Bio-Fuel. This particlalry amazing and fantastic project is very important for Hemp as it is bringing even more of a greater awareness to the public about the importance of Hemp to the world and Humanity. The money raised through this avenue will allow this project to go very smoothly and will allow all of our trained technicians the flexibility to create the best craft and future crafts out of Hemp. We ask you for your assistance with this amazing historic project and we love the fact that we can bring this exciting journey and adventure to not only big Green, Eco, Sustainable and Innovative business but to the public as well. So you in the Sky!!

 

 

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They Taught the World to Fly And In A Special Way Will Actually Be Helping In Launch The World's First Hemp Plane! Will You Be There?
Wind, sand, and a dream of flight brought Wilbur and Orville Wright to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina where, after four years of experimentation, they achieved the first successful airplane flights in 1903. With courage and perseverance, these self-taught engineers relied on teamwork and application of the scientific process. What they achieved changed our world forever.

 

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Tech Spotlight: Dash Wireless Headphones

 

 

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At the Tip of Your Finger

The Dash has a touch sensitive surface that lets you control either what your smartphone or what the embedded music player does. You can control The Dash with sliding motions and taps. It is easy to do, even while running or biking.

 

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Electronics should be discrete enablers of delightful and magical experiences. Our aim is for you to achieve a better understanding of your skills, abilities and health while doing the things you love.

 

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Music is a part of everyone’s life. It brings joy, excitement and motivation. However it is not always a pleasure listening to music with headphones. Cables tangle and pull at the headphones and ultimately break. In addition, accessing online content from a smartphone is awesome but needing to carry a smartphone all the time can be a real pain.

The Dash consists of a pair of discrete and completely wireless stereo earphones.They will playback music through a Bluetooth connection or use the embedded 4GB/1000 song music player. Everything about the design is focused on delivering freedom of movement, incredible sound and comfort. The Dash is awesome for sports and great for everything else.

 

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The Bragi App

You just unpacked your Dash and can't wait to kick off? With the free and fun Bragi App you can set up your Dash in a few moments. Set your workout goals, manage your Minimum and Maximum Thresholds and sync data with your headphones via bluetooth connection.

 

Works nicely with 3rd Party Apps

The Dash offers exact Heart Rate Data that can be used by most Fitness Apps on the App Store. The Dash offers the most accurate body data of all currently available fitness trackers. The abilities of The Dash will expand vastly in the future. Due to its open System, App developers can create incredible applications to use with the dash.

 

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The Dash's ability to tell us how long we have exercised for, or how fast we are moving, while delivering heart rate readings and oxygen saturation level, puts this device as one of the most innovative pieces of audio technology.
(Helle Frederiksen, Olympic Triathlete)

 

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The Dash works in sympathy with the wearer. Movements like pace, steps, cadence and distance are tracked. Heart rate, oxygen saturation and energy spent are measured, all the while real time acoustic feedback is provided. It even works without an attached smartphone.

 

Hear Everything

Even though The Dash provides impressive noise isolation, the wearer can choose to channel ambient sound into the headphone with the transparent audio feature. A swipe on the touch surface of The Dash will enable or disable ambient sound to pass through.

Awesome if you want to hear what is going on around you. And great for your safety too. We call it Audio Transparency.

 

Hear Nothing

While active noise cancellation is only good at reducing continuous reoccurring sound, noise isolation reduces all sounds. Active noise cancellation is good at reducing noise from the air-con and airplanes. Noise Isolation reduces noise from screaming kids, dogs barking, wife/husband yelling, airplanes, speeding cars, drunken sailors, neighbors playing basketball. Just about everything. Best thing is, that great noise isolation has increased battery time versus active noise cancellation.

 

The Dash fits perfectly into modern urban environments. It is a discrete device that delivers clear sound and lets us communicate with comfort without blocking out what is going on around us.

 

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Safety and the ability to communicate with others are important. In addition to being earphones, the Dash will double as a Bluetooth Headset delivering clear voice quality through the embedded ear bone microphone. The ear bone microphone is not sensitive to background noise, since it picks up mechanical vibration generated by your voice from the ear bone.

Even though The Dash provides impressive noise isolation, the wearer can choose to channel ambient sound into the headphone with the transparent audio feature. A swipe on the capacitive touch surface of The Dash will enable or disable ambient sound to pass through.

 

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