Andrii Degeler

Technology journalist

I've been writing about technology since 2007. Bylines in Ars Technica, The Next Web, the Kyiv Post, and more. I've also founded Pʀᴏᴄᴇᴇᴅ.ᴛᴏ.

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Cybathlon 2016: No cyborgs yet, but we're getting there
When Bob Radocy lost part of his left lower arm in a car accident in 1971, there was little that the prosthetics industry could offer him. Artificial limbs available...
Fairphone 2 hands-on: Modular phones are finally here
AMSTERDAM-With more and more similarly priced and specced Android smartphones arriving on the market, unique selling points are becoming increasingly rare. There's nothing bad...
Braille displays: A blind spot of the mainstream tech industry
Although the way we read printed or written text hasn't changed much over the last 600 years, the media used for carrying the words have evolved significantly. From animal skin...
HTT: Building the Hyperloop with vibranium... but no funding or wages
The Hyperloop has been in the news a lot over the past months, although most of these recent stories have covered the murky goings-on at Hyperloop One. There's a lot more to the...
Lithuania: Up-and-coming startup ecosystem with talent and ideas
More than 25 years have passed since the Soviet Union collapsed, which resulted in 15 countries being free from the central administration and the communist ideology. The three...
At the heart of Silicon Gorge: Venturefest Bristol & Bath 2015
Although calling a place "Silicon something" feels like a rather trite and modern manifestation of business buzzwordery, sometimes it's hard to refrain from that description,...
Sextech and the world: There's more than one app for that
The new information technologies have been penetrating more and more parts of people's lives over the past decade, and their sexuality is by no means an exception. What started...
Ukraine's tech ecosystem equation: Product + Outsourcing = ?
Although many countries across the world strive to build a Silicon Valley of their own, regional technology business ecosystems are all very different, and are likely to remain...
Hacking the drone code: UK needs decisive UAV policy
In the past few months, a number of stories have hit the news about remotely controlled drones flying dangerously close to aircraft around major airports. In January and...
Dutch researchers have created flexiramics-flexible ceramics for circuit boards
Modern chemistry can sometimes produce the most unlikely things, including materials familiar to everyone but with totally new-and useful-properties. A recent example of such a...
FeelSpace uses vibrating motors to help the blind feel the right direction
The Germany-based team of FeelSpace has developed a vibro belt for outdoor navigation, which can significantly improve the lives of the blind and visually impaired. Showcased at...
Ukraine, Estonia, Chile, Finland: The saga of four accelerators
It's hard to get the exact data on how many startup acceleration programs are being launched every year, but it's definitely a lot. If you search Google News for something like...
Triton reboots its widely vexed campaign for "artificial gills"
A controversial Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign that offers "artificial gills" for a mere £210 (~$299) has taken an unexpected turn: the company behind the so-called Triton...
Hoverboards aren't just for Christmas: Why self-balancing scooters keep exploding
Despite being illegal to use on roads and pavements in the UK, self-balancing "hoverboard" scooters are growing increasingly popular both in Europe and the US. Although mostly...
Why Coca-Cola is Targeting Experienced Entrepreneurs
Although traditional corporations and hip and innovative startups may be seen as being on opposite sides of the barricades, they often make steps towards each other. Corporate...
What's in between traditional work and the gig economy
Over the past few years, the future of work has become a concept that everyone defines slightly differently, depending on their own experience and occupation. A commonplace...
Poland: A promising startup ecosystem with teething problems
As Europe slowly but surely catches up with the US in all things disruptive, innovative and entrepreneurial, its Eastern half is becoming less unlikely a place for the next...
Enter sugar snake: Hands-on with MEL Science's chemistry kit
Did you have a chemical experiment kit when you were a kid? Would you buy, or have you already bought, one for your children? Chemistry is one of the sciences that are hard to...
Developer Of Space Engineers Searches For Universal AI
Elegized by so many science fiction writers, artificial intelligence has seen a procession of successes and breakthroughs over the last few decades. From the Deep Blue defeating...
Meet the companies 'Uberfying' America's private jet market
The transportation industry has gone through significant changes over the past few years, however most of them affected rides on the ground. Uber, Lyft and BlaBlaCar, as well as...
Ukrainian startup XE claims to have solved long-range wireless charging
Wireless chargers using standards like Qi have been on the market for a while; IKEA even includes them in some of its furniture these days. But if you think about it, there's...
The pros and cons of investing in emerging startup ecosystems
Emerging markets have been a hot topic (or a buzzword) among VC funds and angel investors alike over the last few years. Although the geographical meaning of this phrase changes...
Dublin Attracts Events And Startups From Overseas
In the discussions regarding European startup landscape, people usually mention cities like London and Berlin as the main hubs powering the ecosystem of the region. As a result,...
Crowdfunding for hype isn't bad, it adds new Kickstarter users
In just a few years, crowdfunding has found a firm place in the tech industry, with many companies launching campaigns to fund their products. Current Kickstarter stats tell us...
The future of media monetization: Cryptocurrencies and micropayments
Monetization of content projects, be it a newspaper or online-only news publication, is a pain these days. When we saw massive newspapers dying, everyone around seemed to be...
Engineers meet artists: Startups in Bristol and Bath
While London is undoubtedly the center of gravity in the British startup and venture ecosystem, there's plenty of no less fascinating things going on outside the M25 motorway. A...
From co-founder to ousted CEO of 500px
Started in the early 2000s as a community on the LiveJournal blogging platform, 500px has become one of the most popular places in the internet to store professional and amateur...
Women underpaid, minority in Ukraine tech industry
A woman's role and performance in the world of technology has been a hot topic for many years, and was revisited on Oct. 9 when Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella made some...
6 Anti-tips for Mobile UI Designer, or How to Make a Perfectly Awful App
Bad mobile apps are everywhere. We bet every single user have seen a bunch of those, and still remembers the amazingly terrible experience they offered. If you'd like to join...
“Creativity trumps experience” — Prezi CEO Peter Arvai on storytelling, science and success
Online zooming presentation software maker Prezi - based in Budapest and San Francisco - recently announced important new numbers: 29 million users, and is projected to have 36...

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