Tag Archives: gadget


Tech Spotlight: Vessyl Beverage Tracker


Vessyl automatically knows and tracks everything you drink







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.


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.




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.




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.








Pre-order now for $99 on myvessyl.com







Please rate this product:


Crowdfunding Spotlight: BitBite – Track and Improve Your Eating Habits




BitBite is the world's first wearable device that monitors eating habits and helps improve them.

BitBite is a revolutionary wearable device meant to track, analyze and change the way you eat. When you slow down, chew more and eat at regular intervals you'll be improving your nutrition, feel better and shed those extra pounds.






The BitBite ear clip is worn in the ear every time you eat. Contains a microphone and additional sensors that record and perform initial processing of the incoming sounds.

The BitBite smartphone app is the gateway between the ear clip and the cloud, reporting essential diet information and feedback to the user.

BitBite Cloud is our cloud-based server for processing and analyzing the user’s data including the sounds of consumption, analyzing eating habits, triggering real-time data.






Visit their Crowdfunding Page


Please rate this product:


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.




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.




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.




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.





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.







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.

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.









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








Please rate this product:


Tech Spotlight: The Ripple Bowl & Plate


The Ripple is here to change the way you eat, forever.  A simple yet elegant design combines a plate and bowl in a way that has never been done before. An easy to use twist and lock system allows you to attach or detach the bowl as you see fit.   Have we been overthinking the whole plate and bowl scenario too much?  Maybe, but The Ripple is here so think no more.

I for one love soup and sandwiches, but the problem is always how to combine everything on one plate.  This is just one basic dilemma solved by The Ripple.  Made with simplicity in mind The Ripple is especially great for situations where space is an issue or you just don't have a table, like outside.  The next time you go camping or on a picnic don't forget to bring The Ripple.

Made in a variety of beautiful colors, The Ripple is great for people of all ages.  The wait is over, head over to thefirstripple.com and buy one today.


This product is designed to meet the needs of the modern family. For the most part, dishes have remained unchanged since their creation (about 250 years ago), yet the way that people eat has evolved dramatically. The Ripple is a product designed for people who lead busy lives. A bowl and plate combination made of high quality, microwave and dishwasher safe plastic where the bowl is offset and raised slightly allowing for connection and disconnection while holding the bowl's handle. These dishes are designed to move with you and your life.



  • A simple bowl and plate combination used to hold soup, sandwich, and chips in one hand.
  • The Ripple bowl and plate can attach and detach with an easy to use twist and lock system.
  • Microwave safe so you can grab a steaming hot bowl of leftovers from the microwave without getting burned.
  • No table in your dorm room or apartment? No problem, The Ripple bowl with a handle and plate doesn't need a table so you can eat anywhere.
  • The Ripple is made of high quality BPA free, microwave safe and dishwasher safe plastic.


Why the Ripple?

  • We set out to design a unique product that will meet the needs of the modern family!
  • The Ripple is a portable dish the consists of an interlocking bowl and plate
  • The Ripple is the world's only detachable bowl with a handle and plate
  • Take the chips and dip plate with you and avoid "the embarrassment spill!"
  • For the most part, dishes have remained unchanged since their creation (about 250 years ago), yet the way that people eat has evolved dramatically
  • The Ripple will change the way people eat soup and sandwiches, chips and dip, at parties, at BBQ's and camping



Perfect For: 



and more!




















Please rate this product:


Tech Spotlight: spotNSave – Now you are secure no matter where you are


spotNSave is a simple solution to all your tracking and SOS problems. Just wear a wrist band and you are ready to reach your guardian no matter where you are.




Strange guy following you? No more ducking into convenient stores to call for help. With the SOS button on your spotNSave band, send an SOS to your guardian angels on the go. spotNSave will send them a text with a link to your location.



Easy Navigation

Once your guardians have your location, the spotNSave app leads them to you fast with turn-by-trun driving directions.



Real Time Tracking

Didn't get to send an SOS? With spotNSave's real time tracking, your guardian angel network can see where you are at any time.



Location History

For easy reference, spotNSave also stores locations where you and network go most often.



Guardian Angel

Once the app and the band are activated, you can choose up to five guardian angels. Choose people you know will rescue you in a tight spot. It doesn't have to be your parents, but try not to pick your flakey friend who's never in town!




spotNSave takes the guess work out of tracking you down by sending your guardian angel a notification when your battery runs out or you go out of network range, spotNSave sends them you last known location.








