Aurora Project to Enable Lucid Dreaming

The Aurora project on Kickstarter got our attention this week. The device is a smart headband that plays personalized lights and sounds to help you have lucid dreams.

Lucid dreams are about more than just entertainment; they can also improve waking life. Research shows that those who lucid dream regularly experience fewer nightmares and lower levels of stress and anxiety. Visualizing activities during dreams actually improves performance of those activities in waking life. The Aurora can help you nail that upcoming presentation, hit the game-winning shot or ask your future spouse out on your first date! We spend one third of our lives asleep. Why not make the most of that time? People from all walks of life, such as Salvador Dali, Stephen King, Albert Einstein and Nikola Tesla looked to their dreams for inspiration.

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One-Wheeled RYNO Bike is Straight out of Anime

Startups like RYNO Motors are stepping up to make science fiction into reality.

Based on a Japanese anime video game, the RYNO, is a multiple use, self-balancing, one wheel electric “microcycle” (similar to a scooter), designed for urban dwellers who want the ease of commuting by bike but with the style of a motorcycle. The RYNO can travel up to 10 miles before it needs to be recharged. Because the RYNO is small and compact, it is easy to park and store. The battery simply slides out and charges in approximately four to six hours.

So, how much and when? The company has starting taking deposits of $150 for a limited amount of handcrafted RYNOs, for delivery in the fall of 2014. They’re built right here in Portland, and a RYNO back will set you back $5295.

Crossbar Startup Develops RRAM High Density Memory Device

Over at MIT Technology Review, Tom Simonite writes that a new technology called crossbar RRAM memory can store 40x more data as the most compact memory available today with the added benefit of being significantly more energy efficient than both flash and DRAM.

It will be much denser and faster than flash because it is not based on moving electrons around or on transistors,” says Wei Lu, a professor at the University of Michigan whose research led to the development of crossbar memory.

According to the Crossbar Startup, their RRAM-based memory technology can scale up to 1 terabyte and can be incorporated into the back-end-of-line of any standard CMOS manufacturing fab.

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Video: How Self-Driving Cars will Change Everything

robocarIn this presentation from the Fujitsu Labs America Technology Day 2013, Brad Templeton from Singularity University presents: IPP Robocars – Where They Will Drive Us.

I have to say I was not very intrigued by the idea of self-driving cars before I saw this talk, but Templeton totally changed my mind. I’m now convinced that this technology will not only change the way we get around in the future, but it will also be a prime mover for a whole new world of Startup innovation in the future.

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Turnstyle Solutions Tracks Customer Smart Phones in Your Store

Over at The Globe and Mail, Ivor Tossell writes that Toronto’s Turnstyle Solutions Startup is taking a groundbreaking approach to giving merchants a sense of how people are interacting with their stores. By using the WiFi transmissions from customer smartphones, Turnstyle lets you track – but not identify – customers as they enter and explore brick and mortar shops.

Turnstyle’s system is essentially a listening post: a customized WiFi base station that listens in as smartphones broadcast their MAC addresses as they look for hotspots. In the interests of privacy, the system immediately forgets the code itself, “hashing” it into a unique identifier that can’t be traced to an individual. But it will remember if the same (anonymized) smartphone returns for another visit. If clients use multiple base stations, Turnstyle can use users’ relative signal strength to determine where in the store they are.

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New Portland HPC Startup is ARMed and Dangerous

In a 2009 interview with insideHPC, data scientist Thomas Thurston talked about research he had done predicting ARM CPUs were on a path to disrupt X86 in HPC. This was the first time most of us had considered the idea of cell phone CPUs someday being relevant for HPC and, frankly, it caused a bit of a fuss. So we asked him to elaborate a year later, which he did in this article Armed Invasion of HPC? posted in 2010. The fallout from that discussion ranged from constructive to destructive. Some thought it was a provocative idea, others thought it was offensively naïve.

That was then. This is now.

Despite his skeptics at the time, it seems Thurston was onto something. Just today nCore launched BrownDwarf, an actual ARM- and DSP-based supercomputer. What started in cell phones has moved upwards into smartphones, tablets, servers and now even supercomputers as well.

It’s still early, but things are starting to pop. This year alone Nvidia came out with its Kayla GPU-ARM development platform. The Pedraforca Cluster was announced by the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, which will deploy ARM CPUs, GPUs and InfiniBand. Even AMD, a bastion of X86, this year announced its server strategy based on ARM CPUs codenamed “Seattle.” The sound of ARM began as a whisper, but has quickly become a thunder in Intel’s ears.

For those who don’t know, Thurston is the world’s leading expert at predicting if businesses will survive or fail. He does this through predictive modeling and data science, and has worked with heavyweights like Harvard’s Clayton Christensen and tech investing titan Bill Hambrecht. He’s also a venture capitalist and a hedge fund manager. We caught up with Thurston today to share the news on BrownDwarf and get his thoughts on the burgeoning ARM renaissance in HPC.

As early as 2007 we had models predicting ARM would become a disruptive threat to X86 in HPC over the following seven-to-ten years. It’s happening a little faster than our original forecasts, but is basically playing out note for note. Back then we saw ARM moving up from smartphones into tablets (there was no iPad at the time) and low-end laptops. Next it would move into servers and even HPC. Back then everyone was very dismissive of our predictions and sometimes even rude. They said we clearly didn’t know what we were talking about. It turns out we were right, and several other folks saw this coming too. Now it’s undeniable. I can’t wait to see what happens next. The billion dollar question is: how will Intel respond?”

If You Want Customers to Come, iDevices Will Build It

Why be a prisoner in the kitchen? The iGrill is an app-enabled wireless Bluetooth meat thermometer that allows you to monitor your food from up to 200 feet away. Developed by iDevices, the iGrill is just an example of the kind of useful apps that iDevices can develop for you.

If your company needs to app-enable a product, develop a new product, or create a custom application, iDevices offers innovations and inventions for the future. We have integrated all required resources in-house to create and launch app-enabled products both independently and with partner companies. Consumer product companies and hard-good manufacturers seek out iDevices to provide strategic direction and development support for the incorporation of WiFi and Bluetooth® connectivity to mobile platforms and tablets for their products.

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Excendia Virtual Assistant Delivers on What Siri Promised

Did Apple’s Siri technology get you all excited only to leave you disappointed? Enter the new Excendia Virtual Assistant from Speech Mobility.

Given the challenging modern business lifestyle and recent technological advances, our Speech Mobility team saw a need to improve the way business phone systems work so we created Excendia,” said Bachir Halimi, Speech Mobility Founder and CEO.

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Video: Dwolla – The Future of Money

In this video, Ben Milne, Founder & CEO of Dwolla presents: On Empowering A New Transaction: The Future Of Money.

Dwolla is a payment network that allows anyone to send, request and accept money. We’re not like those other big payment companies that rely on plastic cards and charge hefty fees. Instead, we’ve built our own network that securely connects to your bank account and allows you to move money for just $0.25 per transaction, or free for transactions $10 or less.