Lynktec Blog | Tech News, Tips, & Amusing Tidbits!: January 2014

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Chicago Tribune's Blue Sky Innovation Features the TruGlide Apex Fine Point Electronic Stylus!

The TruGlide Apex is one of the Top 10 Most-funded Chicago Design & Tech Kickstarter Campaigns of 2013!  This article was featured on Chicago Tribune's Blue Sky Innovation website - a new site dedicated to sharing news about "startups, technology, innovative new products, services and entrepreneurial best practices." -

 See what amazing inventions Chicagoans have created this past year:

best Kickstarter campaign ipad stylus

In October, we went to Kickstarter to fund our latest and greatest product - the TruGlide Apex fine point electronic stylus.  With just a 2.3mm tip, the TruGlide Apex and your iPad will be your new pen and paper!  3,090 Kickstarter backers generously donated $183,014 to create the Apex.... that was 762% of our goal!

We have been hard at work sending out the first round of Apexes to our 3,000+ Kickstarter backers!

If you haven't done so yet.... PRE-ORDER your TruGlide Apex here!  Thank you for all your support!

best stylus you can get smallest tip stylus for iPad

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Best (and Worst) of the 2014 International CES Show So Far

people walking through CES arch

The 2014 International CES Show is underway in Las Vegas!  LYNKtec is proud to debut the TruGlide Apex - our brand new, electronic, fine-point stylus.  The Apex was funded by our amazing supporters on Kickstarter, and we now have the finished product available to try at our CES booth - #60001 in LVH!

Today is day 1 for exhibitors on the show floor.  Here are some of the best and worst we've seen so far at 2014 CES....

3D Printers

3D printers have been put to great use in many fields, including the medical, aerospace, and automotive fields.  Layers of material are laid down to create a 3-dimensional object from a computer image.  These printers are now reaching a lower price and smaller size that's better for consumers.

international consumer electronics show

VIDEO: CES Brings You 3D Printing, Another Disruptive Technology - See more at:
Visit these sites for more info:
Video: CES Brings You 3D Printing, Another Disruptive Technology
Photos: MakerBot Flaunts New 3D Printers at CES 2014


Sense Mother

This new device - the Sense Mother - comes with "cookies" that can attach to anything.  Attach a cookie to your children's backpacks, and it can alert you when they get home from school.  Set a cookie next to your bed, and it can tell you if you're getting enough sleep!

new technology for alerts and to find things

Visit these sites for more info:

Video: CES 2014 Gadgets Offer New Ways to Track Your Life
Canadian Business - Mother

SmartHome Appliances

Samsung is bringing several new ideas to 2014 CES, from entertainment to home appliances.  Voice interaction services for your TV, large washing machines that do a family of four's laundry in just 30 minutes, and an oven that can cook two dishes at different temperatures simultaneously are among Samsung's showcased products.

oven new technology

Visit these sites for more info:

Photos: CES 2014 Reveals Head-turning Smart Home Appliances
Article: Samsung's Big CES Unveil Highlights A Connected Home
Canadian Business - LG HomeChat

Augmented-reality Contact Lenses

Just like in a futuristic movie, these new contact lenses from Innovega will allow you to see displays and data projected right in front of your eyes!  You'll soon be able to view maps, videos, web pages, and more without even looking at your smartphone.  Yes, they will even contain your prescription.  Of all the wearable tech showcased at CES, this is one of the coolest!

like Google glass but with just contact lenses

Visit this site for more info:
Article: Augmented-reality Contact Lenses to Be Human-ready at CES

TruGlide Apex

Of course, our newest product needs to be on the "best" list!  LYNKtec is introducing the TruGlide Apex to CES show-goers this week.  The electronic Apex stylus features an ultra-fine point of just 2.3mm.  It makes your stylus to iPad writing experience feel just like writing with a pen on paper!

