Wearable Baby Monitor Sproutling Is Like an Egg Timer For Your Kid
A new baby wearable has hit the scene and this one intends to deliver valuable insights to help parents of newborns not just know there little one is safe but also tell them when he’ll wake up and even if he’ll be cranky when he does.
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Sproutling is a smart baby monitor that consists of a baby wearable band, smart charger and a mobile app. The band is equipped with sensors which track your baby’s movement, position, heart rate and skin temperature. The system communicates via a mobile app to let parents monitor their baby’s sleeping habits, predict sleeping conditions and know when something is wrong.
The wearable not just senses the baby but also its surroundings. If the baby room is getting too loud from ambient noise the parent will get an alert to let them know to turn things down. Over time Sproutling learns and can begin to estimate how long the baby will be asleep for and even the type of mood the little one is expected to be in when they awake.
The company is currently accepting pre-orders for the preview release of its baby wearable and have already sold out of over 50% of its stock. Preview buyers are able to grab this smart system for $249 with it expected to ship in March of next year. So great for expecting moms. Perhaps a little too late for those that are already thinking of getting a new bed for little Johnny. 

Wearable Baby Monitor Sproutling Is Like an Egg Timer For Your Kid

A new baby wearable has hit the scene and this one intends to deliver valuable insights to help parents of newborns not just know there little one is safe but also tell them when he’ll wake up and even if he’ll be cranky when he does.

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Standalone Smartwatch, Neptune Pine, Now Shipping to Backers
Smartwatches are all the rage today but one of the complaints of this wrist-worn wearable is that it relies too much on your smartphone. Neptune Computer’s Pine is here to solve that. Like the Omate watch before it, the Pine is a standalone smartwatch which means that it can function fully without being dependent on a bluetooth connection to a smartphone in your pocket. Neptune smashed its Kickstarter goal back in December of last year and is now starting to ship to backers. 
[[MORE]]Neptune raised over $800,000 for what they are calling the “definitive all-in-one smartwatch”. The watch can do anything from taking voice calls, texting with a full keyboard, use of maps with GPS and even video chatting. It does this all without the need of a smartphone. All it needs is its own micro-SIM card and you are good to go. The watch even has a front facing and 5MP rear-facing camera to boot!
Late in July, Neptune sent an update out to its backers announcing that the first Wave of shipments were being sent. The first batch of Pines will be on the wrists of those in the US who indicated they wanted the device first and didn’t care if it had been treated for water resistance. Neptune indicated that all go-forward Pines outside of Wave 1 will be water resistant.
Late last week, Neptune announced that Wave 2 was on its way to fulfillment centres to send smartwatches to US, Canada and E.U. backers. Backers in this wave are expected to be sent tracking numbers over the next two weeks as they are being processed. 
Neptune is now accepting pre-orders for the Pine on its website for $349. Those who order Pine after January 1, 2014 are expected to receive their unit in October of this year. 

Standalone Smartwatch, Neptune Pine, Now Shipping to Backers

Smartwatches are all the rage today but one of the complaints of this wrist-worn wearable is that it relies too much on your smartphone. Neptune Computer’s Pine is here to solve that. Like the Omate watch before it, the Pine is a standalone smartwatch which means that it can function fully without being dependent on a bluetooth connection to a smartphone in your pocket. Neptune smashed its Kickstarter goal back in December of last year and is now starting to ship to backers. 

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Bringing On The Industrial Renaissance: Featured Speaker - Samir Shah

4 AXYZ is in the additive manufacturing business. But instead of printing with plastic, the company has developed technology which would allow them to create the first 3D printing machine to manufacture solid wood products. The company believes that a machine with this potential could radically shift the way we create and buy items crafted out of wood.  

