Lynktec Blog | Tech News, Tips, & Amusing Tidbits!: October 2013

Thursday, October 31, 2013

The Tech-iest, Geek-iest Halloween Costumes - What's Yours?? Tweet Us to WIN a Prize!!!

Share your costume with us on Twitter @LYNKtec!  We'll pick our favorite, and you win a prize!!!

In honor of Halloween, here are some of the most creative and funny tech-related costumes I found.


Candy Crush candies

Candy Crush girl

Angry Birds


Pac Man

3 Wii consoles

Firefox browser

LOL cats

Twitter fail whale

Facebook profile

Facebook pokes

Reddit alien

404 Page Not Found

iPod and company

iPhone with headphones

iPhone touchscreen


Pictures courtesy of:

If you have a clever tech-y Halloween costume, or any Halloween costume you're proud of, we'd love for you to share them with us!
 Tweet us @LYNKtec and win a prize!!!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Exciting Kickstarter Update!

funded campaign, best new fine point stylus

$103,466 pledged so far!

We are excited to share that our Kickstarter campaign for the TruGlide Apex Stylus has been extremely successful to date.  Our goal was to raise $24,000 to create our new stylus, and we have reached $103,466 in donations.  That's 430% funded!

The TruGlide Apex is a fine point, electronic stylus with the smallest tip available, only 2.4mm.  This new stylus will make writing on your iPad as easy as writing on paper.  Just twist to turn it on, and write to your heart's desire.

Are you an early adopter?  College student who takes class notes on your iPad?  Live in the Arctic and need a great stylus for your iPad because you wear gloves 24/7?  Eco-friendly, self-proclaimed tree hugger who wants to go paperless to save the earth?  Then the TruGlide Apex is perfect for you!

Here is our Kickstarter video, in case you haven't seen it.  After watching it, you'll probably be as excited as we are about our new stylus!

TruGlide Apex Video 

Kickstarter offers an incredible opportunity for anyone to fund their dreams.  It's not just technology, either.  People have also funded films, art, comics, fashion, and more through Kickstarter.  This graph from Masters of Media is about a year old, but it's still interesting to see the categories and successful vs. unsuccesssful campaigns.

technology and more categories

Kickstarter updates their impressive statistics page every day.  Check out what they've done to date:

$849 million                         50,760

Total dollars pledged to Kickstarter projects                        Successfully funded projects

over $100,000 raisedWe set out with the goal of raising $24,000 for the TruGlide Apex.  As you can see in the above graph (courtesy of the Kickstarter Blog), only 10% of successfully funded projects raised $20,000 to $99,999.  Well, as I mentioned at the beginning of this article.... $103,466 has been pledged toward our project so far - placing the TruGlide Apex in that 2% slice of the graph!!!

Thank you so much to all of you who have donated so far.  If you haven't.... there's still time!  Our Kickstarter campaign runs until November 10.  Our goal is to get the Apex in your hands by December (donors) or January (everybody else).  If you'd like to be one of the first to receive the TruGlide Apex, click here to donate!  You can choose a reward to go with your donation, anything from a Smartie Cloth to an iPad case/TruGlide Pro Stylus/Apex stand bundle.

Check out all the rewards here:

List of rewards for donating to the TruGlide Apex campaign

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Chicago Ideas Week - October 14-20, 2013

If you have been to Chicago these past couple of months, you may have seen these bright yellow signs all over the place:

That's right, this week is Chicago Ideas Week!  People from around the world gather each year to try to turn innovative ideas into reality.  What kind of things can you attend?  Here are the descriptions of this year's offerings, from the Chicago Ideas Week website:

90-minute events featuring 4-6 exceptional speakers presenting compelling ideas around a particular theme
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Unique opportunities to explore what happens behind the scenes at some of Chicago's greatest organizations and businesses
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Edison Talks
A full-day gathering featuring 12-14 speakers and a curated audience of 900 leaders and innovators spanning all industries
       Learn More/Schedule

Master Classes
Dynamic, in-depth conversations between CIW speakers around specific topics led by leading journalists and challenged by audience Q&A
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90-minute events featuring 4-6 exceptional speakers presenting compelling ideas around a particular theme. - See more at:
90-minute events featuring 4-6 exceptional speakers presenting compelling ideas around a particular theme. - See more at: out a few of the exciting events:

Check out some of the exciting events for 2013:

Vosges Haut Chocolate Lab, where you can create your own chocolate truffle with exotic ingredients

Museum of Science and Industry: Future Energy Chicago, featuring interactive games where attendees compete to re-create cars, power grid, and even Chicago's transportation system

Arrfscarf: A Pizza Party for You and Your Pet offers pizza for the human attendees, and they have fresh ingredients from local farmers, for you to make a puppy pizza and take it home to your furry friends!

Next: Tomorrow, Today - Presented by Nielsen, the first line on the page is "Flying jet pack, anyone?".  That's pretty much enough to get my interest.
create your own truffle with exotic ingredients
Vosges Haut Chocolate Lab
Vosges Haut Chocolate Lab

Look at the schedule to see where events are taking place.  With the cost of tickets being just $15 and having the event open to everyone, people from the whole community get a chance to have their ideas heard.  Apparently, even the Twitter bird will be there!

sign for what if chicago

If you can't make it to Chicago Ideas Week 2013, check out their website,, to learn about the cool projects and talks happening this year!  Also, you can follow @chicagoideas on Twitter and share your thoughts with #WhatIfChicago.

Winners of the TruGlide Pro Digital Art Contest!

CONGRATULATIONS to the winners of the TruGlide Pro Digital Art Contest!  Check out their amazing digital works of art:

  Grand Prize Winner - Rob Hamilton

digital art contest

As the Grand Prize Winner, Rob Hamilton's artwork will be featured in our Pros Use the Pro marketing campaign along with a byline.  Rob also received a $50 LYNKtec gift certificate.


First Runner-up - Christopher Frame

As the first runner-up, Christopher Frame's artwork is featured here on the official LYNKtec blog.  Christopher also received a $25 LYNKtec gift certificate.


Second Runner-up - Rafael Co.

As the second runner-up, Rafael Co.'s artwork is featured here on the official LYNKtec blog.  Rafael also received a $15 LYNKtec gift certificate.


Thanks to everyone for the incredible entries!  If you didn't enter, thanks for voting!  If you didn't enter OR vote.... what?  Why not?  There were prizes!  Oh well, there's always next time.  Check back with us for future contests and giveaways!

contests giveaways win prizes

Friday, October 11, 2013

The TruGlide Apex is LIVE on Kickstarter!

TruGlide Apex Video 


 The Future is Now.

LYNKtec is extremely excited to share the news about our latest product development, the TruGlide Apex!  The TruGlide Apex is a 2.4 mm fine point electronic stylus designed to work with the iPad.

Click on the video link above to learn more about our project!


Support us on Kickstarter

 We just launched the TruGlide Apex project on Kickstarter today and are asking for your help to fund the future!

Our vision is to bring you a product that replaces the need for the traditional pen and paper.  With your support for this project, we hope to make this concept a reality, and together, take the next step toward a paperless world!


Want to see what all the hype is about?


All of our supporters have the chance to get their own TruGlide Apex along with other exclusive Kickstarter rewards.  

But hurry - there are a limited number of EARLY BIRD SPECIALS available!