Sweep, a Scanning LIDAR-Light Detection And Ranging Campain You Can Crowdfund Today

Sweep Scanning LiDAR 360 degree on a drone!

The Sweep is a plotting technology that measures space by illuminating a target with a laser. The light weight, 360 degrees operating and the affordable price makes it functional in many different areas. It is built using Sculpteo 3D printing technology and with the ability to make high resolution maps you get applications in atmospheric physics, geography, archeology, forestry and many more!

And of course you can put it on your drone…:)

Sweep lidar on a flying drone

Now see what the inventor has to say and go get your own and Crowdfund this campaign!

How did you come up with this idea and what made you “go for it”?

We have been working on scanning LiDAR solutions for several years. We started off developing outdoor consumer robots for the home. To do any kind of mapping, scanning LiDAR or something like it is required. When they discovered that there were no affordable LiDAR sensors on the market that could work outdoors, they set out to make one themselves.

I can see many implementation areas for the Sweep, for instance for firefighter drones in burning buildings with low visibility. Can Sweep operate in smoky environments? What other usages do you see?

Sweep uses infrared light to sense its surrounding, which does a good job of penetrating fog and some smoke.  What makes Sweep more capable than most LiDAR sensors is the filtering technique it uses to differentiate returning pulses from noise, much like a checksum. This allows it to work well in fully sunlit environments, or next to other sensors using similar wavelength light.  Sweep can be an excellent navigation sensor in almost any vehicle.  From ground robots, to boats to small planes, sweep can provide a better understanding of the surroundings and warn of approaching obstacles.
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In your Kickstarter video you are using a Raspberry Pi and their 3:rd version is coming out soon, will that enhance the experience of Sweep?

The Raspberry Pi 2 has no problem running our example projects. That being said, having more processing power is always helpful if you’re running additional programs concurrently.

And if everything goes according to plan, what’s your ultimate vision??

We’re targeting the initial release of Sweep toward early adopters and developers looking to try out the technology.  As we get more insight from our customers about their specific applications, we will refine future versions of Sweep to meet the demand.  Likely areas of improvement include additional internal data filtering modes, more compact packaging, faster update rates, longer ranging capability and more environmental hardening. The ultimate goal of Sweep is to empower new and existing applications with a smart and affordable scanning LiDAR solution.

Give us 3 tips from what you have learned on your way to other technology entrepreneurs?

Number one is make sure you start advertising for your campaign 1-2 months early.  It takes time for news agencies to write articles and reviewers to test your product.

Second is if you are making a hardware product, make sure you have your supply chain mapped out before the campaign.  This means getting quotes for predicted quantities of every last item going into your product, as well as assembly costs.  A miscalculation of the product’s part costs will sink any project.

Finally, find a message for your campaign that resonates with your target audience.  A good message about what it is you’re trying to accomplish can go a long way toward selling your product.


Finally, tell us: why should your project get funded?

Making scanning LiDAR more affordable and as a result more accessible has been our goal from the beginning. We’ve gone a step further by doing more than just lowering the cost, we’ve made the sensor itself smarter by processing data internally and outputting more useful and application specific data. We strongly believe that Sweep will enable many exciting new applications that weren’t possible before because of cost or processing requirements.

So, go get your own Sweep and support this tech Kickstarter project!

Thank You Kent Williams inventor of Sweep at Scanse.io for taking the time and the great tips to other tech inventors out there!

 

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Top 73 Coolest Technology Gadgets of the Future

Top 10 Most Anticipated Tech Products of 2016!

Year of 2016 brings a lot of cool tech things to look forward too. Some of the future technology gadgets scheduled to hit the shelves this year will, as expected, significantly change gaming and virtual reality experience. But other areas of life will see the benefits of hi-tech as well, including entertainment, communications and health.