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US Army Looking Into 3D Printed Food for Soldiers
Soldiers of the US army may soon be eating 3D printed food tailored to fit their nutritional needs. According to Army Magazine, the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (or NSRDEC) is currently evaluating new methods of 3D printing which would allow soldiers to print pizzas to sandwiches with 3D printers equipped with ingredients they are either provided or, possibly in the future, items they have foraged in the field.
[[MORE]]One of the methods the Research Centre is assessing is the use of ultrasonic agglomeration, a process which shoots ultrasonic waves at particles to bind them together. Using this method, 3D printers would be able to create solid food in shapes you would expect, like a pizza looking like a pizza for example. This would drastically increase items on the military menu and could even reduce food costs because food could be printed on demand.
But the real benefit for NSRDEC is the ability to print food that is enhanced with nutrients which would be tailored to the particular dietary needs of the solider depending on their situation. “If you are lacking in a nutrient, you could add that nutrient. If you were lacking protein, you could add meat to a pizza,” Lauren Oleksyk, an NSRDEC researcher, told Army Magazine.
Food printing is already something that is being achieved in the 3D printing space but it is still very much in its infancy with most of the methods layering paste to create candy and edibles that need to be baked. Advancements in food printing spearheaded by the military could have far-reaching impacts on not just how we feed our soldiers but possibly how we feed our communities. We may all one day be heading to our 3D printers to cook up a family dinner.  
Source: Army Magazine via Motherboard/VICE

US Army Looking Into 3D Printed Food for Soldiers

Soldiers of the US army may soon be eating 3D printed food tailored to fit their nutritional needs. According to Army Magazine, the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (or NSRDEC) is currently evaluating new methods of 3D printing which would allow soldiers to print pizzas to sandwiches with 3D printers equipped with ingredients they are either provided or, possibly in the future, items they have foraged in the field.

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Making Wearable Tech Tactile
The Creators Project is back with its Concept Video Series for wearables and this one is all about haptic feedback. This video features Wearable Experiments, a socially driven wearable technology company that is doing some incredible things with haptics to create new and meaningful experiences with wearables. The company is making clothing which not only expresses a sense of style but performs a particular function to enhance the experience. 
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One of these designs is the Navigate jacket. The jacket uses haptic feedback to indicate when the wearer should turn right, left or has arrived at their destination.  To the outside world, the jacket looks like a fashionable garment, but to the user its also a tool to help them make their way to a destination. 
Moving the tech into the background is important for Wearable Experiments. "Our message is that the tech always needs to be invisible. And you have to put the elegance of the garment first. And that means making it as human as possible," co-founder Billie Whitehouse explains in the video.
Wearable Experiments has also worked on projects which are taking the sports and music experience to the next level. Its Alert Shirt, for example, is a fan jersey which uses haptic feedback to let the wearer feel what their sports team is feeling. This example of wearable technology is aimed at taking the experience off the screen and into the physical environment to take everything to a whole new and extremely tactile level. 
Whitehouse goes into her design challenges and showcases some other work from Wearable Experiments in the complete video which we have for you below or you can hit the link here.

Making Wearable Tech Tactile

The Creators Project is back with its Concept Video Series for wearables and this one is all about haptic feedback. This video features Wearable Experiments, a socially driven wearable technology company that is doing some incredible things with haptics to create new and meaningful experiences with wearables. The company is making clothing which not only expresses a sense of style but performs a particular function to enhance the experience. 

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Report Finds Businesses Evaluating 3D Printers, Few Using Them
3D printers have definitely gained a lot of attention this past year. These powerful maker machines have the potential to disrupt many industries but how many businesses are actively using them and for what? These are some of the questions Tech Pro Research asked to over 600 businesses in a study they did on “3D Printing: Benefits, Trends, Enterprise Applications”. 
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The report found that many businesses are evaluating the use of 3D printers but few are actively using them. In fact only 12% of the respondents indicated that they were using 3D printers at work. But despite the small number of organizations who are using them, most surveyed (48%) are evaluating them with 19% planning to implement 3D printers within the next 12 month. 40% of those surveyed said that they had no plans to implement or evaluate 3D printers for their business.  
Of those that are using 3D printers, most are using these machines for testing of ideas or concepts (73%) while prototyping (67%) and manufacturing of parts (40%) were also ways 3D printers were adding value to organizations.
For the 40% of businesses who are currently not considering 3D printing, Tech Pro Research found a lack of business need (66%) and lack of value proposition (27%) to be the reasons. They also identified that companies who do not perform engineering or manufacturing work do not see the benefit of these devices.

