Wednesday 27 April 2016

University of Florida held the world’s first brain-controlled drone race

In this April 16, 2016 photo. a University of Florida student uses a brain-controlled interface headset to fly a drone during a mind-controlled drone race in Gainesville, Fla. For more than a century science has been able to detect brainwaves, but recent advances in cheaper equipment like the electroencephalogram, or EEG, headsets worn by the drone racers is moving the technology out of the lab.   (AP Photo/ Jason Dearen) Drone races are nothing new. But while they started as an ad-hoc activity within the drone community, the sport has now taken on a life of its own with highly elaborate events and a partnership with ESPN. Read More

Naya Health raises $3.9 million to build a better breast pump

Naya Health's Smart Pump Redwood City-based Naya Health has raised $3.9 million in seed funding to make a breast pump that is sleeker, quieter and more comfortable for moms than the devices already on the market. Investors co-leading the round were Tandem Capital and Bojiang Capital, who were joined by S-Cubed Capital, Astia Angels, Stanford’s StartX and individual angels. According to married co-founders… Read More

Nokia buys France’s Withings for €170M to ramp up in health tech and IoT

Withings Activité Steel - 5 Nokia’s history as the world’s biggest mobile phone maker is becoming a distant memory, but it’s not out of the gadget business just yet. To build out its health technology business, the company today announced that it has acquired Withings, makers of smart scales, activity trackers, and other health gadgets. Withings is based out of France, and with Nokia in Finland,… Read More

Vector Space Systems aims to launch satellites by the hundreds

PSCA+Kodiak+Alaska_2015_07_29_141 Why wait for the bus when you can hail a cab? That’s the idea behind a new commercial spaceflight startup founded by SpaceX founding team members Jim Cantrell and John Garvey. Vector Space Systems wants to shake up to the commercial space market by providing not tens, but hundreds of launches per year. Read More

Melomind is a pair of headphones that will teach you how to relax

melomind 05 Meet Melomind, a pair of headphones with some special powers. Melomind doesn’t just play your music, it also comes with four electroencephalographic sensors to track the activity of your brain. Melomind is a hardware and software product that will guide you and teach you how to relax every day. Read More

Apple has a couple of new iPhone ads

Screen Shot 2016-04-26 at 4.30.25 PM Apple released a couple of new iPhone ads on its YouTube channel. While the second one called ‘Fingerprint’ is in the same vein as previous ads, the first one called ‘Onions’ is a quirky ad and stands out from many Apple ads. Read More

What to expect for Apple’s second-quarter results

CUPERTINO, CA - MARCH 21:  Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during an Apple special event at the Apple headquarters on March 21, 2016 in Cupertino, California. The company is expected to update its iPhone and iPad lines, and introduce new bands for the Apple Watch.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Apple will report its second-quarter earnings, and all eyes are going to be on the company’s iPhone sales. That’s because the big question for Apple is going to be whether or not iPhone sales have hit a wall and that the company will see a year-over-year decline in revenue, marking a significant moment for the company which has traditionally steadily grown iPhone sales to generate… Read More

Hover, a self-flying camera drone, lands $25M for better aerial shots

Pushing Hover Camera Have you ever tried to capture close-up video of yourself or others with a traditional drone? It’s nearly impossible. To solve this problem China-based Zero Zero Robotics has raised $25M to build Hover, a small self-flying drone. The funding is composed mainly of a $23M Series A round from IDG, and China-focused firms GSR Ventures, ZhenFund, ZUIG. While this is the first publicly… Read More

Android Wear gets a watch band standard via MODE

Capture Android Wear smartwatches come in many shapes and sizes — their watch bands, however, do not. Until now, of course. Read More

Jaguar partners with Tile to make sure drivers never leave without their wallets

Automaker Jaguar Land Rover Ltd. today announced a partnership with Silicon Valley startup Tile Inc. to prevent drivers from leaving home, or any other place, without their essential personal items. Tile, which has raised $16 million in total venture funding to-date, makes small, waterproof tags that employ Bluetooth low-energy radio and GPS technology to locate objects to which they are… Read More

Furbo is a dog camera that lets you share treats remotely

furbo Furbo, created by startup Tomofun, gives owners a new way to interact with their dogs while away from home. The camera allows you to keep an eye on your dog, with two-way audio so that you can also talk to them and make them feel a little less alone. There are even push notifications that tell you when your dog is barking. Other startups also make pet cameras, so what really sets Furbo and… Read More

Sunday 24 April 2016

Here are some great improvements that should be in iOS 10

Screen Shot 2016-04-21 at 5.34.49 PM Let’s be honest, most concept videos suck. They show you an imaginary device that looks nothing like the final product and defy the laws of physics. But some software concept videos tick all the right boxes, like this one from MacStories. Federico Viticci and Sam Beckett teamed up to create the following iOS 10 concept video. It’s a beautified wish list for the upcoming release of iOS. Read More

Acer shows off a rugged new Chromebook for work and a whole bunch of new notebooks

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Acer hit the stage a small event in the shadow of Manhattan’s One World Trade to show off some notebooks, notebooks and also some notebooks. Oh, and one more thing: notebooks, notebooks, and notebooks (also there were some notebooks). The star notebook amongst the notebooky notebooks is the company’s latest take on the Chromebook — the straightforwardly-named Chromebook 14… Read More