Neurio Home Intelligence is a technology that helps you understand your energy usage and automate your home appliances. It's like a Belkin WeMo Insight Switch for your entire home. It started as a university project, and led to the creation of Vancouver-based startup Energy Aware Technology Inc. Then the team took their concept to Kickstarter, launching a campaign on October 16. The funding period doesn't end until November 15, but backers have already pledged well over its original $95,000 (CAD) goal. So, with over $125,000 pledged thus far, I don't think we've heard the … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- These brilliant wackos are reenacting "Back to the Future" on Twitter.
- How do you prove to someone you just met that you don't have an STD? With an app, of course.
- Lock8: a smart lock to keep your bike from being stolen.
- Is Google building a hulking floating data center in SF Bay?
- San Francisco's bay barge mystery: Floating data center or Google Glass store?.
Silly headlines aside, Alone is a pretty interesting idea for a game. Currently in development for the Oculus Rift, it looks like it's going to embody the sort of subtle, creeping horror we love best.
The setting is actually a lounge room. When you put the headset on, you'll be transported to a couch where you'll be sitting playing a fictional horror first-person shooter (FPS) video game called The Witching Hour, while a wild, windy night rages outside. Sounds like a lovely evening at home, snug inside, maybe even with a nice blanket tucked around your lap.
Except something's not quite right.… Read more
Unhappy leaving animated GIFs relegated to the Internet, a duo from Brooklyn, N.Y., wants to turn them into coaster-sized cards that play when you angle them back and forth.
You might have seen something similar on souvenir postcards or movie posters, but designers Rachel Binx and Sha Hwang who launched a new Kickstarter project called Gifpop!, see the 70-some-odd-year-old lenticular film technology as a business opportunity.
The project, which has already raised more than twice its minimum goal of $5,000, aims to turn GIFs as well as videos from Vine and Instagram into printed cards that can play … Read more
Getting up to mischief could get a lot easier if the Wads Kickstarter project flies. No more hunting for straws from the cafeteria. No more disassembling complex pens just to get at the plastic barrel. Wads is made for writing. And it's made for launching spitwads.
Innovation like this doesn't come cheap. A Wads pen pledge costs $10, but it also includes a 10-pack of Wads Nerf-like ammunition, so you can target practice without having to generate your own spit-soaked paper lumps.… Read more
Released in 1993, Myst was a groundbreaking game. Its gorgeous, immersive world full of puzzles challenged players to use their minds and problem-solving skills rather than weapons. Cyan, the studio behind both Myst and its sequel Riven, has now gone to Kickstarter for the new game Obduction.
The Obduction storyline begins with your character getting abducted and swept across the universe to a mysterious, alien world. In classic fashion, you will have to explore and solve puzzles to progress. Cyan has decided to use the Epic Games Unreal Engine, the same engine that has powered games like BioShock and Infinity Blade.… Read more
Electric bicycles are nothing new, but they can be loud clunky things that aren't very easy on the eyes. However, that could soon change.
A company called FlyKly is looking to remake the electric bike into something a bit more svelte. It's taking the idea of a motorized bicycle and transforming it into a simple "smart wheel."
Hauling a u-lock around is bad enough, and keeping track of its key can also be a headache. Is there a better solution?
One approach is BitLock, a keyless lock controlled by your smartphone that lets you set up a public or private bike-sharing network.
With the original Ostrich Pillow, design, fashion, and functionality collided in a tangled mess we couldn't take our eyes off. Truly, the head-engulfing travel sleep pillow caused a rift in the universe. Some people thought it was brilliant. Some people thought it looked like your head was being sucked into the body of a voracious octopus.
Nonetheless, the Ostrich Pillow was a raging Kickstarter success. Now, its little cousin, the Ostrich Pillow Light, is raising funds to go into production. It has the same gray looks as the original, but scales down the overall effect into something more akin to a small stack of tires.… Read more