Please rate this product:


Tech Spotlight: Apple set to launch the iWatch in October


TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan's Quanta Computer Inc will start mass production of Apple Inc's first smartwatch in July, according to a source familiar with the matter, as the tech giant tries to prove it can still innovate against rival Samsung Electronics Co Ltd.

The watch, which remains unnamed but which company followers have dubbed the iWatch, will be Apple's first foray into a niche product category that many remain skeptical about, especially as to whether it can drive profits amid cooling growth in tech gadgets.

Apple will introduce a smartwatch with a display that likely measures 2.5 inches diagonally and is slightly rectangular, one of the sources said. The source added that the watch face will protrude slightly from the band, creating an arched shape, and will feature a touch interface and wireless charging capabilities.

The source said Apple expects to ship 50 million units within the first year of the product's release, although these types of initial estimates can be subject to change. The watch is currently in trial production at Quanta, which will be the main manufacturer, accounting for at least 70 percent of final assembly, the source said.

While the watch is widely expected, the start date of its mass production and the extent of Quanta's involvement were not known until now. Mass production will start in July and the commercial launch will come as early as October, according to the source and another person familiar with the matter.

A third source said LG Display Co Ltd is the exclusive supplier of the screen for the gadget's initial batch of production.

It also contains a sensor that monitors the user's pulse. Singapore-based imaging and sensor maker Heptagon is on the supplier list for the feature, two other sources said.

Apple declined to comment. Quanta, LG Display and Heptagon also declined to comment.

(Reporting by Michael Gold; Additional reporting by Reiji Murai in TOKYO, Christina Farr in SAN FRANCISCO, Jeremy Wagstaff in SINGAPORE and Vincent Lee in SEOUL; Editing by Rachel Armstrong, Bernard Orr)

Please rate this product:


Tech Spotlight: Embue. The Intelligent Home Starts Here.


A better way to manage your heating & cooling. Per room sensing. Automated controls. Energy & fuel use tracking with service alerts.

We've built a product to address the most important aspect of your home or business - the equipment responsible for your comfort & your energy use. We think our system can do some pretty amazing things - all while improving your efficiency & creating savings. We've come pretty far on our own, but really need your support and interest to make this product a reality.


Rest Easy.

Access Embue from anywhere to adjust your system. Or simply set your preferences once and let us do the rest.

Our optional monitoring service can detect issues when you're away and alert your HVAC technician or building manager to the problem.




Automates efficiency. Embue replaces your thermostat to make smarter heating & cooling decisions. Occupancy-based optimizations reduce your energy bills by 5-25%.

Improves comfort. Wireless sensors in each room for more accurate measurement of temperature & humidity. Optimizes comfort where you spend time, not the hallway.

Analyzes use. Tracks electricity, natural gas, propane and fuel oil use - continually reading consumption and noting efficiency changes.

Spots problems. Combines energy use, weather data, HVAC runtime information, occupant, and building to assess how things are working.

Keeps tabs. A properly maintained system uses less energy and has a greater service life. Embue can tell when efficiency is lagging, telling you and your service provider it's time for maintenance.

Reduces worry. Our optional monitoring service can send performance info & emergency equipment alerts to your service professional. Added peace of mind when you're away for extended periods.

Blends in. Small indoor sensors designed to be distinctive yet unobtrusive. Works without wires and is easily placed or repositioned with non-damaging adhesive strips.

Loves zoning. Add extra zones to your system for 1/2 the cost of comparable products. Works with many types of zone controllers and zoning systems.

Scales nicely. A single Embue Core is powerful enough support multiple connected spaces. Great for multi-family homes, apartment complexes and small businesses.

Thinks locally. Embue doesn't depend on the cloud. It keeps everything running even when your Internet isn't. Settings, preferences and personal data stay within your home and are only shared with your permission.





For HVAC service providers:
Know your customers.

Maintaining customer relationships is important. We can provide you real-time updates on customer HVAC performance issues.

Think of it as a "check engine" light for HVAC equipment. With additional features to track service history and make your job easier.