One of the products to look forward to is Oculus Rift by Oculus VR. This virtual reality headset featuring head-mounted display and integrated headphones should bring a revolution in VR experience, especially in gaming sector, but is bound to have an impact in other areas, like streaming media and social networking. Other cool tech things from this category include PlayStation VR, Nokia OZO, the first camera that should be able to capture virtual reality and Microsoft HoloLens.

Health and fitness areas will see the benefits of technology with products like Oura ring, a fashionable gadget keeps track of your daily patterns and gives suggestions for lifestyle modifications and DietSensor, the first instant nutrition coach.

New Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is also scheduled to hit the market, together with iPhone 7 and 7+, as the old competitors continue to battle for customers’ favor.

 

Top 5 Virtual Reality gadgets of the future

Future is bound to bring significant changes in Virtual Reality sector. With many companies competing for their share of the pie, these are the top five virtual reality gadgets of the future that go beyond visual experience.

1) PrioVR by YEI Technologies provides full body motion detection with real-time tracking. Every movement translates into game or virtual reality setting with complete freedom. It is available in three versions: Core, Light and Pro.

2) Cyberith Virtualizer aims to bring virtual reality experience to a next level. The Virtualizer enables user to move freely in the virtual reality setting with low latency and isolating the user from outside distractions.

3) The Stem System by Sixense Entertainment is a modular wireless motion tracking system that should set a new standard in 3D interface. The users are able not only to walk around, but also to move hands, yield weapons, swing and duck.

4) The Reactive Grip by Tactical Haptics hopes to bring new, unprecedented levels of motion capabilities in the virtual reality setting. It also introduces a new way of experiencing more subtle things like a weight of a shield or kickback of a gun.

5) Dexmo Classic and Dexmo F2 by Dexta Robotics truly belong to the world of future technology gadgets. This wearable machine exoskeleton is capable of capturing the entirety of your hands’ motions. Dexmo F2 is also equipped with the technology providing you with a digital force feedback, breaking the barrier between the digital and real world.

 

Top 10 must have future gadgets coming 2016

 

Manufacturers always compete to produce the best and coolest future technology gadgets. When Oculus Rift was announced to hit the shelves as the virtual reality solutions, many competitors got involved in the race, coming up with their own ideas. including the Project Morpheus by Sony and Steam’s very own version of the VR googles.

Samsung announced arrival of affordable and interesting smart phones in 2016, featuring improved quantum dot displays and foldable tablets.

Intel is coming out with wireless charging laptops and hopes to be able to introduce wireless charging ports, enabling you to charge your laptops on the go. At the same time, Microsoft is working on developing HoloLens augmented reality googles, which should work in combination with Windows 10.

Home robots have long been just a dream, but the year 2016 should see the emergence of actual robots to perform different functions in your home.

Other cool tech things coming in 2016 include modular smartphones with easily replaceable parts, ultra-fast charging batteries and Tesla Powerwall, a battery charged by the solar panels on your roof.

 

Top 5 Future Technology Inventions | 2019 – 2050

Some cool tech things are not yet scheduled to hit stores, but they are expected to become available in the next few decades. Making the list of top five such gadgets are:

1) Smart Newspaper – electronic devices that have the feel of actual newspapers, but can bring you the latest information in a matter of seconds.

2) Smart Card – smart cards of the future will be able to hold all sorts of useful data, from your contacts to identification documents and travel tickets.

3) Wall-Format Display Glass – wall-format display glass is one of future technology gadgets that will make our lives much easier, enabling us to communicate with anyone at any time and access all sorts of information at variety of public spots – at no charge whatsoever.

4) I Watch – by the year 2019, I Watch will be one of cool tech things that pretty much everyone will own. Development of new technologies will help it enhance its functions and, in turn, become a gadget that makes your life so much simpler.

5) Cicret Bracelet – much like I Watch, Circret Bracelet will become the new technology craze, substituting touchscreens almost entirely. Who needs a smartphone when you turn your arm into readily-accessible touchscreen?

