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The Universal Smart Home Automation Hub and App

The Universal Smart Home Automation Hub and App

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Auto Advertising Startup adverCar Raises $2M From Canaan Partners, 1-800-Flowers, And Others AdverCar, a startup promising to make it easy for drivers to turn their vehicles into rolling advertisements, has raised a $2 million seed round. The funding was led by Canaan Partners, with participation from 1-800-Flowers, Branford Castle Private Equity, New Orleans Startup Fund, Jit Saxena, and the TiE Angels Boston. 1-800-FLOWERS CEO Jim McCann and Canaan partner Deepak Kamra are joining adverCar’s board of directors. Founder and CEO Neil Turner said there are other companies offering to wrap cars in advertising, but only adverCar has a solution that’s easy and affordable for advertisers. Wrapping a car in ads costs thousands of dollars, whereas adverCar mounts its ads as easily removable stickers that are the same size as standard ad units, and it charges around $280 for a monthlong campaign.

Watch This Stop-Motion Teardown Of A 3.2L Porsche Carrera Engine Please enable JavaScript to watch this video. It’s not until you’ve seen all the bits and pieces that make up a car engine that you realise just how much of a marvel it is. Well, at least for those of us with the automotive knowledge of a teabag. Even so, regardless of your level of expertise, I challenge you not to be enthralled by this deconstruction of a Porsche Carrera engine. Put together by Matthias Hoeing of Hoeing Sportmotoren, with the help of Filmkooperation, the video shows the first part of the engine’s transformation from neglected hunk of metal to hot-rodded beauty. According to Hoeing, the plan is to increase the output by a “modest” 100hp (74.5kW).

MetroMile Participants receive a Metronome, our smart little data device, which is free for as long as you use it. If you ever decide to stop, no problem - we'll make it easy to return. While you're waiting for your device to arrive, download our app in the meantime. E La Carte Releases More Powerful Version Of Customized Tablet For Restaurants E la Carte, a company that develops a tableside tablet for the restaurant and related hospitality industries, is debuting a brand new version of its hardware for restaurants. As we’ve written in the past, E la Carte launched Presto earlier this year to bring user-friendly tablets to restaurants to bring efficiency to the tableside and ordering experience. The 7-inch tablet includes a digital menu that lets you sift through the restaurant’s food and drink selection via photos and detailed descriptions using a touch-screen interface.

Home Automation: Guidebook To a Growing Trend Today’s home automation solutions connect homeowners to their homes through smartphones, tablets or PCs. Like a remote control, home automation gives people the power to control their security system, door locks, lighting and temperature at any time, from anywhere just about anywhere. As more people choose to automate their home, isn’t it time you do the same? Follow this useful guide created by My Alarm Center to find out why. [Click here for full size version]

Occipital Raises $1M (And Counting) On Kickstarter To Bring 3D Scanning To The Masses Boulder & SF-based startup Occipital is probably still best known for its Red Laser and 360Panorama apps, but it confirmed today that it raised over $1 million on Kickstarter to bring its Structure 3D sensor to market. The Structure isn’t just any 3D sensor though. It’s an incredibly small one — so small, in fact, that it can onto the back of your iPad (note: it’s compatible with any iOS device with a Lightning port) and connect without completely killing your battery life. While run-of-the-mill users can use the Structure and its early batch of companion apps to scan objects for printing at Shapeways or to fling balls for virtual kittens to chase around the 3D representation of a room, Occipital was really gunning to pick up developer support this time.

Spark: Upgrade your lights with Wi-Fi and apps by Spark Devices TechCrunch: "The project aims to turn every lamp in your home into a web-based juggernaut." WIRED Gadget Lab: "It's not hard to imagine using lights to display other types of data..." Fast Co Design: "It’s all pretty neat for everyday consumers, but it could be revolutionary for the deaf or hard of hearing."

Automated Home » New London Smart App-artment Demos Home Automation Heaven One of the UK’s most well known smart home installation companies, Cornflake, has just opened a new show apartment in the west end of London. The ‘Smart App-artment’ is described as an experience centre where you’ll find ‘technology in empathy with design’. You can book a tour of the show home by contacting Cornflake, but in the meantime tease yourself with the photos and the video below… An iPad-controlled Smart APP-artment with thrilling smart technology threaded through every room opens in London today. Dressed as a high-end domestic property, the Smart App-artment showcases the most covetable home automation technology on the market while trading as an exclusive store.

SeeSpace InAiR: The World's 1st Augmented Television by Nam Do, Dale Herigstad, A-M Roussel We have now surpassed the $150K goal to add streaming to the list of features. And if we reach the $200K level, we will also add an Extra HDMI input and Preset Apps to InAiR. Thanks for the continued support for this project. InAiR brings you the world's first Augmented TV experience : Enjoy Your Food with HAPIfork by Jacques Lépine Eating too fast leads to poor digestion and poor weight control. The HAPIfork, powered by Slow Control, is an electronic fork that helps you monitor and track your eating habits. It also alerts you with the help of indicator lights and gentle vibrations when you are eating too fast. Every time you bring food from your plate to your mouth with your fork, this action is called: a "fork serving".

Canary: A Simple, Elegant Home Security System That Works With Your iPhone How many people do you know that have an expensive home security system that they never turn on? Maybe that person is you. Security systems can cost a lot, and unless you’re protecting a million dollar home or your drug money (or both), most of us don’t need something so fancy. Nix Color Sensor by Matthew Sheridan Follow us on Twitter @nixsensor Check out our story on CHCH Nix is a patent pending device that allows anyone to become a color expert. Just grab Nix from your pocket, purse, or bag, touch it to an object and magically watch the exact color appear on your iPhone, Android, PC, or Mac. Once scanned, you can keep palettes of your favorite colors, match the color to real life pigments, and even receive directions to the nearest store where you can purchase the color. Nix is perfect for interior designers, graphic designers, model makers, makeup artists, hobbyists, photographers, fine artists, crafters, hackers, makers, museum curators, painters, land lords, and even… engineers…

Games Sphero Macrolab Create easy, repeatable programs and macros for Sphero. Arrange simple commands and settings in any combination you choose to let Sphero drive autonomously, follow unique patterns, and more, all while learning basic programming. Play your commands, save favorites, and even share them with friends. Today's CIO Needs to Be the Chief Innovation Officer - Daniel Burrus by Daniel Burrus | 11:00 AM July 30, 2013 Enterprise IT as we have known it is rapidly becoming obsolete, and the traditional role of the CIO is increasingly irrelevant. As game-changing technologies transform every business process, they also give us the ability to create new products and services that were impossible just a few years ago.