• Tethercell Turns Any AA-Powered Device Into A Bluetooth-Controlled Gadget

    Tethercell Turns Any AA-Powered Device Into A Bluetooth-Controlled Gadget

    Clocks, smoke alarms, remotes, flashlights, toys – we still use plenty of things that rely on good old AA batteries.  And while they work well enough, wouldn’t you rather be able to control them over Bluetooth just like your smart bulbs?  That’s exactly the convenience that Tethercell brings. A small adapter case with an onboard computer chip, it comes with a slot to hold a traditional AA battery.  The idea is, to put it in the battery compartment with a [...]

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  • New Windows 10 Will Run On PCs, Tablets, And Phones

    New Windows 10 Will Run On PCs, Tablets, And Phones

    Windows 8.1 is a really good operating system that boots fast and looks pretty.  However, it ended up universally panned, largely because Microsoft arrogantly decided to force everyone to use the tile-based Metro UI.  Lesson learned, apparently, because for the just-announced Windows 10, the newest iteration of the OS (yes, they skipped a number because 7 ate 9 and all that), the company is bringing the Start Menu back. Just like Justin Timberlake brought sexy back around a decade ago, [...]

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  • Nope Privacy Shield Puts An Elegant Cover On Your Laptop Camera To Prevent Unauthorized Snooping

    Nope Privacy Shield Puts An Elegant Cover On Your Laptop Camera To Prevent Unauthorized Snooping

    Sure, it sounds like a worry reserved for the overly paranoid, but malicious individuals really can switch on your laptop’s camera and film you using sneaky software tricks.  Even if there’s a very small chance you’ll fall victim to such snooping, why not eliminate the possibility?  Nope does that in the most elegant way possible. While you can cover up your laptop’s camera with tape, it’s hardly the nicest solution.  Tape leaves residue, apart from looking like an absolute eyesore [...]

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  • Nixie Selfie Drone Can Strap On Your Wrist When Not In Use

    Nixie Selfie Drone Can Strap On Your Wrist When Not In Use

    We’ve seen small quadcopters before, even ones so small that you can carry them in your pocket.  The Nixie does them one better by actually being wearable, strapping on your wrist for convenient portability when not in use. More than being a super-compact drone, it’s programmed to function as a dedicated selfie machine.  Any time it’s launched, the drone will automatically detect your presence and autonomously hover around your perimeter, filming your exploits full time (it comes with a camera [...]

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  • Scientists Invent Recyclable Lithium-Ion Batteries That Work At 99% Potency Post-Recycling

    Scientists Invent Recyclable Lithium-Ion Batteries That Work At 99% Potency Post-Recycling

    A team of researchers from Uppsala University is claiming to have found a new method for producing lithium-ion batteries that allow them to be easily recycled.  The process uses alfalfa seeds and pine resin as biomaterials, with a recycling system that uses low-energy input and non-hazardous chemicals (specifically, ethanol and water). The new method claims to produce lithium-ion batteries with the same content capacity as current-generation systems, so there’s no degradation in power nor effect in size.  It does that [...]

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  • GoPro Hero4 Black Brings Pro-Quality 4K Video At 30 FPS

    GoPro Hero4 Black Brings Pro-Quality 4K Video At 30 FPS

    Daredevils, adrenaline junkies, and drone pilots, rejoice! The new GoPros are here.  And the star of the show, the GoPro Hero4 Black, boasts some serious features upgrade from its best-selling action cam predecessor. Fans of 4K video, double rejoice!  The new flagship camera doubles the frame rate of the outgoing model’s ultra-HD video captures, allowing you to record up to 30 fps, making it a compelling option for professional-quality 4K recordings, with 2.7K video maxing out a 50 fps and [...]

