The Swift is a programmable robotic arm for the masses

laser-1 As a child I always lusted after the Armatron robotic arm. Oh, the amazing things I would have done! I could have assembled miniature cars! Pinched my sister remotely! Gently squashed bugs to paste! But, alas, the Armatron was too expensive and I never got one. Now that I’m old and wizened I can finally get one. Or at least something like it. The Swift by UFactory is a crowdfunded… Read More

How startups thrive in emerging markets

The Republic of Turkey flag hangs on the side of a building as show of solidarity following a July 15 Coup. (DoD Photo by Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dominique A. Pineiro) Plagued by terror attacks and distracted by volatility from within and by neighboring civil issues, Turkey has made quite a few headlines recently. These have been happening to a country that was once regarded the beacon of hope as a secular, democratic, Muslim country in the Middle East. Read More

Cinemood secures $2.5M for its mini-projector with kid-friendly content built in

ciinemood_cover_bear_01 While creating content for kids on tablets has been largely the preserve of smash games like Clash of Clans, there is more than one way to skin a cat, and another way may be to wrap it in hardware. That’s the thinking behind the Cinemood, an appealing, portable mini-cinema projector which comes bundled with content, and number of other features, for young kids. It’s now raised… Read More