Orbduino: An Internet Connected Robot

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With the interest we’ve seen with our post about the man who allows the internet to control his lights we thought it was only fair to include another cool interactive internet toy, Orbduino!


Orbduino is an internet connected robot which has been online for over 4 years. As the site describes:

Virtual reality just isn’t as exciting as it once was. I wanted to use technology to allow people to interact with the real world, so I’ve created a way to experience Remote Reality through Orbduino.

Orbduino allows the user to interact with objects over the web. No matter where you are in the world, you’re making real stuff happen in another place. Sure, it’s just small stuff- but still pretty cool, huh?


Just make sure to give the site a try before it goes offline for the indefinite future this Saturday November 29th. Control the robot here.



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It has been proven over and over that human beings perform better in natural sunlight in all facets of their lives. Without natural light, our body’s rhythm gets out of synch and can eventually lead to health problems. The problem is, on average, people spend only roughly 10% of their days outside…not nearly enough to get the proper amount of natural light.

SerraView is currently developing smart daylighters that will fasten to normal windows in the same way a regular set of window shades or blinds would, but perform significantly more complex tasks. According to the product description, “Serraview harvests daylight from outside by redirecting it upward and deep into the interior of the room; providing illumination which is then diffused downward for higher levels of natural, glare-free, full spectrum lighting. All while preserving the all-important views out the window.”

There is an autonomous sun tracking system that rotates the slats to increase levels of lighting indoors. It makes adjustments according to the sun’s elevation in the sky. Additionally, a mobile application can be used to make manual adjustments to the slats as well as provide data regarding sunlight intake.

More information about SerraView can be found here on Kickstarter.


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Ever heard of the phrase “helicopter parents”? You know…those parents that seem to be watching every move their kids make no matter how old they get? Well, we’d like to introduce “Mother”, sen.se’s new smart home technology. Basically, this device comes standard with a large amount of free-standing sensors that you can attach to virtually anything in your house, making the home completely connected.

Some functions of Mother’s sensors include telling you when to water your plants, notify you of how much sleep you’re getting or how much water you’ve been drinking, moderate internal temperatures of the house, as well as notify you if somebody is home or not. All of the data gathered by Mother is easily sortable through a mobile application.

It is truly amazing how versatile this smart object is. Mother is one of many smart home devices that are currently available on the market, so it should be interesting to see who ends up on top. The privacy invasion of some of these objects can be very prevalent, but in Mother’s case, it only knows what you ask it to know, so there isn’t too much to worry about with this one.

Want to learn more? https://sen.se/store/mother/

MICA Bracelet

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Fashion Matters to MICA! Most wearable technology is primarily designed to provide functionality and utility to consumers, but Intel had a bit of a different idea for their new smart bracelet, known as MICA. MICA (My Intelligent Communications Accessory) will be a fashion-forward wearable device that is made with snake skin, stones and pearls, but is also an extraordinarily advanced piece of technology.

MICA comes standard with an AT&T Sim card, as well as SMS and data streaming capabilities for the first two years at no additional cost. For a small (hah!) price of $495.00, you can wear a bracelet that can access 3G radio, navigate you to destinations by integrating itself with TomTom, interface with Yelp on the go, all from a sleekly designed bracelet on your wrist.

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To prevent an overwhelming amount of notifications and whatnot from coming through the device, you can filter out who and what pings your MICA. That way, wearing this device is purely useful to you, and not a nuisance at any point. You can preset text messages that are pre-loaded into the device (all controlled from software on the computer). This. thing. rocks. Oh, and I forgot to mention that it has a 48 hour battery life give or take a few hours depending on your usage.

It will be exclusively sold at Barney’s entering this Christmas season. More information about MICA can be found here on Intel’s website: Intel.com

Ring: Smart Doorbell

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My house is pretty big. My room is very far from the front door, and I can’t stand having to get off my couch and walk all the way downstairs just to open the door for my friend. Yeah, I’m lazy, so what? Doesn’t matter anymore, because Ring exists.

The Ring Video Doorbell is a smart doorbell that is connected to your smartphone through a mobile application. Anyone who approaches your home can now ring your doorbell, but rather than just a chime playing in the foyer of your house, the mobile app on your phone receives a notification and you can “answer your door” from anywhere. Since the doorbell features an HD camera equipped with night vision, you have the ability to receive a clear image of who is at your door at any time.

While you’re away on vacation, the doorbell will continuously record any motion that it recognizes and send it to a cloud server. Ring is not only a convenience-based smart object: If for whatever reason your home gets broken into, it also acts as an additional security measure to protect you and your family. Recordings can be viewed at any time to determine who has been to your home.

Installation is simple, the batteries are easily rechargeable, and it can be hooked up to pre-existing doorbell wirings.

Ring only costs $199 and is currently available for pre-order on ring.com.