V-Powerbuds Pro TWS Earbuds Support Heart Monitoring & Oxygen Tracking (Crowdfunding)

Vimai V-Powerbuds Pro Multi-function Sport Earbuds Vimai’s V-Powerbuds Pro TWS (True Wireless Stereo) earbuds are multi-function wireless earbuds. In the past, we had reported on the Misfit Specter Bluetooth earbuds that could track fitness input, such as steps, calories, and sleep duration. V-Powerbuds Pro also tracks heart rate, oxygen, and respiration, and supports online & offline voice control. The Component Basics The V-Powerbud Pro are TWS earbuds and have a built-in pulse oximeter to capture heart rate and oxygen levels right from within the ear. The hook design holds the earbuds tightly in place, within the ear, to get an accurate measurement independent of the effects of light. Other types of fitness tracking devices like those located on the wrist, can be affected by light. The Difference From Other Sport Earbuds Although the uses during exercise aspect of this wearable are probably more likely to be a selling point, the voice control features make the V-Powerbuds Pro an attractive alternative …

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Piksey Atto is a Tiny Arduino Compatible Board with Castellated Holes (Crowdfunding)

Piskey Atto

Atto is a unit prefix in the metric system denoting a factor of 10−18, so it’s unsurprising that at least one company, namely Nionics, made a small Arduino compatible board called Atto. But somebody must have forgotten to do a web search, as BitsNBlobs Electronics created their own tiny Arduino compatible board, also named “(Piksey) Atto“, and based on the same Microchip ATmega32U4 8-bit AVR MCU. But there are some important differences as we’ll see below. Piksey Atto specifications: MCU – Microchip ATmega32U4 8-bit AVR microcontroller @ 16 MHz with 32KB flash, 2.5KB SRAM, 1KB EEPROM Expansion – 18x castellated through holes for 11 digital I/Os, 4x PWM, and 4x analog inputs, USART/SPI/I2C USB – Micro USB port for power and programming Power Supply – 5V via micro USB port Dimensions – 20.32 x 12.7mm Weight – 1.3 grams Piksey Atto is about twice the size and weight of Nionics Atto, lacks LEDs, and a reset button, but offers breadboard …

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MarsCat is a Bionic Cat Powered by Raspberry Pi 3 (Crowdfunding)

MarsCat

Elephant Robotics MarsCat is a robotic cat that tries to mimic the behavior of actual cats through artificial intelligence. It can have a life of its own roaming the house, and you can also interact with it as it will play with toys/teasers through its camera, and you can send voice command to ask it to walk, run, look at you, be quiet. etc… but the trick is that it may not always obey like a real cat, and its personality will evolve depending on how you interact with it. Beside being a bionic pet, MarsCat can also be used to teach/learn robotics as the company will release an open-source SDK allowing you to change the Python code running on the Raspberry Pi 3 board powering the cat, and access API’s to control the camera, microphone, touch sensors, as well as the 16 servos connected to a Microchip ATMega2560 MCU via two servo boards. Visual programming for the robot will …

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Fingerbot Bluetooth Mechanical Finger Enables Automation for most Home Appliances (Crowdfunding)

Adaprox Fingerbot Smart Home Automation  Fingerbot is the place where IoT meets analog and creates a solution for smart home automation that works with Alexa, Google Home, Siri, and many smart home apps. What is Fingerbot? Adaprox, a team of engineers, programmers, and designers, designed the finger-sized device that can handle on/off for devices, repetitive motion tasks, toggles or switches. Fingerbot Does What? The little robot can work through voice or app, and can handle all activation and deactivation of traditional appliances, lighting and can even use its soft “finger” on a touchscreen for repetitive tasks in the home, all done mechanically. How Does It Work Fingerbot is designed to be attached to the device it is controlling with double-sided tape or velcro.  This creates a firm grip on the surface so that its finger can control the device properly.  The velcro option allows for switching Fingerbot between appliances, and also makes sure there isn’t any loss of grip over …

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Nebula Cosmos Max 4K Video Projector is Powered by Amlogic T962X2 Processor (Crowdfunding)

