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Apple Pencil Patent Hints at Real World Color Sampling

Apple Pencil Patent Hints at Real World Color Sampling
Since it first landed on the scene back in 2014, the Apple Pencil and its successor Apple Pencil 2 have brought a tremendous amount of creative freedom and expression to the iPad. Now, it appears that a future Apple Pencil might add a great new feature, the ability to sample colors from the real world.

Trill Gives Makers Easy Touch Sensing

Trill Gives Makers Easy Touch Sensing
Makers, here’s a new set of gizmos for your bag of tricks. Created by open-source interactive sensor company Bela, the Trill series is a line of sensors which make it easy to add capacitive touch interactions to any DIY electronic project.
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Door Sensor Plays the Seinfeld Bass Riff When Someone Enters the Room

Door Sensor Plays the Seinfeld Bass Riff When Someone Enters the Room
There’s nothing quite like that funky Seinfeld theme song bass riff. It’s powerful and gets stuck in your head almost instantly. When you think about a scene from the show, you can’t help but hear it.

Pigeons Carry Tiny Sensors in Adorable Backpacks to Monitor London Pollution

Pigeons Carry Tiny Sensors in Adorable Backpacks to Monitor London Pollution
I live in a more rural area so I don’t have the hatred of pigeons that some city dwellers have, you might not find this quite as adorable as I do. A company has released a small flock of ten pigeons flying about London for the next few days wearing tiny and adorable backpacks.

Flexible & Modular Sensor Array: SensorTape

Flexible & Modular Sensor Array: SensorTape
Last month we checked out a decorative tape with a circuit board design. It turns out that researchers at MIT Media Lab’s Responsive Environments group have considered such a form factor for interconnected and programmable sensors, and are looking for potential customers for their product.

Density People Counter: The Tally King

Density People Counter: The Tally King
Introverts rejoice! A new company called Density has come up with a real-time system to find out if a location is crowded using a fairly simple sensor and a mobile app. Density’s sensor simply detects when someone (or something) passes in front of it.

Notion Tells You What’s Going on at Home from Afar

Notion Tells You What’s Going on at Home from Afar
If you are away from home a lot and want to keep an eye on your house, you might get a security alarm installed. The problem with those alarms is all they do is alarm when a window breaks or a door opens, they are far from smart.

AllSee Low-power Sensor Uses Ambient Radio Signals to Detect Gestures

AllSee Low-power Sensor Uses Ambient Radio Signals to Detect Gestures
Many gesture detection devices, including the Kinect and the Leap Motion, use infrared cameras to sense movement. They also have dedicated chips that process the data from the cameras. These components are power-hungry, especially if they’re turned on at all times.

Bra Only Unhooks When There’s ‘True Love’

Bra Only Unhooks When There’s ‘True Love’
“The morning after” often sucks for people who weren’t in the right state of mind the night before. Cue this unusual bra by Japanese lingerie maker Ravijou, which only unlocks when it detects “true love” emanating from its wearer.

Microsoft Smart Bra Lets You Know When You’re Stress Eating

Microsoft Smart Bra Lets You Know When You’re Stress Eating
Emotional eating is more common than you think. Some people sing their worries away, while others find that they’re calmer when they’re eating a cookie. Then a salad. Then a bowl of noodles. And so on and so forth.

Circuit Stickers: Peel & Stick & Light

Circuit Stickers: Peel & Stick & Light
Here’s a fun kit that you can use to make simple electronics, even wearable ones. Circuit Stickers are just that – electronics with adhesive backing. The star of the kit are the LED stickers. Put them on a conductive surface – wire, foil, conductive thread or fabric etc.

Verve Sensor Kit Emulates Mouse & Keyboard: The World is Your Controller

Verve Sensor Kit Emulates Mouse & Keyboard: The World is Your Controller
One of last year’s most successful Kickstarter-funded projects was the MaKey MaKey, a device that allowed you to input keyboard commands to a computer using everyday objects. A new USB device called the Verve is similar to the MaKey MaKey, but it’s more versatile.

Triggertrap Redsnap Modular Camera Trigger: If It Can Sense It, You Can Shoot It

Triggertrap Redsnap Modular Camera Trigger: If It Can Sense It, You Can Shoot It
A couple of years ago Triggertrap released its namesake device, an electronic camera trigger that activates your camera based on a variety of inputs. Recently the company launched a Kickstarter for an improved camera trigger, which they’re calling Redsnap.

Nix Color Sensor Copies Colors from Physical Objects: Real Life Eyedropper Tool

Nix Color Sensor Copies Colors from Physical Objects: Real Life Eyedropper Tool
One of my earliest posts here was about the Color Picker, a concept for a pen that let you copy colors from your surroundings and then doodle with that color. Matthew Sheridan brings us a step closer to that magical device with the Nix Color Sensor.

Tooth Sensor Tells Your Doctor If You’re Over-Eating or Smoking When You Shouldn’t Be

Tooth Sensor Tells Your Doctor If You’re Over-Eating or Smoking When You Shouldn’t Be
People lie to their doctors all the time, even though it’s for their own good. There’s a new invention in the works that makes it impossible to deny you had that extra slab of steak or that you smoked a couple of cigarettes: tooth sensors.

Tactilu Sensor Bracelet: Touch People from a Distance

Tactilu Sensor Bracelet: Touch People from a Distance
You can touch people from all over the world with kindness, but now you can use something called the Tactilu to literally touch people, even when you’re miles apart. The Tactilu is a wrist device that lets its wearers communicate and “touch” each other, but only on the wrist for obvious reasons.
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