Why These ‘Revolutionary’ ’80s Gadgets Totally Failed

Besides bad hair, pleated jeans, and 21 Jump Street, the ‘80s brought us a remarkable technological revolution. Nintendo changed the living room forever with the introduction of the NES in 1985. IBM, Apple, and the Commodore 64 ushered the personal PC into our lives. Even the internet breathed a few gasps of air with NFSNet and the rise of the teen hacker. But anyone who has ever funded a Kickstarter knows that with extraordinary growth in the technology sector comes extraordinary failure. Some devices were doomed to fail—either the prototypes were…

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Tokyo’s Olympic medals will be crafted from old gadgets

Tokyo’s olympic planning committee has a novel idea for crafting new medals: old technology. Instead of relying on mining companies for new gold, silver and bronze, it’s turning to the public and its swathes of unwanted, forgotten gadgets. You might not realize it, but your smartphone and household appliances contain small amounts of these precious materials. Starting in April, public offices and more than 2,400 NTT Docomo stores will offer collection boxes in Japan. The initial target is eight tons of metal, which will be whittled down to two tons…

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Google wants to add A.I. to Raspberry Pi gadgets

Google wants to bring smarts to cool gadgets and devices made using Raspberry Pi 3 or Intel’s Edison. The company is chasing makers with open-source tools needed to add artificial intelligence to consumer, industrial, and retail devices made using board computers. The plan may include machine-learning tools, which are central to A.I. Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa, and Microsoft’s Cortana answer questions with the help of A.I., and the technology also helps self-driving cars cruise the streets safely. “We don’t have any specifics to announce right now, but we’re excited to…

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Smart remote to self-balancing car: Meet the game changing gadgets at CES 2017

I started this column as part II of a report on CES 2017 with some good stuff, a few of the junky products and closing it with some of the weird. Halfway through, I realised that the list of truly innovative stuff was long and very meritorious. Thus, I’m dedicating this column to all the game-changing technology and products of CES 2017. Some of these will change the world this year. Sevenhugs Smart Remote Sevenhugs Smart Remote Remotes are a mixed blessing. A universal remote was supposedly the solution, but…

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Styr’s system of health gadgets exists to sell you supplements

I’m the kind of guy who can always stand to lose a few pounds. The Styr Lab regimen seemed like a great way to do so. When I first saw it at TechCrunch‘s Disrupt event in San Francisco last September, I was genuinely excited to give the fitness-tracking system a try. After three months using the regimen, however, I find myself just as pudgy and unmotivated as I was beforehand. Maybe even more so. Gallery: Styr fitness tracking ecosystem | 10 Photos The Styr system employs a trio of devices:…

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Top ten coolest gadgets launched at CES 2017

The Consumer Technology Association annually organizes a mega trade event popularly known as CES or Consumer Electronics Show in the month of January at Las Vegas Convention Centre in Las Vegas, Nevada in United States. The event is an opportunity to present some of the coolest innovations for the consumers by the great technology giants all over the world. Consumer Electronics Show started in the year 1967 in the New York City as a spinoff of Chicago Music Show, since then this event has turned out to be a huge…

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Poll 2.0: Playing it out successfully on gadgets

Even as politicians are sweating it out on ground zero to woo people, the 4G-era voters are ‘playing’ with them on their mobile and laptop screens, virtually. The hordes of mobile phone games and app on desi politics are helping the gaming enthusiasts in fighting the ballot battle on their own. Giving a gaming twist to the ongoing poll fight, these political games having prominent leaders as main characters are in great demand. These include Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and BSP chief…

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How to get rid of your old gadgets safely

The amount of e-waste generated by Asian countries has gone up by 63% in the last five years, according to a United Nations University report, which attributes this to growing income levels and the availability of low-cost electronics, especially smartphones, tablets, laptops and TVs. The study points that the situation is worse in countries which lack an environment-friendly infrastructure for disposing old electronics. In a country like India, a local electronic repair store or a scrap dealer is always ready to buy them. How they dump or store these gadgets…

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Trouble sleeping? These gadgets promise to help you get a good night’s kip in 2017

The benefits of getting a good night are well reported. But in an age of being hyperconnected, technology isn’t usually our friend when it comes to switching off. Not only do the constant stream of notifications disturb our slumber, but studies have shown that the blue light from your phone’s screen can disrupt your sleep pattern.However one of the key trends emerging from CES 2017 is that, this year, technology may start lending a helping hand when it comes to getting a good night’s kip. From sleep tracking devices to…

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CES 2017: Here are the coolest gadgets unveiled at the world’s biggest tech show

LeEco Smart Bike: LeEco has announced the Android-powered smart bikes which feature a 4-inch touchscreen and runs on a quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor. The bike has an aerodynamic Toray T700 carbon fibre frame, fork, seat post, handlebar and wheels. It weighs 18.5 pounds. Sensors on the bikes include GPS/GLONASS, compass, accelerometer, barometer, light level, wheel speed and crank speed. There is walky-talky in it as well. (LeEco) Samsung Notebook Odyssey: CES 2017 saw the rise of ultimate gaming laptops. This new device by Samsung is a killer device and will…

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