Report Finds Businesses Evaluating 3D Printers, Few Using Them

3D printers have definitely gained a lot of attention this past year. These powerful maker machines have the potential to disrupt many industries but how many businesses are actively using them and for what? These are some of the questions Tech Pro Research asked to over 600 businesses in a study they did on “3D Printing: Benefits, Trends, Enterprise Applications”. 

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The “Lego” of IoT, LittleBits, Coming to Radio Shack in August
Tinkering just got easier. Technology retailer, Radio Shack, will be piloting distribution of LittleBits in select stores in August. LittleBits is a modular electronic system that snap together with magnets making it easy to create workable electronics without the need to solder, wire or even program.
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The magnet connectors are a huge draw for the electronic kit as is the color coding they use on each module to make it easy to understand what the components do and how they should be put together. LittleBits uses a four color system to indicate which modules are for power, output, input or are wires and if you are stuck on ideas the kits come with starter projects to help you get making. As the LittleBits library currently has 264 modules, the sky is the limit to create inventions with this system, catering to young makers to engineers and agencies looking to rapid prototype. 
To connect creations made with LittleBits to the Internet of Things, LittleBits has introduced cloudBit. Like other modules, cloudBit connects to other modules in the LittleBits library using magnets. Once given a power source, it enables the creation to talk to the internet and vice versa. For programmers, LittleBits offers a cloud API or the LittleBits Arduino module for customization. But if that’s not your thing, they have also support automating services through IFTTT. This allows users to create inventions which trigger events on popular online services like Facebook, Instagram and hardware systems like NEST and Philips Hue.
For a limited time, LittleBits is offering its Cloud Starter Bundle for $99. The kit includes six modules, wall power and mounting boards and is ready to go create intro projects like building a remote pet feeder or modifying your doorbell to text you when someone is at your door.  
According to a report by Bloomberg, Radio Shack expects to roll out LittleBits in over 2,000 stores in the Fall and is just one of many inventions that it will stock its shelves with in an effort to re-invent the chain and increase sales.

The “Lego” of IoT, LittleBits, Coming to Radio Shack in August

Tinkering just got easier. Technology retailer, Radio Shack, will be piloting distribution of LittleBits in select stores in August. LittleBits is a modular electronic system that snap together with magnets making it easy to create workable electronics without the need to solder, wire or even program.

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Google Glass Goes to the Opera
Italy’s Teatro Lirico di Cagliar will become the first in the world to hold an interactive opera using Google Glass. The opera company will be holding a trial performance with Google’s first wearable July 30 of Giacomo Puccini’s Turnadot.
[[MORE]]The Glass experience uses a system developed by TSC Labs and lets the audience view the performance through the eyes of the performers or backstage access from the view point of a stage hand.
This is not the first innovation coming out of this theatre. Teatro Lirico di Cagliar proudly hosts a Research and Technology centre and along with the Google Glass experience, the theatre will also be offering live streams on its social media, sending real-time photos and videos to those that follow.

Google Glass Goes to the Opera

Italy’s Teatro Lirico di Cagliar will become the first in the world to hold an interactive opera using Google Glass. The opera company will be holding a trial performance with Google’s first wearable July 30 of Giacomo Puccini’s Turnadot.

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Tesla Gets Its First Android Wear Smartwatch App
The car of the future, Tesla, just got even cooler with the launch of the first Android Wear app for the vehicle. Created by Toronto-based mobile shop, BNOTIONS, the Tesla Command App lets lucky Tesla owners control some of the core features of the car straight from their wrist.
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The app, which was released just last week in the Google Play store, gives Android Wear smartwatch users the ability to unlock doors, honk the horn and even open and close the sunroof all with the tap of a button on the smartwatch. Users need to punch in their Tesla credentials head of time to make sure that they are controlling the right car.  
BNOTIONS has uploaded a video of the app in action complete with a shiny Tesla Model S. Check it out in the video we have for you below.

