Shine Assistant AI-Powered Toilet Cleaning System Aimed at the Mass Market (Crowdfunding)

Shine Assistant AI For The Bathroom Entering the consumer market with an AI device can be tricky, it is difficult to explain how and why they work. Shine Bathroom has entered into the arena of smart bathrooms, which are starting to pop up with more frequency. Shine Assistant is the latest, stand-alone smart toilet automated cleaner and maintenance system on the market. The Smart Toilet Market The smart toilet has been reported on in the articles on Kohler Novita, an AI toilet called the “Therapy Bidet” and the Lixil AI-based toilet that can analyze feces to help in healthcare, especially for the elderly. The Shine Assistant Features and Advantages The Shine Assistant is a device that attaches to any toilet, mounts to the wall or side of the toilet, and leverages AI for cleaning and maintenance. The system has a number of features and advantages over human-based cleaning and maintenance. Features  Automatic Toilet Cleaning Chemical-Free Cleaning Automatic Deodorization Automate Toilet …

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Peakago 7-inch Windows 10 Fanless Mini-Laptop Launched for $269 and Up (Crowdfunding)

Peakago fanless mini-laptop Peakago Computer has started an IndieGoGo campaign for its 7″ fanless laptop and mini-PC the Peakago. The campaign has raised 831% of the original target funding on its first day. Market Similarities for Mini-Laptops The Peakago is not a new idea, as there have been a number of 7″ to 9″  display laptops that offer Windows operating systems. The advent of the pocket sized laptop has inspired a number of different versions of similar types and operating systems. The Pretech 700Mi Mini is one of those iterations that was reported on here and is a look-alike to the Peakago. In fact, Peakago and the Pretech are from the same tooling company. A Wide Viewing Angle Display The campaign does say the display has a 178° viewing area, but this unit is very portable and could easily be used in a densely populated locale, so maybe such a wide viewing angle might inspire the manufacturer to develop a …

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Firewalla Gold Intel-based Ubuntu Router Enables Multi-Gigabit Cyber Security (Crowdfunding)

Firewalla Gold vs Blue Red

We covered Firewalla based on NanoPi NEO board in mid-2018. The device is a tiny firewall, parental control, ad-blocker, and VPN appliance for end-users. Since then they’ve launched Firewalla Blue based on NanoPi NEO2 SBC with Gigabit Ethernet and a faster processor, and now the company has just introduced the even more powerful Intel-based Firewalla Gold. Firewalla Gold specifications: Processor – Unnamed intel 64-bit quad-core processor System Memory – 4GB RAM Storage – 32GB flash Connectivity 4x Gigabit Ethernet ports supporting over 3 Gbps in total, and up to 10 VPN connection at up to 120 Mbps aggregated bandwidth. WiFi 6 module (not sure optional or included) Misc – RTC Power Supply – DC barrel jack They may have designed a custom board this time, as I’m not sure which off-the-shelf SBC they may have used in their new product. The device runs Ubuntu Linux so the users will have full access to the operating system with SSH, and will …

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YABA is a Backplane Architecture Controller for Automation and IIoT (Crowdfunding)

Automation and IIoT Through YABA YABA is an acronym and a concept being developed. The acronym is Yet Another Backplane Architecture (YABA). The concept is to bridge the gap between PLC/PAC and open source hardware. The YABA Bridge to IoT YABA is designed to be a robust, open hardware controller that will be a simple but effective midpoint or bridge to the approach of modern industrial technologies in the automation and IoT sector, especially production lines in industrial settings. Where YABA is in Process The process is midstage right now, with a prototype coming. There is an IndieGoGo campaign, but it is at the development stage right at this moment. The developer has reported that the team is about two months out of a working prototype, which should put them an efficient schedule timeline. The project has the backplane, CPU, I/O boards at about 75% complete, and just working towards the sleek enclosure which is what needs funding. The Ongoing …

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inCharge 6 All-in-One Charging Cable Supports USB-C, USB-A, Lightning, and Micro USB (Crowdfunding)

You probably own a few battery-powered devices, maybe one or two phones, a camera, Bluetooth headset, etc…, and each requires a different cable. It’s also easy to forget bringing the right cable, and once your device runs out of battery you’re out of luck. inCharge 6 universal charging cable aims to solve this first world problem by offering a single cable that supports devices charged through USB Type-C, Lightning or Micro USB port, and small enough to hook to your keyring so you never forget it. Alternatively, the company also offers a 1.5-meter version of the cable. The cable takes power from USB type-A or type-C power supply, and output to USB type-C, Lightning or Micro USB with the latter two available through the same connector. The cable also allows you to charge a device from another device, and transfer data between the two (Charge & Sync) as illustrated below. They’ve also made the cable to last with a metal …

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Camect is an Artificial Intelligence based Universal Camera Hub (Crowdfunding)

Camect Smart Camera Hub

Every day people are getting more concerned about the security of their homes, families, offices, properties, and other related belongings getting more people investing in products and services that helps boost that security. Although we have several products that can be used for home security, Cameras are arguably the most common and important one. Cameras are one the most used home security solutions, and they come in various variants. One of the challenges that come with cameras is that a camera platform from company A won’t mostly work with company’s B platform, thus constraining the user to one single expensive platform or be tempted to juggle around different platforms. Camect is a Camera Hub powered by Artifical Intelligence that intends to address this problem. Camect can aggregate video feeds from any security camera on your home network regardless of the brand.  Camect I believe is the OpenHAB for cameras. A smart camera hub for uniting different cameras from most …

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Philips Crowdfunds PicoPix Max Android Pico Projector with Autofocus

PicoPix Extra Connectivity The latest entrant into the miniprojector market is the Phillips PicoPix Max Pico Projector in two versions, x10 and x100, a very versatile projector with many features and large aspirations. The mini projector is nothing new and we have reported on it in depth for units that came out some time ago such as the Rikomagic RKM R1 or Doogee Smart Cube P1. The fact that a major electronics manufacturer is launching a mini projector through a crowdfunding campaign is somewhat unusual, but let’s have a look at the details. Portable Native Full HD Phillips is calling the PicoPix Max Pro a premium, portable cinematic experience. The unit is made to go anywhere and not need a phone or laptop to function but has a large number of ports and options for each port. The LED light bulb is said to last 30K hours, and the source is 800 ANSI lumens strong and can run off the …

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Gemini Dual Screen Laptop is Made of Two Kay Lake-R Tablets (Crowdfunding)

Gemini Dual Screen Laptop

[Update August 24, 2019:  CNX Software has received a message claiming the project is a scam (identity theft): This is Li Yunjian, the Owner of following company : GST Communication Co., Ltd (Hongkong) 深圳市杰仕特通讯有限公司 (China Mainland) Our Website on Alibaba: https://chinagstgroup.en.alibaba.com/ This is a fraudster illegally using our company information to scam ] [Update October 2, 2019: Gemini Dual Screen Laptop crowdfunding campaign is up again, but references to “GST Communication” are gone] Note by CNXSoft: The campaign is under review and they have stopped taking contributions. I can only assume it’s a trademark issue because Intel did not like them to use the name “Gemini”. If it’s indeed the case, It should be resolved with a new name. We’ll remove this notice when/if the campaign comes back online. The Chinese company GST has been running a crowdfunding campaign for the Gemini, a dual-screen laptop, with the ability to be used in several different iterations. Billed by GST to be …

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