Cosmos Max 4K Projector with Amlogic T962X2

Amlogic recently launched its first Cortex-A55 processors for TV boxes with S905X3, S905Y3 & S905D3 quad-core processors, but as noted by one commenter Amlogic already had some other Cortex-A55 processor specifically designed for TVs and projectors: T950X2 for full HD systems, and T962X2 for 4K UHD systems. Most smart TVs and projectors don’t advertise which chip they are using internally but I’ve just come across Anker Nebula Cosmos Max 4K home theater/video projector featuring Amlogic T962X2 processor. Based on the illustration below they also have a Full HD model based on the same processor. But I’ll focus on the 4K model in this post. Anker Nebula Comos Max key features & specifications: SoC – Amlogic T962X2 quad-core Cortex-A55 processor @ 1.9 GHz with Arm Mali-G31MP2 GPU System Memory – 2GB RAM Storage – 16GB eMMC flash Projector 0.47″ DMD chip 4K UHD resolution (3840×2160) 30″ to 150″ display 1500 ANSI Lumens LED life – 30,000 hours Dynamic smoothing for fast-paced …

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Desklab Ultrathin, Lightweight 15.6″ 4K Portable Touchscreen Display Comes HDMI, USB-C, Stereo Speakers (Crowdfunding)

Desklab Laptop Companion

We’ve already seen a fair amount of portable displays launched in recent years which are often supposed to be brought along with your laptop or smartphone, including DUO add-on display, TAIHE Gemini 15.6″ FullHD/4K display, and the low-cost BlitzWolf BW-PCM1 11.6″ display among many others. Another option is Desklab 15.6″ portable display available either in Full HD or 4K resolution and which comes with stereo speakers in a similar fashion to the TAIHE model but with different ports, and no battery. Desklab key features and specifications: Display 15.6″ IPS touchscreen display with FullHD (1920×1080) or 4K (3840×2160) resolution 10ms response time 400 cd/m2 luminance 183° viewing angles Ports mini HDMI input 2x USB typ-C ports 3.5mm audio jack Micro USB port Audio – Stereo speakers Misc – Power button, volume rocker Battery – None, used the host battery Thickness – ~0.6 cm Weight – 595 grams Since the display comes with both HDMI and USB-C ports it can support most …

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Galerdo AI Swimming Tracker Gives Audio Feedback, Plays Music – No Ear Buds Needed (Crowdfunding)

Galerdo Beker Pro Galerdo is a simple to use, swimmers attendant, that holds tight to the head and collects data.  It offers interactive audio, AI advice underwater and even plays music through bone-conduction.  We previously reported on fitness and swimming tracker Makibes F69 IP68 Smartwatch but it lacked audio support. Feature Awards for Galerdo Galerdo won the CES 2020 Innovation Award for Swim Tracker, AI Voice Assistant and Handset Free features. Previous and Present Devices Galerdo Inc has a previous bone-conduction audio device that offered music underwater to swimmers, without the need for a headband or earbuds.  The latest device simply called Galerdo adds AI data collection and spoken advice as the user is swimming, in real-time. Quick Run Down on Bone-Conduction The AI technology that is used in the Galerdo is further enhanced by the bone-conduction transfer of sound and is a technology industry that is growing rapidly. It would not be remiss to mention that sound reception in …

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Mudi is a Tor & VPN Enabled Portable 4G LTE WiFi Router (Crowdfunding)

Mudi VPN Portable 4G Router

GL.inet has made routers for a long time, and its latest product is called Mudi which they promote as a “4G LTE Privacy Router for Road Warriors”. Mudi is battery-powered, and designed to improve security and privacy compared to using only public WiFi access points, and comes with Tor and VPN support – the latter turned on/off with a physical switch – out of the box. Mudi (GL-E750) hardware specifications: SoC – Qualcomm QCA9530 MIPS24Kc processor @ 650 MHz System Memory – 128MB DDR2 Storage – 16MB + 128MB flash + MicroSD card slot up to 128GB Connectivity WiFi 2.4 GHz 802.11b/g/n WiFi 4 up to 300 Mbps 5 GHz 802.11n/ac WiFi 5 up to 433 Mbps Cellular – 4G LTE Cat.6 or Cat.4 module + NanoSIM card slot USB – USB type-C port Display – OLED display Misc – Power button, VPN switch button Power Input – 5V/2A Power Consumption – > 6 Watts Battery – 7,000 mAh LiPo …

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