Tesla Gets Its First Android Wear Smartwatch App

The car of the future, Tesla, just got even cooler with the launch of the first Android Wear app for the vehicle. Created by Toronto-based mobile shop, BNOTIONS, the Tesla Command App lets lucky Tesla owners control some of the core features of the car straight from their wrist.

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Amazon Launches 3D Printing Services To Offer Customizable Accessories, Toys and More
Back in June, Amazon opened up a 3D printing store as a centralized place to sell 3D printers, filament and other tools needed to start 3D printing at home. Today, Amazon has taken its 3D printing services one step further with the launch of a 3D printed product marketplace which allows users to customize over 200 print-on-demand items. 
[[MORE]]The marketplace features search tools, 3D previews and a personalization widget which lets users make modifications to select items by changing things like material, size, style and color. It also showcases 3D printed products which are for sale as is.
“The introduction of our 3D Printed Products store suggests the beginnings of a shift in online retail - that manufacturing can be more nimble to provide an immersive customer experience. Sellers, in alignment with designers and manufacturers, can offer more dynamic inventory for customers to personalize and truly make their own,” said Petra Schindler-Carter, Director for Amazon Marketplace Sales. “The 3D Printed Products store allows us to help sellers, designers and manufacturers reach millions of customers while providing a fun and creative customer experience to personalize a potentially infinite number of products at great prices across many product categories.”
Amazon’s 3D printed marketplace is currently selling customizable jewellery like cufflinks and earrings, toys like Mixee’s bobble heads and home decor items like vases. We gave the personalization a widget a spin this morning and it was extremely straightforward and is very much geared towards users who are not familiar with 3D design. We personalized our own pair of cufflinks in just three clicks. 

Although 3D printing marketplaces are not new, a store of this magnitude behind the Amazon brand will go a long way to bringing 3D printing options to the main stream. This benefits both users who are looking for more personalized options and designers who are in need of a place to sell their 3D printed wares.

Amazon Launches 3D Printing Services To Offer Customizable Accessories, Toys and More

Back in June, Amazon opened up a 3D printing store as a centralized place to sell 3D printers, filament and other tools needed to start 3D printing at home. Today, Amazon has taken its 3D printing services one step further with the launch of a 3D printed product marketplace which allows users to customize over 200 print-on-demand items. 

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Michigan Hosts World’s First 3D Printed Tee-Ball Game 
Two Western Michigan Little League teams made history last week as the first to play tee-ball with equipment made entirely from a 3D Printer. All elements of the game were made on a 3D printer including the helmets, bats, bases, tees and even the balls.
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The event was hosted by 3D printing company Burton Precisions Co Inc. and Universe 3D who were also responsible for printing all the materials. The one-hour game saw twenty-six little league players using the 3D printed equipment to hit homeruns and steal bases on the same field as Minor League Michigan team the Whitecaps.
A game facilitated entirely out of 3D printed materials showcases the opportunities 3D printers offer in bringing manufacturing to the masses to allow them to print the tools they need for any situation. 
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Michigan Hosts World’s First 3D Printed Tee-Ball Game 

Two Western Michigan Little League teams made history last week as the first to play tee-ball with equipment made entirely from a 3D Printer. All elements of the game were made on a 3D printer including the helmets, bats, bases, tees and even the balls.

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Jibo Wants To Be Your Family’s First Robot
We are dependent on our smartphones to do many things in our family life. These devices set reminders, take pictures, find recipes and let us communicate with one another. But even though they are an integral part of our lives, they don’t feel like part of the family. Meet Jibo, a connected personal assistant that adds a much needed personality to technology making it social. Jibo aims to be your family’s first robot and by the looks of how well it is doing on Indiegogo, there are a lot of family’s that can’t wait to welcome him home.  
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Jibo is a Wi-Fi enabled robot equipped with two high resolution cameras, a 360-degree microphone and sits on three full-revolute axes which lets him turn his head around to face you when needed. Jibo’s cameras use face-tracking which are perfect for picture taking and for more immersive video calling. And the microphone lets you talk to Jibo from anywhere in the room and have him process what you are saying with his natural language processor.
Like Siri or Google Voice, Jibo can be used to make a call, set an alarm or get the weather. Ask Jibo for a recipe, or to order take-out or even read your a story and he will do it. The more you use Jibo the more he gets to know you. Jibo’s algorithms start to learn about the user to adapt preferences based on your life. 
On top of being completely helpful, Jibo is also super adorable. The concept video for Jibo on the Indiegogo campaign brings to life a robot that we would expect to see in a Disney movie.  
The Jibo campaign has raised nearly nine times its funding goal with tons of time on the clock. Early adopters who need to have Jibo in their home as soon as possible can grab one for $499 USD with a shipping date of December of 2015. The campaign just recently unlocked a perk for those more patient which lets them pre-order Jibo for 2016 with only $199 down now to pay the rest closer to the shipping date.

