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Self-Driving Isn’t Just For Cars: The Smartbe Stroller Brings High Tech Innovations To An Age-Old Product

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We have sensors. We have batteries and brushless electric motors. We have Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity. We have the tiniest of microprocessors… Wouldn’t it make sense to cram a bunch of these into a baby stroller, and give it the kinds of features we’ve come to expect in all our products in 2016? The Smartbe Stroller is as high-tech of a stroller as we’ve ever seen. It comes with three driving modes, from full manual, to power-assist (where you’re still pushing, but with minimal effort), to completely self-driving. In this last mode, the stroller always stays ahead of the parent, within arm’s reach, whether you’re walking or even jogging. Additional features are almost too numerous to name: built-in rocker, wireless Bluetooth speakers to play your music to your baby, electric bottle warmer, “climate/temperature-controlled bassinet keeps your baby comfortable no matter the weather, and air filters can protect against pollution and allergens.”

If this project ever manages to see light of day (and that’s a big “if”, considering the ambitiousness of the project, and the fact that it’s far from fully-funded on IndieGogo, and that all they have at the moment is a bunch of CG renders…), the Smartbe Intelligent Stroller promises to be Tesla of strollers. Completely connected, fully-automated, and as high-tech as any early enthusiast would want their infant carrier to be. Prices start at $900 for the basic non self-propelled model, and go all the way up to $3,199, with shipping in April 2017 (further re-inforcing the impression that we’re looking at vapourware).

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Fever Scout Tracks Your Baby’s Fever Continuously

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Like many physical illnesses, fevers are best treated if caught early. Especially for a toddler or a baby, being able to provide him with the right medical attention at the right time can make the difference between a speedy recovery and a few days of crying and worrying. Fever Scout is a soft flexible patch that your kid wears on his chest at all times. It continuously monitors his temperature and sends it to your smartphone; if ever it goes beyond some preset range, it’ll notify you immediately. It’ll also generate a graph of his temperature over time, letting you see what’s effective and what’s not. It’s not meant to be worn for months at a time, only a few days when necessary, and the kit comes with 10 medical grade adhesive patches. It’s $60 and available early 2016.

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

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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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Mogees Turns Just About Anything Into An Instrument

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Finding yourself always tapping away on surfaces, creating a beat from stuff that wasn’t meant to be musical? Well then, Mogees is just for you. It’s a special vibration sensor that attaches to anything, and allows you to map different vibration patterns to different instruments. This way you can turn your living space into a whole percussion set. You first have to program the app and tell it which vibrations correspond to which instrument (eg. tapping with open palms on a door could be the snare drum, using the knuckles could be the high hat, and hitting it with a key could be the kick drum), it’ll then recognize the vibrations and communicate the signal to your phone, which in turn emits the corresponding sound. Imagine sitting at your desk at work and kicking out a whole drum set by tapping on your drawers, your stapler or anything else that comes to mind. It sounds ridiculous, but you really have to watch the video to see the potential.

It’s not limited to drum sounds, incidentally. Mogee outputs MIDI signals, so you can map just about any instrument to your vibrations and get creative. It’s a fully-funded Kickstarter, and a £96 ($147) pledge will get you one with delivery in November!

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Meater Is The World’s First Truly Wireless Meat Thermometer

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You know, a well-done steak is also known as “overpriced beef jerky”; anything above medium-rare is just a travesty. Now, it’s true that you can avoid ruining a beautiful cut with an array of tools: experience as a cook, using fancy techniques like sous-vide cooking, or getting a meat thermometer. Bringing some innovation to the field of thermometers, Meater bills itself as “The World’s First Truly Wireless Meat Thermometer”, and has enough features to make its purchase palatable. Each thermometer connects to your smartphone and instantly transmits the internal temperature of the protein it’s inserted into. Simply tell the app what you’re cooking, and as soon as it’s reached its desired internal temperature, you’ll get a notification. Gone are the days where you have to stay by your food’s side, obsessing over whether it’s ready, freeing you to entertain your guests or prepare some other dish.

The electronics won’t overheat since they’re insulated by the surrounding meat, so you can safely use the probe in the oven or on a grill. The external probe even monitors the ambient temperature, perfect for smoking or long BBQ roasts where maintaining the external cooking temperature is extremely important.

It’ll cost you a $59 pledge for 1 Meater probe and its charger, or $148 for the Meater Block (which provides multi-storage for the probe, Wifi range extension, as well as a display) and two probes.

