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Acer Monitors the Air at MWC

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Acer Monitors the Air at MWC

Mobile World Congress 2017 sees Acer announce the Air Monitor-- a connected device providing real-time air quality analysis through companion app and a colour-changing LED embedded in the chassis.

Part of the company's "Internet of Beings" (IoB), the Air Monitor tracks 6 air quality indicators, namely TVOC (Total Volatile Organic Compounds), carbon dioxide, PM2.5, PM10, temperature and humidity. The smartphone app allows users to easily access the measured data, and it can also send warnings via push notifications when indicators exceed predefined thresholds.

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Disney Shows Room-Scale Wireless Power

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Disney Shows Room-Scale Wireless Power

Scientists at Disney Research present what one can describe as room-scale wireless power delivery-- a prototype living room housing 10 objects, all powered without need for cables.

Dubbed "Quasistatic Cavity Resonance for Ubiquitous Wireless Power Transfer," the technology is free roaming, meaning one can move around the room and their smartphone will immediately start charging, with no need to be close to a wireless charging pad. It is also very efficient (around 40-95%, depending on the receiver's position in the room) and can deliver 1900W of power before the specific absorption rate (SAR) becomes dangerous for human beings.

However, like all things sounding too good to be true, the technology comes with a caveat-- it requires a purpose-built room, with walls, ceilings and floor built out of aluminium panels. A long copper pole runs in the middle of the room, and half-way down the pipe is a small section housing a ring of 15 capacitors. Outside the room are a signal generator and a power amplifier linked to the capacitors, which together with the copper pipe produce quasistatic cavity resonance (QSCR), the process behind the wireless power transfer technology.

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The iDevice-Enabled Blood Glucose Monitor

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The iDevice-Enabled Blood Glucose Monitor

One Drop launches the Chrome Blood Glucose Monitoring Kit-- a CE-approved package consisting of a Bluetooth-enabled blood glucose monitor, chrome lancing device, test strips and carry case.

The blood glucose monitor pairs with iDevices (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and even Apple Watch) and transmits test results "in just 5 seconds" to the companion One Drop app. The lancing device has custom depth settings to adjust the amount of pressure on a use-by-user basis to draw "a perfect drop of blood every time," while compatible test strips can be acquired via monthly subscription.

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Panasonic's Companion Robot at CES 2017

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Panasonic's Companion Robot at CES 2017

CES the place for companies to show off something weird and wonderful, and Panasonic sticks to tradition with the Desktop Companion Robot-- an egg-shaped robot combining voice recognition with an embedded projector.

The robot stands as tall as a kitchen blender, and acts a bit like a mobile version of Amazon Echo or Google Home speakers. However it is also mobile, since it trundles around on 4 wheels while speaking to users in a cute, almost child-like, voice. On command it can crack open its shell to project video from online sources on any flat surface.

"This test project builds on Panasonic's innovations in robotics including battery and power solutions, vision and sensing, navigation solutions and motion control in a new appealing design," the company says. "This is Panasonic's latest effort in demonstrating network services in a friendly package, and we are showing this robot at CES as a way of obtaining feedback on its features and functions."

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Occipital Bridge Brings Mixed Reality to iPhone

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Occipital Bridge Brings Mixed Reality to iPhone

The iPhone is the next device to get augmented reality (AR) capabilities as Occipital presents the Bridge, a headset with capabilities akin to thsoe found in technologies such as Google Tango and Intel's Project Alloy.

At first glance the Bridge is similar to any other smartphone-powered VR headset-- one simply snaps in an iPhone 6, 6S or 7 before strapping it on their face. It even includes a Bluetooth remote for control. However, it features special sauce in the shape of the Structure, a strip of cameras and sensors able to map physical objects and environments in 3D, allowing the projection of virtual objects on actual environments.

The sensor handles what the company calls "inside-out positional tracking," and it does so by running on an own rechargeable battery, meaning the iPhone's battery is not hit by the device. However it does make for a somewhat oversized device, since the headset includes a 120-degree wide-angle camera lens attachment as well as the aforementioned Structure unit.

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MIT Monitors Appliance Power Consumption

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MIT Monitors Appliance Power Consumption

MIT joins forces with the US Office of Naval Research (ONR) to develop a cheap and portable system to monitor how much electricity household appliances, lighting fixtures and electronic devices consume.

