Articles by Adam Zeis

Google's annual I/O developer conference kicks off tomorrow in San Francisco (be sure to check out our live blog!) and that means there will be plenty of awesome Android news and some new goodies for us to take in. There have been plenty of surprises in years past, ranging from new OS features to that crazy Google Glass skydiving extravaganza. As the boys at Android Central break down, Google...

Be a better driver with the Automatic Smart Driving Assistant

Automatic Link

While I'd consider my house to be "connected" — I can't say the same for my car. I currently drive a 2004 Mazda 3 that's slowly on its way to the grave, but I'm holding onto it as long as I can (it was my first new car purchase). It doesn't have any sort of connectivity built-in — no Bluetooth, no navigation system, no nothing. I've added some things in over the years like a standalone GPS unit...

Contest Reminder: Enter now for a chance to win a Raspberry Pi!

Just a friendly reminder for all of you weekend tinkerers — there are still a few chances left to win a brand new Raspberry Pi from Connectedly and Newark Canada. We're going hardcore with our Raspberry Pi tutorials, so you have no excuse to stop putting off those awesome connected projects and get in on the fun. What is it? With our ongoing Raspberry Pi and Arduino articles, we know some...

Beat the summertime blues with these connected accessories

Summer is just about in full swing, and that means many of us will be hitting the road or looking for extra activities to make the most of those endless summer nights. In addition to pulling out the grill, dusting off the hammock and opening the pool, there are some other ways to enjoy yourself all summer long too — with some awesome connoted devices. There are loads of connected devices on the...

Garmin teams up with MyFitnessPal for enhanced data tracking

vivofit

Today Garmin has announced a partnership with the popular fitness app, MyFitnessPal. Users of the vivofit or Forerunner 15 can now link up their Garmin Connect and MyFitnessPal accounts to view calories burned and consumed, as well as daily calorie goals. The partnership will help users to get a better view of their fitness goals by combining the tracking stats of Garmin with the MyFitnessPal...

Smart Home

Archos today has announced the availability of their Smart Home system — a selection of devices for monitoring and controlling your connected home. We had a chance to check out the Smart Home system back at CES in January and it looks like an awesome connected home system. The Smart Home starter kit includes two mini cams to take pictures, two movement tags to detect movement and door...

Fire Phone

Amazon's Fire Phone is touting some great specs overall — a quad-core 2.2GHz processor, 2GB RAM and a 13MP camera for starters — but there's one thing that was left out, at least for now. Bluetooth LE (low-energy), a protocol that allows many of your favorite wearable devices to work without killing your battery, won't be included on the Fire Phone at launch. It will however be added in a...

Amazon's Firefly brings visual search to your connected world

Firefly

Today Amazon unveiled the Fire Phone — an AT&T exclusive device that will run Amazon's own Fire OS. In addition to the standard fare of specs, the Fire Phone is packing all kinds of cool features, one of which is dubbed Firefly. The technology is much like Google Goggles, in that it will identify all kinds of real-world things and let you can nearly and type of label. From barcodes to DVD/...

Google reportedly revealing CarPlay rival next week

Google reportedly revealing CarPlay rival next week

A new report is saying that Google is gearing up to introduce a CarPlay rival at their I/O conference next week. The in-car solution will sport features similar to those of Apple's CarPlay, allowing users to navigate the software using their vehicle's own built-in controls. The system would differ from the standard infotainment devices and instead project data from a connected Android phone...

Qualcomm Toq updated with stopwatch applet and other enhancements

Toq stopwatch

The Qualcomm Toq got a small update overnight, adding in a new stopwatch feature along with come conversation history enhancements. The stopwatch applet is a welcome feature for many, and arguably something that should have been including from the start. Qualcomm has been good about getting consistent updates to their smartwatch and brining along requested features for the ride. The Toq...

The popular Android keyboard Fleksy has arrived today on the Samsung Gear 2 in the form of Fleksy Messenger — a new app that will allow Gear 2 users to reply to SMS messages directly on their watch. Fleksy is already available as an add-on keyboard for Android devices, including the Omate TrueSmart watch, so it should be familiar to many users. Fleksy on the Gear 2 will sync back to a...

Smartwatch Concepts: Where's the beef?

Watches

It seems like every day a new smartwatch concept or prototype hits the web. We still see countless "renders" of the long-rumored Apple iWatch, and still haven't seen a full-on, totally working version of the Moto 360. Even smaller companies are pushing their concept designs, touting that the final product will function just as depicted. If that's the case, why not just wait it out and actually...

FitIt Pro for FitBit

In my endless pursuit to connect all of my little gadgets to one another, I came across a cool Android app called FitIt Pebble Pro for FitBit. The app ties your FitBit into both your Android device and Pebble smartwatch to make for some awesome interconnected FitBit fun. The official FitBit app has a great looking step widget, but this app takes things above and beyond with widgets for all of...

Vessyl is a smart cup that knows exactly what you're drinking

Vessyl

A new smart cup looks to keep you healthy by tracking the nutrition of what you drink. Vessyl, a product of industrial designer Yves Behar and Mark One, is a connected cup that not only tracks your liquid intake, but also knows exactly what you're drinking. Vessyl can tell you if you're taking in your morning OJ, grabbing a soda, or throwing back a beer after work, and will relay nutrition...

Announcing the winners of the Connectedly Site Launch Contest!

Connectedly Contest

We know you've been waiting patiently to find out the big winners in our Connectedly Site Launch Contest, and today is finally the big day! It took us a bit longer than expected to pick the winners, but we fired up the supercomputers, ran some algorithms and picked some winners. In this one we gave you more than a few chances to win — 31 to be exact. Those of you who participated in the forums...

This 3D printer accessory lets you print with Nutella

Discov3ry

If you hadn't been able to justify the need for a 3D printer before, this one's for you. Discov3ry, a new "Universal Paste Extruder" for 3D printers just hit Kickstarter yesterday and the campaign has already exceeded its $30,000 goal. Discov3ry works with nearly all existing 3D printers and allows you to go beyond just plastic as it is able to print with various "pastes" like silicone, wood...

Myo armband design finalized as developer units get set to ship

Myo

The folks at Thalmic are getting closer and closer to getting their Myo gesture-control armband out the door. We've previously seen some early designs on the Myo, but Thalmic has now locked down a final product with the first units heading out to developers next month. The Myo came to inception back in 2012, so many backers have been patiently waiting to get their arms on one. The Myo is an...

HomeKit

Earlier this week Apple announced plenty of new and awesome features coming to iOS 8 later this year — among them were HomeKit and new notification center widgets. HomeKit looks to unify all of your connected things from big brands like Schalge, Chamberlain and Philips. You'll no longer need to use each device's app individual, rather you can control multiple supported devices with HomeKit...

Sitr Kinetic Desk Fitbit

Stir Kinetic Desks are still relatively new in the standing desk space. If you haven't heard of them before, Stir desks feature a built-in touchscreen to control standing or sitting positions. The desk learns a users habits and helps optimize fitness by transitioning to your daily routine, and also gives stats for calories burned, sitting vs. standing time and more. Today they've added a new...

Parrot Rolling Spider and Jumping Sumo coming this summer

Jumping Sumo

Back at CES we got a quick look at some of the new offerings from Parrot — streamlined, slimmed down, "MiniDrones". The Rolling Spider and Jumping Sumo are two new devices that are geared more toward kids than adults (AKA big kids). They're smaller, easier to control and more accessible than the larger flying drones Parrot is known for. These new MiniDrones can fly, roll, flip and do all kinds...

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