TappLock

A smooth "open sesame" with just your fingerprint

New Toronto-based venture Pishon Labs offers two different padlocks that open with your fingerprint. Built upon a compact Fingerprints Cards AB FPC1020 sensor, the one-touch lock is certainly more convenient, if not faster, than traditional ones that require keys, a combination or even newer smart-locks that pair with phones. It’s also flexible: if you want to share the lock, up to 200 fingerprints can be …

The Foldable, Shapeable Orilamp

Paper lantern meets slinky for this portable Bluetooth-enabled mood light

Combining the elegance of traditional paper lanterns with the convenience of Bluetooth technology is the new Orilamp, a striking battery-powered mood light designed in Toronto. As the name indicates, it’s inspired by origami and is foldable and shapeable, reminding us of an accordion or a slinky toy. Users can adjust brightness, set a timer and monitor battery life via the app, but physically opening and …

Flic: Cute as a Button

A Swedish start-up designs a handy wireless shortcut to your favorite actions on your phone

It seems that nothing can stop the Swedish startup juggernaut at the moment, as another piece of tech by Shortcut Labs gets its crowdfunding launch. Unlike many hardware offerings though, Flic is a simple premise at a winning price point. Essentially it’s a cute little button that can be set to shortcut to a smart function, forming a little point of connectivity to your own …