The system consists of 5 small sensors placed above or near power lines coming into the house. The sensors pinpoint each light or appliance based on power use, before pushing the data to a companion app in realtime. Each sensor is self-calibrating, and can pinpoint the strongest electrical signals. In turn the system can distinguish between each type of light, appliance or device based on unique signals.

The result allows users to check the power consumption of a specific device during a specific time, and as such can reveal when a refrigerator goes into its defrost power or how regularly a water heater switches on and off each day.

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The $300 Photo Book of Apple Products

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The $300 Photo Book of Apple Products

Apple announces what is possibly the ultimate collectible for its most ardent of fans-- "Designed by Apple in California," a 300-page photo book detailing 20 years of Apple products and the design behind them.

Available in 26 x 32cm or 33 x 41cm sizes, the book features 450 photos taken by photographers Andrew Zuckerman. It chronicles the 20-year period between the launch of the original iMac and the Apple Pencil, and is reportedly the result of 8 years of work. As such, it comes printed on "specially milled German paper with gilded matte silver edges, using eight color separations and low-ghost inks" and is "both a testament and a tribute to the meticulous design, engineering, and manufacturing methods that are singularly Apple." Or so the company puts it, at any rate.

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How to Keep (Connected) Track of One's Cigars

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How to Keep (Connected) Track of One's Cigars

Another day, another connected gadget with a use as specific as it is unusual-- the Blume is a device able to update users on the status of their cigar collection via companion smartphone app.

For those not in the know, the best way to keep cigars fresh is inside a container with a constant humidity, or humidor. Maintaining said constant humidity depends varies, but either way if the humidor gets dry the cigars inside are essentially ruined. Which is where the Blume enters the frame. The device monitors the air inside the humidor, and releases water vapour to maintain required levels.

A companion app allows users to set a preferred humidity, and also lets one know when the built-in 250ml water supply is running out, something maker Cigar Zen says is required around once a month. The Blume runs on a rechargeable battery, and a backup is included to keep the device running during recharges.

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A Gadget for the Scanning of Wine

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A Gadget for the Scanning of Wine

French startup MyOeno presents a means for customers to check a bottle of wine without actually tasting it-- the MyOeno Scan, a connected tester able to send the characteristics of a wine to a companion smartphone app.

First seen in Paris at the CES Unveiled 2016 event, the MyOeno Scan promises to objectively analyse a wine's oneological characteristics without sampling or chemical interactions. Once the device scans the wine, the companion app provides a description complete with tasting notes, food pairings and even a list of similar wines.

In addition users can rate the wine, and in turn the app using such ratings to both keep a record of wines tasted and suggest new future purchases. A final function is social, as users can share tastings with friends.

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Happy 15th Birthday, Apple iPod!

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Happy 15th Birthday, Apple iPod!

Tech industry followers with longer memories should remember a rather special 23 October 2001 Apple event-- the launch of the iPod, arguably the device that moved Apple away from PCs ahead of the smartphone era.

The iPod was the device that helped Apple regain its fortunes, even if its first appearance was not too impressive. It was a Mac-only portable media player with all of 5GB of storage and a $399 price tag. And the first couple of years validated the sceptics, since the device failed to find an audience aside from the true Apple faithful.

As such, the iPod's true watershed moment happened with the 2003 release of an iPod designed for Windows users-- not to mention the launch of iTunes for Windows and the iTunes Music Store. The result was not only a simple means for the syncing of the music player with PCs (especially when compared with the clunky interfaces employed by Creative and Rio devices of the time), but a secure means for the online purchase of music, no CD ripping or piracy required.

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Tile Shrinks Bluetooth Tracker

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Tile Shrinks Bluetooth Tracker

Tile announces a shrunken down version of the Bluetooth-connected lost item finder sharing its name-- the Tile Mate, a tracker 25% smaller (34 x 34 x 4.65) than the original.

While a bit bulkier than the recently revealed Tile Slim, the slimmer version of the Tile, the Tile Mate has a loop allowing users to easily attach to valuables such as keys, purses and suitcases. It is also water resistant up to IP5 standard, and the smaller dimensions ensure it does not act as too much of a bump when stuck to tablets or laptops.

Like the Slim, the Mate has 4 ringtones-- Bionic Birdie, Classic Call, Pep in your Step and Blues for Slim-- and can be used to help find phones if these are kept on silent. All Tile products work be connection with a companion smartphone app, and leverage on other Tiles in the vicinity (the company says sales so far total 6 million units in 200 countries) to create a sizable mesh network.

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