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Take the temperature (baby or otherwise) effortlessly with Wishbone

When your baby seems to be sick and colicky, taking their temperature can be a bit of a challenge. Fortunately for parents and health professionals, technology has made it possible for this part of childcare a bit easier. You've seen a lot of "smart thermometers" out there, but this new Kickstarter project claims that it is the smallest in the market. Will Wishbone make your wishes come true (well, at least when it comes to attending to a sick baby)?

Qmote is the remote button to make your smartphone smarter

Smartphones have made our life easier, or more complicated, depending on your point of view. But technology is always on the verge of inventions and discoveries that can make things even more simple and convenient. A new Kickstarter project is one of those devices that will make your smartphone and smart appliances even smarter with just one click. Qmote is out to revolitionize the way your mobile devices function, even when you're away from them.

Android Community Weekly Digest: Jan. 25, 2015

It's been quite a start to the year, with CES kicking off 2015. Things are relatively more quiet now in the mobile world, the calm before the storm that will be MWC 2015. For this week, we turn our attention to some existing and upcoming accessories for your mobile devices, but that doesn't mean we don't have a few juicy tidbits about devices and businesses. Welcome to this year's first Android Community's Weekly Digest, covering the period from January 19 to January 25, 2015.

Upp is an efficient, zero-emission portable charger for your device

With so many portable chargers and battery extenders in the market today, it's a sign that always being on your mobile device isn't just a want anymore, but a need (or okay, maybe a "really really really want" kind of thing). Sometimes, though, charging the portable charger itself can also become a problem, especially if there's nowhere to plug it in once you've drained it of all life.

Kisha is the 1st smart umbrella that you can’t (shouldn’t) lose

Umbrellas may be part of a top five list of things most often lost by people. But with all the technological advances we have today, there must be a way to help us, well. not lose them all the time. Kisha claims that it is the umbrella that can never be lost, with the help of an app that connects to your mobile device. Well, just make sure you don't lose your connected smartphone or tablet too.

Ampere is a smartphone sleeve that can charge your device

If you're not too keen on having external battery packs attached to your smartphone or putting it in a bulky self-charging phone case but still need to have extra power for your device, then you have very limited options for now. But one Kickstarter project is aiming to change that by offering the "world's first smart wireless charging phone sleeve". Ampere means to "reinvent the mobile charging experience" for those who are constantly on the go or suffering from nomophobia (fear of being out of mobile contact).

AppYourCar lets you view important apps (safely) while driving

If you're an extremely busy person that has to endure a long drive to the office or your meetings, chances are you are often impatiently waiting for the chance to check on your favorite or important apps on your smartphone. But of course you know that it's quite unsafe to do so (or we hope you understand that it is actually dangerous). An IndieGoGo project called AppYourCar tries to bring you the ability to do so, but in a (hopefully) safer way.

Poseidon Portable Charger will fit in with your rugged lifestyle

If you're a mountaineer, an outdoor enthusiast, an athlete or just someone that has to go through a lot of rugged terrain in the course of your work, chances are, you probably have yourself a smartphone or device that can weather all those difficult environments. But what about your other accessories, shouldn't they be all-terrain too? That's the thinking behind a new Kickstarter project, the Poseidon Portable Charger, which claims to be the" first military-grade and waterproof mobile battery."

WorldPenScan X scans, converts, translates documents into digital form

Have you ever been in a restaurant in a foreign country and were too shy to ask for help in translating the menu? Are you reading an actual, physical book, and would like to highlight a particularly long passage, but you're too lazy to write it down? A new Kickstarter project aims to be the solution to problems like these with the world's first pen scanner that can both digitize and translate the text for you if need be.

AMPL powered backpack solves charging issues, debuted at CES

Modern society has been so reliant on its gadgets that running out of battery power is a very real – and in most cases, a very stressful – issue for most. That is why mobile power banks are in vogue these days. But the AMPL powered backpack presents a novel solution to the issue – a backpack with charging capabilities so that if you are not using your gadgets, they can be in your bag and charging at the same time.