Printearth is an Ottawa based startup which specializes in manufacturing 100% biodegradable plastic filaments for 3D printers. Plastic filament is essentially the ink for 3D printers since it’s melted and applied in thin layers by the printer to produce physical objects. The current industry standards are either petroleum based plastics or PLA. Even though PLA is a bioplastic, it’s only compostable in commercial composters.
BlackBerry is all about business these days but all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Shot Roulette is a fun game to play and unwind with your friends (up to 6 players).
Shot Roulette is played just how you think. Either you “Take a Bullet”, “Dodge a Bullet”, “Misfire” or “Send a Bullet” to a friend. The infamous “Take a Bullet” card is where the fun starts – if you draw this card it’s your turn to take a shot. If you pick up the “Dodge a Bullet” card, don’t sweat, you’re spared from this round’s shot. If you get a “Misfire” card, you can save it to dodge a future bullet! And if you’re lucky enough to get the “Send a Bullet” card, choose a friend and give ‘em a shot.
I’m currently involved in a project to help grow Ottawa’s maker community. While the details are somewhat sparse just now, we’re going to have some more significant announcements around what exactly we’re building, where it will be located and how we’re going to make Ottawa Canada’s official maker city.
Sign up at MakerSpaceNorth.com and I’ll be sure to keep you updated. I promise no excessive emails and you’ll only receive an email when there’s important news.
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The Bicoin BTM (Bitcoin Automated Teller) is a convenient and fast way to turn cash into Bitcoin. Currently, the world’s largest BTM installation is underway in Toronto and the GTA, and you can follow along on Instagram. Search the hashtag #FutureMoney and be sure to check out some of the social accounts involved.
Follow @kylemcinnes on Instagram for pics of the journey.
SignEasy is one of the best productivity apps available on mobile. It makes signing documents a breeze and even though it’s an Android port, the app works great on BlackBerry 10. Recently, the app has had some major updates including:
- Ability to prefill forms
- Automatic backup of important documents
- Ability to sign in using another device in an emergency situation
- Sign offline even while not connected to the internet
If you’re a BlackBerry 10 user, the company has said “We are going to look at the response that we get from BlackBerry 10 users before we decide to update the app.” So make sure to Tweet at the company and let them know in the comments on their site. Surely they’ll be able to update the Android port on BlackBerry 10 quite easily.
Sensassure is an early stage startup that has a really cool product with big implications. The product is a connected diaper with a sensor that tracks whether incontinent seniors have soiled themselves. Sure, it’s a bit of a gross problem to tackle, but it’s a problem that’s becoming increasingly important as the North American population ages.
— Douglas Tr0n Soltys (@tron) July 16, 2014
Doug Soltys is the former Editor in Chief of BlackBerryCool as well as a former employee of BlackBerry as its Blog Manager. Today, he spoke on CBC’s The National to discuss the partnership between Apple and IBM.
It’s an interesting discussion as everyone wants to know how this partnership will affect BlackBerry. While Apple doesn’t have the ultra-high security needed for government and defense, those clients may pale in significance to the clients that IBM may lure to Apple with its enterprise app offerings. Also, it’s worth noting that IBM has 430,000 employees and Apple shipped 50x what BlackBerry shipped in Q4 2013. It’s an uphill battle for sure.
In a recent webinar, Steve West, Senior Director of Business Development for QNX Cloud, gave a high level case for why BlackBerry and QNX are well positioned to help facilitate the full potential of the Internet of Things.
At first glance, QNX and BlackBerry might seem like a company with a split personality. BlackBerry has been focused on enterprise, while QNX still seems to be on the consumer side of things with its infotainment systems for automotive. The combined expertise of both companies nicely intersects at the Internet of Things because it combines their relative experience with security, scalability and reliability. In fact, the vision QNX and BlackBerry have for IoT is enterprise at its core and was best showcased in a case study for the Orlando Brewing Company.
If you’re in Toronto tomorrow, check out the We Are Wearables event. The theme of tomorrow’s meetup will be the potential of wearable technology to augment our physical capabilities. The companies presenting include Bionik Laboratories (The ARKE Exoskeleton), eSight Eyewear, SENSIMAT, Lynxio and Sensassure.
I wonder if any of these companies will be competing in the 2016 Cybathlon. The Swiss competition will have exoskeleton, powered wheelchair and even brain interface races.
How to fly Business Class for Coach prices:
1) Buy a bulkhead or emergency aisle seat.
2) Order juice or pop and spike it with duty free liquor.
3) Tip your flight attendant and tell them to keep the mix coming.
The Ritot smartwatch is an interesting product that looks like something right out of the movie In Time with Justin Timberlake. It seems a lot of people also love the idea, as the Ritot has raised over $300,000, well in excess its initial goal of $50,000.
But can the Ritot do everything it claims? Judging from the information on the Indiegogo, there’s some major technical challenges the company claims to have solved, but won’t actually show how or demonstrate they’ve solved them. In fact, they make some bold claims while showing blatant Photoshops of stock photography.
The innovation laced through the National Capital Region is impressive, and this third edition of the Ottawa Mini Maker Faire is a chance to connect creative people from all over our region in a celebration of the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) spirit.
A Mini Maker Faire brings together families and individuals who celebrate arts, crafts, engineering, food, music, sustainability, and science and those who embrace the DIY spirit. At Mini Maker Faire, the focus is on the process of making – not just the finished product.
If you’re in Ottawa, Canada, come out and enjoy the fourth annual Ottawa Mini Maker Faire on August 16th and 17th.
Here’s a fun deal: Blokus is now available for the Mac App Store and if you buy it (just $3), you can have your game, portfolio or resume reviewed by myself. Buy a fun game and get your resume reviewed by someone in the industry that hires. It’s a win-win!
Send me a screenshot of the purchase confirmation and attach your resume. I’ll have the feedback to you by the end of the week.
Note: This offer is only available for today and tomorrow (July 15th). Feel free to forward to friends looking for a job!
Spark Labs has an interesting story that begins the way all great startups do: solving a personal problem. Zach Supalla’s father is deaf and he wanted a way to integrate the home lighting system with his father’s smartphone, so he would know when his wife was texting him. The project put Spark Labs into the connected lighting products market and the company launched their first product Spark Socket on Kickstarter.
Matthias Marquardt of the famed Emacberry has released a classic BlackBerry app, GPSLogger II, for BlackBerry 10 by first porting it to Android. It’s great to see the Android app play work out as some developers from the legacy OS would otherwise have been left out.
GPSLogger II is a straightforward app that tracks your physical movement over time. The app records information including your location, elevation and speed, as well as some other data. GPSLogger II is great because it’s vague enough that it can serve a myriad of purposes. If you’re an avid skier, athlete or someone into the Quantified Self, you’re bound to appreciate the simplicity and data that the app provides.
This week, the White House hosted its first Maker Faire and announced that Americans need “to be makers of things, not just consumers of things.” While we have always had engineers, hobbyists and tinkers, the maker movement is taking off. Reasons for the recent maker community growth is likely due to economies of scale reducing hardware costs, software becoming more versatile, and recent innovations like 3D printers.
GymTrack is an Internet of Things company that is targeting a B2B market rather than the typical B2C market that Internet of Things (IoT) companies are known for. It’s an interesting take on IoT and fitness that you don’t see too much of, and if the company can handle all of the headaches around scaling, it could be a hugely successful idea.
The question I’ve had a lot is “when do you have a laptop but not a micro-USB?”. It’s a totally valid question and the simplest answer is “You will. Trust me.” The Nomad ChargeKey and ChargeCard are the smallest, simplest ways to carry about a micro USB. In fact, I’m traveling as I write this and my charger broke, leaving me with the ChargeCard and a laptop as my only lifeline to charge my phone. Considering these USB cables just sit in your wallet or on your keychain, it’s worth the cost of the device as a backup.
If you’re in Ottawa, Canada or the surrounding region, you should definitely check out the Ottawa BlackBerry Developer Group. The meetup will talk about some of the changes at BlackBerry, mostly that the company is largely enterprise focused. This change is very visible at the developer group level. BlackBerry has been using a Developer Group Hub, powered by Influitive, in order to connect Group Managers as well as send the company message to those groups. So far, the message is clear: develop enterprise apps.