 

Cool Future Gadgets – Top New Technology – Best High-tech Inventions 2015

The year 2015 saw some really nifty gadgets hit the shelves. These include Coby’s Floating Bluetooth Speaker System, a GPS Keychain, Hi-tech bathroom mirror, wireless cameras, cassette to iPod converter and quite a few more.

While some of these gadgets were not that revolutionary in terms of their usefulness, others really made our lives easier or helped us create a cooler, more future-like environment right in our living rooms. While hi-tech interactive mirrors are more of a vanity-items, being able to convert transfer your favorite cassettes to an iPod without hassle is something that many are able to appreciate.

And as far as cool tech things go, it doesn’t get much better than a floating, wireless sound system. That thing simply spells “future”.

 

Top 5 Gaming gadgets of the future

Learn about five of the most electrifying gaming tools of the future that will totally transform your gaming experience. Top on the list is the ZRRO TV gaming box which is a utility that allows you to play your mobile games from play store on your TV. It acts as a touch screen controller for your TV, which essentially has a big screen for gaming. The NAOS QG mouse is the world’s first smart gaming mouse. It allows you to track your body reactions when gaming through its in-built heart rate and galvanic skin response sensors. FUFFR TOUCH on the other hand will transform your table surface into a touch responsive surface for playing games on your phone. This social game controller allows you to play multiplayer games using just one smart phone. KOR-FX GAMING VEST will incorporate your feelings into the game. It syncs your body’s situational feedback with what’s happening on the screen. TREADGAMING, when incorporated into your exercise tool actually makes your gaming experience feel real. Now you can exercise seamlessly as you game through TREADGAMING.

 

Top 5 Latest Future Technology Gadgets and Things Coming in 2016

The future is finally here, check out seven futuristic gadgets available now. DOT, the world’s smallest Bluetooth ear bud. DOT features a wireless connectivity to smart phones and the latest Bluetooth connectivity as well as noise cancellation capabilities. TOOLI is a versatile tool for architects and designers. It can work as a plotter, cutter, laser engraver, dispenser, pick and placer an assembler and many more. It works together with Art2G software which supports all its capabilities. SLIDE N JOY provides you a chance to triple your laptop screen size using USB connectivity and the Slide N Joy HD screens. The LIGHT PULSE cable is a computer cable that uses a patterned electroluminescent visible current technology that allows you to watch in real time as your connected devices get powered up by the electro current. ODO is the best irrigation utility for your farm. It knows exactly how much water your plants need and uses solar energy to power up. It also has a smart phone connectivity for monitoring the growth of your plants. OVIARY is a smart system that helps remind you when to take your birth control pills so that you don’t skip or get late for taking the pills. BLINKY SHOES turns your favourite pair of shoes into awesome disco lights. The LED strips are really attractive.Here is an exposé of some incredible gadgets to expect in 2016. This is indubitably the coolest piece of living art, introducing the Jellyfish cylinder Nano. This hi-tech aquarium will simplify your jelly fish keeping hobby, at an affordable price and add an aesthetic appeal to your house. Push, a tiny wireless robotic tool that can push any button for you. With Push you can turn your home lights on or off from work through your smart phone or even start your computer wirelessly from the kitchen. EKKO is a new device that allows you to receive wireless Hi-Fi audio from any source to your usual pair of headphones. It allows multi-listening through sound corks connected wirelessly to the audio source, from which you plug in your pair of headphones. Fly, the safest drone on earth, you can actually send this thing to run errands for you without the risk of harming other people. PURA, here’s the world’s first truly smart air freshener. This air freshener can be fully controlled from your smart phone. You can turn it off, or even change the fragrance dispenser from the comfort of your phone.

