I had a rubber band gun when I was a kid. It was made from a scrap of wood and had all the shooting accuracy of a blueberry pancake. Nonetheless, it came in handy for the local kid-wars. If only I had access to the Rubber Band Machine Gun, I would have ruled the neighborhood.
The elastic-flinging device has already shot past its $5,000 funding goal on Kickstarter. Rubber-band Gatling guns have been created before, but the Kickstarter project creator has refined the concept and brought the price down to the $100 level.… Read more
The world of wearable tech often feels like a desert of novelties, kept irrigated by investment capital. That impression doesn't lessen when you hear about the Nex Band: conceived by the Montreal-based company Mighty Cast and announced today, it aims to be a high-end fashion accessory that also plans to be a "console on the wrist."
What does that mean, exactly? Based on Mighty Cast's pitch, the Bluetooth Nex band will work with a variety of add-on collectible Mod charms that pulse in their own patterns, based on individual information feeds. Some charms may involve gaming, … Read more
Startup Basis Science shook up the nascent fitness-tracking world with its advanced Basis B1 Band. Now the company says a fresh software update enables the device to automatically comprehend when you're biking, on a run, or simply taking a stroll.
Called Body IQ, essentially a cocktail of software and product firmware, this improved code is designed to squeeze more functionality out of the Basis Band's impressive array of onboard biometric sensors. These include an optical blood flow monitor that extrapolates heart rate, sensors for skin temperature and perspiration, along with a more traditional accelerometer that records movement.
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Sprint wants to get back into the network speed discussion badly.
The company on Wednesday unveiled Sprint Spark, its brand for the ultra-fast LTE service that eventually will offer a wireless connection capable of delivering data at a blazing 1Gbps. But initially, Spark will be able to deliver peak speeds of 50 to 60Mbps.
Sprint, which has fallen behind in its deployment of a faster 4G LTE network, is in desperate need of catching up with the competition. Sprint has been hampered by the shutdown of its Nextel network and complications with business deals, including the acquisition of former partner … Read more
Apple showed off revamped versions of its iLife and iWork apps Tuesday at its event in San Francisco. Both suites of apps, which include GarageBand, iPhoto, and Pages, are now free with any Mac computer or iOS device purchase.
Apple is calling this the biggest update to iWork ever, though some of the changes are subtle. The most notable change is a brand-new sharing feature that marries iWork on your Mac or iOS devices with the iWork for iCloud beta, Apple's office apps for the Web. You can now start a document or project on one device and pick … Read more
Nike is only shooting itself in the foot with its stubborn reluctance to work with Android.
The athletic apparel company on Tuesday introduced its second-generation fitness tracker, the FuelBand SE, which worked beautifully on Apple's iOS devices and computers. Missing from the presentation, however, was any mention of Android.
It's a glaring omission that Nike still doesn't offer support for Android, which is the undisputed mobile platform champ with 80 percent of the global market. At a time when more developers are looking to expand the number of platforms they are on, Nike has stubbornly clung to … Read more
Nike appears set to unveil the next iteration of its FuelBand fitness tracker, and you can get all the details right here.
The company is holding its NikeFuel Forum in Manhattan on Tuesday starting at 7 a.m. PT/10 a.m. ET. While details are sparse, you can expect FuelBand talk and likely an update to its proprietary fitness metric, NikeFuel. The CNET team will be on hand to bring you all the live news, photos, and commentary starting about 15 minutes before the event kicks off.
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The wearable-tech market -- specifically the sector concerned with health and fitness -- is a hotly contested space, with major players large and small waging wars for the wrist and shooting for the sweet spot between price point and functionality.
Basis Science, a startup that makes a high-end fitness tracker called the Basis band, has just solidified its stake in the fight with $11.75 million in additional funding to close out its Series B round at a total of $23 million, with Intel Capital coming onboard alongside Stanford University, iNovia Capital, and a slew of other new investors.
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