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Starling Makes Sure Your Child Hears Enough Words For His Intellectual Development


Studies have shown that the more words a toddler is exposed to when growing up, the more developed his social, emotional and intellectual abilities will be. In other words, the more words he hears, the smarter and well adjusted he’ll be. Everyone talks to their child to one degree or another, but it’s easy to get sidetracked and become inconsistent. That’s when Starling comes in. It’s a device that attaches to a baby’s clothing and simply tracks the number of words spoken in its presence. This way you can set realistic goals, and see whether you’re on track to expose baby-you to an appropriate amount of conversation. If it turns out that you’re feeling uninspired on any given day, the app can suggest “age-appropriate lexical activities”. You can check on your progress at any time by pressing button on the device, and there should be no privacy-invasion fears as the unit only counts the words but doesn’t record them. It’ll stay powered for up to 5 days at a time, is waterproof, and even has an LED to indicate when you’ve reached your target. It’s a $129 pledge to their Indiegogo, with shipping in April 2016.


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The Ember Mug Will Keep Your Drink Warm For You All Day


Drinking coffee at the exact temperature you enjoy is like trying to hit a moving target; first it’s scalding, then it ends up lukewarm or cold within minutes. Ember is a pretty brilliant smart connected mug that first cools down your beverage quickly to your preferred temperature, then keeps it there all day. You set the temp by twisting the base, or by connecting the mug to your smartphone. If you do that, you’ll have the added benefit of being notified when your drink has cooled down to its optimal temp. The internal battery will then warm your liquids for up to two hours, or all day if you set Ember down on the wireless charging coaster that it comes bundled with. It’ll pair with an Apple Watch as well, or any iOS or Android device with Bluetooth 4.0 or later. It’s a $129 pledge, down from its expected $149 retail cost.


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Aetho Aeon Steadycam Will Make Your GoPro Videos As Smooth As Butter


Everyone and the mailman is taking action videos these days. One thing most of them have in common however is how shaky they tend to be. The Aetho Aeon aims to fix that by providing you with a fairly high-tech stabilizer for your GoPro. It features a 3-axis gimbal powered by brushless motors, a 32 bit Cortex processor, and an accelerometer making 1,000 measurements per second, which all combine to keep the camera completely steady. There’s a viewfinder LCD and a joystick to help you point the camera right where you want it, as well as an accessory mount. The battery is good for 5 hours of use on a 2 hour charge, and the kit weighs all of 1.1lbs (500g).

It’s a pretty fancy way to stabilize your videos, and considering the amount of tech, we’re surprised the asking price is only a $349 pledge to their fully-funded IndieGogo campaign, with shipping in Q1 2016.


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The Tempescope Will Recreate Tomorrow’s Forecast For You In A Plexiglass Cube


If you want to know whether you’ll be needing your umbrella tomorrow, you could just fire up a weather app on your smartphone and check. But it’s a lot more fun if you use the Tempescope to get that information. It’s a plexiglass cube that doesn’t tell you the weather: it recreates it. The device is able to generate microclimates within its transparent enclosure, and it’s currently able to do rain, clouds, and lightning. The company is working on making it snow, but we imagine that’s quite the engineering challenge. It goes online and is able to retrieve the forecast for your city, or any place you designate, allowing you to share your current weather with your loved ones, for example.

The IndieGogo campaign launches on September 30th and the first 2,000 unit run will be offered to anyone willing to pledge $200 for it.

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This Ear Thermometer Plugs Into Your Smartphone’s Audio Jack


There are many ways to take a person’s temperature, and some are less pleasant than others. The Tympani Ear Thermometer is the more pleasant type, gathering its data with an in-ear infrared sensor. It then transmits the information to your smartphone through its audio jack. A companion app lets you track your temperature, or email it to your doctor when necessary. It does its measurement in two seconds, which is great when your patient is an uncooperative baby or a really grumpy adult. Tympani requires no batteries, and best of all, costs very little at $25. It’s a fully-funded Indiegogo project, with expected shipment due in December.