7 Futuristic Gadgets Available Now And the Technology Gadgets of the Future

The future is finally here, check out seven futuristic gadgets available now. DOT, the world’s smallest Bluetooth ear bud. DOT features a wireless connectivity to smart phones and the latest Bluetooth connectivity as well as noise cancellation capabilities. TOOLI is a versatile tool for architects and designers. It can work as a plotter, cutter, laser engraver, dispenser, pick and placer an assembler and many more. It works together with Art2G software which supports all its capabilities. SLIDE N JOY provides you a chance to triple your laptop screen size using USB connectivity and the Slide N Joy HD screens. The LIGHT PULSE cable is a computer cable that uses a patterned electroluminescent visible current technology that allows you to watch in real time as your connected devices get powered up by the electro current. ODO is the best irrigation utility for your farm. It knows exactly how much water your plants need and uses solar energy to power up. It also has a smart phone connectivity for monitoring the growth of your plants. OVIARY is a smart system that helps remind you when to take your birth control pills so that you don’t skip or get late for taking the pills. BLINKY SHOES turns your favourite pair of shoes into awesome disco lights. The LED strips are really attractive.

7 Futuristic Kids TOYS and Gadgets

The TINITELL is an affordable smart wrist phone for kids. It allows children to make calls to their most important people. It even has GPS functionalities that can be used to locate your kid. Trobot Robot, the robot that is designed to do the storybook reading job for you. It even converses with your child. Moff is a wrist toy that essentially eliminates boredom from your child. Moff senses the child’s gestures and produces sounds related to the gestures, for example shooting and racket sounds. It transforms anything the child touches into a toy. Ozobot brings to life some of the wildest imaginations from the child, during play. The robot can move along any patterns drawn by the child on physical surfaces and on smart phones. Toymail allows parents to remotely send voice messages to children through their smartphones, as the kids play. The voice messages are received in form of cute audio mails to the Toymail toys. The Kiband is a wearable smart band that helps parents locate their children within 400ft. It also allows them to create perimeters for kids and warns parents whenever the kids cross the set perimeter, through their smart phones. The Dynepod is a wearable toy that help kids linkup with each other through the ‘internet of toys’ platform where kids can use their Dynepods to interact with the outside world.

Top 5 New Best Future Tech Smartphone Gadgets 2016 | iPhone Things Review 2016

Innovations in technology are providing simple solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems and can make daily life easier.

It’s fun to imagine how inventions and gadgets that are currently being developed could alter the course of an average day. Let’s start with an imaginary bike ride to get coffee. But there’s something new about the design of the bike. After parking the bike, there’s no need to worry about anyone stealing these wheels because the bike can safely be wrapped around a pole for storage. Once that coffee order is in, you may realize that iPhone needs a charge but the charger is at home on your desk. No problem. You can stick this iPhone to the window for a quick solar boost. Want to write yourself a note? Use the pen with ink that changes color. Spill coffee on your favorite t-shirt? Again, not a problem. Your clothes are chemically designed to resist stains and can easily be wiped clean. When it’s time to throw that empty coffee cup in the trash, you won’t need expert pitching skills. The trashcan is programmed to move to where you are. Instant home run.

Interesting innovations such as invisible bandages that adjust to the color of your skin, portable washing machines and rear view mirrors with no blind spots seem so useful that we may soon wonder how we ever did without them.

And all of this technology is closer to realitythan you might imagine, because the innovation that created these gadgets was nurtured. When innovation is prized, some pretty great things do happen that both benefit people and the environment. Take the case of the latest developments in the Hyperpod, an electric, high-speed energy-efficient transport design that has the potential to reduce the pollution caused by transporting products. 

“We wanted to show people that something new and great can happen,” said engineer and investor Elon Musk at the 2016 Hyperloop Pod Ceremony in January 2016. “And that it doesn’t have to be the same old thing.”

Sponsored by Space X, the incentive prize competition invited input that would ultimately make the design a workable reality.