Company: Embue
Brand:  Embue
Origin: USA
Category:  Tech
Price: Coming Soon
Where to Buy: Coming Soon
Website: embue.com, kickstarter



Please rate this product:


Crowdfunding Spotlight: The Made: Simplify your kitchen, live a healthy life



Storage and measuring combined. The Made easily dispenses whole grains, coffee and other staples. Stop looking for your measuring cup!



Reasons to love The Made

The measuring tool is right where you need it: The Made conveniently measures and dispenses up to half a cup at a time and, with easy-to-read graduation lines of 1/8, 1/4, and 1/2 cup, allows measurement as needed.

Aesthetically efficient: With a primary color of either grey or white, the Made is thoughtfully designed to blend with any setting, and uses color rings to not only allow easy differentiation between products, but also to provide the countertop with just the right amount of personality.

The right size: The Made is 3.5 inches wide (the width of a standard coffee cup), by 9.5 inches tall and holds 4.5 cups, the equivalent of 12 ounces of ground coffee, a standard packaging amount for a variety of bra

Protects your product: The Made’s innovative, air tight design and cutting edge materials block out light, moisture, and oxygen, keeping coffee fres

User friendly: The Made's satin smooth yet grippable finish provides a sense of comfort and makes handling it a delight.







About the Team

CJ Knapp is the founder of Madcaps, a company with a simple goal: Make it easier to transfer content from one container to another. A former Marine, and a graduate of the University of Utah, CJ’s passion for this goal was born 3 years ago at 4:00 am, while blearily trying, and failing, to prepare a bottle for his 4 month old daughter.

Chris Knapp, a graduate of BYU, has been an entrepreneur and freelance industrial designer for 15 years and as a result of his success, mostly designs for fun.



TrendMonitor Review

Aesthetically this product is just stunning and I for one know I would like to see The Made in my kitchen.  Combining storage with a measuring cup and a modern design was really a stroke of genius, who can ever find the measuring cups anyway!   Most people are looking to simplify their lives and The Made offers a very easy way to achieve this.


Kickstarter Campaign





Please rate this product:


Tech Spotlight: Healbe Introduces GoBe, The Only Way to Automatically Track Calorie Intake

SAN FRANCISCO, March 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Healbe™ Corporation unveiled its flagship product, GoBe, The Original 100% Automatic Body Manager™. GoBe's revolutionary technology allows users to automatically measure calories consumed and burned during any activity, along with hydration, sleep and stress—with no logging or estimates. Healbe™ introduced the product on the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo, where the campaign raised over 10% of its total goal in the first 24 hours.

According to Healbe™ founder and CEO Artem Shipitsyn, "We live in an age of information, and yet 98% of diets fail. Wearable technologies are trying to solve this problem, but I found that none had succeeded in making it easy for people to know whether they're getting the right amount of food, water, exercise and sleep."

GoBe uses Healbe FLOW™ Technology, the patented innovation that combines information from three sensors with an advanced algorithm to calculate calorie intake by reading the amount of glucose in your cells, through your skin. It also provides continuous heart rate monitoring, and accurately tracks calorie burn and metabolic rate during any activity.

GoBe communicates via Bluetooth, and users can view their data on the Healbe™ web portal, and on their smartphones using an iOS or Android-compatible app.

According to a report by Transparency Market Research, the wearable technology market is projected to grow to $5.8 billion in sales by 2018. Crowdfunded transactions totaled more that $5 billion in 2013, as reported by equitynet.com.





Please rate this product:


Tech Spotlight: The Smarty Ring Has Arrived


Forget smartwatches—smartrings are the new thing now. An Indiegogo campaign for a product called the "Smarty Ring" has hit its funding goal. Smarty Ring is a 13mm-wide stainless steel ring with an LED screen, Bluetooth 4.0, and an accompanying smartphone app. The ring pairs with a smartphone and acts as a remote control and notification receiver.

The ring can display the time, accept or reject calls, control music, trigger the smartphone's camera, and initiate speed-dial calls. It will also alert the wearer with light-up icons for texts, e-mails, Facebook, Twitter, Google Hangouts, and Skype. It supports dual time zones and comes with a countdown timer, a stopwatch, and an alarm. It can work as a tracker for your phone, too—if your smartphone is more than 30 feet away from the ring, Smarty Ring will trigger an alarm.




Continue Reading @ ars technica

Please rate this product: