Drew Prindle

Drew Prindle

Drew's fascination with technology began at an early age - shortly after he licked a 9-volt battery for the first time. It was this first taste of technology that sparked his interest in how electronics work, and he's been obsessed ever since. Aside from keeping up with the latest developments in tech, he enjoys shock humor, and working puns into his writing at every opportunity. You can find his work on Digital Trends and The Manual.
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Listen up! Mechanical ears are set to invade your home

It's still too early to call if consumers will embrace the idea, but right now it definitely seems that --for better or worse-- inventors are increasingly gravitating toward sound-based smart home devices that can "listen" to their…
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Forget flare guns; this pocket-sized rescue balloon stays aloft for days

Rather than relying on combustible chemicals that burn out after a while, the RescueMe system deploys a large, high-visibility helium balloon into the air.
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Awesome tech you can’t buy yet, for the week of November 9, 2014

Check out our roundup of the coolest crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the Web this week. You can't buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
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3D printed ‘lacelamps’ cast wildly intricate shadow patterns onto your walls

inspired by the patterns of lace, these 3D-printed lampshades throw wildly intricate shadows onto your walls when placed around a lightbulb
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Your cat will go bonkers for this robotic AI mouse toy

With the help of lifelike evasion algorithms and a 360-degree infrared camera, Mousr can scurry around your floor and run from your cat just like a real mouse
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IFTTT is quietly becoming a smart home powerhouse

In the past couple months, popular web automation service IFTTT has been adding channels for smart home devices at a feverish pace -- and it's showing no signs of slowing down.
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Who needs air fresheners? Kohler’s new high-tech toilet seat neutralizes odors

Kohler's latest contraption is a toilet seat that uses a small intake fan and replaceable carbon filter to neutralize bathroom odors right where they originate.
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Netgear jumps on the smart home bandwagon with a weatherproof connected camera

Netgear isn't just about routers anymore. Earlier today, the company announced the launch of a new security camera -- the first of many products it plans to release under its newly-minted Arlo smart home brand.
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Wal-Mart now sells Insteon home automation gear

Insteon, one of the more well-established home automation platforms in the biz, has recently announded that its connected home products and kits are now available in more than 1,500 Walmart stores across the country
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The BeON smart bulb is designed to stop break-ins before they happen

With the help of an embedded microphone and some clever programming, BeON can learn your family's habits and make it seem like you're home all the time -- thereby deterring would-be-burglars from breaking in.
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Nest’s latest software update displays outside weather, improves behavior-learning features

Good news to anyone who owns a Nest Learning Thermostat -- the company just released a software update that adds some long-requested features to the device.
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Verizon’s new wireless router comes smart home-ready with built-in Z-Wave compatibility

In addition to regular Wi-Fi, Verizon's new router also supports the Z-Wave protocol, meaning it can function as a network hub for any Z-Wave compatible device. The router also offers a lot of other perks.