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This mask helps you track your sleep and wake up more naturally


REMzen’s intelligent mask is like a sleep lab that you can bring home.


Did you know that more than 70 million Americans suffer from diagnosable sleep illness? And making matters worse, this statistic increases every year with the proliferation of more and more sleep disruptors in our lives. That’s because, up until the advent of artificial lighting, the sun was the primary source of lighting. This, of course, meant that people spent their nights in much darker settings.

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But thanks to today’s mobile gizmos and gadgets, much our evenings are now illuminated. Blue wavelengths, which are beneficial during daylight hours because they boost attention, reaction times and mood, seem to be the most disruptive in the evening. And the proliferation of electronics with screens, as well as energy-efficient lighting, continues to increase our exposure to blue wavelengths, especially after sundown, thereby causing a disruption to our internal clocks.

As a way to help solve this problem, Oregon startup REMzen has developed a solution that they call RZ|X1an intelligent sleep mask that doesn’t just help ease you into lucidity and track your slumbers but serves as an alarm clock as well. The RZ|X1 wakes you up naturally using spectral light therapy, at just the right moment in your sleep cycle to minimize grogginess and sleep inertia. In other words, it provides your body with the missing link to the sun, so you can reap the benefits of a properly regulated sleep cycle.

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Additionally, the  RZ|X1 monitors the quality of your sleep through REM-cycle analysis. While there are other wearable products on the market today that measure the length of shut-eye, this mask goes well beyond that by keeping tabs on many of the same biological signals that are studied in professional labs. This data is then sent to whichever computer is synced to the device.

With full access to your raw and processed sleep data, wearers can easily discover how to get the best possible sleep and run their own algorithms, and in conjunction with the smart alarm, be awoken on the right side of the bed every day — no more morning misery!

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Based on an ATmega32U4 MCU, the RZ|X1 is powered by a fully-rechargeable battery and features a graphical user interface for setting the alarm and viewing sleep analysis. Sound like something you’d like to have at night? Check out REMzen’s CrowdSupply page, where the team is currently seeking $15,000. The first batch of masks are expected to begin shipping in October 2015.

IRduino is an Arduino-compatible USB IR receiver


IRduino is an open source and programmable USB infrared receiver that gives new life to old remote controls.


For decades, consumer electronics have relied upon infrared remote controls for operation. However, recent advancements in technology, like Bluetooth connectivity, motion sensors and voice recognition, have led to piles of obsolete remotes collecting dust in closets and storage bins throughout the world. But what if you were able to bring these antiquated gadgets back to life and put them to work in creative, more productive ways? Enter the IRduino.

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The brainchild of Longan Lab, IRduino is a peripheral device that enables just about any IR signal to be translated into commands. Based on an ATmega32U4, the board is equipped with an SMD IR receiver and on-board USB interface. It operates by default at 5V with a clock speed of 16MHz, not to mention packs 32KB of Flash, 2.5KB of SRAM, 1KB of EEPROM and a remote distance of over 16 feet.

And unlike many products on the market, the pocket-sized IRduino (just 0.7” x 1.3”) is thick enough to sit snugly inside a USB port. To keep the device humanized, its creators have even screen printed a little robot on its reverse side with a pair of programmable LEDs for eyes.

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Beyond that, IRduino comes with the Arduino Leonardo bootloader pre-installed, which makes it fully compatible with the incredibly popular Arduino IDE for programming. According to the Longan Lab team, the board features an open source library that will work with nearly 95% of infrared remotes on the market, such as air conditioner units, TVs, DVD players and household appliances, among a number of other machines.

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As for its applications, Makers will find IRduino to be both practical and entertaining. Since it’s compatible with many platforms, ranging from Raspberry Pi to Mac, the possibilities are truly endless. For instance, it can serve as an interface for a single-board media center, a controller for simple games, a remote for PowerPoint presentations, as well as a quick way to reboot a laptop with the push of a button.

Are you ready to give your old remote controls a new lease on life? Then head over to IRduino’s crowdfunding campaign on CrowdSupply, where the team is currently seeking $2,000. Delivery is expected to get underway in September 2015.

Tah is a LEGO block for the Internet of Things


Tah is an open-source dev board that lets Makers create their own projects and connect them to their mobile device.


Developed by Indian startup Revealing Hour Creations, Tah is an Arduino-compatible, open-source development board that helps Makers build their own smart projects and connect them to their mobile device over Bluetooth Low Energy. Designed for use as a beacon, a microcontroller and an HID device, the platform employs a smartphone’s built-in accelerometer, gyroscope and other sensors to trigger events in the physical world.

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Embedded with an ATmega32U4, Makers can easily apply their Arduino programming skills to the Tah. The megaAVR MCU at its heart features on-board USB 2.0 support, which directly programs the Tah without the need of a USB-to-Serial converter. In addition, the board can act as a USB human interface device (HID), thus enabling a user to devise their own keyboard, mouse, joystick, or other input devices without having to install special software on the host computer.

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“We’ve already made sample applications that allow you to control your PC, Mac, Linux, PlayStation and Xbox (coming soon) without ever needing to write any code for those platforms — all you need to do is program your Tah board and make a smartphone app, for which we’ve also provided open source examples for both iOS and Android to get you started,” its creators add.

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Each Tah can serve as a Bluetooth beacon as well, which communicates a smartphone to reveal its exact location based on its unique identifier — something that can be quite useful for indoor navigation and contextual notifications.

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And what’s more, the open-source board is expandable through a relay and sensor, IR transceiver and Arduino Uno breakout shields. For instance, a user can devise a universal remote for their smart appliances or control their gaming system right from their phone.

Late last year, Revealing Hour Creations launched a crowdfunding campaign for its project, where it quickly surpassed its initial pledge goal. If you’d like to get your hands on one, head on over to its CrowdSupply page here. Tah is now shipping to backers.