Or how about drinkable water? So much of the world does not have a reliable source of safe drinking water. And previously ways to make the water potable were expensive and difficult to transport. Innovation solved that problem. A Japanese firm, the Poly Glu Social Business Company, discovered a way to instantly purify water with natural ingredients. The technology can easily be used around the world and in the smallest of villages. It both solves the problem of water safety and creates business opportunities on a local scale.

So, whether it’s a nationwide transportation system, an iPhone projector that beams video of the family vacation on Innovations to your living room wall, or a mini USB fridge that cools a soda can on your desk, innovations in technology are going to shape the future of the planet and transform your daily life because the truth be told, these are the most fascinating innovations in the modern times.

 

14 Awesome Futuristic Inventions That Are Available Right Now

Or how about drinkable water? So much of the world does not have a reliable source of safe drinking water. And previously ways to make the water potable were expensive and difficult to transport. Innovation solved that problem. A Japanese firm, the Poly Glu Social Business Company, discovered a way to instantly purify water with natural ingredients. The technology can easily be used around the world and in the smallest of villages. It both solves the problem of water safety and creates business opportunities on a local scale.

So, whether it’s a nationwide transportation system, an iPhone projector that beams video of the family vacation on Innovations to your living room wall, or a mini USB fridge that cools a soda can on your desk, innovations in technology are going to shape the future of the planet and transform your daily life because the truth be told, these are the most fascinating innovations in the modern times.

Robots That will kickstart your Kids Coding Skills in A Fun way

 

It is quite clear that technology

based in good coding, can help solve the critical problems that we as a human race experience. We can all appreciate the emergence of technology especially the computers and systems. With such advancements we have been able to offer solutions to millions of problems in our world including the outer-space.
It is obvious that programming is the co-pillar of all the systems that have ever been designed, and program coders play a very important role in our society in regards to problem solving.

Though coding is deemed as one of the technical subjects in programming, research shows that early practice makes perfect coders. It is evident that most people start to learn about coding at an older stage an in essence; they have a difficult time grasping the concepts used in making good programs.

Playtime just got smarter Kamibot

What should be done to increase the quality of coders in our society?

As parents and teachers of the next generation, we should put more focus on getting the kids in to the programming environment at an early stage.

How can this vision be best achieved?

Well, for some time now it was almost impossible to think of getting kids to start learning of how to code at their playful age. Thanks to Kamibot, a robot that can effectively teach kids on how to code our vision for teaching kids in an interesting way is 99.9% viable.

 

Kamibot is a unique programmable paper-craft robot

that the kids will love to play with and can customize it with codes and colourful skins. The basic principle of the design of Kamibot is to provide a fun way of engaging kids into programming.

Kamibots start with having fun

The Kamibot company was founded in the year 2014, and they technology has already been tested and approved by teachers and parents as the best means of teaching the young generation to code easily.

What are the Benefits of Kamibot to kids?

Nowadays, it is quite easy to find kids engaging in extracurricular activities that that has little or no potential benefit to their eventual life. Kamibot offers a more suitable way of engaging your kids in a productive manner that will eventually lead them to a more promising future where they get to help solve bigger problems by programming in the real world. Other benefits include;

  • The kid gets occupied playing with Kamibot codes and avid doing silly stuff
  • The kid develops more interest in codes and programming in general; positive attitude.

Kamibot Blue Army Tank

While we keep saying that attitude matters in whatever we want to learn, we can’t really expect people to change their attitude about programmable coding just by themselves. Everything will depend on how one is presented the subject. 

Kamibot has just started out; it is definitely a game changer. I bet it will play a very important role in shaping up future generation programmers. While the world is revolutionising for a better future; give your kids a better chance by teaching them how to code, make use of the Kamibot technology and support their Kickstarter Campaign!

Here is what the inventor has to say about the future on the question of their visions:

  •  Well obviously, we want to start the next robot apocalypse i.e. skynet with papercrafts. And it’s not to far off, especially when you see what Google is doing with AlphaGo. All kidding aside, we want to make papercraft robots that kids can get into and learn programming from. Something that kids can constantly change and customize and relate to.

