Archive for the ‘Wireless and Mobile’ Category

Mimo | Helping Parents Rest Better

September 6th, 2013 by NearInteraction

There appear to be very few limits where the “quantified self” movement can go, especially if this piece of baby monitoring equipment designed to give parents peace of mind is anything to go by.

Mimo is a connected onesie that monitors a baby’s sleep and feeds the information back to parents using an integrated smartphone app.

For some it may seem like technology gone too far, but it could address the very real problem of 4,000 infants who die suddenly every year in the US, often with no obvious cause. Many of these deaths occur during sleep, so Mimo alleviates any fears parents might have by letting them know everything is alright, and setting off an alarm when things are not.

Available on a crowdfunding site this Thursday, the kit will cost $200. It comes with three organic cotton onesies that act as respiration sensors, a toy turtle clip that monitors movement, and a Wi-Fi base station shaped like a lily pad – fully equipped with a microphone.

The app that goes along with the equipment is available for Android and iPhone, collecting important information displaying events such as how many times your baby has rolled over in the night, longest nap, and other changes over time.

The company that made the device also had to deal with concerns over choking hazards, and making sure their wearable technology is still appealing to mothers, making them confident enough to put their infants in such a device.

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Bluetooth ‘Tile’ allows you to find lost keys, bikes, dogs, anything really

August 3rd, 2013 by NearInteraction

Bluetooth 'Tile' allows you to find lost keys, bikes, dogs, anything really - Jason O'Grady

Tile (@TheTileApp) is an absolutely brilliant hardware device that can be attached to keys (or just about anything) so that you can locate them when lost. Tiles measures 36mm x 36mm x 4.2mm (or about the size of a matchbook), uses Bluetooth 4.0 (low energy) and will be compatible with iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad Mini, iPad 3rd and 4th generation, and iPod Touch 5th generation. (Sorry Android users).

Bluetooth 4.0 is a brilliant choice because the built-in battery lasts about a year and doesn’t require recharging. While GPS would be ideal, it suffers from heavy battery consumption (less than a day, typically) and WiFi requires open hotspot access.

The Tile iOS app (not yet available) allows your to find a Tile by telling you how close you are to it. You can see yourself getting closer and further away from the Tile when within a 50 – 150ft range via the iOS app. The app logs the last location it saw your Tile (via GPS) giving you a good starting point. Tile also includes a built-in speaker, so you can make it emit a tone when you’re getting close.

But it’s the Tile service that makes it compelling. It uses a crowd-sourced model so that you still have a good chance of finding your Tile (when it’s attached to a dog or your MacBook, for example) even when it travels out of its 150-foot (Bluetooth) range. It’s like having the world help you locate your lost item. You can track a Tile by seeing when it’s identified by other Tile users.

Obviously the service requires a large user base to be effective (and may not work in less populated areas) but it’s a no brainer in large metros. And something tells me that the service will gain critical mass quickly.

Even though you’re helping find other people’s Tiles with your iPhone, the company insists that it takes your security seriously. Other Tile users cannot search for your Tiles (or your iPhone) for example and only you and the Tile users you’ve explicitly shared your Tiles with can search for your Tiles.

A single Tile can be pre-ordered for $19 and quantities of four or higher cost around $14 each and will ship in “winter 2013/14″ according to the developers (SRP will be $25 post launch). I pre-ordered eight (there’s a limit of 10 Tiles per account) so that I can attach them to all of my devices and maybe a few non-gadgets as well.

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Source: zdnet


Thermometer Delivers Diagnosis & Calls The Doctor

March 6th, 2013 by NearInteraction

“Thermometer is one of the oldest medical device, used by every doctors and even in house as a personal medical device.

The Kinsa Smart Thermometer gets you a new way of diagnosing and dealing with normal and everyday illness.

The Kinsa Smart Thermometer is designed in a simple way to provide treatment advice when it comes to more serious symptoms.
If you really feel your condition is extremely serious, Kinsa App can even make a call to your doctor or may be book an appointment at your local medical clinic.