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With Opal, Nugget Ice At Home Is Possible


Not all ice is created equal, and a lot of people are fans of nuggets. What’s that? It’s the kind of irregularly shaped ice pellets offered by some restaurant chains like Sonic. This ice is softer, easy to chew, and the increased surface area means your drinks will get cooled down faster and will absorb some of the flavour they’re immersed in. The Opal machine pictured above is able to make this kind of ice by the bucketloads, making it possible for you to have BBQs with fancy nugget ice any time you want. At full steam, Opal is able to make up to 24lbs of ice a day, in 3 lbs. batches. So how is this ice made?

Opal nugget ice is made by scraping the ice flakes off the inside of a chilled aluminum cylinder. The flakes are extruded through a round hole, compacting them into frozen nuggets of air and ice. Nugget ice is about 50% air by volume, and those tiny pinholes of air between the ice flakes are the secret to soft, chewable, flavorful ice.

Sounds pretty cool. Opal is back by GE Appliances, which means you’ll get a quality product for a fraction of the cost of regular nugget ice machines: the appliance is a $399 pledge on IndieGogo, with the campaign being almost 1,000% funded as of this writing. Clearly people have a hankering for this, so get yours before the price goes up to $499.


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GravityLight Is Back, Brighter, And More Robust


The GravityLight is powered by, well, gravity. You attach it to a strong beam, tie a 12kg weight to it (made from rocks or sand), and let gravity pull it down. As it does, it powers a set of gears inside, which drive a DC generator that produces one-tenth of a Watt. That’s enough to power the LED for up to 25 minutes at a time. When that’s over, just hoist the weight back up and keep going. This is great for developing nations which often rely on Kerosene lamps that are not only polluting, but noxious, and potentially dangerous. The makers of the GravityLight already made one last year, but this new model is brighter, more robust, easier to use, and can provide light even as it is being charged. More importantly perhaps, it is being assembled right in Kenya, which will provide some jobs to the very people it is meant to help. You can get one yourself for a $70 pledge, all the while knowing you’re contributing to a good cause.


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The Dog Collar Goes High Tech, And Connected


There is more tech in the Connected Collar than there is in your average cellphone. It’s a dog collar that’s very much relevant in 2015, with a feature set that makes it a compelling purchase for anyone who’s passionate about their canine friends.

Introducing the worlds first all-in-one smart dog collar with Virtual Fence & Leash Technology, Health & Location Tracking, Dynamic Assisted Training, Built-in Anti Barking, 2-Way Communication, Share-ability. The Connected Collar has built-in vibration signaling and an ultrasonic whistle, like professional dog trainers use. The DogTelligent app includes pre-programmed commands like sit, stay, down, and come that makes training easier. The Connected Collar’s ultrasonic whistle can also be set to automatically detect and deter excessive barking. Our proprietary Virtual Leash and Fence Technology allows you to keep your dog safe anywhere, at any time. With the Virtual Fence, set your home’s wifi network to be notified if your dog goes beyond the approved zone.

There are LEDs to help you find your dog in the dark, and even a SIM to locate your pup in case he does roam outside of the range of WiFi or Bluetooth. It’s a comprehensive product that does just about everything you’d want this sort of technology to be able to do. And the best part is that at $120, it’s priced just right.


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Bolt Electric Skateboard Is World’s Smallest


There are gaps in our transportation infrastructure, for trips that are too far away to walk comfortably, but too close to take the bus or car. For these instances, a device like the Bolt, the World’s Smallest Electric Skateboard, is awesome. Measuring only 23.5-inches long and 10-inches wide, and weighing in at a very reasonable 8.8lbs, the Bolt is extremely portable. But when it’s on the road, it’s able to carry a rider up to 6.5 miles on a charge, at up to 10mph, with a 1 hour recharge time. That’s just enough for a daily commute to school, or to get some groceries at that convenience store that’s just a couple of blocks too far for you to feel like actually walking to it. The battery can also be used to recharge your electronics, and can even be controlled remotely since it does connect to your smartphone. Control is achieved through a handheld remote, and a powerful 2,000 Watt motor should be able to handle riders of most sizes. To get your own you’ll have to pre-order it for $599. It was successfully funded on Indiegogo, but deliveries aren’t slated to start until October of this year.


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