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  • Mirror Your Phone On Any HDMI Display With Microsoft’s Wireless Display Adapter

    Mirror Your Phone On Any HDMI Display With Microsoft’s Wireless Display Adapter

    We’re huge fans of the Google Chromecast, but there are some situations where it may not be the best way to stream content onto a TV.  Like when you’re in a hotel and don’t have access to the WiFi, for instance.  Those are the situations where the Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter will come in handy. Since it doesn’t require a WiFi connection, you can simply plug it into the hotel room’s HDTV and instantly send content from your tiny phone [...]

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  • Haven Reinvents The Door Lock Into Something Way Stronger Than Deadbolt

    Haven Reinvents The Door Lock Into Something Way Stronger Than Deadbolt

    Smart locks are great, but they still use the same old locking mechanism that’s prone to giving out when someone brute forces their way through your door.   That’s why Haven, a new smart lock, does things an entirely different way. Rather than be situated along the height of the door, the redesigned lock sits on the floor, where it’s wedged right under the door, the strongest point of the entryway.  It’s, basically, a doorstop.  Except, instead of simply serving as [...]

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  • Power Sharing Cable Lets You Share Battery Charge Between Different Gadgets

    Power Sharing Cable Lets You Share Battery Charge Between Different Gadgets

    At long last, someone made a cable that lets you draw power from one mobile device to another via microUSB.  That’s right, no more relying on external batteries or scrambling to find an outlet when your phone drains at an inopportune time.  Just ask someone with a freshly-charged phone if you can siphon a little of their juice using the Samsung Power Sharing Cable. The catch?  It only can only draw power from Samsung’s mobile devices.  Even worse, it will [...]

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  • 10 Coolest, Funkiest, Most Interesting Things We Saw At Maker Faire NY Over The Weekend

    10 Coolest, Funkiest, Most Interesting Things We Saw At Maker Faire NY Over The Weekend

    Self-described as “the greatest show and tell on Earth,” (and we agree with that statement) Maker Faire returned to  New York this past weekend, bringing with it a wide array of fascinating new technology, impressive DIY projects, and oddball curiosities that have all become a trademark of the ever-growing maker movement. Like every Maker Faire, the event brought together a wide cross-section of people, including engineers, craftsmen, educators, tech enthusiasts, artists, science fans, and the occasional indescribable figure. Most importantly, [...]

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  • Forget The Smartwatch, Keep An Eye On Your Phone With Sony’s SmartEyeGlass

    Forget The Smartwatch, Keep An Eye On Your Phone With Sony’s SmartEyeGlass

    Because everyone thought Google Glass was ugly, yet still had people buying and wearing it even without the appearance-softening Titanium Glasses, Sony is also releasing its own face-mounted wearable.  Called the SmartEyeGlass, it’s a pair of connected glasses that, to put it nicely, makes Google Glass seem like the pinnacle of stylish design. The good news?  When worn on the face, it looks like a chunky and excessively wide pair of glasses, rather than a futuristic ensemble that makes you [...]

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  • ElectRx Micro-Implants Will Monitor Your Body’s Organs, Fix Illness And Infection Automatically

    ElectRx Micro-Implants Will Monitor Your Body’s Organs, Fix Illness And Infection Automatically

    From super strength to extended lifespans, we all dream of a future when science will give us superhuman powers.  A new body implant currently being developed called ElectRx (pronounced “electrics”) is designed to give individuals Wolverine-style healing powers, monitoring vital organs for problems and stimulating the nerves that can fix them as necessary. Sponsored by DARPA, it’s a neuromodulator whose function is modeled off the body’s own peripheral nervous system, which constantly monitors the status of internal organs and regulates [...]

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  • Misfit Flash: This $50 Fitness Tracker Runs On A Coin Battery Keeping It Powered For 6 Months

    Misfit Flash: This $50 Fitness Tracker Runs On A Coin Battery Keeping It Powered For 6 Months

      Like other wrist-worn fitness trackers, the Misfit Flash will measure your all-day activity and sleep levels.  Nothing more, nothing less. Unlike them, it comes with a couple of additions that might make you want to choose it over everything else in the market. For one, it’s styled like a casual watch.  Not big and bulky like a smartwatch, but just the right size, with a look that’s similar to those timeless plastic Swatch designs.  With a LED-based, analog-style display, [...]

