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It is finally here!!! After years in which our board games have collected dust hidden in garages and in cellars they finally got the upgrade they need to celebrate a revival.  In February we reported about ePwan a french start-up developing NFC and RFID enabled board games which allow real-time tracking of objects including a tag on a surface. They now launched a Kickstarter campaign for the ePawn Arena, an unique board that connects mobile video games to real-world game pieces and interactive robot-toys. Game play ePawn arena (image: ePawn/Kickstarter) The game pack consists outRead More
Drones! One of the hottest topics these days. Critically acclaimed because of their military use to in crisis areas and situations. Loved for the unbelievable aerial footage they deliver for photographers and movie producers. Exciting because there are tons of possibilities to use unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) which we aren’t even thinking of yet. No matter if you want to transport a package, film a video or lock a target – there are several things all drones have in common The technology behind drones is complex especially if you try toRead More
Vai Kai, a Berlin based start-up has combined traditional wood design and modern technology to create the perfect toy – Avakai, a symbiosis of old & new perfect for kids around the globe. The toys are currently crowdfunded on Kickstarter and are shaped as a little, simplified wooden dolls. The Avakai is connected to other Avakais or a smartphone via Bluetooth LowEnegery and uses touch sensors integrated below the surface to interact with the outside world. Feedback from the toy includes sound, coloured light and haptic feedback. To charge Avakai you can use a standardRead More
Let’s take the key message of this post and put it on top: Dracula Technologies develops some unbelievably cool, innovative and exciting stuff that’s even cooler than the company’s name! Dracula Technologies, a French start-up is a research and development team specialised in the production of organic photovoltaic energy. What that means in plain English: The company can print different layers that compose a solar panel. With this technology it is possible to produce any kind of flexible shapes that harvest energy from the sun. The amazing solution consists of a negative electrodeRead More
Editor’s note: Zano has announced bankruptcy. The project seemed promising and made us all hope Torquing Group could achieve what they promised to their backers on Kickstarter. We hope this unfortunate development does not affect your love for technology and that you will continue to enjoy the ideas of crowdfunding campaigns. Zano is probably the best consumer drone out there so far. The ultra-portable little selfie-maker sure has some competition on the market but there are several features which make it stand out. Unlike many other unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) Zano is very small, offers sophisticatedRead More
Have you ever imagined yourself when you are 80 years or older? You have grey hair and some wrinkles but apart from that you are looking like Pam Anderson or David Hasselhoff in the first season of Baywatch. Well, I hate to break it to you but chances are you will not be that fit any more. However you may not have to worry about having to live in an old people’s home to be safe – at least not if you ask Casenio. Casenio, a Berlin, Germany based start-up is developing smart homeRead More
Keecker is a small robot looking like a relative of R2D2. It has been developed by a French start-up in order to make your home a whole lot smarter and to help you to get rid of your TV, stereo system, weather station and security cameras! Let’s take closer look at the little piece of high-tech and find out if it is for you. The ambitious project to build what the company calls the “world’s first homepod” received more than a quarter million dollars of funding through Kickstarter. The team behind Keecker hasRead More
Football! It’s emotions, it’s drama and it’s passion. The team sport is popular on a global basis and there are uncountable amateur and professional teams with some traditional clubs being around for more than a century. On television football games offer more than 90 minutes of action: exciting heat maps, statistics and player data as well as advanced tools to analyse team and coaching strategies. However, for non-pro players to keep track of their training and analysing their games is difficult. Finally someone solved this issue – Playertek, an Irish start-up developedRead More
Wearables – smart watches, fitness trackers, cameras, smart T-shirts – the list of exciting devices is long. During the IDTechEx Wearable Technology Europe conference and tradeshow this week we had the possibility to catch up with the latest wearable technologies, applications and their commercialisation process. Here are 4 reasons that made the conference a stand-out. IDTechEx IDTechEx provides independent market research, business intelligence and events on emerging technology to clients in over 80 countries. The diverse team consisting out of analysts, scientists and business leaders crafts the speaker program making it a great mixture of semiconductor manufacturers,Read More
Yep, wireless coffee is finally reality. Based on an EBV design one of our partners has build a coffeemaker using wireless power transfer to brew fresh treats for you in the morning! The design is based on the tesla principle or more specifically on magnetic resonance. On the primary side a power source, a resonant controller and a coil are used to send power to the secondary side with power regulator, output and load controller. To make the design smart an embedded comunication system through an electromagnetic field is used toRead More