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At DG Sotheby’s, realty meets augmented reality

By GREGORY ZELLER // Buying a house is as grown-up as it gets – but a new interactive app by leading national realtor Daniel Gale Sotheby’s may make users feel like a kid again. Cold Spring Harbor-based Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty has announced the launch of Curate, an “innovative virtual-staging tool” designed to help homebuyers conceptualize a for-sale space as their very own. The app features augmented-reality software that lets users furnish and otherwise…

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With Fly Sense, the bullied need not suffer in silence

By GREGORY ZELLER // A high-tech Long Island manufacturer has unveiled a next-level sensor system that can remotely detect bullying situations in schools and alert officials in real time. Digital Fly, a 2015 startup spun out of Hauppauge product-design ace Intelligent Product Solutions, has added the Fly Sense sensor system to its growing list of school-safety solutions. The cloud-based, Internet of Things-synched system is billed by the company as an “anti-bullying and vaping detector/sensor,” equipped…


In case you’re not a spatial-relations geometry genius

By GREGORY ZELLER // And the Oscar goes to … you, small to medium-sized business owner, if Aenvision Inc. has its way. Oscar, the world’s first “smart office space calculator,” is available now from Aenvision, a 2014 Huntington Station startup dedicated to helping businesses find the best physical space for their individual corporate needs, or make the best use of the space they have, or both. Designed specifically for people who are not architects or…


With new patent, Syosset school stacks the holodeck

By GREGORY ZELLER // Real-world holograms are closer than you maybe thought – and a new, potentially lucrative U.S. patent might keep a Long Island college ahead of the holographic-entertainment curve. Syosset-based New York College of Health Professions, a circa-1984 nonprofit private college chartered by the state Board of Regents, has landed U.S. Patent No. 9,693,140, covering technology that could turn traditional wireless speakers into holographic emitters straight from the Starship Enterprise. The not-quite-perfected tech…


World’s first anti-moocher shower safe is cleaning up

By GREGORY ZELLER // With a fresh patent, a multitude of retail deals and a major announcement in the offing, it’s fair to say the Shlocker has made a splash. Staking a claim as the world’s first (and only) waterproof safe for protecting personal shower products from mooching roommates, the flagship product of 2015 startup Tula Industries LLC has streaked from from wet dream to bona fide breakthrough. Now wielding a design patent from the…


Payback is a glitch, so ‘Glo’ guru strikes again

By GREGORY ZELLER // Celestina Pugliese has had another lightbulb moment, and while it’s not quite as literal as her first, it could prove another boon for booze barons. Pugliese, founder and CEO of Northport-based Ready Check Glo, has already made a splash with her flagship product, promoted as “the world’s first illuminating check presenter.” The small leather folder features a small window that lights up to alert servers when diners are ready to pay…


Apple patents phone-laptop dock

An Apple patent published this week suggests the company is developing a so-called “thin” laptop device that would rely on the CPU of an iPhone or iPad for its computing power. Apple’s application for an “Electronic accessory device” was first filed for in September 2016 and credits Brett W. Degner as its inventor.