Haptix is a compact 3D motion sensor that turns any flat area into a multitouch surface. It could help do away with the traditional keyboard as well as the mouse.
It's tough to stand out sometimes. It seems everyone's a celeb in the making, destined for fame and glory, and you're just...ordinary.
We all need a little edge to get by. Well, here's some high-tech bling that'll make you nearly impossible to ignore. Who could turn away from someone with a pair of earrings that play video?
The Ubuntu Edge may have bitten the dust this morning -- coming in a whopping $19 million short of its crowdfunding goal. But Canonical, the team behind the Linux-based operating system, is dead set on continuing to push the boundaries of mobile technology, specifically the ambitious concept of convergence that would have given Edge users the ability to swap between an Android mobile OS and a fully capable desktop-enabled Linux one.
While the device won't be getting made -- all Indiegogo supporters will be getting full refunds -- Canonical CEO Jane Silber outlined plans for the company to bring … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- A single-serving Tumblr dedicated to the worst Kickstarter campaigns ever.
- Wait, what? Yahoo tops Google in US traffic.
- NYC programmer turns homeless man into startup experiment.
- SXSW in a nutshell: homeless people as hot spots.
"Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door" is a misquotation of Ralph Waldo Emerson. While the poet actually referred to chairs and knives, doubtless he'd feel the same about keyboards.
I love alternative keyboard designs because they're trying to innovate a ubiquitous device bound for obsolescence.
Ergonomic keyboards have been around for ages, but KeMice is yet another attempt to modernize the hoary QWERTY. It's split in two and is supposed to be easier to use than portable Bluetooth or virtual keyboards; it's also got a built-in mouse. … Read more
Being careless with your wallet or purse is an easy way to have your cash -- and your identity -- stolen. Here's a smart wallet that will tell you when items have been removed or not been returned promptly.
Ping is a minimalist aluminum case for your ducats, debit cards, and credit cards that links to your phone and alerts you in case of theft or loss.
There's a new crowdfunding champion in town.
The Ubuntu Edge, a smartphone from Canonical that's designed to take on Apple's iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S4, hit a record for crowdfunding, reaching $10.4 million on Friday. The investment, which has been made up by thousands of Indiegogo users, has beaten out the former crowdfunding champion the Pebble smartwatch, which was able to muster $10.2 million on Kickstarter.
The Ubuntu Edge has excited the open-source community. The handset, if launched, would dual-boot Android and Ubuntu mobile, and can be converted into a full PC with … Read more
Remember books? Neither do I. Apparently they were analog text on dry cellulose pulp. You held them in both hands and it was all very quaint.
Some of us still have residual muscle memory for holding books. What if you could hold another lingering technology of yesteryear -- the keyboard -- like a book?
If Kickstarter is anything to judge by, people really want to train their brains and use them to control stuff by thought alone.
In only a few days, Emotiv has raised nearly half a million dollars, far more than its campaign goal of $100,000, to develop a "neuroheadset" called the Insight.
The Insight is a wireless 5-channel headset that records brainwaves so users can allegedly improve brain performance and turn data into commands to interact with computers, operating everything from apps to wheelchairs. … Read more
Whether it be videography, camping, or biking, if you find yourself often in need of an extra light, here's an Indiegogo project worth checking out.
The Function Flashlight is all about versatility. It has a compact form factor so it can easily be pocketed and used when you're out on a trail for an evening walk.
It can shine at up to 1,600 lumens, and the LED light is adjustable with a simple dial. It also has two tripod thread mounts, one on the top and one on the back, so you can attach it to a GoPro mount, camera, or bike helmet fairly easily. … Read more