Jibo Wants To Be Your Family’s First Robot

We are dependent on our smartphones to do many things in our family life. These devices set reminders, take pictures, find recipes and let us communicate with one another. But even though they are an integral part of our lives, they don’t feel like part of the family. Meet Jibo, a connected personal assistant that adds a much needed personality to technology making it social. Jibo aims to be your family’s first robot and by the looks of how well it is doing on Indiegogo, there are a lot of family’s that can’t wait to welcome him home.  

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Google Opens Google Glass Basecamps
Google has setup three basecamps to help long term Explorers, those new to the program and those just interested in learning more about its first wearable tech. 
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The basecamps have been set up in LA, New York and San Francisco. The locations are places where Glass users can go for fittings or support. And where newcomers can go to get a demo and try Glass on for the first time.
Those interested in visiting a basecamp can head on over to the Google Basecamp page to schedule an appointment which is necessary. Google does state that you are able to bring one guest to your visit but they need to be over 13 years of age.

Google Opens Google Glass Basecamps

Google has setup three basecamps to help long term Explorers, those new to the program and those just interested in learning more about its first wearable tech. 

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Your Next Ice Cream Sundae Could Be 3D Printed
We’ve seen candies, cake toppers and even pizza get the 3D printer treatment. So it was just a matter of time that Summer’s favorite treat, ice cream, joined the party. MIT students have hacked a 3D printer to produce soft serve ice cream in any shape. 
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The 3D ice cream printer was part of a graduate project for the students as part of the additive manufacturing program at MIT. The students built a cooling system using liquid nitrogen to ensure that the ice cream kept its shape.  The coolant allowed the ice cream to be built up in layers just like a traditional 3D printer would when using plastic.
The team told 3Ders.org that they were inspired to build a 3D printer that use ice cream as they thought it would be fun for children. Although the machine needs a lot of refinement, they believe that in the near future ice cream parlors like Dairy Queen will adopt the use of this technology to take ice cream treats the next level.

Your Next Ice Cream Sundae Could Be 3D Printed

We’ve seen candies, cake toppers and even pizza get the 3D printer treatment. So it was just a matter of time that Summer’s favorite treat, ice cream, joined the party. MIT students have hacked a 3D printer to produce soft serve ice cream in any shape. 

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Metaio Brings Augmented Reality to the Smartwatch
Leading augmented reality software developer, Metaio, is bringing its visual search capabilities to the smartwatch. It’s object recognition software transforms the smartwatch camera from a nice-to-have feature to a must-have tool. 
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Metaio’s solution uses photos taken by a user to match up results in its object library. When a match exists the app takes action like providing the user with glanceable information about the object. In a recent video posted on its YouTube channel, Metaio shows the app in action on a Galaxy Gear smartwatch where pictures of advertisements in a paper come to life on the watch and snapshots of items eaten at breakfast are added to a food journal.
For Metaio, the smartwatch offers a way for users to quickly and conveniently discover more about the world around them. They state in the video description:

“There exist millions of objects in our environment that can be scanned by a smart device, but it is not always convenient for users to be constantly removing their smart phones from pockets or purses. Placing object recognition capabilities on the wrist allows for convenient access to visual search and augmented reality applications that already exist today”. 

Metaio Brings Augmented Reality to the Smartwatch

Leading augmented reality software developer, Metaio, is bringing its visual search capabilities to the smartwatch. It’s object recognition software transforms the smartwatch camera from a nice-to-have feature to a must-have tool. 

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