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Canon Develops a 250-megapixel Sensor

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Still shooting with an 8MP sensor? Pff, that’s for kids. Canon just announced that they’ve developed an APS-H-sized CMOS sensor with an astounding 250-megapixel resolution. That’s enough pixels to read the lettering on an airliner flying as far as 18 km (11 miles) away! And despite having to tranmit data from a ridiculous number of pixels, advances in miniaturization and signal processing mean that this sensor is able to process 1.25 billion pixels per second, allowing you to shoot at up to 5 frames per second.

The sensor can also be used to record video footage at a resolution 125 times that of Full HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixels), and 30 times that of 4K (3,840 x 2,160 pixels), though only at five frames per second. This would let users crop and magnify video images while retaining Full HD or 4K resolution.

The sensor was tested on a prototype camera, which means we’re not about to see cameras sporting it anytime soon. But knowing it exists does mean you can eventually expect to see it pop-up, although initially “in specialized surveillance and crime prevention tools, ultra-high-resolution measuring instruments and other industrial equipment, and the field of visual expression.” Give it enough time though, and we’re sure it’ll end up in a dSLR for an astronomical price.

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SmartRim Protects Your Pricey Mags From Curb Damage

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Many modern cars come with parking sensors that help you avoid hitting the car parked behind you. That’s great, but they do very little to help you avoid getting too close to the curb and scratching your precious mags. SmartRim changes all that. It’s an ultrasound-powered proximity sensor that attaches to the inside of each wheel well, and connects to a smartphone app. As you park, the sensors will indicate how close to the curb you are and help you avoid hitting it. There are no wires, so installation is a breeze.

Additional features include accelerometers that can tell you if the valet took your ride for an unhealthy spin, and the ability to use regular AA batteries for power; a single AA battery will last up to 1,000 parking cycles.

It’s currently being funded on Indiegogo, and a set of 4 SmartRim sensors will cost you $345. That’s a lot, but if you really think about it, you only need two for the back wheels, which is a very reasonable $179 pledge at the moment.

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Pantelligent Is A Smart Frying Pan That Takes The Guesswork Out Of Cooking

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Frying something up is simple once you’ve done it a few dozen times and burnt or undercooked enough things to know how hot to make the pan. That’s called experience. But if you lack that and still hope to make a nice dinner for your date tonight and not look too stupid in the process, you’d do well to get yourself the Pantelligent Frying Pan. It has a temperature sensor embedded inside, which communicates with your smartphone. This way you just select a recipe and it tells you when the pan is hot enough, when it’s too hot, when to add which ingredients, etc. It takes your hands and walks you through the entire process of cooking, while removing the fear that you’ll burn something or leave the center raw. You’ll still have to exercise some caution because the right temperature on the pan doesn’t mean you can leave stuff on it indefinitely, but having that extra piece of data can still go a long way to preventing some culinary disasters. It’s a $200 pledge, which seems atrocious considering you could get a regular pan for maybe $20… but that’s the price of technological advancement, we suppose.

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Stridalizer Brings Smarts To Your Runnings Shoes

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There are those that run to catch buses, and those that take buses to go running somewhere. You see, jogging is a freedom and an exhilaration few get to experience, yet as much as they can love something they can also love it wrong. Runners can develop bad habits, or even never learn the good ones in the first place. Smart insoles Stridalizer hopes to give you the sensor data you’re missing to analyze your stride and develop a more efficient method of locomotion. Yes, there is such a thing as proper running form, although many do prefer to run comfortably regardless of any technical shortcomings. For those that care, here’s how the Stridalizer works.

Once inside your kicks, the soles measure foot pressure across a variety of sensors, developing a moving image of your stride.

We have designed our solution to continue to monitor your run, and interrupt you only when it needs to “alert” you with some important information or quick guidance. For example, if you start persistently overpronating, or if your footstrike pattern changes, you will get a visual as well as an audio alert – this way you can keep your eyes on the trail and still get the information or advice that’s relevant for you – WHEN it becomes relevant!

If you are trying to buildup your pace or find the optimal rhythm for your next marathon, Stridalyzer helps you monitor and track the three fundamental performance parameters: Stride Rate, Stride Length and the most elusive – Ground Contact Time. Using our patent-pending technology, we can measure ground contact time extremely accurately!

The information is nicely presented in an app, which is free with the $75 pledge to own a pair.

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