After a lackluster year for enterprise technology venture capital investments, 2017 kicked off with a record breaking quarter for enterprise technology startups. Following 4 straight quarters of decreasing investment, investors poured a record-breaking $ 5 billion dollars into enterprise technology startups in the first quarter of 2017 alone – a nearly 80% increase from the previous… Read More
With the 2016 Viper ACR, Dodge has racked up lap records at 13 tracks across the country, including VIR, Road Atlanta, and Laguna Seca. Each record is certified by the SCCA.
World War I fighter pilots wore silk scarves for a very functional reason: In the pre-radar era, pilots spent a lot of time swiveling their heads around looking for the enemy, chafing their necks against their collars. Add some silk and problem solved.
Now a company called Baubax has designed a super-functional piece of clothing to solve the modern-day problems of those who fly—as passengers. Think of the typical inconveniences you encounter on your average airplane trip: Emptying your pockets at the security checkpoint; trying to fish your tablet out of your bag when it’s crammed under the seat in front of you; no place to put your drink when the laptop’s taking up the tray table; untangling the headphones crammed in your pocket; trying to catch some shuteye in the world’s most uncomfortable seats. Baubax’s Travel Jacket aims to solve all of these things and more.
The design brain behind the jacket is Yoganshi Shah, who watched her husband, entrepreneur Hiral Sanghavi, constantly fly from their home in the U.S. to the company they co-founded in India. Sanghavi would forget to bring his travel pillow each time, and “Shah finally got fed up watching her husband spend $ 25 on a pillow every time he traveled,” writes Entrepreneur magazine, “and didn’t love the stockpile of pillows they were gradually amassing either.”
Shah isn’t a stay-at-home wife; she’s a UX designer and UI expert with a degree from Columbia, and apparently her on-screen design abilities translated well to the physical realm of clothing. Together she and Sanghavi formed Baubax and began ticking off the “pain points” of air travel. The resultant jacket appears to handily solve most.
Kickstarter backers agree. The Travel Jacket campaign sought $ 20,000; it’s now up to $ 4.6 million (making it the most crowdfunded piece of clothing in history, according to Baubax). I’m watching the pledge numbers steadily tick up as I write this. There are 23 days left to pledge, and Sanghavi and Shaw anticipate being ready to ship by November.
Thanks to an NYPD pilot program, over 400 officers have special Android smartphones that allow them to pull up suspect data on the spot, according to the New York Times. Patrol car-mounted laptops can be slow and cumbersome, while the call-disabled handsets (which look like Samsung’s Rugby Smart in the image above) let patrolmen see a suspect’s criminal record on the spot and even know if a felon hides drugs “in his left sock,” according to one cop. The custom app can also dig up info like open warrants, arrest and incident records, orders of protection and photos of everyone who’s been arrested in a particular building, for instance. They can even drum up the location of every video camera pointed at a particular spot — so, watch where you spit that gum, scofflaw.
[Image credit: New York Times]
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The Kickstarter fundraising campaign for Torment: Tides of Numenera has come to a close, raising $4,188,927 over the course of its 30 days on the crowdfunding site, more than 465% of its original $900,000 goal. This makes Torment the most-funded gaming software ever on Kickstarter, as well as the second-most funded gaming project in general, bested only by the $8.59 million raised to get Ouya off the ground.
Torment‘s Kickstarter has been a runaway success since it began on March 6, earning the totality of its original $900,000 goal in less than 24 hours. Since then, developer inXile Entertainment has added Planescape: Torment lead designer Chris Avellone to the project, in addition to delaying the game past its original December 2014 release window and into 2015.
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