The device have no battery, display or processor in it. You just need to plug it into iPhone headphone jack and Kinsa App will display the patients temperature.

It’s a good device, if like to monitor your health closely as it can record your temperature historically by creating a profile.

It can also be helpful to check for any seasonal illness circulating in local groups.”

The Kinsa Smart Thermometer: thin, elegant, and comfortable.

Connects to your phone for accurate and fast reading. Accompanying app is free with an easy-to-use interface. Includes optional extension cord.

Kinsa Smart Thermometer



Baby Monitor Let You Watch Over Your Baby by Your Iphone

November 5th, 2012 by NearInteraction

“This Smart Baby Monitor from Withings is now available in the U.S., allowing parents to remotely check on their child using their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. The hinged monitor has a wide-angle adjustable 3-megapixel camera, with night vision and a 4x zoom.

The device also has sensors that detect noise, movement, temperature and humidity levels, and can alert the parent of these changes, depending on the user-adjustable parameters. A two-way microphone lets you hear the baby and also talk to them, and you can also start a lullaby or switch on a night light.

The Smart Baby Monitor can connect to the internet via wi-fi or Ethernet cable, or directly to your Apple device via Bluetooth. You need to be running Withings’ freeWithBaby app on your device to access the monitor’s functions.”

Check out the demo video below:

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Totoya Creatures: Turn iPads and iPhones into Huggable Interactive Toys

October 8th, 2012 by NearInteraction

Totoya Creatures are the combination of the new and old. They are the next generation of plush toys: soft and digital pets for kids. It plays tunes, repeats voice with effects, pretends being a cyclops and likes when you comb his hair. Manufactured with natural user interface and child-safe materials.

Our creatures are the cutest hybrids: soft toys and clever devices in one. We present the cross-over between traditional toys and digital future. Moreover, it is safe both for the kids and for the device. Now you can get your first iDevice at the age of 0!”


Compact Device Projects Keyboard onto any flat surface

January 2nd, 2012 by NearInteraction

The Magic Cube is a small and lightweight device from Celluon that functions as a full-sized projection keyboard and multi-touch mouse for computers, tablets and smartphones. Compact and portable, it can wirelessly connect to any Bluetooth HID device including the latest iPhone, iPad and Android devices, or can be connected to Windows and Mac OS devices via USB.

The Magic Cube can be used to send emails, type word documents or work on spreadsheets on almost any surface, studying finger movements to interpret and record your keystrokes. Check out the video below to see it in action:

The Magic Cube

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Little Printer generates mini-newspapers of curated content

December 12th, 2011 by NearInteraction

Little Printer lives in your home, bringing you news, puzzles and gossip from your friends. Use your smartphone to set up subscriptions and Little Printer will gather them together to create a timely, beautiful mini-newspaper.”

Little Printer


Tablet Fight: Sony S1 and S2

April 28th, 2011 by NearInteraction
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“Both the S1 and S2 are PlayStation Certified, support DLNA, and are WiFi and 3G/4G “compatible” according to Sony. ”

via engadget.


iTeleport

August 16th, 2010 by NearInteraction

“iTeleport, a magical app that lets you control your computer from anywhere in the world”

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Check it out.


Make iPhone apps using Processing?

May 17th, 2010 by NearInteraction

You can now prototype, and possibly publish, iPhone apps using Processing. It’s called iProcessing and created by Luckybite

“iProcessing is an open programming framework to help people develop native iPhone applications using the Processing language. It is an integration of the Processing.js library and a Javascript application framework for iPhone.”

iProcessing

Of course you can also make iTouch apps in openFrameworks, and soon export from Flash CS5, or if you are hardcore just the native SDK, but we like easier entry points and saving some boring work.

There are some speed and graphics limitations, and one downside at the moment is : “It is unknown as to whether apps created using the framework will be approved if submitted to the App Store”, but things will improve over time and this is really good news for students who are just starting out in coding Processing.

There’s more coverage on Create Digital Motion and CreativeApps.