The Gadget Buzz
One of the biggest successes in crowd-funding we came across this year was Micro Drone, founded by Vernon Kerswell. Vernon's project initially raised over $3.5 million on Indiegogo. Kelly Angood from Indiegogo chatted with Joe Donnelly about what can make a project special, before Joe gets a lesson on flying the Micro Drone from Vernon.
Joe Donnelly stopped off in Covent Garden to meet Jim Reeves to talk about creating not just a gravity powered light, but creating a movement, for good.
The Myo armband is a wearable gesture control and motion control device that lets the wearer take control of your phone, computer, and much more, touch-free. It's a remarkable device for tech users and gamers but in this episode of The Gadget Buzz, we looked at how the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory had used Myo to create the world's first gesture-controlled prosthetic arm for Johnny Matheny,
One of our favourite companies on the Gadget Buzz this season were London based Bleep Bleeps. Each of their devices connects to the BleepBleeps app and gives access to simple tools, guidance and content to make parenting easier. In this episode of the Gadget Buzz, we looked specifically, at Sammy Screamer.
Andy and Joe sat down to talk about about Amazon's Echo - which Andy swears is the bookseller's next billion dollar business and he showed Joe how he'd integrated it with his Nest Thermostat and Wemo Belkin plugs, and they chatted about the future of home-automation and asked, as Alexa's role in daily life broadened, could the Amazon Echo eventually be part of home-care for assisted living as part of the developing conscious home.
Thomas Ermacora is the man behind LimeWharf, a shared work workspace founded in 2012 in Hackney. As well as keeping East London affordable for start-ups with LimeWharf, Thomas also ignited London's maker community with the nearby Machines Room, bringing 3D print and lathe technology to burgeoning makers. Joe Donnelly talks to Thomas and then meets Professor Frank Trentmann from Birkbeck College, UCL. Frank's latest book Empire of Things is a remarkable journey through 500 years of consumerism, and Joe asks him about planned obsolescence in tech, cities and the future, of things
Olloclip created a whole category on Kickstarter, smart-phone lenses. Their 4-in-1 lens kit is now in Apple retail stores and airport shops around the world. Joe Donnelly and Maggie Zaboura, equipped with some Olloclips, had a wander around Shoreditch, talking about crowd-funding, little lenses and, Joe's close-ups...
The London-based startup Sam Labs, make modular kits to help curious minds of all ages learn about STEM and even experiment with the Internet of Things. Their Kickstarter campaign in 2014 raised over $200,000, and ignited Sam Lab's global ambition and Joe Donnelly sits down with founder Joachim Horn and sharpens up his maker skills.
In Series 2 of The Gadget Buzz on TV3, Joe Donnelly went to north Dublin gym, West Wood to meet Emma Scott, a world champion powerlifter as she tried Athos Gear, the future of fitness.