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    Versatile, cloud-connected camera draws rave reviews; can be used for security or action

    May 8, 2015

    FLIR Systems, which claims to be the world’s largest designer and supplier of thermal imaging cameras, components and imaging sensors, has introduced a new – non-thermal — camera that is attracting very good press.

    The Flir FX is versatile. It can keep watch over your home or mount to your dashboard or snowboarding helmet to capture action footage. According to the Wall Street Journal, “The Flir FX is targeting the audiences for both Dropcam and GoPro while bringing a killer feature along in its Android and iOS companion app.”

    The killer feature is a clever, cloud-based, compressed playback function called RapidRecap that allows users to review a day’s worth of video incidents simultaneously, in a few minutes.

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      Now you can “draw” a 3-dimensional physical object in mid air

      March 17, 2015

      The Eiffel Tower drawn with the 3Doodler pen

      The Eiffel Tower “drawn” with the 3Doodler pen

      The 3Doodler from WobbleWorks is the best example we’ve seen lately of an idea that’s as brilliant as it is simple. It’s a pen with which you “draw” three- dimensional objects — in actual three-dimensional space, not as projections on two-dimensional surfaces.

      The 3Doodler, which looks like a hybrid of a large fountain pen and a small soldering iron, does one thing and it does it well: It extrudes melted plastic that comes in the form of rods of the type used in 3D printers.

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        The most advanced collision warning system to install in your car

        Mobileye NV, the market leader in driver assistance systems for automobiles, made its stock market debut only a month ago. The stock has been on a tear since; it’s doubled its initial listing price. Mobileye’s “monocular vision” technology uses proprietary algorithms, custom made systems-on-chips and a single camera to interpret the visual field for possible collisions — with other vehicles, pedestrians, animals, debris and such.

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          Classic loudspeaker now streams audio wirelessly from the cloud

          od-11web-02_8269For well over forty years, starting in the 1950s, Swedish engineer Stig Carlsson designed loudspeakers tuned to living rooms not anechoic chambers. That design philosophy led to some weird looking products — his first speaker looked like a cannon. In 1974 he introduced his smallest speaker, “the cube” OD-11 that broke out of cult status; it sold in the tens of thousands.

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            Now, you don’t have to dread the ‘no service” message ever again

            UnknownThese days the wilderness starts at the edge of the cellular network. (Which raises an existential question: If you’re out of touch, do you even exist?)

            A Brooklyn-based start up wants to shrink your personal wilderness. GoTenna has invented a wand-like radio transceiver that connects to your smartphone (through Bluetooth) and turns it into a walkie-talkie. Except it’s more like a walkie-textie.

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              The first scanner for physical objects can Google your dinner

              images-1SCiO is a scanner (a tiny spectrometer, actually), about the size of a flash drive, that can determine the molecular makeup of an object– food, medication or any other physical “thing,” for that matter — simply by pointing a beam of light at it. SCiO uses near infrared (NIR) spectroscopy, which identifies molecules by the unique optical signatures they create when illuminated by energy in the near infrared region of the electromagnetic spectrum.

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                Finally: A 3D printer for the masses?

                e37436cb577b185eac0ca9f778ff77b6_large3-D printers aren’t quite setting the world on fire, but you probably can’t miss with the Micro 3D from M3D. At $349 it’s affordable. It’s small and it’s quiet. It also looks like Apple designed it. The auto-leveling and auto-calibration technologies promise reliability, consistency, and accessibility. Replaceable print beds and nozzles accept PLA and ABS plastics as well the company’s own Micro filament spools.

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                  Pebble: Still the King of Smart Watches

                  UnknownIt delivers nearly any data you want from your phone to your wrist. Thousands of apps – ESPN, Pandora, Yelp, GoPro controller, you name it  — and a welter of watch faces allows virtually infinite customizations. It’s been in production for a year and still no competing product has come anywhere close to matching the Pebble’s features and, especially, affordability.