Gizmos

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.


The little vending machine that could

By GREGORY ZELLER // A “Shark Tank” success story that’s rewriting point-of-purchase logistics is coming home to Long Island. Brainstormed and birthed in Bethpage, Vengo – a wall-hugging dispenser packed with products and patents – is already redefining “vending machine” in hundreds of university corridors, health clubs and hotel lobbies. Now, Long Island City-based Vengo Labs LLC is narrowing its search for a Long Island home, and expects to announce a move soon. It will…


Tech showcase, video VCs: pop goes the startup

By GREGORY ZELLER // With an updated database, a first-ever VC pitch and new iOS and Android apps incorporating a host of innovative functionalities, it’s fair to say the brains behind connectivity technology ObviPop aren’t taking the summer off. In fact, cofounders Brett Hayden Cohen and Christopher Migliorini, who incorporated Plainview-based ObviPop LLC in spring 2015, have been putting in extra time this summer. Among their additional assignments: preparing for the inaugural technology showcase at LISTnet’s…


Northrop Grumman-made robot used in Dallas

The robotic device used to take out the gunman in last week’s shooting rampage in Dallas is a Remotec Andros Mark V-A1. The device, normally used to diffuse bombs, delivered a one-pound payload of C-4 explosives and detonation cord, police said. The machine is manufactured by Northrop Grumman and cost the department about $150,000 in 2008. Dallas Police Chief David Brown said the plan to deliver the explosives came together in about 15 minutes. The Mark…