Visit this site for more info:
LYNKtec - TruGlide Apex Fine Point Electronic Stylus

TAO WellShell

The WellShell is a button-less, pressure-sensitive device meant for isometric (applying pressure to build strength) exercises.  The company says it's like a "gym in your pocket".  It can also be used for smartphone gaming, heart rate monitoring, and tracking sleep.  This device has a predicted price tag of $200-300.  This is on the "worst" list because it seems there are more effective, less expensive ways to get a quick workout without carrying this product around.

squeeze between palms to tell you vital signs calories etc

Visit these sites for more info:
Canadian Business - TAO WellShell
Article: Squeeze Your Way to Fitness with TAO WellShell Sensor


Samsung's Big Guest Speaker - "Transformers" Director Michael Bay - Leaves Stage Mid-Press Conference

Some people are just not public speakers.  Samsung's guest speaker, director Michael Bay, had a problem with his teleprompter and then didn't know what to say.  The host tried to get him back on track by asking a question, but Michael Bay was not up for improvising and walked off the stage.  He later wrote this on his website:

"Wow! I just embarrassed myself at CES - I was about to speak for Samsung for this awesome Curved 105-inch UHD TV. I rarely lend my name to any products, but this one is just stellar. I got so excited to talk, that I skipped over the Exec VP's intro line and then the teleprompter got lost. Then the prompter went up and down - then I walked off. I guess live shows aren't my thing.  But I'm doing a special curved screen experience with Samsung and Transformers 4 footage that will be traveling around the world."

Poor guy, but hey, it made him one of the most talked-about things at CES so far!

Visit this site for more info:
Article: Michael Bay Implodes at Samsung's CES Press Conference

Also check out last year's best - The Verge Awards: The Best of CES 2013 by The Verge Staff, and last year's worst - Worst Products Seen at CES 2013 by Karen Tumbokon.

For the full schedule of 2014 CES events, click here.  If you're at CES in Las Vegas, stop by our booth #60001 LVH to try our TruGlide Apex and say hello!  If you're not there, check back here later this week for photos of our booth!

Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas CES

Monday, January 6, 2014

Extremely Cold Temperatures Causing Shutdowns in Chicagoland - Monday, Jan. 6

The LYNKtec office will be closed today - Monday, January 6 due to extremely cold temperatures.  We are located in Chicagoland, where wind chills are expected to reach -50 degrees Fahrenheit.

Unfortunately, this means we will not be able to ship orders today.  Our shipping department will get your orders out to you first thing tomorrow, though.  We are very sorry for the inconvenience!

"Twenty-six states were under warnings or watches for severe wind chill as the result of a weather phenomenon known as a polar vortex — essentially an arctic cyclone that normally sits near the North Pole but has pushed unusually far south." - article From Florida to "Chi-beria", No Escaping Grip of Record-breaking Polar Vortex

Again, we sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.  Please stay warm, everyone!

extreme cold across the midwest in Chicago business closed for the day

Friday, January 3, 2014

LYNKtec Gears Up for the 2014 CES Show in Las Vegas

Happy New Year!

Next week, LYNKtec is attending the 2014 CES Show in Las Vegas.  The Annual International CES Show provides an exciting look into the future of technology.  View and experience tech advancements that we may soon use in our everyday lives.  Booths, conferences, press events, and more....

“From wearable tech to the latest in 3D printing, the Internet of Things, driverless cars and sensor technologies, the 2014 CES will feature the world’s largest hands-on showcase of emerging innovation”
- Karen Chupka, senior vice president, International CES and corporate business strategy, CEA

A hands-on demonstration at the 2013 International CES Show

LYNKtec will be among the 3,200 exhibitors in Las Vegas.  Our booth will highlight our brand new TruGlide Apex - the fine-point electronic stylus with a tip just the size of a pen, providing a realistic pen-to-paper writing experience.

Other exhibits at the 2014 CES Show will include the Driverless Car Experience, Sensor Technologies, Ultra HD TV, wearable technology like FashionWare - creating jackets that adjust based on outside temperature and solar-charging handbags, and more!

For the complete list of exhibitors and more information about the 2014 CES Show in Las Vegas, visit the CES website.  If you are planning to attend, visit us at our booth - #60001 in the Las Vegas Hotel!