 

Give us 3 tips you have learned on your way to other future tech entrepreneurs?

  • I’m not good with giving tips, since I’m the kind of guy who is always looking for them myself. So I could share some stuff I’ve picked up along the way. 1. Don’t ignore the people who you are making the product for. 2. Don’t wait till you have traction to start building bridges with investors. 3. Stuff never goes the way you plan 99% of the time (from my experience). And when stuff actually goes according to plan it feels a bit cheap. So you have to be very adaptable.

 

Finally, tell us: why should your project get funded?

  • Funding the project not only supports us but also supports fun and engaging coding education for kids. Bill Gates recently did an AMA on reddit and this is what he had to say, “I agree that our schools have not improved as much as we want them to. There are a lot of great teachers but we don’t do enough to figure out what they do so well and make sure others benefit from that. Most teachers get very little feedback about what they do well and what they need to improve including tools that let them see what the exemplars are doing. Technology is starting to improve education. Unfortunately so far it is mostly the motivated students who have benefited from it. I think we will get tools like personalized learning to all students in the next decade.
  • A lot of the issue is helping kids stay engaged. If they don’t feel the material is relevant or they don’t have a sense of their own ability they can check out too easily. The technology has not done enough to help with this yet.”

    We want to help get kids engaged through relevant characters that the kids might see on their screens. Kids don’t care about printing “Hello World” on their screens. But I promise you that any kid would care about being able to get his favorite character to move or react through code.

Big thanks to Asaph Kim at Kamibot
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The Perfect Drone For Your Kids, They Have Fun AND Learn How To Code

– An Interview with the code teaching Robolink, creator of the codeable CoDrone!

I have seen some projects to make kids want to code more, but never have I seen a more direct reward for doing so: controlling your own drone!
Check out this crowdfunding project and get your own CoDrone now, only 48 H left!:D

Transformer Drone and RC car you can code!

Does this give kids more motivation to do so?
Yes, we’ve been teaching students how to code, and when things started flying with students’ own code. Students were having 10 times more fun with that and got engaged!

How did your team meet up and why is teaching to code important for you guys?
Learning how to code should be emphasized as people learning English or math. We enjoy teaching kids and we love contributing to the World. Our team have been working on other robotics project before and formed a company to create educational robotics kits.

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Can you see your technology being used in other situations say, for firefighters, avalanche victim finders or similar?
Yes, our students are already doing simulation of such situation and if they have proper tools (such as drones
that are stronger so they can carry more payload and longer lasting flight time) then they can apply the drones to those disaster situation to help people.

That sounds really good. Hope they can be of great help! It is now six days left of your fund raising campaign and you have all ready tripled your goal. That’s amazing! Why is that you think and what does this mean for Robolinks future endeavors?
This will be only the beginning to spread drone education to every school in the US.

Tech Specs for the CoDrone


And to the rest of the world I hope! So, if everything goes according to plan, what’s your ultimate vision?

We would like to share this great kit with every kid in the US, which is a huge vision for a small startup like us. But we have an amazing start now!

For sure, your funding is allready three times the budget! Give us 3 tips you have learned on your way to other future tech entrepreneurs?
Start in small scale.
Make a MVP (Minimal Viable Product) and test in your local community.
Do something you enjoy, because running a tech startup is very hard.

Transformation of the drone into RC Racing car

I usually ask as a last question why your project should get funded, but in this case it’s not necessary… Maybe some final words where you can promote the CoDrone, Robolink or just code teaching in general?
We’ve been engaging students how to code for a long time, and this have been the best way to engage students on how to code in a very fun way. We also made the curriculum very easy, so that instructors without techy background could utilize our tools to teach students as well.The Robolink Community

It’s like the Khan-academy meeting some very affordable drones.

So fund their Crowdfunding Project and help spread the word about this coding revolution opportunity!:)