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Here is a monthly update of what's going on at Maker Space North.
Misfit Wearables has had some great success in the wearable tech space. Its first product, Shine, is an activity tracker with fashion appeal. The product, according to CEO Sonny Vu, wasn't even taken seriously by the company until its massive success on Indiegogo. Show More Summary
At Web Summit 2014, in Dublin, Ireland, Tony Fadell of Google took the stage to announce a partnership with Nest and Electric Ireland that would give anyone in Ireland with a 2 year hydro plan a free thermostat with a free installation. The move is interesting because it brings a smartphone-like savings plan to the realm of smart thermostats.
Printearth is an Ottawa based startup which specializes in manufacturing 100% biodegradable plastic filaments for 3D printers. Plastic filament is essentially the ink for 3D printers since it's melted and applied in thin layers by the printer to produce physical objects. Show More Summary
BlackBerry is all about business these days but all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Shot Roulette is a fun game to play and unwind with your friends (up to 6 players).
I'm currently involved in a project to help grow Ottawa's maker community. While the details are somewhat sparse just now, we're going to have some more significant announcements around what exactly we're building, where it will be located and how we're going to make Ottawa Canada's official maker city.
LoveBitcoin.co is giving away 2.6 Bitcoin (current value $1600+) with its #LoveBitcoin contest. The contest is a partnership between CAVIRTEX and Saucal and it's really easy to enter.
The Bicoin BTM (Bitcoin Automated Teller) is a convenient and fast way to turn cash into Bitcoin. Currently, the world's largest BTM installation is underway in Toronto and the GTA, and you can follow along on Instagram.
SignEasy is one of the best productivity apps available on mobile. It makes signing documents a breeze and even though it's an Android port, the app works great on BlackBerry 10. Recently, the app has had some major updates includin...
Sensassure is an early stage startup that has a really cool product with big implications. The product is a connected diaper with a sensor that tracks whether incontinent seniors have soiled themselves. Sure, it's a bit of a gross problem to tackle, but it's a problem that's becoming increasingly important as the North American population ages.
In a recent webinar, Steve West, Senior Director of Business Development for QNX Cloud, gave a high level case for why BlackBerry and QNX are well positioned to help facilitate the full potential of the Internet of Things.
If you're in Toronto tomorrow, check out the We Are Wearables event. The theme of tomorrow's meetup will be the potential of wearable technology to augment our physical capabilities. The companies presenting include Bionik Laboratories (The ARKE Exoskeleton), eSight Eyewear, SENSIMAT, Lynxio and Sensassure.
How to fly Business Class for Coach prices.
The Ritot smartwatch is an interesting product that looks like something right out of the movie In Time with Justin Timberlake. It seems a lot of people also love the idea, as the Ritot has raised over $300,000, well in excess its initial goal of $50,000.
The innovation laced through the National Capital Region is impressive, and this third edition of the Ottawa Mini Maker Faire is a chance to connect creative people from all over our region in a celebration of the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) spirit.
Doug Soltys is the former Editor in Chief of BlackBerryCool as well as a former employee of BlackBerry as its Blog Manager. Tonight, he'll be on CBC's The National to discuss the partnership between Apple and IBM.
Here's a fun deaL: Blokus is now available for the Mac App Store and if you buy it (just $3), you can have your game, portfolio or resume reviewed by myself. Buy a fun game and get your resume reviewed by someone in the industry that hires. It's a win-win!
Spark Labs has an interesting story that begins the way all great startups do: solving a personal problem. Zach Supalla's father is deaf and he wanted a way to integrate the home lighting system with his father's smartphone, so he would know when his wife was texting him.
Matthias Marquardt of the famed Emacberry has released a classic BlackBerry app, GPSLogger II, for BlackBerry 10 by first porting it to Android. It's great to see the Android app play work out as some developers from the legacy OS would otherwise have been left out.
This week, the White House hosted its first Maker Faire and announced that Americans need “to be makers of things, not just consumers of things.” While we have always had engineers, hobbyists and tinkers, the maker movement is taking off. Show More Summary