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AZ Tech Beat | August 19, 2019

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Gadgets for the Guru

Gadgets for the Guru
Marcela Palefsky

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This Y Combinator graduate, Thalmic Labs had one of the largest Series A round of any YC graduate for their product MYO. It’s a one-size-fits-all wearable motion and gesture-controlled armband that allows users to use electrical activity in their muscles to wirelessly control their computers, phones and other digital technologies. Using Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy, the MYO can interact with Windows and Mac OS, as well as APIs iOS and Android, by detecting gestures and movements through muscle activity and motion sensing. The MYO is available for pre-order now. $149 thalmic.com Check out this amazing video on how it works…

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This isn’t your ordinary spider, this versatile, portable dock and podium has flexible legs to allow for positioning your mobile device or camera at any angle and location. Made of British steel and coated with a ‘SoftTouch’ rubber, the Spiderpodium safely supports a variety of devices and items. The stand comes in seven colors: pink, purple, white green, graphite, blue and black.  $20 – $30 Look at all the different ways to use the Spiderpodium and order one here.  AZTB used the Spiderpodium to film a video on our smartphone. It worked well, didn’t scratch the glass, and held up to the product features. Thumbs up from AZTB! 

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The id America Crosslink Universal Sync and Charge Cable is a one stop charging shop and compatible with over 3,000 devices. The cable features a micro USB for charging Samsung, Blackberry and HTC smartphones, a 30-pin for charging all generation iPhones up to the 4S, the iPad 1 through 3, iPod touch 1 through 4, and a Lightening port for charging the iPhone 5, iPad 4, iPad mini, iPod touch 5 and iPod nano 7. The cable comes in six colors: black, blue, green, pink, white and yellow. $17.95 idamericany.com

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The myFC PowerTrekk is a portable fuel cell charger that runs on water. This device converts hydrogen gas into electricity through it’s Proton Exchange Membrane. Simply add water to one side of the fuel cell and the PowerTrekk Puck cartridge to the other and energy is generated. The fuel cell can charge USB-compatible electronics, such as smartphones, tablets and GPS units. The PowerTrekk can store electricity in its rechargeable lithium-ion battery for charging on-the-go. $229.99 industrialrev.com

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  • Dan

    The Thalmic MYO is going to be the next mouse! This is the first realistic and practical gesture device I have seen. This team nailed it. Just pre-ordered mine. Can’t wait to see what I can do with it.