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  • iPhone Controlled Philips BlueTouch Pain Relief Patch Helps You Soothe Aching Muscles

    iPhone Controlled Philips BlueTouch Pain Relief Patch Helps You Soothe Aching Muscles

    Since we’re already in the process of controlling everything with our phones, why not our muscle relief treatments?  Philips is doing just that with the BlueTouch, a wireless TENS (transcutaneous electronic nerve stimulation) device that you can control on an iPhone. TENS devices, of course, have been around for years, helping ease both chronic and acute muscle pains for many individuals.  Philips’ new device does exactly the same thing as those, passing electric current over a person’s skin to activate [...]

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  • Sennheiser Urbanite: Hey Kids, We Can Make Headphones With Massive Bass Sound, Too

    Sennheiser Urbanite: Hey Kids, We Can Make Headphones With Massive Bass Sound, Too

    Sure, audiophiles love Sennheiser, but that kind of love doesn’t get you the kind of mammoth sales among the younger generation that made Beats an unprecedented phenomenon.  Sure, it’s probably too late to beat Dre, Jimmy Iovine, and Apple at their own game, but who says Sennheiser can’t bring a slice of that young people market into its fold?  That’s what they’re trying to do with this Sennheiser Urbanite. Just like Beats, it’s aimed at the cool, hip urban crowd.    [...]

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  • Quirky’s Pickup Power Puts An External Battery Inside A Power Strip… And It Somehow Makes Sense

    Quirky’s Pickup Power Puts An External Battery Inside A Power Strip… And It Somehow Makes Sense

    At first glance, the Pickup Power looks like the most inefficient power strip ever made, with a trio of outlets on one side and none on the other.  Except, it turns out, that’s the trick that makes this power strip more useful than others. Developed over at Quirky, the other half of the strip that doesn’t have any outlets actually contains a removable power brick that you can slip in your pocket for charging your mobile gadgets while on the [...]

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  • Freak Out Your Sister By Putting Her iPhone In This Chuka Soba Smartphone Dock

    Freak Out Your Sister By Putting Her iPhone In This Chuka Soba Smartphone Dock

    Dunking your iPhone into your portable bowl full of ramen noodle soup?  Not a good idea.  Dunking your sister’s phone in this Chuka Soba Smartphone Dock while she screams in horror six feet away?  Absolutely hilarious. It’s hilarious because this isn’t a real bowl of Tokyo-style chuka soba.  Instead, it’s just one of those fake food displays people put in front of restaurants, so you can see what the food looks like without having to go in and inspect what’s [...]

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  • Palate Smart Grill Promises To Make 100% Perfectly-Cooked Steaks Every Time

    Palate Smart Grill Promises To Make 100% Perfectly-Cooked Steaks Every Time

    Grilling is easy enough with a good indoor electric grill.  Cooking steaks so they taste as good as restaurant fare, however, is a whole other matter entirely.  The Palate Smart Grill claims it can help you do just that. Armed with a selection of sensors, the appliance can monitor whatever’s cooking every step of the way, performing precision adjustments on heat and other parameters in real-time.   They claim that the technology makes it impossible to overcook or undercook food on [...]

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  • Nexstar Evolution Smart Telescope Can Self-Position Depending On Which Celestial Body You Want To Observe

    Nexstar Evolution Smart Telescope Can Self-Position Depending On Which Celestial Body You Want To Observe

    Sure, you can use any properly-equipped telescope to do some amateur astronomy.  If you want to observe specific astronomical bodies, though, you’ll have to fumble with a star map and painstakingly navigate to whatever it is you’re hoping to chance upon.  Yeah, it’s highly inefficient.  The Nexstar Evolution changes that. Made by Celestron, it’s a telescope that can automatically orient itself to any documented celestial body you tell it to.  Want to look at the Andromeda Galaxy?  Not a problem.  [...]

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